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  • Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder.
  • Signaling mechanism could be target for survival, growth of tumor cells in brain cancer

    Seniors / Aging News From Medical News Today
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    UT Southwestern Medical Center neurology researchers have identified an important cell signaling mechanism that plays an important role in brain cancer and may provide a new therapeutic target.
  • Dementia, but Prettier

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This photo brings back such good memories of a fun childhood. I love how my mother is laughing so much. And it's funny that my dad set up this shot. ;-)My mom says: "That photo says it all! Those were the days my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!"
  • Another sourdough bread triumph gets blog moving...

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    a little red hen
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Yesterday's satisfying Sourdough Bread with Cornmeal was a real triumph. Though I have way too many bread cookbooks--several purchased in the last year and delightful to read/try--this time it was the Google that led to Israeli Kitchen because I'm a big fan of cornmeal.   To begin, I needed to refresh my starter.  But then I put it off--back into the fridge.  Finally, impatient with myself, made my move.  I had to build up my starter to get a cup of the stuff.  Perhaps it was my new oven thermometer that fueled my resolve.  Now I could…
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder.
  • 2 NYPD officers fatally shot in ambush

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The officers were shot inside their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.
  • Shooter of 2 NYPD officers identified

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The officers were shot inside their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
  • Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, officials said. The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania were the latest in a series of U.S. ...
 
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    The New Old Age

  • Dementia, but Prettier

    By Paula Span
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.
  • Questionable Remedies for Eye Disease

    By Paula Span
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Supplements claiming to prevent age-related macular degeneration often don't contain enough, or any, of the ingredients shown to help, a researcher warns.
  • U.S. Health Care Lags Worldwide for Those Over 65

    By Paula Span
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    The United States still has mortifying lapses and problems, despite spending more on health care than any country in the world, a new Commonwealth Fund report reveals.
  • Unmet Needs Continue to Pile Up

    By Paula Span
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    When someone is spending $3,500 or more a month for assisted living, are there fewer activities the resident can’t manage?
  • A Focus on the Heart for Older Patients

    By Paula Span
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The first geriatric cardiology clinic in New York opened at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center in August. It’s different.
 
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This photo brings back such good memories of a fun childhood. I love how my mother is laughing so much. And it's funny that my dad set up this shot. ;-)My mom says: "That photo says it all! Those were the days my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!"
  • MY EXPERIENCE AT THE RACETRACK

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Twice a month Brooksby Village offers a trip to Suffolk Downs, which is a thoroughbred race track in East Boston, Massachusetts. Friends who have gone to the racetrack have told me about the great seats they had in the air-conditioned restaurant overlooking the the finish line and the wonderful buffet luncheon.It was time for me to check it out before it no longer exists, depending on the outcome of this months casino decision. From what I observed, most attendees at the track were seniors, who came with a group bus like I did.We were given a racing program with an explanation of the betting…
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    I want to thank each and every one of you for your good wishes on my birthday!!!It seems that as the years go by the birthdays became more meaningful - the days fly by, the weeks fly by and the YEARS - boy do they fly by!!!It seems like I had a birthday not too long ago, and before I know it another one will be around the corner.I guess the point is, just make the most of what you have and what you can do each day - life is to short to be little!As my mother used to say, "If you don't go out nothing happens." I think about that a lot and you know what - it's really true!Thanks again for…
  • I THOUGHT I COULD OPEN EVERYTHING

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Hi, Steve here,Before we get to my mom's post about opening things, I want to jump in here and wish her a happy 89th Birthday!Have a Great Day.Love SteveNow back to my mom:A few years ago my son Steve and I did a series of videos called "I Can't Open It." There was always something that I could not open! I always had a running list of things that were impossible for me to open.Doing those videos were fun and a learning experience for me. I learned how to open most everything so we discontinued that series.Time passes and we can always count on change which leads me to the current time and a…
  • Report: Charlie Baker, Massachusetts candidate for Governor, at Brooksby Village in Peabody

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Hi,Steve here. I asked my mom to let me know what she thought of Charlie Baker, Massachusetts candidate for Governor. Baker spoke at her retirement community, Brooksby Village, today. Packed house for @CharlieForGov at Brooksby Village today #mapoli #magov #LetsBeGreat pic.twitter.com/5O43vd2dle— Scott F. Conway (@S_F_Conway) August 4, 2014@CharlieForGov speaking to hundreds of people at Brooksby Village today @erickson_PRTeam pic.twitter.com/CegfWvny6T— Dani Baldassare (@DaniB_Erickson) August 4, 2014Charles D. Baker Sr. introducing his son @CharlieForGov to 100's of…
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  • Another sourdough bread triumph gets blog moving...

    a little red hen
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Yesterday's satisfying Sourdough Bread with Cornmeal was a real triumph. Though I have way too many bread cookbooks--several purchased in the last year and delightful to read/try--this time it was the Google that led to Israeli Kitchen because I'm a big fan of cornmeal.   To begin, I needed to refresh my starter.  But then I put it off--back into the fridge.  Finally, impatient with myself, made my move.  I had to build up my starter to get a cup of the stuff.  Perhaps it was my new oven thermometer that fueled my resolve.  Now I could…
  • Ron Bloom's tapestry fills our life...

    a little red hen
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Last Friday most of Ron's show came down--tapestries on the walls near the Terwilliger auditorium.  Still on display are the eleven in a glass case in the cafe.  People keep coming up to him to say they wish the work was still on view. Our California friends were in town for the opening; Toni Van Horn created this collage.  It has everything:  Ron giving his lively talk about early influences on his work, Mark Rothko's paintings, for one.  And the weaver, Sheila Hicks, whose small weavings he saw at an exhibition in New York before we left.
  • Full Moon tonight...Ron Bloom Tapestry show tomorrow...

    a little red hen
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Something quite wonderful happens tomorrow.  Ron Bloom will have his first show, "Weaving to Tapestry" here in Portland, Oregon, at Terwilliger Plaza where we live. He began to spin wool on a wheel made of PVC pipe.  That was in New York, 2002, after he enjoyed the craft at a weekend at the two-acre Shady Grove Farm in Apex, North Carolina.   Judy Tysmans was a patient teacher.    My article on his early adventures (including my being butted by a goat--twice--during sheep shearing) appeared in the book, For the Love of Knitting under the title,…
  • July to August...good personally

    a little red hen
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    At the end of July, Bruce and Bob got married.  Oh, well, you'll think, another gay wedding.  Yes, but they live in our retirement community and that was a first here.  A couple for a number of years, Bob and Bruce moved to Portland from Baltimore to be near Bob's daughter and family.  Since we'd also lived in "Charm City," we were pleased our marketing people asked us to have dinner with them when they came to look over the place. Though we'd not known the same people--Bruce (on the right) had been a UCC minister, Bob, an architect--we did…
  • PSU Farmers Market, Portland, always distinct from others

    a little red hen
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Most Saturdays we try to get to the market at Portland State, the one we know best.  It's walking distance on our energetic days.  Even if there's nothing we really need, Ron usually buys more fruit to make jam.  Flowers often speak to me. He made something new--rhubarb/strawberry refrigerator jam with chia seeds (recipe). New bread vendor from Vancouver, Washington...always at least a half dozen eggs from Dancing Chicken Farm     in La Center, Washington...not far from Vancouver, WA., home of new bread vendor we bought a loaf from.
 
