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  • What I Look Forward To Most In Retirement

    Retirement - Only the Beginning
    LoveBeingRetired
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    As someone on the cusp of retirement, I occasionally pause to picture life ahead when I will take my first steps toward senior citizen status. After surviving the working world and being fortunate enough to set aside what I hope is a sufficient nest egg to fund retirement, I have big hopes for the next 20 years. There are so many things I enjoy doing, and retirement is by definition the perfect opportunity to pursue my interests and feed my passions. A reader of my retirement blog has an excellent perspective: “I’m retired (and yes past the honeymoon period) and I’m loving it! Each…
  • Ron Bloom's tapestry fills our life...

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    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.
  • Hello, Green Man

    The New Old Age
    By Paula Span
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Some older people with impaired vision begin to see people and objects that aren't there. It's not dementia, but a condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome.
  • QMedic Review: A smart medical alert system

    The Senior List
    Amie
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    The QMedic Medical Alert System QMedic offers a traditional PERS bracelet or pendant with a button to push when help is needed.  In addition to these features, QMedic also has some very smart sensing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.
  • Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    By Mark Blinch BUFFALO (Reuters) - Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of snow. Creeks appeared to be flowing smoothly and no flooding had been reported as the sun began to go down, county officials said. More than 775 members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. ...
  • Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.
  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.
  • Boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot by a Cleveland police officer.
 
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    The New Old Age

  • An Easier Death, and Less Costly, Too

    By Paula Span
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Saving money isn't really the point of hospice care. Still, a new study found that cancer patients in hospice incurred lower costs in the last year of life than those not in hospice.
  • Seeing the ‘Invisible Patient’

    By Jane Gross
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Physicians too often fail to address the needs of caregivers, a clinical review finds.
  • Dreaming of the Departed

    By Paula Span
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Nighttime visitations from lost family members are not uncommon among caregivers.
  • Spouses Denied Social Security Survivors’ Benefits

    By Paula Span
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Social Security will not pay benefits to same-sex spouses in states where their marriage is not recognized.
  • Hello, Green Man

    By Paula Span
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Some older people with impaired vision begin to see people and objects that aren't there. It's not dementia, but a condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome.
 
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    Silver Innings Blog: For Senior Citizens and their Family

  • Silver Innings FC, Youth for Change for Elders Cause

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
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  • Towards an Age-friendly World, WHO guidelines

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:28 pm
    A key strategy to facilitate the inclusion of older persons is to make our world more age-friendly. An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. And it helps people stay
  • “We were older then, we are younger now”

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Dr John Beard, Director, Ageing and Life Course When is someone old? One question that I am often asked is “When is someone old?"   The more I work in the field of healthy ageing, the more difficulty I have providing an answer. There are, of course, definitions that are used for statistical purposes – the UN has historically adopted 60 years as a cut-off. But the link
  • WHO: “Ageing well” must be a global priority

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    6 November 2014 ¦ GENEVA A major new Series on health and ageing, published in "The Lancet", warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people. As people across the world live longer, soaring levels of chronic illness and
  • World Alzheimer’s Day: Patients, their families struggle due to lack of facilities

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    By Riddhi Doshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 21, 2014  Every day, Maya Sahadevan has to beg and plead to get her mother into the bathroom for her morning bath. "When she does go in, she just sits there, staring at the ceiling, and often walks out without having had a bath," says Maya, 40, a private tutor in Mumbai. It may not seem like much, but for Maya, the daily battle over the
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  • 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,…
  • 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?
 
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    RetirementRevised

  • Kristof’s “A Path Appears” is a must-read for boomers who want to give back

    Mark Miller
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Many people approach retirement with thoughts of giving back and leaving a legacy, but they’re unsure about the specific path to take. Many struggle with tough questions – where to volunteer? How to give money effectively? Should I focus here or abroad? What’s the most important cause to work on? How do I get started? If you’re asking these questions, here’s a terrific new book you should read: A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof is the well-known columnist for The New York Times; he is…
  • Medicare, ACA care and how to navigate during enrollment

    Mark Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    This is enrollment season for two huge public health insurance programs: Medicare and the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges. For older Americans, the overlapping sign-up periods can lead to confusion and enrollment errors. Insurers offering Medicare and ACA policies have big money at stake, and consumers are subject to a blizzard of marketing messages. Annual enrollment for Medicare prescription drug (Part D) and Advantage (Part C) plans began Oct. 15 and runs until Dec. 7; shopping for healthcare policies in the marketplace exchanges created under the ACA began Nov. 15 and ends…
  • Five takeaways on retirement policy from the midterm elections

    Mark Miller
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Retirement policy wasn’t on the ballot in last week’s midterm elections. But the new political landscape could threaten the retirement security of middle-class households. With Republicans in full control of Congress, expect efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. And more Republican-controlled statehouses mean more efforts to curtail state and local workers’ pensions. One positive note: Congress and the White House could find common ground on some promising ideas to encourage retirement saving. My Reuters column this week looks at five policy areas to watch that…
  • Biggest surprises in retirement? The experts weigh in

    Mark Miller
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    The Great Recession served up some nasty financial surprises to retirees – the housing crash, job loss and shrunken 401(k)s top the list of causes for the retirement insecurity that so many face. But retirement can bring lifestyle surprises, too. It’s one of life’s biggest transitions, and a major leap into the unknown. Hoping to lessen the guesswork for people who aren’t there yet, I asked retirement experts who work with people transitioning to retirement – about the surprises they hear about most often from those who have already retired. My Reuters column this week…
  • The 50-Plus Job Market: 5 Trends to Watch

    Mark Miller
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Working longer is a mantra these days for many Americans hoping to build greater retirement security. Staying on the job even a few years beyond traditional retirement age makes it easier to delay filing for Social Security; it also can mean more years contributing to retirement accounts and fewer years of depending on nest eggs for living expenses. But since the Great Recession, staying employed has been easier said than done for all workers. The economy has continued to mend gradually, and the job market has improved. How are older workers faring? The picture is mixed. More older workers…
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    EldercareABC

  • Joy Loverde’s Caregiver Tip of the Moment: Refuse to be anyone’s “middleman”

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s so subtle you may not even realize that it’s happening. A sister asks, “So how’s Mom doing?” A brother asks, “How is Aunt Betty feeling lately?” A son asks, “When is Dad’s hip surgery?” A mother asks, “Is your daughter enjoying her new job?”  And before you know it… you are put in the […] The post Joy Loverde’s Caregiver Tip of the Moment: Refuse to be anyone’s “middleman” appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Putting Down Roots: Steps for Gracefully Aging in Your Own Home

