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Assessments offer clarity in uncertain times


Barbara’s parents, like many seniors in their 80s, are trying to keep from contracting COVID-19 by isolating at home. To keep fed, they signed up for the governor’s Great Plates program, which delivers two restaurant-quality meals per day; other groceries are ordered online by their daughter. In normal times, Barbara, who lives two hours away, would visit weekly. Now she […]

Job searching in the age of COVID is a whole new ballgame


As of September 2020, almost 13 million people in the United States were unemployed. Of course, a great deal of the job losses can be attributed to COVID. I’m sure any one of us, including me, can name multiple people we know who are out of work as a result of the pandemic; half our staff here at Senior Concerns […]

Jesus is a man of action on a mission in Mark’s energetic Gospel


The second in our series on the Gospel writers looks at Mark, the shortest and most energetic of the four Gospels. Jesus is a man of action. He’s constantly on the move. We see the words “and,” “immediately” and “at once.” He’s healing, teaching and performing miracles nonstop, except for brief periods of prayer. Unlike the other Gospels, the book […]

Influential older voters have much to consider


Why do seniors turn out to vote more than any other age group? Older adults, especially those that are no longer working, are particularly susceptible to changes in policy made by elected officials. A large percentage of their income and access to healthcare resources are tied to government programs. It also helps that seniors have years of experience voting, are […]

Appointment was a real eye-opener


I was brought up in a household where we were taught to see the best in people. In most cases, giving folks the benefit of the doubt has served us well. However, based upon a recent experience my mother had, I think being a bit more cautious, especially as we age, is warranted. Because of her underlying risk of glaucoma, […]

Four Gospel writers, four unique viewpoints


The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell the story of Jesus’ ministry on Earth. Why don’t we have one book about Jesus, rather than four distinct profiles? In a celebrity biography, the basic facts are the same, but much can be different. The authors may interview different people. Eyewitnesses may recall the same incident in various ways. Likewise, […]

Social isolation results in memory loss later in life


Fifty-four years ago, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song “Eleanor Rigby,” signaling us to “look at all the lonely people.” Studies in the U.K. show that half a million people over the age of 60 spend every day alone. Today, scientists around the world are worried about the effect of social isolation on older adults, especially in light […]

Memories help bridge the distance Andrea Gallagher

It has been eight months since I’ve seen my mother. I miss her tremendously, but I do not think at this point it is safe to travel 3,000 miles by plane and rental car. So I continue what I have been doing and make my morning phone call to my mother while I walk the dog. A few years ago, […]

Embracing change, because change is inevitable


Due to COVID-19, my husband and I are at home a lot more these days. All that togetherness has given me time to reflect on how my husband and I manage change over time. Of course, marriage created modifications in my lifestyle right from the start. Following in my mother’s footsteps, I felt responsible for having a home-cooked meal on […]


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