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    RetirementRevised

  • Charitable IRA makes a last-minute comeback for 2014

    Mark Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Gotta love the way we make tax policy these days. Congress finally okayed charitable IRA transfers for 2014 (!) this week. This provision – which bounces in and out of existence like a yo-yo – allows IRA account owners who need to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) to make direct contributions to charitable organizations, and count the donated amounts against their RMDs. The charitable IRA provision is of interest only to wealthy households with retirement assets that they don’t need to meet their own spending purposes. And if you’ve already taken your RMD for…
  • Multiemployer pension benefit cuts: A Q&A on what you need to know

    Mark Miller
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    The last-minute deal to allow retiree pension benefit cuts as part of the federal spending bill for 2015 passed by Congress last week has set off shock waves in the U.S. retirement system. Buried in the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” legislation signed this week by President Barack Obama was a provision that aims to head off a looming implosion of multiemployer pension plans – traditional defined benefit plans jointly funded by groups of employers. The pension reforms affect only retirees in struggling multiemployer pension plans, but any retiree living on a defined benefit…
  • Longer life expectancies raise the bar on pensions

    Mark Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Americans are living longer. That’s good news for people–but it’s creating challenges in the world of traditional defined-benefit pensions. American men are living an average of two years longer than they were in 2000 (the last time the tables were revised), and women are getting an additional 2.4 years of life, according to new mortality projections from the Society of Actuaries (SOA). The SOA is the official keeper of the mortality tables used to calculate the value of future pension obligations, and longer lives mean greater cost for plan sponsors. Those new tables,…
  • When does it make sense to accelerate tax payments on retirement accounts?

    Mark Miller
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    It’s almost a mantra of financial planning: Defer taxes on investments whenever you can, for as long as possible. But in some situations, it can make sense. Consider this: Recent Vanguard research found that 20 percent of account holders who take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from retirement funds put the money in taxable accounts. In other words, they aren’t spending it. That’s because many affluent households are living mainly on income from Social Security and traditional defined benefit pensions. Another Vanguard study found that 28 percent of the wealth of mass affluent…
  • Lame duck Congress tries a lame move on pensions

    Mark Miller
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The mid-term election results have changed the political landscape in a way that threatens the retirement security of middle class households. But we don’t even have to wait for the new Congress to be seated in January to know just how bad things could get. This week, the lame duck Congress pulled a lame move, inserting “Solutions Not Bailouts,” a plan to shore up struggling multiemployer pension funds – into the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill just approved by Congress (Update: President Obama has now signed it into law). Multiemployer pension reform is needed.
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  • How to Choose Assisted Living and Personal Care Communities

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    By David Gardner When advanced age robs a person of their ability to adequately care for themselves, family may be forced to consider a retirement community or assisted living facility. While the decision is not an easy one and can be hard to accept, it assures them that their loved one will receive the care […] The post How to Choose Assisted Living and Personal Care Communities appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Joy Loverde’s 2014 Year in Review

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    Below is a compilation of posts Joy Loverde’s 2014 year in rview from the  EldercareABCBlog: Joy Loverde’s Pinterest; A World of PossibilitiesAre you looking for a gift for your aging parents for the holidays? Visit Joy’s Pinterest board to explore some of Joy’s great suggestions. Once you’re done exploring that board, take a look at […] The post Joy Loverde’s 2014 Year in Review appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Joy Loverde’s Caregiver Tip of the Moment: Refuse to be anyone’s “middleman”

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    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Joy Loverde It’s so subtle you may not even realize that it’s happening. A sister asks, “So how’s Mom doing?” A brother asks, “How is Aunt Betty feeling lately?” A son asks, “When is Dad’s hip surgery?” A mother asks, “Is your daughter enjoying her new job?”  And before you know it… you are […] The post Joy Loverde’s Caregiver Tip of the Moment: Refuse to be anyone’s “middleman” appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Putting Down Roots: Steps for Gracefully Aging in Your Own Home

    Joy
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Arar Han We all want to spend our golden years in the warm embrace of our own home, where we have spread out our roots. But aging in place comes with its own set of challenges, and not all of them are apparent at first glance. Mature trees have to adapt to their surroundings, […] The post Putting Down Roots: Steps for Gracefully Aging in Your Own Home appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 17

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    by Joy Loverde Two years. That’s the amount of time I waited for the ball to drop. Two years observing my Aunt from the sidelines as she slowly but surely did herself in. Two years anticipating that at any time she was an accident waiting to happen. Two years of being ready to take action. […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 17 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
 
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    Pallimed

  • Is methadone plus haloperidol ready for prime time?

    Drew Rosielle MD
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Methadone: A pharmacologically unusual drug, that inspires great passion.I've prescribed more and more of it over the years, and I guess I'm in the Methadone: It's a Good Thing, But Probably Not Liquid Jesus camp of thought. While I think most of the patients I place on methadone are helped, a significant minority are not, and a few are clearly harmed (increased side effects, etc). I had a oncology PA I work with today, when we were chatting about whether or not to rotate a patient to methadone, note something along the lines of "I've been seeing more and more people on it, and many of them…
  • Time For A Robust HPM Public Engagement Campaign - Picking the Right Ingredients and the Brand

    Pallimed Editor
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    As national news and media sources talk about Being Mortal and the IOM report - Dying in America quite literally and figuratively; and Palliative Care is seen as a major solution in the conversations - it is important who is leading the conversation. People are overwhelmed with the complexities of the healthcare system and overload of misinformation. As Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) professionals, we strive to guide our patients and families through the complexities of the system everyday, it is all the more important for us to engage with the public outside our offices. The benefits…
  • Crowdfunding a Palliative Care Service: Can it really work?

    Christian Sinclair
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In my experience, people in hospice and palliative care work have undercurrents of being early adopters and innovative. Of course there is the caring, empathetic side many of you have developed, but until recently, to succeed in hospice and palliative care meant going against the current. Seeing people break out of the box in their thinking is one of the things I enjoy about palliative care and hospice. Dr. Michael Fratkin and his Resolution Care team are staking a claim on innovative funding when it comes to palliative care with their crowdfunding initiative on the Indiegogo platform. The…
  • Articulating the Benefits and Value of Hospice Care

    Pallimed Editor
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    by Turner West, MPH, MTSTopic 1- Articulating the benefits and value of hospice care The language we use when describing hospice services and articulating the value of hospice care for patients and families can affect both perceptions of hospice care and utilization of hospice services. During this tweetchat, I want to know how you describe hospice care and how your message shifts based on your audience. Give me your best description on the benefit and value of hospice care. What do you emphasize when talking about hospice services to community members, to referral sources, to colleagues, to…
  • Cambia Awards $10 Million to University of Washington Palliative Care

    Christian Sinclair
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    The Cambia Health Foundation made a huge impact in palliative care this week when they awarded the University of Washington Palliative Care Center of Excellence a $10 million naming gift. For many teams working in palliative care, philanthropic support of this kind is something you dream about when your team is trying to plan for the future. This multi-million dollar level of direct charitable support for palliative care projects brings to mind the late 90's and early 2000's when Robert Wood Johnson, Milbank and Soros/Open Society Foundation funded many early projects we still look to today…
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Anticipating yours, mine, and our CES 2015

