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  • How Not to Treat a Senior

    Modern Senior
    Amy Blitchok
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Time and again I see stories in major publications celebrating older adults and their ability to “stay young” and vibrant.  While these are usually heartwarming stories, they also imply that our aged population cease to be people after a point.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we can have wrinkles and a sense of humor.  Should people really have to subjected to patronizing attention because of their age?  If you pay attention, kids don’t like it and seniors don’t either.  It is a sentiment that is perhaps best expressed by the late Maya Angleou: On…
  • Best Baby Boomer Blogs

    Modern Senior
    Amy Blitchok
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    If you are feeling the Monday let down after a long holiday weekend spent with family and friends, take a moment to regroup and catch up with some of your favorite bloggers. Tom Sightings heaves a sigh of relief upon finishing the 750-page Doris Kearns Goodwin historical tome “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.” To catch up on what Teddy Roosevelt was all about, and see how Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt, shoot on over to Who’s the Smartest Guy in the Room? On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R.
  • Attitude Matters: How Optimism Can Add to the Life of Elder Loved Ones

    Senior Care Corner
    Kathy Birkett
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Can our attitude impact the way we age? More to the point, can our attitude affect our lifestyle which will determine how well we age? The 2014 United States of Aging Survey recently found that Americans 60 and older report they are more motivated than in the past two years to improve their health by exercising regularly and setting health goals. What is leading to this change in health behavior? Does it point to an increase in optimism? In short, yes, attitude matters! Annual Aging Survey Results The United States of Aging Survey is conducted annually by the National Association of Area…
  • Understanding Vision Problems: Types, Treatments, and Prevention

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Protecting and caring for our eyes is critical to our health and well-being. Poor vision affects everything we do, and can be a serious detriment to the healthy lifestyle of older adults.  Baby boomers are more physically active than any previous generation, and a key component to maintaining a physical lifestyle is vision care. Untreated vision loss can affect independence in that it can inhibit activities like driving a car and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Poor vision in older adults has been linked to isolation, depression, and social…
  • What an In Home Caregiver Needs To Know About You

    Concierge Care
    Nancy Ralston
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Your caregiver is going to become almost like family, and be there when you can not, so it is essential that a good relationship is established between the senior and the care provider... The post What an In Home Caregiver Needs To Know About You appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: Helping a Senior Build a Relationship with a Caregiver How to Find the Right Senior Caregiver Support Keeping in Touch with Loved Ones When You’re a Caregiver
 
 
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    Silver Innings: Dedicated to Senior Citizens and their Family Members.

  • Palliative Care is Elder Right: Dr. Vineeta Sharma

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Palliative Care is Elder Right: Dr. Vineeta Sharma, HOD of Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai speaking about importance of Palliative Care to Senior Citizens and their Family members: A Silver Inning Foundation presentation, 18th July 2014:  Watch this excellent talk: http://youtu.be/ROmZkWgmCSo
  • The Importance of End of Life Care with Dementia

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Coming to terms with a loved one nearing the end of their life with dementia is never an easy situation. But it’s important to recognize this stage to make sure our loved ones receive a good quality of life as this time comes near. Making sure there is a strategy is a must so individuals can pass well with their dementia. Karen Harrison specializes in end of life care and believes a
  • Dementia Activities: Six Options to Encourage Engagement

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
     As dementia progresses, it becomes challenging to find activities that encourage mental, emotional, and sensory stimulation. At the same time, we are often in search of ways to connect with our loved one when conversation is no longer an option. Possibilities are as wide and varied as one’s imagination, but here are a few ideas to get you started. Read More :  http://alzjourney.com/2014/07
  • “The End of Retirement”

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Jessica Bruder, author of our August cover story, “The End of Retirement,” was on MSNBC’s The Cycle this afternoon to discuss the challenges facing Americans who thought they’d be enjoying life after retiring, and instead found themselves part of a vast migrant workforce. You can watch the video here : [Mentions] | “The End of Retirement” on MSNBC | Harper's Magazine
  • Bangalore: 10 more day-care centres to be set up for the elderly

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Karnataka  State government has decided to increase the number of day-care centres for the elderly from four to 14, according to Minister of State for Women and Child Development Umashree. She announced this at the inaugural session of a workshop on ‘Differently-abled persons – opportunities and challenges’, jointly organised by the Administrative Training Institute, Abdul Nazir Sab State
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • IN THE OCEAN WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    HAPPY DAYWhenever I spend the day with Steve and Carol it is a happy day, and yesterday was no exception! We enjoy each others company.I always have something that needs repairing, adjusting and seldom need anything opened.I'm pretty good at that now!HEARTY MEALThe British Beer Company recently opened up just a five minute ride from where I live. Steve has eaten in this restaurant in other locations and was anxious to see what this one was like, So yesterday we paid a visit to this casual eating and beer place.From what I observed, they specialize in pizza and beer. As a matter of fact the…
  • KIDS DO THE DARNDEST THINGS

    28 Jun 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Do you remember the TV show "Kids Say the Darndest Things" hosted by Bill Cosby? That show was always good for a laugh. When Cosby asked the little one a question you could never imagine what the response would be. I thought about that show as a result of what happened here recently.One day last week I had a friend visit. Joining her was her five year old grandson. Kevin was a very well behaved child who brought along a small bag of miniature cars to play with. He spent some time on my patio and after a while came indoors and played with his toys on the rug. His grandmother told me that he…
  • LOST MAN MEN - FOUND LOUIE

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Last week I wrote about the loss of my love, and involvement, of the show "Mad Men." How was I going to manage without knowing about each of the characters lives? I had to adjust, make up my mind and wait until next season. Surprise! Considering I'm a woman close to ninety, I found someone else! Who could imagine that I could find someone that I would care for so soon after a break-up. Well, it happened to me last week!Matthew Gilbert, who writes for the Boston Globe, introduced me to "Louie," and I have been involved with Louie ever since. I've seen all of Louie's shows that I could get "On…
  • LIFE WITHOUT MAD MEN

    11 Jun 2014 | 6:19 pm
    This past Sunday was the last episode of Mad Men for this season. For the past seven weeks I have looked forward to seeing what Matthew Weiner had cooked up for the Mad Men gang. Now there's nothing to look forward to this weekend! This season was split up and cut short. Now I have to wait until NEXT YEAR to see how life turns out for all those characters that I know so well. The show was on from 10:00pm to 11:00pm. Some nights I would watch it a second time and catch things that I missed the first time. Sometimes after the show was over I would go to AMC.com and read reactions and thoughts…
 
