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  • The best places to retire successfully

    RetirementRevised
    Mark Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Minnesota just might be the best place to get old in America–if you’re interested mainly in quality health care and don’t mind cold winter weather. A state-by-state ranking of senior health gives Minnesota top honors for a range of reasons–everything from the rate of annual dental visits to the quality of nursing home beds and low rate of hip fractures. If a healthy, active lifestyle is your thing, consider Provo, Utah. It edged out other U.S. cities in a study of places for successful aging for its low rates of smoking, binge drinking, and diabetes. More than 5% of…
  • DailyBeast Op-Ed: Treat Dementia With Music, Not Drugs

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    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
  • What makes sense for caregiving -- UberHealth or Caregiving Robots?

    Aging In Place Technology Watch
    Laurie Orlov
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    That clanking you hear is media drum-banging and robots walking. While the robotics world is literally rocking industries from manufacturing to surgery -- as caregiving robotic technology, there is still nothing much in our time, Paro, Jibo, and other media magnets not withstanding, still on the drawing board or at a price point that only a grant-funded pilot could love. Stated convictions that robots will be here because 'we need them' -- are just that -- stated. As every single article about robots and caregiving has concluded for the past oh-so-many-years, these marvels are in the…
  • 24/7 Sarah Palin! Only $9.95 a month

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    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.
  • Age-related macular degeneration occurs much earlier than previously assumed

    Seniors / Aging News From Medical News Today
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is widely accepted that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment and blindness in industrialized countries.
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  • 8 children dead in Gaza blasts

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Explosion in Gaza public garden also killed 2 adults, injured 40. Israel blaming Hamas misfire.
  • No deaths reported after rare Boston tornado

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston and many of its northern suburbs. State emergency management officials said they were not aware of major injuries or fatalities from the storm. "Obviously we had a monumental storm come through our…
  • Jihadists open 'marriage bureau' to find wives for fighters

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq. The jihadist group's office is operating from Al-Bab, a town in Aleppo province of northern Syria, for "single women and widows who would like to marry IS fighters", said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey. IS has its roots in…
  • 2 Americans in Liberia said to have Ebola

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Aid agency said workers tested positive for virus while fighting outbreak in hospital.
  • 24/7 Sarah Palin! Only $9.95 a month

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.
 
 
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    Silver Innings: Dedicated to Senior Citizens and their Family Members.

  • Is This The Long Goodbye ? BY Lisa Hirsch

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    My best friend's mother just passed away after suffering from Alzheimer's for the last several years. As she sat by her mom's bed for the last week watching her fade away, I could not stop to wonder what it will be like for my mom when her time arrives. As I received the news uncontrollable tears began to run down my face. I knew a great deal of the sorrow that I was feeling was connected
  • Palliative Care is Elder Right: Dr. Vineeta Sharma

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Palliative Care is Elder Right: Dr. Vineeta Sharma, HOD of Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai speaking about importance of Palliative Care to Senior Citizens and their Family members: A Silver Inning Foundation presentation, 18th July 2014:  Watch this excellent talk: http://youtu.be/ROmZkWgmCSo
  • The Importance of End of Life Care with Dementia

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Coming to terms with a loved one nearing the end of their life with dementia is never an easy situation. But it’s important to recognize this stage to make sure our loved ones receive a good quality of life as this time comes near. Making sure there is a strategy is a must so individuals can pass well with their dementia. Karen Harrison specializes in end of life care and believes a
  • Dementia Activities: Six Options to Encourage Engagement

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
     As dementia progresses, it becomes challenging to find activities that encourage mental, emotional, and sensory stimulation. At the same time, we are often in search of ways to connect with our loved one when conversation is no longer an option. Possibilities are as wide and varied as one’s imagination, but here are a few ideas to get you started. Read More :  http://alzjourney.com/2014/07
  • “The End of Retirement”

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Jessica Bruder, author of our August cover story, “The End of Retirement,” was on MSNBC’s The Cycle this afternoon to discuss the challenges facing Americans who thought they’d be enjoying life after retiring, and instead found themselves part of a vast migrant workforce. You can watch the video here : [Mentions] | “The End of Retirement” on MSNBC | Harper's Magazine
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • IN THE OCEAN WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    When I was a youngster, and through my grown up years, my greatest pleasure was being at the beach, either taking a walk, being in the water, collecting sea shells or just looking at the waves, it was always a great pleasure for me. That just might be one of the reasons I loved seeing the play, "The Little Mermaid," at North Shore Music Theatre, so much. The minute the play started I was hooked. The opening scene took place under the ocean where I saw puppets on sticks to represent schools of fish. To me they looked like REAL fish swimming in the water and I felt like I was there with…
  • HAPPY DAY - HEARTY MEAL - HEARING CHALLENGE

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    HAPPY DAYWhenever I spend the day with Steve and Carol it is a happy day, and yesterday was no exception! We enjoy each others company.I always have something that needs repairing, adjusting and seldom need anything opened.I'm pretty good at that now!HEARTY MEALThe British Beer Company recently opened up just a five minute ride from where I live. Steve has eaten in this restaurant in other locations and was anxious to see what this one was like, So yesterday we paid a visit to this casual eating and beer place.From what I observed, they specialize in pizza and beer. As a matter of fact the…
  • KIDS DO THE DARNDEST THINGS

    28 Jun 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Do you remember the TV show "Kids Say the Darndest Things" hosted by Bill Cosby? That show was always good for a laugh. When Cosby asked the little one a question you could never imagine what the response would be. I thought about that show as a result of what happened here recently.One day last week I had a friend visit. Joining her was her five year old grandson. Kevin was a very well behaved child who brought along a small bag of miniature cars to play with. He spent some time on my patio and after a while came indoors and played with his toys on the rug. His grandmother told me that he…
  • LOST MAN MEN - FOUND LOUIE

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Last week I wrote about the loss of my love, and involvement, of the show "Mad Men." How was I going to manage without knowing about each of the characters lives? I had to adjust, make up my mind and wait until next season. Surprise! Considering I'm a woman close to ninety, I found someone else! Who could imagine that I could find someone that I would care for so soon after a break-up. Well, it happened to me last week!Matthew Gilbert, who writes for the Boston Globe, introduced me to "Louie," and I have been involved with Louie ever since. I've seen all of Louie's shows that I could get "On…
  • LIFE WITHOUT MAD MEN

    11 Jun 2014 | 6:19 pm
    This past Sunday was the last episode of Mad Men for this season. For the past seven weeks I have looked forward to seeing what Matthew Weiner had cooked up for the Mad Men gang. Now there's nothing to look forward to this weekend! This season was split up and cut short. Now I have to wait until NEXT YEAR to see how life turns out for all those characters that I know so well. The show was on from 10:00pm to 11:00pm. Some nights I would watch it a second time and catch things that I missed the first time. Sometimes after the show was over I would go to AMC.com and read reactions and thoughts…
 
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  • Solving immigration problem via "Pinky," a cartoon

    a little red hen
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Kind of amazes me to watch this.  Made in 2007, olden days.  Great way to spend Sunday, as we await a deeper conversation toward a solution to illegal immigration.  Confirms my conviction that cats are smarter than dogs (which may be called speciesism).  Thanks to A Revolt - Digital Anarchy Facebook page.   Got 15 minutes?   Related articles U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement flying planeloads of illegal immigrants to Massachusetts America's immigration crisis summed up in one brilliant cartoon Goddess Worship: why not now?
  • CRAFTS for protest: make your own IUD

    a little red hen
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Golly, if it had not been for that awful Supreme Court decision, would we have gone all creative, women.  Little advertising at the front, followed by such helpful DIY instructions. THANK YOU, HOBBY LOBBY!! Isn't this a good time to pick up those needles and Knit a Condom Amulet?  Choose from seven classic patterns developed by talented knitters.   Related articles Two Knit Condom Amulets: Like & Share Protesters To Hand Out Condoms At Burbank Hobby Lobby Store Attention Hobby Lobby Employees: Learn How To Make A DIY IUD Cheap and Safe Birth Control Alternatives From…
  • Splendid July Fourth + MayDay Pac reached its goal...

