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  • Best Baby Boomer Blogs – March Edition

    Modern Senior
    Amy Blitchok
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:49 am
    Tom Sightings has been going through the process of applying for long-term-care insurance. Find out about the memory test you’re required to take if you want to purchase long-term-care insurance at Are You Getting Alzheimer’s? and then go on to discover what else is involved at The Basics of Long-Term-Care Insurance. On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about the new book “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown” by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center. Taylor says millennials, the first…
  • Don’t Let Getting Older Scare You Any Longer!

    Activities For Senior Citizens
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you’re like most people, you already know plenty of tricks for avoiding growing older. If you want some advice that may give you new ways to hang onto your youthful vitality, read on. Consider taking Resveratrol. Diets that restrict calories have been shown to have positive outcomes when it comes to aging. There is a compound called Resveratrol that is found in nuts and grapes, creating these benefits as well. Resveratrol can be found in some supplements and in Japanese knotweed. You can also find it in a shrub from South America called Senna Quinwuangulata. If you eat well, you will…
  • Grandma Benefits When She Babysits – Till There’s Too Much of a Good Thing

    Senior Care Corner
    Kathy Birkett
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Grandparents, whether seniors or future seniors, rank being with their grandchildren among their greatest pleasures. I have the honor of being a grandparent and know how much I love the kisses and hugs I get when I visit my granddaughter, not to mention the joy in her eyes when she sees me approaching or even calling on Facetime. Grandparents who live nearby may be able to visit their grandchildren often, unlike those who are at a distance and get to visit when someone makes a trip. Spending time with grandchildren can give seniors happiness — and more. A recent study says it can also…
  • Great Sex For Men Over 50 Depends On....... Senior Living
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    Young men can perform sexually without much stress and strain. But for men over 50 that sexual hat trick becomes more difficult. Absent the existence of a strong emotional connection with women, sex for men after 50 can be disappointing for them and their partners....Read Full Post
  • Sex, Trust, Intimacy, And Relationships Senior Living
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Perhaps you think you're having the best sex imaginable simply because you're in a long-term relationship. But that's flawed thinking. Great sex requires trust and that's true whether the relationship is new or old. Sounds simple, right?...Read Full Post
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  • Sex, Trust, Intimacy, And Relationships

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Perhaps you think you're having the best sex imaginable simply because you're in a long-term relationship. But that's flawed thinking. Great sex requires trust and that's true whether the relationship is new or old. Sounds simple, right?...Read Full Post
  • Emotional Honesty Is Critical

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    No relationship can survive without emotional honesty, but practicing it can be perilous if a couple doesn't respect the rules. It's not a simple as telling each other the truth. It's much more complicated than that, but since it's essential for healthy relationships it's worth the effort....Read Full Post
  • Great Sex For Men Over 50 Depends On.......

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    Young men can perform sexually without much stress and strain. But for men over 50 that sexual hat trick becomes more difficult. Absent the existence of a strong emotional connection with women, sex for men after 50 can be disappointing for them and their partners....Read Full Post
  • Feeling Like A Grandfather Wasn't Automatic

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    I thought there might be something wrong with me when I didn't feel an immediate bond with my grandson when he was born. I remember vividly that I had with my son....Read Full Post
  • Online Dating: #2. Over 50 Dating Banter

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    For many over 50's just asking someone for a date can often be the hardest part of dating. Lack of recent dating experience, shyness, and just plain nervousness can hobble a dater's best efforts. Ken answers many questions about this in his new article about the art of dating banter....Read Full Post
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  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.
  • AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.
  • Obama visit lifts lid on simmering Asia tensions

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    US President Barack Obama's Asian tour starts in Japan on Wednesday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts. Obama touches down in Tokyo after nearly 150 lawmakers paid homage at a controversial war shrine seen by neighbouring nations as a symbol of Japan's brutal imperialist past, and shortly after the prime minister made a shrine offering. Days earlier, China seized a huge Japanese freighter over what a Shanghai court says are unpaid bills relating to Japan's 1930s occupation of vast swathes of the country.
  • Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
  • Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.
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  • For How To Advance Over Web Design

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Only such traffic generation methods ended up being no more as competent when rrn comparison to the world-wide-web advertising and advertising niche. Search engines page prepare to work with cellular items and after that related musical instruments is very different than any archetypal website design. Specific additionally a fantastic internet commerce site might be updated, currently the far more is very much it’s array of customers as well as as a result way more is ordinarily a unique enterprise. Owing when you need to this, absolutely focus on guests . into a lower pages, feel that…
  • Picking A Web Design Companionship Inside Ny

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    What information will they envelop? To find out if perhaps the company is in fact a licensed during Search engine optimization services or even otherwise achievable execute a Website seo sample. In order to thrill this audience, any person should make use of colours similar lime as well as a red color. That it was considered real, on top of that real employing. On top coming from all this, purchaser services past experience acquire calling it individuals get in contact using a Vegas website design carrier could test a new observations. But such a is especially each need so why you actually…
  • Why You Need To Go Past Search Engine Optimization And Attempt Sem To Succeed

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Houston, the capitol of the energy of the U.S.A is attributed like the much better city to living, to function and to perform. Houston is an axis of sources of natural and is determined the better place to make business. In fast economy of these days of the stage, the internet is the better average by which it cans 1 make publicity and it extends historical business. In accordance to align historic web website in the lookup engines you enhance historic should-through internet website resources Houston Seo. Houston SEO companies provide to these requirements. The days in which utilized…
  • 5 Factors To Use A Spray Tan

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    If you are expecting, there are issues you should know about pregnancy and tanning booths. Tanning beds security while pregnant has become extremely questionable. A better option may be to use the sunless tanning spray booth equipment to keep your golden tan. This spa is the perfect location to go to if you want a good choice of facials, as they focus in pores and skin care. They have lots of choices, including microdermabrasion therapy, anti-aging treatments, unique remedies for pimples problems, and everything else including waxing, delicious physique therapies, and even airbrush tanning…
  • Why Russian Women Make The Best Wives!

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    In the world of growing faminism Russian woman have a fame of very fairly, intelligent, sociable, obedient, they are not corrupted with newest innovations. Russian brides. are respectful to to family, give childbirth and admire their males. As well their stunning look brings together very well with internal goodness. Russian woman are extremely fairly with a hot look, loving and open-minded. I have educated each indoor and outdoor cats. Some of my cats went from indoor potty educated to completely outside which is pretty simple. You just want to be careful that when you start allowing your…
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie


    15 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Do you remember the 1944 musical "On The Town?" Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin perform as three sailors who have a 24 hour leave in New York. They somehow manage to find love and incredible adventure in the Big Apple.I thought of that movie because I recently had two adventures on the town. It's just about a month since I had my surgery and I haven't done much of anything except eat, drink and not be merry. The healing process takes a lot longer than 24 hours so, no exciting adventures for me.BUT I must tell you that I did have some exciting experiences("loosely…
  • Mad Men is Back and My Mom Can Relate

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Hi, Steve here. My mom was going to make a post about Mad Men being back for a new season, but she was underwhelmed with the new episode. More: ‘Mad Men’ Enlists the Graphics Guru Milton GlaserWe'd talked about the photos we were going to use to illustrate her Mad Men post, and they are too good to leave on the cutting room floor. So here they are:Mom and Dad, Mad Men Style.Me and Mom when I was 1. 70's Mom.Me and mom, 2014.

    6 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today happens to be April 7.It's a special day for one of thee most special, talented, knowledgeable, humorous, thoughtful, caring and good looking bloggers in the world. That happens to be my opinion, but anyone who reads Ronni's blog, "Time Goes By" will surely agree with me.As far as "good looking", just take a look at this photo of "sparkling Ronni!"Whatever you are doing Ronni, keep on doing it. Wishing you much happiness and joy today and all year long!
  • I'm Home!

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Happy to be home.
  • Having some laughs with the doctors.