    Laurie Orlov
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    International CES expects 150,000 people this year and 3500 exhibits. I will be going -- my feet are tired in anticipation. The show organizer, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), represents the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. Almost every commercial tech company will be there -- why even Apple is represented by Hyundai and other partners. In fact, Apple’s iWatch threatens to overwhelm the show with its non-presence. Or maybe it won’t be the missing watch, but the yet-to-arrive HomeKit which will dominate the show.  I dunno about that, seems like the…
  • Five technologies for older adults from the 2014 mHealth Summit

    Laurie Orlov
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The mHealth Summit held last week was an ever-more HealthIT (along with Digital Health and mHealth brethren) and the mobile/app aware, digital vision for the future, an extravaganza of technology advancement -- sounding vaguely familiar. Hey, there’s the renamed Patient Centered Medical Home, at this conference, called the Intelligent Medical Home). There were all of those Games for Health, behavior change, patient engagement, care coordination, and quite a few pharma-sponsored sessions. As is typical of an event like this, a plethora of investment-related, venture fund and startup-type…
  • Connecting disability, longevity and technology for seniors

    Laurie Orlov
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Did you know that nearly 40% of seniors report having a disability? In the category of number obsession, this new snapshot of a government report caught my eye and should catch yours – it is referencing 16 million people. The report notes six types of disability reported in census data: hearing, sight, thinking and memory, walking, self-care and independent living.  From the MedlinePlus release: "People older than 85 accounted for more than 25 percent of all disabilities among seniors, although they represented only 14 percent of the overall senior population." read more
  • Ten Tips -- 2014 Year-End Guide for Launching a Product or Service

    Laurie Orlov
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    So you want to launch a boomer/senior, home health tech product or service.  As your new company gets ready to travel into battle at mHealth, CES, and all those 2015 launch events to-be-named-later, it is time to for you to revisit this guidance. Perhaps some time soon, your new or existing company will officially launch a new product or service, or perhaps a long-awaited, over-described and much-anticipated offering will finally ship. Here is a checklist that continues to hold true – with a few links that are merely examples: read more
  • Configuring the baseline of activity for older adults

    Laurie Orlov
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Less movement and non-movement matter.  The Washington Post ran an article recently about GreatCall's partnership with an AI company so that patterns and changes in behavior could be reported to family members from its wearable PERS device.  Of course, tracking and reporting about changes from baselines -- that's nothing new for sensor-based home monitoring systems.   But it is a surprisingly big deal in the PERS industry -- where even those who once supported pattern-detecting big ideas dropped them like a hot rock -- in favor of the transactional PERS world --…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Six Steps for Positive Conflict Resolution of Family Dynamics

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Family dynamics are never easy, but they can be especially complicated when it comes to decisions that surround the process of aging.  In a perfect world, the family unit works together to provide their senior the best options and loving outcomes.  Remember, I said "in a perfect world."  Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Families with a senior struggle because of differing opinions on care, location, money, property, time constraints and more.  Even the strongest family groups can be torn apart during this stressful time.  While doing research on the issue of…
  • Tai Chi Gentle but With Strong Physical Benefits

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Although this ancient Chinese martial art is now used as a form of exercise, you can think of tai chi as a way to fight back against the effects of aging: losing flexibility, balance and muscle strength. With minimal stress on the body, it’s especially good for older adults. You may be acquainted with tai chai from seeing a group of people in a park doing slow movements with their arms and legs, looking more like a synchronized ballet or modern dance than any kind of exercise you are familiar with. Yet this ancient Chinese martial art has real physical benefits—and without the…
  • Lying in Wait: PTSD in the Older Population

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Post-traumatic stress disorder is usually thought of as a condition related to the military. But research is finding that PTSD can be prevalent in older populations.Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has become something of a buzzword in recent years, given the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and the impact of this war on the younger generation. While the increased attention to PTSD in the media has been beneficial in bringing this important issue to light, it has also resulted in a somewhat narrowed view of PTSD as only affecting a specific part of the…
  • Supporting an Older Relative: A Surprising Tax Benefit

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Many people may not be aware of a powerful tax benefit that exists withintheir families. Those who financially support an older relative may be able toclaim them as dependents.Our society is changing. Over the past ten years, older parents have begun movingin with their adult children at increasing rates. In 2000, 4.1 percent or 2.3 millionaging parents were living with family. By 2007, the number had jumped to 6.5 percent or 3.6 million. Today, multigenerational households are burgeoning (AsYouAge 2013), and many who support these aging Americans are missing an important tax benefit.It is…
  • Home and Community Based Services: A Broader View

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Navigating the myriad of resources available to older adults in need of special services can be daunting. This article covers them in detail. Those who are new to the aging industry often find themselves confused by the world they have entered. Even experienced service providers have difficulty understanding how to weed through the labyrinth of the “continuum of care.” As a professional advisor, you know your clients wish to remain active, healthy, and independent but are unsure how to find resources to assist them with that goal. To make things…
 
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • 5 Retirement Planning Must-Haves

    LoveBeingRetired
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    To help assure a smooth transition into retired life it is important to take a close look at how well prepared you are. If you plan to retire at 65, you can typically expect to enjoy 20 or more years of retirement. No one wants to retire before they are ready, but if your finances are in order and you are anxious to make the move, it’s time to compare where you currently are with where you need to be to take your first steps toward a happy retirement. For retirees to be, the first consideration is whether you have enough saved and invested to sustain your financial needs throughout your…
  • How To Make Retirement Work For You

    LoveBeingRetired
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    A successful retirement will not necessarily look the same for everyone. What excites one retiree may bore another. Retirement is simply having the freedom to pursue what is most closely aligned with your interests. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your second act: Make your own rules. It can be helpful to read books and articles describing how to create the perfect retirement. You certainly need to know how much to save and how best to draw down your savings as well as how to occupy your retired days. But only you are qualified to make the final decisions. Only you know…
  • Why I Want To Be A Grandparent

    LoveBeingRetired
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    For the past four-plus years I have been preparing for retirement. Back in 2010 the wonderful little start-up I worked for was unexpectedly (at least for me) purchased by a behemoth public company. Not only was the nature of the job and business drastically altered but it soon became apparent our group was not going to survive the reorganization. My position quickly “evolved out” and at the venerable age of 50 I was forced to begin looking for a new gig somewhere out there in the daunting job market. I quickly discovered the number of career options requiring my skills (especially at my…
  • 10 Components of a Happy Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Financial preparations are an important component of any retirement plan. But money alone is not enough to live a satisfying retirement. Equally important is a plan to spend your time, develop relationships with others and maintain your health. Here are the important ingredients for you to realize the best possible retirement: Enough money. Obviously, if you do not have enough saved and invested, you cannot realistically retire, at least not with the lifestyle you desire. But simply reaching a number in your retirement account is not the only aspect of retirement you need to plan for.
  • What I Look Forward To Most In Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    As someone on the cusp of retirement, I occasionally pause to picture life ahead when I will take my first steps toward senior citizen status. After surviving the working world and being fortunate enough to set aside what I hope is a sufficient nest egg to fund retirement, I have big hopes for the next 20 years. There are so many things I enjoy doing, and retirement is by definition the perfect opportunity to pursue my interests and feed my passions. A reader of my retirement blog has an excellent perspective: “I’m retired (and yes past the honeymoon period) and I’m loving it! Each…
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    Senior Housing News

