The Bipartisan Budget Act passed in 2018 created many changes to the existing tax reporting. One interesting form that is only available to tax payers over 65 years of age is Form 1040SR.
The 1040SR Senior Income Tax form allows for reporting of several types of income and you can use it even if you are employed or collecting unemployment.
“Taxpayers who turn 65 years of age in 2019 or are older will have the option to use a new simple tax form for seniors, known as the 1040SR, when filing their 2019 taxes during the 2020 tax filing season. The new form is provided for in section 41106 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA), a two-year budget agreement passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on February 9, 2018.”
Want to hear history as it was made in the 1960’s? This collection of magnetic reel and cassette tapes contain over 2000 pieces, many available to view, read or hear free online. The collection contains interviews and musings of Allen Ginsberg from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.
The Voices of the Beat Generation
The recordings not only let you listen in on informal coffee table conversations with Allen Ginsberg, but also include the reading of poems, audio recordings of William S. Burroughs, Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Gregory Corso and many other voices of the times. The digital project is a collaboration between the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, the department of Special Collections, and the Allen Ginsberg Estate.
The entire Ginsberg digitized catalog is available at here and includes not only audio recordings, but video and images.
How senior adults are at higher risk from climate change, natural disasters and loss of electricity.
Unless you have restricted mobility or care for someone who does, you may not realize the multitude of challenges senior adults living alone face, sometimes multiple times a day. When natural disasters strike or summer temperatures rise, older adults may be some of the most vulnerable.
For older adults with no support system in place or family to rely on, losing electricity in the winter or heat of summer can be fatal. The lack of mobility not just related to driving, but walking, loss of vision and neuropathy make day to day activities a challenge. One example is when electrical services go out and a phone won’t work without electricity. The senior has no way to let anyone know they may need help.
After water poured into lower Manhattan subway lines, two million Con Ed customers lost power and Breezy Point took a direct Hurricane Sandy hit.
In this video, Cornell University’s Elaine Wethington, Professor of human development, discusses the tolls major storms and climate change take on senior citizens. The talk is titled “Aging in the Age of Climate Change“.
As the climate changes, so does our understanding of old age
As the climate changes, so does our understanding of old age. As the devastation of hurricanes Sandy and Irene showed, older adults – some of whom have limited mobility or depend on home nurses for vital care – are among the most vulnerable when major weather events paralyze city and regional transportation systems, medical facilities and other key infrastructure.
Many seniors live alone, and with limited mobility makes them more likely to experience social isolation causing stress to their health. Elderly adults who and have disabilities may not be able to follow evacuation and possibly no way to communicate by telephone.
This video addresses how seniors respond to high-stress events, isolation and the impact it has on the mental and physical health of aging adults.
Iron is a natural mineral present in many foods. Iron is also added to many food products, and is also included in multi-vitamins and as a dietary supplement. According to the National Institute of Health
Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, an erythrocyte protein that transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues . As a component of myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles, iron supports metabolism. Iron is also necessary for growth, development, normal cellular functioning, and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissue. National Institute for Health
Anemia in the U.S. is uncommon but not unheard of, and in seniors “unexplained anemia” is not uncommon in adults over 65 years of age. People more susceptible to anemia include children and infants, pregnant women, individuals with liver or blood disorders, frequent blood donors, people with intestinal or colon disease and those with cancer.
It is uncommon for adults to suffer from too much iron but taking more than 20 mg/kg iron from supplements or medicines can cause stomach upset, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, or faintness. Iron is best taken with a meal and not on an empty stomach.
Symptoms of Anemia
The signs and symptoms of anemia are subtle and can be easily confused with other health problems both minor and serious. A simple blood test can identify if you are anemic. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding supplements into your diet as they may need to be taken with a meal or on an empty stomach. Some supplements conflict with medications and other supplements, so be sure to check with your doctor or naturopath.
Symptoms of anemia may include:
Pale or yellowish skin
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Cold hands and feet
As you can see, symptoms are not enough to determine if you are anemic, so ask your doctor about a blood test. In the meantime, you can add some of the delicious foods below that will naturally increase your levels of iron.
I’ve prepared a list of high iron foods that are suitable for everyone including those on low sugar, low glycemic and diabetic diets. With the exception of the dried apricots which are higher in sugar, but also high in iron, most are not going to dramatically raise your blood sugar when recommended portions are followed.
“Their karma is their dharma,” he says. (He often speaks in pithy little nuggets of wisdom.) “We go from here, ego,” he says, tapping his head, “to here.” He pats his heart. “What I call the soul, the spiritual heart. That’s the path. Then you can view your life with a sense of detachment.” He closes his eyes and places his hand on his heart. “I am loving awareness,” he whispers.”
Ram Dass (formerly Professor Richard Alpert) is well known as America’s most famous guru, the author of “Be Here Now” first written in 1971, and in the last couple of decades, a leader in the death with dignity movement.
For many of us, as we age thoughts of illness, dependency and death may become more prevalent. It’s important to consider our deaths but not dwell on it. In The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying For myself, I want to approach
In this article from tricycle, Andréa R. Vaucher spends time in Maui with Ram Dass’ at his permanent home. Together they talk about keeping space with the dying, and how to change our own thinking to accept our own inevitable death.
Years ago, Ram Dass and Stephen Levine started a dying hotline. People on their deathbeds could call in and be supported through the process—“pillow talk,” Ram Dass calls it
Is there a middle way? Are we either holding our hands to our ears singing La La La when the subject of death arises, or does it maintain a shadowy presence in the back your thoughts. Do you feel that you must find some way to handle “the situation” before it’s here, to prepare?
I first saw Leon Russell in 1970 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It was the Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and I wasn’t yet thirteen years old. The counselors for the “youth group” my parents had sent me to with the intention of pointing me in the direction of growing up to be an obedient civil servant (until I got married), had planned the trip to a real concert for all the kids ages 12 and up. In retrospect, I feel confident none of them knew what they signed up for by their reactions once the concert was underway.
Once the concert started, I was mesmerized. I had found my people, my tribe. There on stage was Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Rita Coolidge, a row of what I can only at the time describe as hippies lining the back of the stage, a woman holding a baby and a dog sleeping on the stage.
Leon Russell played piano, Billy Preston played a Hammond Organ. I had never in my short suburban life seen or heard people who had long hair, patches, long skirts, just total freaks! If I took anything away from that night besides recreating in 3D, the “muscle arm” image on the album cover, in my junior high ceramics class, it was that as soon as I was able I had to find “those people.” I did find those people a little later in Topanga Canyon, which is the beginning of another chapter.
Russell was such a talent, playing with many musicians and bands including Badfinger, “A song for you” also released in 1970 has been recorded by over 40 artists, he produced tracks for Bob Dylan. His honky-tonk southern blues piano style, songs, and music live on. What a sad election week with the loss of Russell and Leonard Cohen.