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  • Fashion for Women Over 60: 6 Inexcusable Fashion Faux Pas

    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me
    Margaret Manning
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, for our fashion for women over 60 video series, I was shocked to find out that I was committing several serious fashion faux pas. Not only was I drawing attention away from my best assets, but, I was actually making some of the challenges that us older women face even worse. Here are the top 6 fashion faux pas that women our age make and some advice on how to fix them.Read More
  • Take the pension buyout, or wait for a better deal down the road?

    RetirementRevised
    Mark Miller
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    If you work for a company with a pension plan, don’t be surprised if you get an offer soon for a lump sum buyout – a deal where you accept a pile of cash in exchange for the promise of lifetime income when you retire. The price tag for these offers is especially attractive right now, from the plan sponsor’s perspective. But workers might do better by holding out for a better deal, or by rejecting the buyout altogether. A growing number of plan sponsors are trying to get out of the pension business, or lighten their obligations, by buying out workers. The number of buyout offers has…
  • Baby Boomer Blogs – August Edition

    Modern Senior
    Amy Blitchok
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    We are all happy to welcome our newest member, Meryl Baer who runs the blog Six Decades and Counting.  Be sure to check out her site, read archived articles, and get to know our latest addition.  Her latest post looks at the joys of napping: After spending time this summer with the youngest grandkids, I realized we have a lot in common when it comes to a daily activity – sleeping. After so many years sleep-deprived, seniors relish their sleep and nap time. Laura Lee has been thinking lately about all the things she’s glad not to being doing since she and her husband packed…
  • Does Alcohol Consumption Provoke Heart Disease?

    eHealth Medicare Blog
    Matt Serafini
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    A new study suggests that alcohol consumption can compromise cardiovascular health. Have you ever heard that a glass of wine before bed is good for your heart? This isn’t just an …The post Does Alcohol Consumption Provoke Heart Disease? appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • How To Find Your Ideal Retirement Lifestyle

    Retirement - Only the Beginning
    LoveBeingRetired
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Many baby boomers are approaching the age when thoughts of retirement dance in their heads. The idea of leaving behind the stress and pressure of work can sound intriguing and even magical. From the moment of retirement onward you will be master of your future and keeper of your personal time card. How difficult can it be to live a life where you do what you want when you want to do it? But the transition into retirement can be difficult. Some retirees stumble as they try to figure out how to make the most of a second act. The onslaught of free time can be overwhelming and sometimes…
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  • Southern California prepares as big waves brew

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing.
  • West Ham's Maiga loaned to Metz

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Metz (France) (AFP) - West Ham's Mali striker Modibo Maiga has joined Metz on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy, the French Ligue 1 outfit announced on Wednesday.
  • Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in Fishtown

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    It happened overnight, before the business opened. Investigators say one of the owners answered to the door to find two men dressed as police pointing guns at him.
  • Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist rebels shelled a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to discuss the escalating crisis.
  • Executions a 'common spectacle' in jihadist-held Syria: UN

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    Public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion have become a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a UN-mandated probe charged Wednesday, also accusing Damascus of repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians. "In areas of Syria under (Islamic State) control, particularly in the north and northeast of the country, Fridays are regularly marked by executions, amputations and lashings in public squares," the independent Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria said. Jihadists from the group now calling itself the Islamic State…
 
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    The New Old Age

  • Her Own Kind of Absence

    By CELIA WATSON SEUPEL
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    What I'd thought was depression was really was something else.
  • Four-Star Disappointments

    By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Medicare's rating system for nursing homes is seriously flawed, The Times reports.
  • Part D Gains May Be Eroding

    By PAULA SPAN
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    More Medicare beneficiaries are not taking prescribed medications or forgoing basic needs to pay for them, a new study finds.
  • California Court Limits Caregiver Suits

    By JUDITH GRAHAM
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    A home health aide cannot sue a couple with dementia for an injury sustained while caring for them, the California Supreme Court has ruled.
  • The Addict Down the Hall

    By PAULA SPAN
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Substance abuse is not uncommon among seniors in nursing homes. A novel rehab program aims to address that.
 
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    Silver Innings Blog: For Senior Citizens and their Family

  • Panel to Protect Elders in India

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    ANANYA SENGUPTA New Delhi, Aug. 21: The government is planning to set up a commission for the country’s hundred million senior citizens who would finally have a forum they can call their own to voice complaints of abuse and negligence. The draft National Commission for Senior Citizens Bill, 2014 — which the social justice ministry has sent to several NGOs — gives the proposed panel powers
  • Senior citizens take the sting out of mosquito menace

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dahisar, Mumbai senior citizens take the sting out of mosquito menace. 20-member team, formed by BMC, detects over a hundred breeding spots in the western suburbs. Municipal corporation plans to introduce project in other wards too. In a bid to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in homes and housing societies, as well as to spread awareness about preventing dengue and malaria, the BMC last
  • Government working on Transgender and Senior Citizens Policy

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to pursue implementation of the recommendations of an Expert Committee, seeking "third gender" status for transgenders, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Sudarshan Bhagat, in a written in Lok Sabha said the key recommendation of the Committee formed by the government was
  • India: National Commission for elderly may soon be a reality

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The ministry of social justice and welfare has proposed the formation of a national commission for senior citizens to better protect the rights of the elderly. India's elderly population, 60 years and above, was close to 10.4 crore, according to the 2011 census. It is expected to touch 32 crore by 2050. The need for a senior citizens' commission is tremendous, say activists, who have been
  • Retirement villages for the elderly helping to deliver high quality of life

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The sellout success of almost every new launch is testament to that. In reality, it is probably time for the Government to listen to calls from the industry for new, more flexible planning rules when it comes to retirement properties. After all, purpose-built new retirement villages, often with care homes at their centre, not only help to relieve local authorities of some of the demands
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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    RetirementRevised

  • How to interpret your Social Security benefit statement

    Mark Miller
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Social Security Administration will be mailing annual benefit statements for the first time in three years to some American workers. That’s good news, because the statements provide a useful projection of what you can expect to receive in benefits at various retirement ages, if you become widowed or suffer a disability that prevents you from working. But if you do receive a statement next month, it is important to know how to interpret the benefit projections. They are likely somewhat smaller than the dollar amount you will receive when you actually claim benefits, because they are…
  • How Washington is leading the way on phased retirement

    Mark Miller
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Gwendolyn Ross will turn 66 in November, but she isn’t ready to retire. A deputy comptroller for the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami Beach, Florida, she hopes to work until she’s 70 – but she would like to cut back her hours. “I have some health issues that require a lot of visits to the doctor, and I’d love to have more time to visit my family in Michigan,” she says. At the same time, she needs to keep working to prepare for retirement. “As I get closer to it, I realize I’m not as financially ready as I thought I would be when I was younger. The time…
  • Take the pension buyout, or wait for a better deal down the road?