  • Most Read: Top ACO Lessons Learned by Senior Housing

    Elizabeth Ecker
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    In case you missed them… here are the top headlines grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week.  4 Things Senior Living Learned About ACOs in 2014—From not all ACOs are equal to the fact they can save millions, senior housing learned a lot about accountable care organizations this year. SHN details the top four lessons learned.  The Biggest Senior Housing Deals of 2014—Brookdale and Emeritus was a blockbuster deal for the industry, but there were also a handful of other multi-billion-dollar deals in 2014, showing there was no shortage of investor action in senior…
  • Senior Living Adopting Tech, But ‘Tremendous Opportunity’ Remains

    Emily Study
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Roughly three-quarters of the 150 largest nonprofit senior living providers are embracing technology advances, such as electronic medical/health records (EMR/EHR) and electronic point of care documentation systems, according to the LeadingAge Ziegler (LZ) 150, an annual compilation of providers. But there’s still much work to be done, say experts who collected and analyzed the data on tech adoption this year. This year’s technology adoption report — previously issued as an addendum to the LZ 100 — was integrated into the LZ 150, and shows promising results for an industry that’s…
  • NHI Completes $476 Million CCRC Deal

    Emily Study
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE: NHI) announced it has closed the previously announced acquisition of eight senior housing communities in the South Atlantic region for $476 million.  All eight communities are leased to Senior Living Communities, LLC (SLC) and will continue to be managed by an SLC affiliate. The deal is part of a broader transaction involving Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN), which had announced in early December the sale of seven entrance-fee communities and one rental community. An HCN spokesperson previously confirmed that these properties represented the same…
  • Aviv Closes $305 Million Acquisition of 29-Property Portfolio

    Jason Oliva
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    A little more than a month after announcing its acquisition of 29 properties from Diamond Senior Living, Chicago-based Aviv REIT, Inc. (NYSE: AVIV) today closed the transaction valued at $305 million.  The deal, which was Aviv’s largest acquisition in three decades, included 23 skilled nursing facilities and one office building, with the remainder comprising assisted and independent living properties. Purchased in early November from Diamond Senior Living, a subsidiary of General Electric Credit Corporation of Tennessee, all of the properties are currently triple-net leased to new Aviv…
  • In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (12/18/14)

    Jason Oliva
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Construction: Planned PDC Capital Group Invests in Pipeline of Three Northern Calif. Projects Costa Mesa, Calif.-based PDC Capital Group, LLC, has three new SummerPlace Assisted Living & Memory Care facilities planned to break ground next year in Northern California. SummerPlace Westgate, located in West Sacramento, is a $27.5 million that will add 174 units and 205 beds of assisted living and memory care capacity to the region. Of total development costs, an estimated $22.5 million is going toward construction of the facility, PDC Capital told SHN in an email. The project is scheduled…
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  • Eye Opening Alzheimers Videos That Could Change Your Life

    Tom Bills
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    The holiday season has begun. I hope that your holidays will be bright and happy. If you have a loved one you are caring for with Alzheimer’s disease I wish you a new found hope of care and compassion after reading this article and watching the videos, I believe it could be life changing and at the least very eye-opening. I have a suggestion for you, as a caregiver, to take a few moments and watch an amazing concept that can be adopted for home therapy for an aging loved one. The video is titled “ Shifting the Perception of Alzheimer’s Disease and Creating Positive Outcomes (Kim…
  • The 3 Building Blocks to an Accessible Bathroom

    Tom Bills
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    None of us plans to become handicapped and unable to use bathroom facilities comfortably. However, aging, accidents and illnesses occur to you or a loved one. At that point, it makes sense to remodel your bathroom to accommodate the needs of any individual living in your home. Planning for Success Planning for remodeling is the key to avoiding unnecessary expenditure of money and effort that could sink the project. Everyone knows that, to make a bathroom accessible, we’re going to have to typically replace a door and install grab bars. In some cases, we must expand space in an existing…
  • Requirements For An Accessible Bathroom

    Tom Bills
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Accessible bathrooms can be beautiful and necessary. When a person becomes disabled or uses a wheelchair, fitting a bathroom to their needs can be challenging. Imagine sitting in a wheelchair for all of your bathroom needs and you may see exactly how many things must be changed. Having a non-accessible bathroom can be a matter of life or death. More than 1 in 3 seniors over 65 fall every year and 80% of these are in the bathroom. In addition, after one falls and breaks a hip or a leg, they often must go to rehab after the hospital instead of returning home simply because their bathroom is not…
  • The Pros and Cons of Caring for a Loved One at Home

    Tom Bills
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
      Deciding to care for an ailing family member is not always easy. However, there are some good things that can come from taking care of an ailing parent or grandparent at home. Let’s take a look at the inconveniences of providing care as well as the positive aspects that exist.   What Are the Inconveniences of Providing Care at Home? If you are going to allow a loved one to live in your home, you may need to do some remodeling work to help that person out. This may mean that contractors or other third-parties may have access to your home during the day. When they are gone,…
  • Grab Bars: Types, Placement, And Installation For Bathroom Safety

    Tom Bills
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Grab bars are commonly used in bathtubs and showers to offer stability and piece of mind to the user. A properly installed grab bar can become an essential safety accessory to any household bath. Used properly, a grab bar can prevent hazardous falls in the shower or bath. It is important that homeowners understand the various features and installation techniques available to them before deciding on the appropriate grab bar for their safety needs.   Differences in Grab Bars There are two significantly different categories of grab bars: wall-mounted grab bars and tub mounted grab bars.
 
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Seeking to Improve Seniors’ Quality of Life? Yes, There are Apps for That!

    Kathy Birkett
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    More and more family caregivers are finding their smartphones and tablets to be useful tools in their caregiving. They are finding that the available technology is making their life a little easier, engaging their senior loved one or giving them much needed information or even support. Yes, there ARE apps for that! With all the newest ideas coming along, it can be hard to keep up with what could be beneficial for you and your senior loved one. We have pulled together some of the those things that we find helpful and think that you might also enjoy for your senior loved one and yourself to…
  • Work / Life Balance for Caregivers – Key to Successful Care and Life

    Kathy Birkett
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Many family caregivers juggle a senior loved one’s needs, children, spouses and a job outside the home. Imagine the amount of juggling required every day to make everyone happy – probably everyone other than the caregiver, that is! Did you know that almost 25.5 million Americans who care for someone 50 and over are also working? In 2012 a Gallup poll found that more than one in six people working full or part time report assisting with the care of an elderly or disabled family member, relative, or friend. Family caregivers who work at least 15 hours per week said it significantly…
  • Caregiver to Caregiver — Tips to Inform and Inspire in Our New Book!

    Kathy Birkett
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Family caregivers are special people who care for and about loved ones. Sometimes they need some help and inspiration in doing so. Do you sometimes feel like you need to be inspired? Does it feel at times that a little help would make a big difference? Do you like to get new information that might help you in your caregiving? Do you like to share with those who have similar experiences and understand how you feel? If so, then you have much in common with other caregivers who face challenges every day and often search for answers and help from people who have been there and are facing the…
  • Many Seniors Aren’t Eating Right – How Family Caregivers Can Help

    Kathy Birkett
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Many of our senior loved ones are not eating as well as they could, much like the rest of us. There are many factors that come into play to prevent them from eating well. There are always concerns about aging, functional decline, finances, chronic disease conditions, loneliness, and lack of motivation to change habits. Your senior loved one may also have physical difficulties they can’t seem to overcome or manage that interfere with their ability to eat properly. Family caregivers can help seniors find ways to make problems into opportunities for new solutions so they can eat…
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) – Do We Avoid Acting Because Term is Scary?