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    a little red hen

  • Solving immigration problem via "Pinky," a cartoon

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

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

    a little red hen
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    It was a beautifuly evening.  Lucky Americans, we were invited to dinner and firework-watching on Sandy and Michael's deck.  Rest of our family invited too--after their day of hiking around Mt. Hood.   Though we talked of several serious local issues--the sad state of schools in Portland was one--most of the time we laughed, watched the kids.  As fireworks approached, our friend Michael appeared in the doorway with something to read.   "The Declaration of Independence."  Zoe, almost nine, responded to his vigorous declamation, with arms…
  • In Brooklyn on June 14? March across the Bridge for Gun Sense!

    a little red hen
    8 Jun 2014 | 11:12 am
        Wish I could be in the City for this one. Ron and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for a woman's right to choose in 2004--that terrible year-- when Republican convention left its dirty mark.   #51231700 / gettyimages.com Began blogging two years later.  I need to find my own photos, write about the two extremes of the very hot day.    Exhilarating and intimidating with police photographing from posts above marchers. Found reflections from others.  From a Planned Parenthood site, an older woman, out-of-towner, uncomfortable with…
  • When we speak of Mother Earth...

    a little red hen
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Today I watched this video iand tried to upload it.  The only way you can see it is by   clicking on Post.     Please do; it's powerful and beautiful.  Takes less than 5 minutes of your time.       [From Frackfree America National Coalition, created by Ranjan Ramanayake.]         Related articles On the way to Northern California...    Bees, You and Me...Earth Week 2013     Earth Mother' Native American deity.
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    Contemporary Retirement Coaching

  • The End of the Day Philosophy by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

    Ann Harrison
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    ‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I know what the answer will be: at the end of the day, I’d be much happier if I’d chosen writing. If I am faced with chips and pizza, I might be mightily tempted to eat them right now, but I know that later in the day I’ll be sorry…
  • 15 Ways to Beat Jetlag

    Ann Harrison
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
  • Too darned hot...

    Ann Harrison
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    I don't really 'do' summer. It's definitely NOT my favourite season. Oh sure, I like the long, bright days well enough. And give me a summer breeze and a temp that's in the low seventies and I can just about cope... but when the mercury starts to climb, my life and my mood start to go in the opposite direction. The summer heat saps my energy and my patience. While the rest of the population heads for the beach and the back garden, I'm headed indoors as fast as my energy-depleted leg muscles can carry me. I blame my Irish ancestry for most of my heat-related…
  • Losing your luggage...

    Ann Harrison
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:15 pm
  • Quick Links

    Ann Harrison
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:21 pm
    From Mail Online: Flexible hours push to help the over-50s stay in work: Pensions Minister says older generation are 'vast untapped talent'
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    RetirementRevised

  • Twitterverse has questions about retirement; we’ve got answers

    Mark Miller
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Twitterverse has questions about retirement. What’s the best way for young people to get started saving? Are target date funds good or bad? Should we expand Social Security to help low-wage workers? Those are just a few of the great questions I fielded during a retirement Tweet-up convened this week by my colleagues at Reuters. Since my column allows for responses beyond Twitter’s 140-character limit, today I’m expanding on answers to five questions I found especially interesting. You can view the entire chat – which included advice from personal finance gurus from…
  • Retirees: Have you checked bank CD rates lately?

    Mark Miller
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Getting  low-risk yield has been one of the toughest challenges for retirees ever since the financial meltdown of 2008-2009. Interest rates are near zero, and many retirees are nervous about bonds out of fear that rates might jump. All of which leaves a simple question: How about a good old-fashioned certificate of deposit? Retirees desperate for yield can find some respectable deals these days on CDs. The yields may not sound sexy, but there’s also is no risk to principal and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation protects accounts up to $250,000. There’s nothing new about the higher…
  • More Americans are aging in place; Can towns and cities adapt?

    Mark Miller
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    The graying of the American homeowner is upon us. The question is: Will communities be ready for the challenges that come with that? The number of households headed by someone age 70 or older will surge by 42 percent from 2015 to 2025, according to a report on the state of housing released last month by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, or JCHS. The Harvard researchers note that a majority of those households will be aging in place, not downsizing or moving to retirement communities. That will have implications for an array of support services people will need as…
  • Why most seniors can’t afford to pay more for Medicare

    Mark Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Should seniors pay more for Medicare? Republicans think so; they have repeatedly called for replacing the current program with vouchers that would shift cost and risk to seniors. There’s no doubt this is where Republicans will take us if they capture control of Congress this year, and the White House in 2016. Representative Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who chairs the House Budget Committee, advocates “premium support” reforms that would give seniors vouchers to buy private Medicare insurance policies in lieu of traditional fee-for-service Medicare. But premium supports would…
  • Hello, Congress: Americans want a strong Social Security system

    Mark Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Political polarization is at a historic peak. Americans are divided on gun control, abortion, healthcare and privacy, according to a study released last month by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press documenting our increasing ideological rigidity and partisan antipathy. Then there’s Social Security. The public is worried deeply about the finances of our bedrock retirement and disability program. Pew found just 14 percent of Americans expect to receive their full benefits. And an earlier Pew study found concern is much higher among young people: Roughly half of Gen Xers…
 
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    EldercareABC

  • Gift Idea for Aging Parents: The Old Neighborhood Reunion

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

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

    admin
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Joy Loverde Family caregivers often write to me and complain that when it comes to eldercare and parents, siblings are often nowhere to be found. Denial, historical sibling rivalry, limited finances, and living far away are some of the reasons why one adult child shoulders most of the parent-care responsibilities. Truth is family caregiving […] The post Mom Always Liked You Best – Part One appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Are You Looking for Simple Aging in Place Options For Elderly Parents?

    admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    By Kaye Swain Door handles. Simple things. You wouldn’t think they’d be that important, would you? Unless your elderly mom has limited range of motion in her hands due to arthritis or in her arm due to taking a tumble or just in general due to growing weaker as she ages. My family has dealt […] The post Are You Looking for Simple Aging in Place Options For Elderly Parents? appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 15

    admin
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Joy Loverde To those of you who are following this blog about my Aunt who is reluctant to move out of her house, I didn’t want too much time to go by before I gave you an update on what’s happening. On that note, what’s happening is absolutely nothing. There she stays… in spite […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 15 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
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    The Population Health Blog

