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                                Shopper Mo Petersen, walks along the mall level of the center wearing her mask after finding out those stores had not yet opened.
Advance directives are essential but often overlooked

Dear Savvy Senior: All this horrible coronavirus carnage got me thinking about my own end-of-life decisions if I were to get sick. Can you recommend some good resources that can help me create a living will or advance directive, or other pertinent documents? I’ve put it off long enough. — Almost 70 Read more

                                Above, Debi Gurdock, who has worked as a farrier for about 17 years, trimmed the hooves of her horse Monty on her property in Ford City last month. She has had as many as five horses but now has just Monty.
Horseshoeing not for the faint of heart

Debi Gurdock was surprised how still and silent the mustang was as she trimmed his front feet. She walked around to the back, placed a foot between her legs — and it happened. Read more

                                Computer, technology.
Technology aids monitoring of loved ones

Norman Potter’s mother, Dorothy, who suffers from a chronic pulmonary illness, lives alone in the mountain town of Newland, N.C., two hours from his home in Winston-Salem. For a year, Potter had been looking for technology that would enable him to monitor her health from afar. Read more

Telehealth appointments require patients’ preparation

Dear Savvy Senior: I manage a large doctor’s clinic that treats hundreds of seniors each month. We are moving to more telehealth visits to help keep our patients safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic, but this new way of seeing a doctor is befuddling to many of our elder patients. Read more

                                Brenda Fotos sews masks to donate to area hospitals as a neighbor walking a dog is reflected in the window of Fotos’ home in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento, Calif.
Sewing their love for hospitals

Allison Keller is a surgical technologist at Sutter Roseville Medical Center who feels the strain on health care workers serving on the front lines in the fight against a global pandemic. “It’s scary,” she said. Read more

                                British expatriate Steven Oldrid, left, checked a list June 6 as he directed people where to lay wooden crosses with names of WWII dead and flowers during D-Day ceremonies at the local war cemetery in Benouville, Normandy, France. Due to coronavirus measures, many relatives and veterans did not make this year’s 76th anniversary of D-Day. Oldrid brought it to them virtually as he placed wreaths and crosses for families and posted the moments on his Facebook page.
Englishman steps in to aid D-Day commemorations

The essence of war remembrance is to make sure the fallen are never forgotten. All it takes is a wreath, a tiny wooden cross, a little token on a faraway grave to show that people still care about their fallen hero, parent or grandparent. Read more

Health insurance options for the newly jobless

Dear Savvy Senior: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, I just got laid off from my job of 22 years and need to find health insurance until I can get another job or enroll in Medicare at age 65. What are my options? — Scared to Death Read more

                                A group of Northwestern ICU nurses in their 50s and 60s, who are called the Old Dolls, stand outside the Galter Pavilion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
ICU nurses known as the Old Dolls lean on each other during pandemic

Intensive care unit nurse Raquel “Rocky” Collanto is 63 and cares for her 91-year-old mother, so when COVID-19 patients began to arrive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, her supervisor offered her options. Collanto could transfer to another department or to a different ICU unit where there would be less risk of exposure to the potentially deadly virus. Read more

                                Malama Meals delivers free meals, it provides to kupuna who are residents at lower-income senior housing facilities on Oahu. The COVID-19 food relief program, which has been providing over 14,000 meals a day, also to residents on Kaui, Molokai and Niihau, is now looking to extend its services to Maui and Hawaii next.
Meal, grocery delivery services can help sheltering seniors

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you recommend some good grocery and/or meal service delivery options for seniors? My 78-year-old mother has always shopped for herself, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, the grocery store shelves are always half empty, and she’s getting more fearful of leaving the house. — Parent Helper Read more

                                Cornelia Vertenstein, 92, at her home in Denver earlier this month. Vertenstein, a Holocaust survivor, is still teaching piano lessons over FaceTime from her Denver home. Above, frame-grabs from online piano lessons conducted by Vertenstein.
From lessons to recitals, piano teacher presses on

For more than 50 years, Cornelia Vertenstein, 92, has taught piano lessons from her home in Denver. Every week, through all those years, a parade of children came to her door, books in hand. Read more

                                Shot, medicine, vaccination, health.
Don’t forget important vaccines, from flu to shingles

Dear Savvy Senior: Do currently offered vaccines against pneumonia provide seniors any protection against the coronavirus disease? I’ve always been bad about getting vaccinated, but this coronavirus pandemic is causing me to change my thinking. — Pro-Vax Patty Read more

                                Jacqueline Sander, left, executive director of The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill., sports a mask alongside resident Lorraine Kozak. Kozak and other residents have been putting together face mask kits to distribute to people in the community.
Seniors help neighbors with face mask kits

Each day, 98-year-old Lorraine Kozak sits at a table in her nursing home and carefully cuts out swatches of fabric and places them into plastic bags with elastic and instructions on how to turn them into face masks. Read more

                                Sian-Pierre Regis, 35, and his mother, Rebecca Danigelis, 78, browse a Salvation Army store in Manhattan. Regis is one of the growing number of millennials who are supporting their parents financially and, in some cases, giving them a place to live.
Parents are here to stay

Sian-Pierre Regis, 35, is used to living with roommates. For the past 10 years, he has split the rent on his apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York with two (in some cases, three) friends. But in June he’s getting a co-tenant of a different sort: his 78-year-old mother, Rebecca Danigelis. Read more

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