    Kathy Birkett
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Most of us tend to put off things we don’t really want to do, even if we know they really need to be done. Procrastination is human, but in this case risky. We need to encourage our senior loved ones to execute their healthcare decisions, known as advance directives or DNR, and then make them known to important people in their lives. Then we need to do the same for ourselves. We should have those decisions written in a legal way and shared with those closest to us, including our healthcare team. This is something upon which we all agree, no matter what decisions you make or how long you…
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  • I’m Ready to Fight

    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    The truth is that those of us who see, feel and believe in a positive vision of aging have directed too much of our precious time and energy to the proposition that "aging really isn't all that bad."
  • Could 2015 Become The Year of The “New Normal”?

    Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    One of the nicest compliments I ever received for my work came in an unexpected way; in fact, I had to think about it for a while to decide if it truly was a compliment.
  • What’s Your Best Books on Aging Reading List?

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    In the time-honored tradition of year-end lists and gift ideas, I'm asking ChangingAging's bloggers and audience to submit their personal Top 5 Books on Aging reading lists.
  • Give the Gift of Light to Beat Back the Darkness of Isolation

    David Goff, ChangingAging Contributor
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    As Alexandra and I prepare for the last elder salon for this year (titled, “Praising the Darkness And Celebrating The Return Of The Light,” on the evening of the 18th), I find myself thinking, about the mysterious and paradoxical relationship between the dark and the light.
  • Dilemma Story: An Introduction

    David Goff, ChangingAging Contributor
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I want to explore a kind of story that was designed by indigenous people to look collectively at difficult moral and social issues. The story–form is called the dilemma story.
 
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Putting a Price Tag on the Costs of Caregiving

    Rachel Yen
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Caregivers who work often sacrifice income to care for their loved ones. One recent study found that caregiving in the United States results in over $500 billion in wage losses eve…The post Putting a Price Tag on the Costs of Caregiving appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans

    Rachel Yen
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, is the government-run health program for adults over 65 and disabled individuals. Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) is the private alter…The post Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • The Annual Election Period (AEP) Ends Soon

    Matt Serafini
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The nearly two-month Medicare Annual Election Period is coming to an end for another year. If you want to make changes to your Medicare coverage and haven’t yet done so, then …The post The Annual Election Period (AEP) Ends Soon appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Alzheimer’s and the Holidays: Advice for Caregivers

    Trystan L. Bass
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    About five million Americans over age 65 currently have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and this irreversible, progressive c…The post Alzheimer’s and the Holidays: Advice for Caregivers appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • U.S. Life Expectancy Reaches Record High

    Rachel Yen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Americans are living longer and healthier lives, thanks to lifestyle changes and better access to preventive care. In a new report, average life expectancy rates in the United St…The post U.S. Life Expectancy Reaches Record High appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
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  • Timing of ALTCS Application Touchy

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My mother lives in an assisted-living facility that costs about $5,000 per month. I helped her apply for ALTCS, who after about four months, informed me that Mom has too many assets, and that I should reapply when she is “spent down” to no more than $2,000. If I wait until this occurs, we will not have funds to pay for her care during the four months that it takes the second application to process. Is there something I can do to…
  • Medical Eligibility is ALTCS Threshold

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My mother recently applied for Arizona Long Term Care System aid. She lives in an assisted living community, and she is in desperate need of financial assistance. To our dismay, however, ALTCS denied her application because she did not qualify medically. What should I do about this situation? Answer: It is important to understand that ALTCS is, in essence, an insurance provider, and as with any other insurance product, ALTCS provides…
  • VA Funds Can Alter ALTCS Eligibility

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My father is on ALTCS and he has resided at an assisted-living facility for about two years. When he was admitted, a s ocial worker at the facility helped him apply for his veterans pension. After nearly two years, my father’s VA application finally was approved. This seems like a good thing, but he was awarded nearly $20,000 from the VA, and I am concerned that this will jeopardize his ALTCS eligibility. What should I do? Answer:…
  • Settlement Could Affect Eligibility

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Question: My wife was in a horrible car accident, as a result of which she will likely require skilled nursing care for the remainder of her life. It looks as if she will qualify for long term care under the Arizona Long Term Care System. I am concerned that if she receives a settlement from the accident ALTCS will discontinue her care. What can I do to prevent this? Answer: You are correct that your wife must continuously satisfy ALTCS financial…
  • Many Factors Affect ALTCS Process

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Question: I helped my mother apply for the Arizona Long Term Care System about two months ago, but the application is not yet approved. Now, my father is also in need of care, and I am considering applying for ALTCS for him as well. Can I apply for my dad while ALTCS is still processing my mom’s application? Answer:The rules differ greatly when applying for two spouses, as opposed to one. When applying for one spouse, the community spouse is…
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    Concierge Care

  • Senior Care

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Senior Care Senior care is about providing the elderly with the assistance that they need in order to live happy and fulfilling lives. Just because your age is increasing, it does not mean that you have to give up on life in the slightest. Senior care in the Jacksonville area can provide an elderly individual with the care that they need to manage illnesses, deal with unexpected medical events, and provide help when it is truly needed the most. Health Benefits of Personalized Senior Care There are a lot of health benefits to senior care in the Jacksonville area. The health benefits of…
  • Elderly Caregiver

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Elderly Caregiver Understanding what an elderly caregiver is will help you properly gauge the type of service that you should expect from one of these individuals. Elderly caregivers are all about helping the elderly by providing assistance to them when and where it is needed most. This is all with the goal of having them live happy and fulfilling lives. The better an elderly caregiver does their job, the higher of a quality of life that elderly individual is going to be able to enjoy. Providing Health Benefits to the Elderly An elderly caregiver in the Jacksonville, FL area is focused on…
  • Understanding Reverse Mortgages

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is always a great deal of confusion over exactly what a reverse mortgage is and what it can do for seniors across the United States. The post Understanding Reverse Mortgages appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: Could Home Care Services Actually Save Money? The Worst and Most Common Scams Targeting The Elderly What an In Home Caregiver Needs To Know About You
  • The Benefit of the Elderly utilizing Brain Games

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is very important to continue to work your brain as you get older The post The Benefit of the Elderly utilizing Brain Games appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: How Can You Detect Dementia Early? Memory Exercises for Seniors 10 Signs it’s Time to Take the Keys Away From an Elderly Person
  • How to Know When it is Time for Outside Help

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the most difficult things for any elderly individual to determine or gauge is when it is time to get outside help. The post How to Know When it is Time for Outside Help appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: 10 Signs it’s Time to Take the Keys Away From an Elderly Person Creating a Healthy Routine for Your Senior Loved One Do You Suspect that your Loved One Has Cataracts?
 