  • New Insights on Big Data

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Say hello to big data!This week's The Economist discusses some of the implications of "big data." Population Health Blog readers may recall the Facebook kerfuffle when it was revealed that the company had been "experimenting" on its users.  While this is another timely reminder that Facebook users are not customers but a product, what's far more interesting is how the company used its vast utilization data to monetize the changes of a hundredth of single percent in its users' behavior.  These weenie changes can add up to additional…
  • Professional Physician Organizations: A Continuing Necessary Ingredient for Ongoing Health Reform

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    This JAMA article on "Professional Organizations' Role in Supporting Physicians to Improve Value in Health Care" reminds readers that "organized medicine" continues to have an important role in national health reform.  The Population Health Blog agrees and adds that these doctor professional organizations have not only been underestimated recently, but will continue to be a force to be reckoned with - both a national and state level.The article points out that groups like the American Medical Association (AMA) along with the various sister…
  • The Medicare Advantage Stars Program: Who Keeps the Money, Is it Evidence-Based and What About Variation?

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The Population Health Blog has been practically banished from our living room when the spouse is watching TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.  This reality show follows the travails of young brides as they search for that perfect wedding gown while also dealing family expectations, tight budgets and dubious body art.  When the PHB stops in and pauses to watch the bridal drama unfold over more than just a few minutes, it naturally wants to share.  Mysteriously, the spouse treats its helpful outreach like some sort of provocation.  Little wonder.  Years ago, the PHB…
  • Here Comes Defined Contribution: Implications for Population Health

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    "Here they come!"Regular Population Health Blog readers understand that defined benefit insurance plans provide for the future coverage of services (for example, all medically necessary treatment) or income (for example, guaranteed retirement income).  Failure to account for increasing life expectancy, growing medical demand and technology plus an unwillingness to adequately fund tomorrow's promises with today's dollars have all fueled interest in defined contribution health insurance plans.  They provide financial support before future medical demand occurs. As a…
  • The Contraception Mandate: The Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision's Five Ironies

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Much of the commentariat's dismay over the setback of Obamacare's contraception mandate has been based on the twin principles of women's health and economic justice.  But for an unthinking Supreme Court majority, says critics, the U.S. lost an important chance to link federal health policy to the enlightened science of preventing unwanted pregnancies.Which leads to five ironies:1) The Supreme Court Justics would agree that they know little about health or economics: It was the conservative Mr. Scalia who opined in another case involving health care that the issue at hand was not "known…
 
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    Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Tweetchat reaches 200th chat

    Christian Sinclair
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When I first began exploring the health care Twittersphere in late 2008, there were not a lot of people there, and explaining it to others and expand the network was pretty challenging. Six years later, the understanding of Twitter as a space to advocate and influence is well understood in the realms of sports, entertainment, politics and news. Well, we too in hospice and palliative care have made a significant impact on Twitter even if it is in the smaller niche of Health Care. One of the tent poles for people to gather and find each other has been the weekly Hospice and Palliative Medicine…
  • Deadline for Comments on HPM Fellowship Update July 2

    Christian Sinclair
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Apologies for the late notice, but I only heard yesterday about the deadline today (July 2, 2014) to the ACGME update to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship requirements.  These updates do not come around too often and this is the first significant chance for an update since the accreditation became official in the late 2000s. Here are some of the key files for your reference:Impact Statement (only 5 pages - summarized below)Program Requirements (24 fun-filled pages)Review and Comment Form (you need to complete this and send it…
  • Cases: Legacy Projects at the End of Life

    Christian Sinclair
    30 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Case:F.B is an 90-year-old woman who initially presented with chest pain and shortness of breath and was found to have a large descending aortic aneurysm. Her aneurysm was not amenable to surgical correction, so F.B. was discharged home with hospice for medical management.  She was interested in sharing her life’s experiences, so a legacy project was initiated.  During the course of the legacy project, F.B. became withdrawn from her friends and family and often felt anxious and depressed.  A long conversation was held with her, and she admitted the legacy project brought back…
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

    Jeanette Ross
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Until I watched the documentary prison terminal I had not given much thought to what the end of life is like for a prisoner serving a life time sentence.  The Prison Terminal film was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award in the category of Documentary Short Subject and it is currently being shown in the channel HBO. Filmmaker Edgar Barens transports us to the inside the Iowa state maximum security prison recording how the terminally prisoner Jack hall lives his final 6 months (even his last breath). As the film evolves we meet 82 year old Jack Hall who was once a decorated World War…
  • Empathy, Goals of Care & Training Opportunities to Improve Your Communication Skills and Teaching

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

  • Technology for seniors -- why not an iWatch?

    Laurie Orlov
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    I, for one, am tiring of the Apple iWatch.  And it is not even out yet. A Morgan Stanley analyst predicts that the $300 iWatch will sell between 30 and 60 million units, but wisely, like the 50-50 chance of rain, also notes 'there is a chance that the iWatch will fail.' Apple is bringing in multiple athletes to test the thing, including an unnamed player from the Red Sox (unnamed is probably for the best, these days.) So who will buy a $300 smart watch, will they leave their iPhone and their iPad home? What will they use to take a picture? Hopefully it will be of good quality and…
  • Six Companies from the Boomer Venture Summit 2014

    Laurie Orlov
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What's new with startups in the boomer-senior market segments? We often note that the boomers have all the money. Yet they are not always the recipients of thoughtful product design or effective marketing strategy. But consider the media interest in the boomer-beyond topic, especially in the health-related segments -- where there's news, there's innovation. And where there's innovation, let's reflect on the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit in Santa Clara, a business plan competition and series of events organized by Mary Furlong and delivered at Santa Clara University.
  • Do free tools like Twitter, Google, and Facebook freely communicate new rules?

    Laurie Orlov
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Online -- the bad, the worse, and the ugly.  We want 100% of older adults to have access to the Internet.  It's a big place with lots of useful information, educational materials, loaded with discounts, pictures of family members from far away, and on and on.  But who keeps up with recent, uh, upgrades? Please, to those of you helping folks with these tools, training and caution is required: read more
  • Do health innovators think about the oldest adults?

