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Savvy Senior - How to Choose a Medical Alert System
2/10/2021 2:36:10 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in getting my mom, who lives alone, a medical alert system with a wearable pendant button that will let her call for help if she falls or has a medical emergency. What can you tell me to help me choose one? Too Many Choices   Dear Too Many, A good medical alert system is an effective and affordable tool that can help keep your mom safe and living in her own home longer. But with all the different products and features available today, choosing one can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help.   Three Key...

Coronavirus cases drop at U.S. homes for elderly and infirm
2/10/2021 2:21:38 PM

By Jay Reeves   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Coronavirus cases have dropped at U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care facilities over the past few weeks, offering a glimmer of hope that health officials attribute to the start of vaccinations, an easing of the post-holiday surge and better prevention, among other reasons. More than 153,000 residents of the country's nursing homes and assisted living centers have died of COVID-19, accounting for 36% of the U.S. pandemic death toll, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Many of the roughly 2 million people who live at such...

How to choose a medical alert system
2/3/2021 1:12:19 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in getting my mom, who lives alone, a medical alert system with a wearable pendant button that will let her call for help if she falls or has a medical emergency. What can you tell me to help me choose one? Too Many Choices   Dear Too Many, A good medical alert system is an effective and affordable tool that can help keep your mom safe and living in her own home longer. But with all the different products and features available today, choosing one can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help.   Three Key...

The next chapter
2/3/2021 12:53:46 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “This is a time of testing. We face an attack on democracy and on truth. A raging virus. Growing inequity. The sting of systemic racism. A climate in crisis. America’s role in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways. But the fact is we face them all at once, presenting this nation with the gravest of responsibilities. Now we must step up. All of us. It is a time for boldness, for there is so much to do. And, this is certain: We will be judged, you and I, for how we resolve...

New York data show nursing home deaths undercounted by thousands
2/3/2021 12:49:28 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed Thursday that thousands more nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than the state's official tallies had previously acknowledged, dealing a potential blow to his image as a pandemic hero. The surprise development, after months of the state refusing to divulge its true numbers, showed that at least 12,743 long-term care residents died of the virus as of Jan. 19, far greater than the official tally of 8,505 on that day, cementing New York's toll as one of the highest in the nation. Those numbers...

Oh, the daze of my life
2/3/2021 12:15:17 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   When I was young, my mother was quite a fan of a soap opera called “The Days of Our Lives.” I remember the title but I never would watch something like that. However, my mother enjoyed it and so what’s there to complain about. As I was thinking of it, I felt that I should remember the days of my life. But, instead of "days," I need to put in the word "daze," which more clearly represents my life. At times, I wish I was 16 again because I was the smartest person in the world. I knew everything; all you had to do...

SoCal taypayers warned of new round of COVID-19 scams
1/27/2021 4:40:17 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Internal Revenue Service Monday warned Southland taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments. In the last several months, the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division has seen a variety of EIP scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers. Criminals are taking advantage of the second round of payments—as well as the approaching filing season—to trick honest taxpayers out of their hard-earned money. "Fraudsters beware! The...

Coffee without coffee just ain’t coffee
1/27/2021 3:32:06 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder I must soberly confess that I have throughout my life given in to habits and rituals. I don't like saying that, but it is the truth. At this point, I don't know the difference between a habit and a ritual. One ritual I have is when I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is have a nice hot cup of coffee. This is what really gets me going in the morning. You do not want to meet me before I have my morning cup of Joe. There was a time I changed my habit and had hot tea in the morning. I thought that might be a different change in my life. Believe me...

Savvy Senior - How much do you have to make to file income taxes?
1/27/2021 3:22:37 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees in 2020? My income dropped way down when I was forced into retirement last March due to COVID, so I’m wondering if I need to file a tax return this year. —Unexpected Retiree   Dear Unexpected, Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year actually depends on several factors: How much you earned last year (in 2020), the source of that income, your age and your filing status. Here’s a rundown of this tax season’s IRS tax filing...

In this defining moment, truth must prevail
1/27/2021 3:10:53 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Two extraordinary voices, Sherrilyn Ifill, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), and Bryan Stevenson, head of the Equal Justice Initiative and a Children’s Defense Fund board member, recently conducted a public conversation called “This Defining Moment.” As Ifill said: “I think it goes without saying that this is one of the most difficult moments that we have faced in this country, certainly in the context of civil rights and racial justice. I don’t think it is any...