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  • Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Diabetics

    Kenneth Smith
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    When you think of the holidays, there are a few things that often come to mind: family, shopping and good food. For people suffering with diabetes and working to manage the disease, the holidays can be a time of stress.  With some simple preparation and planning, holiday meals don’t have to disrupt diabetes control and holiday enjoyment. Diabetics know that managing their glucose levels will be challenging around the holidays given all the sweet temptations. When glucose levels are not controlled, you are at risk for high blood sugar, cholesterol levels and weight gain – all things…
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Seniors

    Amy Blitchok
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Tablet While a tablet will make a great gift for anyone on your list, it is an especially great idea for the modern senior. These lightweight, affordable, and easy to operate devices are the perfect tool to help you stay in touch with your loved ones. One of the biggest challenges our aging population faces is isolation. Feeling removed from the rest of the world can exacerbate existing health problems and contribute to an overall decline in health and well-being. Something as simple as a tablet can help families stay connected and keep an eye on elderly loved ones. There are plenty of…
  • Great Deals on Tablets for Seniors

    Amy Blitchok
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If you are a regular visitor to  Modern-Senior, you may have read my post from a couple weeks ago entitled, “Don’t Waste Your Money on AARP’s RealPad.”  In the interest of offering alternative solutions, and not just criticism, I have done some research and compiled a list of the best tablets for anyone who may be technology shy. Tablets Most seniors who are interested in a tablet, are planning to use it to communicate with their families, share photos, and check email.  Video calling features are a great way to stay close with friends and family who may be spread all over the…
  • Great Blogs you Should Be Following

    Amy Blitchok
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Why I Blog I openly, and perhaps even proudly, admit that I was the first to scoff at the idea of blogging.  I imagined it to be the end of “proper” journalism and the rise of tabloid style writing that would reward any amateur hack who was able to put together a sensational article on celebrity gossip or fashion trends.  In my mind, blogging inevitably meant the demise of the English language.  It seemed like the perfect catalyst for spreading ignorance and drowning out relevant voices with the sheer force of numbers. Have I had a change of heart?  Not really.  I am sad to see…
  • Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Cause Breast Cancer?

    Amy Blitchok
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    New Popularity of Hormone Treatment In the past, I have written about the recent surge in testosterone treatment for men.  If you have read up on this topic and seen some the data, you know that the vast majority of most men who are being treated for Low-T could naturally restore their hormone levels by making simple lifestyle changes.  It shouldn’t come as any surprise that a clean diet and regular exercise are just as effective in regulating hormones. The truth is that the surge in hormone treatment for men can be attributed in large part to marketing efforts by pharmaceutical…
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Helping an Elderly Loved One Fight Off the Winter Blues

    Freedom Home Care
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    As the year comes to an end and winter goes into full effect with dreary days and chilly nights, it can be easy to catch the winter blues. Especially for our aging loved ones, this time of year can bring isolation due to loneliness and frigid temperatures. Here at Freedom Home Care we put together a few tips to help your elderly family member or friend fight off the winter blues. Socialization Keep communication open! The days may be shorter and colder, but connecting on a regular basis helps keep spirits up. Another way to help is by assisting seniors connect with others. Senior centers,…
  • Considering the Benefits of Home Care

    Freedom Home Care
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    As our loved ones age, the time comes when we may start to consider a higher level of care.  This usually happens when the desire for independence is still very strong, but the practicality and safety of home assistance is starting to make more sense. That’s where we at Freedom Home Care can help. Daily activities can become more and more difficult as we age, and chores like shopping, dressing, driving, or bathing can become obstacles to enjoying everyday life. When this time comes, home care provides seniors with health care, non-medical care, and even companionship while still retaining…
  • How to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s during the Holidays

    Freedom Home Care
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
     At Freedom Home Care, our staff is witnessing the start of holiday celebrations in homes all around the Highland area, and it warms our hearts to see families come together this time of year.  We all also know that there is plenty of stress and anxiety associated with family gatherings, and that can be amplified when visiting a loved one with Alzheimer’s during the holidays. But with a little planning and preparation, you can ensure your holiday season to go as smoothly as possible.  Image credit: digital-photo-secrets.com The first step is to evaluate the current situation and prepare…
  • Assisting Your Parent with Medicare Coverage

    Freedom Home Care
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    In this day and age of sky high pricing for medical related expenses, health insurance is a top priority; especially for those growing older. With a large fraction of our loved ones growing older it is time to start preparing for the future. But if your loved one isn’t covered by private insurance, or if they could benefit from additional coverage, where do you start? Here at Freedom Home Care we know that figuring out the best way to assist a loved one is to know about all of the options available. To help ensure your loved one makes the best use of a Medicare insurance program, it’s a…
  • Winter Safety Tips

    Freedom Home Care
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fall is quickly fading into winter, and as the temperatures drop it’s easy to catch yourself unprepared. You can get ready for the weather ahead and keep safe and warm by following a few easy steps. When outside, exposed areas – including your ears, nose as well as fingers – are at high risk for frostbite after as little as 10 to 15 minutes in sub-freezing temperatures.  This risk is increased for the elderly. Keep these winter safety tips in mind. Plan ahead. Check the weather reports and dress accordingly. Keeping warm is important, especially to areas like your lower back which can…
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • The Main Thing

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
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  • THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    One morning a professor of philosophy stood in front of his class and wordlessly began to fill a very large and empty mayonnaise jar with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor picked up a box of tiny pebbles and tipped them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly allowing the pebbles to roll into the open areas between the golf balls before asking the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was. Next the professor poured a box of sand into the jar filling up all the remaining space and once more asked his class if the jar was…
  • IS "ANDROPAUSE" MALE MENOPAUSE?

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    When you hit your mid-forties and early fifties did you begin to sense a change in your physical well-being? Was there an underlying sense of confusion, maybe a re-evaluation of where you were going in life? Did your stress level rise? Did you find yourself looking for a “no strings attached” relationship? Had you suddenly lost your direction on what you thought was important in life? Did you begin purchasing new material goods like a sporty car, motorcycle, jet ski or jewelry because you felt they “represented” your true personality? Well men, women may not be the…
  • Madonna Made Me

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Madonna Exposed Baby Boomers,It's been a couple of months since my last relationship ended.  So, let's say it's been at least a couple of months since the last time I experienced the pleasures of a female partner. Things get pent up. I understand that. But, I had thrown myself into my work and rebalancing my life, so I hadn't given women or sex much room for thought.That is until this morning when I found myself mmmm.....And what triggered this precipitous action to happen.......Madonna's breasts.I know what you are thinking.Really, Madonna's breasts?Let me step…
  • Laughter Is The Best Medicine

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Baby Boomers,Who doesn't need a good laugh now and then.Below is a video I found which was posted by a cosmetics company called Rituals Cosmetics.It will make you laugh.Kudos to them for such an ingenious marketing idea.I hope it goes viral.I guarantee you will laugh.Some people might comment that a single person, without purpose, creating uncontrollable random laughing in a crowd is an indication of a deeper psychological issues in the human race.To me, it proves there is a "thread of life" we all share.At first, the people look annoyed at best.Then they begin to…
 
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    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me

  • How to Manage Stress and Fight Loneliness Around the Holidays (Video)

    Margaret Manning
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s ironic that the winter holidays, which are meant to be filled with relaxation, love and peace, often turn out to be a time of stress and tension. There are many factors that contribute to stress around the holidays. Weather, travel delays, crowds, parties and alcohol make for a volatile combination. That’s not to mention the family gatherings that bring together people who are used to being apart. What do you find to be the biggest causes of stress during the holidays? What do you do to stay peaceful and relaxed? Do you know anyone in your neighbourhood who is usually alone for the…
  • Cookies for Santa and Mince Pies for the Kids – Holiday Food Traditions We Love! (Video)

