Cities are reopening. Lockdowns are lifting. And some people are starting to feel they can glimpse a return, however slow and partial, to “normal.”
However, the surprise is that many of us have realized there are some things about quarantine life that may be worth preserving. Many are questioning the very fundamentals of the “normal” we knew and accepted — and many are realizing they don’t want to go back to the way it was before the pandemic rocked our world.
In February President Lyndon B. Johnson, among the millions of people in the country who'd had heart attacks, issued the first proclamation in 1964. Since then, February has been declared American Heart Month.
This year, awareness is even more important due to the impact of the coronavirus on the public's heart health, including potential harmful effects on the heart and vascular system, according to recent research.
Can we commit to being alone together yet?
How soon can we safely meet as a small group of family members or close friends, commonly known during the pandemic as a “pod?”
As you wait for your turn to get vaccinated, you may be wondering if it's worth creating a pod to ride out the lonely days of winter.
Provided by Claire Wentz from Caring From Afar
As we age, some activities of daily living must be modified to accommodate changes in our physical abilities. In some instances, it makes the most sense to hire a contractor to retrofit or modify your existing home to make it easier and safer to navigate. This approach lets you stay in familiar surroundings while affording you all the other benefits of aging in place.
Every year consumers are introduced to thousands of new options from the land of tech. Many become parts of our every day life, like cell phones and Apple, and others remain obscure and forgotten, but this year there was a new focus worth considering.
With a year behind us many of us would like to forget, we are looking at how we can move forward with a new outlook on life in 2021. For example, many of us were forced to learn how to use technology in 2020 we never felt we’d have a reason to use, and we realized it was a lot easier than we thought! I learned how to use Zoom and Skype, and several other virtual options for meeting with clients and getting information to folks. It’s new world for those of us who over the age of 40, and for once we’re excited to see what technology may have in store for us.
Here is a list of some of the new devices and gadgets designed specifically for seniors, our new way of life, and our future.
Employee contribution limits will remain unchanged next year. The IRS isn’t increasing employee contribution limits for 401(k)s or flexible spending accounts for 2021.
Limits will remain the same with employees being able to defer up to $19,500 into a 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans at work. The limits also remain the same for employee catch-up contributions for those 50 and older, at $6,500. Last year saw a $500 jump in the overall employee contribution limit for 2020 plus a $500 rise in the catch-up limit.
For 2021, the dollar limit for employee contributions to flexible spending accounts, made pretax through salary reductions, remains unchanged at $2,750. However, for health FSA plans that permit the carryover of unused amounts, the maximum carryover amount for 2021 is $550, an increase of $50 from the original 2020 carryover limit.