Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are in sight. That’s right, plural, vaccines. Recently, three companies released some results from their Phase III studies, reporting effectiveness ranging from 70 to 95%. They are Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. Pfizer and Moderna have formally applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA). The FDA will
Posted on November 19, 2020 by Ajla Bedzetovic This year, the holidays will look different for all of us. If you are one of the more than 60 million caregivers in North America who look after an older adult inside the home, you may be wondering how to celebrate and stay safe.   Stay connected with others  Many people experience depression during the holidays due to stress and social
If you are close to your 65th birthday, or are already on Medicare, the Medicare pitches are flooding your email, voicemail, text and old-fashioned mailbox. As you are probably well aware, it’s the open enrollment period until Dec. 7. If you have questions, you aren’t alone. Senior Planet found two independent Medicare experts and searched
Earlier this year, when Chadwick Boseman, the 42-year-old star of the megahit Black Panther  died of colon cancer, it did not just point out the tragedy of dying young, but also the disparities in health conditions and survival among minorities. Even with presumably getting the best care, Boseman’s cancer progressed to a lethal stage IV. 
Posted on October 16, 2020 by Mari Evans “A firecracker.” “The life of the party.” “Señorita Estallita Fulla Suga.” Estelle Reiff goes by many monikers, which only makes sense for a woman who has played many roles in her long life – an accomplished dancer, teacher and mother. The beloved resident of Atria Forest Hills,
Posted on October 9, 2020 by Mari Evans Putting in extra hours. Making trips to the store for essentials. Setting up Zoom calls to help families and friends stay in touch. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Atria employees have gone above and beyond to help residents feel safe, connected and engaged. In turn, residents and families
Yesterday, October 1, marked the International Day of Older Persons – and the 30th anniversary of this event created by the UN (read more here). The pandemic, according to this report from Foreign Policy magazine with AARP (read it here) about human rights and older people, is casting new light on ongoing issues in aging
People with hearing loss should take extra steps to ease the added social isolation caused by wearing masks, according to one published report. This September (Deaf Awareness Month) during the pandemic, these tips from are particularly relevant.  Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75
Posted on September 24, 2020 by Mari Evans Nearly every morning, Lauren Freifeld, Executive Director of Atria Woodlands, a senior living community located in Westchester County, New York, watches one of her residents walk by her window. “He’s a doer,” she laughed. The resident she’s talking about is Jerry Levine, who turns 91 this year
Senior Planet will host a special talk on Preventing Falls on 9/23 at 3pm EST; check the Senior Planet Events Listings here for more details about joining via Zoom.  At first glance, the statistics driving Falls Prevention Awareness Week (Sept. 21-25) sound sobering and well, depressing. From the CDC: “Every second of every day, an
Posted on September 1, 2015 by Michele Macmartin For older adults, staying hydrated can be a challenge. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, one in three older adults may not drink enough fluids each day due to physical and physiological changes common to aging,  such as: diminished
Posted on August 28, 2020 by Mari Evans COVID-19 has forced all of us to rethink how we interact with the world and each other. Still, staying connected remains vital to our well-being. At Atria Senior Living, we believe people belong together. By making adjustments to Atria’s Engage Life® events program, team members continue to
Posted on November 20, 2015 by Angela Weisser Despite advances in health care, the aging process itself can limit an older adult’s ability to carry out basic daily living activities. Health problems aren’t always obvious, especially for older adults. Signs of declining health or abilities can be so subtle that neither the parent – nor
Posted on August 26, 2015 by Billie Jean King Nearly 42 years ago this year, I accepted a challenge to play in a tennis match known as “The Battle of the Sexes.” Ultimately I won the match, but many people may not remember that I was behind for the first set and things weren’t looking
Posted on May 13, 2014 by Taylor Rhea A recent article references a study that found that owning a pet – specifically a dog – could greatly improve one’s health. Here’s how. It can improve cardiovascular health by keeping people active. It can reduce stress responses in the body. It can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels
Posted on January 21, 2016 by Steve Morgan As parents age, their needs grow while their ability to care for themselves declines. This is especially true when a parent lives alone. Unfortunately, many don’t think about how they will care for an aging parent until they’re forced to make a decision. They may notice Mom
Posted on July 11, 2014 by Taylor Rhea Skim the headlines of any major news outlet or social media channel and you’ll find articles, blogs and posts touting urban agriculture, farming and gardening as new and emerging trends. In New York, however, the residents of Atria Penfield have been doing it for years. Since 2011,