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  • Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious-objection measure that provoked a backlash from businesses and gay-rights groups, saying it was not intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • 'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

    Seniors / Aging News From Medical News Today
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Previously top-secret technology allows imaging of whole body organs down to cellular level: Presented at the peer-reviewed 2015 Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society in Las VegasA...
  • A CAPPUCCINO AND A MANICURE

    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Every few weeks my son and daughter-in-law take me on an adventure! It might be just going to the supermarket or running some little errand that needs to be taken care of but believe me - it's never a routine trip. There is something special that happens every time. Just spending time with them is special!The other day the plan was to go to a fairly new Wegman's in the area. It's huge, has a large variety of prepared foods and in many instances the price is "right."As we were riding along in my son's gorgeous new Mercedes-Benz he said that he wanted to stop at the dealership to have his car…
  • My Hillary rant--Brenda reminds me

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    a little red hen
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Sitting in that chair last week.  That iconic chair, one step away from therapy--or maybe instead of.  Brenda raised the scissors.  First, "So you want it shorter this time?" Settling into my answer, "Where are you in the latest Hillary thing?" I sigh.  Immediately taken back to 2008, and disappointing my daughter by opting for Obama. Back to Hillary and the sigh.  Sure, a woman president would be transformative--for me, for the world, for our grandchildren.  Because they would finally have to hear our voice. (link to…
  • Medicare doc fix: something for everyone to dislike, but a needed reform

    RetirementRevised
    Mark Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to the long-standing threat of sharp reductions in Medicare’s payments to doctors. But the so-called “doc fix” will be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries will pay part of the bill. The big questions: How much? And, could a doc fix be achieved without hitting up seniors to pay part of the bill? The phrase “doc fix” refers to the annual threat to cut Medicare payments to physicians under a payment formula called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the SGR seeks to keep physician…
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  • Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious-objection measure that provoked a backlash from businesses and gay-rights groups, saying it was not intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in Tikrit

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.
  • Iran nuke talks extended once again after faltering

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Iran and six world powers are pressing ahead with efforts to hammer out a framework accord.
  • Getty oil heir found dead in Los Angeles home

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:53 am
    The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old's death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be…
  • Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
 
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  • A CAPPUCCINO AND A MANICURE

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Every few weeks my son and daughter-in-law take me on an adventure! It might be just going to the supermarket or running some little errand that needs to be taken care of but believe me - it's never a routine trip. There is something special that happens every time. Just spending time with them is special!The other day the plan was to go to a fairly new Wegman's in the area. It's huge, has a large variety of prepared foods and in many instances the price is "right."As we were riding along in my son's gorgeous new Mercedes-Benz he said that he wanted to stop at the dealership to have his car…
  • A VERY SPECIAL SUNDAY

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Stop and think about it - "If you don't go out, nothing happens." Weeks ago I received an invitation to a cousin's 100th birthday party. It was called for noon time, at a town close to Rhode Island, that's at least a two hour ride from where I live.My thought was "I want to go to this special party, honor my cousin and share this special time with family that I haven't seen in a very long time.I'm no chicken and the thought of getting up early, making arrangements and going on that long ride was a turnoff.I thought about it, and thought about it some more, and finally decided that was what I…
  • BREAD, MILK and TOILET PAPER

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    The Boston area is bracing for a huge blizzard that could bring as much as 3 feet of snow!This reminds me of the Blizzard of 1978. The governor of Massachusetts, Mike Dukakis, dressed in a casual sweater, appeared on television to advise the people to prepare for a massive snowstorm. I had never paid attention to what the governor of the State was up to, but I listened to him, was impressed with what he had to say, how he said it and what he was doing to handle this major event.Ever since then I have followed his career, through good times and bad. He always got my vote.Now, back to what's…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This photo brings back such good memories of a fun childhood. I love how my mother is laughing so much. And it's funny that my dad set up this shot. ;-)My mom says: "That photo says it all! Those were the days my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!"
  • 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…
 
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  • My Hillary rant--Brenda reminds me

    a little red hen
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Sitting in that chair last week.  That iconic chair, one step away from therapy--or maybe instead of.  Brenda raised the scissors.  First, "So you want it shorter this time?" Settling into my answer, "Where are you in the latest Hillary thing?" I sigh.  Immediately taken back to 2008, and disappointing my daughter by opting for Obama. Back to Hillary and the sigh.  Sure, a woman president would be transformative--for me, for the world, for our grandchildren.  Because they would finally have to hear our voice. (link to…
  • My former subway station makes front page

    a little red hen
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Karsten Moran, New York Times photographer, took the hit for me.  I thank him for being my stand-in last Monday at the 125th Street stop of the #1 subway.  Yes, there's a certain nostalgia as I remember standing on that windy, outdoor platform in wet weather.   And slogging down the first flight of stairs, then the second--the metal ones--to the street and the 3-block walk back to our apartment.  Better weather here in Portland, Oregon.  Even less rain than usual the last few months. But one morning after a downpour, there was a lovely rainbow.  These…
  • Another sourdough bread triumph gets blog moving...

    a little red hen
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Yesterday's satisfying Sourdough Bread with Cornmeal was a real triumph. Though I have way too many bread cookbooks--several purchased in the last year and delightful to read/try--this time it was the Google that led to Israeli Kitchen because I'm a big fan of cornmeal.   To begin, I needed to refresh my starter.  But then I put it off--back into the fridge.  Finally, impatient with myself, made my move.  I had to build up my starter to get a cup of the stuff.  Perhaps it was my new oven thermometer that fueled my resolve.  Now I could…
  • Ron Bloom's tapestry fills our life...

    a little red hen
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Last Friday most of Ron's show came down--tapestries on the walls near the Terwilliger auditorium.  Still on display are the eleven in a glass case in the cafe.  People keep coming up to him to say they wish the work was still on view. Our California friends were in town for the opening; Toni Van Horn created this collage.  It has everything:  Ron giving his lively talk about early influences on his work, Mark Rothko's paintings, for one.  And the weaver, Sheila Hicks, whose small weavings he saw at an exhibition in New York before we left.
  • 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,…
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    RetirementRevised

  • Medicare doc fix: something for everyone to dislike, but a needed reform

    Mark Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to the long-standing threat of sharp reductions in Medicare’s payments to doctors. But the so-called “doc fix” will be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries will pay part of the bill. The big questions: How much? And, could a doc fix be achieved without hitting up seniors to pay part of the bill? The phrase “doc fix” refers to the annual threat to cut Medicare payments to physicians under a payment formula called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the SGR seeks to keep physician…
  • Lump sum pension offers: Don’t count on your employer for advice

    Mark Miller
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    If you are due a pension from a former employer, there is a good chance you were or soon will be offered a lump-sum payment in exchange for giving up that guaranteed monthly check for life. Should you take it? Probably not, but making a smart decision depends on a complex set of assumptions about future interest rates, possible rates of market returns and your longevity. It is a tough analysis unless you have an actuarial background. Unfortunately, employers are not providing enough information. That is the conclusion of a recent review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office of 11…
  • Aging in place is popular, but does it always make sense?

