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Las Vegas NV: MGM Grand Rooms Improve Health


We’re not lion when we say Vegas may not be healthy for your wallet. However, there’s a new upscale trend at the MGM Grand to make guests feel healthy. The lion-themed resort originally designated 42 rooms as individual health spas.

Now there are 171 upgraded spa rooms and suites offered as Stay Well accommodations. Designed by health expert Delos, the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, guests enjoy more than a dozen health enhancements.

Certain to help senior visitors after a tough day at the casino, they include long-wave soothing night lights, hypoallergenic bedding, Vitamin C showers, air purification and jet-lag easing energizing lights. Single room rates start at a modest $72 a night. For booking and other information, go to www.mgmgrand.com

No More Free Little Plastic Shampoo Bottles In CA Hotels PDF Print E-mail


Because they cause trash pollution, new California law prohibits hotels in the state from giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles in their rooms, starting enforcement in 2023. If they violate the state law, hotels could be fined $500 for a first offense and $2,000 for subsequent violations.

Some of the world's largest hotel chains may also follow the new bans.  Marriott International, Holiday Inn, Kimpton and other brands report they will ban the bottles. Walt Disney resort hotels and cruise ship lines also intend to comply.

 
Havana, Cuba, Celebrated 500th Birthday PDF Print E-mail


The Cuban government sponsored a jubilee week in mid-November as the capital city marked the anniversary of its birth. There were and still are ongoing events at historic and performance sites. Distinguished visitors helped celebrate the birthday, including members of the Spanish royal family. Events include fireworks over the Malecon seaside promenade, parades, sports and all types of local foods and wines.

Havana’s history consists of being part of a Spanish colony for four centuries, English rule for one year and occupation by US troops for several months during the Kennedy presidency. If you plan to enjoy all the beauty and history of the Cuban capital city, be sure to check current regulations and restrictions on U.S. visitors. www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/havana-on-its-500th-birthday-then-and-now

 
Dog & Cat Meat On China Restaurant Menu Shocks US Tourist PDF Print E-mail


Recently an article mentioned the incident. Actually, it shouldn’t be news about a practice that has always been normal nutrition sources in many areas of the world. Consider that US animal shelters euthanize nearly three million stray cats and dogs every year. The only difference is that in Asia it’s a source of animal protein, the same as we slaughter cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys and other animals for our food sources.

Therefore, in your wanderings around the world, don’t be outraged when you see parts of Fido and/or Fluffy on the menu. Remember that you normally dine on Donald, Daffy, Daisy, Bambi, Ferdinand and other favorites from childhood days.

 
SmarterTravel.com: Top Ten Most Strollable US Cities PDF Print E-mail


The list in rank order: 1.NYC, 2. San Francisco, 3. Boston,  4. Miami, 5. Philly, 6. Chicago, 7. Washington DC, 8. Seattle, 9. Oakland, 10. Long Beach CA. Of course, if you choose to do your strolling after dark, those cities’ sidewalks may not be so friendly. Be a smart senior, make sure you do your nightly hikes in well-lighted, busy streets and parks, preferably with at least one younger companion. www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2019/08/12/walkable-cities-u-s-including-new-york-san-francisco-boston

 
Old Age Problems: Many Fun Ways To Fight Senility PDF Print E-mail


We who make it to our 90s are faced with more than just physical slowdown. The mind may creep slowly into confusion. Recently, a US biotech company, Biogen, offered the first drug with the ability to slow down the development of Alzheimer’s.

Biogen says the so-named Aducanumab will hit the market after it gets US Food and Drug Administration approval. The medication is intended to improve senior memory, orientation, and language. Consider other recommended ways the elderly can fight the aging problem.

Food: Fresh fruit, vegetables and fish are effective. And less consumption of fats, sugar and excessive alcohol use. After each meal, get up and be active to help digestion and mental health.

People Mix: Alzheimer’s often hits those who are always alone. Regular daily conversations simulate the brain. Get away from the TV and endless commercial repeats. Do puzzles and board games, learn a language and participate in music. Do it with other people for best results. Also, get out on the road. Travel frequently to local parks, museums and events, as well as cruise and fly to interesting parts of the US and world.

Physical and mental exercise is probably most effective in keeping mind and body functioning. Get up and get out every day, to connect with the world and enjoy sunshine and sunny people. Hiking on snowy winter streets can be just as much fun as summer strolls.

 
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