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  • Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The ex-Florida governor offers different view on immigration than his GOP colleagues.
  • Good-quality sleep when younger, not older, may benefit later-life memory

    Seniors / Aging News From Medical News Today
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    A new study finds maintaining good quality of sleep as a young or middle-aged adult, rather than in older age, may benefit learning and memory later in life.
  • A New Direction

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The blog is ending, but our coverage of caregiving and aging is not. The New Old Age will run as a twice-monthly column by Paula Span on and frequently in Science Times.
  • Debunking the top 10 myths about Social Security

    Mark Miller
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Social Security is going bankrupt. It’s a Ponzi scheme. The program’s trust fund contains nothing but a bunch of worthless IOUs. Those are just a few of the comments we hear frequently from journalists, politicians, and policymakers about Social Security. But they’re all false–and that’s a big problem. Social Security is one of our most important linchpins of retirement security, yet discussion and analysis of the program and its future are remarkably fact-free. So, let’s dispel the fog. Here’s my list of the top 10 myths about Social…
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 18

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    by Joy Loverde The good news… sold my Aunt’s house in one day. The bad news… there is no downtime and the pressure is on. I kick into action and create a checklist of everything I have to do to relocate my Aunt. Also on my mind are the many tasks I can delegate. Listen […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 18 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The ex-Florida governor offers different view on immigration than his GOP colleagues.
  • Japanese prime minister 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Shinzo Abe says the video is likely authentic and offers condolences to the family.
  • Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was welcomed like royalty Sunday in India as he opened a three-day visit aimed at turning his burgeoning rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic issues.
  • Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in U.S. Northeast

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings remained in place for parts of New England, with up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow expected in the area overnight as the storm system headed east, said National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Brian Hurley in College Park, Maryland.
  • U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said. Several media outlets reported…
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    The New Old Age

  • A New Direction

    By Paula Span
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The blog is ending, but our coverage of caregiving and aging is not. The New Old Age will run as a twice-monthly column by Paula Span on and frequently in Science Times.
  • Remembering the Lost

    By Paula Span
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    At many nursing homes and assisted living places, a resident's passing may be hardly noted.
  • The Future, Revisited

    By Jane Gross
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Circumstances had changed, and all these documents needed to change, too.
  • Diabetes Prevention That Works

    By Paula Span
    26 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Lifestyle modification prevents Type 2 diabetes even more effectively in the elderly than in middle-aged patients.
  • Dementia, but Prettier

    By Paula Span
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.
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  • Debunking the top 10 myths about Social Security

    Mark Miller
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Social Security is going bankrupt. It’s a Ponzi scheme. The program’s trust fund contains nothing but a bunch of worthless IOUs. Those are just a few of the comments we hear frequently from journalists, politicians, and policymakers about Social Security. But they’re all false–and that’s a big problem. Social Security is one of our most important linchpins of retirement security, yet discussion and analysis of the program and its future are remarkably fact-free. So, let’s dispel the fog. Here’s my list of the top 10 myths about Social…
  • Who would pay more if we lift the cap on payroll taxes?

    Mark Miller
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Progressives have been arguing for some time now that one of the best ways to close Social Security’s long-range funding gap would be to lift the cap on maximum wages subject to payroll taxes. This year, the cap is $118,500; there’s a basic fairness argument here, in that a wage-earner below that figure is taxed on every dollar of earnings, while those above pay progressively lower rates on total income. Scrapping the cap fits the populist agenda that Democrats are starting to embrace. It’s been proposed by several Senate Democrats and it would have been a great fit with…
  • Romney’s huge IRA makes a comeback in Obama retirement proposal

    Mark Miller
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    It was a memorable moment in the 2012 presidential race. In their October 16 debate, Defending his blind trust investments, Gov. Romney said: ROMNEY: Just going to make a point. Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust. And I understand they do include investments outside the United States, including in — in Chinese companies. Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? Have you looked at your pension? OBAMA: I’ve got to say… ROMNEY: Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? OBAMA: You know, I — I don’t look…
  • State plans for low-income retirement saving gain momentum

    Mark Miller
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss. My home state of Illinois is not the first place that comes to mind for innovative approaches to retirement savings. We are much more infamous for our pension plan for state workers, which is the worst-funded in the country. But Illinois just became the first U.S. state to adopt a promising new approach to a big problem in the nation’s retirement saving system: the lack of workplace saving options for low-income workers. Starting in 2017, companies that do not offer retirement plans will be required to automatically sign up their workers for a…
  • Why pension plan lump sums are a trap for the unwary

    Mark Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Steve Vernon 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 are lump sums a good deal for workers? has teamed up with actuarial expert Steve Vernon to offer a free guide explaining why lump sum deals often are a trap for unwary pension plan participants. Writes Steve: I worked for 35 years…
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  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 18

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    by Joy Loverde The good news… sold my Aunt’s house in one day. The bad news… there is no downtime and the pressure is on. I kick into action and create a checklist of everything I have to do to relocate my Aunt. Also on my mind are the many tasks I can delegate. Listen […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 18 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • It’s 2015. Get ready to jump with Joy!

    2 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    By Joy Loverde In anticipation of planning for the New Year, an article titled, “Inside the mind of a risk taker” caught my eye in the September 2014 issue of Real Simple Magazine . Here are the highlights from the article: “Embracing a new opportunity can require a major mind shift,” says Doug Sundheim, author […] The post It’s 2015. Get ready to jump with Joy! appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Happy Holidays

    24 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    The post Happy Holidays appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • How to Choose Assisted Living and Personal Care Communities

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

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

  • Could mHealth Apps Be a Reprise of the EHR? The Need for Clinician Input

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    While the Population Health Blog continues to delight in the emerging science of "mHealth" as a newly minted start-up Chief Medical Officer, it ran across this interesting article on risk and patient safety. Authors Thomas Lewis and Jeremy Wyatt worry that "apps" can lead to patient harm.  They posit that the likelihood of harm is mainly a function of 1) the nature of the mistake itself (miscalculating a body mass index is far less problematic than miscalculating a drug dose) and 2) its severity (overdosing on a cupcake versus a narcotic).  When you include…
  • The PHB is Back

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The Population Health Blog received a gratifying number of "Where'd ya go?" reader posts, emails.  Thank you......It didn't need a handgun to know it wasn't going anywhere.Rather, the PHB recharged over the holidays, continued to build its Twitter followership and, best of all, was busy with medSolis. It's paid off. We've closed 2014 with a solid product, two customers, one investor and more than a dozen employees. Looking ahead to 2015, it's gonna need shades.Speaking of a bright future, it recently got to surf the JP Morgan Health Care Conference ecosystem, described by…
  • Rising Healthcare Costs: Delayed or Defeated?