    Mark Miller
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    If you work for a company with a pension plan, don’t be surprised if you get an offer soon for a lump sum buyout – a deal where you accept a pile of cash in exchange for the promise of lifetime income when you retire. The price tag for these offers is especially attractive right now, from the plan sponsor’s perspective. But workers might do better by holding out for a better deal, or by rejecting the buyout altogether. A growing number of plan sponsors are trying to get out of the pension business, or lighten their obligations, by buying out workers. The number of buyout offers has…
  • Medicare costs: How long can the good news go on?

    Mark Miller
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Medicare turned 49 years old last week, and the program celebrated with some good financial news for seniors: Premiums will not rise in 2015 for the third consecutive year. The question now: How long can the good news persist? Worries about Medicare’s long-range financial health continue, but for now low healthcare cost inflation will translate into a monthly premium of $104.90 next year for Part B (outpatient services), according to the Medicare trustees. Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says the average premium for a basic Part D prescription drug plan…
  • How much do you need to retire happy? Wes Moss has your number

    Mark Miller
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    It may be true that money can’t buy you love, but can it buy happiness in retirement? Most people would say it can, but financial planner Wes Moss wanted the details: Just how much money does it take to retire happily – and is there a point of diminishing happiness return on the size of a nest egg? Moss surveyed 1,350 retirees about net worth and income, assets and home equity. But he wasn’t hunting for the number of dollars it takes to live – rather, he wanted to understand how money correlates to retirees’ levels of happiness. To that end, he posed a series of detailed…
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    EldercareABC

  • Going Shopping? Joy Loverde advises you to demand respect

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    By Joy Loverde Boomer women listen up! We make up 85% of global spending and that alone makes us VIPs when it comes to companies that are trying to sell us stuff. If you have a moment, please check out the interview I recently conducted with an innovative company called Remodista.  Kelly Stickel, Founder and […] The post Going Shopping? Joy Loverde advises you to demand respect appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Assisted Living Providers Add Solutions for Hospital Referrals

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    By Carol Marak Assisted Living Providers Add Solutions for Hospital Referrals What’s the fastest way assisted living facilities increase occupancy? If you guessed hospital patients, you’re right! Several senior living companies, big ones like Brookdale Senior Living and non-profit ones like Eskaton look to growing their post-acute care services. They have strategies in place that […] The post Assisted Living Providers Add Solutions for Hospital Referrals appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Gift Idea for Aging Parents: The Old Neighborhood Reunion

    admin
    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.
 
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    Inside Elder Care

  • Defying the Odds at 50+

    Ryan Malone
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Source: http://www.carehomestoday.co.uk/content21/assisted-living.html
  • Tips for Assisting an Elder with Dental Care

    Ryan Malone
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you are looking after a loved one, helping to maintain their dental health can be a difficult subject to broach. Tooth loss and dental disease, along with decreased finger dexterity and general mobility which makes it difficult to properly clean teeth, can all take a toll on an elderly person’s dignity. Whether you are a family caregiver or a professional carer, you may encounter a bit of resistance initially. However, ensuring oral health is an essential part of caring for an elder’s overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to higher incidence of lung infections and can…
  • Recognizing Verbal Abuse Against Elders in Nursing Homes

    Ryan Malone
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most of us love our parents and want them to have the best possible life in their old age. But we don’t live in a culture that’s very friendly towards older people. They are often left to fend for themselves and not all of them have children who have the time to visit them regularly. Nursing homes have long been an option for people in such situations. In many cases we keep our elderly family members in nursing homes thinking they will receive the best possible care and treatment there. But unfortunately, things don’t always work out like that. The truth is that abuse against the…
  • Easing the Process for Disabled Seniors

    Ryan Malone
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    It was something so surreal that we could never imagine it when we were younger, but our parents, grandparents, and loved ones grow old. None of us remain strong forever and the day will come that you need help making it from point A to point B, but we’ll leave that alone for another day. When giving seniors care it is a touchy issue when it comes to aiding them. Like everyone, seniors want to remain thriving members of society but it is physically impossible for them to do so. Here are some ways that you can ease the transition from ability to disability with seniors. Encouraging…
  • Find Free Social Services to Help You Take Care of Your Loved One

    Ryan Malone
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    In our more honest moments, we can admit: it is incredibly difficult—both financially and emotionally—to provide long-term care for an elderly family member. Even those who have saved for the challenges of a family member’s old age find themselves facing rising medical costs, hidden fees, and dwindling savings. And, worst of all, many people who find themselves responsible for an older family member experience “caregiver burnout,” and their motivation and patience wane as time goes on. And while such feelings are totally normal—expected, even—that…
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    The Population Health Blog

  • CMS Succumbs to Disease Management Style Spin?

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    If, thanks to the medical home or disease management, you've witnessed the improvements in patients' care, you've also probably been frustrated by those silly skeptics' insistence on validation. But for traditional research designs, statistical significance, valid comparators and publication in obscure scientific journals, the face validity of nurse-led care management for high risk patients could have ushered in a new era in primary care. Darn those academic-actuary-statistician-weenies! And double darn CMS for falling for them and not funding the medical home and disease management!Which is…
  • Just What Is "Patient Engagement" in Health Care?