    a little red hen
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    It was a beautifuly evening.  Lucky Americans, we were invited to dinner and firework-watching on Sandy and Michael's deck.  Rest of our family invited too--after their day of hiking around Mt. Hood.   Though we talked of several serious local issues--the sad state of schools in Portland was one--most of the time we laughed, watched the kids.  As fireworks approached, our friend Michael appeared in the doorway with something to read.   "The Declaration of Independence."  Zoe, almost nine, responded to his vigorous declamation, with arms…
  • In Brooklyn on June 14? March across the Bridge for Gun Sense!

    a little red hen
    8 Jun 2014 | 11:12 am
        Wish I could be in the City for this one. Ron and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for a woman's right to choose in 2004--that terrible year-- when Republican convention left its dirty mark.   #51231700 / gettyimages.com Began blogging two years later.  I need to find my own photos, write about the two extremes of the very hot day.    Exhilarating and intimidating with police photographing from posts above marchers. Found reflections from others.  From a Planned Parenthood site, an older woman, out-of-towner, uncomfortable with…
  • When we speak of Mother Earth...

    a little red hen
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Today I watched this video iand tried to upload it.  The only way you can see it is by   clicking on Post.     Please do; it's powerful and beautiful.  Takes less than 5 minutes of your time.       [From Frackfree America National Coalition, created by Ranjan Ramanayake.]         Related articles On the way to Northern California...    Bees, You and Me...Earth Week 2013     Earth Mother' Native American deity.
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    Contemporary Retirement Coaching

  • The End of the Day Philosophy by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

    Ann Harrison
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    ‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I know what the answer will be: at the end of the day, I’d be much happier if I’d chosen writing. If I am faced with chips and pizza, I might be mightily tempted to eat them right now, but I know that later in the day I’ll be sorry…
  • 15 Ways to Beat Jetlag

    Ann Harrison
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
  • Too darned hot...

    Ann Harrison
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    I don't really 'do' summer. It's definitely NOT my favourite season. Oh sure, I like the long, bright days well enough. And give me a summer breeze and a temp that's in the low seventies and I can just about cope... but when the mercury starts to climb, my life and my mood start to go in the opposite direction. The summer heat saps my energy and my patience. While the rest of the population heads for the beach and the back garden, I'm headed indoors as fast as my energy-depleted leg muscles can carry me. I blame my Irish ancestry for most of my heat-related…
  • Losing your luggage...

    Ann Harrison
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:15 pm
  • Quick Links

    Ann Harrison
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:21 pm
    From Mail Online: Flexible hours push to help the over-50s stay in work: Pensions Minister says older generation are 'vast untapped talent'
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    RetirementRevised

  • Why last-minute IRA contributors are leaving money on the table

    Mark Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Individual Retirement Account contributions are getting larger – an encouraging sign of a recovering economy and improved habits among retirement savers. But there is an “I” in IRA for a reason: investors are in charge of managing their accounts. And recent research by Vanguard finds that many of us are leaving returns on the table due to an all-too-human fault: procrastination in the timing of our contributions. IRA savers can make contributions anytime from Jan. 1 of a tax year up until the tax-filing deadline the following April. But Vanguard’s analysis found that…
  • The best places to retire successfully

    Mark Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Minnesota just might be the best place to get old in America–if you’re interested mainly in quality health care and don’t mind cold winter weather. A state-by-state ranking of senior health gives Minnesota top honors for a range of reasons–everything from the rate of annual dental visits to the quality of nursing home beds and low rate of hip fractures. If a healthy, active lifestyle is your thing, consider Provo, Utah. It edged out other U.S. cities in a study of places for successful aging for its low rates of smoking, binge drinking, and diabetes. More than 5% of…
  • Why 401(k)s won’t offer longevity annuities anytime soon

    Mark Miller
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Longevity risk – that is, the risk of outliving your retirement savings – is among retirees’ biggest worries these days. The Obama administration is trying to nudge employers to add a special type of annuity to their investment menus that addresses that risk. But here’s the response they’re likely to get: “Meh.” The U.S. Treasury released rules earlier this month aimed at encouraging 401(k) plans to offer “longevity annuities” – a form of income annuity in which payouts start only after you reach an advanced age, typically 85.
  • Twitterverse has questions about retirement; we’ve got answers

    Mark Miller
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Twitterverse has questions about retirement. What’s the best way for young people to get started saving? Are target date funds good or bad? Should we expand Social Security to help low-wage workers? Those are just a few of the great questions I fielded during a retirement Tweet-up convened this week by my colleagues at Reuters. Since my column allows for responses beyond Twitter’s 140-character limit, today I’m expanding on answers to five questions I found especially interesting. You can view the entire chat – which included advice from personal finance gurus from…
  • Retirees: Have you checked bank CD rates lately?

    Mark Miller
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Getting  low-risk yield has been one of the toughest challenges for retirees ever since the financial meltdown of 2008-2009. Interest rates are near zero, and many retirees are nervous about bonds out of fear that rates might jump. All of which leaves a simple question: How about a good old-fashioned certificate of deposit? Retirees desperate for yield can find some respectable deals these days on CDs. The yields may not sound sexy, but there’s also is no risk to principal and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation protects accounts up to $250,000. There’s nothing new about the higher…
 
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  • Gift Idea for Aging Parents: The Old Neighborhood Reunion

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    22 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    By Joy Loverde If you are a regular reader of my blogs then you may have read about the time when my sister and I took our Mom back to Italy to visit the town where she was born (Marlia). That was a trip of a lifetime!  In case you missed it, here is the […] The post Gift Idea for Aging Parents: The Old Neighborhood Reunion appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Part Two

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    By Joy Loverde Part One of “Mom Always Liked You Best” offered insights on what may be going on behind the scene when siblings do not help with aging parents. As you may have learned, parents and siblings are equal partners in setting the stage for this situation. This blog helps you take action.  I […] The post Mom Always Liked You Best – Part Two appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Part One

    admin
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Joy Loverde Family caregivers often write to me and complain that when it comes to eldercare and parents, siblings are often nowhere to be found. Denial, historical sibling rivalry, limited finances, and living far away are some of the reasons why one adult child shoulders most of the parent-care responsibilities. Truth is family caregiving […] The post Mom Always Liked You Best – Part One appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Are You Looking for Simple Aging in Place Options For Elderly Parents?

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    17 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    By Kaye Swain Door handles. Simple things. You wouldn’t think they’d be that important, would you? Unless your elderly mom has limited range of motion in her hands due to arthritis or in her arm due to taking a tumble or just in general due to growing weaker as she ages. My family has dealt […] The post Are You Looking for Simple Aging in Place Options For Elderly Parents? appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 15

    admin
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Joy Loverde To those of you who are following this blog about my Aunt who is reluctant to move out of her house, I didn’t want too much time to go by before I gave you an update on what’s happening. On that note, what’s happening is absolutely nothing. There she stays… in spite […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 15 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
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    The Population Health Blog

  • Credble Numbers on Obamacare: And Why is the 16.3% Prevalence of Persons Without Health Insurance Good News?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The signed Affordable Care ActWe finally have some credible numbers on what's happened to insurance enrollment under Obamacare. The paper can be found here.The authors used the ongoing Gallup-Healthways survey that questions representative samples of the U.S. population about their health insurance status. Since it began, this repeat survey has assessed changes in the coverage of adults 18 to 64 years of age. The authors used these data to assess the trends in insurance status that were associated with the roll-out of Obamacare between January 2012 to June 2014. For all of 2012 and…
  • Care Management: What a Bargain

