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Pandemic Pushes Divorce Rate Up

WebMD – The coronavirus pandemic is straining many marriages -- some to the breaking point. There are signs that the divorce rate is rising as couples struggle with the emotional and economic fallout of the past 11 months. Divorce filings rose dramatically in China after the COVID lockdown ended there in March. In the U.S., sales of online self-help divorce agreements rose by 34% this spring compared to last year, and family lawyers surveyed in...

Left Can No Longer Ignore Feinstein’s Mental Decline

 “The staff is in such a bad position. They have to defend her and make her seem normal.” – Refinery29, Dec 10, 2020 Feinstein’s missteps raise a painful age question among Senate Democrats Dec 10, 2020 The New Yorker – In a hearing on November 17, Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who, at eighty-seven, is the oldest member of the Senate, grilled a witness. Reading from a sheaf of prepared papers, she...

Pastor Reacts To Fire At Historic NY Church

"God is God, yesterday, today, and tomorrow." Predawn fire guts old church housing New York's Liberty Bell NEW YORK (AP) — A historic church in lower Manhattan that houses New York's Liberty Bell and whose congregation dates to the city's earliest days was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building...

When Alzheimer’s Patients Get Lost

Understand wandering and how to address it Nov 30, 2020 Mayo Clinic –  Wandering and becoming lost is common among people with Alzheimer's disease or other disorders causing dementia. This behavior can happen in the early stages of dementia — even if the person has never wandered in the past. If a person with dementia is returning from regular walks or drives later than usual or is forgetting how to get to familiar places, he or she...

Vatican: Popes Knew About Sex-Abusing Archbishop

"The Vatican was aware of allegations that included a report dating to 1987 by a priest who said he observed sexual conduct between McCarrick and another priest ... " Nov 10, 2020 | NPR – A new Vatican report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct that spanned decades, shows that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI were aware of the accusations against him. The Vatican on Tuesday...

Point, Click, Make Baby: The Rise Of Platonic Co-Parenting

What's Love Got To Do With It? ‘I wanted to meet a mate and have a baby without wasting time’ They’re ready to start a family, but can’t wait for The One. As ‘mating’ sites boom under lockdown, we meet those hoping for a better way to raise a child Oct 31, 2020 The Guardian – When Jenica Anderson and Stephan DuVal clicked on one another’s online profile on Modamily.com – tagline “A new way to family”...

One Thing Prevents Memory Decline

Oct 29, 2020 Association for Psychological Science – We may wish some memories could last a lifetime, but many physical and emotional factors can negatively impact our ability to retain information throughout life. A new study in the journal Psychological Science found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful—what psychologists call “positive affect”—are less likely to experience memory decline as they age. This result adds to a growing body of research on positive affect’s role in...

Is Apathy an Early Sign of Dementia?

"Older adults who aren't interested or enthusiastic about their usual activities may have a higher risk of developing dementia, new research suggests." – WebMD  Oct 14, 2020 American Academy of Neurology | MINNEAPOLIS – Older adults with severe apathy, or lack of interest in usual activities, may have a greater chance of developing dementia than people with few symptoms of apathy, according to a study published in the October 14, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical...

Pope Trusts The Almighty, Shuns The Mask

"When the clergy hold themselves above the rules, we call that clericalism, a sin that you have loudly denounced."  Pope reverts to mask-less old ways amid growing criticism ROME (AP) — A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways Wednesday despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe and growing criticism of his behavior and the example he is setting. Francis shunned a...

Cuomo Threatens To Shut Churches

"Cuomo said religious leaders would have to agree to follow existing rules and become 'a full partner in the enforcement of the rules.'" "We’ll close the institutions down" Oct 5, 2020 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday the state could move to shut down religious institutions that do not agree to comply with restrictions on mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo said state officials would take over enforcement of mandates such as building capacity limits,...

Animal Lovers Happier Than Others In Times Of Pandemic

Having a pet – or even being a birdwatcher – is linked to better mental outlook during virus crisis | Sep 25, 2020 | University of York, UK – Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows. Most people who took part in the research perceived their pets to be a source of considerable support during the lockdown period. (23 March - 1 June,...

Age-Related Dementia is REVERSIBLE

"Over 6 months of follow-up, investigators noted that participants in the intervention group were able to improve their lifestyle and had higher cognition scores than those in the control group." Lifestyle improvements may lessen cognitive decline |  Sep, 10, 2020 Wiley – Results from a new study suggest that lifestyle changes may help to improve cognition in older adults experiencing cognitive decline that precedes dementia. In the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 119 individuals...

Pope Francis: Health Of All Is A ‘Common Good’

"A healthy society is one that takes care of everyone's health." Pope Francis calls health of all a 'common good' Sep 09, 2020 The Associated Press, VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis arrived at his weekly general audience wearing a face mask and used hand sanitizer before appealing for the faithful to look out for the health of others as well as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. Francis took off the mask as his car pulled into the San...

Covid-19 Got You Down? You Have Lots Of Company

"New research shows U.S. adults who experience common symptoms of anxiety and depression are at greater risk of delaying medical care and not receiving non-COVID-19 medical care amidst the pandemic." Anxiety and depression are associated with medical care avoidance during the pandemic September 3, 2020 University of Toronto – Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been empirical and anecdotal reports of declines in both emergency and ambulatory medical visits. However, little research has been conducted...

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