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Arar Han We all want to spend our golden years in the warm embrace of our own home, where we have spread out our roots. But aging in place comes with its own set of challenges, and not all of them are apparent at first glance. Mature trees have to adapt to their surroundings, […] The post Putting Down Roots: Steps for Gracefully Aging in Your Own Home appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 17

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    by Joy Loverde Two years. That’s the amount of time I waited for the ball to drop. Two years observing my Aunt from the sidelines as she slowly but surely did herself in. Two years anticipating that at any time she was an accident waiting to happen. Two years of being ready to take action. […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 17 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Falls and Fractures: Protecting Your Loved One in a Nursing Home

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Len Haberman, Esq Nursing home falls are actually more commonplace than a lot of people realise and as seniors are more vulnerable by nature anyway, a fracture or bad fall can have damaging circumstances. Tragic injuries can occur to loved ones when they have a fall at their nursing home. They can cause many […] The post Falls and Fractures: Protecting Your Loved One in a Nursing Home appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Aging in Place and Remodeling

    admin
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    By Kaye Swain Are you caring for an elderly parent at home and toying with the idea of remodeling your home for any one of a variety of reasons, including adding aging in place options? Is the whole thought of dealing with a remodel scaring you? Especially when you are juggling that with caregiving responsibilities? […] The post Aging in Place and Remodeling appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
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    Inside Elder Care

  • 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…
  • The Best Apps for Older People

    Ben
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Source: http://www.homecaretechnologies.ie/
  • Defying the Odds at 50+

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

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

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

  • Rising Healthcare Costs: Delayed or Defeated?

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

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

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

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    In this weekly address, President Obama addresses the Ebola crisis.  As we've come to expect from our Chief Executives, it's a perfectly crafted speech that addresses our major concerns. But the Population Health Blog doesn't think it goes far enough.  In its continuing quest to help Mr. Obama overcome his tanking approval ratings, the PHB changed a few words and modestly offers up a slightly edited version of the address.  It believe it speaks more forcefully to the issues at hand.....PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hi everybody, this week, we remained focused on spinning a…
  • Health Worker Nonchalance About Ebola?

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    The Ebola virusRecent reports of two nurses becoming infected with Ebola begs the question of whether they were lax in following infection-control protocols. Even if that's true (and it may not be) the bigger mystery is healthcare community's apparent nonchalance. TV's talking heads are generally not alarmed. NBC medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman reportedly snuck out to get some take-out food. Experts at the CDC apparently okayed one mildly feverish nurse's request that she be allowed to travel.What gives?First off, how does…
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    Pallimed

  • The Challenge of Long Term Acute Care (LTAC): “These are their homes”

    Pallimed Editor
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    by Kyle P. Edmonds, MDFor those of us in the Hospice and Palliative Care field, the wrenching decisions asked of patients and families by modern medicine are a daily reality. On our consultation service, as I know happens on many others, we are often asked to become involved in determining the plan of care for those patients who have been or will be ventilator-dependent. On any week, we may round on a patient and family who are looking at the uncertain future of a percutaneous gastrostomy with tracheostomy and a long-term acute care attempt at ventilator wean. As they are considering their…
  • Epic Buffalo Snow Storm Impacts Hospice Work

    Christian Sinclair
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Watching the news of the tremendous amount of snow falling in Buffalo and Western New York this week, I could not help but think about the challenge facing patients and families served by local hospices. Thankfully, there was some warning about the enormity of the snowfall coming which provided time for hospice organizations to call their patients to check on medication and oxygen supplies.  I spoke Thursday morning with Dr. Beth Calkins, a hospice physician with Hospice Buffalo. "I wish you would have written a story about emergency preparedness two weeks ago. This is a really tough…
  • CAPC Seminar 2014 Review: Quality, Metrics and Palliative Care! Oh My!

    Pallimed Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Energy and enthusiasm permeated all aspects of the 2014 CAPC National Seminar. There was a noticeable sense of pride in the advances of palliative care over the past year accompanied with an excitement for new opportunities to expand the field. Because of both the breadth and depth of the seminar curriculum I will only provide comments about the plenary sessions and conclude with a few thoughts on the conference as a whole.Plenary SessionsDiane Meier opened the seminar by expressing gratitude for the work of palliative care professionals across the country. Using the Diffusion of Innovation…
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Journal Club on Twitter - #hpmJC

    Pallimed Editor
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    It started with a Tweet. Back in October 2013, my Twitter friend and palliative care colleague Becky Baines tweeted from the Help the Hospices conference in the UK:@Becbaines how about a twitter journal club for palliative care? Would there be enough people? #hospiceconf— Katherine Sleeman (@kesleeman) October 22, 2013 I am happy to report: there were.Four months and several emails and tweets later, #hpmJC was born on the 25th February 2014. For our first journal club, we chose this BMJ paper1 on the safety of opioids and benzodiazepines in advanced COPD. Over thirty global participants…
  • Working With, Rather Than Against Speech and Swallow Therapists

    Pallimed Editor
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    What bird is with you at every meal? A swallow!By Alex Smith @AlexSmithMD and Sarah Stranberg, Speech Pathologist, University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterConsider the following vignettes, common in both geriatrics and palliative care:A 93 year old woman with advanced dementia is admitted to the hospital for the third time in the past 6 months for an aspiration pneumonia. The admitting team orders a speech and swallow consult.A 68 year old man suffers a massive ischemic stroke. After 15 days in the ICU he has recovered minimal function. A tracheostomy (trach) is placed so that he can breathe…
 
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Configuring the baseline of activity for older adults

    Laurie Orlov
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Less movement and non-movement matter.  The Washington Post ran an article recently about GreatCall's partnership with an AI company so that patterns and changes in behavior could be reported to family members from its wearable PERS device.  Of course, tracking and reporting about changes from baselines -- that's nothing new for sensor-based home monitoring systems.   But it is a surprisingly big deal in the PERS industry -- where even those who once supported pattern-detecting big ideas dropped them like a hot rock -- in favor of the transactional PERS world --…
  • While we were sleeping -- the kingdom of our data was lost

    Laurie Orlov
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    I quit Facebook and life, such as it was, went on.  I quit because its business tactics were becoming ever so more UnFriendly-like -- from experiments with the product of us to selling your browsing history to selling your facial profile to advertisers. Then over to tracking your TV-watching habits and listening to voices on your mobile device, Facebook will soon opt into your health information -- thus forcing more privacy Opt-Outs. So time without Facebook slowly passed, then the 14-day post-deletion period -- are you sure, sure, sure? You can still re-activate! -- that grace period…
  • Five Recent Technology Introductions for Seniors