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    According to this paper by Barello et al in the Journal of Participatory Medicine, the muddled answer depends on when it was used as well as your professional background.Using a densely written "lexicographic qualitative analysis" to dive into over 250 scientific papers, the authors found that the term has evolved and may still be in its infancy. When it first began to regularly appear about 15 years ago, the term "patient engagement" was used in behavioral and nursing contexts to describe a dimension of established one-on-one provider-patient…
  • Doubling Down on Accountable Care Organizations and Health Information Networks

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Want to achieve effective health care, reduced costs, increased quality, population health, widespread prevention and seamless health information access?  It's easy, says  this article in Population Health Management: mix one part PHO with one part HRB to create a HAPPI.The Population Health Blog was confused too, but that's what's proposed by three smart academics from Johns Hopkins, Arizona State University and UC Berkeley.As the PHB understands it, Population Health Organizations (PHOs)would be responsible for all medical, public health,…
  • 17 Reasons Why Care Management Is Probably Not Going To Be in a Clinic Near You Anytime Soon

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Here's a good review of all the reasons why care management has not become a routine part of patient care.  As policymakers, reformists, consultants and architects plan for a population and outcomes-based future, they'd be wise to think about the review's 17-point reality check.1) Start-up costs are considerable; 2) Costly to maintain; 3) Multi-year time horizon for any return on investment;4) Any success undercuts future traditional fee-for-service revenue;5) Can't be broken down into discreet 'reimbursible" units for fee-for-service payments; 6) It's paid for with…
  • The Just Right "Sweet Middle" of Care Management

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Finding the "just right" middleIf you're interested in care management (definition here), there's a supportive case report in the August 7 edition of the New England Journal. But it also makes a important point that appears to have been missed by the Editors.The Population Health Blog explains.The case revolves around a fragile cancer patient with abnormal blood chemistries and distributed locations of care. The author describes how care management successfully improved the patient's safety, required a lot of physician-to-physician communication and relied on care management's "reach"…
 
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    Pallimed

  • Cases: Second-Line Anti-emetic Therapies for Refractory Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV)

    Christian Sinclair
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Case:Ms. Turner* is a 29-year-old woman with recently diagnosed ovarian cancer discovered after presenting to the ED with worsening abdominal pain. CT imaging showed a 4.8cm cystic mass extending from her right ovary, and the surgical pathology revealed ovarian adenocarcinoma. Two weeks post-operatively, she was hospitalized for initiation of chemotherapy, and the palliative care service was consulted for symptom management. Despite having received treatment with ondansetron (Zofran®), aprepitant (Emend®), dexamethasone (Decadron®), lorazepam (Ativan®), and haloperidol (Haldol®), she…
  • Building a Better Mortality Prediction Rule

    Christian Sinclair
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You will often hear the lament from people within and outside of the hospice and palliative care fields, that doctors are pretty bad at making effective prognostication. Patients and families frequently search for a predictable road map to understand the course they are likely on, and even when they cede the understandable uncertainty to the physician, the doctors will often reply with an unhelpful retorts like, “I don’t know what may happen. There is only one person who does.” I doubt all of those physicians are referring to Dr. Mark Cowen, but they may want to take notice of what he…
  • A Handful of Medication: The challenge of pill burden

    Amy Clarkson
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    If you’ve ever helped as a caregiver to someone in the twilight years of their life, or perhaps you yourself are at this stage, you may have noticed when it was medication time that there were a lot of pills. It is true there are exceptions to this rule, those individuals who only take one or two medications a day. However this is the exception, and there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. Either you are on pages worth of medication, or hardly any as you begin to enter the last stages of life. The first question is, how does this happen? A large culprit to this phenomenon stems from…
  • We Don’t Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make about Dying

    Lizzy Miles
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    (Welcome a new contributor to the Pallimed Blog! Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW is a hospice social worker in Ohio who has also contributed to the Pallimed: Arts and Humanities site with a post on bucket lists in a Smurfs game. Yes, you read that right. She is best known as the the person who brought the Death Cafe concept to the US. We are very excited to be working with Lizzy! - Ed.)The worst thing anyone ever said to me was, “You think you know everything, but let me tell you:  you don’t know jack!” I was six weeks into my social work internship at a hospice and it was my student…
  • When I Walk: What Living With Multiple Sclerosis Is Like

    Jeanette Ross
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Think about what you did to get ready this morning. If you are able-bodied that is a relatively simple thing right?  To get out of bed, use the bathroom, get showered, get dressed eat some breakfast and then get out and go somewhere else. But what is not just getting ready but living life like for people with disabilities?Jason DaSilva gives a very personal insight of what it is like to have a progressive disability as he documents his life with multiple sclerosis in the documentary “when I walk”. At age 25, DaSilva was a successful independent filmmaker who after…
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Five new Technologies for Aging in Place: July-August, 2014

    Laurie Orlov
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    New, newer, and newest startups to help older adults. Typically it has made sense on this site to not discuss companies until they are in the market, in production, with customers and funding.  But crowdfunding has changed that paradigm. Some startups chose to surface through crowd-sourcing campaigns, gaining visibility and ideally some funding. If all goes well,  they gain some funding, credibility and even bug-fixes. And as one executive from Lively observed prior to its launch, they get feet on the street and customers.  In this post, check out a few of these companies that…
  • Bad news -- Twitter revenue approaches that of the New York Times

    Laurie Orlov
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Most might not compare -- but the timing seems right. You may have read the story about Robin Williams' daughter Zelda dropping off Twitter due to trash-posting trolls -- not the first, in fact, that have been targeting women. On July 29, Twitter reported revenue of $312 million, somewhat exceeding estimates, on track to cross $1 billion in revenue during 2014. The New York Times reported $389 million during the same period, slightly missing estimates. And today, the Times appointed Alex MacCallum, a founding editor of The Huffington Post, to be assistant managing editor for audience…
  • Aging in place and market size exaggeration