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    They did it again!Sound familiar?Patients' intake into the program was initiated with a face-to face meeting with a nurse care manager.  After a physician-approved care plan was in place, the patients were telephoned and engaged in the protocol.  The patients could then use a voice-activated system or a website to report disease status.  Outbound nurse calls were prompted if the patients requested it, reported a problem, didn't have adequate disease control, if the medications were not being taken as prescribed or if there were side effects.  After 12 months, patients in…
  • New Insights on Big Data

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Say hello to big data!This week's The Economist discusses some of the implications of "big data." Population Health Blog readers may recall the Facebook kerfuffle when it was revealed that the company had been "experimenting" on its users.  While this is another timely reminder that Facebook users are not customers but a product, what's far more interesting is how the company used its vast utilization data to monetize the changes of a hundredth of single percent in its users' behavior.  These weenie changes can add up to additional…
  • Professional Physician Organizations: A Continuing Necessary Ingredient for Ongoing Health Reform

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    This JAMA article on "Professional Organizations' Role in Supporting Physicians to Improve Value in Health Care" reminds readers that "organized medicine" continues to have an important role in national health reform.  The Population Health Blog agrees and adds that these doctor professional organizations have not only been underestimated recently, but will continue to be a force to be reckoned with - both a national and state level.The article points out that groups like the American Medical Association (AMA) along with the various sister…
  • The Medicare Advantage Stars Program: Who Keeps the Money, Is it Evidence-Based and What About Variation?

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The Population Health Blog has been practically banished from our living room when the spouse is watching TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.  This reality show follows the travails of young brides as they search for that perfect wedding gown while also dealing family expectations, tight budgets and dubious body art.  When the PHB stops in and pauses to watch the bridal drama unfold over more than just a few minutes, it naturally wants to share.  Mysteriously, the spouse treats its helpful outreach like some sort of provocation.  Little wonder.  Years ago, the PHB…
 
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    Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog

  • #hpm Tweetchat 07.23.2014 - The Importance of Language

    Christian Sinclair
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Language represents symbols and the meaning of those symbols depends on the nature of our interaction. When sitting in a clinic and receiving bad news, patients will cling to every word. Doctors may choose words carefully, avoiding some terms and emphasizing others. Patients and families, listening carefully to each word, walk away from these emotionally charged interactions, often hearing different words, and many times finding different meaning. Vinay Prasad studied the written words used in the Oncology literature, specifically the word “cure”. Defining cure as the chance someone will…
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Tweetchat reaches 200th chat

    Christian Sinclair
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When I first began exploring the health care Twittersphere in late 2008, there were not a lot of people there, and explaining it to others and expand the network was pretty challenging. Six years later, the understanding of Twitter as a space to advocate and influence is well understood in the realms of sports, entertainment, politics and news. Well, we too in hospice and palliative care have made a significant impact on Twitter even if it is in the smaller niche of Health Care. One of the tent poles for people to gather and find each other has been the weekly Hospice and Palliative Medicine…
  • Deadline for Comments on HPM Fellowship Update July 2

    Christian Sinclair
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Apologies for the late notice, but I only heard yesterday about the deadline today (July 2, 2014) to the ACGME update to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship requirements.  These updates do not come around too often and this is the first significant chance for an update since the accreditation became official in the late 2000s. Here are some of the key files for your reference:Impact Statement (only 5 pages - summarized below)Program Requirements (24 fun-filled pages)Review and Comment Form (you need to complete this and send it…
  • Cases: Legacy Projects at the End of Life

    Christian Sinclair
    30 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Case:F.B is an 90-year-old woman who initially presented with chest pain and shortness of breath and was found to have a large descending aortic aneurysm. Her aneurysm was not amenable to surgical correction, so F.B. was discharged home with hospice for medical management.  She was interested in sharing her life’s experiences, so a legacy project was initiated.  During the course of the legacy project, F.B. became withdrawn from her friends and family and often felt anxious and depressed.  A long conversation was held with her, and she admitted the legacy project brought back…
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

    Jeanette Ross
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Until I watched the documentary prison terminal I had not given much thought to what the end of life is like for a prisoner serving a life time sentence.  The Prison Terminal film was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award in the category of Documentary Short Subject and it is currently being shown in the channel HBO. Filmmaker Edgar Barens transports us to the inside the Iowa state maximum security prison recording how the terminally prisoner Jack hall lives his final 6 months (even his last breath). As the film evolves we meet 82 year old Jack Hall who was once a decorated World War…
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • What makes sense for caregiving -- UberHealth or Caregiving Robots?

    Laurie Orlov
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    That clanking you hear is media drum-banging and robots walking. While the robotics world is literally rocking industries from manufacturing to surgery -- as caregiving robotic technology, there is still nothing much in our time, Paro, Jibo, and other media magnets not withstanding, still on the drawing board or at a price point that only a grant-funded pilot could love. Stated convictions that robots will be here because 'we need them' -- are just that -- stated. As every single article about robots and caregiving has concluded for the past oh-so-many-years, these marvels are in the…
  • Technology for seniors -- why not an iWatch?

    Laurie Orlov
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    I, for one, am tiring of the Apple iWatch.  And it is not even out yet. A Morgan Stanley analyst predicts that the $300 iWatch will sell between 30 and 60 million units, but wisely, like the 50-50 chance of rain, also notes 'there is a chance that the iWatch will fail.' Apple is bringing in multiple athletes to test the thing, including an unnamed player from the Red Sox (unnamed is probably for the best, these days.) So who will buy a $300 smart watch, will they leave their iPhone and their iPad home? What will they use to take a picture? Hopefully it will be of good quality and…
  • Six Companies from the Boomer Venture Summit 2014

    Laurie Orlov
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What's new with startups in the boomer-senior market segments? We often note that the boomers have all the money. Yet they are not always the recipients of thoughtful product design or effective marketing strategy. But consider the media interest in the boomer-beyond topic, especially in the health-related segments -- where there's news, there's innovation. And where there's innovation, let's reflect on the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit in Santa Clara, a business plan competition and series of events organized by Mary Furlong and delivered at Santa Clara University.
  • Do free tools like Twitter, Google, and Facebook freely communicate new rules?

    Laurie Orlov
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Online -- the bad, the worse, and the ugly.  We want 100% of older adults to have access to the Internet.  It's a big place with lots of useful information, educational materials, loaded with discounts, pictures of family members from far away, and on and on.  But who keeps up with recent, uh, upgrades? Please, to those of you helping folks with these tools, training and caution is required: read more
  • Do health innovators think about the oldest adults?

    Laurie Orlov
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Everyone wants to see more innovation in health care delivery.  Not to miss the remote healthcare visitation party -- a relatively recent employee benefit -- Verizon just announced its new Virtual Visits platform, expanding medical access for patients who may wait " an average of 27 days for to schedule an appointment." That’s a 2010 statistic, in case you were wondering. By 2013 the average wait time was more like 18 days. But perhaps the wait time is beside the point – what if you don’t live or happen to be near a doctor?  Would you use a remote…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Meet CSA Spotlight, Bert Schwartz

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    I became a CSA in 2012. My initial study was through the online portal, but after several attempts to clear my schedule in order to devote the full attention needed to review the course materials, I found the disruptions too overwhelming and re-scheduled the week long course in Northern Virginia. Taking the class in Virginia created an environment that allowed great camaraderie with fellow students and feedback in discussions from others with diverse backgrounds. This created interesting perceptions and points-of-view which added to the enrichment of the materials being presented. To say that…
  • Managing Digital Assets:A New Issue in Estate Planning

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
     Digital assets are online accounts containing credit, financial, and personal information stored on our computers and electronic devices. Adding them to estate planning is becoming more and more important.Digital asset is a term that didn't exist ten years ago. It has grown over the last decade as consumers have flocked to the Internet for communicating, professional and job-related work, catching up with old friends, shopping, financial activity, and countless others. But as our online lives grow, it’s becoming increasingly important that our digital assets become a…
  • Encore Careers: The New Paradigm of Work for Older Adults