    Laurie Orlov
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Everyone wants to see more innovation in health care delivery.  Not to miss the remote healthcare visitation party -- a relatively recent employee benefit -- Verizon just announced its new Virtual Visits platform, expanding medical access for patients who may wait " an average of 27 days for to schedule an appointment." That’s a 2010 statistic, in case you were wondering. By 2013 the average wait time was more like 18 days. But perhaps the wait time is beside the point – what if you don’t live or happen to be near a doctor?  Would you use a remote…
  • The ideal wearable for seniors – why not a much-modified PERS?

    Laurie Orlov
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    PERS devices and wearables – what will bring them together? Now that the Washington Post has declared that Apple and Google will solve our health problems, aren’t you relieved? Oh, you’re a bit concerned about your privacy, the fact that all of your outside-of-Facebook web searches are by default accessible to Facebook – that you have to opt out on a completely separate website in order to terminate tracking of this activity?  As you wander around Google, Yahoo or through iTunes, your searches about health topics, those are all now relevant for advertisers as…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Managing Digital Assets:A New Issue in Estate Planning

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
     Digital assets are online accounts containing credit, financial, and personal information stored on our computers and electronic devices. Adding them to estate planning is becoming more and more important.Digital asset is a term that didn't exist ten years ago. It has grown over the last decade as consumers have flocked to the Internet for communicating, professional and job-related work, catching up with old friends, shopping, financial activity, and countless others. But as our online lives grow, it’s becoming increasingly important that our digital assets become a…
  • Encore Careers: The New Paradigm of Work for Older Adults

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Retirement today isn’t what it used to be. More and more older adults, including boomers, are choosing to work longer because they enjoy it, or are creating new careers and businesses during retirement.Retirement as we know it is changing. Gone are the days when individuals worked for one organization for forty years until they were sixty-five years old, received a pension and a gold watch, had a retirement party, and then went off to the golf course. With the increased numbers of educated and experienced professionals retiring, both male and female, we are looking for new ways to use our…
  • Understanding Vision Problems: Types, Treatments, and Prevention

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Protecting and caring for our eyes is critical to our health and well-being. Poor vision affects everything we do, and can be a serious detriment to the healthy lifestyle of older adults.  Baby boomers are more physically active than any previous generation, and a key component to maintaining a physical lifestyle is vision care. Untreated vision loss can affect independence in that it can inhibit activities like driving a car and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Poor vision in older adults has been linked to isolation, depression, and social…
  • The Booming Dynamics of Aging: Meeting the Challenge of the Emerging Senior Majority

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    The U.S. population is aging rapidly, led by baby boomers who will hit fifty this year. By 2056, for the first time in history, the United States’ population sixty-five and older will outnumber those eighteen and under. The ramifications will be significant.Very soon seventy-eight million baby boomers will become the new “Senior Majority.” This demographic phenomenon presents significant challenges for our nation. It also represents tremendous opportunities for Certified Senior Advisors (CSAs).A Global and National PhenomenonEach day, ten thousand people turn sixty-five. These…
  • Bone Up on Facts about Osteoporosis

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Osteoporosis can lead to debilitating fractures, chronic pain and the inability to perform everyday activities, including walking, maintaining your household and even dressing and bathing. Fortunately, with the right diet, exercise, supplements or medication, you can either prevent osteoporosis or lessen the effects.Osteoporosis is more than deteriorating and weak bones. It can lead to debilitating fractures, chronic pain and the inability to perform everyday actions, including walking, maintaining your household and even dressing and bathing. Those who suffer from it can testify:“I have…
 
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • How to Realize Your Retirement Potential

    LoveBeingRetired
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    When we retire, we hope the next 20 or more years will be a rewarding and exciting time that perhaps even surpasses the years leading up to this point. The hard work is behind us, and we have earned the freedom to explore and experience what is most important to each of us. But with so much to choose from it is not unusual to find yourself a bit overwhelmed. Here’s how to make the most of your retirement years: Plan now. Retired life will be different than what you are used to. Your schedule will no longer be dominated by a job or the responsibilities of raising a family. An unfamiliar…
  • Follow These 5 R’s for a Rewarding Retirement

    LoveBeingRetired
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    When you retire, you want to do it right. After so much careful preparation and struggle, you have earned the right to join the ranks of the retired, and you want to make sure it’s worth the effort. Here’s how to make sure your retirement will be fulfilling: Reward yourself. You have earned the right to spend your free time as you choose. Don’t put pressure on yourself to fill your days with meaningful accomplishments. You are no longer a worker bee, so you can choose to do what is right for you. There is no performance review, no measures of success and no pressure to rise in the…
  • Why retirement will be the best time of your life

    LoveBeingRetired
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Arriving at the doorstep of retirement with all of your marbles intact is an achievement worthy of praise. You have survived a career that even if stimulating has likely taken its toll over the years. Your children are hopefully approaching independent status, your mortgage if not entirely gone is ideally in good shape, and you have built a sufficient nest egg to subsidize the retired lifestyle you hope to enjoy. As you evolve into your second act, you have the opportunity to experience the best of what life has to offer. Assuming you can cope with the challenges that come with aging and as…
  • Still Navigating the Retirement Jungle after 4 Years

    LoveBeingRetired
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Time sure does fly. The other day I took a look at the first blog I posted for “Retirement – Only the Beginning” way back on July 4, 2010. I had been contently working away at various start ups across Silicon Valley for over 30 years raising a family and setting aside a little something for the future. At age 52 I figured I had another ten to twelve years to build that nest egg and get ready to depart the working world. Then suddenly I found myself out of a job. After a reasonable amount of panic and some fruitless searching for an immediate replacement job, I stepped back to catch…
  • Why Retirement is Well Earned

    LoveBeingRetired
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Getting yourself to retirement is no easy task. Many individuals who reach retirement age are finding themselves unprepared for their second act. For some people it is a matter of not having enough money to support themselves in the future. Other people discover they have not put any real thought into life after the job and find themselves ill-equipped to fill their day with enough activities to occupy the hours. Across the board seniors are realizing there is no guarantee of a fulfilling retired life. For those who are fortunate enough to finally join the ranks of the retired, the journey…
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    Senior Housing News

  • Formation Capital, Safanad Acquire 14 SNFs for $150 Million

    Cassandra Dowell
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Two heavy-hitting investment firms are expanding their footprint in the post-acute care sector through the acquisition of 14 skilled nursing facilities in the mid-Atlantic for about $150 million in total. The deal reflects a multi-year strategic partnership between healthcare-focused private investment firm Formation Capital and global principal investment firm Safanad. The portfolio includes 1,658 beds with 11 facilities in Virginia, two in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania, and is operated by Consulate Health Care, the sixth largest provider of skilled nursing care. “This transaction…
  • Providers Prepare For Huge Wave of Memory Care Competition

