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  • Why Do Seniors Fall?

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    Joanna Redfern
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    A study done back in 2012 began to shed some light on the reasons that people begin to experience more falls as they age. Falls account for more than half the injuries among seniors 65 and older, making it the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for that age group. The study found that the reasons for falling were not what one typically would expect. This report gives us insight into the causes of falls, but also helps draw conclusions about how to prevent them. The study, which was published online in the Lancet, monitored the public areas of two long-term care facilities…
  • The need for statin treatment among the over-80 age group must always be assessed individually

    Seniors / Aging News From Medical News Today
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The need for cholesterol treatment among people over 80 must always be assessed individually by taking into account the patient's overall situation and health.
  • Motivational Interviewing: Fostering Behavioral Change in Older Clients

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

    Retirement - Only the Beginning
    LoveBeingRetired
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    It is not easy to come to grips with growing older. The world around us fixates on all things youthful while advertisers bombard us with happy, wrinkle-free picture-perfect models cavorting happily with nary a care in the world. The message seems to be if you are young you have it made. But what about those whose teens and twenties are a distant memory? Is there a place for those of us whose youthful spirit finds itself betrayed by a progressively more wrinkled visage? I am doing my best to come to grips with the wear and tear of my 55 years of living. I do my part as far as getting my…
  • PBS: Navigating Assisted Living Options

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    Elizabeth Ecker
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    For around the clock care needs of older adults, there are several options worth exploring from level of care to costs, writes PBS in a column published this week. The public news outlet, which has produced a series of TV and print coverage on assisted living in recent months, details assisted living options in its latest look into senior care, including a few recommendations and cautions. The column comes as the second of a two-part series; the first of which discussed independent living considerations.  “Before any decision is made about residential care, try to visit more than one…
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  • New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.
  • Yemen PM quits as Shiite rebels seize government HQ

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.
  • White House boosts security after breach

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    An intruder with a knife scaled a fence and made it all the way inside before he was caught.
  • Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony.
  • Selling Mitch McConnell: What's love got to do with it?

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    By Richard Cowan PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem. While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate…
 
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    The New Old Age

  • Donating the Body

    By Paula Span
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    He wanted his body given to a medical school or research organization. It wasn't that simple.
  • On New Measurements of Aging

    By Judith Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Warren Sanderson, a professor of social and behavioral sciences at Stony Brook University, is working on ways to define aging other than the passing of years. "Everything is changing about 65-year-olds," he said.
  • Tougher Than They Look

    By Paula Span
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Researchers have written for years about resilience in the elderly. Now they're trying to measure it.
  • In the Emergency Room, a Hidden Ailment

    By Judith Graham
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    A small study found that many elderly patients turning up in one emergency room were malnourished.
  • Near Death, and Overmedicated

    By Paula Span
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why are patients with advanced dementia so often receiving "medications of questionable benefit"?
 
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    Silver Innings Blog: For Senior Citizens and their Family

  • World Alzheimer Report 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--> World Alzheimer Report 2014 Reveals Persuasive Evidence For Dementia Risk Reduction Dementia risk for populations can be modified through tobacco
  • Panel to Protect Elders in India

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

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

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

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

  • MY EXPERIENCE AT THE RACETRACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Extreme retirement abroad: How one footloose couple sees the world

    Mark Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Lynne and Tim Martin. Photo: Reto Klar. For Americans looking to retire abroad, deciding where to live can be a challenge. But Lynne and Tim Martin took that question off the table by deciding to retire everywhere and anywhere. In 2011 the couple opted for what might be called extreme retirement abroad: They sold their Paso Robles, California, home, jettisoned all but a few treasured possessions – which they put into a storage locker – and became nomads. Since then, they have lived in short-term rental apartments and houses around the world, usually found through HomeAway.com, the…
  • Time to declare “game over” for active fund management?

    Mark Miller
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Is it time to declare “game over” in the contest between active and passive fund management? Funds are pouring into Vanguard Group’s passively-managed index funds, with total assets at the firm nearing $3 trillion. No less a stock picking legend than Warren Buffett is endorsing passive – he has advised his own trustees to put 90 percent of his estate “in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund (I suggest Vanguard’s).” The trend isn’t limited to Vanguard, of course. Morningstar reports that 68 percent of net fund sales over the past year have gone to passive funds, and they…
  • Retirement insecurity: Two studies underline housing and income challenges

    Mark Miller
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Next Monday marks the sixth anniversary of the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers, a key event in the Wall Street meltdown that led to the Great Recession. The recession wreaked havoc on the retirement plans of millions of Americans, and two studies released last week suggest that most of us haven’t recovered well. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) issued its findings on the challenges we face meeting the housing needs of an aging population in the years ahead. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Board released its triennial Survey of Consumer Finances…
  • Five ways to confront changing healthcare costs in retirement

    Mark Miller
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The cost of health care is one of the biggest out-of-pocket costs facing retirees–and for some, the challenge is getting tougher. Fifteen million retirees on Medicare get supplemental health insurance coverage from their former employers–and another 2 million retirees not yet eligible for Medicare receive primary coverage from their former workplaces, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). But employer coverage is on the verge of major change that will leave retirees footing a larger share of the bill. For retirees over age 65, employer coverage typically…
  • A landmark law at 40: How well is ERISA protecting workers’ retirements?