    Laurie Orlov
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Independa Announced AnyTVCompanion.  "Independa's integrated CloudCare meets the needs of all individuals in the care ecosystem, from the resident, to the organization and professional caregivers, to personal caregivers. With customizable modules spanning all care and residential settings, from community engagement to social engagement to integrated monitoring, Independa offers unique features across the care continuum, from independent living at home or in a community, to continuing care at home, to assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and a nursing home.
  • The fallacy of age as a predictor of future Digital Health adoption

    Laurie Orlov
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Today's older adults will not get a 'check engine light for their body.' Investors in innovation worry when utilization of technology doesn't match hyper-hysterical investment pace.  So it is with Digital Health. Buried beneath broad and unclear definitions, how about that 'check engine light' metaphor -- reset it yourself, go ahead! Vague and hyper-funded, Digital Health, says Startup Health, received up to $5 billion investment just in 2014. Still there's bit of whining about startups starting but users not adopting. So what's the solution?
  • Doctors limit US expansion of telehealth -- but the VA knows the value

    Laurie Orlov
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    The VA continues to "set the telehealth table." That line is from 2010 when the VHA's telehealth pioneer Adam Darkins observed: "“The patients have to do less travel, and they can get problems resolved quickly.… They feel the care coordination system is their lifeline." The program was cited as having 43,000 Veterans enrolled with a long road ahead. Fast forward to 2014 -- the VA's Telehealth program served 690,000 veterans in its most recent fiscal year, or 12% of all veterans. And the long-term study of members of the Geisinger Health Plan showed a…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Supporting an Older Relative: A Surprising Tax Benefit

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Many people may not be aware of a powerful tax benefit that exists withintheir families. Those who financially support an older relative may be able toclaim them as dependents.Our society is changing. Over the past ten years, older parents have begun movingin with their adult children at increasing rates. In 2000, 4.1 percent or 2.3 millionaging parents were living with family. By 2007, the number had jumped to 6.5 percent or 3.6 million. Today, multigenerational households are burgeoning (AsYouAge 2013), and many who support these aging Americans are missing an important tax benefit.It is…
  • Home and Community Based Services: A Broader View

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Navigating the myriad of resources available to older adults in need of special services can be daunting. This article covers them in detail. Those who are new to the aging industry often find themselves confused by the world they have entered. Even experienced service providers have difficulty understanding how to weed through the labyrinth of the “continuum of care.” As a professional advisor, you know your clients wish to remain active, healthy, and independent but are unsure how to find resources to assist them with that goal. To make things…
  • Hospice Care in America:What You May Not Know

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The concept of hospice is often misunderstood and many people really don't know what it is. This article dispels the myths with concrete facts and figures. Hospice is not a place—it’s a program of care that focuses on comfort and quality of life for those who need it. Since its humble beginnings in 1974, hospice care in America has grown into an integral part of the health care fabric of the nation through the work of more than 5,300 hospice agencies. During its brief history, hospice care is now considered the model for quality, compassionate care for individuals facing a life-limiting…
  • Senior Living Decisions: Motivating Factors and Fear of Change

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    When circumstances make it clear that it’s time for some older adults to make changes in their living situations, the decision can be difficult if not traumatic. Helping them through the process requires trust and understanding of the person’s needs and fears."I'm just starting to look into different senior living services and options.”This is typically the first thing someone says when inquiring about senior living services. As many senior advisors know, whether they are working with seniors or their adult children, there is typically a motivating factor that is prompting the…
  • Meet CSA Spotlight, Anne Eidschun

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    The CSA Designation Is Not Just Business - It's PersonalThe Education Road MapDo you have educational and advanced professional degrees? I do. My high school diploma and good grades allowed me to officially apply to college. In college, I graduated with a teaching degree which made it possible for me to get my first job. My master’s degree gave me the right to earn $1000 more on the pay scale. When I transitioned into the insurance business, my designations (CLU, ChFC) helped me climb the corporate ladder. My financial planning degree (CFP®) gave me the credibility I needed when I joined…
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • What I Look Forward To Most In Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    As someone on the cusp of retirement, I occasionally pause to picture life ahead when I will take my first steps toward senior citizen status. After surviving the working world and being fortunate enough to set aside what I hope is a sufficient nest egg to fund retirement, I have big hopes for the next 20 years. There are so many things I enjoy doing, and retirement is by definition the perfect opportunity to pursue my interests and feed my passions. A reader of my retirement blog has an excellent perspective: “I’m retired (and yes past the honeymoon period) and I’m loving it! Each…
  • Permission to Retire

    Google Profile
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    We all seek approval in life. A project successfully completed does not feel quite done until recognized and commended by the powers on high.  We selflessly toil for hours at our kid’s fall festival seeking nothing more in return than a brief tip of the cap for a job well done. And we happily slow to let the car ahead merge into our lane – happily that is as long as we get “the wave” of appreciation from the recipient of our good deed. Most of us just want to be recognized for our efforts to know we did the right thing and are appreciated. It should be no surprise if when it…
  • How to Make Your Day Special With Nothing Planned

    LoveBeingRetired
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Now that I have retired I find it is up to me to put my new found freedom to the best use. No one else is going to tell me what to do. This freedom was hard earned over years of working and saving and doing without today to prepare for a better tomorrow. Well guess what – tomorrow has arrived. I am fortunate to have a wide variety of interests and hobbies and passions that engage me now that my working days are done. With this diversity I have not yet had a problem keeping busy or feeling productive. I realize I am new to the retirement thing but still off to a relatively good start I…
  • A Roadmap for Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    A Guest Post by Dr. Patrice Jenkins While standing in the checkout line at Walgreens, the title of a magazine caught my attention: The Best of Europe: 100 Must-See Destinations. I reached for the magazine and thumbed through the pages that feature beautiful locations, delicious food, and tucked away places to stay. My first thought, “I should buy this magazine and make a plan to do everything that’s featured. This magazine can be my map for the next couple years of retirement.” Fortunately, the price of the magazine was just high enough to give me reason to pause and think:…
  • How To Avoid Retirement Burnout

    LoveBeingRetired
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    It sounds hard to believe, but after the initial honeymoon period you may start to feel dissatisfied with your life in retirement. Twenty years is a long time to spend catching up on sleep and watching TV. And many people are unprepared to take on the responsibility of filling their days with more meaningful activities. While a suddenly blank calendar and no place you have to be often sounds great to overscheduled working people, it can also get boring or lonely if the absence of activities continues for an extended period of time. Without a reasonable amount of variety, challenge and…
 