    Mark Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    It’s been a mantra in recent years: most Americans want to stay right where they are in retirement. Aging in place is the preference expressed by older Americans in most surveys – a view that springs, in part, from rebellion against the notion that retirement communities in the Sunbelt states or institutional settings like nursing homes are the right place for all older people. Aging in place can be a good option – but it’s not always realistic. Issues to consider include the cost of upkeep and healthcare and proximity to family, recreation, leisure activities and…
  • Building retirement security by avoiding job burnout: A Q&A with Kerry Hannon

    Mark Miller
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Kerry Hannon If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: “Stick with it.” Burnout is one of the biggest problems in the workplace, especially for older workers. An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half of workers retire earlier than they expected – and that job burnout is a key factor. But sticking it out is important to retirement security, Hannon says in her new book Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness (Wiley, 2015).
  • How Your Social Security Benefit Is Calculated

    Mark Miller
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Stephen C. Goss If you’ve checked your annual Social Security statement lately, you probably know the size of the benefit you’re projected to receive in retirement. But do you know how that number is calculated? Social Security determines your initial benefit at full retirement age (FRA) using a complex formula that takes into account your earning history, wage inflation, and a present-value calculation. If you want to understand how the math in those formulas works, there’s no better person to ask than Stephen C. Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration…
 
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  • Joy Loverde Shares Tricks of the Trade: Part I

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Joy Loverde   Meeting family caregivers face-to-face and learning about how they solve parent-care problems is one of the many rewards I cherish when I am on the road. Their eldercare suggestions and inventions never cease to amaze me. Here is a tip I heard about last week that is worth noting.   Suggestion: […] The post Joy Loverde Shares Tricks of the Trade: Part I appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Will you need Home Care or Home Health Care

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s confusing and sometimes difficult to know which care is needed, home care or home health care. Do you know the differences? A good way to quickly assess which care will serve your relative, follow these simple suggestions. The first thing to remember about receiving help, you don’t need to be frail, unable to care […] The post Will you need Home Care or Home Health Care appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Why Nobody in the Family Talks About Money

    admin
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:07 am
    by Joy Loverde Award-winning journalist and Reuters contributor, Chris Taylor recently wrote an insightful article titled, Why nobody talks about money.   Chris backs up his findings with a study conducted by Wells Fargo & Co. that explains, “44% of Americans point to personal finances as the most challenging chat anyone can possibly have.”   […] The post Why Nobody in the Family Talks About Money appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Like it or not we are judged by others

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    by Joy Loverde “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” Oh how I love this quotation! No one really knows exactly who said it. Abraham Lincoln? Mark Twain? Biblical Proverb? Maurice Switzer? Arthur Burns? John Maynard Keynes? Confucius? Anonymous? Who cares who said it? I love […] The post Like it or not we are judged by others appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 18

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    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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    Inside Elder Care

  • Senior Living Spring Activities

    Ryan Malone
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    When the winter weather finally breaks and those first signs of spring begin to show, everybody wants to be outside.  Many senior citizens are confined to staying indoors during the harsh winter months due to the potential dangers posed by the extreme weather conditions, and once the sun starts shining, some fresh air is exactly what they need. Below are a list of some fun activities seniors can take part in this spring! Take a walk. Stroll around the block and take in the scenery. Studies have shown that even ten minutes of walking a day can help senior citizens maintain their strength and…
  • 10 ways to help older people in the winter

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Age UK estimates that as many as 1.7m older people across the UK cannot afford to properly heat their homes and up to a third of those living alone are confined to heating just one room to save money on bills. This winter the charity group is actively encouraging new volunteers to get involved in their local community and help neighbours and relatives stay warm and stay well. With a few ideas and flexible time commitment, everyone can make a lasting difference to an older person’s life: 1. Set up a local volunteers network Local charities and church groups can offer regular volunteering…
  • Breaking the News: Telling a Loved One They Need Care

    Ryan Malone
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    How do you talk to a relative about getting help? Growing old is something that happens to us all. We all want the best for our loved ones but ensuring that they are well cared for as they get older can be a challenge, especially when you’re balancing work and home life with providing the level of care or help they need. Sometimes we need a little support. Your loved one may be struggling to carry out some of the everyday tasks that we take for granted, they may be struggling with declining health, recovering from a stroke or may have just come out of hospital and need a little care that…
  • Keeping Your Mind Active In Long Term Care

    Ryan Malone
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Keeping your brain sharp while living in an elderly care facility can seem challenging at times. Often, people consider the need to maintain their physical health, tossing mental health to the side and neglecting to exercise their brains. In order to maintain mental capability, it is important to exercise and train your brain consistently. There are a number of activities you can take part in on a daily basis to keep your brain functioning at its best! Read:  Reading regularly is one of the best ways to exercise and develop the brain. This activity can trigger the mind to think outside the…
  • Help Your Aging Parents Regain Their Health And Self-Esteem With Home Care Services

    Ryan Malone
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    These days most people are required to live overseas, far away from their aging mom and dad, or are too packed with their job owing to which they do not have time for looking after their parents at home. This leaves them worried about the senior citizens who stay all alone at home or require an extra hand. In all such cases home care is what they are looking for. Keep away from this one big mistake Self esteem is one of the biggest factors for one’s aging parents. Often one gets frustrated and loses their temper due to their parents’ stubbornness and tenacity, not realizing the fact that…
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    The Population Health Blog

  • Health Policy Insights from the Medical Home Summit: Wellness, ACOs

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    The Opening Ceremony of The Medical Home SummitThe Population Health Blog is back home after attending the intellectually rewarding Population Health Colloquium and Medical Home Summit.  It was great to reconnect with old colleagues and make new friends.In no particular order, here are some PHB take-aways:One representative from household-name health insurer spoke in a lofty plenary session on the merits of keeping patients healthy. While the PHB was inspired by the videos of device-wearing joggers, it all seemed eerily reminiscent of the wacky pharmaceutical company…
  • The Latest Health Wonk Review Is Up

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    The latest Health Wonk Review is being hosted by Brad Wright and the cleverly named Wright On Health Blog.  This is a review of some of the better health policy blogs from about the web.  You Won't Go Rong by checking it out.Enjoy!
  • A Health Care Clerisy?

    10 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    We're here and we've figured it outThe Population Health Blog is reading Joel Kotkin's "The New Class Conflict." While it hasn't gotten through all of it, the central premise is a refreshingly alternative explanation for our national malaise.  It's less a matter of conservative vs. liberal ideologies that are leveraging class warfare. Rather, it's us vs. an unholy alliance of the new internet-media Oligarchs and their fawning expert clerisy. "The New Class Conflict" doesn't dive into the implications for health reform. That naturally prompted the PHB to…
  • The Iron Triangle of mHealth Apps Due Diligence: What CEOs and Boards Need to Know

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    As the Population Health Blog's medSolis CMO expertise in mHealth expands, it can't help but admire the infectious "can-do" optimism of its "app" programmer-developer colleagues and competitors. Even if healthcare is a morass of dreary economics, regulatory meddling and dysfunctional politics, these entrepreneurs really do believe that "there is an app for that!" And neither are leaders in hospitals, clinics, provider systems, insurance companies, medical device manufacturing and population health immune from the developers' enthusiasm. "Apps" are being built or bought with the…
  • The Latest Health Wonk Review Is Up!

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Happy Anniversary to the Health Business Blog. And what better way to celebrate the occasion than by hosting the Health Wonk Review.  David Williams' linked summary has the best of brainy health policy wonkery from around the web.Enjoy! 
 
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    Pallimed

  • Palliman comic released today!

