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Atlanta Senior Life focuses on the interests, accomplishments and lifestyles of the active senior population in metro Atlanta. Editorial topics and features include health and wellness, technology, personal finance, volunteer service, travel, entertainment and listings of local events and resources.

Atlanta Senior Life is published monthly by Springs Publishing and delivered to retirement communities, senior residences, recreation centers, grocery stores, libraries, churches and synagogues, medical offices and clinics, retail stores, restaurants and other selected locations in metro Atlanta where active seniors shop, live, volunteer, work or play.

03/28/2019
Cobb County Seniors Services: Assistive Technology Lab, Part 1

First in a series of 4 videos created by Atlanta Senior Life with Felicia Alingu (Outcomes Program Specialist) with Cobb County Senior Services.

Visit the Cobb Senior Services Assistive Technology Lab to experience AT for yourself! OVER 100 ITEMS on display to help you in your home, in your car, at work, in the community, and more!

Whether your interests include working with kids, your community or plants and flowers, you can volunteer your time with...
03/07/2019
UGA Extension Volunteer Opportunities - Atlanta Senior Life

Whether your interests include working with kids, your community or plants and flowers, you can volunteer your time with the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension and make a difference. The mission of both UGA Extension and our volunteer program is to connect the community with research-based, unbiased information with classes, events, and hands-on learning. There are many ways in which you can engage with Extension as a volunteer. [ 293 more words ]
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For people who enjoy gardening and the outdoors, there are some great volunteer opportunities with the UGA Extension Service.

Medicare fraud is not a new topic of discussion, but it’s one that most of us know little about it. Here are two examp...
03/06/2019
Medicare Fraud and Your Role as the Pawn - Atlanta Senior Life

Medicare fraud is not a new topic of discussion, but it’s one that most of us know little about it. Here are two examples of fraud that aren’t directed at the individual, but that use him or her as part of the scheme to illegally profit from Medicare. Home Healthcare The fraudster, whom we’ll call “crook” for shorter syllables, makes a cold-call to the home. [ 536 more words ]
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Don't let yourself be used by crooks in Medicare fraud scams. Here's what you should know to keep from being played as a pawn.

Most of us want autonomy and freedom of choice in our lives, but when it comes to decisions about one of the most import...
03/05/2019
Help with End-of-Life Decisions - Atlanta Senior Life

Most of us want autonomy and freedom of choice in our lives, but when it comes to decisions about one of the most important events of our lives — our own deaths — we sometimes leave those to others. End-of-life decisions are not easy to think about, but they are important topics to consider and discuss with family members, religious leaders or healthcare professionals. [ 1,068 more word ]
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Here is what you need to help with making end-of-life decisions now.

In 2016, Dr. Wayne Giles, then director of CDC’s Division of Population Health, issued a stern warning: As a nation, w...
03/04/2019
Get Your Rest: The importance of sleep - Atlanta Senior Life

In 2016, Dr. Wayne Giles, then director of CDC’s Division of Population Health, issued a stern warning: As a nation, we are not getting enough sleep.” Sleep-deprivation has been in health news ever since. Reasons for restless nights are as varied as our ages. Nearly half of men and women over the age of 65 say they have at least one sleep problem, according to multiple sleep studies. [ 831 more words ]
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Restful sleep, and enough of it, is important to health for everyone, including older adults.

03/01/2019
Above: Located on 20 acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the Ignatius House welcomes nearly 3,000 guests annually...
03/01/2019
Restore the Soul with a Spiritual Retreat - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: Located on 20 acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the Ignatius House welcomes nearly 3,000 guests annually for mostly silent retreats. Photo courtesy of the Ignatius House. In a world full of distractions — from endless TV channels to constantly breaking news to social media — it feels like a gift to step onto the sacred grounds of The Monastery of the Holy Spirit. [ 1,199 more word ]
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People are invited to experience peace and silence for spiritual retreats at several places in the north metro Atlanta area.

Above:  In her basement studio, potter Judy Robkin creates ceramic “ladies” she says have stories to tell. Photos by...
02/28/2019
Stories in Clay: Potters discuss their art - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: In her basement studio, potter Judy Robkin creates ceramic “ladies” she says have stories to tell. Photos by Joe Earle. Judy Robkin doesn’t call her hand-built ceramic pieces “statues.” And it irritates her when some people call them “dolls.” They’re not. They’re “ladies.” “They just take on personalities, which is fun,” Robkin said. Each lady has a story Robkin finds each of her ladies in pieces of clay. [ 1,185 more word ]
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Local potters showing at the American Craft Show in Atlanta discuss their art.