    16 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Here's and update on my mom's fix-up surgery.Everything went extremely well.She's doing great and having some laughs with the doctors.They are unhooking her from things and she's going for three walks today ;-)Might get discharged Monday or Tuesday.Thanks for your thoughts.
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    a little red hen

  • Dear Jules Bailey...the six questions

    a little red hen
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    In December, as we all were reminded of the 2012 gun tragedies (16 of them that year), it was not hard to despair about the "bad guys with the big money" winning out over the many efforts by hard-working groups like Moms Demand. And yet...I read about one city's initiative that moved the conversation toward doing something.  Steven Fulop, the young mayor of  Jersey City, New Jersey proposed--and the City Council accepted--that gun manufacturers submitting bids to the City had to answer six questions: 1 - What do you do to combat illegal gun…
  • Reverse Graffiti: marriage of art + green cleaner

    a little red hen
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
      Just saw this on Facebook but Moose, the artist, of Manchester, England did this clean-up-the-dirty-wall graffiti more than five years ago in San Francisco. Appeals to me more than spray-painting on outdoor walls.   Surprise:  Reverse Graffiti was sponsored/funded by green works, a newish product from Clorox.  [Note:  Large corporation wants to promote a good-earth product, so uses lower case type for name.] Ingredients seem environmentally-friendly.  But it's not available at New Seasons, very p.c. grocery stores where we usually shop.  Have to…
  • Woman walks into displays gun

    a little red hen
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:31 pm
    There's a Vietnames restaurant, a favorite of ours since we first came to Portland. You read the chalkboard above the counter, order Hum Bao, garlic lemongrass chicken, tea, take a number, find a table. After we ordered, I walked back outside to visit a nearby antique shop.  I'd taken a photo of this sign a year or two ago, it's been sitting on my desktop waiting to be put to use. I wanted to ask about it. Was it a sign for the store or was it a vintage sign--looked like it was metal? Usually there are only women working there but today there was a man, probably the owner.
  • Gloria S. joins my decade...

    a little red hen
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Big, beautiful graphic on the front of New York Times' "Sunday Review."     Who would not want that for her 80th birthday?  (Artist: Rachell Sumpter) Though mine was celebrated more modestly, less publically, than Gloria Steinem's, I'm fine with that. If you're a thinking woman who has lived through all the changes over these years, you know how important Gloria has been to American feminism, to all women and girls.  There are others, of course.  Many whom we need to know more about before they are simply Archive footnotes on a…
  • Deep Thinking about coffee

    a little red hen
    10 Mar 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Dedicated fan of Rachel Maddow--her educated take on many issues.  This was the world feminism imagined in the 1970s, one where smart women could be more known for their brains than their beauty--I look at the show's website periodically (check out my blogroll). Sometimes what I find is quirky like this one about coffee.   Who would have thought that the brew would loom so large in my thoughts? Would not have happened if our daughter had not begun Happy Cup Coffee Roasting.   Couple of months ago thought I'd try drinking something without caffeine. Could eliminating…
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    Contemporary Retirement Coaching

  • Great Quotes

    Ann Harrison
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    And while I think it would be great if everyone around me would behave in the ways I think best, I also recognize that we're all fighting the good fight, doing the best we know how to experience less suffering and greater peace. Michael Neill
  • Hooked!

    Ann Harrison
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    My name is Ann Harrison and I am an addict.  A couple of weeks ago, I discovered the Jewellery Maker channel, and I've been hooked ever since!  If you're looking for a new hobby, with the opportunity to, potentially, make some money from your jewellery designs, have a look - but be prepared for the impact it will have on your bank balance. Gorgeous gems and beads, inspirational designs, free tutorials, in-studio designers - all guaranteed to suck money out of your purse (and as a business owner, I can recognise a very clever business model when I see…
  • Are You Having Balance Problems As You Get Older?

    Ann Harrison
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Many people experience balance problems as they get older. For example, you may feel lightheaded when you change from a seated to a standing position. Or you may feel like the room is spinning or that the objects around you are in motion. If your dizziness is severe enough, you may have difficulty walking and fall easily. There are several things that can make you experience balance problems and dizziness. One of the most common causes of balance problems is prescription medication. Dizziness is a common side effect in many of these medications. If you suspect your medicine is causing balance…
  • Thought Provokers

    Ann Harrison
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:23 pm
    You must constantly ask yourself these questions:Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Jim Rohn Like these thought provokers?  Find hundreds more in Thought Provokers: Questions You Need to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Retire
  • Acid = Aging

    Ann Harrison
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Like him or loathe him, you've got to admit that Tony Robbins has a ton of energy.  Find out how here (good explanation of how being 'too acid' can cause you all kind of problems and how to re-alkalinise on a daily basis).
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  • Social Security will resume mailing paper statements for some workers

    Mark Miller
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response…
  • Long-term care: Why your location really matters

    Mark Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Location, location location: Not only is it key to the value of real estate, it’s also a big driver of the cost of long-term care. A study of long-term care costs in the United States released this week shows that the cost of long-term services and support varies dramatically by location. For example, the national median cost of a private nursing home this year is $87,600 – but it’s $155,125 in Connecticut, $87,180 in Ohio and $57,487 in Oklahoma. “The differences are driven by general demand and supply of labor, the cost of living and level of affluence in a particular…
  • Time to raise – or scrap – the Social Security payroll tax cap

    Mark Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    It’s Tax Day, and a small number of wealthy Americans will have something to celebrate: They’ll be done paying Social Security taxes for the year. The payroll tax that funds Social Security is levied only on a certain amount of income. This year it’s capped at $117,000. That means most wage earners will pay 6.2 percent of every dime they earn in 2014, but high earners will stop paying after passing the cap. If you’re among the 318,400 workers who will earn $407,000 or more this year, you’re done paying Social Security taxes today, according to the Center for Economic and Policy…
  • Considering retirement abroad? What you need to know

    Mark Miller
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Are you thinking of retiring abroad? It’s a growing trend: the number of retirees, spouses and widows receiving Social Security benefit payments outside the U.S. rose 26 percent to 542,451 between 2006 and 2012, according to the Social Security Administration. And that figure likely understates substantially the number of retirees living abroad, since many retirees abroad simply withdraw their benefits from U.S. bank accounts. Retiring abroad can reduce the expense side of a financial plan in some cases – retirees can live comfortably on just $25,000 a year, according to Suzan Haskins…
  • Out of work and under 65? Here’s how to retool your retirement plan

    Mark Miller
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    We reached a milestone last week when the government reported that the U.S. economy has regained all the jobs lost during the Great Recession. Yet for many older workers the recession never ended; long-term joblessness has morphed into de facto premature retirement. Now, millions are performing financial triage on retirement plans that had been based on assumptions of working longer. The overall job market does look promising, and on the surface, the outlook for older workers doesn’t look bad. The jobless rate for workers over 55 was 4.7 percent last month, well below the national rate…
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  • Joy Loverde’s Pinterest; A World of Possibilities

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Joy Loverde I love Pinterest especially because I love pictures. That’s how I learn. That’s how I think. That’s how I get inspired and motivated. That’s how I communicate. Pinterest is also easy. What I mean by that is a picture is worth a thousand words. If I see something I like on Pinterest, […]
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 14

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
     Blog by Joy Loverde I am going on YEAR THREE of trying to convince my Aunt to move out of her house. Am I discouraged? Nope. As far as I am concerned I have two more years of dealing with this. That’s been my experience all along. I’m estimating that I will have had five […]
  • Proactively Planning Ahead for Our Dear Seniors

    19 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Kaye Swain My senior mom is doing fairly well. She’s definitely not as active as she was about four years ago. Two surgeries coupled with some ongoing health issues have definitely slowed her down a bit. We’re both quite excited, though, that she is having fewer allergy symptoms here in the evergreen and lovely […]
  • Ladies, Janes has Your Back

    11 Mar 2014 | 3:22 am
    By Joy Loverde I love a good story, and the making of Janes Wellness Gowns is one of them. Imagine this… Let’s say because of a chronic illness of one kind or another, you have an extensive history of visiting doctor’s offices, women’s health centers, and radiology departments with increasing frequency. And though the medical centers […]
  • Signs You Might be Burnt Out as a Caregiver