    Abe R Feaulx
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    by Abe R Feaulx, Pallimed Special ReporterThe rumors whispered around the globe have finally been confirmed. In the Fires of Pain and Suffering, A New Hero is Forged.  Pain has a new nemesis; his name… is Palliman.Upstart publisher MD Comics is taking aim at media giants DC and Marvel with its latest addition to the superhero world. Issue Number 1: An Empathic Hero Rises is the world’s first glimpse at a long-awaited transformation in the comic universe. “He’s different from other heroes. He’s such a good listener!!” said 12 year-old Easton McKilkenny after finishing the…
  • Clowning: a new frontier to medical communication tools

    Abe R Feaulx
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    by Abe R Feaulx, Pallimed Special Reporter If you have ever had a sick patient under your care, you know how difficult it can be to address the most challenging and serious topics. Doctors aren’t always known for being the best communicators, and honestly learning how to speak with patients is not something that is stressed during any part of training. Luckily, there are communication courses aimed at clinicians to help bolster these much-needed skills. You may have heard of some of the more academic ones, but we have just learned of a new course you can take at home.The course is called:…
  • Understanding the needs of a child in pediatric palliative care

    Pallimed Editor
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    by Kevin Madden“This child needs a tracheostomy before he can go home.” It is a phrase I had heard – and probably had said – many times as an attending in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This time, however, I heard a singular word – need – in a completely different way. Many thoughts went through my mind:Why does a child “need” anything?Who determines what a child “needs”?How many times had I delivered care to a child based on what I thought the child “needed” without ever knowing whether the child and family thought they “needed” the same thing?This singular…
  • Say Thank You on Doctor’s Day

    Pallimed Editor
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    by Perry FarmerA strong, active man in his sixties, he had been struggling and fighting for months—in and out of the hospital experiencing chemotherapy, radiation, and a long-term-care stay. He was suffering from cancer, pneumonia, and multi-system failure. He was my father-in-law and he would live for hours, or a few days.We knew his end-of-life wishes from the Advanced Directive and Living Will he had signed. So we were shocked when his primary care physician said, “If you three sisters agree, I’ll do everything I can.” It seemed that she was ignoring my father-in-law’s decisions…
  • Death and the Most Interesting Man in the World

    Niamh van Meines
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    by Niamh van MeinesIn a recent #hpm chat, we touched on the topic of “redesigning death”. The discussion moved to finding ways to insert hospice and palliative medicine into everyday life, moving away from medicalizing death to humanizing it, or re-humanizing it. Atul Gawande framed it very well in his recent speech at the AAHPM Assembly with one simple statement in regards to dietary restrictions: “Let ‘em have the damn cookie.” And again, at the Institute of Medicine conference on March 20th, Atul Gawande, touched upon emotions and desires that change for people as they grow…
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    Elder Care Home Health Blog

  • Will a Hearing Aid Improve Your Quality of Life?

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Hearing loss can be experienced by both young and old people, and even though it’s a common problem, many will choose to ignore it for as long as possible. If you think that you may have a hearing problem, it’s time to do something about it, so you can enjoy life again. The First Steps First things first, you will need to determine that you indeed have a hearing problem. Make an appointment with your physician. Your doctor will likely examine your ears and ask you a few questions. The physician will want to make sure that your hearing problem isn’t related to a build up of…
  • The Health Benefits of Eating Fish

    admin
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein make fish an essential part of a healthy diet. There are specific health benefits of eating fish. Fish For Heart Health The unsaturated fatty acids in fish can benefit your heart in a number of ways. One example is the effects on inflammation. When inflammation is present in your body, it can result in heart disease from the damage it causes to the blood vessels. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation and protect the blood vessels. Fish can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. As high cholesterol and high blood pressure are factors which…
  • Understanding The Four Parts of Medicare

    admin
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    In the United States, Medicare is a federally-funded social health insurance program for people over the age of 65 who have worked and paid into the system, persons under age 65 who have disabilities and people suffering from the final stage of chronic kidney disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. To be eligible for this insurance, you must be a US citizen or a permanent US resident lawfully residing in the US. Medicare is financed by a portion of the payroll taxes paid by employees and their employers as well as from monthly premiums deducted from social security checks. In essence,…
  • The Importance of Sleep

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Having a sleep deficit that has been accumulating just doesn’t make you feel sleepy, but it can also pose other dangerous implications for your brain. For example, cognitive decline and memory loss, as well as maybe even Alzheimer’s, has been linked to getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep per night. A brain researcher explained what happens to your brain while you are sleeping. Some of those things are as followed: When you sleep, your brain doesn’t fully go to sleep, as there are certain parts of your brain that are a lot more active at night than it is during the day. The…
  • Eat Better and Feel Better

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    At some point in their lives, many people find it necessary to start taking better care of their bodies. Of course, it is better to take care of yourself all along rather than be forced to undergo a crash alteration in one’s usual lifestyle. Regardless of when the time comes to make the switch, however, it is usually a case of trouble with the heart and circulatory system that impels the change. For this reason, most healthy nutrition plans focus on heart health at the expense of other organs of the body—although it is fair to say that foods that increase heart health are likely…
 
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Five new technologies from the 2015 Boomer Business Summit and ASA

    Laurie Orlov
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    In Chicago it was all about boomers and seniors. Last week Aging in America framed several days in Chicago of multiple other related events about and for professionals in caregiving, boomers and seniors. The market-facing event that always attracts multiple executives from organizations like AARP, United Healthcare, Ziegler, Linkage, and many startups was the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit (led by Mary Furlong and now in its 12th year).  Here are five technologies new and/or not previously noted from ASA and What's Next -- all information is from the companies' websites…
  • The Aging-Disability Information Disconnect

    Laurie Orlov
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Aging in New York.  You may know about the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities initiative, announced in 2007.  And perhaps you know all about Age-Friendly New York, launched in 2009 as a result of the WHO. Lots of folks like to say how age-friendly NYC is – which I have always thought was odd, if not downright laughable – having battled across streets in NYC with a wide range of pedestrian walk times, deep puddles masking ramp cut-outs, and a subway system map that favors insider knowledge. Senior Planet in NYC has some more info on what makes a city…
  • Five (pretty smart) watches – acknowledging that seniors exist

    Laurie Orlov
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Should smart watches target and serve seniors? Erik Wicklund observed in mHealth News that the smartwatch hype about Apple’s rock-the-world has mesmerized the media. He mentions Microsoft Band and Pebble. Really from a hype-opmeter perspective, that was gracious, but those products already shipping are not generally thought of as ‘MAGICAL.’  Do seniors need a Smartwatch? Does anyone need all the smarts being invented?  Let’s just call that a rhetorical question for now. Note these five smart watches for seniors, in alphabetical order, information from…
  • Services for aging in place – not provided, not coordinated, not enough

    Laurie Orlov
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    What you can’t see is what you get.  Rant on. You would think by now that there would be a traveling provider of just about everything anyone might need. You can order much of your supplies in your home from the Amazon of all stuff, uh, actually, that IS Amazon.com. These days – you probably know that doctors are making housecalls. Even podiatrists and dentists (did you know this?) will travel to assisted living facilities. Should people with dementia have annual eye exams? (Yes.) What about eye exams inside memory care units for non-verbal 90-year-olds? And what about the…
  • The doctor and staff are remotely controlled – literally

    Laurie Orlov
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Crises drive health innovation. The presumed potential and much-publicized looming shortage of doctors is worrisome – or at least their lopsided geographic distribution is a concern. Or there are not enough medical schools to train new doctors. Or doctors are tired of being doctors.  Or is it the problem of keeping down the cost of actually seeing a doctor or a nurse practitioner? Is it that population health risks drive the need for improved chronic disease management?  Is it that there are or may soon be so many new patients? Or is the problem one of wasting the time of so…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Meet CSA Spotlight, Angela McCants

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I was a teacher at Dealey Montessori school before launching my real estate career, so I can appreciate the power of education. After working with the families of many clients who were moving for the last time, and after watching my own parents downsize, I realized there was a need for extra sensitivity, knowledge, and instruction. The regular Realtor training just wouldn’t do.In 2005, I investigated the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and decided this was the training that would benefit my clients the most. It was very intense and gave me a great overview of the needs this demographic…
  • The Problem with Pets

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    For many people pets have become an integral part of their lives, even more so for older adults. Yet, as we age, our pets can present challenges. What happens if you move to a senior-living facility? What if your pet(s) outlive you? Fortunately, there are solutions. For many people pets have become an integral part of their lives, even more so for older adults. With children grown and gone, our pets become our constant companions, especially if we live alone. We form bonds with our pets—whether cat, dog, bird or something else—that aren’t easy to break. Yet, as we age, our pets can…
  • Meet CSA Spotlight, Linda Holloway

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    As a senior now myself, I am able to see life as a song, with each experience and each relationship being melodies intricately interwoven into our own masterpiece composition. Twenty years ago, two friends and I co-founded Bessie’s Hope as a legacy to my grandmother. Because of driving down to spend day and night with her in a Texas nursing home, I recognized that communities need to reach into the nursing home world and embrace the elders, who statistically speaking, are largely the “forgotten” population in our culture.Co-founders, Sharron Brandrup and Marge Utne, joined me in my…
  • Making the Move: Should You Rent or Buy?

