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The History of Christmas Trees

Posted on: December 23 2015

from Seniors GO TO Guide - Blog The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God. Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. It probably began about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Many early Christmas...

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Senior Strategies: Halloween safety tips for seniors

Posted on: October 26 2015

Halloween night can be a scary time for seniors - and not just because of children dressed as vampires, wolf men and wicked witches. Kids accompanied by their parents don't pose a threat, but constant knocking and large masked visitors can be intimidating regardless of intention. This is the night when older adults - like all homeowners - speak to more unfamiliar faces over the course of a few hours than at any other time of the year. Anyone opening the front door and handing out treats has a responsibility to keep themselves and their guests safe. "Each...

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Show Me the Science - How to Wash Your Hands

Posted on: October 12 2015

from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. CDC recommends cleaning hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The guidance for effective handwashing and use of hand sanitizer was developed based on data from a number of studies. Microbes are all tiny living organisms that may or may not cause disease. Germs,...

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Happy Birthday, Social Security!

Posted on: July 27 2015

In 1935, the United States was in the depths of the Great Depression. You saved absolutely everything you had, including string. Every household had the ball of string that you added to whenever a new scrap came along. Most Americans had very little money to live on. And senior citizens were among the people who were hit hardest. Many could no longer work, and their families were having difficulty supporting themselves, let alone trying to support Grandma and Grandpa. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act August 14, 1935, and it saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of senior citizens, preventing almost...

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Cranky Old Man, a poem

Posted on: June 29 2015

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A...

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Retirement, 20 years from now

Posted on: June 15 2015

By Alicia Munnell

A national organization recently asked me to write a brief piece on the future of retirement.  Here’s how I responded. I know what retirement will–or at least should–look like 20 years from now. I’m just not sure how we will get from here to there. Unfortunately, my best guess is that we will have to experience a crisis before we land in the right place. Why a crisis? Well, consider our current situation. We face a sharp mismatch between retirement needs and retirement resources. We need more...

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The Guide To Aging At Home Safely And With Dignity

Posted on: June 02 2015

Free Tips & Advice to Help You Age in Place. According to the Administration on Aging, only approximately 3.5 percent of seniors 65 and older choose to live in institutional settings, such as nursing homes. Most of the rest live alone or with a spouse. In fact, more and more seniors are choosing to age in place. The decision to do so is often about safety and comfort as it allows seniors to stay within the home and community they're familiar with. And in fact, there are many benefits to aging in place—keeping one'...

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