Many factors influence how much impact Republican or Democratic presidents have on economic performanceThese factors include recessions, wars, and prior presidents' policiesSome research shows that economic growth is better under Democrats
One-liners while having a colonoscopy 1. "Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!2. "Find Amelia Earhart yet?"3. "Can you hear me NOW?"4. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"5.. "Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?"6.. "You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out..."7. "Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!"8.. "If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!9. "Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity."10. "You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?"And the best one of all...11. "Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?"
Nurse: “Take off your pants and underwear and hop up on this table. Lay on your side, please.”Doctor: “This is the instrument I will use” (putting something that looked like a garden hose with a headlight attached to it in front of my face). You might feel some discomfort.”
Social Security cost-of-living adjustment will be 1.3% in 2021 Social Security beneficiaries will see a 1.3% increase to their monthly checks in 2021.The amount was announced on Tuesday by the Social Security Administration, and was in line with previous estimates.The 1.3% raise applies to about 70 million Americans, including those who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, benefits.Last month, The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group for older Americans, projected a 1.3% boost, based on available consumer price index data.The 1.3% rise is not necessarily good news for retirees and other beneficiaries, many of whom may have had a tougher time stretching their benefit checks in 2020, thanks to Covid-19.In 2021, retirees’ estimated average monthly benefit will increase by $20 per month, to $1,543 from $1,523 after the 1.3% rise.Disabled workers’ average monthly benefit is estimated to go up by $16 per month, to $1,277 from $1,261.The maximum amount of wages taxed for Social Security will be $142,800 in 2021, up from $137,700 in 2020.Medicare Part B premiums for 2021 have yet to be announced. Those premium payments are often deducted directly from Social Security benefit checks. Congressional legislation has put a cap on how much Medicare Part B premiums can go up this year.The 1.3% Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is smaller than the 1.6% bump to benefits retirees and other beneficiaries saw in 2020. In 2019, they received a 2.8% boost to their monthly checks.FYI: Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is an increase in benefits or salaries to counteract inflation. Inflation for the Social Security COLA is calculated annually using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.
“Legislation has been reintroduced in Congress to change the formula used to determine the cost of living adjustment (COLA) paid under Social Security.The Fair COLA for Seniors Act (H.R. 1553) would change the Social Security COLA computation to be based on the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). The bill’s sponsor, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), says that it is unfair to use the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), the index on which the COLA is currently based.“Our seniors and disabled citizens rely on Social Security benefits for a large portion of their income, and it’s about time for Social Security benefits to reflect their lifestyles,” said Garamendi. “Using a COLA that actually reflects how retirees spend their money – especially in health care – is a no-brainer that will increase benefits and make Social Security work better for the people it serves.”Using the CPI-E would likely increase COLAs paid out under Social Security which is the fairness to which Garamendi refers. The CPI-E only takes into account the spending habits of households with individuals 62 and older, an age group more likely to utilize Social Security. The premise is that this index better represents the spending habits of seniors because it takes into account spending in other areas, such as higher medical costs, that the CPI-W does not.According to Garamendi, from 1982 to 2011, the CPI-E rose at an annual average rate of 3.1% vs. 2.9% for the CPI-W.” 
NAME: Gotcha GoodAddress: Phishville, Ohio.Social Security number: 01-02-3344Bank Password: whatdoyouthinkiam-anidiot?
What’s the first thing you do when you visit your doctor? When the nurse says. “This way, please?” You get weighed, right?
And I’ll bet the same thing happens to you as it does to me when you see that very efficient and very accurate-looking balance scale (the ones they use only in doctor’s offices and truck weigh stations). You shudder slightly because you know what the result will be. The nurse will move the little weight more and more to the right on the 100 plus bar until it drops. She keeps moving the weight more and more to the right until the bar finally and mercifully balances. Then she reveals your weight in a voice that’s more like the ring announcer at Madison Square Garden….
“AND IN THIS CORNER.
WEIGHING IN AT 292 POUNDS
UP 9 POUNDS FROM LAST MONTH.