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Ready, set......According to this just-published New England Journal article, analysts are still waiting for the twin forces of 1) an improving U.S. economy and 2) higher numbers of newly insured Americans to reignite healthcare inflation.  While the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are conflicting, data from the early part of 2014 suggests that health costs are remaining tame.What gives?  While many Obamacare supporters say this is more evidence of Washington's central-planning genius, author Charles Roehrig notes other factors be at play, namely:1. The 9…
  • Health Care Cost Insights and Capitation for the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The Population Health Blog finally caught up with the Oct 22/29 "Price, Cost and Competition" issue of JAMA.  One of the more interesting articles was a Viewpoint editorial on the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). After tut-tuting fee-for-service payment as antithetical to meaningful payment reform, the author admits what the PHB has been saying all along: a global payment that covers all the medical, coordinating as well as non-physician services of the PCMH is tantamount to old fashioned "capitation." As we learned in the 1990s, capitation's unintended consequences are a) signing…
  • State of the Art Obesity Management - Keep It Away from Primary Care

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:28 pm
    In the course of the Population Health Blog's last primary care encounter, a measurement of its height and weight determined that it was overweight.  On the way to the examination room, the nurse apologetically provided a patient education leaflet. The physician let the topic go unmentioned.These health care professionals clearly were not "into" managing weight issues in their patient population.After reading this paper, who can blame them?  A review of fifteen randomized clinical trials involving over 4500 patients showed that while primary care-based "behavior change for…
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    Quality of Life Care, LLC

  • “I Don’t Want to Talk About It”

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Audio Interview Not everyone wants to get on the bandwagon of exploring death and dying related topics. I know many people who don’t. Those of us who do sometimes judge those who don’t as if the ones who don’t are not as evolved, etc. I am on an exploration of why people don’t want to talk about it. My first interview is with a beautiful woman I know, Kiersten Legge, a 46 year old Pest Control Technician from the University of Texas at Austin. She has told me many times she has run from the topic her whole life and has no desire to talk about it. One day she decided to…
  • End of Life Certificate

    3 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Exciting news! Quality of Life Care is incorporating ALLEGRA Learning Solution’s, Certificate in End-of-Life Care to our curriculum for our Advanced Students. So you will be receiving 18 contact hours for their program AND the Accompanying the Dying Certificate. Go HERE to view the curriculum for the Certificate. The Certificate in End-of-Life Care was co-created by Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, NC-BC and Caroline Young, MPH. Both have extensive backgrounds in education and healthcare and I am excited to bring this course into the training of end of life doulas. ALLEGRA…
  • Moving my posts over here …

    28 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I’ll be moving my posts over through January 2015. Please come back!
  • Food and the dying

    Deanna Cochran
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Most of the time, a person who is dying does not want to eat or drink. It is hard on us who love the person, not on them usually. I don’t believe in encouraging someone to eat or drink if they don’t want to and I don’t encourage placement of feeding tubes and IVs to give artificial nutrition and hydration to a person whose body is dying. It is the natural order of things that a person’s body dehydrates as it is dying. The dehydration of dying is normal. There are some stories and some ideas I wanted to share about food and liquid as someone we love dies. We all think differently about…
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  • January 2015 HPMJC: Palliative Care and heart failure in primary care

    Pallimed Editor
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    by Katherine Sleeman and Tara WhitburnOn Monday 26th January 2015 from 8-9pm London Time (4-5p New York/ET and 1-2p California/PT) we will be holding the monthly twitter journal club for hospice and palliative medicine: #hpmjc. The aim of the journal club is to provide an informal multidisciplinary forum for discussion of latest research findings, and we hope you will join us!You can find some more information about the journal club #hpmjc here in a previous Pallimed post. The paper for discussion this month is ‘Palliative Care among Heart Failure Patients in Primary Care: A Comparison…
  • Review of The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care by Angelo Volandes

    Pallimed Editor
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    by Andi Chatburn, DOAs a palliative care physician, The Conversation by Dr. Angelo Volandes is a book I want to see being read, passed along and read again in every coffee shop, book club and doctors’ lounge in my community. Volandes describes his new book The Conversation as a memoir, but in truth it is a “how-to” guide for having tough discussions in the context of serious illness. It is a “quick-start” for ubiquitous primary palliative care. Nothing in this book will be earth-shattering or revolutionary to the Palliative Care physician- it chronicles our every day experience.
  • Palliative Care Everywhere!

    Pallimed Editor
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    by Cory Ingram, MD This Wednesday I look forward to a conversation on how palliative care principles and practices are able to be embedded across health systems in to various disciplines and delivery forms. Palliative care principles when applied in various clinical situations improve the quality of care for patients and families and even their longevity and care affordability. For the first time in history our society is experiencing an unprecedented medical and social situation. It is unprecedented that people are living longer, requiring more complex care, and experiencing more burdens of…
  • POLL - Hospice and Palliative Care: The Year in Review 2014

    Christian Sinclair
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    We would love to hear what you thought about the tops stories for hospice and palliative care in 2014.  Have some fun and take our survey!  If you want to learn more about the stories you see in this poll take a look at our year-end wrap up.Loading...
  • Hospice and Palliative Care: The Year in Review 2014

