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Alert: How To Help Street Thieves Pick Your Pockets PDF Print E-mail


When traveling in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world, there’s always the danger of a street crook getting away with your wallet or pocketbook. Of  course, tight zippers and buttons can prevent it.

However, you also need to protect your senior tourist money from more sophisticated robbers roaming foreign streets and stations today. Dressed in what look like official uniforms, they choose likely victims by pretending to be doing official duties. They approach and politely ask to check your purse or wallet for proper identification and possible illegal or false money.

You cooperate and, after a few moments, you’re thanked and handed back the inspected item. You don’t notice the missing money until later, when you can’t do anything about the robbery. Never automatically give your purse or wallet when asked on the street or public transportation. If the uniformed intruders demand them, reply strongly that you'll do it only with them at an official police station.

 
Senior Wanderers: Beware Where Winter Flu Hits Travelers PDF Print E-mail


When flying and in other forms of travel in China, you’ll see many people wearing face masks. Especially in this season, and with many current reports of the disease, you should do the same. Take with you at least two or three disposable medicated masks

In that country’s airports and many major ones around the world, passengers are now routinely screened for flu and other infectious wintertime ailments. They include New York City's JFK International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Those passengers who test positive may be prevented from going aboard their scheduled flights.

 
British Medical Journal: Art Lovers Live Longer! PDF Print E-mail


According to recent research conducted by enlightened English experts, people who participate in and favor music, drama, opera, comedy, museums and other creative activities enjoy more years.

They asked several thousand people age of 50 and over to tell how frequently they participated in "receptive arts engagement" over the course of 14 years. According to the results, those who gave positive answers had a 31 percent lesser chance of dying during those years than respondents who didn't do these activities.

Hey, some personal comments. I’m 94.5 years young and earned my BFA at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, now University of the Arts. At least as of this hour, I’m in fairly good health and still go regularly to the theater and museums.

Last week I spent several enjoyable hours at the historic Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. It features galleries of art and artifacts from Native American peoples, as well as historic Old West items and vintage Autry movie memorabilia. So, seniors, it’s time to attend some theater dramas, art exhibits and stage musicals, so you can spend more healthy years on this planet.

 
Long Airport Wait? Get Some Good Exercise PDF Print E-mail


Your connecting flight is late. Or your arrival was too early and family car pick-up won’t be for another hour. Or you got to the airport hours early for your outgoing flight, you’re all checked in and boarding isn’t for another 90 minutes. Or your flight was cancelled and the next one won’t  happen for two more hours. Don’t just sit there and mope.

Get some exercise before spending hours in flight jammed into your narrow cheap seat. Walk and or jog through the airport and safe open areas outside. If you have a suitcase and/or much carry stuff, use a push cart while exercising.

Think of it as resistance training. Airports usually have lockers, so if you're facing a big delay, stash your bags for a little vigorous activity. Whatever ways you keep delayed mind and body working in the airport, it will help with physical health and mental ease.

 
Tourists Make Poo Poo On Peru’s Machu Picchu PDF Print E-mail


Six tourists have been arrested after they allegedly damaged stonework and defecated among the ruins at Machu Picchu. The ancient Incan hilltop city is one of South America’s most renowned tourist attractions. Authorities claim that some tourists, from Chile, Brazil, France and Argentina, sneaked into the ruins to deliberately cause the trouble.

Machu Picchu is a Unesco World Heritage site destination, and visited by more than a million tourists annually. When you're planning to visit, check online for least busy times, transportation, costs and other info. www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/15/tourists-to-be-deported-over-alleged-damage-defecation-at-machu-picchu

 
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