FROM YONKERS NEW YORK……”
After which, you slink back to the little chair and wait for the doctor to come and tell you you need to lose weight. Like you didn’t already know that.
While my attempt at levity concerning a touchy topic may be feeble, the fact remains. Since the start of this pandemic, many of us have rapidly piled on a significant number of extra pounds. So many of us in fact that they have given the problem a name. “THE COVID 15.” The “15” being the average amount of observable weight gain attributed to the quarantine and isolation.
Researching this phenomenon, I came across more articles than I could have imagined. These are just a few…
Quarantine 15? What to Do About Weight Gain During the Pandemic https://www.yalemedicine.org/stories/quarantine-15-weight-gain-pandemic/
Quarantine Weight Gain Not A Joking Matter
Packing on pounds during COVID-19 and how to turn it around https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/packing-on-pounds-during-covid-19-and-how-to-turn-it-around/
Battling the 'Quarantine 15': Experts fear COVID-19 weight gain
could lead to health complications, weak immune systems
The Covid 15: Lockdowns Are Lifting, and Our Clothes Don’t Fit
That last one really hits home. Just yesterday, I sadly had to send a favorite pair of pants that I can no longer button to the back of the closet where it joins several recently “retired” garments. I’ll probably have to go to “ClothesForFatGuys.com” and look for a replacement. Do they make mu-mu’s for men?
It’s more than just having to buy bigger clothes that I’m concerned about. The actual damage this is doing to my health has given me food for thought.  This is the heaviest I have ever been, and I know if I don’t do something about it, it will cause problems down the line. So what’s the reason for all the avoirdupois? 
It’s probably different for each of us. But for me, it all boils down to this. It’s not that I’m eating too much. It’s that I’m eating the wrong things. Mostly comfort food. Which, as it turns out, is anything but comfortable. How can one whose diet consists mainly of pasta, french fries, mystery meat sandwiches, ice cream and Lifesavers live and not gain weight?
The food they are serving us here, lots of carb-laden entrées, is only part of the problem. Add to that the lack of exercise because there is little to do but watch TV, and we have the perfect formula for obesity. For me, it’s a problem of mind over matter. I’ve lost weight and kept it off before. Granted, there were fewer obstacles in my way. Being able to cook for oneself, a privileged denied me, is a big part of any weight loss regimen.
I know there is no quick fix or “trick” to loosing weight. It takes time, determination and motivation. The time and motivation I have. Determination I have yet to find……………………………
Editor's note: We are off again this weekend. Maybe I'll sit outside and watch the leaves change color.
.Yes, it is a pun. Sometimes I just can’t help myself.
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Lifetime Experiences Help Older Adults
Build Resilience to Pandemic Trauma
By Judith Graham
Older adults are especially vulnerable physically during the coronavirus pandemic. But they’re also notably resilient psychologically, calling upon a lifetime of experience and perspective to help them through difficult times.
New research calls attention to this little-remarked-upon resilience as well as significant challenges for older adults as the pandemic stretches on. It shows that many seniors have changed behaviors — reaching out to family and friends, pursuing hobbies, exercising, participating in faith communities — as they strive to stay safe from the coronavirus.
“There are some older adults who are doing quite well during the pandemic and have actually expanded their social networks and activities,” said Brian Carpenter, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. “But you don’t hear about them because the pandemic narrative reinforces stereotypes of older adults as frail, disabled and dependent.”
Federal Assisted Living Regulation May Now Be Inevitable,
Could Bring Industry Benefits
By Tim Mullaney
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the integration of senior living communities within the broader U.S. health care system, which has opened new business opportunities but also increases the likelihood of federal regulations for assisted living.
“I think it’s inevitable that we’re going to start to see a regulatory framework at the federal level,” Anne Tumlinson, founder and CEO of ATI Advisory, said Wednesday at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) virtual fall conference.
Avalere Health Founder and CEO Dan Mendelson emphasized that assisted living providers could ultimately benefit from federal regulations — but only if the industry mobilizes now and plays an active role in shaping the framework. Tumlinson concurred that being complacent now and then reactive after regulations materialize will lead to industry pain.
