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15 Great Perks and Resources for Seniors

Senior Partners

The golden years bring golden opportunities. Many cultural institutions, retailers, supermarkets, and travel companies offer discounts to seniors. There are also many services available to help people navigate tricky issues that can turn this stage of life into a gray area of sorts. Here are 15 discounts and resources that seniors can tap to save money and make their lives easier.

Cultural Experiences

Virtually every museum in the country offers some kind of discount to seniors, and some host days when seniors get in free. For example, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago takes $5 off the suggested admission for seniors. Symphony orchestras, opera companies, and other venues offer discounts on concerts and season passes. Movie theaters usually give seniors a dollar or two off ticket prices, and some offer free matinee tickets. AARP members get $9.50 online tickets to Regal cinemas, a savings of up to 25 percent.

National Parks

The National Park Service offers seniors a…

Things That Look Scary but Aren't

Keratosis Pilaris

Is it psoriasis? Hives? Some creepy rash you got in the produce section of the supermarket? Relax already. Those rough patches on your skin, the tiny bumps, are just keratosis pilaris, a harmless condition usually found on the upper arms, once in a while on your cheeks, on your thighs or on -- you know -- your other cheeks. A heaping helping of moisturizer helps. And don’t scratch. You’ll be fine.


When something’s up with your eyes, it can be pretty scary. You only have two of them. But a chalazion, a bump on the inside of your eyelid that can get pretty big, looks worse than it is. It’s caused by a blocked oil duct. They often go away by themselves. Don’t try to pop them. Instead, use warm compresses to help unblock that duct. See an eye doctor if it doesn’t get better on its own.

Scrotal Tongue

It’s hard to get grosser than your tongue looking like a dry lake bed in Death Valley. But it’s usually just something called scrotal tongue, a harmless condition that …

12 Good Things That Can Go Bad

1. Exercise

You can do a number on your body if you hit the gym too hard. Overuse can damage joints, tendons, ligaments, and even your heart. Women who exercise too much may start missing periods or speed up the bone loss that leads to osteoporosis. How much is too much? If your workouts leave you exhausted or irritable, or if you have a hard time sleeping, eating, or concentrating, it might be time to scale back.

2. Sleep

If you snooze beyond your typical 40 winks, you could do your body more harm than good. Studies show that more than 8 hours of sleep every night increases your risk of death from heart problems by 34%. You also can have trouble with concentration, weight, and blood sugar levels.

3. Antibiotics

Antibiotics kill many of the bacteria that cause infection and sickness. So what could be the harm in taking some if you have the sniffles? Turns out, bacteria can change if they’re in contact with antibiotics too often. This makes them resistant to the drugs. Take antibiotics onl…

Inspirational Quote – January 28, 2017

“As you walk upon the sacred earth, treat each step as a prayer.”

These days our poor planet is certainly being abused and disrespected again and again, whether it be war causing chaos and destruction, the abuse of our forests, the killing of our wildlife, the effects of global warming, it doesn’t paint us in a good light does it? People all over this beautiful plant of ours need to realize that this is the only world we have so we should be thankful and treasure and protect what we have. We need to respect our good earth for the blessings it provides in food, water and shelter. Our flora and fauna. As individuals we can do our bit every day by being thankful for our journey on the earth under our feet and praying that our wonderful world grows and prospers.


Inner Beauty

"Inner beauty always reflects on the outside. This is something we have all heard time and again. But then, do we spend less time in front of the mirror? Do we still pay attention to outward appearances and draw a lot of conclusions based on those? ... What if one day our inner self and physical self were turned inside out? How would that impact our looks and confidence? Would most of us be able to come to terms with what we see?" Here, avid yoga practitioner, writer, and artist Narendra Kini asks these and other thought-provoking questions to guide us through a contemplation on inner and outer beauty, and life's interdependence.

How to Combat America’s Creativity Crisis

ByMichael Ruiz

A new book explains how to recognize and encourage creativity in society—before it's too late.

The United States prides itself on being a beacon of innovation. Prometheus Books, 2016, 351 pages But there has been a substantial dive in the nation’s creativity in the last few decades, according to research by educational psychologist KH Kim, author of the new bookThe Creativity Challenge. Kim hastestedmore than 270,000 people, from kindergartners to adults, looking at (among other things) their ability to come up with original ideas, think in a detailed and elaborative way, synthesize information, and be open-minded and curious—what she considers creativity. Her research has found that Americans’ creativity rose from 1966 to 1990, but began significantly declining after then. And that’s a problem. “America has an increasingly limited number of individuals who are capable of finding and implementing solutions to problems the nation faces today,” she writes. “If this trend i…

Inspirational Quote – January 27, 2017

“The greatest prison that people live in is the fear of what other people think.”

Not caring what everybody else thinks about us is not an easy achievement. In fact, we go through life adhering to rules and regulations (well most of us) so we let the world know we are complying and conforming and being “good”. However, regarding our family, friends, work colleagues, etc., we can be guilty of conforming to their ideas of how we should behave and think. So much so that we stifle the very things that make us who we are therefore denying ourselves the opportunity of thinking and behaving “outside the box”. Why should we care what other people think of us? Would it really affect us that much? Would stifling our creativity and individuality add anything to their lives? Of course not! Always, always, be true to yourself on your life path and take pleasure in being who you are not other peoples’ idea of who you should be.


Quiet Justice & the Mindful Lawyer

"When I tell people that I teach a class in law and meditation at UC Berkeleys law school, I often hear snorts of disbelief. "It's easier to imagine a kindergarten class sitting in silence for half an hour," a friend said to me, than two lawyers sitting together in silence for five minutes." But the class is no joke. In fact, it's part of a ground-breaking movement that has quietly been taking hold in the legal profession over the past two decades: a movement to bring mindfulness-- a meditative, moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, relationships, and external circumstances-- into the practice of law and legal education." Charles Halpern a public interest pioneer and an innovator in legal education shares more in this article.

Why Do We Throw Coins in Fountains?

ByPeter Wogan

This simple ritual offers clues about how we experience awe, society, and collective belonging.

Why do so many of us get pleasant, uncanny sensations when we throw a coin in a fountain and see it resting in the water below? What’s the cultural psychology here? What do such coins have to do, for example, with rock concerts and the movieIt’s a Wonderful Life? It’s best to start by reviewing the shift in perspective that occurs when the coin moves out of our hands and into the fountain (or pond…but fountains make better pictures). When we grip that penny or other coin in our hands, we’re totally in control. The coin is literally “in the palm of our hands.” Kevin Krejci/ CC BY-SA 2.0 It’s also intimately connected with us through what anthropologists call “contagious magic,” the principle that physical contact creates a bond between people and objects, a principle that’s affirmed every time someone pays thousands of dollars for a piece of clothing worn by Jackie Robinson or John …