    Christian Sinclair
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    by Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPMLooking back on 2014, it seemed like hospice and palliative care issues were constantly in the news. But then again, I may be standing in the single loudest position in the echo chamber of palliative care. Even with the awareness of that bias, it is clear to me that we had many significant events this year in our field that will really influence where we go in 2015 and beyond. (Although if you look at the graph below hospice and palliative care are steady to declining in percentage of search on Google.)We have never done a formal year in review here at…
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    Elder Care Home Health Blog

  • Cataracts: You You Don’t Need to Suffer From Cloudy Vision

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    At some point in almost every one’s life he or she will have an eye problem. Ordinarily, when we see things, we are able to focus because light passes through our pupil into the back of the eye lens into the retina. But if the lens becomes cloudy, this is a cataract. The light cannot go through the hazy lens, thus vision is impaired or dimmed. The cataract worsens gradually. It is typically age related. About seventy percent of people over the age of seventy–five have or had cataracts. The lens is comprised of water and protein. As we age our eyes no longer retain the water as…
  • Make A Home Safe For Seniors With These Improvements

    18 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Most people who are elderly need extra attention and care, particularly if they suffer from chronic illnesses. Many choose to be cared for in the comfort of their own home so they can live out their lives in a familiar surrounding, in an environment that is full of memories and laughter. To ensure their safety and comfort at home, some renovations may need to be done to the home. These projects can range from the simple to the complex, depending on the health condition of the senior. These are main things that you should consider for senior-friendly renovation projects: Certain areas need to…
  • Dealing With A Loved One Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Alzheimer’s disease or AD in short, is defined as a neurodegenerative disorder. The condition affects a person’s cognitive abilities. AD patients may eventually lose their ability to communicate, perform day to day activities and make decisions. They display abnormal behavior, experience a change in personality, memory loss and enhanced dementia and anxiety. Caring for such a patient is not easy. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you know how stressful it is. Here are some important tips to minimize your stress and maximize the comfort of your loved one…
  • Does Medicare Cover Alzheimer’s? What Are The Criteria’s?

    1 Jan 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Medicare and Alzheimer’s Coverage Medicare is a health insurance plan funded by the federal government and covers people who are usually over the age of 65. Beneficiaries must also be receiving Social Security retirement benefits. In some cases, people under the age of 65 may receive financial help from Medicare, such as those who have received disability benefits for 24 months or longer. Medicare, the original program, is divided into parts A and B. Part D was added later. Part A is known as “hospital insurance” and Part B is known as “supplemental insurance. Medicare Part A…
  • Managing the Different Stages Of Alzheimer’s

    24 Dec 2013 | 3:30 am
    Managing Alzheimers & Its Stages Alzheimer’s is a disease that progresses in stages. As the person that you are taking care of advances from the early to middle and then to the late stages of this disease, it is key to understand in advance what is going to change and how to handle those changes. The Beginning Stages of Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s can affect your loved one at any age. In the beginning stages, you will just need to be a support to your loved one. They will still be able to function mostly on their own, driving and cooking. You may have noticed that your loved one has…
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Five Recent Technology Announcements for Aging in Place

    Laurie Orlov
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    There is more to the world of aging-related technologies than CES. Seriously, can that be true? And yes, I actually know several people who asked me in the past week -- what is CES? My explanation was weak -- there were no follow-up questions. Anyway, these five companies that have been focused on technology to help older adults made recent announcements of changes to their business strategies, products, and/or branding approachesEach in its own way offers a milestone for the industry -- but taken together, the announcements demonstrate a focus on the older adult population and new ways to…
  • CES 2015 Part 3 of 3 – Six more innovations useful for older adults

    Laurie Orlov
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    So many companies, so much press.  So far, even though the gadget gadfly media has produced multiple post-CES articles, they are mostly of the gizmos-for-you and even for those health tech companies like Withings, press caught them in the activity-tracking ‘fun’ wearable category. Some write-ups were good visual tours, and some press folk offered up a ho-hum, nothing new to see here view, like the NY Times – Everything Old is New Again. Which is silly. There were a gazillion new things to see at CES, but no way to make sense of them. The floor layout in both convention…
  • CES 2015 Part 1 – Six New Offerings in the Aging Tech Market

    Laurie Orlov
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    International CES 2015 – overwhelming at every turn. What a relief -- it's over. International CES was an extremely difficult venue to sort into useful categories – the Sands Exhibition Hall (part of Tech West) was filled with every health-related variant of wearable, fitness, and lifestyle improvement like Belty that expands as you eat more – as well as Eureka Park. Watch those fit women peddling bikes and running on treadmills, that distance-measured basketball jump shot, and of course -- the pet-related tracker with the large and tippy stuffed dog.  And they…
  • The WSJ readers are boomers -- someone should tell the tech writers

    Laurie Orlov
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Wall Street Journal thinks that tech will change your life. Perhaps it will even rock your 2015.  Rocking their 2015 is just the kind of experience that WSJ readers -- average age of 57 -- really want.  But the Journal, ever hopeful for pushing down the subscriber age into the ad world's desirable 20’s and 30’s, hopes that the readers will be as excited as their current breathless tech columnists Fowler and Stern. So they want its boomer audience to grasp How to Get Ready. But of course! Starting with Windows 10 – which will have a resurrected Start menu…
  • Aging in Place Technology Watch Top Blog Posts in 2014

    Laurie Orlov
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    PERS devices and wearables – what will bring them together? Now that the Washington Post has declared that Apple and Google will solve our health problems, aren’t you relieved? Oh, you’re a bit concerned about your privacy, the fact that all of your outside-of-Facebook web searches are by default accessible to Facebook – that you have to opt out on a completely separate website in order to terminate tracking of this activity?  As you wander around Google, Yahoo or through iTunes, your searches about health topics, those are all now relevant for advertisers as…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • The Way Forward: Exercising for Life

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Exercise has always been important. But today, it's critical in the health and well-being of older adults. Gladys Chelte started exercising after retirement. The incentive to finally start and stick with it came from watching her husband’s health decline. “After my husband and I retired, his health problems got progressively worse. I decided I needed to do something to keep in better shape so we could stay in our home. I started an exercise plan. I knew I had to at least try.”Finding the motivation to embrace fitness paid off for Chelte. “By the time…
  • Eating Well: Best Diet for Older Adults