    Mark Miller
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    President Gerald Ford signs the Employee Retirement Income Security Act on September 2, 1974. Every American who has retired with economic security – or hopes to – should know these two dates in our history: August 14, 1935, and September 2, 1974. The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, and 40 years ago today President Gerald Ford signed landmark pension reform legislation aimed at protecting the interests of Americans in private sector pension programs. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed on Labor Day…
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  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 16

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    4 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
      by Joy Loverde Over the past two years (I began this journey the summer of 2012) my Aunt has remained adamant about staying put. And if you have been reading my blog posts along the way (Moving a Reluctant Parents Parts 1-15) then you know there has not been much progress in spite of […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 16 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Going Shopping? Joy Loverde advises you to demand respect

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

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

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

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

  • Telehealth Helps!

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    ... and have you taken your pills today?Are you in the "telehealth" business?  Do you sell, buy, broker or provide remote monitoring, telephonic follow-up, internet-based patient management, handheld health apps, video-support or home-based medical devices?  Then you'll probably want to download this 32 page paper. Bashur and colleagues set out to review every good (defined as any controlled study with a valid concurrent comparison group with at least 150 study subjects) research paper on the impact of telehealth on three conditions: heart failure, stroke and chronic…
  • Is One DIet Program Better Than Another for Weight Loss?

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    As a doctor, the Population Health Blog was often asked by overnourished patients to help find a "best" diet.  Its advice to simply eat less and skip desert, however, was insufficient to overcome the commercial programs' allure of word-of-mouth, dubious advertising and fanciful on-line marketing . As a result, many desperate PHB patients fell into closed loops of pseudoscience, anecdotal testimonials and expertly crafted statements "not evaluated by the FDA." As a population-health skeptic, the outcomes-focused PHB was never convinced that one commercial diet plan…
  • Of Risk Stratification, Health System Variation and "Stupid" Decision-Making

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    A fly in the ointmentYears ago, a middle-aged Population Health Blog patient came in for a routine follow-up appointment.  Since his last visit, he had developed iron deficiency anemia. Since slow blood loss can be a sign of an early and curable cancer in the gastrointestinal tract, the PHB recommended a series of unpleasant tests. After a rather routine explanation of the time, expense and inconvenience of those tests, the patient surprised the PHB with a one-word answer: "No."He went on to live for decades.Which brings the PHB to this JAMA article on individually-tailored…
  • The Latest Health Wonk Review Is Up!

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Are you proud to be a "wonk?"  Well, you can burnish your wonky credentials by clicking here and checking out David Williams' latest edition of the Health Wonk Review. You can learn about using the Medicare fee schedule to rationalize pricing, bundled payment, old problems and new proposals for U.S. healthcare reform, the VA and much, much more.
  • Is the United States the Only Country Into "Patient Engagement?" (plus a definition)

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Patient engagement is there too!The answer is no.  Check out this paper in Health Affairs that defines patient engagement as ordinary people who manage their own health by shifting the clinical paradigm from determining “what is the matter?” to discovering “what matters to me?”  The authors point out that patient engagement is a phenomenon in Great Britain, the United Arab Emirates, India and the United States:England's "Big White Wall" is an online community accessible via handhelds or computers where persons with psychological distress can find support…
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    Pallimed

  • New IOM Report: Dying in America - Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

    Christian Sinclair
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Today, the Institute of Medicine released a new report called "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life." I had the pleasure of serving on the committee for the past 18 months*, which makes me so excited to finally share this report publicly. I hope you will all join the wider health care community in dissecting, analyzing, and disseminating this report.  Without your involvement from this point forward, this will merely be an impotent academic exercise. Nothing in this report should be shockingly new to anyone in hospice and palliative…
  • The Role of Neurosurgical Interventions in Palliative Care

    Christian Sinclair
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    (In preparation for the 9/17/14 #hpm Tweetchat, guest host Dr. William Rosenberg summarizes a few of the neurosurgical interventions which may be useful in palliative care. - Ed.)There are three major ways that neurosurgery can alleviate pain:1. Targeted Drug Delivery in which medication is delivered directly to the brain or spinal cord by way of a very small catheter placed in the spinal fluid. The catheter could be connected to a pump placed under the skin for longer term use. Alternatively, a procedure not much bigger than a spinal tap can be used to place the catheter and bring it out…
  • To cure almost always, to relieve often, to comfort if we have the time? A Challenge to Palliative Care

    Cory Ingram
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    (Please welcome Cory Ingram, MD, MS, FAAHPM to Pallimed.  Dr. Ingram recently attended the 2014 Palliative Care Congress in Montreal at McGill University, "the birthplace of palliative care." He posted many pearls from the meeting to Twitter, and I asked if he would be so kind to summarize his trip to this great conference. Please enjoy! - Ed.)When Balfour Mount, father of Palliative Medicine in North America, coined the term Palliative Care more than 40 years ago it may have been difficult to envision 1600 people from more than 60 countries making their pilgrimage to Montreal for…
  • Draw the Lines: The Art of Setting Boundaries

    Lizzy Miles
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    One cannot work in end of life care without being challenged by boundary issues. Hospice and palliative care professionals are present during the most intimate time of a person’s life – their death. I certainly am not an expert on boundaries, but I do think about them often. Consider this article a set of contemplations regarding boundary challenges we face.Challenge: The Appearance of Compassion versus Professional Neutrality My first internship was at a mental health counseling center. My training emphasized having a neutral facial expression at all times. The purpose, I suppose, is so…
  • Stand Up To Cancer Can Have a Palliative Care Focus - How You Can Help

