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Meet new friends and share your knowledge – there’s an app for that!

Introducing bloomd, an app designed to bring together a mix of generations for mentorship, friendship, companionship and advice. The app is usable on a variety of devices, meaning that you don’t need to have the latest smartphone or other gadget to use it. And as a means of facilitating conversations and safe social interactions, it helps keep everyone safe and could help prevent extreme loneliness from occurring, especially as social distancing requirements remain in place for many communities.

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Vaccines aren’t just for children and could help delay Alzheimer’s

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Vaccines are rightly on many peoples’ minds as we live in hope of eventually being able to return to a more open way of life post-pandemic. Two studies have found a link between the flu and pneumonia vaccines and a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The first study, by a team at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, found that annual flu vaccines “correlated to a 17% lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s with an additional 13% reduction for patients who continued to receive the vaccination over a period of years.” Importantly, patients receiving a vaccine before the age of 60, and then over subsequent years, showed the most protective response.

The second study, from the Duke University Social Science Research Institute, found that the pneumonia vaccine typically given to patients over the age of 65 reduced the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 25 to 35 percent.

Caregivers could benefit from the vaccine as well to help reduce the risk of transmission. With vaccine rates falling nationally, this may be the year for many to consider getting at least the flu vaccine.

Read more from Next Avenue.

What do you think about the Third Age?

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Researchers break down the stages of human life into three stages: the First Age from birth to 30, the Second Age from around 30 to 60 years of age, and the Third Age as beyond 60.

Many Third Agers are pushing hard to retire the phrase “retirement” and its connotations of the end of something. Many older adults freed from the strictures of parenting young children and working a job or jobs specifically to finance a family’s lifestyle are taking on a new career, using their wisdom and experience to actively teach and reach out to younger generations and learn and grow their own skills.

Read more about this Age and how people are navigating the change. Forbes