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It's true the holidays can be stressful. Stress from traveling, spending money, shopping for last-minute gifts, cooking for large groups, and so many other activities can make the holidays hectic. I feel stressed just looking over that list! We need to put more quietness in our lives this season, wouldn't you agree? Here are my suggestions for managing stress and having a merrier and more relaxing holiday season:
The holiday season is here, and many people will be singing along with their favorite seasonal songs. So go ahead sing your Jingle Bells and ring your Silver Bells. But hold your calls if your business can wait until after the holidays. For years, Social Security has told the public that the busiest time for our field offices and for our toll free telephone number is early in the week and early in the month, so if your business can wait, it's best to contact us at other times.
The premiere issue of an aging-focused newsletter deals with two pressing societal concerns  the economic downturn and health care reform from the perspective of older minority adults. WHAT'S HOT is the newest publication from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the country's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Support for this issue was provided by sanofi-aventis.
Researchers and the general public have a new resource for information on the health and intimate relationships of older people, thanks to a new supplemental issue of The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences (Volume 64B, Supplement 1). Based on the groundbreaking National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), the supplement's 14 articles focus on demographic characteristics; social networks; social and cultural activity; physical and mental health, including cognition, well-being, illness, medications, and alternative therapies; history of sexual and intimate partnerships; and patient-physician communication.
Many Americans begin each new year with a list of resolutions and goals. You may want to go on a diet, shed a little weight, do a bit more exercising, or clean out the long-neglected attic. The trouble is these well-intended goals often melt away long before winter's snow does. So why not make a resolution that's easier to keep? If applying for retirement benefits is on your list of things to do this year, resolve to do it online. To get started, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.
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