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    As older adults decide it’s time to move, one big issue is whether to rent or buy the next place they live. The financial issues are complex, but other questions are important, such as whether you still want to be responsible for home maintenance or rather spend your time traveling.As older adults decide it’s time to move, whether to downsize or to be someplace warmer or nearer their children or grandchildren, one big issue is whether to rent or buy the next place they live. The financial issues are complex, having to do with mortgages, taxes and your financial situation. But there are…
  • Meet CSA Spotlight, Jim Everson

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    I have always enjoyed being around seniors; hearing their stories, learning from their experiences and gaining their wisdom. Growing up in Martins Ferry Ohio, a small town in Eastern Ohio on the Ohio River, community was important to me and very tightly knit. Having relationships with the elder community was part of what I learned, not only from being raised with a Christian worldview, but also because they were my neighbors.Being a Boy Scout and attaining my goal of reaching the Eagle Scout ranking taught me goal setting skills, how to serve others and instilled in me to reach higher than I…
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • Finding Your Retirement State of Mind

    LoveBeingRetired
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Every once in a while you meet a senior who seems to have retirement figured out. They appear to be genuinely happy with their state of affairs and making the most of each day. When you ask about their retirement experience they shine a genuine smile and are happy to regale you – often at length – about how wonderful it is to be in their shoes. Their happiness is infectious and you may find yourself caught up in their joy. Although it is safe to assume not everything is perfect in their world, their overall outlook is positive. My wife and I recently spent a weekend in Carmel Valley…
  • A Comfortable Silence

    LoveBeingRetired
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Some years back while dining at a local restaurant I spotted an “older” couple a few tables down the way. There was nothing particularly noteworthy other than the fact they did not seem to have much to talk about. Glancing surreptitiously their way during the course of the evening I don’t recall catching them engaged in conversation once. I remember whispering to my wife “I hope we are never like that, with nothing to say to each other.” What I did not realize at the time is some couples are comfortable with silence. They don’t feel the need to fill the air with small talk. They…
  • Easing Into Your Retirement Role

    LoveBeingRetired
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Getting good at being retired is a process. Only a lucky few are able to flip the switch from work to retirement and smoothly make the transition. New members to this growing club rejoice in the freedom to do as they want and explore a new world without limitations foisted upon them by demanding careers. But the new lifestyle they are about to commence is just that: brand new. Never before has what happens during each day resided solely in their control. New retirees must assume responsibility for replacing what was until now an organized schedule of daily activities. Duties on the job…
  • Finding Inspiration in Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Do you remember as a kid when a new day rolled in and you could hardly wait to get up and get to it? As soon as the sun was out you were ready. There was nothing better than opening your eyes and feeling the excitement of not knowing exactly what was in store, but anticipating a multitude of possibilities that could be. Each day held the promise of something new. Perhaps a best friend in the neighborhood awaited your attention. Maybe a new bike enticed you to ride off into the day. Whatever the specifics, it was wonderful in that moment to feel energized, hopeful and expectant. As time…
  • Take Care of Yourself First in Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    When you retire you become personally responsible for your own happiness. How you spend your time and what you do is up to you. The freedom you feel can be refreshing, liberating and inspiring. However, if your retirement journey does not go the way you hoped, who is to blame? Your retirement happiness rests in your hands. Here’s what you can do to maximize your chances of setting up a successful retirement. Don’t get caught up doing things you don’t want to do. When the world learns you have free time on your hands, everyone will be knocking at your door. There is no limit to the…
 
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    Senior Housing News

  • Senior Living Operators Tread Lightly on Tech’s Digital Divide

    Jason Oliva
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Senior living is rife with new technologies for residents and operators alike. But with an abundance of solutions and opportunities for providers to traverse the digital divide, it’s easy to get swallowed in the abyss. Whether it’s a wearable device, remote monitoring or some form of workflow management system, the senior living sector abounds with a seemingly endless array of technologies, and providers have to be wary of investing in only the tech that’s right for them, agreed a panel of operators during SHN’s Dallas Summit mid-March. “We see a lot of great ideas. Some may work,…
  • Real Estate or Health Care—How Do Financiers View Senior Housing?

    Elizabeth Ecker
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Part real estate and part operations, senior housing has always counted on both components for success. And financing providers who invest in the space say it’s important to understand that both still play important roles when operators are approaching new projects. The business overall is based on strong fundamentals that are not subsiding, panelists said during a National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care conference this week. But with an influx of new investors taking advantage of the growing demographic demand for senior housing options, financiers say it’s ever important…
  • Senior Housing Investments & Transactions: HCN, Care Investment Trust

    Emily Study
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Texas Senior Living Communities Acquired for $79 Million Evergreen Senior Living Properties, LLC and management affiliate ESLP Management, LLC, recently announced the acquisition of four senior living communities in Texas from Sears Methodist Retirement System in a $79 million transaction. The purchase includes The Craig in Amarillo, Meadow Lake in Tyler, The Parks in Odessa, and Wesley Court in Abilene. Evergreen plans to spend approximately $1 million on renovations at The Craig, according to Chris Coates, Evergreen CEO, to include extensive refurbishing of the physical facility and adding…
  • 3 Reasons Senior Housing Projects Don’t Get Financed

    Cassandra Dowell
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    With an abundance of new investors and senior housing providers vying to enter the senior housing market, it might seem as though relationships with lenders and banking institutions are easy to come by. “We’re in a dynamic lending environment,” says Matthew Huber, senior vice president at First Niagara Bank. “More lenders and banks are getting into lending for construction and acquisitions. We are seeing a lot of increased development, and a lot of merger and acquisition activity. But not every bank looks at senior housing projects the same.” Getting new or existing senior housing…
  • Google Data Sheds New Light on Senior Living Search Trends

    Jason Oliva
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    The adult children of seniors are often the main decision-makers when it comes to a move into senior living, but new data about how they search for senior housing can tell providers a lot about how to market to both these Baby Boomers and their parents. Unlike their parents who have been gradually adopting technology in recent years, Boomers have long been tech-savvy in their own right. “We know Boomers can be found online,” said Cathy Smith, head of industry and social information vertical at Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), during the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit in Chicago on Thursday.
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Checkup Time: Get Seniors’ Cars Rolling Safely for Spring Driving

    Kathy Birkett
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    It’s time to get out from under winter’s grip and start thinking toward getting behind the wheel safely. Family caregivers want to ensure their senior loved ones’ cars are in tiptop shape, since a properly maintained vehicle is key to hitting the road without the road hitting back. It’s important for cars and drivers of all ages. There are many people, including a number of seniors, who keep their cars garaged during brutal winters, when it is unsafe for them to drive on icy, snow covered roads when there is another alternative. Call it preventive medicine for both cars…
  • Measuring Family Caregiver Strain – Knowing is Key to Burnout Prevention

    Kathy Birkett
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Family caregivers do so much each and every day but are often left feeling they have not done enough. There are so many needs that must be met, including their own. As a family caregiver, how do you handle it all? Are you tired at the end of the day? Is your brain worn out? Is your body physically hurt and you are in pain? Have you stopped during the day to eat, rest, do personal hygiene or care for your personal business? Many family caregivers don’t get all that done, let along having a chance to read that new bestseller or see the latest movie at a theater!! Caregivers know this…
  • Complementary Health Approaches – Potential Benefits for Our Seniors?