    Christian Sinclair
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you have not been on any social media channels, watching TV, listening to the radio, or picking up a newspaper or magazine in the past week, you may have missed that tonight Friday September 5th is the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) concert/fundraiser. (Which channel is it on? Doesn't matter it will be simulcast on 31 channels.) What is this and why will I later be asking you to watch it and take notes? Well, keep reading if you want to make a difference in palliative care.SU2C draws all sorts of celebrities to talk about their personal experiences with cancer whether it be with their family,…
 
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Next week is Active Aging Week -- let the trade show season begin

    Laurie Orlov
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Next week is Active Aging Week 2014.  According to the International Council on Active Aging, there are 3000 events (all over the place) to celebrate beginning tomorrow -- there are "never more reasons to get off the couch."  So now there are 43 million people age 65+ in the US. (Remember when it was 39 million, back in 2012?) Today there are many reasons for older adults to get up and get moving. Seniors are saddled with ever-lengthening life expectancies (one in four of today's 65-year-olds will live to 90! They are stuck in their awkward and costly houses, with…
  • Consider the impact of Apple announcements -- and move on

    Laurie Orlov
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Gadgets and gizmos all around, but when is a watch a timepiece? Consider the Apple announcements. How prophetic was the Little Mermaid who said "You want thingamabobs? I've got twenty!" Now think about Maxwell Smart's shoe phone. Somehow the new Apple Smartwatch reminds me of gadgets that were so silly and fanciful, they could only have been in the movies (Captain Kirk, Dick Tracey had a variety of amazingly smart watches) or on television.  Just think how many other tech products have emerged from the movies -- or for that matter, read this article about the…
  • Let's focus our lens on caregiving -- technology and beyond

    Laurie Orlov
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tech we talk about -- health -- the much-hyped investment opportunity. We talk ad nauseum about health innovation, often in the context of an aging society -- from StartupHealth, Rock Health, Health 2.0, and AARP's own Health@50+.  And we're wired beyond saturation with new health device tech announcements, from the advance swooning about Apple everything (never seen so many health dreams and now, security worries!) and Samsung nearly-everything-else (never seen so many device shapes!)  And there was plenty of health tech talk at the AARP Ideas@50+ in San Diego -- see Health…
  • Why would the consumer buy a smartphone PERS app from Philips?

    Laurie Orlov
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Philips Lifeline has had, to say the least, an unusual week. First they launch a smartphone PERS application that makes no sense.   The press release quotes the Philips/Georgetown GSEI study that repeats that tiresome cliché that "seniors want to stay as independent as possible as they get older" -- really, no kidding. Therefore smartphone-enabled seniors would want this $13.95/month service. Since they put out a press release and sought media attention with this app, it is safe to say that want us to know about it. And in volume, this would be a nice incremental…
  • Five new Technologies for Aging in Place: July-August, 2014

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

  • Mediation: Finding a Way to Resolve Family Conflicts

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Family fights over the care, legal, and financial issues of aging relatives, can have disastrous results. Using a skilled mediator can make all the difference in achieving peace, harmony, and resolutions.  Family disputes can be among the most painful of all. People who are related by blood ormarriage may have such close ties that they fully understand not only how to do the rightthing for each other, but also how to hurt each other. When caregiving is involved and financial issues come up, it can bring out either the best or the worst in families.Emotion is deep and old resentments…
  • CSA Spotlight, Nakia Street

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    As a young girl, I had always enjoyed being around older adults. My brothers and I loved going to grandma’s house because we knew that something exciting was going to happen there. Strange, I know, but Grandma El was in a class by herself. Grandma’s house was the best! She had all kinds of pictures, whatknots, stories to tell, and her circle of friends were down-right funny. The laughter and joy of them telling old stories of “you remember when?” would fill the room. I can remember imagining myself being right there with them on their journey, as they told their stories. Before you…
  • Motivational Interviewing: Fostering Behavioral Change in Older Clients

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

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

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

  • Lessons I Learned as I Prepare for Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    I have looked forward to retiring for years. The idea of having control of my time to do what I want sounds about as good at it gets. As an obsessively organized person who likes to have a bit of control over things, I am not comfortable adopting a wait and see attitude, especially when it comes to something as important as planning for my retired life. I don’t want to let retirement just happen. I want to do what I can to provide for the best second act possible. About four years ago I began seriously researching retirement. I visited popular websites, read books, subscribed to…
  • How do you stay positive when life keeps getting harder?

    LoveBeingRetired
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    It is not easy to come to grips with growing older. The world around us fixates on all things youthful while advertisers bombard us with happy, wrinkle-free picture-perfect models cavorting happily with nary a care in the world. The message seems to be if you are young you have it made. But what about those whose teens and twenties are a distant memory? Is there a place for those of us whose youthful spirit finds itself betrayed by a progressively more wrinkled visage? I am doing my best to come to grips with the wear and tear of my 55 years of living. I do my part as far as getting my…
  • How To Keep Retirement Fresh

    LoveBeingRetired
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Once you are fortunate enough to retire, you don’t want to squander your hard-earned free time. With 20 or 30 years to look forward to, you are free to fill your days with activities and experiences you genuinely want to pursue. But not everyone enjoys this newfound freedom. You could find yourself somewhat lost, unsure of how to spend your time and bored with the limited options you are able to come up with. Now that you manage your own time, it is up to you to keep your retirement life interesting. Here are a few ideas to help keep retirement fresh: Do something special for…
  • Is Retirement More Difficult These Days?