    Laurie Orlov
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Look closer at that Semico aging in place projection of $30 billion by 2017.  In an article in the Dallas Morning News just a few days ago, the previously noted Semico $30 Billion projection of  'aging in place' (AIP) technology by 2017 was quoted again. Nice number, but what's it for? Taking a closer read, the cited report asserts that “almost 70 percent of the over 120 million unit shipments will come from wellness peripherals like glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and smart scales.” Really? Hang in with me a second. That's 84 million of these…
  • Scaring seniors -- the hyping of falls, fraud, and weather

    Laurie Orlov
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Listening to the weather channel could make an isolated senior nervous.  Nearly 46% of women aged 75+ (around 11 million) live alone -- and one in three of them will live until at least the age of 90. In fact, 2 million are aged 90+ now.  If they listen to the news or the weather channel, they have quite a bit of opportunity to be frightened about the prospect of tornados, hurricanes, flash floods, excessive heat, poor air quality or wildfires. Perhaps they're watching TV and they see that absolutely horrendous Life Alert ad. That's it for going down to the basement. Then…
  • 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…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Motivational Interviewing: Fostering Behavioral Change in Older Clients

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Motivational Interviewing is about helping people overcome ambivalence in making important life decisions. Advisors are in a position to guide their clients through the process.One of the most common conditions to the human experience is ambivalence, the experience of having “mixed feelings.” Ambivalence is often the root of difficulty thatpeople have in committing to a decision. Any commitment we make has consequences, both good and bad. Think of many of the thoughts you have had, and the commitments you have wanted to make in your lifetime. These could include losing weight,…
  • Headed for the Future: A Boomer's Guide to Returning to College

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    It’s never too late to return to academic life, and the wave of baby boomers flooding college campuses proves it. They are pursuing new and advanced degrees for encore careers, updating professional skills, and indulging their love of learning. Going back to school has never been more exciting.  At seventy-eight million strong, baby boomers continue to change the world, obliterating the notion that age is a meaningful variable in the decision about going back to college. According to Hunt (2012), “Adults returning to college today make up almost 20 percent of…
  • Look Both Ways Before Getting a Reverse Mortgage

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
      One American dream is home ownership. For many older adults, the continuing dream is living in our homes as long as we can. For that reason, reverse mortgages, which are a loan against the equity in your house, sound almost too good to be true. You have the option of receiving monthly payments that allow you to stay in your home, and the loan doesn’t require repayment until you die, sell your home or when your home is no longer your primary residence. The proceeds of a reverse mortgage are tax-free, and many reverse mortgages have no income restrictions. However, you can also…
  • 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…
 
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • Is Retirement More Difficult These Days?

    LoveBeingRetired
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Anyone who has spent serious time planning for retirement knows about the many challenges that might derail even the most meticulous financial plan. The unpredictable economy and possibility of health problems makes retirement extremely difficult to plan for. And strategies that worked for retirees a generation ago are nothing like what is needed these days. Talking with my father I discover a different world not so very long ago. He was a physician in a small farm community in Stockton, Calif. His career spanned more than 35 years until he decided it was time to retire at age 67. When I…
  • How To Find Your Ideal Retirement Lifestyle

    LoveBeingRetired
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Many baby boomers are approaching the age when thoughts of retirement dance in their heads. The idea of leaving behind the stress and pressure of work can sound intriguing and even magical. From the moment of retirement onward you will be master of your future and keeper of your personal time card. How difficult can it be to live a life where you do what you want when you want to do it? But the transition into retirement can be difficult. Some retirees stumble as they try to figure out how to make the most of a second act. The onslaught of free time can be overwhelming and sometimes…
  • 7 Signs You Have Successfully Retired

    LoveBeingRetired
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Back on August 5, 2011, I wrote my first weekly blog for US News & World On Retirement. It is hard to believe it has been three years already but I am starting to get used to the lightning fast progression of the months and years. My personal journey into retirement has been a steady progression as I have learned valuable information from industry pundits and first hand insight from readers of my blogs. Fearful predictions of dire trends have opened my eyes to some harsh realities that may play out over coming years. On the other hand optimistic energized comments from those already…
  • Enjoy the Freedom of Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    A typical life story for most of us might go something like this: Our first 25 years are spent growing up, experiencing an introduction to the realities of what it means to become an adult and getting educated as we prepare as best we can to enter the “real world.” The next 30-40 years are spent working for a living, paying the bills and raising a family.  And hopefully the final years – our second act – will be spent retired from the stresses and challenges that we have somehow managed to survive to this point. Not an easy road by any means yet something we all must travel.
  • Important Non-Financial Retirement Considerations

    LoveBeingRetired
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    If you look forward to living a fulfilling retirement, saving money should not be your sole concern. We all know building a sufficient nest egg to provide for your second act typically requires a lifetime of struggle and sacrifice. But having enough cash in the bank is no guarantee of an idyllic retirement. With so much focus on saving the correct amount and withdrawing an appropriate sum each month, other important considerations can be overlooked. Many people have focused long and hard on saving and investing to pay for their retirement days. One common shortfall when making retirement…
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    Senior Housing News

  • House Calls Cut Medicare Costs 17%, Still in Vogue for Senior Care

    Jason Oliva
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    A popular arrangement in the past where physicians provided care to patients within the comfort of their own homes, house calls haven’t completely gone out of style just yet, especially given their proven effectiveness in saving money for healthcare providers and federal programs alike, a recent study finds. Researchers with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a 926-bed teaching and research hospital in Washington, D.C., found that when medical care for frail seniors with advanced illness shifts to the home, total Medicare costs were reduced by 17% during a two-year period. The…
  • Dallas Developer Doubles Down on Rebrand and New $100 Million Pipeline

    Jason Oliva
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Following the launch of its senior living brand last year, a Dallas-developer has big plans for the rest of 2014 and beyond, including a name change and a pipeline of over $100 million in new construction slated for the next year. Formerly known as Caddis Partners, the company rebranded itself last week, updating everything from its logo, website and even shortening its name to simply “Caddis.” The rebrand not only enhances the company’s visual appeal with bright imagery and energetic colors, but it better conveys Caddis’ expanded capabilities and the experience it has gained…
  • How Senior Living is Using The Cloud to Improve Care, Security