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    Senior Housing News

  • How Memory Care Communities Are Tackling the NFL’s Concussion Crisis

    Cassandra Dowell
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    After sustaining years of head-on collisions playing America’s billion-dollar pastime, a growing number of former NFL players are being diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a result of concussions from head-banging. And memory care providers are taking note, with one former NFL player creating the first sports-themed memory care community that is slated to open in January. But, can today’s memory care model meet the needs of a new type of memory care patient — one who is often younger and stronger that the average resident with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? CTE…
  • Why ‘Social Marketing’ Doesn’t Just Mean ‘Social Media’

    Emily Study
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Marketing Matters is brought to you by Solutions Advisors and Retiring by Design. Working together, Solutions Advisors and Retiring by Design give you the analytic and creative synergy to develop unique solutions and achieve optimum results for your senior living community, providing management, operations, marketing, and sales consulting services.  Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram — the list goes on of all the social media sites senior living providers are looking to tap for marketing purposes. But what if an expert said those channels don’t necessarily make a provider a…
  • America’s Senior Care Gets Low Marks Versus Global Peers

    Jason Oliva
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    When it comes to affording and receiving much-needed health care, older Americans are in worse shape compared to some of the world’s leading nations, according to the results from a new international survey. In the U.S., adults age 65 and older are sicker and more likely to struggle paying medical bills and getting the health care they need compared to their counterparts in 10 other industrialized countries, says the survey from The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that provides grants to support independent research focused on improving health care practice and policy. The 2014…
  • Most Read: What Senior Housing Bubble?

    Elizabeth Ecker
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    In case you missed them… here are the top headlines grabbing SHN readers’ attention this week:  What Bubble? Senior Housing Finds Its Sweet Spot—While many have speculated that recent senior living deals and developments could signal a new “bubble,” recent findings by CBRE show demand still far outpacing supply. Senior living, rather, is just hitting its stride, CBRE finds.  How Americans Living Longer Will Shape the Future of CCRCs—Americans are living longer, and CCRCs are taking notice. One CCRC has changed its approach to accommodate the trend.  Senior Living Operator Goes…
  • Why Consumer Marketing Alone Won’t Cut it in Senior Living

    Cassandra Dowell
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Marketing Matters is brought to you by Solutions Advisors and Retiring by Design. Working together, Solutions Advisors and Retiring by Design give you the analytic and creative synergy to develop unique solutions and achieve optimum results for your senior living community, providing management, operations, marketing, and sales consulting services.  It’s a balancing act — create a marketing campaign that successfully reaches both consumers and professionals. And it can leave senior living providers straddling two worlds — one that is consumer-focused and another that is…
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    Mother In-Law Suite Floor Plans & Resources

  • The 3 Building Blocks to an Accessible Bathroom

    Tom Bills
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    None of us plans to become handicapped and unable to use bathroom facilities comfortably. However, aging, accidents and illnesses occur to you or a loved one. At that point, it makes sense to remodel your bathroom to accommodate the needs of any individual living in your home. Planning for Success Planning for remodeling is the key to avoiding unnecessary expenditure of money and effort that could sink the project. Everyone knows that, to make a bathroom accessible, we’re going to have to typically replace a door and install grab bars. In some cases, we must expand space in an existing…
  • Requirements For An Accessible Bathroom

    Tom Bills
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Accessible bathrooms can be beautiful and necessary. When a person becomes disabled or uses a wheelchair, fitting a bathroom to their needs can be challenging. Imagine sitting in a wheelchair for all of your bathroom needs and you may see exactly how many things must be changed. Having a non-accessible bathroom can be a matter of life or death. More than 1 in 3 seniors over 65 fall every year and 80% of these are in the bathroom. In addition, after one falls and breaks a hip or a leg, they often must go to rehab after the hospital instead of returning home simply because their bathroom is not…
  • The Pros and Cons of Caring for a Loved One at Home

    Tom Bills
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
      Deciding to care for an ailing family member is not always easy. However, there are some good things that can come from taking care of an ailing parent or grandparent at home. Let’s take a look at the inconveniences of providing care as well as the positive aspects that exist.   What Are the Inconveniences of Providing Care at Home? If you are going to allow a loved one to live in your home, you may need to do some remodeling work to help that person out. This may mean that contractors or other third-parties may have access to your home during the day. When they are gone,…
  • Grab Bars: Types, Placement, And Installation For Bathroom Safety

    Tom Bills
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Grab bars are commonly used in bathtubs and showers to offer stability and piece of mind to the user. A properly installed grab bar can become an essential safety accessory to any household bath. Used properly, a grab bar can prevent hazardous falls in the shower or bath. It is important that homeowners understand the various features and installation techniques available to them before deciding on the appropriate grab bar for their safety needs.   Differences in Grab Bars There are two significantly different categories of grab bars: wall-mounted grab bars and tub mounted grab bars.
  • Bathroom Flooring for Mother-in-Law Suites

    Tom Bills
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Accessible Bathroom Flooring for Mother-in-Law Suites – Types and Applications When caring for a parent or aging senior, one of the most important aspects of keeping them safe is by installing accessible bathroom flooring. As a bathroom can be one of the most difficult areas for a senior to properly move around if not designed with accessibility in mind, these types of flooring are absolutely essential. However, this can make for a tricky purchasing decision, given the many different types of flooring available. As such, here’s a brief look at all you need to know about accessible…
 
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Wandering Away by Seniors Can Be Deadly – Take Action for Prevention

    Kathy Birkett
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Do you worry that your senior loved one will wander away from home one day — or worse, night — and not be able to find the way home? You are not alone. Family caregivers, especially those with seniors diagnosed with dementia, often worry that it could happen. Our imaginations run wild with the dangers seniors would face away from our protection. It has been estimated that as many as 60 to 70% of people diagnosed with dementia will wander at least once. Unfortunately, some may wander more than once. Statistics on Wandering Seniors Alarming One statistic estimates there are as many…
  • Clinical Trials Provide Seniors (and Us) Opportunities to Help Cure Disease

    Kathy Birkett
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Clinical trials can be very important in curing disease and finding ways to help prevent a host of ailments. Have you or your senior loved one ever considered becoming part of a clinical trial? Researchers across the globe receive funding through a variety of sources, including government endowments or federal agencies, foundations, pharmaceutical companies, organizations and universities, in order to answer the most perplexing questions about health and disease that the world’s population faces. One such funding source is the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which will seek ways to…
  • Is Aging Really Bad for Our Brains? How Can We Keep Them Sharp?