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Retirement today isn’t what it used to be. More and more older adults, including boomers, are choosing to work longer because they enjoy it, or are creating new careers and businesses during retirement.Retirement as we know it is changing. Gone are the days when individuals worked for one organization for forty years until they were sixty-five years old, received a pension and a gold watch, had a retirement party, and then went off to the golf course. With the increased numbers of educated and experienced professionals retiring, both male and female, we are looking for new ways to use our…
  • Understanding Vision Problems: Types, Treatments, and Prevention

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Protecting and caring for our eyes is critical to our health and well-being. Poor vision affects everything we do, and can be a serious detriment to the healthy lifestyle of older adults.  Baby boomers are more physically active than any previous generation, and a key component to maintaining a physical lifestyle is vision care. Untreated vision loss can affect independence in that it can inhibit activities like driving a car and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Poor vision in older adults has been linked to isolation, depression, and social…
  • The Booming Dynamics of Aging: Meeting the Challenge of the Emerging Senior Majority

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    The U.S. population is aging rapidly, led by baby boomers who will hit fifty this year. By 2056, for the first time in history, the United States’ population sixty-five and older will outnumber those eighteen and under. The ramifications will be significant.Very soon seventy-eight million baby boomers will become the new “Senior Majority.” This demographic phenomenon presents significant challenges for our nation. It also represents tremendous opportunities for Certified Senior Advisors (CSAs).A Global and National PhenomenonEach day, ten thousand people turn sixty-five. These…
 
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • A Recipe for Success in Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    My folks married in 1956 at a little church in San Mateo California. As they said their vows and committed themselves to each other on that cool November afternoon, I am sure they were excited to launch their future together. Looking back over what is currently year 58, they are still going strong living comfortably in the same place for the past 50 years. From their perspective I am sure the last half century has been a truly interesting, unpredictable, never boring, not always easy but well worth it journey. And for those of us lucky enough to witness their relationship they have showed us…
  • How to Realize Your Retirement Potential

    LoveBeingRetired
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    When we retire, we hope the next 20 or more years will be a rewarding and exciting time that perhaps even surpasses the years leading up to this point. The hard work is behind us, and we have earned the freedom to explore and experience what is most important to each of us. But with so much to choose from it is not unusual to find yourself a bit overwhelmed. Here’s how to make the most of your retirement years: Plan now. Retired life will be different than what you are used to. Your schedule will no longer be dominated by a job or the responsibilities of raising a family. An unfamiliar…
  • Follow These 5 R’s for a Rewarding Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    When you retire, you want to do it right. After so much careful preparation and struggle, you have earned the right to join the ranks of the retired, and you want to make sure it’s worth the effort. Here’s how to make sure your retirement will be fulfilling: Reward yourself. You have earned the right to spend your free time as you choose. Don’t put pressure on yourself to fill your days with meaningful accomplishments. You are no longer a worker bee, so you can choose to do what is right for you. There is no performance review, no measures of success and no pressure to rise in the…
  • Why retirement will be the best time of your life

    LoveBeingRetired
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Arriving at the doorstep of retirement with all of your marbles intact is an achievement worthy of praise. You have survived a career that even if stimulating has likely taken its toll over the years. Your children are hopefully approaching independent status, your mortgage if not entirely gone is ideally in good shape, and you have built a sufficient nest egg to subsidize the retired lifestyle you hope to enjoy. As you evolve into your second act, you have the opportunity to experience the best of what life has to offer. Assuming you can cope with the challenges that come with aging and as…
  • Still Navigating the Retirement Jungle after 4 Years

    LoveBeingRetired
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Time sure does fly. The other day I took a look at the first blog I posted for “Retirement – Only the Beginning” way back on July 4, 2010. I had been contently working away at various start ups across Silicon Valley for over 30 years raising a family and setting aside a little something for the future. At age 52 I figured I had another ten to twelve years to build that nest egg and get ready to depart the working world. Then suddenly I found myself out of a job. After a reasonable amount of panic and some fruitless searching for an immediate replacement job, I stepped back to catch…
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    Senior Housing News

  • Zillow to Create Online Housing Mega-Giant in $3.5 Billion Merger

    Cassandra Dowell
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) has announced an agreement to acquire Trulia, Inc. (NYSE: TRLA) for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction expected to close in 2015. The combination of two of the most prominent online housing hubs will offer more online real estate tools and services to consumers, driving more business for real estate professionals, Zillow said in announcing the deal. While Zillow has not made a foray into senior housing, other players in its competitive landscape, such as SeniorHousingNet, a Move.com company owned by Realtor.com, have built a presence. The company has…
  • Senior Living Newcomer Bullish on Competitive Dallas Market

    Jason Oliva
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Despite bubbling concerns of overbuilding and increasing competition, a newcomer to the senior housing industry still sees a vast opportunity in the Dallas market for its first foray into the space. A robust local economy, underdeveloped pockets of land and a need-driven demand fueled by aging demographics are all signaling the green light for Dallas-based developer AG Ventures to get into the senior housing business. The signal shines brightly for the commercial real estate developer, so much that AG Ventures has already committed approximately $25 million toward the development of its first…
  • Long Island CCRC Files Chapter 11 to Restructure $220 Million of Bond Debt

    Emily Study
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The Amsterdam at Harborside, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Port Washington, N.Y., has filed a pre-negotiated chapter 11 bankruptcy petition to restructure an estimated $220 million in debt. Like many CCRCs that opened during the height of the recent recession, the community experienced significant financial stress upon opening due to the impact of the economic downturn on the housing market. The Long Island CCRC, which opened in August 2010 and is 85% sold and occupied, has 229 independent living units, 26 enriched housing units, 18 memory support units and 56 skilled…
  • E-Sign Tech Helps Senior Housing Navigate Home Health Care Services

    Emily Study
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Independent living operators are looking more and more like assisted living facilities by partnering with home health care agencies to offer additional care services to their residents. But these providers may face compliance issues if their home health care partner is not up to speed with the Affordable Care Act’s face-to-face encounter requirements. So with a surge in the use of electronic health records, a product has emerged that may help relieve senior housing providers’ concerns about tapping into the home health care sector. SutureSign, developed by Suture Health, Inc., is an…
  • Senior Housing Jobs Open at Mather LifeWays, Holy Redeemer and More

    Emily Study
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Looking for a senior housing job? We’ve got you covered, bringing you job postings from some of the top senior housing employers in the country. Open positions include sales manager at Mather LifeWays, director of wellness at Claiborne/Blake Management Group, vice president of human resources at Brandywine Senior Living and more. Are you a senior living company or organization looking to hire? Post a job on Senior Housing News Jobs Online. Sales Manager (Wilmette, Ill.) Mather LifeWays Residential Sales Coordinator (Sales Counselor) (Philadelphia, Penn.) Holy Redeemer Health System…
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    Mother In-Law Suite Floor Plans & Resources

  • Bathroom Flooring for Mother-in-Law Suites

    Tom Bills
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Accessible Bathroom Flooring for Mother-in-Law Suites – Types and Applications When caring for a parent or aging senior, one of the most important aspects of keeping them safe is by installing accessible bathroom flooring. As a bathroom can be one of the most difficult areas for a senior to properly move around if not designed with accessibility in mind, these types of flooring are absolutely essential. However, this can make for a tricky purchasing decision, given the many different types of flooring available. As such, here’s a brief look at all you need to know about accessible…
  • The Function, Look, and Benefits of Roll-In Shower Drains

    Tom Bills
    2 May 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Showers started out with simple spray heads elevated over bathtubs. They evolved into stand-alone units referred to as shower stalls. Custom showers with tiled walls and floors that have center drains are also popular in new construction and remodeling projects. The problem of keeping water in the shower area used to involve a physical barrier at the entrance of the shower that users had to step over. That has all changed with roll-in drains. Trench Drains Roll-in shower drains have changed the way showers are built. They are also incorrectly known as “trench drains.” These…
  • How To Design An Accessible Bathroom Floor Plan For Seniors