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
     As you get older and want to maintain your health, it is important to focus on the kinds of food you need for your body type and any medical concerns and not just how many calories you consume or achieving an ideal weight. For example, older people who don’t get enough of the right nutrients can be too thin or too heavy. Some may be too thin because they don’t get enough food, while others might be overweight partly because they get too much of the wrong types of foods. Likewise, people with certain medical conditions might find it necessary to limit certain types of foods or follow…
  • Oldest-living Quadriplegic Advocates for Disabled

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
      Wally Dutcher’s accomplishments would be impressive for any one: serving on or starting various organizations that advocated for the disabled, running a successful business, designing his own homes as well as accessible sailing docks and starting a swim program for young people. But the fact that Dutcher, 78, is the oldest living quadriplegic, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, makes his achievements even more noteworthy.When Dutcher was 19, he had a diving accident in a pool while enlisted with the Navy. Far from being discouraged about the spinal cord injury that…
  • Meet CSA, Amy Carrick

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    As a college student, I wanted a job that would allow me to be independent and not worry about living paycheck to paycheck. I majored in Computer Science with a minor in Economics figuring these would be good financially. I had a heavy focus on Math as well. This led to a first career in banking with the Federal Reserve, Pittsburgh National Bank and Integra Financial (both now PNCBank). Then, a 15 year career at Verizon Wireless. I thought I loved my job!About six years ago, I was laid off with a package. I didn't know what I wanted to do but knew it wasn't working in Corporate America. I…
  • Chinese Food to Go

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Last night I spent an hour volunteering with an organization called Bessie’s Hope at a nursing home in downtown Denver. Walking onto the floor of the nursing home, the odor was definitely not sweet, the look was dated and the amenities were minimal. My assumption was that the patients had no means and were probably all covered by Medicaid. Before we were to meet with the patients, there was a training we all went through so we would know what to do and say. I know some, if not all of us, felt awkward and uncertain. My volunteer group was lead into the living room where 13 patients…
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • 5 Ways to Finalize Your Retirement Plan

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    When your last day on the job arrives and you begin your journey into retired life, it would be nice to have some idea how the next 20 years will play out. Knowing potential pitfalls to avoid as well as what you will do to stay entertained promises a certain security and peace of mind most of us would appreciate. But too few people take the time or make the effort to prepare for their second act. It is easier to just get there and then try to figure it out as you go. If we don’t take an active role in shaping our path, we cannot know for sure where we will end up. Here are some…
  • Would you be Happy Retiring Abroad?

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    I often find myself imagining the tempting possibilities of retiring outside of the US. The promise of incredibly affordable accommodations tucked away in friendly neighborhoods near natural wonders galore can cause even the most reticent to think twice. Contemplating a lifestyle change of such magnitude is no trifling matter. After all, leaving behind what you have known all your life and venturing out into the virtual unknown at a time when you are expected to be chilling on the couch takes guts. Retiring abroad is definitely not for everyone. But could it be right for you? We recently…
  • How to Take the First Steps Into Retirement

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Saving for retirement typically requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. And leaving a job often means saying goodbye to co-workers who have become friends. But like every other transitional period, it is also the start of something new. It is best to launch your retirement on a positive note. It makes sense to have a clear idea of what you will be doing on the first day of retirement. Retirement holds the promise of redirecting the rest of your life toward pursuits that stimulate your heart and mind. But setting up a fulfilling and engaging retirement often takes some effort. Before I…
  • 5 Ideal Ways to Spend Your Days in Retirement

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    Not so long ago retirement was viewed by many people as the beginning of the end. Upon reaching age 65, your days of being an active contributor to society were pretty much over. What lay ahead was a peaceful existence, free from stress and anxiety, that was filled with time to relax and enjoy memories of earlier glories. For those of us fortunate enough to live the retired life today, the picture is very different. Today’s retirees are not satisfied with passively watching life from the sidelines. We finally have the time to do as we please and have plenty we still want to accomplish.
  • 5 Retirement Planning Must-Haves

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

  • Most Read: New Year, New Opportunities—Top Senior Housing Trends for 2015

    Jason Oliva
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    In case you missed it, here are the top headlines that grabbed the attention of Senior Housing News readers this week: The Top 10 Senior Housing Trends for 2015—A new year brings new opportunities. Check out the top senior housing industry trends in 2015, from what to expect in the mergers and acquisitions market to operational strategies and the ever increasing role of technology in senior care. Operators Rally to Rename the CCRC—Dissatisfied with the message conveyed by the long-held “Continuing Care Retirement Community” moniker, several non-profit organizations are…
  • Health Care REIT Purchases 9-Property Benchmark Portfolio for $360 Million

    Elizabeth Ecker
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Health Care REIT is purchasing a nine-property assisted living portfolio managed by Benchmark Senior Living from the current owner for $360 million, the Boston Globe first reported Thursday. The health care REIT is purchasing the properties—all located in New England—from a private real estate company, Boston-based Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation. A representative for Intercontinental confirmed that the portfolio comprises 691 units in total and has been purchased by the REIT. The company purchased the portfolio in July 2005 for about $152 million, according to the Boston…
  • Making the Case for Price Transparency in Senior Living

    Emily Study
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The costs of senior living can range from $1,500 to $8,000 a month and beyond — price points providers often hesitate to immediately share with prospective residents. But these costs, along with billing and payment options, are becoming increasingly important to share upfront with prospects who are in the throes of making a major life decision. So while some communities avoid openly sharing financial information prior to making contact with prospects, experts find that failing to do so can deter qualified leads from taking the first step. In fact, some prospects disqualify themselves based…
  • Speakers Announced—Senior Housing Summit in Dallas

    Elizabeth Ecker
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Senior Housing News is proud to announce the speakers for our first-ever Dallas-based event, focused exclusively on senior living operators. Get Your Ticket Now — Space is Limited Please join us March 12, 2015 at the Tower Club in Dallas, Texas for networking and discussion on industry topics from sales and marketing to technology. Tentative agenda: 8:00 – 9:00 am - Networking and Coffee & Continental Breakfast 9:00 – 10:00 am - Sales 2.0 – Senior Living Sales Strategies for 2015 Learn from top senior living executives about the challenges the industry faces in 2015…
  • Inspector General: Hospices Incentivized To Work In Assisted Living