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
      By Alex Faubel Alex enjoys writing about topics related to healthcare and wellness. Today she writes on behalf of Homewatch Caregivers, the nation’s leader in home care services.    Many ailing seniors value their independence and strive to avoid having to leave the comfort and familiarity of their own home at all costs. In […]
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    The Population Health Blog

  • Discovering What We Don't' Know About Risk-Adjustment for Hospital Readmission Rates in Medicare

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Something like this?When the Population Health Blog agreed with the spouse that it was time to replace the living-room gas fireplace insert with something more sleek and modern, it then turned its attention to changing the surrounding mantle. The PHB favored something heraldic, featuring partially-garbed warrior babes, sporting shields and sandals. Cherubs too.  Preferably oak. After some counseling from the PHB spouse, it came to realize that its wayward tastes in interior design may be a function of going sans helmet during its childhood bicycle…
  • I'm From CMS and I'm Here to Help

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Writing in JAMA "online first," CMS Administrator Tavenner and colleagues offer a payment reform "framework" that includes "multipayer collaboration."  The article is wonky, so the Population Health Blog dons its universal adminispeak translator so us normal humans can better understand what CMS is up to.According to the writers, CMS has a history of innovatively implementing reforms that were later adapted by other insurers. The most famous example is the hospital "DRG" system that, starting in 1983, paid for a diagnosis in lieu of a daily room rate.  Suddenly, hospitals had…
  • The Dichotomy of Medicare’s Data Release Policy: Moral Suasion and the Limits of Mass Data Transparency

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    The Disease Management Care Blog continues to welcome blog posts from outside authors. This is another one courtesy of Erik Tollefson, who works in the health policy field. He can be reached at erikDOTmDOTtollefsonATgmailDOTcom.Medicare has had an interesting few weeks: Not only did Congress manage to pass another one-year “fix”  to the (unsustainable) sustainable growth rate reimbursement scheme, but planned Medicare Advantage cuts magically turned into a marginal increase (at least for some insurers) after deftly applied political pressure. This behind-the-scene politicking set the…
  • Seven Things You Need to Know About The Overt Fun and Covert Benefit of Health Gamification

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Channeling all this energy forhealth and wellness?The networked Population Health Blog got an alert about this just-published article on the "gamification" of health from the Games for Health Journal The PHB was only vaguely aware of the growing medical literature that uses humans' love of gaming to promote healthy behaviors, increase prevention and mitigate chronic disease.  And it certainly wasn't aware that there was a entire journal dedicated to the topic.In this particular article, author Brian Landwehr introduced the PHB to the term…
  • Running for Sheriff and Obamacare

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    As Washington DC lurches from one partisan skirmish to another, it's only natural that pundits are pining for the good old days of larger than life politicians like Lyndon Johnson.  Despite a recalcitrant Congress dominated by southern conservatives, our 36th President's big-government ideas ultimately prevailed.   So, while we're looking for ways to ease our national discontent, it's only fair to ask: what would the wily LBJ have done about a vacancy over at Health and Human Services?The Population Health Blog doubts he would have nominated Sylvia Mathews…
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    Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog

  • Empathy, Goals of Care & Training Opportunities to Improve Your Communication Skills and Teaching

    Lyle Fettig, MD
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Empathy plays an important role in all of healthcare communication, but it's especially heightened when clinicians are working with patients with serious illness and their families.  Journal of Palliative Medicine published an article by Vital Talk's Tony Back and Bob Arnold recently about the role empathy can play in the delineation of goals of care for seriously ill patients.  Empathy without any specific action is valuable to the suffering person.  Merely being understood often times has some ameliorative impact on the suffering person and fosters a therapeutic relationship,…
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16th, 2014

    Christian Sinclair
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    What a great thrill it is to see something start from a small local idea and take on a full national impact. National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is today, Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 and so many more organizations are getting involved, beyond those who might naturally be inclined to assist their community with advance care planning. Many healthcare organizations, employers and communities are mobilizing today and this week to make sure that patient’s preferences wishes are being documented and recognized by the medical community. I even saw it on my health insurance employee wellness…
  • Cases: "Am I really going to have to live like this?": The Role of Octreotide in Patients with Persistent Nausea and Vomiting after Venting Gastrostomy

    Christian Sinclair
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Case: Ms BB is a 57 year old woman with fallopian tube cancer with multiple mesenteric and peritoneal metastases and a history of large and small bowel obstructions. She presented with nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention. She was found to have another bowel obstruction and had an NG tube placed with improvement in her symptoms. She then went to the OR for an exploratory laparotomy. She was found to have massive carcinomatosis and ascites and it was felt that a debulking was not possible so a venting gastrostomy tube (g-tube) was placed and the operation was aborted.Palliative care…
  • Innovative Palliative Fellowship Using Snapchat for Family Meetings

    Abe R Feaulx
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    April 1, 2014 by Abe R Feaulx, Special Reporter  Dr. Arya Kiddenme, a palliative care fellow at University of State College Medical School is preparing for a potentially very tense family meeting. The patient is unresponsive in the ICU and the family is having a difficult time coping with a sudden decline in their condition. When it is time to get ready to enter the room, Dr. Kiddenme quickly remembers to grab her iPhone 5s. “Can’t forget the most important tool!” She sits down to begin the family meeting, opens up the Snapchat app, and sends off a short introductory video clip. In…
  • Pediatric Hospice is First in the Country with Emoji-Based Pain Map

    Abe R Feaulx
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    April 1, 2014 by Abe R Feaulx, Special Reporter Pediatric Hospice of the Silicon Valley watches emerging trends in technology very closely. Seeing patients who had already staked a preference for Apple products, they wanted to make sure they could understand and relate to them differently then they would to children who grew up on Android based platforms, and the small minority that have Windows, Blackberry or Palm Pilot smartphone experience.  Social Worker Jo King emphasized, "We noticed that the iOS children in our program would communicate using almost exclusively using…
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Training offline seniors to be online

    Laurie Orlov
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Internet is crawling with tech training programs. But as the latest Pew study spells out, fewer than half of those aged 75+ are online. Ironically for the half that are not online, bank branches are closing – with the biggest decline in Florida. The explanation?  So say the banks: "mobile and online banking has eliminated the need for branches."  The Bank of America example: 9% of all check deposits in the fourth quarter came from mobile devices. And I wonder what percentage of those check deposits were made by people aged 75+?  Oh, I wonder if they know…
  • Sensor-based home monitoring for seniors – calibrating market progress in 2014

    Laurie Orlov
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Sensor-based home monitoring is a maturing market.  A long time ago (2008) when this website was first launched, the benefits and difficulties of getting home-monitoring technology deployed were discussed. Perhaps families were ignorant about the technology, didn’t want to interfere or could not tell their aging parents what to do. Many observed that lack of knowledge about home monitoring solutions was the number one problem. Or maybe the senior's privacy concern was the problem. Or maybe complexity of installation and the need for an installer was the problem?  Searching…
  • Four new offerings from StartUp Health

    Laurie Orlov
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Checking out startups offerings that can benefit adults -- including older adults. StartUp Health is a New York-based accelerator fostering 'health and wellness innovation.'  Its purpose is to help entrepreneurs accepted into its Academy gain "access to customers, capital, resources, and a peer group support network." As many are observing today, if it's useful and technology-based, a startup seems likely to categorize themselves as 'health and wellness'. And some of these health and wellness innovators are specifically targeting aspects of care that can be…
  • Pew Research underscores the tech isolation of real seniors

    Laurie Orlov
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The majority of real seniors are not online.   The Pew technology survey is up to date – and it is a reflection that tech, training, and perception of benefit have a ways to go with real seniors – aged 75+. Fewer than half (47%) of the 75-79 age group and 37% of the 80+ are online.  And if they were, most do not have broadband access at home. And among the 65+, the song and dance about ease of use of smart phones and tablets is not resonating – 40% of seniors say that physical challenges make some activities difficult – and for those, even fewer go…
  • Four recent technology innovations from outside the US