    Tom Bills
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Many people don’t think far enough into the future when they are designing their home, and many old homes weren’t built with aging senior citizens on the mind. But now, more and more senior citizens are choosing to stay in their homes as they age, making it hard to get around a small floorspace. There are a few, but very important, things to consider when you are designing a room fit for senior citizen living. Bathroom Floor Plan Design For Seniors Whether you are building a new home or redesigning a mother in-lawsuite floor plan to fit the senior citizen lifestyle, it’s…
  • Choosing the Right Vanity for In-Home Care

    Tom Bills
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:26 pm
    When you care for an ill or elderly loved one in your home, you must look at all of your appliances and furnishings with a new eye. All the items that seem common and that pose no problem for you can present many challenges for your loved one. Your stairs may be unclimbable, your bath may be too hard to get in or out of, and your cabinets may be too high to reach. In the bathroom, your vanity can also present challenges for some, such as those who are in a wheelchair or who have other mobility issues. Here’s what you need to know about each type of vanity to choose the right one if you…
  • Choosing The Right Bathtub For In-Home Care

    Tom Bills
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:36 pm
    One of the challenges of providing in-home care for an ill or elderly loved one is finding the best sort of bathtub for them. The patient might have mobility issues that make getting out of a traditional bathtub difficult. One option is a walk-in bathtub. Walk-in Bathtub A walk-in bathtub is a good choice for patients who aren’t steady on their feet. They have doors and a low threshold that will allow a patient to enter fairly easily, either by him or herself or with help from the caregiver. When the patient is inside the tub, the door has seals that keep the water in the tub from leaking…
 
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    Retirement Online Blog

  • Jul 27, Considering Retirement at 60

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    I can get my pension next year at 60, draw social security at 62. I inherited a little less than 90K last year. I have had double depression and dysthymic
  • Jul 27, Don't retire

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Hi my name is shirley, I'm 65, and retired 2yrs ago, only retired due to ill health and after my op couldn't face going back to work, so retired but I'm
  • Jul 27, Retirement is fun?

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    I sympathize with those people who are having a hard time dealing with retirement. My job was eliminated in June, 2014. I am 65 and planned (tentatively)
  • Jul 24, I HAVE EARNED IT!

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    In my Twilight Years: As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I can hit the golf ball
  • Jul 23, Retirement: Not What I Expected!

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    I retired at the young age of 60 (1 year ago) because I was sick of my co-workers & bosses, burnt out on the work, didn't want the responsibilities & stress
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Survey Says: Majority Feel Those 65 and Older Should be Called … Seniors

    Barry Birkett
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Seniors, elders, silvers . . . just what should we call adults who have reached or surpassed the age of 65 — or should we can them anything special at all? That compelling question, along with some feedback we had received from members of the community, inspired us to put together a one-question survey a while back to find out what others think. Our survey was what pollsters would call “unscientific,” meaning it was not set up to be statistically valid or a conclusive representation of what Americans, or even all members of the Senior Care Corner readership, believe. What we…
  • Technology Advances in Medical Care Benefiting Seniors & Caregivers

    Kathy Birkett
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Healthcare needs of our aging population will continue to grow; fortunately, technology continues to advance and play an ever growing role in meeting those needs. Senior Care Corner believes technology has the power to help our older adults and caregivers be healthier, safer and age in place independently for as long as possible. More new and ever-better medical and home monitoring devices are coming to the market and being approved regularly, carrying with them the promise of connecting us and our seniors’ healthcare providers. Managing seniors’ health will not only keep them healthier…
  • Tool Kit by CDC’s Injury Center Helps Seniors Stay STEADI & Avoid Falls

    Kathy Birkett
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    It is always a good time for a reminder to all of us who are caregivers of older adults about the potential for falls in our senior adults. We need to do what we can to help them avoid potentially life altering falls. Did you know one out of three people over 65 will fall this year? Two million will be treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries each year. Why is that such a cause for concern? Falls in older adults can be life changing events, including lack of mobility, disability and failure to age in place in the home of their dreams. It can also lead to death. The Centers for Disease…
  • Attitude Matters: How Optimism Can Add to the Life of Elder Loved Ones

    Kathy Birkett
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Can our attitude impact the way we age? More to the point, can our attitude affect our lifestyle which will determine how well we age? The 2014 United States of Aging Survey recently found that Americans 60 and older report they are more motivated than in the past two years to improve their health by exercising regularly and setting health goals. What is leading to this change in health behavior? Does it point to an increase in optimism? In short, yes, attitude matters! Annual Aging Survey Results The United States of Aging Survey is conducted annually by the National Association of Area…
  • States’ Support – or Lack Thereof – for Family Caregivers – Study Results

    Kathy Birkett
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    There are 42 million family caregivers in the US alone – and it can be a 24/7 job. Family caregivers are generally unpaid and, as the population continues to age, there will be fewer of them available to provide much needed care. More than 90% of older adults living in the community receive care from unpaid family caregivers primarily from wives and adult daughters. Two thirds of those at home receive all their care from unpaid family caregivers! The next big wave of older adults who will need care begin turning 80 in only twelve years. They will need help to continue to remain independent…
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    ChangingAging.org

  • Is It Time To Take Away the Keys?

    Visiting Angels
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Assessing your loved one’s ability to drive safely isn’t easy and talking about the possibility of giving up the car is even more difficult.
  • DailyBeast Op-Ed: Treat Dementia With Music, Not Drugs

    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
  • The Most Important Film and Book on Dementia Are Now Available

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What's new at ChangingAging? The big news coming off the Second Wind Tour is the July 18 theatrical debut of Alive Inside. Dr. Al Power has also has a new book and Seattle continues changing aging!
  • Stunner: Reinventing Myself as a Novelist

    Niki Danforth, Guest-Blogger
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    I’m a retired television field director and producer, who worked in New York City back when freelance was a more reasonable way to earn a living than it is today. Basically, I’m a baby boomer who began embarking on the next chapter in my life when I hit the big five-O. I wanted to pursue two dreams I had imagined... Read more →
  • Aging With Gusto

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    21 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most remarkable aspects of the Second Wind Tour has been the amazing connections we've made via Twitter.
 
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Volunteer in Your Community with Senior Corps

    Trystan L. Bass
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    For some people, retirement is an endless vacation. But others miss the chance to use and improve their skills while interacting with different people. If you want to put your free …The post Volunteer in Your Community with Senior Corps appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Celebrity Birthdays in June: Turning 65 in 2014

    Matt Serafini
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    It’s always nice to celebrate the arrival of June. Who can’t appreciate warmer weather, longer days, and weekend cookouts? Perhaps these summer months signify a milestone i…The post Celebrity Birthdays in June: Turning 65 in 2014 appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Medicare Costs for Generic and Brand-Name Drugs

    Trystan L. Bass
    29 May 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage, you should have access to both generic and brand-name drugs. The…The post Medicare Costs for Generic and Brand-Name Drugs appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • The Medicare Competitive Bidding Program—Does it Affect You?