    Kathy Birkett
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The availability of complementary health care offerings across the country is expanding. Growing numbers of people of all ages are seeking out alternate therapies to treat medical conditions, manage side effects of traditional therapies and relieve pain. These approaches could be helpful for your senior loved one, too. What is complementary health? They are practices, systems and products derived not from mainstream healthcare but usually from Eastern countries that have been in use for years. Because there is currently very little research to prove whether these practices are safe — or…
  • Evening Snacks for Seniors – Good for Them or Something to Avoid

    Kathy Birkett
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Evening snacking — is it a good routine for seniors or one they would be better off breaking? Many of our senior loved ones like to snack in the evening while watching TV or just because they have a craving for something. Maybe they snack because they are bored or it is just a long standing habit which may not be healthy for them. Some of our seniors think that eating before bed will help them sleep better, deeper or longer. Or just the opposite, some people feel that eating after dinner will keep them up because it could cause heartburn or reflux while they lay flat in bed. Still…
  • From Technology Averse to Mobile Mavens – Seniors are A-Changin’

    Kathy Birkett
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    “A cordless telephone — I don’t need that. The phone on the wall in the kitchen works perfectly well.” Sound familiar? If so, you aren’t alone. It wasn’t that long ago many of us had to urge our senior loved ones to use a cordless phone they could carry around the house in case of an emergency and just to make it easier for them to talk with family and friend. Of course, there were also many family caregivers who assumed the seniors in the family wouldn’t use technology, only to have them demonstrate otherwise when given a chance. Lately…
 
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    ChangingAging.org

  • What Hannah Taught Me…

    Virgil Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    My sister Hannah O’Hara Thomas passed away today. She lived 17-and-a-half years longer than anyone predicted. While it is so painful, tragic, and downright unfair that she left us after only 18 years, I believe that in that time she lived more fully and gave more than most people could in a 100 years.
  • Hannah O’Hara Thomas

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    For all of her 18 years, Hannah O'Hara Thomas has mentored us all in the truth that each of us has a special gift to offer the world, no matter who we are or what life sends our way. More at www.edenalt.org.
  • Thinking About Person-Centered Care

    Steve Moran, ChangingAging Guest Blogger
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I published an article titled “Bill Thomas Says I Am an Abolitionist”.
  • American Gladiators

    Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    America has a looming public health crisis. And it also happens to be America’s favorite pastime.
  • Let’s Be Gero-Guerrillas for Change

    Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging Contributor
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I would like to see all of us embrace a militant approach toward abolishing ageism and its three insidious forms: discrimination, neglect, and abuse.
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Vitamin D Benefits for Seniors

    Jill Halloran
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    You may have heard that vitamin D helps protect against bone loss (osteoporosis). But did you know it may also help you maintain good muscle tone and may even protect you against cer…The post Vitamin D Benefits for Seniors appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Why Early Detection Is Important for Breast Cancer

    Matt Serafini
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to breast cancer screening exams, early detection is obviously crucial, as it helps get breast cancer diagnosed as early as possible, allowing your doctor and other …The post Why Early Detection Is Important for Breast Cancer appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Is Vinyl Making a Comeback? Can Music Boost Your Mood?

    Matt Serafini
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:02 am
    Every generation feels a little bit like things were better back in their day, right? Wouldn’t it be interesting if a younger generation started to agree? That’s wha…The post Is Vinyl Making a Comeback? Can Music Boost Your Mood? appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Medicare and High Cholesterol

    Matt Serafini
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    A person dies every 38 seconds from cardiovascular disease. In almost every year since 1900, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in the United States, as far as d…The post Medicare and High Cholesterol appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • President Obama’s 2016 Budget Looks to Make Medicare Cuts

    Matt Serafini
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    President Barack Obama’s proposed budget aims to cut more than $400 billion in Medicare funding over the next decade. Here’s what 2016-2026 might look like for the M…The post President Obama’s 2016 Budget Looks to Make Medicare Cuts appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
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    JacksonWhite Elder Law Attorneys » News

  • IRA May Have to be Closed for ALTCS

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:23 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 mother has monthly income of about $1,400, about $1,800 in her checking account, and a small IRA with a balance of about $45,000. She needs long-term care, and I understand that Arizona Long Term Care System provides coverage to those with less than $2,000 of resources and less than $2,199 of monthly income. Will ALTCS count the IRA as part of my mom’s resources?   Answer: In Arizona, IRAs are treated as available resources…
  • Gift Won’t Delay Eligibility for 5 Years

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:55 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: Last year, I gave about $13,000 to each of my three children. I spoke with my financial planner about paying for long-term care, and she advised me that since I gave away about $39,000, I would have to wait a full five years before I can qualify for any government assistance to pay for my long-term care. Is this true? Answer: The program to which your financial adviser is referring is ALTCS, Arizona’s program designed to cover the…
  • Determining the Cost of ALTCS

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:52 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 neighbor informed me that when her mother got on the Arizona Long Term Care System program, ALTCS garnished her Social Security income. My dad now needs long-term care, but my mom relies on his Social Security income to pay her mortgage. Will ALTCS garnish my dad’s Social Security if he applies for benefits? Answer: The concise response to your question is that ALTCS will not garnish your father’s Social Security income.
  • Changes to Long-Term Care

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:46 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: Can you tell me if the Arizona Long Term Care System income and resource requirements have changed for 2015? Answer: ALTCS updates its financial requirements on a semi-annual basis, and the big changes occur in January. This year brought about a few changes that are worth mentioning. First of all, the resource requirement for a single individual remained the same — $2,000 is the maximum amount of available resources that is allowed.
  • VA Proposes Asset-Transfer Penalty

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:01 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: In a previous article, you indicated that in determining Veterans Administration Pension eligibility the VA does not set forth any penalties for the uncompensated transfer of assets. You also indicated that this might be changing. Have any changes to this law occurred? Answer: Veteran’s Pension is a cash assistance program available to veterans who served at least one day in a wartime period; were discharged other than dishonorably;…
 
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    Concierge Care

  • How to Find the Perfect Senior Caregiver to Help Your Loved One

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You may have a loved one that has reached the point in their life where they need to get some assistance for their wellness.  They may be suffering from a medical condition or they simply may not be able to complete all of their daily tasks with the same accuracy and precision as they used to.  When this time comes you are going to need to help them find the perfect senior caregiver so that they can get the help they need.  It can be difficult trusting a caregiver to take responsibility for your loved one, which is why there are some steps to take to ensure you are comfortable with the…
  • How In-Home Care is Superior in Every Way to a Retirement Home