    Laurie Orlov
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Not made in the USA. Over the years, Google alerts have both helped find technologies that would be useful to older adults -- and because this site has focused largely on US companies and initiatives, those same alerts sometimes seem to be all about happenings in upstate New York or new initiatives in New Jersey. So here is an attempt to start a conversation about great ideas for technology innovations from outside the US that can be helpful to seniors.  Emphasis is 'start' -- and additions are welcome. read more
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Carver, 103, Earns Respect for His Art and Charity

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Article published in the March 2014 Senior Spirit Newsletter. Every holiday season, thousands of visitors flock to the home of Louis Charpentier to see the hand-carved Christmas decorations that have adorned his lawn for more than six decades. Consisting of around 260 Styrofoam pieces, the magical display includes a nativity scene and figurines of Santa Claus, a nutcracker and other holiday icons. Louis is something of an icon himself in Leominster, Mass., where most residents know him by name or by his pseudonyms, “Mr. Christmas” and “Mr. Leominster.” The city even awarded…
  • April Educational Webinar: Motivational Interviewing

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Please join Carilyn Ellis, psychology intern at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center, as she presents the Society of Certified Senior Advisors April 2014 Educational Webinar, Motivational Interviewing: Tools for fostering improved motivation in your clients to make decisions and achieve their goals. This event will be held Wednesday, April 23rd at 2:00 PM (EST). Motivational Interviewing, known as MI in the psychological community, is a set of skills and tools for helping clients resolve their ambivalence about making decisions and setting goals for achieving their desired outcomes – whether…
  • Hidden Assets: Managing Your Social Security

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Understanding Social Security and knowing how to make the most of retirement benefits is crucial. People contemplating retirement should plan carefully to maximize their assets. Retirement specialist, James A. (Al) Hurt, Jr. has been assisting individuals and businesses with wealth management for the past forty years. His article, Hidden Assets: Managing Your Social Security, recently published in the Spring 2014 edition of the CSA Journal, focuses on Social Security and knowing how to make the most of your retirement benefits. Excerpts from his article can be read below.
  • Meet CSA Spotlight, Frank Samson

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
     Prior to starting a new career in senior care, I spent over three decades in the travel industry. I ran a company specializing in the design of customized luxury vacations and villas around the globe. Prior to that, I founded and franchised a travel company in Chicago that grew to 200 franchises within a 3-year period. The company was listed as one of the “Fastest Growing Franchises” in Entrepreneur Magazine. After selling the business to a California based company, I moved my family to sunny California where we now reside. I decided to leave the travel industry and spent quite a…
  • Grandfamilies Find New Challenges, Satisfaction

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    When her son and daughter-in-law had to give up their two-year-old to foster care because they weren’t able to care for her, Rhonda flew from Baltimore to Tucson to retrieve her granddaughter. “I didn’t hesitate one bit. I had to chuckle to myself that I had just sent my youngest off to college and was relishing being an empty nester and getting to know my new home! Hello new life! . . . My son and daughter-in-law both signed over legal guardianship to me, the judge signed the papers and we flew back home to Baltimore the following day. That Sunday morning we woke up to freezing cold…
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • A Little Routine Fights Boredom in Retirement

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Let’s figure that by the time you near retirement, you have been a member of the working masses for 30 plus years – a pretty reasonable assumption if you started at age 21 or thereabouts. During all those years hard at it chances are you developed a regular schedule for your days. Get up at the same time, go through your morning ritual of newspaper-breakfast-coffee, make the ever-so-enjoyable commute to your place of employment, work, return home, and roll into your evening routine. It is easier to fall into a routine that works for you than to try to figure out each day what to do…
  • How One Couple Prepares to Retire Together

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    As my wife and I grow ever nearer retirement, we are excited about our future together. It has been a long road but we are just about there. Here’s the current situation – my wife works for a start up managing all aspects of the office along with doing her best to assure the various employees play well together. She is wonderful at her job and although not always a cake walk, enjoys the interaction with co-workers and energy that a small business perpetuates. Prior to the last two years, I also worked in the technology start up arena managing various sales teams. Never a dull moment…
  • Learning From Fellow Retirement Travelers

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    For all intents and purposes, I have come to realize that I am taking the initial steps into my retirement. I have been out of work for more than two years and prospects are not overly hopeful that I will find something along the lines of what I have been doing for the past 30 years during my career. And in all honesty I am not sure I still fit in with the fast and furious high tech craziness that typifies this Bay Area in which I live Am I out in left field if I find the new social media far from social? Something that replaces face to face interaction is far from social in my book. Perhaps…
  • How Prepared Are You to Retire?

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Although not yet 65 I feel in my bones I am ready to retire – now. Why should I put off living that promising second act any longer than I have to? How wonderful would it be to awake each morning excited with the promise of a new day? Instead of dreading my return to the stressful stultifying corporate environment I have survived (at least to this point), I envision my retired day filled with doing what I actually want to do. And I am ready to get to it. For the past almost four years, I have been doing my best to figure out what retirement is all about and how I can best prepare. I…
  • How to Improve Your Memory in Retirement

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:19 am
    Early in my career my job routinely required me to juggle multiple responsibilities at the same time. A typical morning involved reading through accumulated emails with a phone wedged between my ear and shoulder while a line of sales reps formed just outside my cubical. I wasn’t necessarily the most efficient with my attention divided like this, but it was the nature of the job. There was so much to get done during the course of the day that I did not have the luxury to focus my attention exclusively on one item at a time. Fortunately, I was able to successfully multitask. Now as I…
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    Senior Housing News

  • Doppler Radar Tech Coming to Senior Living

    Jason Oliva
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The senior care market is brimming with remote monitoring technologies, with devices tracking the health and well-being of elders via motion sensors, Wi-Fi and now Doppler radar. Like many remote monitoring tech companies dedicated to helping seniors age in place, the Doppler Frequency Signature developed by Villanova University’s College of Engineering wants to revolutionize, as well as modernize, at-home fall awareness technology that breaks away from archaic devices of the past, like those advertised by LifeCall’s “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” TV…
  • Long-Term Care M&A Logs Red-Hot First Quarter

    Alyssa Gerace
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Transaction activity in the long-term care space continued at a red-hot pace in the first quarter of 2014, up more than 36% from last year, according to an Irving Levin report on M&A in the health care industry.  Deal volume for the nine health care services sectors tracked in The Health Care M&A Report, released in April, declined 8.1% overall on a quarterly basis but increased by 3.8% from 2013′s first quarter. In dollar volume, health care services logged $12.4 billion of deals, down 28% from the fourth quarter’s $17.3 billion but more than doubling last year’s…
  • How to Finance Your Non-Profit Senior Housing Acquisition—Sign Up Now

    Elizabeth Ecker
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    When a for-profit seniors housing owner/operator decides to acquire a nonprofit senior living facility, how does it successfully get from the offer to the closing table? Sign up to learn how. Brought to you by Lancaster Pollard and Senior Housing News, this FREE webinar, How to Successfully Finance the Acquisition of a Nonprofit Community will provide an overview of how a for-profit developer can obtain the necessary financing to acquire a nonprofit, and how, if done correctly, the situation can be a win-win for both parties. By using the example of CarDon & Associates and its…
  • Largest Senior Living Associations Abandon Merger Talk

    Alyssa Gerace
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    The senior living industry’s two main trade groups have decided that a proposed merger is “not in the cards” at this time—or maybe ever, according to an email sent by the co-chairs of a unifying initiative. In February, Senior Housing News obtained meeting minutes discussing the possibility of a merger between the Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Seniors Housing Association, under the “One Voice” initiative. The proposal was headed toward a vote at both the associations’ annual spring meetings, the minutes indicated. The votes are…
  • Revera Completes Management Buyout of Sunrise Senior Living

