UPDATED: Senior citizens are facing social isolation due to life in quarantine. Their caregivers have more responsibilities now than ever.

Sarah Ricker 12/7/2020 “I was isolated before COVID,” Safieh Hekmat said. “Now it’s worse.” Hekmat has been living with her 99-year-old parents and caregiving for them for over 10 years. Her parents have very few pre-existing conditions for their age, but Hekmat said their health and happiness is very dependent on mental stimulation and socialContinue reading “UPDATED: Senior citizens are facing social isolation due to life in quarantine. Their caregivers have more responsibilities now than ever.”

Senior citizens are experiencing social isolation due to life in quarantine. Their caregivers have more responsibilities now than ever.

Sarah Ricker 11/30/20 “I was isolated before COVID,” Safieh Hekmat said, “now it’s worse.” Hekmat has been living with her 99-year-old parents and caregiving for them for over 10 years. Her parents have very few pre-existing conditions for their age, but Hekmat said their health and happiness is very dependent on mental stimulation and socialContinue reading “Senior citizens are experiencing social isolation due to life in quarantine. Their caregivers have more responsibilities now than ever.”

Poll workers are often senior citizens. Will Connecticut volunteers be sitting out this presidential election for their own safety?

Sarah Ricker 10/28/2020 “I feel as though I’m doing everything I can to stay safe,” said Joan Kepler. Kepler, North Stonington’s Registrar of Voters for the Democratic Party, is 75 years old has held the elected position of the registrar since 2014. She has been volunteering at the polls since 1997.  “I enjoy working, butContinue reading “Poll workers are often senior citizens. Will Connecticut volunteers be sitting out this presidential election for their own safety?”

UPDATED: The House Armed Services Committee discuss the emerging challenges COVID-19 brings to biological security

Sarah Ricker 10/22/20 After months of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, members of the House Armed Services Committee asked several representatives of government agency to explain what happened. Last Friday, at a joint hearing, House members discussed how COVID-19 has increased the need for biosecurity and what measures are needed addressContinue reading “UPDATED: The House Armed Services Committee discuss the emerging challenges COVID-19 brings to biological security”

Seniors citizens lack socializing opportunities that are vital to physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic — UPDATED

“Let me show you my robot!” Robert Lehrman, 77, said as he walked into his garage. The robot stood at four feet tall and fired ping pong balls across a table, mirroring the actions of a table tennis opponent. Over a video call, Lehrman began hitting the small orange and white balls one after anotherContinue reading “Seniors citizens lack socializing opportunities that are vital to physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic — UPDATED”

The House Armed Services Committee meets to discuss the emerging challenges COVID-19 brings to biological security

By: Sarah Ricker After months of wondering what had to have gone wrong for the United States to be so overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases in a matter of months, members of the House Armed Services Committee want answers. The committee met last Friday for a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging ThreatsContinue reading “The House Armed Services Committee meets to discuss the emerging challenges COVID-19 brings to biological security”

The D.C. Table Tennis Center has enforced COVID-19 safety measures: Here’s how these senior members are coping.

By Sarah Ricker “Let me show you my robot!” Robert Lehrman, 77, said as he walked into his garage with enthusiasm. The robot stood at four feet tall and fired ping pong balls across a table, mocking the actions of a table tennis opponent. Over a video call, Lehrman began hitting the small orange andContinue reading “The D.C. Table Tennis Center has enforced COVID-19 safety measures: Here’s how these senior members are coping.”

This Hillel student leader says the important thing to her in the coming election is affordable health care.

Brett Nelson is very involved on American University’s campus, but she has a lot more on her plate than you would expect from a typical college sophomore. Nelson is a Justice, Law and Criminology major and a student leader in American University Hillel. Her responsibilities as Shabbat Intern include setting up for Shabbat, leading prayers,Continue reading “This Hillel student leader says the important thing to her in the coming election is affordable health care.”

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