    Jill Halloran
    27 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Medicare is rolling out a “competitive bidding” program that might affect you if you’re a Medicare beneficiary who orders certain medical supplies by mail order. The prog…The post The Medicare Competitive Bidding Program—Does it Affect You? appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Sunscreen for Senior Citizens

    Trystan L. Bass
    27 May 2014 | 11:44 am
    Most people enjoy getting outside on a sunny day. But before you throw off winter’s sweater to spend time in the garden or at the beach this summer, make sure you know about sun…The post Sunscreen for Senior Citizens appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
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    JacksonWhite Senior Law » News

  • Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:06 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. Q: I keep reading about how Governor Brewer is at odds with state legislators because she helped expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  However, I also read that Arizona did not create a health insurance exchange, which I thought was fundamental to the Affordable Care Act.  Can you help me make sense of this? The Affordable Care Act is a very large piece of legislation with multiple goals, including expanding insurance coverage and…
  • When to start planning for ALTCS

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:10 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. Q: A couple of weeks ago, my father suffered a fairly severe stroke.  After a brief hospitalization, he was transferred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation.  He is making strides in his therapy, but we don’t know if he will fully recover.  Without this knowledge, how can I determine when to prepare for the ALTCS program? I am assuming that your father’s care is currently covered by Medicare.  By design, however, Medicare…
  • Expansion of Medicaid

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:16 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. Q:  I have read about Governor Brewer’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  I understand that state legislators are trying to bring a lawsuit in an effort to undo Arizona’s expansion of Medicaid.  Can you explain what would happen if Arizona did not expand Medicaid? The Affordable Care Act was not drafted to give states an option as to whether they would expand Medicaid.  Rather, after a challenge to the law, the…
  • ALTCS and Small Money Transfers

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:07 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. Q: Over the last several years, my wife and I have given our children various gifts, totaling about $20,000.  Due to health concerns, we recently decided to move my wife to an assisted living community, where she can receive the care that she deserves.  I have done a little reading about the ALTCS program, and I am afraid that the gifts we have given will give ALTCS cause to refuse coverage to my wife.  Can you explain what might happen here,…
  • Eviction from an Arizona care facility

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:37 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. Q:        My mother has lived in a care facility for several years now, a living arrangement which has carried a substantial price tag.  Last month, we spent close to the last of her funds on her care bill, and we are concerned that the facility at which she resides will evict her for nonpayment.  Are there any laws that protect my mom in this horrible situation? Without having more facts, the answer to your question is that it…
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    JacksonWhite Law » Blog

  • Could You be Receiving Disability Benefits?

    jacksonwhite
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Although disability is often a circumstance individuals do not want to imagine, it’s more probable than many may think.  There is a 1-in-4 chance that a 20-year-old worker will become disabled before reaching the age for retirement.  Luckily, Social Security Benefits can help these individuals.   Two Types of Claims There are two types of claims an individual can qualify for: SSD Title II and SSI Title XIX. Both types of claims require the disability be severe enough that it prohibits the ability to work for at least 1 year.   If the individual is between the ages of 55-60 and…
  • Different Kinds of Social Security Benefits:

    jacksonwhite
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Trying to figure out what Social Security benefits you qualify for can be very confusing, as there are various kinds for different situations. Usually, when individuals think of Social Security benefits, they think of those going to retired workers. This is not always the case; more than 59 million Americans who receive payment from Social Security include those who have lost working mates, as well as disabled individuals who can no longer work. Although retirees are the biggest group reaping Social Security benefits, others include children, widows, widowers, disabled individuals, and even…
  • Arizona Social Security Disability & Mental Health Qualifications

    jacksonwhite
    16 Mar 2013 | 1:02 am
    Unfortunately, there is a history of discrimination in the United States when dealing with mental health.  People experiencing mental disabilities have been isolated, marginalized, and ignored by many of the United States programs, aimed at assisting people with disabilities.  Despite any stigma, mental disabilities are very real and, at times, debilitating. Even the Social Security Administration has trouble handling the inherent intangible nature of a mental illness.  It can be harder to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance for a mental disability than it is for a physical…
  • Arizona Social Security Disability FAQs

    jacksonwhite
    14 Mar 2013 | 3:47 pm
    1.)    What is Social Security Disability? Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program that every working American is “paying into” when they work.  If an individual should become totally disabled, he/she can apply to the Social Security Administration for disability benefits to help supplement what is being lost in wages.  How much an individual receives from SSA depends on the age and Social Security earnings in record (number of years worked). 2.)    Who is eligible for Social Security Disability? Individuals may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability…
  • What is Social Security Disability Insurance, anyway?

    jacksonwhite
    25 Jan 2013 | 3:17 pm
    The Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) program was enacted in 1956 as an income replacement program for disabled workers.  The program was hotly contested and many concessions were made to enable its enactment: individuals who engage in any “substantial gainful activity” are not eligible for SSDI; and the disability needs to be terminal or expected to last at least a year to qualify. Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal insurance program that each American worker is “paying” into by working and acquiring credits.  After acquiring a certain number of…
 
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    Concierge Care

  • Taking Care of the Family Caregiver

    Nancy Ralston
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Caring for an aging or ill family member can be very rewarding, it can also have significant negative effects on the family caregiver. The post Taking Care of the Family Caregiver appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: How Working With a Live-In Caregiver Can Teach Us About Caring For Our Own Family Signs That Your Loved One May Need Personalized In-Home Care How Being a Family Caregiver Can Alter The Entire Relationship
  • Transition Assistance

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The post Transition Assistance appeared first on Concierge Care. No related posts.
  • How to Understand a Long-Term Care Policy

    Nancy Ralston
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    Receiving benefits from a Long Term Care policy can be challenging. To receive benefits you must meet both The Benefit Trigger and The Elimination Period… The post How to Understand a Long-Term Care Policy appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: Navigating the Financial Process of Home Care Services for Seniors Choosing Between In-Home Care, Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care… Why You May Require an In-Home Care Provider
  • Six Ways To Help Manage Medications for Seniors

    Nancy Ralston
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    It can be difficult to keep track of all of the meds seniors have to take. Not taking medications exactly as prescribed can have catastrophic effects... The post Six Ways To Help Manage Medications for Seniors appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: Prescription Medications and the Elderly Hiring In Home Care Services for Seniors Memory Exercises for Seniors
  • What an In Home Caregiver Needs To Know About You

    Nancy Ralston
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Your caregiver is going to become almost like family, and be there when you can not, so it is essential that a good relationship is established between the senior and the care provider... The post What an In Home Caregiver Needs To Know About You appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: Helping a Senior Build a Relationship with a Caregiver How to Find the Right Senior Caregiver Support Keeping in Touch with Loved Ones When You’re a Caregiver
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    Modern Senior

  • Innovations in Age Friendly Products

    Amy Blitchok
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    When you think about mobility scooters, wheelchair conversion vans, medical alert systems and other products that are designed for and marketed to older adults, chances are that you conjure up specific images of devices that look clinical and decidedly uncool.  Luckily times are changing.  The Silver Tsunami is flooding the market with Baby Boomers who are turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 people per day.  This demographic shift has created a demand for more solutions to mobility and accessibility challenges that are an inevitable part of aging.  Designers have responded by creating products…
  • How Not to Treat a Senior

    Amy Blitchok
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Time and again I see stories in major publications celebrating older adults and their ability to “stay young” and vibrant.  While these are usually heartwarming stories, they also imply that our aged population cease to be people after a point.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we can have wrinkles and a sense of humor.  Should people really have to subjected to patronizing attention because of their age?  If you pay attention, kids don’t like it and seniors don’t either.  It is a sentiment that is perhaps best expressed by the late Maya Angleou: On…
  • Seniors and the Future of Social Media

    Amy Blitchok
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    New evolutions of social media programs are trending towards micro-sharing.  The popular app Vine allows users to share just a few seconds of video and Snapchat only temporarily displays pictures or text.  In the face of this new state of impermanence comes My Wisdom Link, which provides a way to preserve important family documents, share stories, and record your family history for future generations. While we may not all end up with an official biographer to record the important events in our lives, we all have a story to tell.  My Wisdom Link not only provides you with the tools to…
  • Best Baby Boomer Blogs

    Amy Blitchok
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    If you are feeling the Monday let down after a long holiday weekend spent with family and friends, take a moment to regroup and catch up with some of your favorite bloggers. Tom Sightings heaves a sigh of relief upon finishing the 750-page Doris Kearns Goodwin historical tome “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.” To catch up on what Teddy Roosevelt was all about, and see how Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt, shoot on over to Who’s the Smartest Guy in the Room? On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R.
  • Celebrate the July 4th by Remembering a Survivor