    Kathy Birkett
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Does aging damage our brains? Many of us, including family caregivers in the throes of caring for aging loved ones, hold a belief that the natural consequence of aging is a decline in our mental function. After all, don’t our brains age the way our bodies do? Our face gets wrinkly, why not our brains? It is hard to argue that age and loss in brain function don’t go hand in hand when the belief has been ingrained in us that memory loss and brain loss are directly related to our age. Aging brains do exhibit a shrinkage, or atrophy when measured under scans. But, it seems that our brains…
  • Coming Technology Innovations and Current Tips to Help Avoid Senior Falls

    Kathy Birkett
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Falls are dangerous and scary for our senior loved ones. As family caregivers we want to do anything we can to prevent falls because we know that the consequences can be severe. One in three seniors will fall this year. Many of those won’t be serious but too many will be life-changing. Falls are the leading cause of injury and even death for our elders. Did you know that in 2012 there were 2.4 million nonfatal falls in seniors over 65 treated in the emergency departments and of those that came to the ER, 722,000 ended up hospitalized? Senior Injuries from Falls Injuries from falls…
  • Prepare Now to be Ready When Emergencies Hit Senior Loved Ones

    Kathy Birkett
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Many family caregivers unfortunately know the names and faces of the people in the emergency room of the local hospital pretty well. Maybe too well. Why might this be? Because they are visiting the emergency rooms (ER or ED) and hospital wings with their senior loved ones much more frequently than they want. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009–2010, “a total of 19.6 million emergency department (ED) visits in the United States were made by persons aged 65 and over. The visit rate for this age group was 511 per 1,000 persons” and “29% of ED visits…
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    ChangingAging.org

  • New York Pro-Aging Internship Opportunity

    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite parts of ChangingAging.org is receiving emails from students studying various fields of aging. It gives me the greatest hope for the future knowing the next generation is engaged and involved and embracing a pro-aging attitude.
  • What a Hurricane Taught Me About Being Stuck in a Nursing Home

    Jill Vitale-Aussem, Guestblogger
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    If a bunch of 40 and 50-year-olds at a resort (albeit a demolished one) on the beach can feel the effects of institutional practices in only four days, what chance do Elders have in a traditional nursing home over a long period of time?
  • Brain Breaks

    Roger Anunsen, ChangingAging Contributor
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    A hard-working but “tired” brain needs a few moments to “recharge” by thinking about something else. In other words, STOP for a moment and do something to reset and renew your brain’s capacity to absorb or create that next thought.
  • Fun with Math

    Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    We have been graphing the age and dementia distribution for baby boomers for decades, and yet none of our projections have ever extended beyond the year 2050. Why is that?
  • New Film Documents First Grassroots Green House Project

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    A one-in-a-million documentary premiers next week documenting the amazing 10-year journey of the citizens of Sheridan, Wyo., to build the first and only grassroots Green House skilled nursing home in the country.
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Alzheimer’s and the Holidays: Advice for Caregivers

    Trystan L. Bass
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    About five million Americans over age 65 currently have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and this irreversible, progressive c…The post Alzheimer’s and the Holidays: Advice for Caregivers appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • U.S. Life Expectancy Reaches Record High

    Rachel Yen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Americans are living longer and healthier lives, thanks to lifestyle changes and better access to preventive care. In a new report, average life expectancy rates in the United St…The post U.S. Life Expectancy Reaches Record High appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Halloween Horror Movies, Staying In or Going Out?

    Trystan L. Bass
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    As autumn brings a chill to the air, thoughts of Halloween come to mind. Maybe you expect trick-or-treaters at the door or you’re attending a costumed event on October 31. In …The post Halloween Horror Movies, Staying In or Going Out? appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • The Medicare Annual Election Period for 2015 Plans Begins Today

    Angela Chen
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today marks the start of the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), also known as the Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug coverage. It’s that t…The post The Medicare Annual Election Period for 2015 Plans Begins Today appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • More High-Rated Medicare Advantage Plans Available in 2015

    Rachel Yen
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    In 2015, Medicare Advantage plans will be more accessible and higher quality than previously. As you consider your options during the Annual Election Period, here are the main tr…The post More High-Rated Medicare Advantage Plans Available in 2015 appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
 
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  • Settlement Could Affect Eligibility

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Question: My wife was in a horrible car accident, as a result of which she will likely require skilled nursing care for the remainder of her life. It looks as if she will qualify for long term care under the Arizona Long Term Care System. I am concerned that if she receives a settlement from the accident ALTCS will discontinue her care. What can I do to prevent this? Answer: You are correct that your wife must continuously satisfy ALTCS financial…
  • Many Factors Affect ALTCS Process

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Question: I helped my mother apply for the Arizona Long Term Care System about two months ago, but the application is not yet approved. Now, my father is also in need of care, and I am considering applying for ALTCS for him as well. Can I apply for my dad while ALTCS is still processing my mom’s application? Answer:The rules differ greatly when applying for two spouses, as opposed to one. When applying for one spouse, the community spouse is…
  • How Will ALTCS Affect Your Home?

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Question: I have lived with my elderly mother for several years, doing everything in my power to care for her. We finally reached a point at which I can no longer provide her with the care that she needs, so we are exploring the Arizona Long Term Care System. If we pursue ALTCS, however, I am concerned that ALTCS will take my mother’s house, which would deprive me of my living situation. Is there anything I can do to help my mom and protect my…
  • Assets Key to Long-Term Care System

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities Question: I have been caring for my father for about a year, and I cannot provide him with the assistance he needs. We looked into applying for ALTCS, but my dad has too many assets to qualify. The ALTCS representative warned us against transferring dad’s assets. Is it possible for him to instead pay me for the services I have provided him as a means to help him meet the resource requirement? Answer: There are two primary rules at play here.
  • Living Trusts and ALTCS Planning

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:11 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: Several years ago, my wife and I set up a revocable living trust. We are contemplating pursuing ALTCS for my wife, and I understand that she has to meet a strict resource requirement. Given that all of our assets are titled to the trust, is it safe to assume that she satisfies the resource requirement? Answer: To answer succinctly, I would say that your assumption is incorrect, and that it is probably safe to say that your wife does not…
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  • How to Treat Insomnia in the Elderly

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the most common things that people with Alzheimer’s as well as other medical conditions experience is that of insomnia The post How to Treat Insomnia in the Elderly appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: How to Treat Insomnia in the Elderly Elderly Care: Following A Healthy Eating Plan Is It Time for Elderly Home Care?
  • How to Treat Insomnia in the Elderly

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the most common things that people with Alzheimer’s as well as other medical conditions experience is that of insomnia.  Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is basically when someone either has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.  Individuals suffering from insomnia may wake up quite often during the night, wake up way too early in the morning, or feel tired when they wake up.  There are ways to help the elderly fight insomnia, whether it originates from a condition such as Alzheimer’s or something entirely different. Maintain a Consistent Schedule The schedule that an…
  • How Much Does Nutrition Affect a Person with Early Signs of Dementia?

