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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


“Green” Blogging


We believe in protecting our environment, so the Silver Buzz Cafe web site is hosted on a server in a "green", energy conserving data center. 100% of the power for the datacenter is bought from suppliers that use renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric, windmill and solar plants.


The Koch’s Plot To Destroy Social Security

The Koch brothers have mounted a campaign to kill Social Security. Here’s their strategy and the results so far. [...]

So Be It – Axing Government Jobs – Part 3 – Social Security Administration

In the third article in our series on ways that the GOP might make cuts in government jobs we look at the Social Security Administration. [...]

Gardening Is Good For Us

Guess what? Gardening is good for us, especially seniors. [...]

The British Appear To Be Healthier Than Americans

Yet another study emphasizes the fact that we really don’t have the best health care in the world. Even the Brits, with their socialized health care system, are healthier than us! [...]

So Be It – Axing Government Jobs – Part 2 – Health & Human Services

Today we look at a means to cut about $850 billion off of the federal budget – by abolishing the US Department of Health and Human Services. [...]

The Eatwell Plates

Today we look at two “Eatwell” plates, comparing and contrasting one from the UK government and another based on teh US government’s food pyramid. [...]

New Aging And Memory Impairment Research

Today we look at some three new research studies that cover aging and dementia. [...]

Simulators May Help Seniors Keep Driving Longer

Everyone knows that driving skills deteriorate rapidly as we age. Many states have tests designed to take unsafe drivers off of the road, but a new study suggests an alternative approach. [...]

Study Shows That Walking Can Help Prevent Or Delay Diabetes

About 20% of the population over the age of 65 has this form of diabetes. A five year Australian study has shown a link between the amount of walking that a person does and the risk of developing diabetes. [...]

It’s Time For A Holiday Safety Check

Holiday time brings a whole range of new hazards into our lives. Prevention is better than cure. We look at some of the most common problems and what do do about them. [...]

Continuing Care Retirement Communities Regulations Tighten Up

Despite the poor economy, bankruptcies in CCRCs continue to run at a lower level than for other kinds of retirement home, but residents of facilities that have gone under and been taken over haven’t always come out of the situation smiling. [...]

New Study Reassesses Aging Populations

An international collaboration of scientists has now developed new measures of aging that take changes in disability status and longevity into account. Their study gives policymakers new tools to more accurately determine the cost of an aging population and to determine more appropriate retirement ages. [...]

How To Cut Your Phone Bills

Telephones are essential, especially for seniors. They provide a lifeline in terms of emergency and they help us keep in touch with relatives and friends. They can also be used for an Internet connection, which has become an essential part of modern life for those who have taken the plunge and learned how to use it. However, unlike the old days, there is a huge, sometimes bewildering and often unnecessary range of services available via that thin connection that comes into our homes. There are also alternatives. [...]

$8M Grant Will Fund Senior Care Telemedicine Study

An $8m rural health initiative grant from the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Trust in New York will fund a three year test of telemedicine and sensor technology to help frail seniors stay healthier and delay institutional care. It will involve about 1,600 clients in 40 rural cities. [...]

iPhone/iPad Apps For Seniors – Part 4 – Weather Tools

In earlier articles in this series we’ve looked at health, travel and news Apps for the iPhone and iPad. Both devices come with a standard, but rather limited Weather tool. It’s adequate, but it only provides minimum and maximum temperatures and an icon for rain, cloud, sunshine etc. for the list of cities that the user selects. There are many other tools that provide better local or wide area information. [...]

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