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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.


Fighting Medicare Fraud By Educating and Recruiting Seniors

A new Administration on Aging campaign will run a series of Public Service Announcements aimed at educating seniors to the risk of Medicare fraud. It will be backed by a bolstered Senior Medicare Patrol. Don’t worry – they’re not vigilantes. There’s also an opportunity to volunteer. [...]

Help Haiti By Donating To The Red Cross

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by the most violent earthquake in a century. The 7.0 earthquake leveled large areas. The Red Cross estimates that 45,000 to 50,000 people may have died. The country is one of the poorest in the Western world and had not fully recovered from the damage caused by four recent hurricanes. You can donate $10 to the Red Cross immediately by texting the word HAITI to 90999. It will help the earthquake relief there. [...]

Become a Real Virtual Volunteer

Online “virtual” volunteering has been around for over thirty years. Most charities have an Internet site and communicate with contacts via email. Some also have forums and Wikis to ease the flow of information. It’s also possible to conduct webinars and other meetings online with free tools such as DimDim. However, most people tend to think of regular volunteers, who donate their time and expertise at a particular time and place, or by going out into the community, rather than being able to participate from home and without having to travel. In this article we look at how to become a virtual volunteer. [...]

When and How To Find a Patient Advocate

Unfortunately, almost everyone has had some kind of bad experience when dealing with medical facilities, be it long waits in emergency rooms or extortionate charges for services, supplies or medications. Dealing with health care insurers and providers, especially in the case of life threatening or chronic conditions, can be daunting, even for a well-educated person with time on their hands. In this article we look at the various kinds of patient advocacy groups and individuals. [...]

Top 10 Things That May Make You Live Longer

Researchers have found many things that can help inhibit life threatening diseases and conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes. Regular exercise and careful attention to nutrition, such as following a Mediterranean style diet, are known to help. There is also a group of researchers who study people who remain healthy much longer than average to see if they can identify genes, environmental factors and lifestyle habits that may help other people live longer too. Thomas Perls, of the Boston University School of Medicine, has identified ten habits that will help you live as long as possible. [...]

'Tis the Season To Give Something Different

An article in the New York Times underlines the importance of thinking positively and volunteering, or helping others in need. It describes how multiple sclerosis sufferer Cami Walker was very depressed until a holistic health educator came up with a novel idea. She gave a gift every day for the rest of the month, [...]

Are You At the Free Clinic Today, Senator Landrieu?

Keith Olbermann, the outspoken left wing host of MSNBC’s “Countdown”, was instrumental in persuading viewers to donate over $1.2 million to the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), kicking off the drive by donating $50,000 himself. Olbermann wasn’t being altruistic. His motive was to highlight six foot-dragging Democrats who are jeopardizing the passage of a health reform bill that actually does something. We wrote about his reasons in an article in early October. The first clinic is being held today at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Over 2,000 people turned up and are receiving free health checks. [...]

Keith Olbermann Embarrasses Key Feet-Dragging Democrats

Frustrated by the slow progress towards passing a worthwhile health insurance reform bill, Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC’s “Countdown” political commentary program, made a spectacular statement yesterday. Olbermann lambasted the feet dragging and obstructive politicians and singled out the health insurance cartel [his label] for extensive denigration. He then suggested a novel way of embarrassing the key Democrats who are not standing behind the President’s wish for affordable health care for all. [...]

A New Way to Find a Place to Volunteer.

When President Obama called on Americans to serve as volunteers a group of individuals was inspired to start a new initiative called “All for Good” and to leverage Silicon Valley technology to make it work. All for Good gives you another way to find a way to volunteer your time and promises to be a very rich source for the community. [...]

Time On Your Hands?

Volunteering has many benefits for seniors, including keeping the mind agile, remaining an active member of the community and being able to use hard earned skills to help others. How can we get started though? [...]