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The importance of good nutrition for those suffering from early signs of dementia is often understated. The reality is that there is no special diet that is required for people with dementia. It is not like someone who has high cholesterol, where they have to cut down on fatty foods to get it lowered. No specific diet exists that is going to help prevent dementia from progressing. Having a good and sound diet, though, can go a long way to helping minimize the impact that dementia has on the life of an individual. The Basics of a Proper Dementia Diet A sound diet for someone suffering from…
  • 5 Things to Know About In-Home Care

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Receiving personalized medical care is a truly valuable commodity to have access to.  There are so many elderly individuals out there who simply are not fortunate enough to get this type of in-home private care.  In-home care needs to be seen for the value that it provides.  The benefits range from increased patient satisfaction, reduced errors in regard to medications, fewer missed doctors visits, hospital visits, as well as fewer accidents in the home.  Let’s take a look at how in-home care lends itself well to each of these benefits.  Improved Patient Satisfaction In-home private…
  • 10 Signs it’s Time to Take the Keys Away From an Elderly Person

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It can become quite dangerous when an elderly person continues to drive a car when they do not have the physical and/or mental capacity to do so. The post 10 Signs it’s Time to Take the Keys Away From an Elderly Person appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s How Can You Detect Dementia Early? Signs That Your Loved One May Need Personalized In-Home Care
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  • Great Deals on Tablets for Seniors

    Amy Blitchok
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If you are a regular visitor to  Modern-Senior, you may have read my post from a couple weeks ago entitled, “Don’t Waste Your Money on AARP’s RealPad.”  In the interest of offering alternative solutions, and not just criticism, I have done some research and compiled a list of the best tablets for anyone who may be technology shy. Tablets Most seniors who are interested in a tablet, are planning to use it to communicate with their families, share photos, and check email.  Video calling features are a great way to stay close with friends and family who may be spread all over the…
  • Great Blogs you Should Be Following

    Amy Blitchok
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Why I Blog I openly, and perhaps even proudly, admit that I was the first to scoff at the idea of blogging.  I imagined it to be the end of “proper” journalism and the rise of tabloid style writing that would reward any amateur hack who was able to put together a sensational article on celebrity gossip or fashion trends.  In my mind, blogging inevitably meant the demise of the English language.  It seemed like the perfect catalyst for spreading ignorance and drowning out relevant voices with the sheer force of numbers. Have I had a change of heart?  Not really.  I am sad to see…
  • Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Cause Breast Cancer?

    Amy Blitchok
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    New Popularity of Hormone Treatment In the past, I have written about the recent surge in testosterone treatment for men.  If you have read up on this topic and seen some the data, you know that the vast majority of most men who are being treated for Low-T could naturally restore their hormone levels by making simple lifestyle changes.  It shouldn’t come as any surprise that a clean diet and regular exercise are just as effective in regulating hormones. The truth is that the surge in hormone treatment for men can be attributed in large part to marketing efforts by pharmaceutical…
  • Police Shoot and Kill 93-Year-Old Woman

    Amy Blitchok
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    With so much news coming out of Texas and Missouri lately, you might have missed the story of the fatal shooting of a 93-year-old woman by a Texas police officer in May of 2014.  This incident is back in the news in part because Stephen Stem, the officer involved, was fired for his use of deadly force and is lashing out against his former department, the city council, and the media. The shooting took place Hearne, Texas, a small economically depressed town whose big claim to fame is that it is only city to have a Wal-Mart that operated at a loss.  (The retail giant eventually left because…
  • Don’t Waste Your Money on AARP’s RealPad

    Amy Blitchok
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Every day I spend time listening to NPR, reading the newspapers, and skimming through a number of go-to websites for article ideas and inspiration.  When I first started Modern-Senior and really began focusing on issues related to aging and baby boomers, I would often head over to the AARP site assuming that they would be a good resource.  It quickly become apparent that AARP is full of fluff pieces and more concerned with making money than advocating for the rights of older Americans. What is the RealPad? This sneaking suspicion has been further validated by the recent launch of AARP’s…
 
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Freedom Home Care Introduces New Tablet Technology to Improve Care Giving Transparency and Communication

    Freedom Home Care
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Freedom Home Care is excited to announce that they have raised the bar on transparency and communication for their care giving services with the introduction of their new tablet technology.  Now, it is easier than ever before for families to keep track of their loved one’s progress, with access to live updates from our caregivers, medical documentation and prescription information, all in one place. We are happy to bring this new technology to our clients with the goal of making life easier for you and your loved ones. Highlights: Caregivers and families have 24/7 access to…
  • Retirees Could Benefit From a Futuristic Helper

    Freedom Home Care
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    (Photo Credit: www.technologyreview.com) With today’s biggest news always revolving around easy to use smartphones or a computer built right into a stroller, it seems that technology is appealing even to toddlers these days. In fact, most preschoolers have mastered phones or tablets before their parents do, but with new advancements being made every day, it looks like technology isn’t just for youngsters anymore. Recent findings show that sometime in the next ten to twenty years, homebound retirees could the testers of a new personal home-help robot. While it may see out of this world,…
  • Make the Switch to a Heart Healthy Diet: 25 Best Foods for Your Heart

    Freedom Home Care
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.  According to the CDC, About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every years, equaling 25% of all deaths. On top of that, every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. But there is great news: doctors confirm that eating the right foods every day can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Fresh produce is the cornerstone for a heart healthy diet because it helps wipe out free radicals in the bloodstream, protecting blood vessels. The foods listed here are all…
  • Raising Breast Cancer Awareness in October

    Freedom Home Care
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Everyday more and more people all over the world are diagnosed with breast cancer. It would be hard to find someone that hasn’t personally been affected, or doesn’t know someone affected by breast cancer. Here at Freedom Home Care we know this type of cancer can be one of the most testing as it doesn’t target a specific age group, race, or religion. Its victims, while mostly female, can also be male. The American Cancer Society states that 232,340 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. According to statistics from Susan G. Komen one in eight women will develop breast cancer…
  • How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Men and Women Differently