    Margaret Manning
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I guess we can all blame Santa for some of our holiday food traditions. Carefully placed cookies for Father Christmas and carrots for the reindeer are part of the holiday experience for most homes with children. In a way, this simple act represents the magic of the season, highlighting the importance of exchanging gifts and sharing love around the holidays. Does your family enjoy a special holiday food tradition or secret recipe? What is your favourite holiday dish? What other holiday traditions do you enjoy and why?Read More
  • Spending Christmas Alone – with Millions of Other Women (Video)

    Margaret Manning
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s easy to feel sad and lonely if you are spending the holidays by yourself. I would guess that, in our 60 years of life, almost everyone has spent at least one Christmas alone. There are, of course, lots of reasons that this might be the case. Are you spending this holiday alone? What are you planning to do? What advice would you give to the other women in our community who may be spending the holidays alone? Read More
  • Why Are Women Over 60 More Comfortable Giving Gifts than Receiving them? (Video)

    Margaret Manning
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Gift giving is a true art – one that most women over 60 have perfected over the years. We like to thank people, because we know what it means to be appreciated. We understand that the value of a gift is not measured by what it costs, but in the planning and thoughtfulness that went into the purchase. You know that old phrase. Unfortunately, we are not always as good at receiving gifts as we are at giving them. If you ask most women over 60 what present they would like for their birthday, retirement or Christmas, the answer is almost always “Oh, you don’t have to buy me a gift. I don’t…
  • How to Connect Modern Families through Magical Holiday Traditions (Video)

    Margaret Manning
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Even though families are spread across the world these days, the holiday season offers an opportunity to connect even the most tenuous dots. What Christmas or holiday traditions do you follow in your family? How do you think that traditions impact the way that we look at the holidays?Read More
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    Cariloop | Search For Assisted Living, Home Health Care, and Hospice

  • Exploring Generations: The Baby Boomers

    Dane Roper
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    We sometimes associate Baby Boomers with the hippie era, rock and roll, Elvis Presley or Woodstock, but ultimately baby boomers epitomize the phrase “pull yourself up by your boot straps”. Those born between 1946 and 1964 demonstrate to many Americans and younger generations what hard work truly means. “When I was born in 1956 in southeast Texas, we had a slower paced and more laid back style of life,” Deen Cauthorn, a mid-generation Baby Boomer, said. “As a kid, we played outside without any trouble or worry as long as we checked in with Mom occasionally. We did whatever we wanted,…
  • Embracing Work Transitions: Retirement Ideas to Keep Active

    Bethany Nicholson
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    As we grow older, times inevitably change. With that change comes retirement. Some may avoid retirement because they still feel a sense of purpose with their career and may love what they do. In fact, they may have been working so long that they don’t know what life is like without their work. Others may have been looking forward to the day they retired only to find that their days are not as active and lively as they thought they would be. “I had been working for over 50 years when I retired,” Larry Nicholson, a recent retiree, said. “Now, I have so much spare time on my hands I…
  • Exploring Generations: The Lucky Few

    Dane Roper
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Few people can say that they were born and grew up in the middle of some of the most significant events in their country’s history, but the Lucky Few can say exactly that. Also known as The Silent Generation, these Americans were born between 1930 and 1945—in the height of the Great Depression and World War II. “I grew up in very meager circumstances on a poor farm that you couldn’t make a living in,” Art Laengrich, an early member of the Lucky Few, said. “My experience was not having much of anything and, indeed, going to bed hungry.” Unlike their parents who knew life before…
  • Exploring Generations: The Greatest Generation

    Bethany Nicholson
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    In the days when gasoline was 20 cents and lunch cost a mere 15 cents, World War I had just ended, World War II was just beginning and racial discrimination was normal. Depression struck and nearly everything was rationed. Despite it all, the people of those days grew stronger, more patriotic, loyal and gained a sense of responsibility—this is why they are called the Greatest Generation. “I was born in 1922 in Hillsboro, Texas,” Clifton Ganus, a Greatest Generation member, said. “My father was in the restaurant business, and when I was 7 we moved to New Orleans. Times were different…
  • A Personal Story: Beckie Weaver on Unexpected Transitions

    Dane Roper
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Some of the most significant transitions in life often do not come when we expect them to. They seem so distant from our current situation that we fail to be prepared if a transition like finding care for a family member quickly falls upon us. Cariloop spent time walking the streets of Dallas asking passersby what they knew about assisted living and what their preference was when it came to caring for aging loved ones. The overwhelming majority of respondents knew very little about assisted living communities and admitted they would rather take care of their aging loved ones themselves.
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  • Exploring Generations: The Baby Boomers

    Dane Roper
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    We sometimes associate Baby Boomers with the hippie era, rock and roll, Elvis Presley or Woodstock, but ultimately baby boomers epitomize the phrase “pull yourself up by your boot straps”. Those born between 1946 and 1964 demonstrate to many Americans and younger generations what hard work truly means. “When I was born in 1956 in southeast Texas, we had a slower paced and more laid back style of life,” Deen Cauthorn, a mid-generation Baby Boomer, said. “As a kid, we played outside without any trouble or worry as long as we checked in with Mom occasionally. We did whatever we wanted,…
  • Embracing Work Transitions: Retirement Ideas to Keep Active

    Bethany Nicholson
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    As we grow older, times inevitably change. With that change comes retirement. Some may avoid retirement because they still feel a sense of purpose with their career and may love what they do. In fact, they may have been working so long that they don’t know what life is like without their work. Others may have been looking forward to the day they retired only to find that their days are not as active and lively as they thought they would be. “I had been working for over 50 years when I retired,” Larry Nicholson, a recent retiree, said. “Now, I have so much spare time on my hands I…
  • Exploring Generations: The Lucky Few

    Dane Roper
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Few people can say that they were born and grew up in the middle of some of the most significant events in their country’s history, but the Lucky Few can say exactly that. Also known as The Silent Generation, these Americans were born between 1930 and 1945—in the height of the Great Depression and World War II. “I grew up in very meager circumstances on a poor farm that you couldn’t make a living in,” Art Laengrich, an early member of the Lucky Few, said. “My experience was not having much of anything and, indeed, going to bed hungry.” Unlike their parents who knew life before…
  • Exploring Generations: The Greatest Generation

    Bethany Nicholson
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    In the days when gasoline was 20 cents and lunch cost a mere 15 cents, World War I had just ended, World War II was just beginning and racial discrimination was normal. Depression struck and nearly everything was rationed. Despite it all, the people of those days grew stronger, more patriotic, loyal and gained a sense of responsibility—this is why they are called the Greatest Generation. “I was born in 1922 in Hillsboro, Texas,” Clifton Ganus, a Greatest Generation member, said. “My father was in the restaurant business, and when I was 7 we moved to New Orleans. Times were different…
  • A Personal Story: Beckie Weaver on Unexpected Transitions

    Dane Roper
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Some of the most significant transitions in life often do not come when we expect them to. They seem so distant from our current situation that we fail to be prepared if a transition like finding care for a family member quickly falls upon us. Cariloop spent time walking the streets of Dallas asking passersby what they knew about assisted living and what their preference was when it came to caring for aging loved ones. The overwhelming majority of respondents knew very little about assisted living communities and admitted they would rather take care of their aging loved ones themselves.
 