    Jason Oliva
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Canadian senior living operator Revera Inc. is now officially the majority owner of Sunrise Senior Living’s (NYSE: SRZ) management company following the completion this week of a previously announced transaction. The completed transaction arrives two months after Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN), which owned 20% interest in Sunrise’s management company, agreed to recapitalize its ownership interest to 24%. Now that the deal has closed, Revera owns 76% interest in the management company under the terms of the agreement.  Together, the joint venture partnership between Revera and…
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    Mother In-Law Suite Floor Plans & Resources

  • 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…
  • Choosing Accessible Toilets For In-Home Care

    Tom Bills
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    The height, size and the right functions all should be considered before buying a new toilet. The major consideration in buying a new toilet is the measurement distance of the main sewer drain from the finished wall. The largest selection of toilets will fit the measurement of 12 inches for the drain from the finished wall. If the sewer drain in your remodeling project is 10 or 14 inches from the wall your choices will be limited. Proper Measurements for the Toilet If expense is an issue in remodeling the bathroom than the round bowl would be a little less expensive to install. The round bowl…
  • The Bathroom: The Most Dangerous Room in the Home for the Elderly

    Tom Bills
    25 Feb 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As Americans begin to enter their later years, many have a strong desire to stay in their homes rather than transition to an assisted living or nursing facility. However, it’s important for family members to help ensure that the home is a safe place for a loved one who may have health and safety concerns. The bathroom is one area that may need to be modified to prevent injury. Read on for tips to help your family member stay safe in the bathroom as he or she ages. Install Safety Grab Bars Make sure that your loved one has something solid to hold onto to prevent falls by using grab bars.
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    Retirement Online Blog

  • Apr 20, Too young to be old

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    After 25 years in the same industry and a less than perfect boss, at 64, I decided to leave with no job, no prospects and only a hand full of savings.
  • Apr 19, Retiring Soon

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    I am still working but have put in my paperwork to retire on June 1, 2014. I am planning to take some time off before I commit to any activities like
  • Apr 19, Depression at Age 78

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Well, I've never been a person to suffer from depression. But all that seems to be changing. Altho I am very healthy for my age. Just turned 78. I walk
  • Apr 17, Settled In,,,,,,,Kind Of

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    ....Well, it will be coming on two weeks that we have been at our new location, of which I never thought would ever become reality. We still have much
  • Apr 14, Early Retirement, At 72

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Early Retirement: I think it is between 65 and 70. I am 72 and just retiring. I think it is a state of mind and how you feel working where you do. I
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Future of Senior Care & Aging in Place – Science Fiction Meets Tech Reality

    Barry Birkett
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Innovation in technology has changed all our lives significantly — mostly for the better — in the last thirty years but may have had the least positive impact on the lives of our senior loved ones who are living independently at home. But we see that changing — and soon. We at Senior Care Corner see upcoming technology having great positive impact on seniors, especially those choosing (if they have options) aging in place in their own homes. This isn’t based on some pipe dream of what-ifs and distant futures, either. Much of what we foresee is based on what we’ve already…
  • Grandma Benefits When She Babysits – Till There’s Too Much of a Good Thing

    Kathy Birkett
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Grandparents, whether seniors or future seniors, rank being with their grandchildren among their greatest pleasures. I have the honor of being a grandparent and know how much I love the kisses and hugs I get when I visit my granddaughter, not to mention the joy in her eyes when she sees me approaching or even calling on Facetime. Grandparents who live nearby may be able to visit their grandchildren often, unlike those who are at a distance and get to visit when someone makes a trip. Spending time with grandchildren can give seniors happiness — and more. A recent study says it can also…
  • Family Caregivers: Make Time to Share, Unwind & Learn about Senior Care

    Kathy Birkett
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Family caregivers face a variety of challenges and hurdles with each new day they provide care to their senior loved ones. How do you handle this behavior? Where do I go to find this item? Who can I talk to for advice on this legal problem? Is there an agency that can help me pay for that device? How am I supposed to feel about this new problem or react to this new diagnosis? Fortunately family members are not on their own. There are a number of places they can turn for the answers to questions and so much more. Finding Information for Caregivers Let’s see what we can do about finding…
  • Advance Directives for Senior Loved Ones – Have Decisions Been Made?

    Kathy Birkett
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Thinking about what will happen as the end of our life draws near is not a thought many people want to have. But they should. Considering the importance of making decisions about how we want things to occur is the topic of the recent National Healthcare Decisions Day. It is a time for all of us but especially our senior loved ones to consider their wishes and get them executed using a variety of different legal forms. If your seniors have already prepared their advance directives then you will want to be sure you understand what they have decided and where these documents are kept so that you…
  • Senior Loved One in the Hospital? How to Make It Easier on Them — and You

    Kathy Birkett
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Hospitals aren’t on our list of favorite places to visit — and we really don’t want to have to go there as a patient. However… Most of us have had a loved one visit a hospital for either an elective operation or an emergency. Often times as our senior loved ones get older, they seem to be in the hospital more frequently throughout the course of a year and for more days each visit. Recently I had a loved one in the hospital. There were many concerns as you might expect such as how would surgery progress whether our senior loved ones will want to eat or have food…
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    eCaring Forum

  • mHealthNews features “Spotlight On” eCaring’s Mobile Care Coordination Platform

    Melody Wilding
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
      Inefficiencies are major problem facing today’s health care system — one that impacts the quality of patient care as well as health care costs. Studies have found that nursing professionals can spend up to one-fifth of the work day communicating with multiple members of the care team regarding a patient’s care; trying to find out who is in charge of the patient’s care plan or tracking people down by phone, email, or text. These inefficiencies cost the health care system upwards of $12.4 billion annually. Leveraging new technology has continually been cited as a…
  • eCaring Receives $3.5 Million in Series A Funding; Names Stephen Jackson to Board of Directors

    Melody Wilding
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    eCaring to Expand Product Development and Marketing to Managed Care Organizations, Payers, Home Health Agencies, and Hospitals eCaring, a New York-based health care company that provides a unique cloud-based home care management and monitoring system, announced that it recently secured $3.5 million in Series A funding.   The round was led by Ascent Biomedical Ventures, a leading venture capital firm investing in seed and early-stage biomedical and health care technology companies, and was joined by private investor Stephen Jackson, who will be serving on the board. “The new funding…
  • Why You Can’t Avoid Tracking Health Indicators Anymore

    Melody Wilding
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Now more than ever Americans are using web-based programs to track their health. This new age of the “Quantified Self”, or self-tracking through monitoring tools and wearable devices, is catching on across the demographic spectrum – even among the elderly and persons with chronic conditions. In fact, nearly 60% of older adults are seeking web-based tools like eCaring to manage their health care remotely.    While much research shows that tracking one’s health is key to improving it, recent surveys show just how many people are engaging in self-tracking and illuminates more about who…
  • Falls Responsible for Most Deaths Among NYC Seniors

    Melody Wilding
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    The incident of falls among aging New Yorkers is on the rise, according to a new report for the New York City Department of Health – up 22% in just four years. In 2011, falls caused nearly 300 deaths and 46,000 hospital and ER visits in the Big Apple. The data, which examine unintentional, accidental falls among elderly adults in NYC, shows that women are more likely to fall but fatalities are higher among men. The five NYC neighborhoods with the highest hospitalization rates due to falls among older adults were in Staten Island, east Manhattan and northwest Bronx. The report’s findings…
  • Why Tablets Are The New Frontier for In-Home mHealth

    Melody Wilding
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
    It’s hard to deny that the health care industry is looking to technology as a means to lower utilization costs (hospitalizations and ER visits), improve patient care, and to facilitate communication across providers. Two-thirds of health IT executives believe that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. And now providers are putting their money where their mouth is: More than one-quarter of HIT executives are currently implementing a mobile technology program. Today 80% percent of physicians and 73% of non-physician…
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    Sun Park Living – Over 50s Holiday Living Community Resort

  • Silver Travel Awards

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Vote for Sun Park Living to win the SILVER TRAVEL AWARDS You could be nominating a Sun Park Living to be the winner in the first ever Silver Travel Awards, in partnership with Age UK. You can nominate your favourite in any of our categories (choose one, several or all of them). SunRocker on Google+
  • New long-stay resort in Lanzarote

    17 Dec 2013 | 11:41 am
    New long-stay resort in Lanzarote 20-11-2013 JANE SLADE discovers Europe’s first retirement holiday resort for the over 50s in Lanzarote Gil Summers has created what can only be described as a hippy haven in Lanzarote. I am exaggerating of course but his background growing up on a kibbutz in Israel is something he has crafted into the DNA of his venture, Sun Park Living, a resort for the over 50s where guests can stay for as little as a week or as long as a lifetime! Formerly an apart-hotel, Gil, 43 and his partner Patricia bought the complex in 2011 with a view to transforming it into a…
  • No Darling. I am not a pensioner on holiday – I am a SunRocker!

