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  • 05/11/2020 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    Most of us are staying inside and online. Through phone calls, email, text messages and assorted conference calls and video-chat platforms we are trying to stay connected with family and friends.  But how do you stay connected with less tech-savvy family and friends who cannot jump on a Zoom chat because they do not have a "modern" computer or a computer at all. 

    Before you look at the list of easy tech products, stick to the simple.  Get a free conference call number and set up a group call.  You can always write a letter, that can be read over and over, and shared with others.

    But if you want a tech solution, here is the list of easy tech:

    1. Try one of the many free conference call services.  
    2. Jitsi Meet is free, simple face-to-face video-conference that works in most browsers and has apps for Android and iOS. It doesn’t require an account, can deliver smooth video and audio, and includes extras like in-chat YouTube playback, which allows everyone to watch the same YouTube video at the same time.
    3. Echo Show offers a built in camera and screen for virtual face-to-face that connects through Amazon's Alexa.  But everyone needs an Echo Show to participate.
    4. Facebook Portal uses your Facebook accounts to connect but everyone need a Facebook Portal.  

    Research  has shown that maintaining social connection is as important for your physical health as it is for your mental health. Last month, The New York Times reported  that “loneliness increases the risk of an earlier death by 26 percent,” and  that “lacking any social connection may be comparable to smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day as a risk factor for mortality.”

    Read more at the New York Times

  • 05/06/2020 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number, personal information, and money. And they're using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to do it. 

    Remember, if anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it's a scam.

    Be on the lookout, so you can stop scams before they happen. Here are recent Coronavirus scams to watch for:

    • Robocalls offering you respiratory masks they'll never send
    • Social media posts fraudulently seeking donations for non-existent charities, or claiming to give you stimulus funds if you enter your bank account information
    • Fake testing kits, cures, "immunity" pills, and offers for protective equipment

    Visit Medicare.gov/fraud for more information and tips on preventing Medicare scams and fraud.

  • 05/06/2020 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Make a difference in your community and state by becoming a contact tracer. 

    There is an urgent need to find, screen and train contact tracers.  For decades, contact tracing has been used for decades to control the spread of infectious diseases.  Contact tracers track infected individuals, finds everyone who has been near them and encourages these individuals to stay home until it is clear they are not infected also.


  • 05/06/2020 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    All of us who wear glasses are suffering from the same problem.  As soon as we put on our face mask to venture out to the grocery store or pharmacy, our glasses fog up.  Do not despair, there is a simple solution...soap and water.

    The medical journal, Annuals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, sites two doctors who developed a defogging strategy for the emergency room.  But it also works in the grocery store.

    1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
    2. Wet your glasses and lather soap on your glasses.
    3. Rinse your glasses with warm water.
    4. Gently dry your glasses with a clean, soft towel or lens cloth.

    That's it.

    Read more at CNN

    Here's additional useful information:

    All your questions about how to wear a face mask - answered


    How to make your own face mask (whether or not you know how to sew)

  • 04/27/2020 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added six symptoms to its covid-19 list. Issues that could appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus are:

    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

    Read more about the Washington Post investigation that paints a picture of unusually high mortality.

    You can track deaths and confirmed cases in the U.S. at the county level and across the world. 



  • 04/17/2020 2:56 PM | Anonymous


    Here are some simple tips to stay safe while completing everyday errands.  FIRST keep trips to the grocery, pharmacy and other public places to a minimum.  ALWAYS wear a face mask.  Always wash your hands when you return and disinfect common surfaces.

    • Shopping-Wear a face mask, keep 6 feet apart, wash your hands and disinfect common surfaces at home.  Keep touching cans, bottles, and stuff to a minimum.  Make trips during off-peak times or during special "Senior Shopping Hours".  Use touch-less payment like Apple Pay or Google Pay, if possible.
    • Medical Care- Call 911 for emergencies.  Call your doctor first for any coronavirus symptoms before going to the ER or your doctor's office.  Consider Telemedicine as an alternative for a doctor's office visit.  When in doubt, call your doctor first.
    • Prescriptions-Keep a few weeks’ worth of prescriptions on hand according to the CDC. Rather than going out ot pick up your prescription, check if your pharmacy will deliver or send your refill via the mail. 
    • Deliveries-Yes, the virus lives on paper, cardboard and other surfaces for a period of time.  A quick disinfectant wipe down won’t hurt.   Be nice to delivery folks, they are working and you can stay at home.
    • Exercise- If possible, go outside to exercise.  Maintain the 6-foot distance while you take a walk or a run, or walk to the store.  Disinfect anything you touch in a gym before and after use.
    • Socialize with friends – virtually.

      Answers to many of  your coronavirus questions can be found at The New York Times Smarter Living.


  • 04/17/2020 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    The COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought uncertainty and many changes to how you live your life.  The pandemic has altered daily routines, created financial pressures and imposed social isolation. All of us are concerned about getting sick, how long the pandemic will last and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make life feel out of control and make it unclear what to do. Many of us may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness.

    The MAYO Clinic provides self-care strategies on how to stay physically and mentally fit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Be mindful about your physical health:

    ·         Get enough sleep. 

    ·         Participate in regular physical activity. 

    ·         Eat healthy. 

    ·         Avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs. 

    ·         Limit screen time. 

    ·         Relax and recharge. 

    Reduce stress triggers:

    ·         Keep your regular routine. 

    ·         Limit exposure to news media. 

    ·         Stay busy. 

    ·         Focus on positive thoughts. 

    ·         Use your moral compass or spiritual life for support. 

    ·         Set priorities. 

    Build support and strengthen relationships:

    ·         Keep up connections virtually. 

    ·         Do something for others. 

    ·         Support a family member or friend. 

    Click here for the full list from the Mayo Clinic


  • 04/16/2020 8:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Information from Medicare.gov

    More than ever, it's important to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, and if you must go out, practice social distancing. While we stay home, don't let fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic become overwhelming. Here are a few ways the CDC recommends managing stress during these challenging times:  

    • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media.
    • Connect with others. Talk with friends and loved ones over the phone or via video chat about your concerns and how you are feeling.
    • Take care of yourself. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

    More Info

    Remember: If you need to see your doctor, please call them first. Medicare has expanded their ability to use telehealth services during the COVID-19 emergency for common office visits, mental health counseling, and preventive health screenings.


  • 04/10/2020 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of cloth face coverings as an additional public health measure to prevent and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to those around them. Recent data about how COVID-19 spreads before people show symptoms (pre-symptomatic) or people without symptoms (asymptomatic).

    Mitigating the risk of spread by people who are infected, but not sick, is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. For example, it is recommended that you wear face masks at the grocery store, pharmacies or to pick up other necessities and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. Continue to keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others. 

    Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two, or on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Do not use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker, such as a surgical mask or N95 respirator mask.

    You can stay informed by reviewing the coronavirus.gov.

  • 04/10/2020 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    Many communities, grocery stores and pharmacies now requiring that individuals wear a face mask when outside or before entering a store.  Or you can wear a scarf or bandanna to cover your nose and mouth.

    Click here to get a pattern, simple instructions, and watch a view so you can make your own face masks.  Or search for a pattern on Google or Youtube.

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