Senior Planet Lecture About Online Banking & More

News you can use ūüôā Senior Planet Event – Save this date: April 19.

Learn about online banking and how to keep your information safe. In addition, online shopping, saving money and more are discussed. Use the link below to join the lecture via Zoom.

View the course outline at the link below:

Test Your Hearing for Free

These links may help you to learn more about your hearing, and about over the counter hearing aids.

Just FYI

Hearing Loss and Dementia: What’s the Connection? (

All the best in Wellness!

Hearing Advice

What have you done for your hearing lately? The answer is, probably not enough, right? When was your last exam?

An article in the December 2020 Self Care Edition of Breathe magazine, reminded me that I had not had a hearing exam – until – I consistently experienced the feeling of muted hearing in my left ear. Isn’t it the case for most of us that we usually get to the doctor when we think “something is wrong“?

When you find a moment, listen to my introduction about this healthcare challenge, and then use the resources in this post to learn more from the experts.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. 
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Are Fish Oil Supplements Doing the Right Thing?

On your recent visit to the doctor, did you have a conversation about those Fish Oil supplements you’ve been taking to help with the cholesterol issues you have?¬† No?¬† Well, neither did I.¬† It pays to actually keep up with the latest news on this health stuff.¬† It is true that eating fish has health benefits.¬†However, until recently,¬† it was thought that fish based supplements are also a good thing to take for this.

  • In the future,¬† you may want to think about who is coming to dinner with you.
  • Supplements for cholesterol issues usually¬† contain Omega-3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated oils). Omega-3 fatty acids are also available by eating fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel.
  • It is suggested that people who eat these types of fish two or more times a week may have fewer issues with heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths.
  • Some of the benefits of eating fatty fish 2 or 3 times a week are: lower heart rate and blood pressure; and improved function of blood vessels, for example.

Now it turns out that those studies, which were done 15 years ago, and reported that fish oils/fish eaters, could lower the risk of heart disease,  may not be the only studies to consider. It may be some other factors/characteristics; for example, eating less meat, healthier lifestyles etc., could be contributory factors as well.
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Healthy Eyes & Eye Care


When is the last time you visited your Eye Doctor?  Whom did you see?  Was it your Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, or Optician? Do you know that senior citizens should have their eyes checked yearly?

I saw my Optometrist (OD) recently.  Optometrists provide eye care and vision care services; they are not required to attend medical school. The majority complete an undergraduate degree, then they attend a specialized training program to obtain an optometry degree (OD).  Source:

  • When my OD finished the complete eye examination she indicated on my chart how my prescription had changed. ¬†Afterwards, I saw the optician who reviewed the prescription and helped me with fitting and choosing eyeglasses. Not all opticians¬†require a license. The licensing requirement varies by state. ¬†In some states, opticians must complete an opticianry training program and be licensed. Source:¬†

I’ve used ¬†theratears for my dry eye problem. My OD¬†advised new research suggests that using Fish Oil or FlaxSeed helps¬†with tear film¬†– ¬†the¬†liquid consisting of lipids, water, and mucin that coats the outer surface of the eye, lubricating it. Source:¬†Tear Film.
Refresh Optive Advanced can also help to lubricate your eyes.

Click the source below to find out how you can use flaxseed oil or fish oil to help with dry eyes ūüôāabstract-19141_1920

‚ô•¬†Flaxseed oil and fish oil contain important dietary fatty acids that have multiple health benefits, including prevention or treatment of dry eyes. Other benefits include a lower risk of heart disease and a reduction of chronic inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, including cancer and stroke. Chronic inflammation also has been indicated as an underlying cause of osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.¬†Source: Flaxseed Oil and Fish Oil for Dry Eyes

Last Word
Visit your Optometrist and your Optician. Get your eyes checked at least once a year, every year – especially if you are a senior citizen.



In February, KQED proudly celebrates… a special Black History Month¬†programming lineup on KQED Public Television. Click the link for more information.¬†Source: February 2017 ‚Äď Black History Month | On Q Insider | Heritage Months | About KQED

Embracing Aging Beauty

aging-processHave you embraced the aging beauty you’ve become yet? Or, have you been hiding under the covers of I wish I looked the way I did when I was younger?african-am-woman

When we are consistently wishing for another time, another “age”, we miss out on our beautiful present moments. ¬†I love what Helen Mirren had to say about aging:

‚ÄúThe best thing about being over 70 is being over 70,‚ÄĚ Mirren says in an interview with AARP The Magazine for its December/January Issue. ‚ÄúCertainly when I was 45, the idea of being 70 was like ‚ÄėArghhh!‚Äô but you only have two options in life: Die young or get old. There is nothing else.¬†Source: Cele|bitchy | Helen Mirren: ‚ÄėYou have two options in life: Die young or get old‚Äô

aging-caucasian-womanSo why don’t you choose the option of embracing that you’re still alive, and you are an aging beauty?