    Elizabeth Ecker
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Memory care is quickly risen what some are calling the “flavor of the year,” when it comes to new senior housing construction across the nation. While other property types have ticked up and down over the last eight years, during and following the housing crisis, memory care construction has slowly and gradually increased over time, bucking the more sporadic trends of its counterparts, according to data from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. Industry members have long believed that memory care, done right, presents big opportunity in that it caters…
  • LTC Insurance Group Seeks Assisted Living Partner for Advocacy Campaign

    Jason Oliva
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A national advocacy organization is looking to partner with an assisted living provider to raise awareness for the importance of planning for long-term care services. The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance is currently seeking an national assisted living organization interested in creating heightened awareness for the use of long-term care insurance to pay for the qualifying costs of residing in a senior living community. “A partner will enable us to create the same level of understanding of the many benefits of assisted living community residency for those who are aging…
  • Senior Living Provider Makes Home Care Cuts, Citing Turnover Woes

    Elizabeth Ecker
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Across an industry landscape where many community-based senior living and care providers are adding home care services to their offerings, one East Coast provider has announced it will be doing the opposite.  Citing operational challenges involved in providing home care services, namely those associated with staffing for home care, Country Meadows Retirement Communities, which operates and owns 10 communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland, said it will be discontinuing some of its Country Meadows At Home services beginning later this month.  Services under the home care arm will conclude as…
  • Economy and Capital Remain Biggest Risks for REITS in 2014

    Cassandra Dowell
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    While general economic conditions continue to be the No.1 risk factor self reported by real estate investment trusts (REITs) for three years in a row, according to the latest BDO RiskFactor Report, other concerns, such as cyber security, are now more prevalent than in years past. Despite the challenges and uncertainties around the economy and other factors, such as interest rates, senior housing REITs have expressed they are eager to continue investing in a rising interest rate environment. Healthcare REITs have been heavy-hitting investors in the senior housing space, benefitting from a…
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    Retirement Online Blog

  • Jul 22, Life... can be taken away at any moment

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Got this in an email from my Uncle today. Pretty insiteful: I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of
  • Jul 18, Now That It's Here... I'm Angry!

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Where I work, people normally retire after 30 years of service. I have 27 years in and am feeling the Big Squeeze. It makes me feel bad; stressed, anxious,
  • Jul 18, Unhappily Retired

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Having left the lower 48 states, moved to Alaska when 22 yoa, and living there for 35 years my life was turned upside down when I retired. Over a year's
  • Jul 16, Paid Blogs / getting started

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Greetings from South Africa. I have read your Online Business and your response to my first 'introductory posting' a while back. Some interesting and
  • Jul 15, Anxious

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I have made everyone sick to death listening to me about my concerns about retiring...I am 65..there I said it...so all decisions rest on me... I have
 
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Attitude Matters: How Optimism Can Add to the Life of Elder Loved Ones

    Kathy Birkett
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Can our attitude impact the way we age? More to the point, can our attitude affect our lifestyle which will determine how well we age? The 2014 United States of Aging Survey recently found that Americans 60 and older report they are more motivated than in the past two years to improve their health by exercising regularly and setting health goals. What is leading to this change in health behavior? Does it point to an increase in optimism? In short, yes, attitude matters! Annual Aging Survey Results The United States of Aging Survey is conducted annually by the National Association of Area…
  • States’ Support – or Lack Thereof – for Family Caregivers – Study Results

    Kathy Birkett
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    There are 42 million family caregivers in the US alone – and it can be a 24/7 job. Family caregivers are generally unpaid and, as the population continues to age, there will be fewer of them available to provide much needed care. More than 90% of older adults living in the community receive care from unpaid family caregivers primarily from wives and adult daughters. Two thirds of those at home receive all their care from unpaid family caregivers! The next big wave of older adults who will need care begin turning 80 in only twelve years. They will need help to continue to remain independent…
  • Facing Our Future: Facial Scanning Technology & Clues to Longevity

    Kathy Birkett
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    It’s undeniable, we are all aging, each day and every minute. There is, after all, no stopping the steady march of time. We can all admit — or choose to ignore — that we look older now than we did when we were teenagers or even thirty something. Little did we know, however, that our face possibly is sending out clues to how long we might live! How is this possible? Technology of course! We recently learned of researchers who believe our faces are a window into our overall health. Let’s see what that means and what they’re up to now. Technology is Reading our Faces…
  • Seniors & the Web: Growing Numbers Online & Many Reasons for More

    Kathy Birkett
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    More seniors getting onto the web and surfing the net than ever before. There are so many ways for them to be connected with others they know or just haven’t met yet. Our seniors are finding out using the web isn’t as hard as they once believed it to be —  and it can be fun too! We wanted to share with you some benefits that social media and other electronic platforms can have for our senior loved ones in the hopes that you will continue to encourage them to become active with technology. You can help get them started then interact with them too so they can be part of the connected…
  • Incontinence: Time to Talk About a Problem Few Want to Discuss

    Kathy Birkett
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Incontinence is not a dirty word but a reality for many elders and their caregivers. Still, no one really wants to discuss a situation that a new government report states affects more than half of older Americans. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health statistics are sobering. Many find that incontinence carries a bit of a stigma as well, despite that fact that it is widespread. Suffering from incontinence can be embarrassing to the point of driving some elders to isolate themselves. Incontinence Impacts Lives Bladder and bowel…
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    ChangingAging.org

  • DailyBeast Op-Ed: Treat Dementia With Music, Not Drugs

    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
  • The Most Important Film and Book on Dementia Are Now Available

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What's new at ChangingAging? The big news coming off the Second Wind Tour is the July 18 theatrical debut of Alive Inside. Dr. Al Power has also has a new book and Seattle continues changing aging!
  • Stunner: Reinventing Myself as a Novelist

    Niki Danforth, Guest-Blogger
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    I’m a retired television field director and producer, who worked in New York City back when freelance was a more reasonable way to earn a living than it is today. Basically, I’m a baby boomer who began embarking on the next chapter in my life when I hit the big five-O. I wanted to pursue two dreams I had imagined... Read more →
  • Aging With Gusto