Older adults urged to stay
up to date on immunizations
The state Department of Aging encourages older adults to stay up to date on immunizations, especially the flu vaccine with the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
“Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available and is essential throughout an individual’s entire life,” said Secretary Robert Torres in a news release.
“Older adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from the vaccines can wear off as they age, making them vulnerable to sickness and disease. It is especially important for seniors with chronic health conditions, like diabetes, asthma or heart disease to stay up to date on their vaccinations and learn which inoculations are covered by their health care insurance.”
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Charlie Brown Is 70? Good Grief!
There is much that currently divides the country, but one thing will unite us this week: the love for the humorous humanity of the comic strip, “Peanuts.”
October 2 marks 70 years since Charles M. Schulz first debuted his United Features Syndicate “Li’l Folks” (as he originally titled the strip) and it has been 20 years since he penned his farewell comic strip.
Yet Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang remain a beloved, timeless pop culture reminder of life in the second half of the 20th century.
Trump’s bleeding baby boomer support —
and it could ‘bring the whole Republican power structure down’
By Matthew Chapman
On Wednesday, Axios broke down the scale of President Donald Trump’s collapse among voters 65 and older — and suggested that it could “bring the whole Republican power structure down.”
“In what has been a 50-50ish nation, it’s stunning to see polling gaps this wide,” wrote Jim VandenHei and Jonathan Swan. “In a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Sunday, Joe Biden led Trump by 27 points among seniors (62% to 35%). In a CNN/SSRS poll out yesterday, similar story — 21 points (60% to 39%).”
One factor is the president’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, which disproportionately poses a danger to senior citizens — one White House adviser told Axios, “if you don’t take something that is killing old people seriously, you will lose seniors.” But that is not the whole story. Polls from before the virus began spreading in the United States also showed Trump hemorrhaging the older vote; other factors include the president’s low ratings on health care issues, and the collapse of his support with women in general.
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7 Mistakes of Retirement Planning
Retirement planning can be an exciting time, as you can see the life you’ve worked so hard to create begin to come into existence. It can also be fraught with anxiety about unforeseen pitfalls or insufficient preparations.
Since the consequences for even the smallest mistake could end up feeling dire when it comes to how you can spend and access your retirement income, we want to alleviate your anxiety as much as possible. To better foresee hard-to-spot problems and better understand how to avoid or adapt to problems that do arise, here are seven of the most common mistakes people make while planning their retirement.
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“It is a clinical impression that some patients given oral corticosteroids  develop a sense of well-being that is ‘inappropriate’ to improvements in physical health. This has been termed steroid ‘euphoria’,”
The voter turnout by age in 2018 was:age 18 to 24: 30%age 25 to 34: 37%age 35 to 44: 44%age 45 to 64: 55%age 65+: 64%
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P. M, feeling really good!”“Don’t be afraid of Covid, Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
“Usual meanings: You feel exposed, vulnerable or awkward, or you may fear that you may have revealed too much of yourself in a waking situation. Rarely you may feel free and unencumbered. Many dreams about being inappropriately dressed occur when the person is involved in a wedding ceremony in waking life.”
“Given how thoroughly scrutinized, analyzed, dissected and judged the baby boom has been since 3.4 million of its members were born in 1946 — compared to the 2.8 million babies of 1945 — one would think it would be easy to predict how they’ll behave politically as they age. But it’s never been an easy generation to pigeonhole. Its leading edge started coming of political age around the time of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and its tail around Ronald Reagan’s inauguration. In the 1960s and ’70s, as the Pew Research Center noted last year in a report profiling the politics of different generations, boomers as a whole wanted little to do with the Republican Party, but by the 1980s that changed significantly. To make things even more complicated, there is a political difference between the first half of the baby boom and the second. “Older boomers, who cast their first ballots in the Nixon elections of 1968 and 1972, have voted more Democratic than have younger boomers who came of age under Ford, Carter and Reagan,” the report commented.” 
Personal hygiene including bathing, grooming and dressing.Eating.Toileting.Moving and getting around.Shopping and meal prep.Housework.Life and household management.
