Don't sit on your VHS tapes too long

Don't sit on your VHS tapes too long! There’s nothing like watching old home movies of your children’s first steps, dance recitals and beach trips, but you may not be able to view them any longer because VHS videos are rapidly deteriorating. Most analog tapes have a shelf life of no more than 10 to 30 years, depending on how well they were stored. In time, a tape loses color, quality and crispness. Eventually, the tape can become brittle and break as it’s played. All those Christmases you recorded in the 1980s and 1990s may soon become unwatchable unless you do something now to preserve them.

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Did you know that taking a class in just about any subject can improve your cognitive abilities, rejuvenate your memory, and provide fun all at the same time? Recent scientific studies clearly show that senior citizens who stay mentally active enjoy all of these rewards. Challenging our brains to grow new cells can take place at any age. For that matter, we can build new connections which help our problem-solving abilities as well as memory. The more it's used, the better the brain does.

We’re living longer than ever before, and doing so in better health. So what can you do when you retire and want to keep your mind sharp or need to gain additional skills to stay competitive at work? For many, the answer is to go back to school, but tuition can be prohibitively expensive. At the same time, schools want their classrooms to be full of engaged students, regardless of age. In the interest of continuing education, many colleges and universities offer reduced or free college tuition to adults aged 60 and up.

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You watched Kung Fu, Green Hornet, The Avengers, and Batman when you were young and always wanted to try martial arts, but life happened.  Now you’re settled and ready to start a new chapter, get in shape, and learn to defend yourself, but where do you start?