Above: Left to right, Michelle Cristal (asCalliope), Bess Winebarger (as Melpomene), Patrick Robinson (as Sonny) and Jes...
02/27/2019
Out & About: March 2019 - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: Left to right, Michelle Cristal (asCalliope), Bess Winebarger (as Melpomene), Patrick Robinson (as Sonny) and Jesse Thomas-Durden (as Kira) appear in the show Xanadu, JR. at MJCCA's Jerry's Habima Theatre. The Arts Xanadu, JR. March 7-17. Xanadu JR. is an electrifying musical tale is full of romance, art and dancing, and is ideal for audiences of all ages. Jerry's Habima Theatre, a program of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, is Georgia's only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals that features actors with special needs. [ 1,089 more word ]
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There are many shows, special events and other activities for older adults to enjoy in the north metro Atlanta area this March.

By AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor Dear Rusty: My wife and I were both born in 1953. My wife will r...
02/08/2019
Ask Rusty: File & Suspend? Restricted Application? Or just wait? - Atlanta Senior Life

By AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor Dear Rusty: My wife and I were both born in 1953. My wife will reach her full retirement age in March 2019 and I will reach mine in June 2019. My wife's benefit will be roughly $2,200/month and mine will be about $2,700/month if we were to file for payments. An option I have considered is spousal benefits only. [ 524 more words ]
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AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Rusty Gloor offers advice.

Above: Flowers received for Valentine's Day can be kept fresh longer with a few tricks. Photos by Pixabay. With Valentin...
02/08/2019
Longer Lasting Flowers - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: Flowers received for Valentine's Day can be kept fresh longer with a few tricks. Photos by Pixabay. With Valentine’s Day comes candy, cards and flowers. Flowers arrangements are quite pricey this time of year, but a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut roses always says “I love you” to that special someone. If you’ve received a gift of fresh flowers, you’ll want to get the most enjoyment out of your arrangement for the longest amount of time. [ 221 more words ]
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Find some tips to keep your Valentine's Day gift flowers lasting longer.

Moving your technology to your new home doesn’t have to be as stressful as you fear. If you keep the process organized...
02/07/2019
How to Move Your Tech to Your New Home - Atlanta Senior Life

Moving your technology to your new home doesn’t have to be as stressful as you fear. If you keep the process organized and do a little “new-home homework” before you move, you can get yourself set up relatively efficiently. Here’s a suggested checklist to follow: What TV/internet service is available? Some apartment or condominium communities allow you to contract with you own provider, such as Comcast, AT&T, Charter, Google, DirecTV, etc. [ 672 more words ]
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Get tips on how to easily move your technology with you to your new home.

Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar in Marietta is one of the many places to find milk tea in the north metro Atlanta area. SPECIAL Whe...
02/07/2019
Tiny bubbles: Where to get milk tea - Atlanta Senior Life

Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar in Marietta is one of the many places to find milk tea in the north metro Atlanta area. SPECIAL Whether you call it bubble tea, milk tea or boba tea, the Taiwanese-created comfort drink has quickly become a hit with Atlantans. A tea base of black, green, oolong or blended tea is mixed with powdered milk or fruit syrup and tiny, chewy balls of tapioca — called pearls or boba — and served over ice. [ 591 more words ]
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Milk tea, or boba tea, has gotten to be very popular. There are many spots in the north metro Atlanta area that you can find and enjoy its many variations.

Above: Practicing mindfulness is one way you can institute self-help in your daily life. Photos by Pixabay. A common Feb...
02/06/2019
Mind Over Matter: Be smart about self-help - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: Practicing mindfulness is one way you can institute self-help in your daily life. Photos by Pixabay. A common February problem might be keeping up your momentum with last year’s resolutions. (You know, those promises you plan to fulfill before 2019 ends.) Are they vanishing before Valentine’s Day? Need a little support? Here are some approaches that offer alternatives to traditional medical approaches. [ 1,120 more word ]
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Mindfulness and life-coaching are some approaches that offer alternatives to traditional medical approaches. You might want to consider trying one or two, but remember to be open, not gullible, with things you don't completely understand.

Above: For Valentine's Day, take your sweetheart to a special event at one of the Georgia State Parks, like the Sunset B...
02/05/2019
Special Events for Valentine's Day - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: For Valentine's Day, take your sweetheart to a special event at one of the Georgia State Parks, like the Sunset Boat Tour at Stephen C. Foster State Park on February 16. Photos courtesy of Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has planned some special events for Valentine’s Day. There are date nights, hikes and more throughout the state that offer romance and adventure. [ 464 more words ]
http://atlantaseniorlife.com/special-events-for-valentines-day/

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has planned some special events for Valentine’s Day.