Okay, we now have a half-assed plan for allowing very short, very restricted visits. Hooray! Now what about all of our other needs? When will we see our activities return? When will they allow us to interact with one another? When will communal dining resume? Will we have to wait another 6 months?
The DOH thinks, just because they have been so magnanimous in throwing us this very lean bone, they can go back to being their usual complacent selves content to let us wallow in this mire for as long as needed to clear their consciences of past wrongdoings. I know a big steaming pile of anal-retentive crap when I smell it.
By allowing visits, the state has essentially neutralized the only support we (residents) had. Nobody else will put themselves out to get us what we really need. As long as our friends and relatives got their 30 minutes of “guilt” visits and can see for themselves that mom hasn’t shriveled away to nothing and that dad isn’t walking around talking to himself than, as far as they are concerned, everything is just hunky dory. They either don’t know or don’t care that visitations may be the least of what we need. And because we will never make our needs known, they will continue to keep us in limbo, hovering in the twilight between safety and imprisonment.
The governor and his henchman, the NY State Health Commissioner, couldn't care less about our emotional condition. As along as the death toll doesn’t surge into the stratosphere like it did in March and April, it’s okay if we are locked-in and locked down with nothing to do and no place to go. They think old people don’t know the difference. And if they do, they won’t make waves. So they are content to allow the status to remain Quo until somebody says something or brings attention to the injustice they are imposing on the residents of over 500  ALFs in the state.
I have tried, through posts on this blog, Facebook and other social media sites to tell the story of what we are facing here and how the prospects for a speedy change or modification of our present state are dim to none. There is nothing in the pipeline. No evidence that they are even thinking of allowing us the simple rights afforded to practically everyone else in this country. It appears, “With liberty and justice for all’’ extends only as far as the front door of our building……..........................
Seniors are having second thoughts about where to live
By Judith Graham
Teresa Ignacio Gonzalvo and her husband, Jaime, both 68, chose to build a house rather than move into a continuing care retirement community when they relocate from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Indianapolis later this year to be closer to their daughters.
Having heard about lockdowns around the country because of the coronavirus, Gonzalvo said, "We've realized we're not ready to lose our independence."
plan involves assisted living
A new “playbook” for public health officials shares three ways that federal and other efforts related to the development and distribution of a vaccine against COVID-19 will affect senior living: implementation, prioritization and provision of vaccination services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released a 57-page “COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations” to help state and local public health programs plan and operationalize their vaccination responses to COVID-19. The document will be updated with new information as needed, CDC director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., said on a call with members of the media.
The playbook recommends that state and local governments establish implementation committees to “enhance development of plans, reach of activities, and risk/crisis response communication messaging and delivery.” Such groups, the document notes, should include representation from long-term care facilities such as assisted living communities and nursing homes.
because of COVID pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has spared very few in its impact in 2020. One in four baby boomers say they are delaying retirement due to the uncertainty surrounding their investment portfolio. Entering their final stage of life without a solid financial plan is unnerving for those nearing retirement. Independent financial planning advisor Mike Reeves of Strategic Wealth Designers says building a robust, safe financial plan is imperative to navigate the recession that investors are facing.
“Unfortunately, right now a lot of people are flying a plane without landing gear. Their investments are a hodge-podge of assets accumulated of 20 or 30 years but their really isn’t a sound financial planning strategy in place,” Reeves says. “We see clients all the time who come in with a bunch of statements but they really don’t know if their investments are working together and what kind of safety nets are in place to protect against the huge crash like we saw in early March.”
For one in four baby boomers to feel like they must push off retirement, typically means they haven’t worked with a financial professional or the advice they have been given has not protected their assets in a manner that gives them a peace of mind to be able to retire. Many are concerned that not only are their investments volatile but having a full Social Security benefit will not be available to them either. Reeves says build a financial plan that makes Social Security an add-on bonus and not a significant need for everyday life.
Medicare value-based reimbursement
By Jeff Lagasse
Clinicians who were affiliated with health systems had better performance scores and received fewer payment penalties and more payment bonuses under the Medicare merit-based incentive payment system than clinicians not affiliated with health systems, found a team led by Kenton Johnston, an associate professor of health management and policy at Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice.