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you begin to get older you have some choices to make in terms of how you are going to handle your wellness. There are many seniors out there that simply need some assistance with their daily life. The post How In-Home Care is Superior in Every Way to a Retirement Home appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: In-Home Care vs. a Retirement Home Choosing Between In-Home Care, Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care… 5 Things to Know About In-Home Care
  • How Brain Games Can Help Deter the Progression of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One thing that the elderly always want to know about is exactly how they can halt the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The thing with these medical conditions is that there is no cure out there. The post How Brain Games Can Help Deter the Progression of Dementia and Alzheimer’s appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: The Benefit of the Elderly utilizing Brain Games How Proper Wellness Can Assist an Alzheimer’s Patient Memory Exercises for Seniors
  • How a Reverse Mortgage Can Help the Elderly with Finances

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the hardest things that the elderly have to deal with as they develop medical conditions over time is having the finances to ensure they are cared for.  The elderly need long-term care solutions, whether they are in Jacksonville, FL or Boston, MA.  Thankfully, there are solutions to help those out there in need of a financial boom to front the cost of in-home care, doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and so on.  The answer is none other than a reverse mortgage. What is a Reverse Mortgage for an Elderly Person? A reverse mortgage is a pretty straightforward financial tool that…
  • Five Signs that it is Time to Get Someone outside Help for Dementia

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the important factors to remember with dementia is that you need to know when to execute a plan to get the patient the assistance he or she needs.  Elderly people begin to develop dementia far earlier than you may think.  Once it starts to develop, it is important to know the signs so that you can get someone the help that they need before it is too late.  There are some very common signs of dementia to look out for and doing so can allow you to really ensure that you bring in an in-home care provider to assist the individual where they need it most before their quality of life…
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Ask the Expert: Planning Ahead for Long Term Care – Interview with Lauren A. Weldon, Elder Law Attorney, Margolis Weldon LLC

    Freedom Home Care
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    If you’re just starting to think about planning long term care for a loved one, or are already in the midst of trying to juggle the management an estate, drafting a will, coordinating government benefits, and designating power of attorney, you may find the process overwhelming. And let’s face it,  without the right resources and guidance, it can be. At Freedom Home Care, we believe you should never have to go through this process alone. We sat down with Lauren A. Weldon, Elder Care Attorney and partner at Margolis Weldon LLC  to learn more about how Elder law attorneys help…
  • You’ve Got Options – Get Outside!

    Freedom Home Care
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
      Getting outside is one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies and our minds. It improves long-distance vision and attention span, reduces stress, and increases immunity. Simply the Vitamin D provided by sunlight alone can improve cognitive function and prevent bone problems, heart disease, and diabetes. Getting outside also helps fight depression. Unfortunately, seniors are especially prone to getting stuck in the rut of remaining indoors. The idea of going outside seems like so much effort, and many people have physical disabilities or simple, everyday discomforts such as…
  • Join Freedom Home Care on April 14th and 15th: Shop at Sunset Foods in Highland Park and Help Support Kellogg Cancer Center

    Freedom Home Care
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Freedom Home Care is proud to sponsor the Be Part of the Cure Event coming up this summer! Next month, you can join us by shopping at Sunset Foods in Highland Park on April 14th and 15th. A portion of what you spend at Sunset Foods on these benefit days will go to Kellogg Cancer Center of Highland Park, a facility that helps our neighbors battling cancer in the Chicago and Highland Park area. You can make a difference for those fighting cancer in the North Shore! Spread the word, and ask your friends to participate in our shopping days benefit at Sunset Foods in Highland Park on April…
  • Georgia Man Walks Across the US to Fight Alzheimers

    Freedom Home Care
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    As of last week, Jack Fussell has walked a total of 11,800 miles. He has staved off exhaustion and braved hazardous weather nearly every day since he began his journey on November 16, 2014. His goal is noble – to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease, the illness that claimed his father in 2000. Fussell began his journey at the Atlantic Ocean, near his home in Tybee Island, Georgia. It’s not his first cross-country walk, but he remains extraordinarily impassioned for his cause. “Alzheimer’s is devastating,” Fussell says. “It’s hard for the individual that…
  • National Patient Safety Awareness Week

    Freedom Home Care
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Freedom Home Care knows that our clients are the heart of our organization, and we want to make sure that they are getting the best of care in every aspect of their life. Many of our clients are under the care of multiple physicians and visit many medical facilities, and Patient Safety Awareness Week is an opportunity for all human care organizations to take time and reevaluate their patient-relationship practices and improve on their safety skills. The theme this year is “Unity in Safety” and emphasizes how everyone in health care is responsible for a patient’s safe care. This includes…
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • Do Baby Boomers Still Rock?

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Baby Boomers, The other day I was doing my requisite research on our generation when I stumbled across a posting at "Boomers World Wide." On their FaceBook page they were conducting a poll which asked: "What was the first band you ever saw?" Wow, that was a long time ago. But you know what, I remember it like it was yesterday. Well, kind of !!! It was 40 years ago. If my memory still serves me, the first real concert I ever attended was "Deep Purple" in 1974 at the International Amphitheater in Chicago. I remember it was early summer and I had just graduated High School. I was a young…
  • Don't Gamble with Retirement Fund Withdrawals

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Baby Boomers, Probably the most important asset you have is your retirement fund. In some cases, it is larger than the equity in your home. Do you spend as much time working on your IRA's and 401(k)'s as you do working around your house? Have you made any improvements lately or made any preparations for the future? I recommend you put a "Retirement Fund Review" at the top of your "Honey-Do" list for next weekend. This is a great time to get prepared for the end of the fiscal year. And it's a great time to get a jump start on getting the most from next year's tax laws and benefits. If you are…
  • Top 10 Summer Car Care Tips

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Critical Maintenance Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Summer:  Baby Boomers, I know this is not the most exciting or provocative subject to read about today but bear with me. You have to remember that my "call to duty" at Survive55.com is to help our Baby Boomer generation, keep them informed, safe and "plugged in" the best I can. Sometimes, that means that we have to take care of the menial tasks in life as well so that little issues don't become bigger problems. I am a huge advocate of "an ounce of prevention" philosophy. So, today I am going to ask you to use an "ounce of prevention" to…
  • What the Internet is Doing to our Brains

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Baby Boomers, Let me ask you a question. On what day do you have the hardest time trying to sleep? Is it Sunday night like me? I guess there are several factors that combine to keep me restless on Sunday nights.  First, I lie in bed wondering where the weekend has gone.  Most times, it seems like I am doing twice as much over the weekends as I am doing during the week.  I can't stop working and I can't stop playing at the same time. It also seems like I pull the "emotional plug" on the previous week on Sunday nights.  My brain scans all of my priority lists and starts…
  • WHAT WOMEN WANT DURING SEX

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Satisfy Her Needs Find out what women really want during sex. Men, listen up! Satisfying a woman's desire in the bedroom may be easier than you think. Sex therapist Sari Cooper from the website "RealAge" shares her secrets in a great video about making sure you meet your partner's needs. OK, guys, here's your chance to learn something.......just click anywhere on this line to view this video. Ladies, you can check out the video to find out what we are going to learn. Let me know if you agree with what Sari Cooper has to say. If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny,…
 
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    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me

  • What do Single Men Over 60 Really Want? Lisa Copeland’s Senior Dating Advice Will Surprise You!