    21 Sep 2013 | 3:41 am
    “There are all too many of us who die in our 50s, only to be buried in our 80s”. This sentence I read, in “New Passages” by Gail Sheehy, echoed deeply within me, and changed my life direction. I am not a pensioner on holiday SunRocker on Google+
  • SunRockers newsletter May 2013 Sun Park Living

    16 May 2013 | 6:35 am
    *|MC:SUBJECT|*   Sun Park Living, reinventing retirement.  Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Sun Rocking like never before! We’re very excited to welcome more new Sun Rockers to Sun Park Living, it is our first summer as the first ever exclusive hotel for the over 50s, and we are planning to Rock and Roll like never before, so cheers to a fresh new season, new adventures and wonderful friendships!. As we bid farewell to most winter Sun Rockers, we move forward and onwards whilst we continue building the wonderful and vibrant community Sun Park Living…
  • Retirement is Only the Beginning: Top 5 Post-Retirement Activities

    6 Jan 2013 | 5:30 am
    We plan our entire life around our retirement – looking forward to that spare time when we can finally enjoy life without worrying about the everyday working pressures. Some do not always appreciate the free time however, especially if they haven’t aimed for any specific goals to reach during the retirement years. Here are five top ideas to sink your teeth into upon reaching retirement. Gardening Growing your own fruits and vegetables has an obvious appeal – not only do you know exactly what went into the growing process of what you are eating, you also get that sense of…
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  • Tell Me Why…

    Dr. Bill Thomas
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    The Second Wind Tour is art, it is non-fiction theater, it is a direct challenge to the limitations imposed by ageist prejudice and it is the beginning of a new way of learning and growing– together.
  • We Need Choices

    Dr. Bill Thomas,
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A generous reading of the "Baby Boom's" most important contribution to contemporary society is its enduring endorsement of the power of choice to create a better future.
  • Life On the Second Wind Tour Bus

    Dr. Bill Thomas,
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    The first week of the Second Wind Tour came to a dramatic conclusion with people dancing in the aisles at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. What a journey.
  • The Final Rehearsal – Ithaca, NY

    Kavan Peterson
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    Today the Second Wind Tour debuts in New York City at the Merkin Theater. Get a behind-the-scenes preview from last week's dress rehearsal.
  • Aging, Life, and Tree Rings

    Virgil Thomas,
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:26 pm
    You may think or hope I'm joking, but nope we're talking about tree rings today. So, before you click away I encourage you to read just a few paragraphs more. For those of you who may not know these rings are how we measure a trees age.
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Doctors Respond to Medicare Spending Data Dump

    Matt Serafini
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Last week, the government released Medicare spending payment data that highlighted the top billing recipients. Many of those doctors were displeased by the attention, claimin…The post Doctors Respond to Medicare Spending Data Dump appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • National Stress Awareness Month: What Americans Are Stressing Over

    Natalie Obrien
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Are you stressed out? Well, you’re not alone. April is National Stress Awareness Month and according to the American Psychological Association, Americans consistently repo…The post National Stress Awareness Month: What Americans Are Stressing Over appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • The 2014 Tax Season Is Ending: Tax Help for Seniors, Retirees, and the Elderly

    Angela Chen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    With the 2014 tax season ending soon, here is some helpful information for the older generation on if they need to file a tax return, and important tax tips they should keep in mind. …The post The 2014 Tax Season Is Ending: Tax Help for Seniors, Retirees, and the Elderly appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Tax Deductions for Seniors: Is the Standard Deduction for Seniors Right for You?

    Angela Chen
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Each tax season, senior taxpayers must decide whether itemizing their deductions makes sense. For some, the standard deduction for seniors may actually lead to a lower tax bill.…The post Tax Deductions for Seniors: Is the Standard Deduction for Seniors Right for You? appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • The Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled: Getting Help Reducing Taxes

    Angela Chen
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    Older and disabled individuals may be eligible for the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, which can help reduce the taxes they owe. The 2014 tax season is happening now. As ment…The post The Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled: Getting Help Reducing Taxes appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
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    JacksonWhite Senior Law » News

  • ALTCS’ Treatment of Burial and Cremation Expenses

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    In our May issue of Right to the Point, we discussed the rules surrounding ALTCS’ treatment of burial and cremation expenses.  Shortly following this issue’s release, a facility contacted JacksonWhite with some concerns about an insurance salesman who had promoted a burial plan to a family for “ALTCS purposes.”  The salesman apparently suggested that the family invest upwards of $15,000 in a burial plan, with the expectation that any unused portion of the payment would be reimbursed to the family.  The salesman further expressed that, due to a recent change in the law, this type of…
  • Social Security Spouse Dies – Survivor Benefits

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:36 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 husband has not been well in recent months and the doctors predict that he has only a brief time left to live.  I am curious about what will happen to his Social Security payment once he passes.  Will I be entitled to at least a portion of this income? Notify Social Security as shortly after your husband passes away as possible.  Upon his death you will be entitled to a one-time death payment of $255 if you meet certain requirements. …
  • ALTCS Married Applicant’s Share of Cost

    18 Mar 2014 | 10:03 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 and father are getting up there in years, but they still live at home.  I believe my father would do better with the assistance of a caregiver, and I understand that ALTCS could help pay for this benefit.  Troublingly, however, I have heard that ALTCS requires its members to forfeit all of their income, which would be untenable for my parents.  Can you explain? Your assessment about the share of cost, or the portion of an ALTCS…
  • Miller Trust May Help ALTCS Qualification

    4 Mar 2014 | 8:59 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 can rightly be considered impoverished – she has virtually no resources and only has her Social Security and a small pension on which to survive.  Sadly, my mother requires skilled nursing care that costs about $6,000 per month.  When we applied for ALTCS several months ago, however, Mom’s application was denied because she has too much income.  Is there anything we can do to get around this issue? You are correct in your…
  • Affordable Care Act Providing Accessibility

    25 Feb 2014 | 8:06 am
    In case you missed our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column, it can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: It was my understanding that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is widely called, was supposed to lower insurance costs.  I have not seen a reduction in my premiums over the past couple of years, should I expect to see any improvement in coming years? The truth is that the Affordable Care Act might not reduce premiums for every single American, but that it will make healthcare more accessible to Americans as a…
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    Concierge Care

  • Choosing Between In-Home Care, Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care…

    Nancy Ralston
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    There comes a time when we must decide how to take care of our aging parents, and often that involves a comparison of in-home care services or moving to an assisted living community or nursing home. Staying at home is often the first choice of many seniors. Hiring outside caregivers can be beneficial to elders that need some assistance at home and do not need the full-time medical assistance or costs associated with a senior care facility.   Here is an overview of the most common elderly care choices: In-Home Care Home care allows seniors to remain in their own homes while receiving the…
  • Memory Exercises for Seniors