The investigation of the association between health system affiliations of clinicians and their performance scores and payments under Medicare value-based reimbursement was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Outpatient physicians' payments from Medicare will be increasingly tied to their performance under MIPS, with the authors estimating that payment penalties and bonuses will hit 9% of total Medicare reimbursement by 2022. Maximizing success in MIPS, they found, will require the management, administration and technological infrastructure to report performance measures to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Will They Make Him a One-Term President?
By Jim Newell
When You Move to Another State?
If you plan to move states, can you take your Medicare or Medicaid plans with you? The answer depends on whether you have original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or Medicaid.
If you have original Medicare (Plans A and B), you can move anywhere in the country and you should still be covered. Medicare is a federal program, run by the federal government, so it doesn’t matter what state you are in as long as your provider accepts Medicare. Your Medigap plan should also continue to cover you in the new state, but your premiums may change when you move. The exception is if you move to Massachusetts, Minnesota, or Wisconsin because those states have their own specific Medigap plans.
Both Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) and Medicare Advantage plans have defined service areas, which may or may not cover more than one state. If you have Part D or Medicare Advantage, you will need to determine if your new address falls within the plan’s service area. When you move to a new service area, you have a special enrollment period in which to change plans outside of the annual open enrollment period (which runs October 15th through December 7th). If you tell your current plan before you move, your special enrollment period begins the month before you move and continues for two full months after you move. If you tell your plan after you move, your chance to switch plans begins the month you tell your plan, plus two more full months.
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Social Security recipients are likely to get a 1.3 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2021, making it the second lowest ever paid, according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “Our forecast is based on CPI data through August, and there is still one more month of consumer price data to come in before we get the official announcement in October," says Mary Johnson, Social Security policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League.
Based on historic trends, there’s only a 5 percent chance that the COLA could rise above 1.3 percent and a 15 percent chance that it could be lower. "Although the inflation rate during May through August suggests the COLA could go up to 1.4 percent, the more recent three - month rate from June through August, and a new downward trend in gasoline prices seem to indicate it will probably be 1.3 percent,” Johnson says.
Should the forecast prove to be correct, this would make the 5th time since 2010 that there will be an extremely low, or even no, annual inflation adjustment. “This is more evidence that our system to adjust benefits for inflation, is broken,” Johnson says.
Under Phase IV, indoor gatherings are limited to 75% capacity and gatherings of 500 people or more will need approval from local public health directors. But all other state-imposed mandates are dropped in favor of voluntary guidelines for masks and social distancing.
State officials indicated they made the decision based on the availability of hospital beds and ventilators.
More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries find their insurance confusing and difficult to understand, according to a recent survey by MedicareAdvantage.com, which also revealed that many don't grasp basic insurance terminology.
The study sample included 1,000 respondents enrolled in Medicare and took place from August 17 to 19. Participants were quizzed about topics ranging from Medicare enrollment and benefits to insurance terms and definitions.
Less than half of the respondents could correctly define deductible or coinsurance. Just over half (52%) could describe what a premium is.
The aging process for humans can really be a sad thing.
As time goes by the human body starts to break down and condition(s) develop.
Unfortunately, it’s a reality that cannot be overcome.
Getting older can be a tough thing to navigate for many people.
The aches and pains are a constant reminder that Father Time is undefeated.
Getting adequate sleep is particularly tough for many senior citizens for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is side effects from pharmaceutical prescriptions.
Anyone who has looked at a seniors’ medicine cabinet will be quick to point out that the number of prescriptions adds up with age....
As of 2020, 33 states have legalized at least one form of cannabis; its use is spreading across all age ranges of adults. Several studies have shown surprisingly strong uptake by senior citizens across the country, increasing each year. As many as 1 in 20 senior citizens in America are exploring marijuana products. Let's take a look at how they’re using them and why.
Why Is Marijuana Use Increasing?
