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Laughing Through the Pandemic

Let’s Smile and Laugh at Home! Over two hundred years ago, Lord Byron, English poet and politician, wrote, “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” Where is Lord Byron when we need him? Let’s look at some facts. It takes .03 seconds to smile. Research has shown that smiling reduces stress, sends positive messages, and is contagious. Smili...Read More

Sanity During the Pandemic. Tell Us What’s Working Well For YOU!

Crazy, unsettling times we’re living through.  We’d love to know how you’re doing.  Keeping your head on straight can be a struggle.  Absolutely.  And it’s so important you realize that as nutty as you think your world has become, others of us out here are thinking the exact same thing. So, we were wondering.  Do you have a tip – or several – for w...Read More

How To Help the Helpers

NOTE:  AFL thanks the New York Times, author Nancy Wartik for this content. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed medical professionals into the front lines of danger. Here’s what you can do to help, safely. By Nancy Wartik Lynne Hewett, a Utah nurse, flew into New York City a couple of weeks ago, to work the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. ...Read More

The Crazy Days of “Now”

My home is lovely.  My spouse is a good person. My health is very good. My kids, my grandkids are simply marvelous.  And I’m grateful. But darn it – life has been turned upside down. During these crazy days, I’m trying, really, to maintain a schedule.  I’m trying to do things that make me feel productive, a contributor, and yet – I haven’t hit my s...Read More

How To Make Your Own Face Mask

NOTE:  AFL thanks our friends at CNBC and author Nir Eyal.     So far, U.S. health officials have not offered guidelines or regulations around homemade masks — and since commercially made ones are almost impossible to find, your last resort is just starting making your own. You can find a variety of mask designs online, but simple yet promisin...Read More

Great “After 50” Exercises

If you think you’ve aged out of exercise, think again. Exercise is an important part of our lives, and not just because we’re living longer. Staying fit preserves muscle, which keeps us mobile so we can maintain our normal, active lives. It helps retain cognitive function so we don’t slow down mentally. And for all ages, exercise is an excellent th...Read More

You’re Up!

Bases are loaded. Your kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors cheer. Do you homer, walk, or hit into a triple play? We’re all on the same baseball field. The pandemic is everywhere. Italians sing to each another from their balconies, parents home teach their kids, and celebrities perform a “living room concert.” Most of us care – don’t let anyone ...Read More

Solitary Confinement – The Health Risks of Social Isolation

There have been a number of recent reports about the importance of socialization and the risks of social isolation. This topic has become increasingly important for people in middle age who often have routines that keep them isolated and for the elderly who are also challenged by isolation. Let me know your thoughts. *******************************...Read More

40 Ways to Maintain Social Ties During the Coronavirus Quarantine

40 Ways to Stay Social During the Coronavirus Quarantine NOTE:  Our thanks to PARADE and NICOLE PAJER for this helpful content. 1. Stay in contact: Social distancing, says Heather Cosimin, an associate professor of psychology at the College of Arts & Sciences at Johnson & Wales University, doesn’t mean you should cut yourself off. “Continue...Read More

I spoke to Finn today!

It wouldn’t have happened a few months ago. In the pre-pandemic days before our isolation, fear, and confusion, I never would have met Finn. I would have been too busy – too controlled by demands, errands, and schedules. Sheltering at home, away from people and deadlines, things have changed. In other words, time has changed. We all wait for Corona...Read More

Stock Market Performance During and After Bear Markets

  When stocks move into a bear market — defined as falling at least 20% or more from 52-week highs — they have recovered over time. As the below table of the S&P 500® Index illustrates from 1950 to present day, when the selling pressure finally hits a bottom, stocks have a strong track record of bouncing back over the next three, six and 1...Read More

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