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

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

  • Most Shared: Mystery Shopping and Salons in Senior Living

    Jason Oliva
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Senior Housing News wrote them, you read them and passed them along to your friends and colleagues. Here are the most shared posts from SHN this week: Philly Low-Income LGBT Seniors Housing Sets National Bar—A new, affordable senior housing community in Philadelphia may soon inspire the development of similar models nationwide considering its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly appeal and crucial necessity. New Joint Venture Aims to be Best of Multifamily, Senior Living—Two Arizona-based companies are pairing the best of both worlds as they embark on a partnership to develop…
  • Senior Living Non-Profit Looks to Acquire Sears Methodist Post-Bankruptcy

    Jason Oliva
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Dallas-based Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. (BRS) may soon become the largest non-profit senior living provider in the state of Texas with plans announced Thursday to pursue a potential acquisition of Sears Methodist Retirement System, Inc. The non-profit, faith-based ministry said it plans to pursue an affiliation with or acquisition of the Abilene, Texas-based Sears, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June. Specifically, the plan includes the acquisition of seven of Sears’ 11 communities. The proposed acquisition would not only make the entities the largest not-for-profit…
  • PBS: Navigating Assisted Living Options

    Elizabeth Ecker
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    For around the clock care needs of older adults, there are several options worth exploring from level of care to costs, writes PBS in a column published this week. The public news outlet, which has produced a series of TV and print coverage on assisted living in recent months, details assisted living options in its latest look into senior care, including a few recommendations and cautions. The column comes as the second of a two-part series; the first of which discussed independent living considerations.  “Before any decision is made about residential care, try to visit more than one…
  • Lawmakers Work for CCRCs and ACOs To Get Along

    Cassandra Dowell
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Proposed legislation is gaining traction on Capitol Hill that would allow states to create Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for seniors in continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) with existing Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Congressmen Joe Barton (R-Tex.) and Ralph Hall (R-Tex.) recently signed on as cosponsors of the proposed bill, HR 2376 or the Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act, introduced in 2013. The bill, written by Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), will allow up to five states to create and implement new models which feature lifetime health and housing…
  • In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (9/18/14)

    Jason Oliva
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Construction: Planned Ohio Senior Living Community Plans $20 Million Expansion Otterbein Senior LIfestyle Choices is planning a $20 million expansion to add more housing to its continuing care retirement community (CCRC) campus in Lebanon, Ohio, reports Dayton Business Journal. The project will create 83 independent living units across 20 new buildings, among them will be 17 ranch-style homes ranging from 1,200-square-feet to 2,000-square-feet. Additionally, three apartment buildings, two with 10 units each and one with 46 units, will also be included in the expansion. These units will range…
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Making Family Caregiving Work – A Sibling Tale of Understanding

    Kathy Birkett
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    All of us who have siblings, no matter if it is one or a dozen, know what it is like to wonder how people who were raised under one roof can be so very different. Family caregivers also experience amazement at how siblings can be so different in their ability and desire to be caregivers to family members, especially parents. Shouldn’t we all love and honor them the same? Siblings grow up together, had pretty much the same childhood experiences, had the same rules, went to the same schools and churches, went on family vacations together and were supposed to be learning to share the load…
  • Robot Caregivers: Assistance on the Way for Seniors & Family Caregivers

    Kathy Birkett
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    When we dream of the future, does an image of the Jetsons come into your mind? Back in the 1960s we thought we would be driving cars in the air and have our meals magically appear from the wall. We all thought we would get a robot maid like Rosie too! That future – well maybe not quite that extreme – may actually be closer than we think, as robot caregivers come marching over the horizon toward the homes of our elder loved ones. As attractive as that sounds, there are several questions to be resolved. Will robotic caregivers be a good thing? Will they fill a gap for caregivers and…
  • Where There’s a Will There’s a Way & That Way is the One We Designate

    Kathy Birkett
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Where there’s a will there’s a way is something we’ve all heard, but this time we’re looking at it differently and referring to a last will and testament. We all should be thinking about executing a will if we haven’t created one yet, but it’s especially true for our seniors and us as their family caregivers. It is important for them to leave directions for their loved ones, friends and family members who meant so much during their lifetimes. It is a good idea to let it be known in writing in your senior’s own words who and where he or she would like their…
  • Personal Health Data Dashboard – Set Up Your Senior’s Patient Portal

    Kathy Birkett
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    We’re being inundated with electronic information these days. We have many devices, our smartphones, tablets, computers and wearable devices, that connect us with the wider world. You may use your smartphone to help you be a more effective caregiver. Many of us do so, perhaps without even realizing it. Smartphones can be one of a caregiver’s most valuable tools, useful for tasks from calling our senior loved one’s healthcare professional to schedule an appointment, getting a prescription refilled or asking questions about their health. Those healthcare professionals’…
  • Connected Health Explained – What it Means to Seniors and Caregivers

    Kathy Birkett
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Senior Care Corner believes strongly that our senior loved ones can have improved quality of life using connected health devices. The new innovations constantly coming to market are providing us with the opportunity we need to impact our own health outcomes. This is vitally important for our senior loved ones especially those who are aging in place and trying hard to stay independent. What is connected health technology? Most describe it as a way to receive healthcare using technology to provide it remotely. It can give consumers the ability to engage with providers and better self-manage…
 