Cannabis, the plant from which marijuana is refined, may help ease symptoms of some conditions such as chronic pain and insomnia. Acceptance among the general public and some in the medical community has been growing in recent years. Even AARP, one of the most trusted resources for seniors, now supports medicinal use in states where it is legal.
Medical professionals consulted by AARP were optimistic. Peter Grinspoon, MD, a Harvard Medical School professor, explained, “It makes sense to try cannabis when you consider the track record of other medications a lot of older adults take, especially for pain, sleep and anxiety…. Cannabis can be as effective as anything.” Daniel Reingold, CEO of RiverSpring Health in Riverdale, NY, had high praise after a pilot program was completed at this Hebrew Home facility: “The benefits are nothing short of amazing and should be more widely available to residents of long-term care facilities."
Among the categories of professionals that Donald Trump seems intent on obliterating, one is Republican political strategists. The figures who guided his political rise in 2016 have been much diminished, because of criminal indictment (Steve Bannon), criminal prosecution (Roger Stone), incompetence (Brad Parscale), or domestic ruptures (Kellyanne Conway). Trump’s campaign does not have many strategists, nor, it has often seemed, much strategy. At the Republican National Convention, the idea of a second Trump term remained so undefined that the Party did not even offer a formal platform. Asked by the Times’ Peter Baker what he meant to do with a second term, Trump said, “I think it would be very, very, I think we’d have a very, very solid, we would continue what we’re doing, we’d solidify what we’ve done, and we have other things on our plate that we want to get done.” The President has long succeeded by creating an environment of constant chaos; now his campaign seems to be drowning in it.
The professionals who remain at Trump re-election headquarters are, with fewer than sixty days until the election, faced with a challenging set of statistics. For months, Joe Biden has led in national polls by at least seven percentage points. In order to win the Electoral College, Trump would need to beat Biden in about half of six swing states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona. He trails Biden in all of them, though the margin in North Carolina and Florida is under two per cent. About forty-two per cent of Americans approve of the job he has done as President, a number that has remained fairly constant throughout his Presidency, but fifty-four per cent now disapprove, which puts him behind the ratings of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan at similar points in their reëlection campaigns—though well ahead of George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. In other words, Trump looks likely to be either the least popular incumbent to win reëlection in the modern polling era or the most popular one to lose it.
Adaptive clothing is a type of garment that’s available for seniors, the disabled, and other people who are in need of a convenient, easy way to get dressed independently each day.
The purpose of adaptive clothing is to provide simple and straightforward style choices that are comfortable to wear and easy to put on and take off. Adaptive clothing is often made to address certain health-related issues such as for the prevention of pressure sores or clothing that’s not restrictive for Parkinson’s patients.
For seniors and the disabled, getting dressed can sometimes be challenging, and for certain individuals, it’s a task that requires assistance. Adaptive clothing options are designed to offer a clothing solution that makes it possible for seniors and the disabled to get dressed easily with little to no help from caretakers.
Adaptive clothing items are equipped with special features that make them particularly easy to wear. Plus, they’re made to be extremely comfortable! Here are some of the most important defining features of adaptive clothing:
Trump knew Covid-19 was deadlier than the flu before it hit the country but wanted to play down the crisis.Trump is quoted as saying the virus was "deadly stuff" before the first US death was confirmed.Trump indicated that he knew more about the severity of the illness than he had said publicly.Later that month, Trump promised the virus was "very much under control", and that the case count would soon be close to zero. He also publicly implied the flu was more dangerous than Covid-19.Nine days later, after the White House declared the pandemic a national emergency, the president told Woodward: "I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down.He said he had wanted to avoid causing public panic."We want to show confidence, we want to show strength." 
“RNC chairwoman says history will vindicate Trump's coronavirus handlingRonna McDaniel defended Trump after revelations that he purposely downplayed the pandemic in the early weeks, saying that the president sought to keep Americans "calm."In an interview with “Meet the Press,” McDaniel maintained that "20/20 vision is, in hindsight, perfect,” and insisted that Trump acted “calm and steady and methodical” as he handled the pandemic, pointing to early steps he took like cancelling travel from China and creating the coronavirus task force.”