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  • Infographic – Women are Optimistic about Retirement

    Jennifer Carole
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    A survey we conducted earlier this year shows women have a more positive outlook when it comes to retirement than men. Fifty percent of women reported that they are looking forward to retirement, associating the idea with freedom and personal development. Women are notably unconcerned with aging or boredom. We have previously shared that women particularly have big plans for pursuing hobbies or spending time with family in retirement. Some can’t wait to simply sleep in. In general, our survey shows women become more comfortable with themselves as they grow older. What about you? What…
  • How Do You Feel When You Hear the Word “Retirement”?

    Jennifer Carole
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Relaxed?  Nope. Our informal survey reveals that for many the answer is “old”! Judging by the advertising produced by financial services firms (including our own), you could get the impression that retirement involves life on a golf course or beach, perpetually tanned, relaxed and secure. But when we asked people how they really feel about retirement, we got a much more complex and nuanced picture. When we informally asked the readers of our RetireWell blog how they felt when they heard the word “retirement,” the most popular unaided answer wasn’t “sexy,”…
  • Infographic – Women Have Big Plans for Retirement

    Jennifer Carole
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Earlier in November, we looked at how women tend to be more optimistic about retirement than men. One of the reasons could be that they have big plans for all that new free time coming their way. Our survey shows a whopping 74% of working women hope to spend more time with family and friends in retirement. Travel and pursuing a hobby or passion also ranked high, and nearly half of women said that they were looking forward to sleeping in later. Turns out that after a lifetime of working and caring for their families, a number of women are ready for some “me time.”  What are your…
  • Top Social Security Questions Answered in Feature with USA TODAY

    Jennifer Carole
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Financial Engines’ CIO, Christopher Jones recently sat down with USA TODAY to talk about the cost of living increase for Social Security, what it means, and what you can do to make it work for you. Earlier this year, Financial Engines surveyed 1,000 retirees and pre-retirees, and it turns out, many Americans are unaware of their options when it comes to Social Security. We want to shed some light on this recent change, and help make financial planning more accessible to those saving for retirement. For the 60% of retirees who rely on Social Security for over half of their retirement…
  • Thanksgiving Money Quiz – Are You Ready to Be Thankful?

    Jennifer Carole
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    As we get ready to take a short break and enjoy one of America’s most uncomplicated holidays, we thought it might be a good time to offer you a little “Thanksgiving” money test. Before you start eating, watching football and comparing Black Friday sale sheets, take our money quiz and find out where you stand. (Mentally circle your answers and get your results below.) 1. When it comes to saving money you are… a. Confident – I contribute to my 401(k) and I even have a rainy day savings. b. Cocky – hey, I have my 401(k) on autopilot, if there’s an…
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  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    Steve Sovie
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    I would like to wish all of my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. As the photo above shows the very first Thanksgiving, where the Native Americans welcomed and fed the original immigrants, let us all return to the spirit of those times. Let us all be real Americans and welcome all of those who want to join us in building a strong and unified America. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
  • Ferguson Erupts - As Expected

    Steve Sovie
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Last night the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO. announced it's verdict in the Darren Wilson case. Wilson is the white police officer who shot an killed a young Black man, Michael Brown. I can honestly say that I did not expect and indictment in this case, so I am not surprised. The Grand Jury was made up of 9 white people and 3 Black people, so both races were represented.I am not going to say this decision was right or wrong. I studied what transcripts were available and could see that there were many discrepancies on both sides. I don't feel as though I can form an honest opinion on right or…
  • OMG the Mexicans Are Going to Take My Job!

    Steve Sovie
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Well Obama has finally announced his executive actions on immigration and if you listen toFox News and the GOP the world is coming to an end. or at least there will be a flood of Mexicans coming to steal our jobs. For the past 6 years the Republicans have done nothing about immigration reform, except to demonize people of color, either citizens of the US or not. The Republican House of Representatives even had an immigration reform bill before them, but the whiner of a Speaker, Boehner refused to call a vote on the measure. Instead of doing nothing but complaining about brown skinned illegals…
  • Offline - Thanks to Dell and Windows

    Steve Sovie
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    For the past week I have not published any posts due to the fact that I could not connect to the Internet. I have an 8 month old Dell desktop computer, which I purchased brand new. It came with Windows 8 already installed. A few weeks after I purchased it I ran into trouble connecting to the Internet. Apparently Windows 8 was preventing Internet connection. At that time I contacted Dell support and spoke several times with a supposed engineer, in India. After 5 agonizing days I was able to connect. I had to install Widows 8.1, which was difficult since Windows 8 was preventing it. When I…
  • Happy Veteran's Day

    Steve Sovie
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Happy Veteran's Day to all. Thank you so very much to all of you who have served our country and all of you who are serving now. Many have given the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us can live in freedom. Many have lost a part of themselves, so that we may live whole. As a nation we must remember our veterans, not just on November 11, but every day of the year. We must honor the memory of those we have lost and we must care for those who are still with us.
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  • 26 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Holidays

    Mark Hager
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    26 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Holidays / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. See these 26 thoughtful gift ideas for that special person in your life. We're not talking canes and reachers, either. Special gifts for awesome people. The post 26 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Holidays appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website's…
  • Got curb appeal? These 5 front doors rock with universal design

    Mark Hager
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Got curb appeal? These 5 front doors rock with universal design / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Universal Design doesn't hurt curb appeal. Some of our recent favorite home entrances with Universal Design elements that create beauty & function. The post Got curb appeal? These 5 front doors rock with universal design appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express…
  • The New AgeInPlace.com Small Business

    Mark Hager
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    The New AgeInPlace.com Small Business / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Welcome to the new AgeInPlace.com Small Businesss, dedicated to helping small business owners reach customers, provide better service & grow. The post The New AgeInPlace.com Small Business appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website's owner is…
  • Why Is Aging in Place Important for All Business Owners?

    Mark Hager
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Why Is Aging in Place Important for All Business Owners? / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Why is aging in place important for all business owners? The truth is, it will impact nearly every community, business & person in some way. Including you. The post Why Is Aging in Place Important for All Business Owners? appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and…
  • Your City Isn’t Ready for Aging Boomers, But You Can Be

    Mark Hager
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Your City Isn’t Ready for Aging Boomers, But You Can Be / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Aging Boomers are changing the world again. Most communities are not ready, but your business can thrive & be an incredible support to people in your city. The post Your City Isn’t Ready for Aging Boomers, But You Can Be appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without…
 
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  • Medical Alert Systems: Everything You Need To Know

    TimOnTech
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    We’re asked all the time to make recommendations on medical alert systems, and to provide best practices on what to look out for when shopping for one of these little devices. The best advice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gifts for Caregivers

    Amie
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    With the holidays quickly approaching, I have been asked by clients and family members alike what the best gifts for caregivers are this season.  After some reflection about all the things caregivers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Last Minute Christmas Card Deals

    TimOnTech
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Christmas Card Deals From Tiny Prints Calling all last minute shoppers who haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet! Tiny Prints has your back. First, their sitewide sale of up to 30% off ends... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Philips Lifeline Review

    Amie
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    The Philips Lifeline family of medical alert systems now offers 4 options under their Philips Lifeline umbrella.   They offer the traditional home based medical alert system without fall detection,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 10 Inspirational Photos From Last Week

    TimOnTech
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    We searched the web high and low to come up with the top 10 inspirational photos from the web last week.  Origins are unknown, but we thought sharing these would put a smile on your face and bring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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