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    eCaring Forum

  • eCaring Enters Promising New Market

    eCaring
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    We are excited to share news from Wisconsin about a promising application of our award-winning eCaring technology. Have A Heart, a non-profit 501c3 that helps  children and adults with physical and developmental disabilies, is the first facility of its type in the country to use our eCaring system.  eCaring now enables staff and family members to track whether individuals got their medicine, had eaten food, slept OK, and had been turned in their beds. We look forward to a long future with our friends in River Falls!    eCaring’s Real-Time Care Management System Selected By Have A…
  • Breaking Language Barriers in Healthcare using Digital Technology

    eCaring
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:42 am
    The non-English speaking patient population in the U.S. accounts for an estimated 30 million people. Navigating our health system is challenging enough for native speakers but what about for those for whom English isn’t their first language? Language barriers have been demonstrated to lead to a number of adverse health outcomes including: Decreased patient satisfaction Lack of preventive health services Repeat visits to the emergency room Longer hospital stays Non-compliance with treatment Increased number and severity of medical errors However, digital technology has opened an entirely new…
  • eCaring Receives Prestigious Corporate Leadership Award From The New York Academy of Medicine for “Creation and Use of Technology in Service of Elder Health”

    eCaring
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:47 am
    This evening The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) will hold its 20th Annual Gala, “Healthy Cities, Healthy World,” at the Pierre Hotel.  The Gala will honor companies and organizations that use technology to improve health, particularly among older adults. NYAM will present eCaring with the Corporate Leadership award for its creation and use of technology in service of elder health. eCaring’s CEO and Founder, Robert Herzog, will accept the award. Creating healthy environments in cities is more critical than ever before now that more than half the world’s population lives in…
  • New York Fully Integrated Duals Advantage Program: An Overview

    eCaring
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    [updated June 10th at 11:56am] Dual eligibles, those people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, make up a disproportionate amount of federal and state health care spending. New York State is no exception. More than 700,000 people in New York are simultaneously enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. The State has the highest annual cost per dual eligible, $30,384, which is double the national average of $15,459. Dual eligibles often have greater complex care needs versus the average Medicaid enrollee, which can present cost and service delivery challenges for managed care…
  • Elderly refusing water? Here’s What to Do

    eCaring
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:32 am
    Are you finding it increasingly difficult to get your patient or elderly parent to consume water? If you’re concerned, you have reason to be. Dehydration is a serious problem for seniors: Dehydrated older adults are more susceptible to urinary tract infections, pneumonia, pressure ulcers, and confusion. The condition can lead to unplanned hospitalizations and even death. So, why is it so hard to get elderly patients to drink enough? Aging research shows it may be all in their head – literally. Over time the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that controls thirst, changes. The area does…
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    ChangingAging.org

  • Day 1 — An Uphill Battle for Martin Bayne

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Martin Bayne transfered successfully to his new nursing home. The good news is he got a private room (probably the only one in the building). Otherwise, he reports the food is terrible and the atmosphere is worse.
  • Portland Wants To Know What Are Old People For?

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Next week on September 23, Dr. Bill Thomas returns to Portland to help kick off a year-long Age-Friendly Portland community-initiative aptly titled after his book "What Are Old People For: Building a Community for All Ages."
  • Battling For Recovery After a Brush With Death

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Martin Bayne called me from the hospital today asking if ChangingAging would help him chronicle his journey of recovery as he transitions to a nursing home to regain adequate health and mobility to return to his home at Sacred Heart Assisted Living.
  • Taming the Monster

    Rolf Yngve
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    CAREGIFTED -- Christy Shake’s blog, Calvin's Story is an extraordinary chronicle of her family’s struggle to care for her son. At any moment, Christy and her husband Michael can find their lives under assault by what she calls: “…a savage monster that eclipsed all other adversity we had yet encountered. That monster was, and continues to be, epilepsy.”
  • I Learned the Truth at 63

    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    When she was young, Janis Ian sang -- "I learned the truth at seventeen". Now that she is 63 things seem... different.
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Can Eating Probiotics Improve Your Blood Pressure?

    Matt Serafini
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Probiotics are a type of bacteria or yeast that can be found in certain nutritional supplements and yogurts. The idea of living organisms found in certain food types that we willin…The post Can Eating Probiotics Improve Your Blood Pressure? appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS, and Medicare

    Savitha Varadan
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Perhaps the summer of 2014 will always be known for the viral social-media phenomenon of the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also called Lou Gehri…The post The Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS, and Medicare appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Turning 65? Answers to Common Medicare Questions

    Angela Chen
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Are you or someone you know turning 65? Get answers to Medicare questions that can help you better plan for your health care, finances, and overall well-being. If you’re turning …The post Turning 65? Answers to Common Medicare Questions appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Card Identity Theft

    Rachel Yen
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    You’re always told to not carry your Social Security card in your wallet, but millions of elderly and disabled individuals may be at risk for identity theft because of their Medi…The post How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Card Identity Theft appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Eight People Who Achieved Greatness as Senior Citizens

    Trystan L. Bass
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Laura Ingalls Wilder Think that only youngsters can be superstars, and retirement means you’re done with making your mark on the world? Think again. Plenty of seniors have …The post Eight People Who Achieved Greatness as Senior Citizens appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
 
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    JacksonWhite Senior Law » News

  • ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitations

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:13 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 and I live in Arizona, but most of our family lives out-of-state.  Like many other couples of our age, we like to spend our summers in cooler climates, so we typically stay with our son, who lives in another state, for about four months of the year.  If I apply for the ALTCS program, will ALTCS have any problems with me maintaining this type of a travel schedule? I should preface this response by reminding you that ALTCS imposes…
  • Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: About two years ago, a financial advisor helped my parents devise a plan by which my dad, a veteran, could qualify for VA Pension.  This plan involved funding an annuity and establishing a trust.  The VA Pension now provides my parents with additional monthly income of about $2,000, but they are still having difficulty paying for dad’s care.  I looked into the ALTCS benefit, but discovered that the type of VA planning in which my parents…
  • ALTCS Qualification With Business Assets

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

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

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

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    18 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
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  • Taking Care of the Family Caregiver

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

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    2 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
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  • How to Understand a Long-Term Care Policy

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

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

  • You are Never Too Old for Burning Man

    Amy Blitchok
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Charlie Warner decided to attend his first Burning Man festival at the age of 81. Recent health scares including open heart surgery, leukemia, and an ongoing battle with diabetes, has him out in the desert celebrating life by confronting the reality of death and our decaying bodies. The short film that captures his experience is a visual feast that jumps from stark dusty landscape scenes to massive dance parties illuminated by lazers and fireworks. The worst part about the film is that it is only 15 minutes long. Warner is instantly a likable subject and you can’t help but want to…
  • New Site will Help you Plan for Aging

    Amy Blitchok
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This post brought to you by The be.group. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Modern Senior. No matter how much we focus on ways to stay young, healthy and vibrant, there is no way to actually stop the process of aging.  That is why when it comes to growing older, the best thing you can do for yourself or your family members is plan ahead.  All too often, we wait until moments of crisis before making necessary changes.  Being proactive about aging can go a long way to avoid stress, reduce costs, and improve quality of life. With those goals in mind, the be.group be.group…
  • Baby Boomer Blogs – End of Summer Edition

    Amy Blitchok
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Summer is winding down and it looks like the impending season change has our bloggers reflecting on a whole host of issues.  From new excursions to past news-makers, there is plenty to read about and don’t forget to join in the conversation by sharing your thoughts and comments. Take a few minutes off, for a virtual trip to Sand Dunes National Park with Laura Lee aka the Midlife Crisis Queen. Tom Sightings wonders if you remember J. D. Bauer. She was born in Brooklyn, excelled in school, earned her Ph.D., and went on to help people deal with all their relationship problems, from blind…
  • Sex and Love as You Age

    Kenneth Smith
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    It’s not just a “young man’s fancy” that turns to love; it’s people of all ages, including older adults, who also want to enjoy the benefits of romance. Interestingly, as the Woodstock and “free love” generation is reaching Medicare status, sociologists, marketers and even healthcare providers are noting that what many want from love as they age may have changed a bit over the years. Today, older adults – whether in long-term monogamous relationships or newly widowed or divorced –are seeking connections that will help support and nurture them throughout the aging process. …
  • Famous Black Baby Boomers

    Amy Blitchok
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Now seems like the perfect time to take a moment and celebrate the achievements of baby boomers who broke through color barriers and challenged the validity of racism with the undeniable strength of their talent and integrity of their actions. If you are an avid Googler, you may have noticed a recent tribute to Althea Gibson, the first black tennis player to compete in international matches.  Gibson was born on August 25,1927 in South Carolina.  When she was just a toddler, her family moved to Harlem to try and escape the effects of the Great Depression.  With the financial support of her…
 
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Study: When is it Too Late to Begin an Exercise Routine?

    Freedom Home Care
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    A recent study was conducted to answer the question, “When is it too late to benefit from an exercise program?”  And what was the answer they found?  It’s never too late. This study, lasting three years, targeted seniors aged 70-89 who were inactive and not in the best of health.  All participants were enrolled in a moderate weekly aerobics, balance, and stretching program. Their progress was closely followed. What researchers found was that the seniors who participated in the exercise program were 28% less likely to develop a persistent mobility problem compared to inactive…
  • The Power of Our Breath: Lecture by Susan Smolin, Registered Yoga Instructor, Breathing & Relaxation Coach

    Freedom Home Care
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Life begins with our first breath. We  breathe in oxygen 10-16 or more times in the first minute of our life. We  will take about 100 million breaths,  before we take our last. The Power of our Breath is immense. To mind the breath is to make a decision. The second we choose to mind the breath, we have decided that this moment is worthy of our full attention. The instant we do this, we have extricated ourselves from the hold of the past and the pull of the future. We are living life today, not yesterday, not tomorrow. Breath awareness simply put is when we pay attention to the way we are…
  • Technology: Improving Quality of Life for Seniors with Hearing Loss

    Freedom Home Care
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    If you are a senior experiencing hearing loss, you aren’t alone.  One in three seniors over the age of 60 has some form of hearing loss, and the number jumps to one in two for those over 85.  And while not being able to hear clearly can be frustrating and inconvenient, technology is improving seniors’ quality of life, especially when it comes to hearing loss. Here are two ways technology is helping today’s seniors suffering from hearing loss: 1. Cochlear Implants.  Just a few years back, if you had hearing loss due to damage of the tiny hairs in the inner ear, it was irreversible. …
  • What is the Flu? What You Need to Know before Flu Season Hits

    Freedom Home Care
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What is the Flu? Influenza, also called the “flu,” is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Flu can cause fever, chills, headache, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and muscle aches. Unlike other common respiratory infections such as the common cold, influenza can cause extreme fatigue lasting several days to more than a week. Although nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can sometimes accompany influenza infection, especially in children, gastrointestinal symptoms are rarely prominent. The illness that people often call “stomach flu” is not influenza.
  • Scientists Find New Link Between Vitamin D and Dementia

    Freedom Home Care
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In a previous blog post titled, “The ABC’s of Vitamin D” we mentioned the importance of including Vitamin D in a senior’s diet.  We talked about how it is a necessary component in the process of keeping bones strong and healthy.  Well, scientists have now found yet another reason to keep vitamin D levels high: it significantly lowers the risk of dementia. Researchers have been thoroughly studying dementia and its causes and progress for years.  One study in particular looked for a connection between seniors who didn’t have sufficient levels of vitamin D in their bodies and their…
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • Can I Love Someone Unconditionally?