    Freedom Home Care
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s data the current life expectancy for women is 83 years, and 78 years for men. It is not yet known why women tend to live longer, but experts suggest a combination of factors like genetics and a general partiality of men for riskier behavior like smoking, drinking alcohol, or fighting can be factors in these statistical estimations. With many men and women living longer than ever before, it opens up a larger possibility for more people to develop age related disorders like Alzheimer’s. Here at Freedom Home Care we like other care facilities have seen…
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • Most Popular Funeral Song

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Baby Boomers,What's more intriguing than the plan President Obama has for Immigration Law, the global effect of Ebola and how big Kim Kardashian's butt truly is?As far as I am concerned, the top news story of the day comes from The Independent UK news website.According to a study by "The Co-Operative Funeralcare," the most popular song chosen to be played at loved ones final resting ceremonies is "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life."Yes, folks, Baby Boomers are rocking the classic Monty Python song at funerals, once again proving that we are having a…
  • IS OUR COUNTRY RUN BY IDIOTS?

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Baby Boomers,It has obviously been one of those months that leaves you scratching your head.Maybe it's the change of seasons, but, the news headlines the last couple of weeks have been really weird.Some stories are wonderful, some stories are depressing, some are despicable and some are downright deviant.Not only do we still have the sophomore rebirth of the boiling pot issues of the Healthcare.gov website malfunctions, but we also have to deal with:1.  The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet 300 million miles from Earth.2. ISIS (The Islamic State of Isreal and Syria)…
  • COLONOSCOPY FACT AND FICTION

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Baby Boomers,An incredibly unique event is happening this weekend in Phoenix.Have you heard about the "Undy Run 5000" yet?This is a family-friendly event created by the Colon Cancer Alliance, which encourages participants to run in underwear/boxers to bring attention to colon cancer. Hey, a fun event that brings attention to a great cause.Sounds like a win-win to me.Face it, there is nothing delicate about the subject of colon cancer.This disease is intrusive, the testing is awkward, a colonoscopy is a test of your humility and just talking about the…
  • Are You a "Plugged In" Boomer?

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Boomerplaces.com is "Plugged In" Baby Boomers,Are you "plugged in?"Do you spend at least 27 hours per week on the internet?Why would I use such a specific number?Because in a 2012 research study by WSL Strategic Retail, they found that Baby Boomers spend 2 hours more a week online than the 25 hours Millennials (ages 16 to 34) do on average.Who would have thought?Do you have a Google+ and/or Facebook profile?I bet you do.Once thought to be the bastion of the fast paced youth of what I like to call the "microwave" generation, Twitter is quickly becoming second nature to…
  • Baby Boomer Events - East Valley Healthy Living Expo

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Baby Boomers,Do you live in or near the Phoenix metropolitan area?Then here's an event for you.EVENT: East Valley Healthy Living ExpoWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014 8:00AM to 12:00PMLocation: Mesa Convention CenterAddress: 201 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201Admission: FreePhone: 480-964-9014Venue: Mesa Convention CenterVisit WebsitePresented By: East Valley Adult ResourcesHandicapped Accessible: YesFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-Valley-Adult-Resources/ If you are looking for the latest in healthy living products catered to the Senior Citizen…
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    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me

  • What a Surprise Encounter in Paris Taught Me About Dating Over 60

    Margaret Manning
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I love trains. There’s something about zipping through the country side that makes me feel like I’m in an adventure novel. Perhaps it’s the hustle and bustle that I find appealing. Or, maybe it’s just the idea of “going on an adventure” that takes me back to being a little girl, my head full of dreams. Living in Switzerland, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to take the train to Paris from time to time. No matter how many times I go, I always learn something new. This trip was no exception!Read More
  • We’re Looking at Retirement Planning All Wrong and a Lot of People Are Going to Get Hurt

    Margaret Manning
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    What is retirement planning? It’s a simple question, right? Doesn’t everyone know that getting ready for retirement is all about putting enough money away so that we can live comfortably on our investments? At least, that’s what we have been told. For decades, our employers have reminded us to max out our 401K. Our investment advisors, for those of us lucky enough to own stocks, have told us to keep our portfolios balanced and be ready to withdraw no more than 4% of our investments every year in retirement. But, there’s a problem…Read More
  • It’s Not Too Late! How to Break Bad Habits and Improve Your Health After 60

    Margaret Manning
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    When it comes to smoking, drinking and a lack of exercise, many women that I know have a fatalistic perspective. If you are in your 60s or 70s, it’s easy to convince yourself that “the damage has already been done.” But, is this really true? As it turns out, no, it isn’t – not in the slightest! Researchers are increasingly showing that it’s never too late to get benefits from abandoning a bad habit. For example, recent studies have found that people can add years to their life by quitting smoking, even in their 60s.Read More
  • Senior Dating Tips: How to Write a Dating Profile that Gets Results – Advice from Lisa Copeland

    Margaret Manning
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Are you getting back in the senior dating game? Then, you won’t want to miss my interview with dating coach, Lisa Copeland. One of the most important steps to finding dating success after 50 is creating an amazing dating profile. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know where to start. So, to demystify the situation, I sat down with Lisa Copeland to discuss what really works. During our interview, Lisa explains the first thing that men look at when they view your profile. Then, she goes on to explain several power words that you can use to catch (and keep!) a man’s attention. I hope that…
  • An Introduction to Gentle Yoga for Older Adults

    Margaret Manning
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    When I ask the members of the Sixty and Me community what is holding them back from building their dream life after 60, poor health and excess stress are the two most common answers. It sometimes feels like, by the time we reach our 60s, we have a lifetime of tension locked in our bodies. On the inside, we feel young and vibrant. On the outside, we feel more than a little stiff, tired and out of shape.Read More
 
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    Financial Engines Blog

  • Six Things Women Need to Know About Social Security

    Mike Jurs
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The average woman will live for close to 20 years in retirement; that’s why planning ahead is so important. According to the Social Security Administration, almost half of unmarried women, including widows, will rely on Social Security for about 90% of their income in retirement. Many people don’t realize that the age at which you claim Social Security affects how much you receive in lifetime benefits. Getting the most out of your benefits requires a thoughtful strategy.  These six tips will help you map out your plan. Be Realistic about Your Needs On average, women live just over two…
  • Infographic – Why Women See Retirement Differently Than Men

    Jennifer Carole
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Even though women start with smaller savings at retirement than men, research we’ve just conducted found that women are surprisingly optimistic about their golden years. We’ve put together this infographic highlighting the big takeaways.Filed under: Planning, Retiring Tagged: family, happiness, infographic, life, News, planning, retirement, saving, women
  • We Want You! Financial Engines is Hiring (and Having a Good Time Too!)

