COVID-19 Precautions for Older Workers

You may think you have read or heard all you ever want to know about COVID-19. However, if you are still in the workplace, you will likely find this guest post informative and practical.   What Could Happen with You or Your Job If You or a Member of Your Household Tests Positive for COVID-19? By Patrick Bailey The COVID-19 pandemic has turned just about everyone's lives upside down. The way that we live has changed dramatically since the epidemic began. Rather than spending the summer hosting barbecues, attending concerts, and going to other events, people are staying home. Certain…

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COVID-19: Communicating Safety Expectations

I live in a rural county with a little over 111,000 people. Just over 26% of our population is over sixty-five. I’m one of those older county residents.  I know that regardless of how healthy I am, my age puts me at greater risk for serious COVID complications. My husband, who has some underlying health issues, is at an even greater risk. I try to be very careful when I am around other people. I wear a mask when shopping, and I social distance when I interact with other people. I do this not only for my benefit and the…

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Declutter: Getting Your House in Order

After spending too much time at home, you may start noticing that you are living with far more clutter and chaos than you’d realized. Doing something about all the clutter is another matter. Some of us bravely attempt to go-it-alone. Others seek inspiration from declutter gurus like Marie Kondo whose book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up focuses on a minimalist approach of retaining items that spark joy. Still, others have expert home organizers come into their homes and help create uncluttered spaces.Cindy Eastman hired someone to help her do some decluttering. She has shared her experience with us:Home too…

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COVID-19: A Retirement Wake-up Call

We’re all eager to get back to some sense of normality once it is safe to do so without risking COVID 19 exposure. Yet it feels like we are living in a perpetual holding pattern. When talking with acquaintances who are working from home, some have expressed a sense of boredom as one day pours into the next. None of us could have prepared for what we are now experiencing! In an April 19, 2020, Forbes article, senior contributor Chris Carosa suggested that having to shelter in place could be a wake-up call or preview for those who are eager…

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Humor Can Help Us Cope During Challenging Times

Without question, COVID-19 is a severe crisis that has affected millions of lives. And we have no shortage of news that updates us on the most recent, grim statistics. But from time to time, we need a little break. Sometimes humor- even during the darkest of times—is precisely what we need. COVID-10: A Psyche in Overdrive While Sheltering in Place By Cindy Eastman Ever heard of the COVID-10?  I just heard that phrase this morning from my friend I was walking with - she said she’s suffering from the COVID-10 that many of her other friends are experiencing.  She was…

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Inhaling Each Moment, Appreciating Life

  Life has changed. In part, my life has changed because of the pandemic that has affected all of our lives. The larger changes I have made began about 15 months ago when I left a stressful work environment that demanded most of my day-to-day energy; when I wasn’t working, I was living on automatic pilot. Now I’m inhaling each moment with a new appreciation for living. I do have a schedule—one that I create for myself. I have also given myself deadlines for the work projects that I control. I write a monthly article for an online magazine, I…

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Small Adaptations, Unimaginable Sacrifices & Hope

Small Adaptations Because of the potential to spread Covid-19, most all of us in my area have been encouraged to maintain social distance recommendations and to stay at home. I leave the house to pick up prescriptions for my husband, to get outdoor exercise, to walk the dog and greet neighbors who are out and about, and to do grocery shopping. I miss getting together with friends and going out to Saturday breakfast with my husband. However, I’ve stayed in contact with people using social media and video. I’ve attended meetings and have even enjoyed happy hour with a couple…

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Using Zoom to Stay in Contact During Covid19

I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch tomorrow. We’ve canceled our meeting but will have a virtual happy hour late tomorrow afternoon. For those of us over fifty, we are well aware that we are at higher risk for complications from Covid-19. We need to protect ourselves from social interaction, yet we also need to stay connected with others for our own well-being, if not for business reasons. Free and Easy to Use with Lots of Great Features If you are not already using the Zoom app to stay in contact, I strongly suggest you consider taking about…

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