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I first ran across this video a couple of weeks ago on the Huffington Post website in their "Weddings" Section of all places.It was posted by Taryn Hillin.Here is her short biography from HP:Taryn graduated from Yale in 2007 and is the Associate Editor of Huffington Post Weddings and Huffington Post Divorce. Besides writing for The Huffington Post she is also a screenwriter and recently released her debut YA novel, "The Imati."  She also likes dogs and popcorn.Taryn titled her article: "This Is What It Really Means To Love Someone Unconditionally"Before I continue,…
  • Gaslamp Quarter San Diego - Los Panchos de Charly

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Baby Boomers, Don’t you just hate the final night of your vacations? One one hand, you just don’t want to let go of the great time you are having. On the other hand, you know you have to get back to reality. So there you are, trying to extend what little time you have left, feeling guilty that you should be preparing for your return home.That’s where we found ourselves on our final Saturday night in San Diego. Doc and I had just partied our way through the John Cougar Mellencamp concert at the Convention Center and were wandering our way through the Gaslamp Quarter amazed at…
  • Gaslamp Quarter San Diego - "Dick's Last Resort"

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Baby Boomers, What do “giant meatballs”, “Victorian charm” and  a “swinging padre”  all have in common?If you guessed that these are all things that make San Diego one of my favorite cities to visit every year you were right !!! What’s amazing though, is how much new stuff there is to do every time I come back to San Diego. I’m not talking about just new stores or restaurants, I’m talking about full scale attractions and entire neighborhoods to see. I've lost track how many times I have visited San Diego.And you know what?I have…
  • Coronado Island San Diego - "Night and Day Cafe"

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Baby Boomers, The other day I told you how Doc and I stole a couple of bikes from the Sofia Hotel and held them hostage for over 12 hours. I have to recommend to you that, any time you stay in downtown San Diego, bikes are the premier mode of transportation for getting around. They haven’t reached the popularity of a Seattle or Key West yet, but you see quite a few locals smiling to themselves as they buzz around the concrete jungle, knowing they are smarter than their neighbors who drive. Here are a handful of benefits to biking in downtown San Diego:The weather is almost always…
  • 2015 Insurance Marketplace Update

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Baby Boomers,It looks like our trusty government is trying to get a jump on open enrollment for next year.Do you think they are a little better prepared than they were last year when they rolled out this "White Elephant?"Here's the important information curated from the latest email I received."Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a 2015 Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one.Are you ready for the next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period?Here are 4 key dates you should know:November 15, 2014. Open Enrollment begins. Apply for,…
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  • Choosing Shoes that Are Stylish and Comfortable After 60

    Margaret Manning
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I have a confession to make. I love shoes. I wouldn’t quite classify myself as a “shoe addict,” but, if I ever win the lottery, there will most definitely be a closet in my bedroom dedicated to footwear. So, you can imagine my excitement in having the opportunity to talk with fashion expert, Melanie Payge, on the topic of how to choose comfy shoes that are also fashionable.Read More
  • End of Life Planning Doesn’t Need to be Depressing!

    Margaret Manning
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Women over 60 are enjoying life to the full. So, it’s no surprise that end of life planning is the last thing on our minds. When we do think about death, our concerns tend to be for the family and friends that we would leave behind. So, there’s the dilemma. We don’t want to think about our mortality. But, we still want to make sure that our loved ones would be taken care of, should the unexpected happen. Fortunately, end of life planning doesn’t need to be depressing. There are practical steps that we can take to give ourselves peace of mind. I hope that this article helps in its own…
  • 6 Strategies to Help You Get the Most from Life After 60

    Margaret Manning
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Life after 60 can be one of the most challenging and uncertain times in a woman’s life. It can also be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding. With our roles and responsibilities changing, life is once again a fresh canvas. If you are just now turning 60, you may be wondering what’s to do next. Do you want to take it easy for a while? Or, after years in a corporate career, perhaps you want to start a business of your own? Whether you want to travel, work, relax or volunteer, there is no reason that life after 60 shouldn’t be amazing. Since starting Sixty and Me, I have had the…
  • The Importance of Tailoring Your Clothes After 60

    Margaret Manning
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I visited Milan to interview fashion expert, Melanie Payge, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the amazing showroom and tailor, Atelier Sangalli. What an amazing experience! Tailoring is one of the oldest and most fascinating professions and to experience the process in the heart of Milan was an absolute treat. I came away thinking that, in a world filled with mass-produced clothing and cookie-cutter styles, it’s a shame that more women don’t take advantage of the services of these highly skilled professionals.Read More
  • Embrace Your Curves with Plus Size Yoga

    Margaret Manning
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When you picture a yoga student, what kind of person pops into your mind? If you’re like most of us, you probably imagine a young, slender, athletic woman, twisting herself into a pretzel, with a serene look on her face. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with this picture. After all, yoga really does have the power to transform your body and mind. The problem comes when we prevent ourselves from getting involved with something because of embarrassment or false expectations. If you are a bit on the curvy side and are on the fence regarding whether to give yoga a shot, I hope that the…
 
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  • Planning for Senior Housing Part I: Where To Get Started?