    Nancy Ralston
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Misplaced keys, forgetting on a friend of family member’s name, drawing a complete blank on a phone number or address… everyone has occasional memory lapses. But memory loss is not always an unavoidable part aging. Age related memory loss can be controlled in much the same way as physical deterioration – Exercise! There are mental exercises that will help preserve, repair, and even restore some fading mental abilities. Here are some activities seniors can perform that are guaranteed to improve memory: Puzzles, Crosswords & Games Puzzles, crosswords and other brain games…
  • Signs That Your Loved One May Need Personalized In-Home Care

    Nancy Ralston
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    Family caregivers often find themselves unable to provide home health care without suffering from increased stress and even illness themselves. When the burden of taking care of a loved one at home becomes too great, it may be time to consider hiring a professional caregiver. Hiring a personal care provider is not an easy decision. However, there are some signs that you can look for in order to recognize when it’s time for assistance:   Wandering. The tendency of seniors to wander without really knowing where they are is associated with many conditions, such as dementia, which can…
  • Discussing Hiring Home Care Services with the Rest of Your Family

    Nancy Ralston
    21 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    It was a little more than two weeks ago when you stopped by to visit with your mother and you noticed something that unsettled you a bit.  Maybe it was the unkempt nature of her hair.  Perhaps it was the pile of dirty dishes in the sink.  Or maybe it was the laundry that had piled up.  Whatever it was caused you to worry about her well-being, living alone in her house. It also caused you to think that it might be time to consider home care services. Of course, you aren’t certain about what you’ve inferred based on her condition.  It could have been that she was sick and wasn’t…
  • The Moments that Make Elder Care Special!

    Nancy Ralston
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    In life, there are many moments that can make life special.  If you’re paying attention, those moments will lead to a wealth of memories and wonderful moments for years to come.  You might not think that this could lead to anything special, but there are many ways that the right elderly home care can make a significant difference in a person’s life, and in the lives of those around them. When an elderly individual requires any type of elder care, it can cause a family to become stressed, worrying about the health of their loved one and looking for things that they can do to make sure…
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  • Exploding Peeps and other Easter Traditions

    Amy Blitchok
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    While Easter has religious significance for many people around the world, it also provides the perfect time for families to get together, welcome in spring weather, and create lasting traditions.  Growing up in Michigan, Easter involved the usual feast of jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and Cadbury eggs, but the best part of the day was going to my grandma’s house.  Every year, each of us would get the same gift: a new kite, which we would immediately assemble and take out to the front yard.  It was the perfect toy to get us outside, soaking in some of the first warm days of spring. What…
  • Product Review: The Beam N Read

    Amy Blitchok
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    I recently had the opportunity to try out the Beam N Read, which is a personal lighting system that can be worn around your neck and help improve visibility. This hands-free device is simple to operate and comes in a variety of models that all feature powerful LED lights. While it is specifically marketed towards older adults, it really has limitless potential for a variety of users and applications. Pros: The Beam N Read does provide a practical tool that is easy to operate and fulfills all of its claims. The LED lights emit a bright light that will illuminate the space directly in front of…
  • New Lawsuit over Strippers and Nursing Home

    Amy Blitchok
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    It is all too often that I come across stories about elder abuse and neglect that plague nursing homes. This latest story is hard to categorize, so I will let you be the judge: A nursing home in New York is being sued after it was discovered that staff had helped residents hire a male stripper. Apparently, a board made up of sixteen residents voted for and approved the entertainment. The concern is that residents were exploited as entertainment for the staff. Chances are that they did get a kick out of watching elderly women stuff dollar bills into the tighty whiteys of a male stripper, but…
  • Best Baby Boomer Blogs – March Edition

    Amy Blitchok
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:49 am
    Tom Sightings has been going through the process of applying for long-term-care insurance. Find out about the memory test you’re required to take if you want to purchase long-term-care insurance at Are You Getting Alzheimer’s? and then go on to discover what else is involved at The Basics of Long-Term-Care Insurance. On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about the new book “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown” by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center. Taylor says millennials, the first…
  • 5 Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Grandkids using Your iPhone

    Lauren Rothlisberger
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am
    When I was a kid, I didn’t live near my grandparents. We would see each other once, maybe twice a year. Every Sunday we would all line up by the phone in the kitchen to call Texas and chat with Mamaw, Papaw, and Nana. Unfortunately, the rate of long distance phone calls back then limited us to only a minute or two to chat. I have very fond memories of my visits and time spent with them, but they weren’t near often enough. Fast forward now to my own kids. We are a military family and as a result don’t live anywhere near the grandparents. But even for those who technically live in the…
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Ninety-Seven Year Old Senior Goes Viral on Instagram

    Freedom Home Care
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Social media is not only for the young.  Recently, a 97-year-old woman has been making a splash on Instagram. Check out her work-out videos here! Instagram, for those who don’t know, is a social media network where people can share photos or short videos with their friends and the world.  Usually people post photos of food, young people having fun, or companies showing off their brand’s wares.  But these days, there’s a new face on the scene.  Her name is Edna, and she’s a senior living in Arizona.  And she’s inspiring everyone who watches the videos in which she stars.
  • 4 Common Alzheimer’s Myths Debunked

    Freedom Home Care
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Alzheimer’s is one of the most misunderstood diseases out there, and yet it is also one of the most deadly.  Affecting nearly one in eight senior Americans, Alzheimer’s can’t be ignored or dismissed.  There is a ton of information circulating about this disease and it becomes difficult to know what to believe and what to ignore. Get yourself up to speed by learning the truth behind these four Alzheimer’s myths. Myth 1. “If I’m under 65, I don’t need to worry.” While it’s true that Alzheimer’s mainly affects those over 65, it doesn’t mean that you are…
  • Interview with Bruce Lederman , J.D., Long Term Service and Support Industry Thought Leader

    Freedom Home Care
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Bruce Lederman, J.D., has been leading the discussion surrounding the changing environment in Long Term Service and Support (LTSS) for over 25 years. His experience in the senior care field and passion for improving the ways in which older adults receive access to care drives his involvement in the North Shore and beyond. Bruce was CEO and president of his own firm that operated skilled nursing facilities in Illinois. He is a former nursing home administrator and has consulted to numerous elder care providers on planning for strategic growth as well as process improvement. Recently he served…
  • 4 Simple Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

    Freedom Home Care
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
                        Seniors are often told that their metabolism is slowing down when the doctor notices they’ve gained some weight or just as they age.  But what is metabolism?  Why does it slow down with age?  How do we speed it back up?  We can help you better understand.   What is metabolism? When we think of metabolism, we often think about how fast our food is digested in our bodies.  But metabolism is much more than that.  The definition is, “the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain…
  • Glenview Celebrates Bacon Month

    Freedom Home Care
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    March was National Nutrition Month, and we all know it’s important to think about how to get and keep our bodies working their best by eating healthy and staying active. And now, April brings the first major hurdle in eating healthy: Bacon Month. A group of restaurants got together to create the ultimate experience for bacon-lovers in Glenview Illinois called the Northshore Bacon Fest. This festival has everything from the ordinary, like bacon cheeseburgers, to the unusual, like bacon ice cream. They fry it, bake it, and even coat it in chocolate. April is a true Baconpalooza in Glenview.
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  • Palcohol - Powdered Alcohol

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    POWDERED ALCOHOLI couldn't think of a better technological advancement than "Powdered Alcohol" to kick off my new website page called " 50+ Cool Technology" for the Baby Boomer Generation.If you look at the very top bar on this page you will see the 4th tab over will direct you straight there.Keep an eye on it for future postings on new gadgets, devices, and select technologies that Baby Boomers need to make their lives better, simpler and more fun. There is breaking news yesterday April 21, 2014 from powdery new way to get buzzed at tried to…
  • How Long Do I Keep Important Paperwork?

