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What Older Diabetics Should Know About Coronavirus
5/15/2020 2:21:14 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are both in our late sixties and have diabetes. We would like to find out if our diabetes increases our risk of getting the coronavirus. Concerned Diabetics   Dear Concerned, Currently, there’s not enough data to show that people with diabetes are more likely to get coronavirus (COVID-19) than the general population. But the problem for diabetics is, if you do happen to contract the virus, your chance of developing serious complications are much higher. This is especially true if your diabetes isn’t well-controlled....

Focus on nursing home workers amid continued virus outbreaks
5/15/2020 2:15:51 PM

By Amy Taxin   For nearly two months, many nursing homes nationwide have been on virtual lockdown. Families of residents are not allowed inside, vendors have to drop deliveries outside and the only people coming in and out are health care workers and assistants. Despite all that, the outbreaks continue—possibly spread by the same nursing home workers who are risking their lives to tend to some of society's most vulnerable. In response, many workers are significantly increasing their own vigilance, nursing homes are adding safety measures, and the testing of...

Californians buy mom flowers as virus restrictions ease
5/15/2020 2:10:09 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—As California takes baby steps toward reopening public spaces, families who'd been cooped up for nearly two months spent Mother's Day in parks and on trails with reminders to keep up social distancing practices. Moms in cars were lauded at a weekend drive-through parade where people waved signs and blew horns outside Saddleback Church in Orange County. In Bakersfield, residents of the Kern River Transitional Care nursing home lined up on a sidewalk as family members drove by to wish their loved ones a happy Mother's Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom last...

Sowing seeds of life and hope
5/15/2020 2:08:53 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Parenting is a call and a blessing that can be a challenge under any circumstances. This has been a season like no other, but this Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate all mothers (and fathers, teachers, and caregivers) who sow seeds of life and hope for the future and pray that they will be able to keep moving through their own uncertainties and challenges while loving and sustaining the children in their care. As parents our instinct is to protect even when we know we cannot. I worry about my children and grandchildren every day as they go...

Is the EDD out of money?
5/14/2020 4:27:50 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- It looks like the EDD (Employment Development Department) in California has stolen a page from China's playbook and will not answer any questions about what is going on within the department.   The Tri County Sentry reached out to the media relations department at EDD and asked the following questions, based on the experiences encountered by employees seeking relief:   1. Alternate Base Period (ABP) program requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to use more recently earned wages to...

Savvy Senior - How the Coronavirus Relief Law Helps Retirement Savers and Retirees
5/8/2020 4:02:19 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the retirement account changes that Congress recently passed in response to the coronavirus crisis? Seeking Answers   Dear Seeking, Tucked into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, that President Trump signed into law in late March were a series of changes that can help retirement savers in need of cash, as well as help preserve the retirement savings accounts of current retirees while the stock market is down. Here’s a rundown to how three provisions in the CARES Act might help...

'Field of Dreams': Fathers & sons, phantoms and phenoms
5/8/2020 4:01:02 PM

By Ronald Blum   NEW YORK (AP)—Baseball and tears, the ones streaking down cheeks. Tears, the kind leaving rifts between fathers and sons. “Field of Dreams” is about phantoms and phenoms on an unlikely diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Emotions gush like water across the grass, resonating three decades later because of the nerves the movie digs down to reach. “I remember, I think it was the very first test screening we had, it was in the LA area and it was a recruited audience and they didn't know anything about the movie,”...

‘Is this ever going to end?’
5/8/2020 3:58:25 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Recently actor Will Smith conducted a video interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, our nation’s leading expert on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in which Dr. Fauci answered several questions from children and teenagers. Dr. Fauci explained what COVID-19 stands for, what coronaviruses are, and what makes this one different and dangerous. He answered 7-year-old Ava’s questions about whether the tooth fairy can still visit (yes!)...

Faith leader says pandemic has been an 'eye-opener'
5/8/2020 3:54:25 PM

By Steve Eighinger   QUINCY, Ill. (AP)—The Rev. Bruce Rice does not pretend to be any sort of fortune teller. Rice, however, is confident of what he feels the future will hold once the pandemic surrounding the coronavirus has run its course. “We're already becoming more of a community,” says Rice, the executive director of contemporary Christian radio station WGCA-FM. Rice, 74, has also served as a local pastor and long been one of the region's (western Illinois) top spokesmen on faith-related matters. And he was not using the term...

Vicious dogs + people: Pandemic complicates animal rescue
5/8/2020 3:00:54 PM

By David Ovalle   MIAMI (AP)—As always, Garson Dupuy was out on street patrol this week rounding up strays and responding to reports of vicious dogs or vicious people doing bad things to animals. A Miami-Dade animal welfare officer, he's been designated an essential worker doing a job that, in normal times, is fraught with risk. Throw a coronavirus outbreak in that volatile mix, and even routine daily encounters like one outside a dilapidated South Miami Heights House turn tense. Wearing a mask and gloves, Dupuy tried to maintain distance in a cramped walkway...