    Amy Blitchok
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I have mentioned Louis Zamperini in a previous post and feel compelled to do so again today on the event of his passing at the age of 97. Not only did he live to a ripe old age, he survived impossible situations, including 47 days at sea in a life boat. And that was after surviving a plane crash that killed most of his bomber crew during a mission in World War II. Even more extraordinary is the fact that he was an Olympic runner whose career was cut short by the war. Experts predicted that he would be the first man to break the four minute mile, but was denied a second run for the gold after…
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Visit Freedom Home Care at the Highland Park Sidewalk Sale July 24th-26th

    Freedom Home Care
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Freedom Home Care will be out on the town for the annual Highland Park Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday July 24th, 25th, and 26th from 9am – 5pm. From the useful to the unique, the shops of Highland Park offer bargains galore during its annual Sidewalk Sale Days. More than 80 merchants from throughout Highland Park move their merchandise to the Central Business District for this shopping extravaganza. Admission is FREE for this fun outdoor event. Ample parking is available in the public garages at Port Clinton and Renaissance Place, as well…
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Knee Replacements

    Freedom Home Care
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Do you have knee pain? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly 20% of adults complained to their doctors of knee pain last year. And when that knee pain becomes consistent and severe enough, doctors often begin talking about knee replacement surgery. While relief from pain may sound fantastic, many seniors are reluctant to go through such a big procedure. So, here are five things you should know about knee replacements in order to make an informed decision. 1. They work. Of the 4.5 million Americans who have had knee surgery, 90% report a significant relief from pain afterwards. Knee replacement…
  • 3 Causes of Memory Loss That Are Not Alzheimer’s

    Freedom Home Care
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    “I can never remember her name.  Oh, no!  Could this be Alzheimer’s?” “I don’t recall losing my keys so often in my 50’s.  Could I have dementia?” As seniors age, they tend to be on the lookout for signs of dementia.  And, while it’s important to be diligent in taking stock of potential Alzheimer’s signs, not every memory slip is a major dysfunction of the brain.  There are plenty of reasons why people, young and old alike, have trouble remembering simple details.  Here are a few reasons why you may have memory loss that is not connected to Alzheimer’s disease. 1.
  • 8 Things to Consider when Selecting a Post-Hospital Rehabilitation Provider

    Freedom Home Care
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Selecting a post-hospital rehabilitation provider is the single most important decision for a successful recovery. However, it  can be an overwhelming process if you don’t know what to look for. Here are 8 of the most important factors you may want to consider and inquire about when rating the various programs or facilities you are considering.       Physical Therapy • Home assessment and modification • Wound Care • Pain Relief Techniques • Updates to equipment Speech Therapy • Communication due to hearing loss • Alternative communication instructions •…
  • 3 Reasons Seniors Fall That Can Be Avoided

    Freedom Home Care
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    About one-third of all seniors over 65 will have a fall this year.  Many are left with serious injuries requiring medical attention and perhaps hospitalization. Staying safe from falls is more than just trying to be careful.  A better prevention is knowing exactly why seniors fall and overcoming those obstacles. Here are three reasons: 1. Fear. After a senior’s first serious fall, they can become afraid of falling again.  Their fear could cause them to avoid activities and become something of a couch potato.  But, as we know, less activity can lead to obesity, stiffness of joints, weak…
 
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    My mission is helping Baby Boomers in their 50's + to enjoy life; be physically, mentally and financially healthier and be current on news and global information that affects them. - BLOG

  • Top 10 Greatest Business Books of All Time

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Go ahead and Google or Bing the phrase “Top 10 Business Books” and you get nearly 1.8 Trillion returns. That in itself leads you to realize that this is an extremely important subject on this planet.  Everybody who is somebody from Forbes and Huffington Post to bloggers like Fernando Biz and Nicola Cairncross have chimed in at one point over the past few years to list for you what they feel are the pivotal reads in the world of success and entrepreneurship. There is definitely no shortage of websites that have found it important to let the world know that there are at least…
  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 5

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    OK, Baby Boomers, we are now at day 5 of our deep dive into the Social Security System and its benefit programs.Does everything seem relatively clear to you so far?If you need a refresher, just follow this link to the START so you can be ready for today's breakdown of benefits available to you beyond just those offered after you retire.Today, I will try to unravel and uncover the inner secrets of:Disability BenefitsSurvivor's BenefitsDisability BenefitsMedicare Benefits         and Supplemental Security IncomeThese are all part and parcel programs, like your…
  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 4

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    So, Baby Boomers, I have a pretty good feeling that after the past 3 days you have a good grasp on working the "ins" and "outs" of your primary Social Security benefits program. But, everyone’s family life and structure can be a little different, so why don’t we start today by taking a quick look at your "Beneficiaries" and how your PIA (Primary Insurance Amount) is handled in different scenarios. Let’s see what different eligibility requirements are needed for your loved ones (or maybe not so loved ones in the case of a divorce) to receive your retirement benefits.Please…
  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 3 

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Today, Baby Boomers we start to dig into the meat and potatoes of the Social Security system. Here are a few definitions, requirements and handy tips you should know before we begin.  Remember, contribution rates, applications and benefits have varied over the years since the Social Security Administration first came on line in 1935.  The following information is the most current I can offer based on the 2014 requirements. Program Purpose:  The retirement benefits of the Social Security System are an insurance meant to supplement the savings, investments and other sources of…
  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 2

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Baby Boomers…Did you get a chance to read yesterday's opening blog on Social Security Benefits made easy?How did you do on the AARP quiz? I told you things were not as simple with our Social Security System as we had hoped. So, do you have any idea where the whole thing started? Are you even interested? Well, just in case you find yourself cornered in a high-brow conversation at a cocktail party with several other boomers discussing the history of social welfare and government reforms, here’s a quick overview of the birth of our wonderful federal program. A small scale version of…
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  • Love to Listen? Here’s How to Get Audiobooks for Free

    Margaret Manning
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    While I still love physical books, I’ve become equally addicted to audiobooks. The best audiobooks are actually more like radio plays. And, since I walk for about an hour every day, while listening to my favorite books, they help to keep me in shape too. The only downside is that audiobooks are so easy to consume that you tend to burn through them quickly – and that costs money. So, I set out to discover how to get audiobooks for free. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.Read More
  • 60 Shades of Grey: Why More Women are Going Grey Gracefully!

    Margaret Manning
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Most women over 60 will at some point find themselves dealing with grey hair. While this is a natural part of the aging process, some women still find it hard to let go of their “original” hair color, and resort to dyes, highlights or other methods to avoid going grey. On the other hand, there are also plenty of women who seem to be embracing the change in their hair color and are going grey gracefully! Personally, while I still dye my own hair, I have to admit that my grey-haired sisters make some excellent points in support of going grey naturally. Here are a few of them...Read More
  • Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s: Support Groups, Approach and Techniques – Interview with Lori La Bey

    Margaret Manning
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Dementia caregivers face unique challenges. They are often so focused on multiple tasks that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s becomes a stressful and high pressure responsibility. So, it is critical to find ways to maintain a sense of balance. In this episode of the Sixty and Me show, my guest, Lori La Bey, and I discuss how to build a relationship with your patient that allows them to maintain a sense of purpose. We also talk about how to get the support that you need to be a successful caregiver. Read More
  • Starting a Business After 60? Why “Doing What You Love” Isn’t Enough

    Margaret Manning
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    After spending years working for other people, many people in their 50s and 60s feel that they should be able to do something based on their passions. But, when we dig below the surface, we discover that “doing what you love” is only one of several components of startup success. It is an important component, to be sure, but, not for the reasons that most people assume.Read More
  • 5 Natural Facial Products That You Can Make At Home