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    21 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most remarkable aspects of the Second Wind Tour has been the amazing connections we've made via Twitter.
  • Second Wind: Telling a New Story About Aging

    Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org
    20 May 2014 | 10:24 am
    "There's a guy on stilts, in costume, at a theater talking about the process -- the journey, really -- of aging? Why?" Dr. Bill Thomas asks rhetorically, aware of how ridiculous the proposition must sound out of context.
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    eHealth Medicare Blog

  • Volunteer in Your Community with Senior Corps

    Trystan L. Bass
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    For some people, retirement is an endless vacation. But others miss the chance to use and improve their skills while interacting with different people. If you want to put your free …The post Volunteer in Your Community with Senior Corps appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Celebrity Birthdays in June: Turning 65 in 2014

    Matt Serafini
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    It’s always nice to celebrate the arrival of June. Who can’t appreciate warmer weather, longer days, and weekend cookouts? Perhaps these summer months signify a milestone i…The post Celebrity Birthdays in June: Turning 65 in 2014 appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Medicare Costs for Generic and Brand-Name Drugs

    Trystan L. Bass
    29 May 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage, you should have access to both generic and brand-name drugs. The…The post Medicare Costs for Generic and Brand-Name Drugs appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • The Medicare Competitive Bidding Program—Does it Affect You?

    Jill Halloran
    27 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Medicare is rolling out a “competitive bidding” program that might affect you if you’re a Medicare beneficiary who orders certain medical supplies by mail order. The prog…The post The Medicare Competitive Bidding Program—Does it Affect You? appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
  • Sunscreen for Senior Citizens

    Trystan L. Bass
    27 May 2014 | 11:44 am
    Most people enjoy getting outside on a sunny day. But before you throw off winter’s sweater to spend time in the garden or at the beach this summer, make sure you know about sun…The post Sunscreen for Senior Citizens appeared first on eHealth Medicare Blog.
 
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  • Breaking Down the Affordable Care Act

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: I keep reading about how Governor Brewer is at odds with state legislators because she helped expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  However, I also read that Arizona did not create a health insurance exchange, which I thought was fundamental to the Affordable Care Act.  Can you help me make sense of this? The Affordable Care Act is a very large piece of legislation with multiple goals, including expanding insurance coverage and…
  • When to start planning for ALTCS

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: A couple of weeks ago, my father suffered a fairly severe stroke.  After a brief hospitalization, he was transferred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation.  He is making strides in his therapy, but we don’t know if he will fully recover.  Without this knowledge, how can I determine when to prepare for the ALTCS program? I am assuming that your father’s care is currently covered by Medicare.  By design, however, Medicare…
  • Expansion of Medicaid

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q:  I have read about Governor Brewer’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  I understand that state legislators are trying to bring a lawsuit in an effort to undo Arizona’s expansion of Medicaid.  Can you explain what would happen if Arizona did not expand Medicaid? The Affordable Care Act was not drafted to give states an option as to whether they would expand Medicaid.  Rather, after a challenge to the law, the…
  • ALTCS and Small Money Transfers

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: Over the last several years, my wife and I have given our children various gifts, totaling about $20,000.  Due to health concerns, we recently decided to move my wife to an assisted living community, where she can receive the care that she deserves.  I have done a little reading about the ALTCS program, and I am afraid that the gifts we have given will give ALTCS cause to refuse coverage to my wife.  Can you explain what might happen here,…
  • Eviction from an Arizona care facility

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q:        My mother has lived in a care facility for several years now, a living arrangement which has carried a substantial price tag.  Last month, we spent close to the last of her funds on her care bill, and we are concerned that the facility at which she resides will evict her for nonpayment.  Are there any laws that protect my mom in this horrible situation? Without having more facts, the answer to your question is that it…
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    Concierge Care

  • Taking Care of the Family Caregiver

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

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The post Transition Assistance appeared first on Concierge Care. No related posts.
  • How to Understand a Long-Term Care Policy

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

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

    Nancy Ralston
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Your caregiver is going to become almost like family, and be there when you can not, so it is essential that a good relationship is established between the senior and the care provider... The post What an In Home Caregiver Needs To Know About You appeared first on Concierge Care. Related posts: Helping a Senior Build a Relationship with a Caregiver How to Find the Right Senior Caregiver Support Keeping in Touch with Loved Ones When You’re a Caregiver
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    Modern Senior

  • How Not to Treat a Senior

    Amy Blitchok
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Time and again I see stories in major publications celebrating older adults and their ability to “stay young” and vibrant.  While these are usually heartwarming stories, they also imply that our aged population cease to be people after a point.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we can have wrinkles and a sense of humor.  Should people really have to subjected to patronizing attention because of their age?  If you pay attention, kids don’t like it and seniors don’t either.  It is a sentiment that is perhaps best expressed by the late Maya Angleou: On…
  • Seniors and the Future of Social Media

    Amy Blitchok
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    New evolutions of social media programs are trending towards micro-sharing.  The popular app Vine allows users to share just a few seconds of video and Snapchat only temporarily displays pictures or text.  In the face of this new state of impermanence comes My Wisdom Link, which provides a way to preserve important family documents, share stories, and record your family history for future generations. While we may not all end up with an official biographer to record the important events in our lives, we all have a story to tell.  My Wisdom Link not only provides you with the tools to…
  • Best Baby Boomer Blogs

    Amy Blitchok
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    If you are feeling the Monday let down after a long holiday weekend spent with family and friends, take a moment to regroup and catch up with some of your favorite bloggers. Tom Sightings heaves a sigh of relief upon finishing the 750-page Doris Kearns Goodwin historical tome “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.” To catch up on what Teddy Roosevelt was all about, and see how Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt, shoot on over to Who’s the Smartest Guy in the Room? On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R.
  • Celebrate the July 4th by Remembering a Survivor

    Amy Blitchok
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I have mentioned Louis Zamperini in a previous post and feel compelled to do so again today on the event of his passing at the age of 97. Not only did he live to a ripe old age, he survived impossible situations, including 47 days at sea in a life boat. And that was after surviving a plane crash that killed most of his bomber crew during a mission in World War II. Even more extraordinary is the fact that he was an Olympic runner whose career was cut short by the war. Experts predicted that he would be the first man to break the four minute mile, but was denied a second run for the gold after…
  • 5 Anti-Aging Foods for Seniors

