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Retro suits your home – Senior Planet

You can plan aging at your own discretion and mitigate the aging process without losing your personal freedom or independence. D The Boomer generation is the first to have easily accessible tools to help age smart strategies and save tens of thousands a year as part of a cared-for life through on-the-spot safe aging. The latest technologies such as robots, …

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A Peace Corps volunteer at age 61

When Ken Shaw from San Francisco joined the Peace Corps in rural Zambia as an agricultural specialist, he was 61 years old. He added, "my old hippie dream came true." "It's the greatest experience you'll ever have," said the New York native from Hicksville. "Maybe not the most pleasant, but the biggest." There were plenty of surprises. "You have to …

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Prevent falls and more – Senior Planet

(Adapted from the National Council of the Aging) Did you know that one in four older Americans falls each year? Falls are the most common cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in people over 65 years of age. Falls can lead to hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Even crashes without serious injury can cause anxiety or depression in …

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Increase Brain Health – Senior Planet

Brain health is the ability to remember, learn, play, and maintain an active mind. According to the American Heart Association, brain disorder is a public health epidemic that could be more serious than we think. Consider These Statistics: The brain shows signs of cognitive decline when a person is in their twenties. 3 out of 5 Americans will develop a …

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Do you think you are covered? Think again.

Most of us will deposit thousands or even tens of thousands into life insurance. All of the money spent is accompanied by the implicit confidence that our spouse or other dependents will receive a payout after death for all the years in which we have loyally paid premiums. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Life insurance companies are notoriously combative …

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Alexa, what should we have for dinner?

Who or what is Alexa? Alexa is the language service of Amazon. It comes via one of the Amazon Echo products to your home. It can play music and audiobooks, control other smart devices in your home such as light switches and thermostats, retrieve information, news, weather and more with just your voice! In June, Soundmind staff members came to …

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Guide to Survival on Vacation – Senior Planet

We go to this time of the year … the most beautiful and stressful. We know that the holidays are stressful for all who have a family … but they are equally anxious for those who have no family. Everyone knows that you can not choose your family, but you have the power to control what impact family has on …

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The scariest short films on YouTube

You do not have to visit a haunted house or an amusement park to feel the thrill. Just turn on your laptop or desktop, turn off all lights, and watch some of the scariest short films on Youtube. These short films are about science fiction, suspense and horror. The Black Hole: An ordinary office machine solves a riddle. Pay attention …

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Pets also need estate planning!

You may have an estate plan to help ensure that your loved ones are taken care of when you leave. But have you thought about what will happen to your pet? Pets have a place in our hearts and homes, but by law pets are usually considered tangible personal property, no different from a car or furniture. Given that some …

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SIM card fraud – Senior Planet

When you use your phone to check your emails, pay bills, or post on social media, you're not alone. Imagine, your phone suddenly stops working: no data, no text messages, no calls. You will then receive an unexpected notification from your wireless service provider that your SIM card has been activated on a new device. What's happening? This could be …

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