    Virginia Traweek
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I meet a lot of seniors who aren’t quite ready for senior housing. They are generally younger (60-70, although sometimes into their 80’s) and don’t have kids nearby. Often times, they don’t want to rely on others to handle their care as they age, and they want to stay independent as long as possible. For them, good planning is their best bet for living their golden years as they would like. Over the next two posts, I’ll share some tips for starting to plan for senior housing, based on some common themes that I hear from clients.  In today’s post, we’ll talk about living at…
  • How to Find a Community with Good Culture

    Virginia Traweek
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    When shopping for senior housing, it’s especially important to find a community that has residents who share your interests and activities.  While you might worry that you won’t be able to truly experience a community until after you move in, here are a few things that you can do to learn more about the potential communities on your list: First, eat lunch with residents. Marketing agents will bend over backwards to get you to hang around for lunch.  They’ll usually recruit some of their most outgoing residents and ask if you would like to eat lunch with them.  Most people already…
  • Four Things You Didn’t Know About Senior Care Facilities

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

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

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

    Virginia Traweek
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I meet a lot of seniors who aren’t quite ready for senior housing. They are generally younger (60-70, although sometimes into their 80’s) and don’t have kids nearby. Often times, they don’t want to rely on others to handle their care as they age, and they want to stay independent as long as possible. For them, good planning is their best bet for living their golden years as they would like. Over the next two posts, I’ll share some tips for starting to plan for senior housing, based on some common themes that I hear from clients.  In today’s post, we’ll talk about living at…
  • How to Find a Community with Good Culture

    Virginia Traweek
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    When shopping for senior housing, it’s especially important to find a community that has residents who share your interests and activities.  While you might worry that you won’t be able to truly experience a community until after you move in, here are a few things that you can do to learn more about the potential communities on your list: First, eat lunch with residents. Marketing agents will bend over backwards to get you to hang around for lunch.  They’ll usually recruit some of their most outgoing residents and ask if you would like to eat lunch with them.  Most people already…
  • Four Things You Didn’t Know About Senior Care Facilities

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

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

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

    Joanna Redfern
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Many people who take care of seniors often forget to take care of themselves.  Whether the person they are caring for has physical disabilities, mental impairments, or both, it is beneficial to look after their own well-being. FamilyDoctor.org gives a very good definition as to what a caregiver is: A caregiver is someone who gives basic care to a person who has a chronic medical condition. A chronic condition is an illness that lasts for a long time or doesn’t go away. Some examples of chronic conditions are cancer, effects of stroke, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, and…
  • Technology Can Help You Stay Safe in Your Home

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

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

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

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

    Jennifer Carole
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    On September 3, 2014, the Huffington Post published an article about a survey released by Bankrate.com, a financial research firm. The survey showed that 26% of those ages 50-64 have saved nothing for retirement. Some 14% of those 65 and older have nothing saved as well. This is not good news. So where do you start if you can’t afford to retire? It’s tough to answer that because it’s based on everyone’s individual circumstances. But there are a few key variables that can be managed to help you put together your plan. By taking a look at what you’ll need to spend as well as your…
  • Here’s One Reason Why Saving is So Hard and Some Tips for Making it Easier

    Jennifer Carole
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do you feel like a failure because no matter how hard you try, saving money is just plain difficult? You aren’t alone. According to Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan and Princeton psychology professor Eldar Shafir, authors of a new book, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, “Saving can be affected by the very fact that you don’t have enough.” No kidding, you’re thinking. But it’s more complex than the obvious. Here’s the idea: “If you have urgent current expenses to cover, the future priorities like college and retirement fall off…
  • If You’re Approaching Retirement, It’s a Bad Time to Lose Track of Your Money

    Jennifer Carole
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    How much money do you have? Stop for a second and think about that question. Did you think, “Hmm, not sure how much is in my wallet”? Did you sit back and say, “Ha! I’m a millionaire; you should see how much I have saved!”? Did you shake your head and say, “Not enough, that’s for sure”? Our relationship with money can be interesting. It’s personal and driven by a lifetime of money habits. That’s why it often easy to think about what we have that’s in our immediate consciousness (our purse or wallet) and forget about the money…
  • What Medicare Doesn’t Cover and Why It Matters to You (Even If You’re Younger)

    Jennifer Carole
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many people think that Medicare is the Holy Grail: once you hit 65, your healthcare is finally a piece of cake. You’re covered for everything and you can go about your business – no longer having to worry about insurance, premiums, etc. Right? Wrong. Medicare isn’t a free ride. This is really important to understand because when you plan for your future, you’ll need to plan on spending money on medical expenses. That might not be on your radar right now, but it needs to be no matter how old you are. Why? Because it means you may need to save more than you are saving…
  • Hey! It’s National my Social Security Week. It’s Time to Get Your Free Account!

    Jennifer Carole
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    During this week, Aug 17-24, 2014, Social Security will host events and activities across the country to raise awareness about the benefits of having a my Social Security account encouraging the public to sign up for their free account. Individuals can use their my Social Security account to access their Social Security Statement to check their earnings and get estimates of future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits they or their families may receive. Get your account then try our free Social Security planner After you sign up for your my Social Security account, then come to our…
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