    Cassandra Dowell
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The emerging use of Wi-Fi and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in senior living communities has long been discussed by industry experts as key to serving today and tomorrow’s residents, but a unique approach to managing data using the cloud is helping operators best meet employee and resident needs, providers say. The cloud — whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices similar to an electricity grid over the Internet — is playing a role as senior living providers deploy secure, HIPAA-compliant Wi-Fi while also offering protected…
  • Baby Boomers Least Likely to Carry Negative Home Equity

    Emily Study
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As CCRCs continue to bounce back from the housing crisis, some operators may still experience trouble attracting seniors who can’t sell their homes to afford the entrance fee. But there are positive signs on the horizon, as baby boomers held just 10.9% of all underwater mortgages in the second quarter of 2014, according to Zillow’s latest Negative Equity Report. In comparison, Generation X held 18.7% and millennials held 19.6%. And nationally, one in six U.S. homeowners with mortgages — or 8.7 million people — owed more than their homes were worth. Overall,…
  • Movers & Shakers — People and Positions for August, Part IV

    Emily Study
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Elder Care Alliance Names Vice President of Operations Elder Care Alliance, a nonprofit system of assisted living and memory care communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced James McKie as vice president of operations. McKie began his career in real estate as a residential property manager. Prior to joining Elder Care Alliance, he was regional director of operations in Los Angeles for Meridian Senior Living. Before that, he served as executive director for a national publicly traded assisted living company. In the early 1990s, McKie launched his own property management company,…
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    Mother In-Law Suite Floor Plans & Resources

  • 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.
  • 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…
 
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Dementia Impacted by Vision & Hearing Issues – Caregivers Can Help

    Kathy Birkett
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Do you have a senior loved one with dementia and notice your senior having more difficulty seeing or hearing things lately? Have you observed subtle changes in them such as straining to see or hear, sitting closer to you or turning up the volume of the TV? Did you realize that even seemingly small changes could be the result of a sensory loss that could be corrected? Sometimes when we are caregivers of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, we can’t always determine which came first, the dementia itself or the altered behavior you’ve noted. It can be difficult…
  • Triple Decker Sandwich Caregivers Face Financial & Emotional Squeeze

    Kathy Birkett
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Caregivers face many difficulties each day, don’t we? It might be finding time to do it all — even half of it — making everyone happy or just getting a shower some days! This of course doesn’t change the passion that we have for providing care to our senior loved ones. We are fulfilled even in the midst of extreme pressure. We are where we should be and there is no place you would rather be! But couldn’t it be even just a bit easier sometimes? Let’s add a few more wrinkles to the caregiving challenge – finances and emotions. We don’t want to think about either one but…
  • Thriftiness While Saving the Planet – Green Caregiving with Seniors

    Kathy Birkett
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    We hear a lot about recycling and being environmentally friendly. But what does that really mean to the life of a caregiver who is struggling to get everything done for the day without worrying about separating paper and plastic? Actually, when you think about going green it conjures up a lot of effort and great changes that are required to make a difference. In reality, it doesn’t take much change to make a difference in the environment — and in their wallet. It can also be a great way to share with senior loved ones, many of whom will identify with the “waste not, want…
  • Overcoming Loss of a Senior Loved One When You’re a Family Caregiver

    Kathy Birkett
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    How can you hope to handle it? You have spent years caring for your senior loved one. You have given your all to serve them, protect them, meet their needs and love them unconditionally. The inevitable outcome of aging is death and we all know that our senior loved ones are moving closer to it each day. Even though we know death is a part of life and will come sooner than later, we can never truly be prepared. You might ask yourself the following questions as you struggle with loss. How do I live without her/him? What do I do now? How will I spend my time? What will define me? Will I have an…
  • Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease – Help Seniors Stay Engaged & Active

    Kathy Birkett
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Family caregivers of persons with dementia are growing in numbers as the number of elders diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s increase. Dementia diagnosis has often come later in the disease but more and more, of late, the diagnosis occurs in the early stage of dementia. There are benefits to an early diagnosis, though many believe waiting is preferable as there remain few treatments and no cure for Alzheimer’s. There is a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds! Family caregivers play a strong role in keeping their senior loved one connected and…
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    Sun Park Living – Over 50s Holiday Living Community Resort

  • Priced-out pensioners escape the grey UK and get away for 2014

    SunRocker
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Priced-out pensioners escape the grey UK and get away for 2014 Sun Park Living A new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed one in every four retired households across England and Wales are currently renting their home, citing that pensioners living in big cities are being forced to rent because they have been priced out of the property market. 1 in 4 retired UK households currently renting their home (ONS) Rise in number of pensioners using equity release to boost income 58% of older people keen to move with 1 in 4 interested in retirement property (Demos) Indeed,…
  • Winter warmth for less: As the energy volcano gets set to erupt, why not escape to the Canaries for no fuel costs this winter?

    SunRocker
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Winter warmth for less: As the energy volcano gets set to erupt, why not escape to the Canaries for no fuel costs this winter? Sun Park Living People in retirement are increasingly being made to dig into their savings to cover basic living costs as energy prices across the UK soar 10% and wages stagnate, forcing baby boomers to look for different means of battling the cold this winter. •23% of 50 – 64 year olds admitted raiding savings to pay bills last month (Which? Consumer Watchdog Survey) •6 million Britons over 65 worried about soaring energy bills (Age UK) •Spend the winter in…
  • 60 Seconds with… Gil Summers, Co-founder of Sun Park Living

    SunRocker
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    60 Seconds with… Gil Summers, Co-founder of Sun Park Living 60 Seconds with… Gil Summers, Co-founder of Sun Park Living Sun Park Living 60 Seconds with… Gil Summers, Co-founder of Sun Park Living, a private gated community resort exclusively for those who are retired and active, located on the year-round sunny and warm Canary Island of Lanzarote. What does it say on your business card? If I had one it would say “Gil and mobile number”, that´s how people know me. And if I had a door, it would always be open, I am available for everything, any time of the day, I´m always on call!
  • Only boring people get bored. Kick the retirement blues and become a SunRocker today!