    Cassandra Dowell
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hospices that provide care in assisted living facilities (ALFs) have a greater monetary incentive to do so than those that don’t, a recent study from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) finds. Medicare payments for hospice care in ALFs more than doubled in five years, totaling $2.1 billion in 2012, data show. The study is based on an analysis of all Medicare hospice claims from 2007 through 2012. “Hospices provided care much longer and received much higher Medicare payments for beneficiaries in ALFs than for beneficiaries in other settings,” the OIG writes, noting that…
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Seniors Behind the Wheel – When Safety Impacts Independence

    Kathy Birkett
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Is my senior loved one safe behind the wheel? This is a question many caregivers are asking themselves right now, as will many more in the future. Our senior loved ones understandably want to maintain their independence to come and go wherever and whenever they please without depending on some other means of transportation or being stuck at home. Their car is a lifeline to the world and they don’t want to lose it. But should they? Are they still able to safely drive — react to the others on the road, physically handle the steering or foot pedals, be able to see adequately in a…
  • Diagnosis Prostate Cancer – Insights and Tips for Family Caregivers

    Kathy Birkett
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Men and their family members fear it, with good reason. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men after skin cancer. In fact, more than 2 million men are survivors of prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that in 2015 there will be 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer and 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in life so there is cause to learn more about the disease, its risk factors and potential ways to prevent becoming a statistic. The average age for prostate cancer diagnosis is 66 and it is…
  • Social Media Use by Seniors Growing – But Much Opportunity Remains

    Barry Birkett
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Despite what you might see on TV commercials, growing numbers of seniors know what it means to post something on their wall or unfriend someone. Yes, grandma is using Facebook (grandpa too), just as we thought would happen when advocating that family caregivers urge senior loved ones to get on the Web – even if they have to give them the means to do so. In fact, more than half of all online seniors say they use Facebook, with lesser numbers indicating they use LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. While seniors still lag other age groups in their social media use, they are closing the…
  • Will Supplements Prevent Cognitive Impairment or Reverse Dementia?

    Kathy Birkett
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    I speak with many people who are family caregivers of those with dementia about a wide range of topics. I have been a family caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s myself as well as cared for countless other family members and patients over my long healthcare career. Because I am also a dietitian, I talk with people about nutrition and dementia (as well as all other disease processes) regularly. One of the questions I have been asked a lot about lately is what supplements will prevent dementia from developing especially if there is a family history of cognitive impairment. Many people want…
  • Stress Reduction Through Better Organization for Family Caregivers

    Kathy Birkett
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Organization — or, more accurately, lack of it — is one of the biggest struggles I hear from many of the family caregivers with whom I connect. Inadequate time management, unending paperwork shuffle, and scheduling nightmares, seemingly always when most inconvenient, add stress to the lives of family caregivers. Caregivers are often the only ones who keep track of insurance papers, medical records, bills, medication lists and a variety of appointments including doctors, blood work and haircuts! How can we be better organized to help reduce our daily stress? Will technology help…
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  • Confronting Dementism

    Lynn Casteel Harper, ChangingAging GuestBlogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Monday’s New York Times article “Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia” provides a good opportunity to reflect on the complex ethical questions surrounding dementia.
  • The Age of Actualization: A Review

    Patricia Elliott Rothchild, MFT, ChangingAging GuestBlogger
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    The Age of Actualization is a magnificent addition to the literature on both aging and positive psychology. More importantly in these dire times, it may be a critical source of wisdom we humans need to right our ship.
  • Beware These “Big Pharma” Traps!

    Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Here are a few “tricks of the trade” designed by Big Pharma to make you spend far more money than you need -- buyer beware!
  • A Dilemma Story for Our Time — Part 2

    David Goff, ChangingAging Contributor
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The dilemma is -- given this world, and this time of uncertainty — what is the form of consciousness that best serves the times?
  • “Expect the Best!”

    Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    One of my favorite principles of "enlightened leadership" is called “Expect the Best” -- a principle that is ignored with alarming regularity in long-term care, on both the provider and the regulator sides.
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Medicare Coverage of Smoking and Tobacco Cessation

    Matt Serafini
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Are you a Medicare beneficiary trying to give up smoking in the New Year? You may be surprised to discover that the Medicare program offers assistance to help you meet your goal. Whe…The post Medicare Coverage of Smoking and Tobacco Cessation appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Weight Loss and How Medicare Might Help

    Jill Halloran
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    It’s that time of year again: New Year’s resolutions. This time, why not focus on realistic steps to improve your health, such as effective weight-loss strategies?…The post New Year’s Resolutions for Weight Loss and How Medicare Might Help appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Coping with Grief and Loss: You’re Not Alone

    Jill Halloran
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Have you recently lost a spouse, a good friend, or another loved one? Coping with loss is never easy, and it can be much worse around holiday time–even after the holidays, whe…The post Coping with Grief and Loss: You’re Not Alone appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Why Some Doctors Don’t Accept Medicare and How to Find One That Does

    Jill Halloran
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Have you ever had this experience? A friend highly recommends a doctor. You research that doctor’s credentials, and you’re very impressed. But when you call to make …The post Why Some Doctors Don’t Accept Medicare and How to Find One That Does appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Stay Active with Indoor Winter Exercise

    Trystan L. Bass
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Don’t let winter weather stop you in your tracks. Even if there’s snow on the ground or the temperature is simply too cold to go outside, seniors can still get some exercise …The post Stay Active with Indoor Winter Exercise appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
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  • Benefits Due Same-Sex Spouses

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My partner and I were married in a state that allows same-sex marriage, and moved to Arizona shortly after our marriage. Both of us receive Social Security Retirement income, but my partner’s award is higher. Arizona did not allow same-sex marriages, at least until the recent federal Court of Appeals ruling. This being the case, will I be entitled to any of my partner’s Social Security award if she predeceases me? Answer: Last…
  • Medicare Won’t Cover Long-Term Care

