Retirement is known as the “golden age” for a reason. If well planned, retirement can be fun, social and relaxing. However, the enjoyment of retirement largely depends on where one ends up living. And, for many, the West Coast is the ideal. Here you will find natural beauties, bustling cities, good hospitals, a comfortable climate and much more. But which areas of California, Washington, and Oregon are best for retirees? Wonder No More: Stacker has compiled a list of the 50 Best Places to Retire on the West Coast. While the majority of these locations are in California, it’s worth noting that the California Dream can be tricky for retirees. It is a notoriously expensive condition. The American Community Survey of the US Census Bureau showed a poverty rate of 10.5% among California seniors in 2020. To combat this problem, the state government in 2019 launched CalSavers, a program of retirement savings for those for whom employers do not offer such accounts. State officials also discussed improving access to food stamps for the elderly and making it easier to obtain Medi-Cal. Given all of this, it’s clear that depending on where you live, the ability to comfortably retire in California often hinges on one thing: financial wealth. For those who can afford it, California boasts a high life expectancy, a wide array of sights and attractions, coastal living, and year-round access to the outdoors. The good news for people on fixed incomes or low incomes is that Oregon and Washington also have many attractive options, usually more affordable. For this list, only cities and suburbs in California, Oregon and Washington were taken into account. The data was collected from the 2020 Niche rankings, which were based on the number of retirees in a given field; weather; access to health care; restaurants and other amenities; crime rate; and entertainment options. What makes each of these cities great for retirees? Read on to find out. You May Also Like: The Best Small Towns for Retirees in America.
Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine boxes are stored in the refrigerator at the vaccination site that appears at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center on Staten Island, New York. Photo / AP
European drug regulators have revealed that they are reviewing rare blood clots suffered by recipients of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the United States.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was investigating four serious cases but it was unclear at this stage whether the clot was related to vaccines or other medical problems.
Three of the cases occurred during the US launch in which nearly five million had been vaccinated by Thursday, while one case occurred during clinical trials.
In one case, the person died from complications.
Johnson and Johnson said they were aware of the review and were working with regulators to assess the matter, but insisted “there is no clear causal link between this rare event and the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine”.
The main medicinal injections are currently only available in the US and are scheduled to be published in the European Union in the coming weeks.
New Zealand has ordered up to five million doses of the Janssen vaccine but is still awaiting more data before approval.
Australia has yet to commit to Johnson and Johnson vaccines but complications have come amid concerns with AstraZeneca’s injections, which threaten to destabilize confidence in the launch.
Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, an epidemiologist at the University of New South Wales, insists that the extremely rare complications of any vaccine far outweigh the threat of Covid-19.
“It’s all about placing a proportionate risk of death in our elderly cohort representing 100 percent of all coronavirus deaths in Australia,” he told NCA NewsWire.
“They only die if they catch Covid, so to prevent them from getting infected, we have to fence them off.
“In the context of a pandemic, there is a huge risk of death for this older group so you want to protect them by vaccinating everyone, but especially children who are at greater risk of catching and transmitting it.”
Although Australia has yet to commit to a Johnson and Johnson vaccine, a hiccup from this week’s EMA threatens to complicate already-increasing supply problems around the world.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday refused to commit to having the nation’s jab launch completed this year because Professor McLaws offers a much bleaker timeline – he expects vaccine supply delays to keep Australia’s borders closed through the end of 2022.
New Zealand has agreed to receive up to 7.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
AstraZeneca injections will not be offered to Australians under the age of 50 following the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, which will free supplies for the older group.
“So now we have less people who need AstraZeneca, we have more space (supply),” said the professor.
“But if we want to open in the near future next year, AstraZeneca’s supply must be increased so that people get vaccinated on time because there is a three month delay between the first and second injections.
“So just because there are fewer people who need it doesn’t mean we’re out of the jungle because the government has to deploy two troops and they have to adjust the pace so we can open our borders.”
The mobile food bank will arrive Monday
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food bank will tour locally. Here’s the schedule next week.
Monday – Elkhart County, 10 am to noon, Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division St., Bristol
Thursday – St. Joseph County, 10 am to noon, corner of 12th and Merrifield St. (Plaza near Ozark Pawn), Mishawaka
Friday – Kosciusko County, 10 a.m. to noon, Warsaw Community Church, 1855 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw
Various kinds of food will be offered free of charge. All items are pre-packed and packed.
Food will be provided on a first come first served basis, while supplies last, to those who need food assistance. One box per household.
The distribution is drive-thru. People must stay in their vehicles and open their luggage to receive goods. An area will be available for self-loading if the trunk of the vehicle is not open.
Blood donation opportunities coming April 16-30, in Goshen
The Red Cross needs healthy individuals, especially those with blood type O, to provide blood to ensure the hospital can meet patient needs.
To schedule a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donation app, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or activate the Blood Donation Skill on the Alexa Echo device.
Activating the blood will be done:
Friday – 07.00-13.15, Goshen Blood Donation Center, 1123 S. Indiana Ave., and 11.00-17.00, Grace Community Church, 20076 CR 36, Goshen
April 17th – 07.00-13.15, Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 18th – 09.00-14.45, Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 19 – noon-6:15 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 20 – noon-6:15 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 21 – noon-6:15 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center
23 April – 07.00-13.15, Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 24th – 07.00-13.15, Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 25th – 09.00-14.45, Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 26th – noon-6:15 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 27th – noon-6:15 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 28 – noon-6:15 p.m., Goshen Blood Donation Center
April 30th – 07.00-13.15, Goshen Blood Donation Center
Those who come to give before April 30 will automatically get a chance to win one of the five $ 1,000 e-gift cards to the selected merchant. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.
The Department of Health reported on Thursday the first known case in Boone County of the COVID-19 variant first detected in the UK.
But the variant likely arrived here sooner and went undetected, MU Health infectious disease doctor Christian Rojas said Thursday.
“Chances are, this variant has existed before now,” said Rojas. “We happened to come across the first one recently.”
Contact tracing has been initiated for the patient, according to a news release from Columbia / Boone County Public Health and Human Services.
COVID-19 B.1.1.7. is the variant that was first detected in the UK in December and has since become the most common variant in the US
About 50% of new cases in the US are caused by this variant. “That’s probably a trend we’ll see in Boone County,” said Rojas.
This variant is known to be about 50% easier to transmit than the new coronavirus, said Rojas. It can also cause more severe and deadly disease.
The good news is that the vaccine given at Columbia provides good protection against the variant, according to preliminary evidence, says MU Health family medicine doctor Margaret Day.
“We hope this is not a reason for people to be hesitant about taking the vaccine,” he said.
This variant was first reported in the state in February.
Meanwhile, Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services announced the first confirmed case of B.1.351, the type first identified in South Africa, in Missouri on Tuesday.
The state performs special testing for different strains of certain COVID-19 positive patients, which is then processed in state laboratories to provide an overview of the variants present across Missouri. Wastewater has also been tested for variants.
“It is very important to maintain all precautions,” said Rojas. “We have to stay strong and try to carry on until we reach the point of herd immunity.”
The P.1 (Brazil) variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Genesee County.
The resident first tested positive for the virus on March 23. Additional testing at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Laboratory confirmed that it was a variant of P.1, according to the Genesee County Department of Health.
This is the second case of this variant in Michigan. The first was reported in Bay County.
“Current evidence suggests the P.1 (Brazil) variant has the ability to re-infect individuals previously infected with the original COVID-19 virus,” said the health department. “Although the P.1 (Brazil) variant is more contagious than the original COVID-19 virus, the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain the same.”