    SunRocker
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Only boring people get bored. Kick the retirement blues and become a SunRocker today! The relationship between physical activity and vitality is well-documented but multiple studies have also revealed an increasingly strong link between social interaction and mental and physical well-being for retirees. •After just 10 months of retirement, boredom starts to kick in (Skipton Building Society)  •24% of retirees complain that the British weather affects their desire to get out of the house •Every Friday is Social Friday at Sun Park Living, Lanzarote  While socialisation is critical for…
  • Sing like a Canary this winter as tourism levels erupt on the volcanic island of Lanzarote

    SunRocker
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
     Sing like a Canary this winter as tourism levels erupt on the volcanic island of Lanzarote   Friendship in the sun Far from being ‘Lanzagrotty’, the volcanic Canary Island of Lanzarote, 125km off the west coast of Africa, has become the destination of choice for holidaymakers in 2013. Lanzarote airport arrivals up 5.29% in September 2013 (ISTAC) UK tourists account for 45% of arrivals, Irish arrivals up 21% (Jan – Sept 2013) New direct flights to Lanzarote from Shannon, Eindhoven and Lyon launched Latest data released by ISTAC, the Canary Islands Institute of Statistics, reveals…
 
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    ChangingAging.org

  • Diminishment

    David Goff, ChangingAging Contributor
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    I am wrestling with something that seems to be counter-intuitive, paradoxical and miraculous. Something that I have experienced personally, and something that it turns out is a part of the human experience. I’m talking about diminishment.
  • Are We Really on the Verge of Curing Aging? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This week Katie Couric brings us the latest anti-aging media hype with the hyperbolic headling “There’s No Limit on the Human Lifespan”.
  • Lets Do Something About Ambient Despair

    Martin Bayne, ChangingAging Contributor
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Here’s an idea for every residential aging facility that struggles with ambient despair that masks itself as “activity indifference” (the resident spends her entire day in her room or a chair in the main lobby avoiding activities and other residents).
  • Book Review: Aging Together – Dementia, Friendship and Flourishing Communities

    Martha Stettinius, ChangingAging Contributor
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Books on dementia are usually addressed not to friends but to family caregivers or professionals. I approached this book with excitement because we rarely see the words “dementia,” “friendship” and “communities” together.
  • The Nine Principles of Dynamic Kindness

    Martin Bayne, ChangingAging Contributor
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I learned that of all the techniques, healing systems, protocols, clinical trials, methodologies, and treatment plans, what works most reliably, most consistently, with the greatest rate of success is simple kindness.
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Does Alcohol Consumption Provoke Heart Disease?

    Matt Serafini
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    A new study suggests that alcohol consumption can compromise cardiovascular health. Have you ever heard that a glass of wine before bed is good for your heart? This isn’t just an …The post Does Alcohol Consumption Provoke Heart Disease? appeared first on 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 Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) 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.
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  • Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:07 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: About two years ago, a financial advisor helped my parents devise a plan by which my dad, a veteran, could qualify for VA Pension.  This plan involved funding an annuity and establishing a trust.  The VA Pension now provides my parents with additional monthly income of about $2,000, but they are still having difficulty paying for dad’s care.  I looked into the ALTCS benefit, but discovered that the type of VA planning in which my parents…
  • ALTCS Qualification With Business Assets

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:40 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. Q: I have operated a family business for most of my life.  While things have slowed down now that I am approaching retirement, I still work about 30 hours a week.  My wife has dementia and I think she could benefit from the ALTCS program.  Outside of the business we have meager resources, but my concern is that my business will prevent her from qualifying.  Can you shed some light on this, perhaps? In determining eligibility, ALTCS will look…
  • When a Person is “Otherwise Eligible” With ALTCS

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:11 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 read in a recent article that ALTCS imposes a penalty period, during which time it will not pay for care, for uncompensated transfers occurring in the five years preceding an ALTCS application.  Your article further expressed that the penalty period begins running when the applicant is “otherwise eligible.” Can you elaborate on this?  I ask because my mom gave me $50,000 last year, and we are now considering applying for ALTCS. The…
  • CSMIA- New Eligibility limit for 2014

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Conceptually speaking, ALTCS members must pay what they are able towards their cost of care. This amount is referred to as the “share of cost.” For single ALTCS members residing in a facility, the share of cost typically amounts to the member’s total monthly income, less a personal needs allowance and the cost of health insurance premiums. Married applicants, on the other hand, utilize a formula that provides for a spousal allowance designed to protect well-spouses from impoverishment. This allowance is referred to as the Community Spouse Minimum Income Allowance (CSMIA). Effective July…
  • 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…
 
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    Modern Senior

  • Should You Hire a Retirement Coach?

    Amy Blitchok
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    There is a lot of advice out there about how to financially prepare for retirement, but those who can afford to comfortably retire in decent health are facing unforeseen emotional issues that aren’t often openly addressed. If you are years away from retirement, the idea of being able to choose exactly how your time may be the thing of dreams, but for those actually facing countless hours of unstructured free time, the transition can be overwhelming. Retirees report a loss of purpose, which can quickly escalate into more serious problems like depression and addiction. Carol Colleran, author…
  • PBS Documentary on Baby Boomers

    Amy Blitchok
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    On September 23rd, PBS will air the documentary American Masters:  The Boomer List, which will feature 19 prominent baby boomers, each of which represent one of the years during the baby boom era.  The film’s subjects range from actors and singers to philanthropists and spiritual leaders.  They are some of the most influential people in America and they have some interesting insights to share about growing up during the 50s and 60s and the characteristics that define the baby boomer generation. Watch the trailer and share your thoughts.  Are there any baby boomers that didn’t make the…
  • Baby Boomer Blogs – August Edition