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My parents are both getting up there in age, and I am concerned that one or both might need to move to an assisted living community in the near future. My research revealed that this arrangement could cost them about $5,000 apiece per month. I have heard about Arizona Long Term Care System, but my parents have Medicare. Won’t Medicare cover this type of health care? Answer: Put succinctly, the unfortunate answer to your question is…
  • Some ALTCS Concerns Unfounded

    29 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My wife is in need of long-term care, and we are contemplating applying for the Arizona Long Term Care System program. I have heard that ALTCS can somehow take the homes from applicants who are approved for benefits. Our home has been in a revocable living trust for many years, though, so it should be protected, right? Answer: Your house can be protected, but not because it is in a trust. To the contrary, that your house is in a trust…
  • Financial, Medical Tests for ALTCS

    29 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: I have heard quite a bit about how difficult it is to qualify for the Arizona Long Term Care System. I understand that there are medical, as well as financial, requirements that must be satisfied in order to qualify. Which of the requirements is most difficult to satisfy? Answer: The answer to your question is that it depends on the facts of the situation. For a relatively wealthy individual in poor health, the financial requirements…
  • Father has Long-Term Care Options

    29 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My father was recently admitted to a high acuity skilled nursing facility, where he might spend the rest of his days. The Arizona Long Term Care System might be an option, but I know it can take several months for ALTCS to process an application, and my dad can’t afford the care bills for this long. Is there any way to expedite the ALTCS process in emergency situations? Answer: Unfortunately, when dealing with ALTCS, there is only so…
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    Concierge Care

  • Why It is Important for the Elderly to Take Part in Regular Exercise

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is a lot to be said for the vast benefits exercise provides to the elderly.  Many people are under the impression that they are simply too old to exercise, especially if they have never taken part in a regular exercise program in the past.  This could not be farther from the truth.  Exercise can and should be a part of your daily routine life, no matter how old you are.  Researchers have found that exercise can actually grow in importance as you age versus being more important in your younger years. Helping Reverse the Effects of Aging Exercise has shown that it can actually help…
  • How to Prepare Your Family for the Life Impact of Dementia

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The `impact that dementia has on a family can be devastating.  Dementia is a medical condition that really can change the lives of the patient that suffers from the condition, the family members of that patient, friends, co-workers, and so on.  What is important is proper preparation so that you can be ready for the life impact that dementia is going to have.  Dementia is a condition that impacts millions of people all around the world.  Those who are ready for it before it truly sets in are those that are able to maintain a quality of life that is similar to where you were at prior to…
  • How to Plan Your Finances at the Onset of Alzheimer’s

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia is going to bring about the requirement to do some serious financial planning.  Once Alzheimer’s has been diagnosed, it is only a matter of time before it progresses and really starts to cut into your ability to keep up with your finances and carry on your daily life as independently as you do now.  It is very important to put financial planning at the forefront early on so that you do not have to deal with the mess that comes about afterwards should it be ignored. How to Start Planning Finances When you start planning out your finances,…
  • How Proper Wellness Can Assist an Alzheimer’s Patient

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Alzheimer’s is the type of disease that can be truly debilitating.  It is the type of disease that can impact you not only mentally, but also physically.  What many Alzheimer’s patients do not realize, though, is that proper wellness can go a long way to assisting with the fight against the disease.  The only thing that people really want to do before Alzheimer’s progress is to figure out a way to maintain a high quality of life.  We do not want to lose contact with our family and friends; we do not want to be a nuisance or a crutch to anyone.  So how can wellness assist with that?
  • Five Things to Look Out For to Help with Early Alzheimer’s Detection

    2 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Early detection really does matter when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease.  You want to be sure that you are on top of these warning signs so that you can be on the look-out in the event that the condition begins to set in.  Chances are that the individual suffering from Alzheimer’s is not going to realize that any of these warning signs are actually taking place.  It is up to their family and friends to be aware of these things so that they can jump in when the time is right to help you get the medical assistance you need. Memory Loss Taking Over Daily Life One of the key cogs of…
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

    Freedom Home Care
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, and while many are buying candy and making dinner reservations for a date night with a special someone, there are also many who don’t have a special friend or companion to share in the fun with. As our loved ones grow older, they often suffer from loneliness,  especially during the holidays. But Valentine’s Day can be a day for everyone. Here at Freedom Home Care, we encourage you to share your love and friendship with those of all ages, including seniors. Whether it is a parent or even a neighbor living on your street, it’s…
  • Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate Will Satisfy Both Body and Soul

    Freedom Home Care
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    We all love chocolate. Sometimes a little too much. Sometimes so much that it becomes unhealthy. But maybe we don’t have to give up chocolate, we just have to change the kind of chocolate we eat. The one magic plant that makes chocolate so delicious —cacao— is the secret to all of our chocolate obsessions. The seed is dried and fermented, carrying with it a deceivingly brown, powdery texture resembling hot chocolate mix. Take a small taste to find out that cacao by itself has a terrible flavor. Only after sugar is added and the seed is processed does the chocolate we savor come to life.
  • Fun Activities for Seniors in the Winter

    Freedom Home Care
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    With snow on the ground, there is officially no doubt that winter has arrived. As the days become shorter and frigidly cold temperatures settle in, it can be easy to stay cooped up inside for the long haul. But even though temperatures may be chilly, it’s important for everyone, including seniors, to keep busy and socialize. Here are a few ideas from us here at Freedom Home Care for some activities for seniors in the winter to keep active and have fun too! · Join a club- Be it a book club or a coin collectors club, finding a group of people with similar interests will help pass the…
  • The Benefits of Home Modification

    Freedom Home Care
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    As we get older, the possibility of leaving our home becomes more of a reality, and the stress of that consideration can be overwhelming. No one wants to leave their comfortable environment, but if you or your loved one is  unable to take care of themselves in their daily routine at home, there may be an alternative Freedom Home Care can offer to keep you in your home safely. Home modification is essentially a simple idea.  The home you live in is evaluated and modified in order to make it a safer and easier place to live and maneuver through.  The home is modified based on the…
  • Help Fight Aging with Exercise