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    You know what?All of the "tax time" discussion this month has gotten me wondering about and interested in knowing how long should I keep my files and important papers so I am ready if and when our helpful government decides it's time to look up my panties?I mean really, are there rules and/or a statute of limitations?If not, then what are the best recommendations?I think everyone, down to the very last Baby Boomer, is confused on this issue and has a tendency to save every last scrap of paper in case of a possible future reprisal (think financial colonescopy) by "Big Brother."Well, in the…
  • Best Smart Phone App 

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    TOOT TONE There are smart phone apps that you can't live without.And then there are thousands of cell phone apps out there that really do not serve any kind of purpose.Here is a smart phone app that really should be marketed to the general public.I see this device as having real world business applications well beyond the humorous social and personal etiquette possibilities.But that is just me.I hope you enjoy the little "Silly Saturday" video below called "Toot Tone." If you found my blog funny, interesting or even helpful (you sick bastard) I bet your friends would to. Please forward it to…
  • It's Tax Time !!!

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Is it a good morning Survive55 followers?Hopefully you all have successfully put  another April 15th behind you.Did you get your taxes in the mail by midnight last night?I wonder if everyone who reads this blog understands why I asked that question.Well, our younger followers may not realize that back in the day (when life was simpler and paper was king) before TurboTax online and the eponymous E-file option, the vast majority of hard working United Staters would wait until the very last minute to finish their tax returns and get them postmarked before the dawning of April…
  • Heartbleed Bug

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Fellow Survive 55 Baby Boomers,In one of last week's blogs we talked about how to create safe and secure passwords for your internet usage.Well, out timing couldn't have been better.It appears that the "Heartbleed" bug is a clear and ever present danger to everyone now and it has taken root and is growing.I really don't understand the technical "tomfoolery" that goes on behind the scenes if you or a website you visit is affected by this bug.Somehow, it works it's way into your personal information and history of websites that you visit like Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and many others.This…
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  • Don’t Let Getting Older Scare You Any Longer!

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you’re like most people, you already know plenty of tricks for avoiding growing older. If you want some advice that may give you new ways to hang onto your youthful vitality, read on. Consider taking Resveratrol. Diets that restrict calories have been shown to have positive outcomes when it comes to aging. There is a compound called Resveratrol that is found in nuts and grapes, creating these benefits as well. Resveratrol can be found in some supplements and in Japanese knotweed. You can also find it in a shrub from South America called Senna Quinwuangulata. If you eat well, you will…
  • The Best Tips For Growing Older In Today’s Society

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Getting Older cannot be avoided by anyone. Often, some people age better than others. We offer these tips on how to enjoy a long life and extend your ability to do the things you like to do. A helpful aging tip is to not always think about numbers. It is simple to be distracted when you are focusing on the numbers involved with your weight, height and age. Let the professionals monitor those things and try to concentrate on things you enjoy. Be sure to keep learning new things and this will keep your mind working. Keep your mind sharp so the phrase “older and wiser” really means…
  • Old Age: Something That Is Definitely Underrated!

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Some people have a hard time dealing with the idea of growing older. This article will give you some great advice on how to age naturally and gracefully. You will also discover how you can stop the signs of aging, and how to take control of the effects that growing older has on you. Creating and maintaining healthy relationships is important to healthy getting older. Being an active community member has been linked to increasing your years and living healthier. Having intimate relationships with people you want around all the time and can tell anything to in society is a great benefit to…
  • Older, Wiser And More Wonderful: Interesting Advice On Growing Older

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    It is not possible to put off the effects of growing older. They will affect you one day. But these effects of growing older can be remedied or slowed if we learn how. Begin following these anti-growing older tips now to prevent and combat signs of growing older. When you contort your face, you use muscles and increase the appearance of wrinkles. It may seem a little silly, but it’s true. When you feel you are doing this, a quick pinch on the arm will make you stop. You can eventually break the habit. As you age, don’t worry about numbers. You can easily be distracted by numbers…
  • Find Natural Anti-Getting Older Remedies In Your Kitchen Cupboards

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Getting older is a natural process that every person faces. Some people look and feel better than others as they age. These are some useful tips that can help you feel as young as possible. Increase the amount of resveratrol in your diet. Eating foods that contain Resveratrol will help you stay younger. The Resveratrol that naturally occurs in nuts and grapes can offer the same benefits. The Japanese knotweed contains resveratol and is often used to make supplements. Another place to find it is the South American shrub called Senna quinquangulata. A balanced diet, while important at any age,…
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  • Why the VW Van is an Icon that Shaped the Baby Boomer Generation

    Margaret Manning
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Women over 60 have lived through six amazing decades. Throughout our lives, with a curious and adventurous nature, we have challenged the status quo and celebrated our independence and freedom. Many of us have had to build enormous emotional reserves to manage and survive difficult times. As I have seen time and time again in the Sixty and Me community, we are resourceful, resilient and tough minded, but also questioning, sensitive and often insecure. If you try to find a common denominator, you might identify a quality that can be best described as bohemian. To understand our adventurous,…
  • How to Cope with Loss: The Power and Importance of Rituals

    Margaret Manning
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    We all have small rituals that give meaning to our lives. We do things in a certain order and follow set patterns of behaviour. If you get up, shower, eat breakfast and brush your teeth in the same order every day; that is a ritual. If you light a candle when you meditate or pray, you are engaging in ritual behaviour. These rituals make us feel comfortable and in control. But, did you know that rituals can also help us to cope with loss?Read More
  • Movie Club: “Le Week-End,” directed by Roger Michell

    Margaret Manning
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:38 am
    “Le Week-End” tells the story of an unhappy married couple in their 60’s who return to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. They are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They are at the end of careers, dealing with a frustrating family situation and dancing uncomfortably through every midlife milestone you can imagine. Their goal is to reignite the passion and love in a relationship battered by life, disappointments and now boredom. While in Paris, they reconnect with an old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), who acts as a catalyst for their reinvention and appreciation of…
  • Book Club: “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

    Margaret Manning
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    “Water for Elephants” is a book about memories, aging, and nostalgia. It is also a story of loyalty and love. Jacob Jankowski is in his 90’s and the movie starts with him looking back on his days with the circus. The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth was his life. His story spans a lifetime. The Sixty and Me community voted it as one of their favourite books. There is something in the novel for everyone. It is an adventure, mystery, memoir, love story, and historical account of the Depression. The key point that I think will resonate with women in the community is that…
  • 6 Inspirational Older Women You Need to Know

    Margaret Manning
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Whenever I ask the women in the Sixty and Me Community to tell me about some of the inspirational older women in their lives, they understandably name their mother, grandmother, sister, or close friend. It’s natural to admire the women who are closest to us. After all, these are the people that we know intimately. They have comforted us in difficult times and shared in our successes. We admire their compassion, determination, persistence, courage and humor, because we have seen them demonstrate these traits on a personal level. Besides celebrities, there are plenty of inspirational women…
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    About Grandpa & Friends

  • How To Train A Cat

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Cat Training Fun and Games   Let’s face the facts, cats can be very independent. It’s fairly easy to train a dog but is it easy to train a cat? Can All cats be trained? Can just anyone train a cat? dog vs cat   Training your dog is something that many people talk about […] The post How To Train A Cat appeared first on About Grandpa & Friends.
  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Taking the name of the Lord our God in vain seems hard to understand. There are so many explanations given and so many disagreements over the meaning that we get confused. However, there are certain truths about the meaning of this commandment which cannot be denied. The understanding is in the wording of this powerful […] The post You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain appeared first on About Grandpa & Friends.
  • How To Catch a Thief

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
        Catch A Thief Grandpa Catches a Thief   Having completed eight years as a soldier in the Black Watch also known as the Royal Highland Regiment I was now working for the Toronto Transit Commission. After a couple of years of driving buses, trolleys, and subway trains, myself and another young man from Newfoundland Canada […] The post How To Catch a Thief appeared first on About Grandpa & Friends.
  • Who’s Signature Are You Living Under?

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
      Living a saved life brings many revelations. One of the most precious insights of life is knowing it is a gift from God. In today’s world, there is a lot of emphases placed on man’s ability to live individually by relying on self-sufficient intellect and attributes. As Christians, we understand the limitations this type […] The post Who’s Signature Are You Living Under? appeared first on About Grandpa & Friends.
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