    Amy Blitchok
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    We are all happy to welcome our newest member, Meryl Baer who runs the blog Six Decades and Counting.  Be sure to check out her site, read archived articles, and get to know our latest addition.  Her latest post looks at the joys of napping: After spending time this summer with the youngest grandkids, I realized we have a lot in common when it comes to a daily activity – sleeping. After so many years sleep-deprived, seniors relish their sleep and nap time. Laura Lee has been thinking lately about all the things she’s glad not to being doing since she and her husband packed…
  • 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…
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Scientists Find New Link Between Vitamin D and Dementia

    Freedom Home Care
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In a previous blog post titled, “The ABC’s of Vitamin D” we mentioned the importance of including Vitamin D in a senior’s diet.  We talked about how it is a necessary component in the process of keeping bones strong and healthy.  Well, scientists have now found yet another reason to keep vitamin D levels high: it significantly lowers the risk of dementia. Researchers have been thoroughly studying dementia and its causes and progress for years.  One study in particular looked for a connection between seniors who didn’t have sufficient levels of vitamin D in their bodies and their…
  • Playing Games for a Sharper Brain

    Freedom Home Care
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Does playing games cause bigger brains and sharper thinking, or are those who already have healthier brains more likely to play games? This chicken or egg question is something that scientists have been wondering for some time.  The popular theory is that the mental activity of playing games exercises the brain in such a way that deters dementia. But, another theory says that those who already have sharper minds and have a mental reserve of sorts are inclined towards game playing and naturally less susceptible to suffering from dementia. However, in either case, doctors can agree on one…
  • Freedom Home Care Announces First Annual Senior Health Fair at The Lodge of Northbrook and The Homestead of Morton Grove

    Freedom Home Care
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Freedom Home Care is excited to announce their first annual Senior Health Fair to take place this fall at their two Wellness Center Locations. The first event will take place on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at The Lodge of Northbrook (2220 Founders Drive Northbrook, IL. 60062) from 11 am-2 pm. The second will be held on Wednesday November 5th, 2014 at Homestead of Morton Grove (6400 Lincoln Ave.  Morton Grove, IL. 60053) from 11 am-1 pm. These educational events are meant to provide seniors and their families with access to all kinds of resources, information,  and services to promote…
  • 5 Unknown Facts About Strawberries

    Freedom Home Care
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    No fruit screams “summer” as much as the strawberry.  Many have fond memories of picking strawberries from their mother’s garden, or perhaps biting into a perfectly ripe, juicy strawberry topped with sweetened cream in their youth.  Often this berry pairs its delicious flavor with a heavy dose of nostalgia of summers past. But, whether you’re eating them for taste or out of nostalgia, there’s no doubt that they have much to offer. Freedom Home Care  has discovered a few facts about strawberries that you probably didn’t know. 1. The strawberry isn’t a fruit or berry.  …
  • Interview with Susan Smolin: Certified Yoga Instructor on Breathing, Relaxation & Yoga for Seniors

    Freedom Home Care
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Susan Wolf Smolin is a certified yoga instructor offering therapeutic and rehabilitative instruction to a variety of populations from pre-natal to seniors. Susan has been studying and teaching for over 20 years and she shares her passion for communicating the teachings of ancient tradition and the importance of its presence in modern times. For more informationon Yoga for Seniors contact Susan at peaceyoga@rocketmail.com. We sat down with Susan to learn more about her work, and how it can benefit seniors and help alleviate pain.  Can you talk about your professional background, and what…
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • Top 10 Baby Boomer "Must Know" Life Skills

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Baby Boomers, don't you agree that it feels good to give?Today, the instruction and guidance I have to give is "home grown."I realize that I have been semi-retired for a couple of years now and I have found myself tackling many new and interesting life skills that I normally paid others to do.Lately, it seems like I am working on my certification to become a "Master Plumber"Get this.....................In the just the past couple of months I have:Replaced the entire underground manifold of anti-siphon valves (5 of them) for my front lawn sprinkler systemReplaced the entire underground…
  • Joan Moran - "Beatnik" Baby Boomer 

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Baby Boomers........Are you ready for another "Fervid Friday?"Today is all about inspiration and motivation.It's also about putting you directly in front of your passion by showing you that other Baby Boomers, just like you, have successfully re-invented their lives and actually lived to tell their stories.I hope you are ready because I am bringing to you a compelling story of a women I just discovered.One of the most satisfying benefits in my line of work (blog master of the universe and Baby Boomer expert extraordinaire) is the wonderful people I "virtually" connect with by constantly…
  • Baby Boomer Event Las Vegas

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Hey Baby Boomers........It's time to sneak in one last vacation before the summer ends.Why not Las Vegas?Why not join me at "The Fun After 55 Expo" in October.Check out their website at:http://proexpo.wix.com/fifty-plus-expoThis is a great event that features 100 vendors selling, sampling and demonstrating products and services targeted to our Baby Boomer demographic.Last year over 8000 Boomers came through the show.It's FREE to attend !!Can it get any better than this?"Four Tops" Free Concert The "Fun After 55 Expo" will be hosting a free concert of the legendary Four Tops. Everyone…
  • ADVICE FROM FELLOW BABY BOOMERS

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    It has definitely been a different year so far.The end of August is just ahead of us and so many things have changed from last year.Ya, I'm a little bit exhausted already but it's a good kind of tired.How about you?What have you done differently already this year?Has it been an incredibly good year for you?Can you join with me and say:So far, so good.......................... Today I am going to be a light-hearted and pass on a little sage advice that has been floating around the internet for a while. I don’t know who the author is but it is smart council and needs to be spread among…
  • Blurred Lines Grandma Dance

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    What do you think Baby Boomers?Does Grandma have her "sexy" on oris this just downright embarrassing?
 