    Freedom Home Care
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Freedom Home Care understands that you want to do all you can for yourself and your loved ones when it comes to fighting Alzheimer’s.  There are new studies coming out almost every day regarding supportive care and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  However, there is something simple you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle now to keep your mind healthy.  Exercise has proven to be a great way to not only keep your body in shape but your brain as well. Regular exercise along with a healthy diet, can maintain an efficient cardiovascular system and therefore allows your…
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    23 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Baby Boomers,Happy Friday.I hope you have had a fantastic week.Since it's Friday, how about a little lighthearted humor about folks our age?I hope you enjoy it.HAPPY HOUR HUMOR Four old retired men (we see a lot of them in Arizona) are walking down a street in beautiful Bisbee , Arizona. Can you picture them?Here's what I see them wearing: outdated loose fitting polo shirts in contracting colors to their light blue, green, pink and yellow thigh length shorts belted at the armpits, black socks up to their knees and beige Velcro tennis shoes?They turn a corner and see a sign that…
  • 6th Annual Health, Safety, and Pet Festival

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Phoenix area Baby Boomers,Some folks from the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce along with the members of Leadership West, the City of Youngtown and the AARP Youngtown Chapter #1 are hosting a wonderful event for the valley community.That's right, I said the AARP Chapter #1.THE very first AARP chapter in the nation.The event is the: 6th Annual Health, Safety, and Pet FestivalMore than 90 organizations are scheduled to exhibit. There will be everything from healthcare, safety products, healthy living coaching, exercise specialists and even I will be there representing our…
  • File Your Taxes For Free

    17 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Baby Boomers,Did you know you can now file your taxes for free?Just click on this IRS (Internal Revenue Service) site for further information: is all because of the development of the "Free File Alliance."  ABOUT THE FREE FILE ALLIANCEThe Free File Alliance is a group of industry-leading private-sector tax preparation companies that have agreed to meet the IRS' high standards for security and privacy and provide tax software options for free.**The IRS does not endorse any individual Free File Alliance company.
  • The Difference Between Middle Class and Rich - 1

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    Baby Boomers, Today we wrap up the 50 ways to achieve complete expert status in organizing the most important priorities in our lives.  Do you know what the best part of this exercise has been? In researching this topic, I found plenty of new ways to improve my own life.  I am becoming a better person by following my own advice. Hopefully, over the past 4 days you have found something helpful and interesting and have adapted it to your own planning routines. If something I have written about works for you, please tell someone else. You'll be surprised how good it makes you feel. So,…
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    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me

  • Life After 60 is a Dance – Don’t Stand in the Corner

    Margaret Manning
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    For most of our lives, our choices are strongly influenced by others. Now, as we reach our 60s, we finally have the opportunity to live the way we want. Unfortunately, many of us are still stuck with the habits that we formed during our 20s and 30s. We are used to life being something that happens “to us.” So, like little girls at our first school dance, we stand on the sidelines, waiting for someone to approach.Read More
  • Tattoos and Boomers – Shattering Yet Another Aging Stereotype (Video)

    Margaret Manning
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Everyone makes assumptions about people by looking at their clothes, but, the truth is that many of us hide secrets where no-one can see them. Many women have tattoos. I’m not even talking about tattoos that we got when we were in our teens and 20s. Many older women are embracing tattoos as a form of self-expression well into their 50s, 60s or 70s. And why not? Do you have a positive or negative association with tattoos? Would you (or have you) made the decision to adorn your body with a tattoo? What artistic symbols resonate with you? Do you think that it’s appropriate for women in their…
  • What Can Older Models Teach Us About Beauty After 60? The Answer May Surprise You!

    Margaret Manning
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Of all of the people that I have interviewed for the Sixty and Me Show, Cindy Joseph is one of my favorites. Cindy is undeniably beautiful, but, it is her personality and passion for life that I appreciated the most. When I sat down to talk with Cindy, I expected the conversation to focus on how to find beauty after 60 in a practical sense – what to wear, how to apply makeup, etc. What we actually talked about was far more philosophical – and far more interesting...Read More
  • Style for Older Women: Break the Rules and Express Your Personality!

    Margaret Manning
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    One of the best things about being over 60 is that you no longer need to worry about what people think. This is especially true when it comes to clothing for women over 60. Sure, there are certain principles that can help you to look your best – but, for the most part, not is the time to express your personality! Do you agree that fashion for women over 60 is about more than “classic dressing?” Do you think that it is possible to find a balance between “wearing what you want” and “applying the rules” when it comes to fashion?Read More
  • Be Proud of Your Emotional Battle Scars After 60

    Margaret Manning
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The most interesting women over 60 that I know have more than their share of emotional battle scars. It seems like the more interesting our lives are, the more of a burden we are asked to bare. Does it sometimes feel the same to you?Read More
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    Financial Engines Blog

  • Five Ways to Kick Off Your Retirement Savings in 2015

    Jennifer Carole
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    It’s a new year and you’ve decided to get your financial house in order. If you’re wondering how you can make your money work harder for you, you’ve come to the right place. Start small or go big; the financial decisions you make now can make a huge difference for your future. We’ve put together some simple steps you can take to build your wealth. Start saving now for retirement. Whether you are just starting your career, been at it for a few years or have decades of experience, it’s time to start saving for your retirement. Because the choices you make today –…
  • Infographic – Women are Anxious about Retirement

    Jennifer Carole
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Despite a greater optimism surrounding retirement, one in four women has legitimate fears about planning for their financial future, according to our recent survey. Challenges like lower salaries and the rising cost of healthcare, combined with a greater life expectancy than men, show that women are right to be anxious about retirement. All of these factors and more contribute to a need for better and more careful financial planning. Financial Engines believes a personalized view helps people plan better and so we created a public Social Security planner (at no charge), which can help ease…
  • 5 New Tax Rules That Will Help You Save More in 2015