    Margaret Manning
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    What do single men over 60 want? For women who have been trying to find that illusive “special someone” for a while, this may seem like an impossible question to answer. After all, for most of our lives, men were simple creatures. Now, as we reach our 50s and 60s, the situation is somewhat more complicated. To get a view into the male mind after 60, I sat down with dating coach, Lisa Copeland for a quick chat. I hope that you enjoy the show!Read More
  • Helen Mirren’s Pink Hair – “My Cup of Tea” or “Not for Me” (Poll)

    Margaret Manning
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    One of the best things about being 60 is that you don’t need to worry about what people think any more. You can wear clothes that make you feel great, change your hair as much as you want and pursue your passions, no matter how unique or impractical. One of my favorite things is meeting women who refuse to be put in a box – women who break the mold, without “trying too hard.” Perhaps that why I’ve always been fascinated by Helen Mirren. Read More
  • Solo Female Traveler Lives the Life of a Nomad… and Loves It

    Sixty and Me
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    This is a guest post by Road Scholar | “She thought I was crazy.” That was Peggy Johnston’s daughter’s reaction when she learned that her mother was selling her home, putting all of her worldly possessions into storage and going on an African safari with Road Scholar. In 2007, Peg’s beloved husband of 10 years unexpectedly died in her arms just two months after she retired. And, in her shock and grief, she did what everyone counsels new widows or widowers NEVER to do — she made a drastic, life-changing decision. Looking back, she says it was the best decision she ever…
  • 7 Reasons Baby Boomers Should Love Their Local Health Food Store

    Lynda Goldman
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Health food stores have always been magical places for me. This may seem funny, because when I discovered them almost 40 years ago, they were often in dingy basements, staffed by earnest macro-biotic types, and stocked with unappealing tofu, brown rice and medicinal herbs. Now that I’m in my early sixties, my dedication to staying healthy is paying off. Many of my contemporaries take multiple medications and have chronic aches and pains. Some are struggling with serious illnesses. So if you’re trying to improve your health, here are 7 reasons to befriend your local health food…
  • “Creative and Bold” or “Classic and Romantic”? Which Two Words Describe Your Personal Style? (Video)

    Margaret Manning
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Style and personality are unique to every woman and, over the years, we unconsciously establish preferences that reflect the essence of who we are. We choose certain colours, gravitate to certain people and develop interests that match our personality. Putting our personal style into words is difficult, but, doing so can help us to simplify our clothing choices and present a constant look to the world.So, if someone asked you what two words describe your personal style, what would they be? Would you say that your style is romantic and classical? Or, would you say that you are adventurous and…
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    Cariloop | Search For Assisted Living, Home Health Care, and Hospice

  • The AAAA Response to Managing Stress and Distress

    Dane Roper
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    Stress and Distress: Stress (the flight and fight reaction) is your response to an internal or external challenge—either physical or emotional, recognized or unrecognized. Your bodily response can affect multiple systems including: 1) The endocrine system by increasing cortisol, which increases energy and fights inflammation. 2) The autonomic nervous system increases adrenaline, which increases blood pressure and pulse. 3) The limbic system (emotional reaction), which can either increase fear and anxiety or make you more aggressive. 4) The cortex (thinking), which can affect alertness,…
  • Dr. Anne Lipton Joins Cariloop Board of Advisors

    Cariloop
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Nationally Recognized Neurologist, Speaker and Author Dr. Anne Lipton Joins Cariloop Board of Advisors Company Also Announces Updated Website Features to be Released in April March 2, 2015 (Dallas, Texas) – As Cariloop continues to build momentum and expand its model for helping families and caregivers, the Company is very excited to announce the addition of Dr. Anne Lipton to its board of advisors. Lipton is a nationally recognized neurologist, author and dementia specialist. She now serves as a full-time speaker and writer, and she is the leading author of The Common Sense Guide to…
  • Exploring Generations: The Baby Boomers

    Dane Roper
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    We sometimes associate Baby Boomers with the hippie era, rock and roll, Elvis Presley or Woodstock, but ultimately baby boomers epitomize the phrase “pull yourself up by your boot straps”. Those born between 1946 and 1964 demonstrate to many Americans and younger generations what hard work truly means. “When I was born in 1956 in southeast Texas, we had a slower paced and more laid back style of life,” Deen Cauthorn, a mid-generation Baby Boomer, said. “As a kid, we played outside without any trouble or worry as long as we checked in with Mom occasionally. We did whatever we wanted,…
  • Embracing Work Transitions: Retirement Ideas to Keep Active

    Bethany Nicholson
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    As we grow older, times inevitably change. With that change comes retirement. Some may avoid retirement because they still feel a sense of purpose with their career and may love what they do. In fact, they may have been working so long that they don’t know what life is like without their work. Others may have been looking forward to the day they retired only to find that their days are not as active and lively as they thought they would be. “I had been working for over 50 years when I retired,” Larry Nicholson, a recent retiree, said. “Now, I have so much spare time on my hands I…
  • Exploring Generations: The Lucky Few

    Dane Roper
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Few people can say that they were born and grew up in the middle of some of the most significant events in their country’s history, but the Lucky Few can say exactly that. Also known as The Silent Generation, these Americans were born between 1930 and 1945—in the height of the Great Depression and World War II. “I grew up in very meager circumstances on a poor farm that you couldn’t make a living in,” Art Laengrich, an early member of the Lucky Few, said. “My experience was not having much of anything and, indeed, going to bed hungry.” Unlike their parents who knew life before…
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  • The AAAA Response to Managing Stress and Distress

    Dane Roper
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    Stress and Distress: Stress (the flight and fight reaction) is your response to an internal or external challenge—either physical or emotional, recognized or unrecognized. Your bodily response can affect multiple systems including: 1) The endocrine system by increasing cortisol, which increases energy and fights inflammation. 2) The autonomic nervous system increases adrenaline, which increases blood pressure and pulse. 3) The limbic system (emotional reaction), which can either increase fear and anxiety or make you more aggressive. 4) The cortex (thinking), which can affect alertness,…
  • Dr. Anne Lipton Joins Cariloop Board of Advisors

    Cariloop
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Nationally Recognized Neurologist, Speaker and Author Dr. Anne Lipton Joins Cariloop Board of Advisors Company Also Announces Updated Website Features to be Released in April March 2, 2015 (Dallas, Texas) – As Cariloop continues to build momentum and expand its model for helping families and caregivers, the Company is very excited to announce the addition of Dr. Anne Lipton to its board of advisors. Lipton is a nationally recognized neurologist, author and dementia specialist. She now serves as a full-time speaker and writer, and she is the leading author of The Common Sense Guide to…
  • Exploring Generations: The Baby Boomers

    Dane Roper
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    We sometimes associate Baby Boomers with the hippie era, rock and roll, Elvis Presley or Woodstock, but ultimately baby boomers epitomize the phrase “pull yourself up by your boot straps”. Those born between 1946 and 1964 demonstrate to many Americans and younger generations what hard work truly means. “When I was born in 1956 in southeast Texas, we had a slower paced and more laid back style of life,” Deen Cauthorn, a mid-generation Baby Boomer, said. “As a kid, we played outside without any trouble or worry as long as we checked in with Mom occasionally. We did whatever we wanted,…
  • Embracing Work Transitions: Retirement Ideas to Keep Active

    Bethany Nicholson
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    As we grow older, times inevitably change. With that change comes retirement. Some may avoid retirement because they still feel a sense of purpose with their career and may love what they do. In fact, they may have been working so long that they don’t know what life is like without their work. Others may have been looking forward to the day they retired only to find that their days are not as active and lively as they thought they would be. “I had been working for over 50 years when I retired,” Larry Nicholson, a recent retiree, said. “Now, I have so much spare time on my hands I…
  • Exploring Generations: The Lucky Few

    Dane Roper
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Few people can say that they were born and grew up in the middle of some of the most significant events in their country’s history, but the Lucky Few can say exactly that. Also known as The Silent Generation, these Americans were born between 1930 and 1945—in the height of the Great Depression and World War II. “I grew up in very meager circumstances on a poor farm that you couldn’t make a living in,” Art Laengrich, an early member of the Lucky Few, said. “My experience was not having much of anything and, indeed, going to bed hungry.” Unlike their parents who knew life before…
 