Cindy Joseph, Baby Boomer/ senior citizen, had a¬†flourishing modeling career during her youth, and is a ‘pro-age’ advocate for the beauty that is inherent in us all, who still models. ¬†I agree with Cindy that beauty blossoms at every age.

Cindy’s Boom! beauty products are designed to show our aging beauty with a natural touch. ¬†Her company makes the products with ingredients, which are organic, olive oil, honey. ¬†educator-726386_1280

Her customers are so satisfied with her advice and products that they take ‘selfies’ of themselves and post their beauty on her website! ¬†Click the pictures on this post to read¬†the various stories and information at Cindy Joseph’s website.

Stay Beautiful!



Sharp brain health

women-697928_1280I must admit, the aging process is a little intimidating. Sometimes, when you least expect it, a body part, ¬†that was ok in the morning, all of a sudden is hurting later on that same¬†day. ¬†It’s that ‘wake-up call’, which then becomes a part of your daily life (chronic pain, osetoarthritis, knee pains and the like).

Is ¬†your¬†memory is ‘slipping’¬†? ¬†You can’t recall where you put an item down, or why you came upstair?¬† Needless to say, it’s an adjustment. Nevertheless, willy-nilly these changes are all part of an ongoing aging process. ¬†That’s why I want to share with you a tool, which¬†AARP has available for seniors and those approaching ‘senior-hood’. ¬†It’s called ¬†the ‘Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment’.

Why don’t you take a ‘Leap’ and try it out by clicking the link below.

  • Better Brain Health Starts Here. Subscribe and take the Brain Health Assessment to get your Brain Health Score and a detailed report that will provide insight into how your brain works and how your lifestyle supports important cognitive functions like memory and focus. Then, get started on your personalized recommendations for fun ways to create simple habits that can help you improve and maintain brain health over time.
    Source: AARP Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment

Osteoporosis & Men

canstockphoto6235141What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bones,” is a condition that causes bones to gradually thin and weaken, leaving them susceptible to fractures. About 2 million fractures occur each year due to osteoporosis. ¬†¬†Source: ¬†What is Osteoporosis? – WebMD

Oftentimes, when we hear or read  about Osteoporosis we connect this condition to women who can experience bone loss during menopause. However, in a recent New York Times article it states: Men experience about half as many osteoporotic fractures as women. But when a man breaks his hip because of osteoporosis, he is more likely than a woman similarly afflicted to be permanently disabled and twice as likely to die within a year. Source: Men Get Osteoporosis, Too РThe New York Times

Below is a summary of some key issues that should be addressed and focused on by men:

  • Men with prior incidents, where bones were broken, can be at risk for oseoporotic fracture, and should have their bones checked. Every man over 70 should have a bone density test.
  • Osteoporosis should no longer be considered a disease solely of women. ¬†Men can also lose bone as they age. ¬†For example, almost 30 percent of all hip fractures occur in men.
  • Being underweight, smoking, and the number of alcoholic drinks per day are common risk factors for osteoporotic fractures in men.
  • Medications, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease are some of the issues that increase risk.
  • There is a tool (FRAX) developed by the World Health Organization, which can evaluate risk of an osteoporotic fracture.
  • Calcium, vitamin D, exercise with weight-bearing and resistance, in addition to non smoking can all help to keep osteoporosis¬†from¬†becoming harmful.

Take a moment to read the full article for detailed information.

Exercising Living Senior

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A lot of what¬†I’ve read recently about the aging process brings me to the conclusion that the road¬† to the ‘fountain of youth’¬†goes through the city of exercise. ¬†That is to say, the more we exercise, the more we will keep our bodies ‘in tune’, ‘well-oiled’ for a healthful and independent future . Easy enough right?

Suppose you have physical limitations?¬† The answer is: ‘where there is a will, there is a way.’ And, to help us with our ‘will’ the Department of Aging has suggested certain exercises for us to do while sitting, or standing.¬†There is¬† no health club cost required. Listed below are some of the¬†disabilities, which regular exercise can help you with.

  • arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, balance problems, and¬†trouble walking.
  • Benefits:¬† increased energy, lower cholesterol, prevent weight gain, bone strength, enhance mental well-being.

What’s the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise?¬†Both terms refer to¬†the voluntary movements you do that burn calories.

  • Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog, raking leaves, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class

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By picking up this book and looking through it, you’ve taken an important first step toward good health. Source: Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging | National Institute on Aging


Once you get started you will not want to stop! ¬†Let’s get physical ūüôā !