    Griswold Home Care
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    No one enjoys getting older, but as they say, it’s better than the alternative. Having said that, staying healthy, young at heart and looking your best regardless of age, will make getting older just a little bit easier. With that in mind, here are five anti-aging foods for seniors that may help them to slow down the process and receive vital nutrients, as well. 1. Avocado If you deal with or are worried about high cholesterol and heart disease, then the avocado has just become your new best friend. These fruits are known to fight bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure. In addition, they…
 
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  • Visit Freedom Home Care at the Highland Park Sidewalk Sale July 24th-26th

    Freedom Home Care
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Freedom Home Care will be out on the town for the annual Highland Park Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday July 24th, 25th, and 26th from 9am – 5pm. From the useful to the unique, the shops of Highland Park offer bargains galore during its annual Sidewalk Sale Days. More than 80 merchants from throughout Highland Park move their merchandise to the Central Business District for this shopping extravaganza. Admission is FREE for this fun outdoor event. Ample parking is available in the public garages at Port Clinton and Renaissance Place, as well…
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Knee Replacements

    Freedom Home Care
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Do you have knee pain? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly 20% of adults complained to their doctors of knee pain last year. And when that knee pain becomes consistent and severe enough, doctors often begin talking about knee replacement surgery. While relief from pain may sound fantastic, many seniors are reluctant to go through such a big procedure. So, here are five things you should know about knee replacements in order to make an informed decision. 1. They work. Of the 4.5 million Americans who have had knee surgery, 90% report a significant relief from pain afterwards. Knee replacement…
  • 3 Causes of Memory Loss That Are Not Alzheimer’s

    Freedom Home Care
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    “I can never remember her name.  Oh, no!  Could this be Alzheimer’s?” “I don’t recall losing my keys so often in my 50’s.  Could I have dementia?” As seniors age, they tend to be on the lookout for signs of dementia.  And, while it’s important to be diligent in taking stock of potential Alzheimer’s signs, not every memory slip is a major dysfunction of the brain.  There are plenty of reasons why people, young and old alike, have trouble remembering simple details.  Here are a few reasons why you may have memory loss that is not connected to Alzheimer’s disease. 1.
  • 8 Things to Consider when Selecting a Post-Hospital Rehabilitation Provider

    Freedom Home Care
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Selecting a post-hospital rehabilitation provider is the single most important decision for a successful recovery. However, it  can be an overwhelming process if you don’t know what to look for. Here are 8 of the most important factors you may want to consider and inquire about when rating the various programs or facilities you are considering.       Physical Therapy • Home assessment and modification • Wound Care • Pain Relief Techniques • Updates to equipment Speech Therapy • Communication due to hearing loss • Alternative communication instructions •…
  • 3 Reasons Seniors Fall That Can Be Avoided

    Freedom Home Care
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    About one-third of all seniors over 65 will have a fall this year.  Many are left with serious injuries requiring medical attention and perhaps hospitalization. Staying safe from falls is more than just trying to be careful.  A better prevention is knowing exactly why seniors fall and overcoming those obstacles. Here are three reasons: 1. Fear. After a senior’s first serious fall, they can become afraid of falling again.  Their fear could cause them to avoid activities and become something of a couch potato.  But, as we know, less activity can lead to obesity, stiffness of joints, weak…
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    My mission is helping Baby Boomers in their 50's + to enjoy life; be physically, mentally and financially healthier and be current on news and global information that affects them. - BLOG

  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 2

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Baby Boomers…Did you get a chance to read yesterday's opening blog on Social Security Benefits made easy?How did you do on the AARP quiz? I told you things were not as simple with our Social Security System as we had hoped. So, do you have any idea where the whole thing started? Are you even interested? Well, just in case you find yourself cornered in a high-brow conversation at a cocktail party with several other boomers discussing the history of social welfare and government reforms, here’s a quick overview of the birth of our wonderful federal program. A small scale version of…
  • Social Security Benefits Made Easy - Part 1

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Baby Boomers……..I know we are not old enough yet to benefit from the Social Security System but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be already planning for how to best utilize what this system has to offer when we do need it.There is no better time than now to get prepared for what will be a major contributor to our post retirement income stream. Are you as confused about the Social Security system as I am? When is the last time you checked out the website? Did you know that this system is revised and updated almost every year? Did you know that some major changes affecting your…
  • Can Money Buy You Happiness? Ask Dubai.

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I think it was David Lee Roth of Van Halen fame that said:"Money can't buy you happiness but it can get you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it."Well, money can make you do some silly things.What a better time, here on this "Silly Saturday" to display some extreme silliness brought on by having extreme amounts of money.And there is no better place to look for extreme,e amounts of money or extreme amounts of silliness than in the country of Dubai.If you didn't already know, Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates located on the southern edge of the Persian…
  • Steely Dan Tour 2014

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    STEELY DAN I have always considered myself a bit of a music snob.  And this being a "Fervid Friday" is there anything you are more passionate about than music?I think all Baby Boomers will agree that we grew up in the greatest music era ever.And this statement is made giving complete props to the music lovers of the early 1800's knowing full well they listened to the such greats as Beethoven, Rossini, Strauss and Mozart.Yes, we experienced the birth of rock and roll but there was so much more.We lived through such an incredible array of diverse sounds, styles and blends of music quite…
  • Top 5 Personal Financial Planning Websites

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Baby Boomers.......What is your money doing right now?Do you know how much you owe on your credit cards?And how does your budget look?Budget, what budget?OK, it's time to get a handle on your personal finances.Sounds good but you don't have the time, expertise or the finances to buy an elaborate planning program to control how much money you have or where it's going.What if you could find some expert yet easy to use programs on line that do all of the work for you (almost all) organizing and categorizing your savings, spending and bill paying?What if they were absolutely free?I bet you would…
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    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me

  • Starting a Business After 60? Why “Doing What You Love” Isn’t Enough

    Margaret Manning
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    After spending years working for other people, many people in their 50s and 60s feel that they should be able to do something based on their passions. But, when we dig below the surface, we discover that “doing what you love” is only one of several components of startup success. It is an important component, to be sure, but, not for the reasons that most people assume.Read More
  • 5 Natural Facial Products That You Can Make At Home

    Margaret Manning
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Many women over 60 are interested in keeping our skin healthy as we get older, and there is a growing awareness that a lot of store-bought products have unnecessary and sometimes harmful ingredients. Instead of treating our faces with chemicals, there are options for various natural facial products and natural facial cleansers that we can use to keep looking our best without irritating our skin – and many of these products can be made at home! Here are a few of our favorite natural facial products – and ideas and recipes to make them yourself... Read More
  • Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment: What Can We Really Do? Interview with Lori La Bey