    Margaret Manning
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Many women over 60 are interested in keeping our skin healthy as we get older, and there is a growing awareness that a lot of store-bought products have unnecessary and sometimes harmful ingredients. Instead of treating our faces with chemicals, there are options for various natural facial products and natural facial cleansers that we can use to keep looking our best without irritating our skin – and many of these products can be made at home! Here are a few of our favorite natural facial products – and ideas and recipes to make them yourself... Read More
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  • 4 Ways to Combat the Effects of Arthritis in Seniors

    Dane Roper
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Living with arthritis can be difficult and disheartening. Even the most ordinary everyday tasks like cooking or putting on clothes can be painful experiences for those suffering from arthritis. Whether it’s the days of your youth catching back up to you or the result of a consistently active lifestyle over the years, arthritis is a pressing issue for many older adults.  In fact, arthritis in seniors can affect one out of every two people.  A study conducted by the CDC found that: 49.7 percent of Americans ages 65 or older report having been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. With…
  • Create Meaningful Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

    Brennan Roehrig
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
     A common type of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, causes many problems with memory, thinking, and behavior that can develop slowly and will progressively get worse over time. It is important for those with this disease to stay active and participate in types of activities that may stir up memories and lessen the anxiety and agitation they may be experiencing. Cariloop understands that activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s should be meaningful, instead of activities that just pass the time. We’ve come up with some great ideas on how to create a significant experience for your loved one with…
  • Blast from the Past: Top 10 Songs and Movies from the 1940s

    Dane Roper
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    To continue our Blast from the Past series, we have selected a new decade and are counting down the top songs and movies from the 1940s! You may be surprised by some of the songs and movies that have made our list. Timeless classics that you still listen to and watch today were megahits back in the ‘40s. The 1940s were a crucial time period in United States history that many people today still recall living through. Here’s a look directly into the heart and soul of Americans during this time period. Crooners and Classic Pop To preface this section, you must know that the invention you…
  • 4 Assistive Devices for Seniors Living at Home

    Brennan Roehrig
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As our bodies age, it can become challenging to continue using everyday items around our house. While living at home, we need more specialized devices that adhere to our specific needs. Cariloop understands how difficult it can be to keep your independence as you age. We want to help make life a little easier and give your caregiver peace of mind knowing you are able to easily use items around your home. We have come up with some great assistive devices to consider as you or your loved one continue to live at home. Medication Dispenser It’s hard enough to remember to take your medication,…
  • Lubbock County: Digital Resource Guide for Caregivers

    Michael Walsh
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    By popular demand, we present the Digital Resource Guide for Lubbock County, the 2nd in a series of educational documents geared to help educate and assist caregivers as they work to improve the lives of older adults. As we work to spread the word of Cariloop throughout Texas and the rest of the country, we believe that an “Educate first” attitude is critical to solving the core issues in healthcare.  Too many people out there are being bombarded with answers to questions that they didn’t ask. We hope you all will work with us to share these guides with those in your local…
 
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  • 4 Ways to Combat the Effects of Arthritis in Seniors

    Dane Roper
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Living with arthritis can be difficult and disheartening. Even the most ordinary everyday tasks like cooking or putting on clothes can be painful experiences for those suffering from arthritis. Whether it’s the days of your youth catching back up to you or the result of a consistently active lifestyle over the years, arthritis is a pressing issue for many older adults.  In fact, arthritis in seniors can affect one out of every two people.  A study conducted by the CDC found that: 49.7 percent of Americans ages 65 or older report having been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. With…
  • Create Meaningful Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

    Brennan Roehrig
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
     A common type of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, causes many problems with memory, thinking, and behavior that can develop slowly and will progressively get worse over time. It is important for those with this disease to stay active and participate in types of activities that may stir up memories and lessen the anxiety and agitation they may be experiencing. Cariloop understands that activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s should be meaningful, instead of activities that just pass the time. We’ve come up with some great ideas on how to create a significant experience for your loved one with…
  • Blast from the Past: Top 10 Songs and Movies from the 1940s

    Dane Roper
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    To continue our Blast from the Past series, we have selected a new decade and are counting down the top songs and movies from the 1940s! You may be surprised by some of the songs and movies that have made our list. Timeless classics that you still listen to and watch today were megahits back in the ‘40s. The 1940s were a crucial time period in United States history that many people today still recall living through. Here’s a look directly into the heart and soul of Americans during this time period. Crooners and Classic Pop To preface this section, you must know that the invention you…
  • 4 Assistive Devices for Seniors Living at Home

    Brennan Roehrig
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As our bodies age, it can become challenging to continue using everyday items around our house. While living at home, we need more specialized devices that adhere to our specific needs. Cariloop understands how difficult it can be to keep your independence as you age. We want to help make life a little easier and give your caregiver peace of mind knowing you are able to easily use items around your home. We have come up with some great assistive devices to consider as you or your loved one continue to live at home. Medication Dispenser It’s hard enough to remember to take your medication,…
  • Lubbock County: Digital Resource Guide for Caregivers

    Michael Walsh
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    By popular demand, we present the Digital Resource Guide for Lubbock County, the 2nd in a series of educational documents geared to help educate and assist caregivers as they work to improve the lives of older adults. As we work to spread the word of Cariloop throughout Texas and the rest of the country, we believe that an “Educate first” attitude is critical to solving the core issues in healthcare.  Too many people out there are being bombarded with answers to questions that they didn’t ask. We hope you all will work with us to share these guides with those in your local…
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  • Technology Can Help You Stay Safe in Your Home

    Joanna Redfern
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    For numerous people, remaining in their home as they age is a top priority.  There are many adaptations that can be made to help seniors stay independent, such as walk-in tubs or showers for bathing, stair lifts, ramps, support rails and other mobility aids.  Now, the latest technology can play a part in keeping seniors safe in their homes. Personal Emergency Response System – Most of us have heard of medical alert systems, or a personal emergency response system (PERS).  The wearable device, either a necklace or a bracelet, connects you with a trained respondent 24 hours a day, all…
  • Choosing the Right Stair Lift for Your Home

    Joanna Redfern
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Remaining mobile in your home often requires certain adaptations. Outfitting your home with a stair lift may be required as you age, to make navigating the floors of your living space easier. Purchasing a stair lift is a big decision, with many things to consider. 1. Straight or curved? – What are the requirements for your particular home? These are the two standard types of lifts available. Straight stair lifts are meant for staircases that are not impeded by curves or bends. Curved stair lifts are more intricate, in that they can navigate corners, landings and changes in direction. The…
  • Tips to Being a More Physically Active Senior

    Joanna Redfern
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “physical activity is essential to healthy aging”.  This may be obvious to most, but what constitutes the right amount of physical activity, especially as we age?  How much of your week should you be devoting to physical activity?  What types of exercise are best? We may not be able to exercise as vigorously as we once did, but there are many activities that provide cardio training benefits and also increase our strength. The CDC has some guidelines for the amount of activity that promotes important health benefits for…
  • Why Do Seniors Fall?

    Joanna Redfern
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    A study done back in 2012 began to shed some light on the reasons that people begin to experience more falls as they age. Falls account for more than half the injuries among seniors 65 and older, making it the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for that age group. The study found that the reasons for falling were not what one typically would expect. This report gives us insight into the causes of falls, but also helps draw conclusions about how to prevent them. The study, which was published online in the Lancet, monitored the public areas of two long-term care facilities…
  • How to Modify Your Shower for an Optimal Experience

    Joanna Redfern
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:28 am
    Being mobile in your own home is an issue for many people.  Various disabilities, medical conditions and the everyday “wear and tear” can keep people from living a vibrant life in their own environment.  Don’t stop doing the things you love because they seem inaccessible to you! One of the many luxuries in life is bathing – the warm water soothing aching muscles, the shower sounding like a gentle rainfall, the chance to relax or re-energize.  This daily indulgence is sometimes difficult for people who are limited in their mobility.  There are many ways to make your bathing…
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