originally posted 12/28/2018 updated 09/20/2020 Author: Ellen Blake Your new grandparent name...how to choose? Congratulations if you are expecting a grandchild! What will they call you? Choosing a grandparent name is serious as it is a name that will follow you for many years. How to choose? Do you feel "Grandma" sounds old? If so,
by Ellen Blake originally posted 4/30/2020 updated 8/24/20 8/24/2020 update - binge drinking and Covid19 It's August now and four months later, Covid19 continues to rock our world; no part of life remains untouched. Life is increasingly unpredictable and much of the economy devastated. People drink more than ever now to dull their pain,
Let your voice be heard...We at 50Plus-Today want everyone to be part of the November 2020 election. It's easy - spread the word! Helpful resources for voting in the U.S. in the 2020 election: CONFIRM YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION Check if you are registered to vote and verify your polling location. REGISTER TO VOTE Visit Vote.gov to register
by Ellen Blake What is cohousing? Cohousing, a style of living that originated in Denmark in the 1970's, is an intentional community of private homes organized around common space, shared meals and group activities. In the U.S. cohousing started in the early 2000's. It is not the same as "house sharing", which
by Edd & Cynthia Staton Covid19 in a foreign country (In our case, Ecuador) Last year we wrote a fun and informative series for 50Plus-Today readers called “Taking the ‘Foreign’ Out of Retiring in a Foreign Country.” The final installment focused on daily life in Cuenca, Ecuador, our home for the past
originally posted Aug 1, 2019 revised Aug 1, 2020 By Ellen Blake Do you know which mosquito repellents actually work? Most people do not. The marketing labels on these products are super convincing, but sometimes promise unrealistic results. Here are the facts. Effective Mosquito Repellents These mosquito repellents work well: DEET A repellent with DEET tells mosquitos
by Jane Laskey Older is better: Wear your age with pride Another birthday rolls around and you coyly announce: “I’m 29 (again).” Everyone laughs. We’re all in on the conspiracy. We all agree on one thing: younger is better. Say, what? How did this nonsense become the accepted wisdom? We don’t lessen with age,
by Ellen Blake July 2020 quarantine update...It's not all bad Still home most of the time. And after five months of social distancing, I've run out of shows to binge, skills to learn and puzzles to finish. Despite my best intentions, some of my closets and drawers remain disorganized, but who cares.