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    Financial Engines

  • Here’s Why Saving for Retirement at 30 is Brilliant

    Jennifer Carole
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    I admit it. Writing about retirement can sometimes be a challenge. It’s hard to relate to something that seems like a lifetime away. But writing about it has convinced me it’s important. The more research I do, the more it becomes clear that the earlier you start, the better you’ll do. I know it’s hard when you’re just getting on your feet, but if you’re in a position to save money – especially if you work for a company that offers a 401(k) match – it’s worth making retirement saving a priority. It’s true. Here’s the math According to…
  • Financial Engines Advantage: Your Retirement Evaluation Tells You How You Could Do Better

    Jennifer Carole
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The first thing you’ll get as a Financial Engines customer is a Retirement Evaluation. It’s based on preliminary information securely passed to us from your employer so we can give you insight into your 401(k) savings. This analysis is a great starting place, but that’s just what it is: a place to start. We need you to make it even better and relevant to your plans for your future (even if you don’t have any yet!). Here are five things you should do with your evaluation: 1. Check your stop light. We use red, yellow and green to help you quickly see if you’re on…
  • Ask an Advisor: What You Need to Know About the Debt Ceiling and Investment Trends

    Financial Engines Advisor Center
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Our clients often call us with questions generated by current events. With all of the talk about our nation’s economy, they ask, “What is the debt ceiling, and as an investor, why should I be concerned?” The United States Treasury occasionally faces the prospect of being unable to fund the government. For example, last fall, if lawmakers in Congress had failed to act by October 17th to raise the federal borrowing limit, or “debt ceiling,” it could have caused the U.S. government to default on its obligations. In the unlikely event that a default occurs, it would most…
  • Our Christopher Jones Talks Investing: Listen and then Take Our Quiz

    Jennifer Carole
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Did you know research shows those who get retirement help tend to do better than those who don’t? Our Chief Investment Officer, Christopher Jones sat down with PLANADVISER & PLANSPONSOR’s Editor-in-Chief, Alison Cooke Mintzer, to discuss Social Security and retirement help. Watch the video and then take our quiz to see how much you know about starting to prepare for retirement. The Quiz Christopher talks about ways to invest; what are Target Date Funds? A) An asset mix (investment) roughly based on your age B) Stocks that focus exclusively on bulls-eyes C) An emergency fund D)…
  • 600+ Companies with 9M Employees and $1 Trillion+ in Retirement Assets Trust Financial Engines

    Mike Jurs
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    We’re excited at Financial Engines because we’ve hit an important milestone. Today we announced that the collective assets of the companies that have hired us to provide retirement help to their employees now exceeds a trillion dollars. That’s a lot of investing. In fact, more than 600 companies now trust Financial Engines to deliver independent advisory services to their more than nine million employees. We are honored to be able to help our customers with such an important aspect of their lives—investing for their retirement. We couldn’t be more proud – your trust is what we…
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    Steveso Thinks

  • What do Indiana and ISIS Have in Common?

    Steve Sovie
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
           Lately I have refrained from writing any posts in regards to the escapades of the Tea Party and the right wing conservative Republican reprobates, settling instead for just watching them self destruct in the next election.  But the actions of the Christian right in the past few months and especially of Republican Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signing the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law has really got my blood boiling.  This so called religious freedom law actually makes if legal for any business to refuse service to anyone the…
  • Why is Dental Care in the US So Very Expensive?

    Steve Sovie
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
       When we lived in Malaysia our home was right across the street from a dental clinic, which was one of many on the island. This clinic was as modern or probably more modern than most I have seen in the US. The equipment was state of the art and the dentists were all trained in Germany or other countries in Europe, as well as the highly rated dental schools in Malaysia. When I knew that we would be soon going to the US to live,  Kevin and I made a trip to our local dentist to get a check up and work done , if needed, as we knew dentistry in the US was expensive. Kevin had 2…
  • I've Had the Flu Shot and the Flu!

    Steve Sovie
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
        It seems like every fall the media is bombards uswith public service announcements urging Americans, especially senior citizens to get the flu shot. Like I have done every year, except for the 7 years I lived in Malaysia I got the flu shot. I touted the merits of the flu shot to Kevin, as he never had one in Malaysia, even though it was available, but quite expensive. As a result for first time in his life Kevin also received the flu shot.    Shortly after we both received our vaccinations FDA announced that the flu shots for the current flu season were…
  • It's Time for Bill O'Reilly to Go!

    Steve Sovie
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
        For the past few weeks the media have been abuzz with the revelations that Brian Williams of NBC News embellished some of his news stories regarding Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War. Facing the allegations of lying he did the manly thing and accepted responsibility for what he had done, apologized to his listeners and stepped down from his position as news anchor until there was a full investigation. This is what would be expected from a decent professional journalist.    Shortly after these revelations it was discovered that Fox News personality Bill…
  • Have You Met God's Match for You?

    Steve Sovie
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
      commons.wikimedia.org It seems as though the closer we get to Valentine's Day the more commercials we see for online dating websites.  When I was younger there were only a couple of legitimate sites around, Yahoo Personals and Match.Com. I haven't seen anything about the Yahoo site in years and am not sure if it still exists. It seems like the 2 biggies that are still around are Match.com and Eharmony.  Match.Com TV commercials are actually well done and somewhat entertaining, while those of Eharmony are rather annoying because of the snake oil salesman like…
 
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    The Senior List

  • Dadisms: Our Father’s Words of Wisdom

    Amie
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    “Dadisms”- the sayings our dads always had at the ready to prepare us for the world.  Growing up, there were many sayings my dad would insert into any “teachable moment” with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top Gadgets For Seniors

    TimOnTech
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Nell Bernstein (senior editor) over at Caring.com wrote up an informative post on aging in place gadgets.  Many of these gadgets have been highlighted here on The Senior List, but we wanted to share... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Study: Americans Anxious About Retirement

    TimOnTech
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    A new study by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) notes that Americans could be on the verge of another financial threat.  That threat is the lack of income to be able to sustain an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Longest Marriage In America

    Amie
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    “Behind every great man is a greater woman.”  So says Lee Cowan, a reporter for CBS Sunday Morning.  Lee was able to uncover some of life’s most complicated secrets during a recent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Life With Alzheimer’s Disease

    Amie
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Life with Alzheimer’s Disease can be pretty tough.  It’s tough on sufferers of this debilitating disease and it’s tough on caregivers too.  Although much progress has been made... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    InnovAge

  • Wednesday Wellness: Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler Does the “Walk of Life”

    InnovAge
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Mark Knopfler “appreciate(s) the moment” as he ages.                       This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or … Continue reading →
  • 109-Year-Old Australian Man Knits Sweaters for Penguins

    InnovAge
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    This just makes us smile.   This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider … Continue reading →
  • Aging in Place: My Mother was Lucky

    InnovAge
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    I was lucky. My mother was able to age in place. Unfortunately, this is less common than one might think. I didn’t have a lot of help or a detailed plan when my daughter and I started caring for my … Continue reading →
  • Wednesday Wellness: Can You Really Feel it in Your Bones?

    InnovAge
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    While scientists have been studying this phenomenon for years, the definitive answer is “maybe.” Many times older adults say they can feel weather changes in their bones and there’s likely something to that as pressure affects fluid in joints, including … Continue reading →
  • American Society on Aging Conference: Aging in Place

    InnovAge
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    We had the honor of presenting on aging in place today at the Society’s conference in Chicago. Great turnout at the presentation. For those of us who couldn’t make it Chicago, here’s the presentation. Any questions, just email.   This blog … Continue reading →
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