    Jennifer Carole
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever wondered what life is like behind the scenes at Financial Engines? We have good news! Here’s a peek in a new video sharing scenes of life at the company. We created it as a recruiting video but we think everyone will enjoy a look inside the business. If you’re interested, learn more about working for Financial Engines.Filed under: Company News Tagged: career, job, video
  • Financial Engines Market Watch Q3: A Jittery End to September

    Christopher Jones
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The third quarter saw a mix of solid equity markets punctuated by periods of downside volatility in early August and again at the end of September. Despite the downturns, the S&P 500 set new all-time highs during August and September. By the end of Q3, the S&P 500 index of large cap stocks had gained a modest 1.1%. In contrast, stocks in the S&P Small Cap 600 index had a rough quarter. Smaller company stocks peaked at the beginning of the quarter and steadily lost ground dropping 6.7% by the end of Q3. With continuing tensions abroad and weak growth in Europe, the MSCI Europe,…
  • Recent Market Volatility, Your 401(k) and What You Need to Know

    Christopher Jones
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    After an extended period of relative calm, the past week saw a surge in volatility with global equity markets dropping sharply. By mid-week, the S&P 500 had given up its gains for the year. While periods of volatility are not unusual, we want to share our thoughts on what this might mean for your investment strategy. What is going on? The market is reacting to new information regarding future economic growth. A slow-down in Europe and concerns about growth rates in China has dampened investor optimism, driving down stock prices and driving up the prices of government bonds. The market is…
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    Steveso Thinks

  • OMG the Mexicans Are Going to Take My Job!

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

    Steve Sovie
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    For the past week I have not published any posts due to the fact that I could not connect to the Internet. I have an 8 month old Dell desktop computer, which I purchased brand new. It came with Windows 8 already installed. A few weeks after I purchased it I ran into trouble connecting to the Internet. Apparently Windows 8 was preventing Internet connection. At that time I contacted Dell support and spoke several times with a supposed engineer, in India. After 5 agonizing days I was able to connect. I had to install Widows 8.1, which was difficult since Windows 8 was preventing it. When I…
  • Happy Veteran's Day

    Steve Sovie
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Happy Veteran's Day to all. Thank you so very much to all of you who have served our country and all of you who are serving now. Many have given the ultimate sacrifice so that the rest of us can live in freedom. Many have lost a part of themselves, so that we may live whole. As a nation we must remember our veterans, not just on November 11, but every day of the year. We must honor the memory of those we have lost and we must care for those who are still with us.
  • There Goes Our Affordable Health Care

    Steve Sovie
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The other day I was preparing to sign Kevin up for health insurance, now that he has his green card.I was a bit surprised at how much money he will have to pay in premiums each month, as he is not employed. Then I realized that this is the cost under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.I did a little more research and discovered how much it would be if it weren't for Obamacare. Wow! What a shock!. Don't forget for the past 8 years I was living in a so called third world country that gave free health care to its citizens and to foreigners for $10 per case! Actually the…
  • It's Finally Over - Republican In Charge.

    Steve Sovie
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Well the 2014 Midterm Elections, the most expensive elections in US history, are finally over. The Republicans have won a majority in both houses of Congress. Or should I say that the Koch brothers and the 1% of wealthiest Americans have succeeded in purchasing both houses of Congress. Either way the American people have lost.After the Republican's shocking loss to Obama in the last presidential election they finally have exacted their revenge. But they had help. the Democrats have no one to blame, except for themselves. Because of the Bush years the US economy was almost destroyed by two…
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    Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care

  • Men’s Health Over 65. Let’s Make It Good.

    Mark Hager
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    Men’s Health Over 65. Let’s Make It Good. / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Men's health is a sticky situation. Women are typically health decision many men ignore their health care. Learn more about keeping yourself healthy. The post Men’s Health Over 65. Let’s Make It Good. appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from…
  • How Pinterest Can Teach You About Universal Design

    Mark Hager
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    How Pinterest Can Teach You About Universal Design / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Pinterest is an incredible repository of information about nearly any topic. See how you can use it to learn about Universal Design for your home. The post How Pinterest Can Teach You About Universal Design appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from…
  • Prostate Cancer and Screening Over 65

    Mark Hager
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Prostate Cancer and Screening Over 65 / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Prostate cancer will affect as many as 1 in 7 men. Learn about screening for those over 65. Join us in supporting men's health & The Movember Foundatioin. The post Prostate Cancer and Screening Over 65 appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website's…
  • Future Technologies That May Change The Aging Experience

    Mark Hager
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Future Technologies That May Change The Aging Experience / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Future technologies will help shape the world we live in and could enhance the aging experience for millions. Learn about 5 upcoming technologies. The post Future Technologies That May Change The Aging Experience appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written…
  • Home Care Cottages: Tiny House TLC

    Nick Karrandjas
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    Home Care Cottages: Tiny House TLC / ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014. Home care cottages can be perfect for an older parent who still wishes to live independently, but needs extra care. Learn about tiny houses for caregiving. The post Home Care Cottages: Tiny House TLC appeared first on Aging in Place Seniors, Elderly Home Remodeling, Technology, Planning & Home Care. ©Copyright Age In Place Networks and AgeInPlace.com, 2007 - 2014, Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this website's owner is…
 
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    The Senior List

  • Just5 Cell Phone Reviews

    Amie
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    If you’ve been searching for Just5 cell phone reviews, you’ve come to the right place.  We originally reviewed the Just5 cell phone For seniors back in 2011, and it looks like it’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Samsung Jitterbug 5 Review

    Amie
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The Samsung Jitterbug line has been around a long time, and we know this phone well.  The Senior List originally reviewed the Samsung Jitterbug J model back in 2010!  We’re happy to report that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • QMedic Review: A smart medical alert system

    Amie
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    The QMedic Medical Alert System QMedic offers a traditional PERS bracelet or pendant with a button to push when help is needed.  In addition to these features, QMedic also has some very smart sensing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Glen Campbell’s Last Song

    Amie
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Legendary country singer Glen Campbell is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.  Diagnosed back in 2011, Glen Campbell set out with Kenny Rogers to plan one final international “Good... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lewy Body Dementia: What you need to know

    Amie
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Lewy Body Dementia has been in the spotlight recently with the news that Robin Williams had this common disease.  Lewy Body Dementia or LBD, affects more than 1.4 million people in the US and is one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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