Last Week’s Links

8 Things You Didn’t Know Social Security Could Do for You

over its history, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has added numerous special services to help customers (that’s you and me) deal with pressing medical, familial and financial issues. Here are some of the lesser-known things Social Security can do for you.

Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches

Medicare has extended coverage of remote health care. While telehealth removed barriers to care for many during the pandemic, some say there is more to be done.

I was always curious’: Indian woman, 104, fulfils dream of learning to read

I’ll never apologize for loving to come across stories like this.

What the Stoics Understood About Death (And Can Teach Us)

In this excerpt from his book Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living, David Fideler writes, “Unlike many other countries, the United States has accomplished a world-​class disappearing act when it comes to keeping older adults (and any other reminders of death) out of sight and out of mind.”

Here he describes how European cultures handle aging and reminds us, “A Stoic wants to live well—​and living well means dying well, too. . . . In other words, as the final act of living, a good death is characterized by acceptance and gratitude.”

Why Do Women Sprout Chin Hairs as They Age?

Certainly I’m not the only one who has asked herself this question

How to Use Your Phone’s Privacy-Protection Tools

t’s always good to keep up with articles like this, since our phone settings can be changed every time there’s a new operating system update. Since these updates usually happen automatically, it’s a good idea to check these settings periodically.

The Rise Of Nannacore: Insta’s Silver Influencers Are Keeping Things Fresh

Scarlett Conlon discusses “the wardrobes of senior style icons” as seen on Instagram.

Lucille Ball on the Big Screen, the Small Screen and Offscreen

Have you seen the movie Being the Ricardos, starring Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball? I haven’t seen it yet, so if you have, I’d love to hear your reaction.

See you next year!

© 2021 by Mary Daniels Brown

Last Week’s Links

Medicare Advantage is cheaper for a reason — beware

“There is no clear-cut right or wrong choice. The key is to make an informed choice,” writes Carla Fried. I remember feeling absolutely overwhelmed by having to make the choice when signing up for Medicare (in the U.S.). Here’s some information to help you make an informed choice.

Before signing up for Medicare I took an explanatory class at the local community college. It offered the necessary basic information, including definitions of key terms, to help me understand everything else. But choosing appropriate plans was still an enormous project. I recommend that you look for some classes or workshops at a community college or community center near you and that you take full advantage of your 6-month sign-up period.

How the TV Dinner Revolutionized American Life

I wouldn’t touch one of these now, but I do enjoy reading the history of items like this, which “revolutionized middle-class life in the mid-20th century–especially the lives of the women who were expected to put dinner on the table.”

Can you reduce your Alzheimer’s risk with diet and behavior? It’s not that simple

As with all articles of this type, digest the information but be sure to consult other sources as well, especially your own health-care providers.

‘Vax’ is Oxford English Dictionary publisher’s 2021 Word of the Year

Last week we had Merriam-Webster’s new additions to its dictionary. This month we get the story on the Oxford English Dictionary.

A woman convinced her husband that he had Alzheimer’s. Police say she stole $600,000 from him over time.

I sure hate to see reports of incidents like this, but it’s probably good for us, as well as families and caregivers, to be aware of how this can happen.

Burn, baby, burn: the new science of metabolism

Attach the same caveat—“be sure to consult other sources as well, especially your own health-care providers”—to this as to the previous article about diet. In fact, attach the caveat to the article below as well. 

This is an informative article about how science’s understanding of how metabolism works is evolving, including research published this summer that challenges previously accepted wisdom about how aging affects metabolism.

How to maintain a healthy brain

Kailas Roberts, an Australian psychiatrist and specialist in brain health, has some advice on not only how to avoid dementia, but also “optimising brain function throughout your lifespan.”

Richard M. Ohmann, 90, Dies; Brought Radical Politics to College English

“Inspired by the antiwar movement of the 1960s, he helped transform humanities by making room for subjects like women’s studies and Marxist criticism.”

In December 1968 Richard M. Ohmann orchestrated the passage of antiwar resolutions at the annual conference of the Modern Language Association. “ The very notion that a scholarly organization should take a stand on nonacademic issues was practically unheard-of.”

Ohmann was ahead of his time with insights that are in the news today:

starting in the 1970s, Dr. Ohmann turned his gaze inward, writing a series of books exposing what he saw as the complicity of higher education, and in particular the study of English literature, in the perpetuation of class, gender and racial hierarchies.

© 2021 by Mary Daniels Brown

On This Day, July 30: Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare into law – UPI.com

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, dedicating it to former President Harry Truman, who “planted the seeds of compassion.”

Source: On This Day, July 30: Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare into law – UPI.com

Hospital Charges Surge for Common Ailments, Data Shows – NYTimes.com

Charges for some of the most common inpatient procedures surged at hospitals across the country in 2012 from a year earlier, some at more than four times the national rate of inflation, according to data released by Medicare officials on Monday.

While it has long been known that hospitals bill Medicare widely varying amounts — sometimes many multiples of what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, an analysis of the data by The New York Times shows how much the price of some procedures rose in just one year’s time.

via Hospital Charges Surge for Common Ailments, Data Shows – NYTimes.com.

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