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Local banks strive to make online banking safe, but customers must do their part (access required)

Online and mobile banking has become the dominant way Americans interact with their banks and credit unions in recent years. This uptick in online banking has brought cybersecurity and data protection to the forefront of the banking industry, but local experts say customers ...

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Finances change as we age and you need to prepare for it (access required)

One recent morning, I heard a news story about people who are worried about their finances. Multiple studies — National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and others — demonstrate the fact that our ability to process financial information declines by 1 percent a year after age 60. Our confidence in our own financial decision-making abilities does not, however, decline with age. This dichotomy sometimes creates major ...

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Community spaces a growing priority in senior living facilities (access required)

As several new senior facilities have come online in the Rochester area in the last year or so, having community spaces that keep residents socially engaged and less isolated are a common priority. “We have a philosophy for seniors that ...

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Senior living facilities face staffing challenge (access required)

Senior living and care facilities in Rochester and across the country faced staffing shortage challenges even before COVID-19 arrived, in large part because geriatrics and senior care isn’t a field many choose to enter. Those challenges increased during the pandemic, when the safety of both residents and staff were at risk. The problem isn’t likely ...

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Tips for maximizing COVID-related loan benefits and forgiveness (access required)

It’s no secret that the pandemic has caused disruption to the economic climate, dramatically shifting how business is conducted. On top of existing priorities like day-to-day operations, staffing and management, business owners also have the added layer of navigating COVID-19 related loan benefits and forgiveness programs. With new and ever-changing ...

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‘Extreme optimism’ for small business sector recovery (access required)

Small businesses owners are reporting a more positive outlook as the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, with many expecting revenues to increase this year over last. Ted Janicki, Bank of America’s small business banking manager for Upstate New York, ...

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Small businesses pivoted to e-commerce when shuttered during pandemic (access required)

Tanvi Asher admits to being somewhat naïve when her store had to temporarily close in mid-March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “At first I thought we may be closed two weeks,” says Asher, designer and owner of Peppermint ...

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Residential market booming in downtown Rochester (access required)

When Heidi Zimmer-Meyer looks out of her office window on Chestnut Street, she can see five or six buildings under construction out her window. Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, says that since 2000, 5,200 people have moved ...

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Primary care physician a good starting place for tackling mental health issues (access required)

Connections between physical and mental health run deep, including men’s proclivity to avoid talking about or seeking help for both despite potentially dangerous consequences.  The cliché that men avoid seeking health care until it is an emergency is grounded in ...

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Be wary of claims about immunity boosting supplements (access required)

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased interest in an already growing immunity-boosting products’ market. Those in the field say that while some may help, they do not replace a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet, adequate rest and regular exercise. ...

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Ease into restarting your old workout routine (access required)

Men looking to get back on track with their fitness goals after a more sedentary lifestyle over the past year-plus should take things slow and steady rather than rushing back into the exercise routines they did pre-COVID-19. Richard Alweis M.D., ...

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Remote work can improve equity and diversity, but approach must be mindful, deliberate (access required)

The COVID-19 pandemic altered the way Americans work, possibly forever, and local experts say the move toward remote work could improve workplace diversity and equity, but employers must be thoughtful and deliberate when developing hiring practices and a culture of inclusion. Workplace diversity and ...

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