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  • 6 Surprising Habits for a Happier Life After 60

    Margaret Manning
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I passionately believe that every woman has the power to build her dream life after 60. One of the first steps on this journey is to learn to see the world with a sense of optimism, regardless of what is going on around you. Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of women in the Sixty and Me community. In doing so, I have noticed some interesting commonalities between the most positive members of our group. If you are not a natural optimist, I hope that you will find these traits inspiring. Make a conscious choice to build these habits into your daily…
  • How to Start a Business After 50: Finding Your Idea

    Margaret Manning
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I asked the 44,000 members of the Sixty and Me community what was preventing them from starting a business, by far the most common response was “I don’t have a business idea.” As I mentioned in part 1 of this series, the first step to take when starting a business is to examine your own strengths. But, what next? How can you convert your passions, experience and skills into profitable work? How can you find a business idea that is right for you?Read More
  • Fashion for Women Over 60: 6 Inexcusable Fashion Faux Pas

    Margaret Manning
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, for our fashion for women over 60 video series, I was shocked to find out that I was committing several serious fashion faux pas. Not only was I drawing attention away from my best assets, but, I was actually making some of the challenges that us older women face even worse. Here are the top 6 fashion faux pas that women our age make and some advice on how to fix them.Read More
  • Easy Yoga Breathing for Seniors

    Juls Bower
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Each time I begin a new yoga for seniors class, I tell my students that the first thing we’re going to practice is breathing. Students usually laugh when I say this. After all, breathing is something all of us literally do in our sleep. Why take a breathing lesson? However at the end of class, students usually come up and thank me for teaching them how to breathe better. Breathing correctly enhances the ability to concentrate during the day. It also encourages the calm and relaxation necessary for deep sleep at night. Breathing properly during any kind of movement class, including yoga,…
  • Senior Travel: How to Find Travel Insurance After 60

    Nancy Parode
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You may have discovered the awful truth. Travel insurance premiums shoot up once you pass your 60th birthday, and some insurance companies won't cover you at all. Things get worse as you pass your 70th and 80th birthdays; if you can find travel insurance, it's three or four times as expensive as it was when you were 60, and your coverage options might be limited. This article will help you to understand the travel insurance situation better and make the most of your options.Read More
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  • Four Things You Didn’t Know About Senior Care Facilities

    Virginia Traweek
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    There are a lot of surprises that people encounter when searching for a senior housing provider. Here are the top four things that most consumers or caregivers don’t know before looking for housing for older adults: 1.     You will probably be paying out of pocket for your care. Being on Medicare won’t help you pay for senior housing expenses. First of all, there is almost no government assistance for assisted living or memory care. Some states offer limited support in very specific situations, but, for the most part, you’re on your own when paying for assisted living or memory…
  • Five Things to Know About Long Term Care Insurance

    Virginia Traweek
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Long term care insurance is the financial elephant in the room for many Americans.  The costs of paying for a nursing home or assisted living seem overwhelming, but, then again, so does the prospect of applying for long term care insurance.  If you’re in the planning phase, here are a few things that you should know when considering how you will pay for your long term care needs: 1.     Medicare won’t cover much. Most people think that just because they have Medicare, their skilled nursing or assisted living expenses will be covered.  That is untrue.  Medicare covers very…
  • Medicaid Cutbacks Threaten Nursing Home Residents in Texas

    Dane Roper
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Recently Cariloop has been working to help a significant number of families looking for a new home for loved ones who are currently living in a skilled nursing facility. If you or someone you know are supporting a loved one in a nursing home or anticipate a loved one needing skilled nursing facility services, please take note of this important information. Changes taking place in the Texas Medicaid program with a goal of reducing skilled nursing costs have the potential to affect thousands of nursing home residents in the near future. In an effort to reduce costs, “states are trying to…
  • Gardening 101

    Brennan Roehrig
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    For many, gardening is a time to relax outside while enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures. That is until the discomfort of kneeling and bending overshadow the joy of the activity. For most Seniors, the pain from arthritis, high blood pressure, or just aches and pains have made gardening into a blissful memory. However, gardening can be therapeutic by reducing stress and being in the fresh outdoors if good for your health. In order to return to the garden, here are some simple changes that can be made to ensure your loved one is safe and pain-free.   Know Your Limitations The first…
  • 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…
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  • Four Things You Didn’t Know About Senior Care Facilities

    Virginia Traweek
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    There are a lot of surprises that people encounter when searching for a senior housing provider. Here are the top four things that most consumers or caregivers don’t know before looking for housing for older adults: 1.     You will probably be paying out of pocket for your care. Being on Medicare won’t help you pay for senior housing expenses. First of all, there is almost no government assistance for assisted living or memory care. Some states offer limited support in very specific situations, but, for the most part, you’re on your own when paying for assisted living or memory…
  • Five Things to Know About Long Term Care Insurance

    Virginia Traweek
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Long term care insurance is the financial elephant in the room for many Americans.  The costs of paying for a nursing home or assisted living seem overwhelming, but, then again, so does the prospect of applying for long term care insurance.  If you’re in the planning phase, here are a few things that you should know when considering how you will pay for your long term care needs: 1.     Medicare won’t cover much. Most people think that just because they have Medicare, their skilled nursing or assisted living expenses will be covered.  That is untrue.  Medicare covers very…
  • Medicaid Cutbacks Threaten Nursing Home Residents in Texas

    Dane Roper
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Recently Cariloop has been working to help a significant number of families looking for a new home for loved ones who are currently living in a skilled nursing facility. If you or someone you know are supporting a loved one in a nursing home or anticipate a loved one needing skilled nursing facility services, please take note of this important information. Changes taking place in the Texas Medicaid program with a goal of reducing skilled nursing costs have the potential to affect thousands of nursing home residents in the near future. In an effort to reduce costs, “states are trying to…
  • Gardening 101

    Brennan Roehrig
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    For many, gardening is a time to relax outside while enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures. That is until the discomfort of kneeling and bending overshadow the joy of the activity. For most Seniors, the pain from arthritis, high blood pressure, or just aches and pains have made gardening into a blissful memory. However, gardening can be therapeutic by reducing stress and being in the fresh outdoors if good for your health. In order to return to the garden, here are some simple changes that can be made to ensure your loved one is safe and pain-free.   Know Your Limitations The first…
  • 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…
 
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