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Her Garden Is for the Birds…and Bugs

These days, Stokes said, Georgia Audubon wants to do more to support birds. The 1,700-member organization, based at the Blue Heron Nature Center in Buckhead, is spreading its efforts across the state, is adding staff, and has changed its name to reflect its new aims. Until August, the organization was known as the Atlanta Audubon Society, or, before that, the Atlanta Bird Club.

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Watch Out for Scammers in these Crazy Times

It amazes me that although we are in an international pandemic crisis, we still have to contend with scammers focused on ripping off naïve and trusting people, many of them seniors, who, like all of us, never have experienced such an event before.

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You Have Choices for Electronic Storage

The industry has created huge banks of servers, all connected through the internet, to hold all the stuff you want to keep. Think of them as electronic storage lockers and understand that you can have storage lockers scattered throughout cyberspace for free or for a few bucks a month, all accessible from every device you own.

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Personal Finance: Ask Rusty: Should We Get Married or Just Live Together?

Your own Social Security benefit will not be affected in any way if you get married, unless your potential new bride is a very high earner and her Social Security entitlement at her full retirement age (which is 66 years and 8 months) is more than twice the full benefit amount you were entitled to at your full retirement age (even though you claimed your SS earlier). In that case, you would become eligible for a spousal benefit from your new wife after you are married for one year. 

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What Will Change once COVID-19 Finally Is Controlled?

Professional futurists, government planners and senior service specialists are thinking about what life may look like for seniors, who have proved to be more susceptible to the disease, once effective treatments and/or a vaccine are developed for COVID-19.

The consensus is that connectivity, engagement and inclusiveness will all be crucial, and that, because of the pandemic, big changes are coming in where and how older adults live, ways in which they engage with technology, ways services are delivered to them, and how they will fit into the overall mosaics of their communities.

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Former Atlanta Mayor Helped Buckhead Stay ‘a Destination of Choice’

Sam Massell is a prime example of the term “pillar of the community.” The Atlanta native’s early real estate career drew him into a life of civic involvement: Atlanta City Council member, Atlanta mayor from 1970 to 1974 and later, founding president of the high-profile Buckhead Coalition civic and business group, a position from which he just retired after 32 years.

Now in his early 90s, Massell says he has every intention of staying active and adds that hard work has been a hallmark of his life.

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Live like a Turtle and Keep your Shell Thick

Hundreds of years from now, when historians talk about us, they’ll refer to us as the soft-skin era, the time when we reverted to non-verbal and non-threatening hand signals to avoid any potential offending of someone, according to someone else, not the actual person who should be offended.

Who are these advocates for those who are may be or may not be offended?

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School’s In for Seniors as Local Enrichment Programs Go Online

Senior education programs, such as Emory University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program, are rapidly adjusting to that new normal. “We lost a lot of students in the beginning (of the pandemic). We dropped down to about 100 students from 1,000,” said Jeffery Alejandro, OLLI program manager. “We had a lot fewer courses because instructors were reluctant to teach online. But now they’ve been missing teaching and students have been missing taking courses and the socialization.”

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Don’t Jump Off a Bridge Just Yet

Life goes on. That is what we keep saying to ourselves. But I think we are all getting a little sideways these days.

COVID-19 wasn’t in the bag, yet we started acting as if it never existed. Crowds on July 4 completely ignored the distancing advice and, yes, they were kids, meaning the under-25 crowd — you know, the ones who will live forever.

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Ask Rusty: Do Joint Tax Filings Alter Social Security Earning Limits?

If you collect Social Security before you reach your full retirement age (FRA), your wife’s earnings from working will not be counted toward your personal earnings limit. The earnings test looks only at your personal earnings and, if you exceed the limit, Social Security will take back some of your benefits. But only your personal earnings — as reported on your W-2 or Self-Employment tax return — count.

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Zoom Like a Pro

With COVID-19 restrictions or safety practices showing no sign of letting up for seniors, it’s time to get yourself up to speed for Zoom or any other videoconferencing service. It’s as close as we’re going to get a personal interaction for the foreseeable future.

Zoom has become the go-to videoconferencing service for many families, churches and synagogues, and social and educational organizations.

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