    Jennifer Carole
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    We’ve put a handy list together to help you quickly understand what you need to know for 2015. More of your paycheck can be put toward retirement savings Last year, the salary limit for contributions to qualified retirement plans was $260,000. In 2015, the limit is now $265,000. If your company offers qualified retirement plans such as 401(k), 403(b), and profit sharing plans, this increase means you can contribute more of your salary to that plan. Changes in qualifying for the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit In 2014, if your AGI (adjusted gross income) was less than $60,000, and…
  • Five Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

    Jennifer Carole
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With a new year comes the promise of big changes, and one of the most common resolutions is to save more. But big changes start with small decisions. Here are five ways you can create good financial habits in 2015: Revisit your retirement investments Take a moment to examine your retirement contributions. You can use an IRA calculator to see how your contributions will grow by the time you retire. If your employer offers Financial Engines as part of your 401(k), you can use the free Online Advice tool to see how your investments stack up. And, if you’re not yet contributing toward your…
  • Happy Holidays from Financial Engines

    Jennifer Carole
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Filed under: Company News Tagged: 2014, holiday
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    The UpGraded Senior

  • Kayaking on the Alafia River

    1 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Yep, that’s your UpGrading Senior-in-Chief and his rubber ducky paddling on the Alafia River near its mouth in Riverview, Florida.  Another UpGraded Experience in the bag! The post Kayaking on the Alafia River appeared first on The UpGraded Senior.
  • Hilarious Voicemail Message

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    There’s no video for this, but based on this guy’s hilarious voicemail message, these four ladies must have been UpGraded Seniors.  Sounds like age hasn’t slowed them down a bit.  Be sure to listen to this one.  You’ll  laugh so hard it’ll brings tears to your eyes. The post Hilarious Voicemail Message appeared first on The UpGraded Senior.
  • UpGrading In Smoky Mountains National Park

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Hello fellow UpGraders.  Your UpGrading Senior-in-Chief just returned from a 3-day RV visit to beautiful downtown Townsend, Tennessee. In case you don’t know, Townsend is a small town just on the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  (The photo above is from one of my previous trips to the Smokies circa 2008.) Great… The post UpGrading In Smoky Mountains National Park appeared first on The UpGraded Senior.
  • Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr.

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized it’s a state of mind that makes you old.  Age . . . gives most people – the majority of people – a reason to be lazy. So says Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr., my latest UpGraded Senior Superstar.  Sonny is a 70 year… The post Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr. appeared first on The UpGraded Senior.
  • Falls, Seniors & Nietzsche

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    That which does not kill us makes us stronger. — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) I Disagree! Well, UpGraders, with due respect to the esteemed German philosopher, I’m going to have to disagree. While Nietzsche’s observation may have some validity, the oft-repeated quip is far from having universal application. In fairness to Nietzsche, it looks… The post Falls, Seniors & Nietzsche appeared first on The UpGraded Senior.
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    Steve Sovie
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    I would like to wish everyone a very Healthy and Happy New Year. May 2015 be good to you. We had a wonderful 2014, but we know that not everyone did. Hopefully in 2015 we can eliminate the atmosphere of hate and negativity that has enveloped our country, so that all Americans regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, age and religion can live in peace and harmony.

    Steve Sovie
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I would like to wish all of my readers, my family and friends all over the world a very Merry, Joyful, Peaceful and safe Christmas season. May you find comfort in spending the holidays with your loved ones, whomever they may be. And special thoughts and prayers to all of our service men and women protecting our way of life, thousands of miles from their loved ones. Please at this time also think of those who are less fortunate than us and those who are suffering during this otherwise festive season.

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

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

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

  • Episode 005 – Knowing Your Customer Base Part 2

    Mark Hager
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Episode 005 – Knowing Your Customer Base Part 2 / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and, 2007 - 2014. Episode 005 of small business podcast Booming! Your Bottom Line. Part 2 of knowing your customer base; The who, what, why, how & what you do w/ the info.
  • Episode 004 – Knowing Your Customer Part 1

    Mark Hager
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Episode 004 – Knowing Your Customer Part 1 / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and, 2007 - 2014. Episode 004 of the small business podcast Booming! Your Bottom Line. Part 1 of knowing your customer; The who, what, why, how & what you do with the info.
  • Episode 003 – Exploring the Baby Boomer Consumers Opportunity

    Mark Hager
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Episode 003 – Exploring the Baby Boomer Consumers Opportunity / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and, 2007 - 2014. Episode 003 of the small business podcast Booming! Your Bottom Line. In this episode, we're going to give you the inside scoop about just how much money is on the table with the aging Boomer consumers & what it can mean to your company.
  • Episode 002 – Introducing Mark Hager Co-Host

    Mark Hager
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Episode 002 – Introducing Mark Hager Co-Host / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and, 2007 - 2014. Episode 002 of the small business podcast Booming! Your Bottom Line. Introducing co-host Mark Hager, owner of, business & consumer consultant.
  • Episode 001 – Introducing Aaron Murphy Co-Host

    Mark Hager
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Episode 001 – Introducing Aaron Murphy Co-Host / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and, 2007 - 2014. Episode 001 of the small business podcast Booming! Your Bottom Line. This episode introduces co-host Aaron Murphy, Architect, national speaker & author.
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  • Product Review: GrandCARE Systems

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I get really excited about new technologies, systems, and emerging companies.  Especially if they’re built with the goal of making peoples lives more livable.   GrandCARE Systems is one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    You know the drill… You hop on your flight and get buckled in when the captain comes on the intercom with this announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen we’ve been placed on a weather... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    17 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    We love digging deep into the world of senior discounts.  After being interviewed by several prominent news organizations recently, we’ve come to understand that there’s a lot of interest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “Being rich is not about how much you have, but how much you give.” That’s the lesson in an incredibly inspirational video commissioned by the fine folks at Community Chest,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    12 Jan 2015 | 4:51 pm
    How much time do we have? What are you doing with all of your time? How much time is left? These are tough questions to answer, but the video below puts them in perspective using 28,835 jellybeans of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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