Above: Steve Wadley is committed to local, educational causes. He's begun a new organization, Think Local Atlanta, that ...
02/04/2019
One Man’s Devotion to Educational Causes - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: Steve Wadley is committed to local, educational causes. He's begun a new organization, Think Local Atlanta, that will help many organizations raise needed funds. Photo by Joe Earle. Two moments changed Steve Wadley. Taken together, they convinced him to spend part of his retirement devoting his time, talents and experience to raising money for local organizations that support education in Atlanta’s inner-city schools. [ 982 more words ]
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Steve Wadley has helped several local groups raise funds. He thinks is new group, called Think Local Atlanta, will broaden and stabilize fundraising for such small, local groups.

Here are some of the many woodworking clubs that meet regularly in Georgia. Check them out and plan to visit one that's ...
02/01/2019
Local Woodworking Clubs - Atlanta Senior Life

Here are some of the many woodworking clubs that meet regularly in Georgia. Check them out and plan to visit one that's nearby and matches your interests. Apple Ridge Woodturners Ellijay appleridgewoodturners.org Atlanta Woodturners Guild Atlanta atlantawoodturnersguild.org Barnesville Woodturners Barnesville barnesvillewoodturners.com Bi-City Woodturners Columbus bicitywoodturners.com Chattahoochee Woodturners Gainesville chattahoocheewoodturners.org Classic City Woodturners Athens classiccitywoodturners.com Dalton Area Woodturners Guild Dalton daltonareawoodturnersguild.org… [ 131 more words ]
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There are many woodworking clubs that meet in Georgia and the Atlanta area. Here's a list of some of them.

Above: John Rudert, one of the featured woodworkers, works on a toy train. A sample of the finished product is in the fo...
01/31/2019
From Wood to Art: Woodworkers talk about their craft - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: John Rudert, one of the featured woodworkers, works on a toy train. A sample of the finished product is in the foreground. Photo by Joe Earle. John Rudert tackled his first woodworking project decades ago, when he was a kid growing up in Pennsylvania. He and his dad, who happened to own a hardware store and had a shop full of tools, worked together to make a lamp. [ 1,333 more word ]
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Atlanta area woodworkers meet up at several woodworking groups in the area. They discuss their craft and the skills they use to turn wood into pieces of art.

Above: February is Heart Health month, and several locations offer special events such as Heart Screenings, including Co...
01/30/2019
Out & About: February 2019 - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: February is Heart Health month, and several locations offer special events such as Heart Screenings, including Cobb County Senior Centers. The Arts Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Feb. 6-26. This 21-day event offers a broad selection of genres and themes to moviegoers. Highlights include: “Shoelaces,” a tender family story nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards; “Leona,” a delicate romance about a young woman from Mexico City torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love; and “Chewdaism: A Taste of Montreal,” a nosh-umentary in which two best friends return to their hometown and eat their way across the city. [ 940 more words ]
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Here are some events, shows and classes in north metro Atlanta that you may want to plan for this February.

Above: Raking the leaves is one of many chores for homeowners. Photos by Pixabay. As I grow older, I find it harder to k...
01/11/2019
Chores are for Kids? Not any more! - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: Raking the leaves is one of many chores for homeowners. Photos by Pixabay. As I grow older, I find it harder to keep up with my chores. I grew up in the 50s and 60s, back when kids were supposed to do chores. TV told us so. You just knew that The Beaver had to feed the cat and even Eddie Haskell had to mow the lawn. [ 659 more words ]
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Chores aren't just for kids!

Above: It's a good idea to be skeptical of phone calls that claim you owe money. Photo by Pixabay. In the November 2018 ...
01/10/2019
Learn To Be Politely Skeptical - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: It's a good idea to be skeptical of phone calls that claim you owe money. Photo by Pixabay. In the November 2018 issue of Atlanta Senior Life, I wrote about the Grandma Scam, where the goal for the scammer is to tie into the emotions of the victim by posing as a grandchild, using his or her name to convince the victim that the call is legitimate. [ 493 more words ]
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Safety columnist Steve Rose explains how to be politely skeptical and identify scammers.

Above: Taking a walk in the fresh air is one way to become more fit. Photo by Pixabay. The new year is a great time to g...
01/09/2019
Get Physically and Mentally Fit This Year - Atlanta Senior Life

Above: Taking a walk in the fresh air is one way to become more fit. Photo by Pixabay. The new year is a great time to get creative with ways to stay healthy and warm at the same time. When older adults are both physically and mentally active, their risk for several chronic diseases is decreased, while overall brain health is increased. [ 316 more words ]
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Here are some ideas to help you get fit, mentally and physically, this year.

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