    Margaret Manning
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Research on dementia and Alzheimer’s is just getting started. Even though these diseases affect millions of people around the world, in terms of prevention and treatment, we still are on a journey of discovery. In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, my guest, Lori La Bey, and I discuss the latest trends in Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment. Lori is one the world’s leading advocates and experts on the topic of dementia and Alzheimer’s and her insights were amazing.Read More
  • 5 Secrets to Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer

    Margaret Manning
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When you think about being a freelance writer, what images come to mind? Do you imagine yourself, sitting on a beach, the sun setting behind your laptop as you put the final touches on an article for a client 4000 miles away? In many ways, freelance writing sounds like the ultimate part-time job for people approaching, or already enjoying, retirement. It’s flexible, in demand and easy to get started with. Unfortunately, these very factors also make freelance writing highly competitive.Read More
  • How to Accomplish Anything in 1 Minute a Day

    Margaret Manning
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Summer is here and it’s time for me to dust off my sneakers and get back in shape. There’s only one problem. I have zero motivation to get started. Like most of you, I know what is good for me, but, I often lack the discipline to begin. Fortunately, I have a secret weapon. I can trick myself into getting almost anything done, in just one minute a day. If you want to accomplish big goals – establish small habits and increase your commitment slowly. It’s that simple. Read More
 
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  • Create Meaningful Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

    Brennan Roehrig
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
     A common type of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, causes many problems with memory, thinking, and behavior that can develop slowly and will progressively get worse over time. It is important for those with this disease to stay active and participate in types of activities that may stir up memories and lessen the anxiety and agitation they may be experiencing. Cariloop understands that activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s should be meaningful, instead of activities that just pass the time. We’ve come up with some great ideas on how to create a significant experience for your loved one with…
  • Blast from the Past: Top 10 Songs and Movies from the 1940s

    Dane Roper
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    To continue our Blast from the Past series, we have selected a new decade and are counting down the top songs and movies from the 1940s! You may be surprised by some of the songs and movies that have made our list. Timeless classics that you still listen to and watch today were megahits back in the ‘40s. The 1940s were a crucial time period in United States history that many people today still recall living through. Here’s a look directly into the heart and soul of Americans during this time period. Crooners and Classic Pop To preface this section, you must know that the invention you…
  • 4 Assistive Devices for Seniors Living at Home

    Brennan Roehrig
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As our bodies age, it can become challenging to continue using everyday items around our house. While living at home, we need more specialized devices that adhere to our specific needs. Cariloop understands how difficult it can be to keep your independence as you age. We want to help make life a little easier and give your caregiver peace of mind knowing you are able to easily use items around your home. We have come up with some great assistive devices to consider as you or your loved one continue to live at home. Medication Dispenser It’s hard enough to remember to take your medication,…
  • Lubbock County: Digital Resource Guide for Caregivers

    Michael Walsh
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    By popular demand, we present the Digital Resource Guide for Lubbock County, the 2nd in a series of educational documents geared to help educate and assist caregivers as they work to improve the lives of older adults. As we work to spread the word of Cariloop throughout Texas and the rest of the country, we believe that an “Educate first” attitude is critical to solving the core issues in healthcare.  Too many people out there are being bombarded with answers to questions that they didn’t ask. We hope you all will work with us to share these guides with those in your local…
  • 3 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy

    Dane Roper
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    As we age it becomes increasingly important that we are taking steps to keep our minds active and sharp. Some of us are all too familiar with those awkward conversations where you can’t remember the person’s name that you’re talking to and you conclude the encounter with “See you later… buddy.” To help combat forgetfulness and other mental lapses, there are a number of exercises you can participate in. Some of these exercises are even believed to slow the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia. To get an idea of how to maintain your mental acuity at any age, take a look at these…
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  • Create Meaningful Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

    Brennan Roehrig
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
     A common type of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, causes many problems with memory, thinking, and behavior that can develop slowly and will progressively get worse over time. It is important for those with this disease to stay active and participate in types of activities that may stir up memories and lessen the anxiety and agitation they may be experiencing. Cariloop understands that activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s should be meaningful, instead of activities that just pass the time. We’ve come up with some great ideas on how to create a significant experience for your loved one with…
  • Blast from the Past: Top 10 Songs and Movies from the 1940s

    Dane Roper
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    To continue our Blast from the Past series, we have selected a new decade and are counting down the top songs and movies from the 1940s! You may be surprised by some of the songs and movies that have made our list. Timeless classics that you still listen to and watch today were megahits back in the ‘40s. The 1940s were a crucial time period in United States history that many people today still recall living through. Here’s a look directly into the heart and soul of Americans during this time period. Crooners and Classic Pop To preface this section, you must know that the invention you…
  • 4 Assistive Devices for Seniors Living at Home

    Brennan Roehrig
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As our bodies age, it can become challenging to continue using everyday items around our house. While living at home, we need more specialized devices that adhere to our specific needs. Cariloop understands how difficult it can be to keep your independence as you age. We want to help make life a little easier and give your caregiver peace of mind knowing you are able to easily use items around your home. We have come up with some great assistive devices to consider as you or your loved one continue to live at home. Medication Dispenser It’s hard enough to remember to take your medication,…
  • Lubbock County: Digital Resource Guide for Caregivers

    Michael Walsh
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    By popular demand, we present the Digital Resource Guide for Lubbock County, the 2nd in a series of educational documents geared to help educate and assist caregivers as they work to improve the lives of older adults. As we work to spread the word of Cariloop throughout Texas and the rest of the country, we believe that an “Educate first” attitude is critical to solving the core issues in healthcare.  Too many people out there are being bombarded with answers to questions that they didn’t ask. We hope you all will work with us to share these guides with those in your local…
  • 3 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy

    Dane Roper
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    As we age it becomes increasingly important that we are taking steps to keep our minds active and sharp. Some of us are all too familiar with those awkward conversations where you can’t remember the person’s name that you’re talking to and you conclude the encounter with “See you later… buddy.” To help combat forgetfulness and other mental lapses, there are a number of exercises you can participate in. Some of these exercises are even believed to slow the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia. To get an idea of how to maintain your mental acuity at any age, take a look at these…
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  • Choosing the Right Stair Lift for Your Home

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

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

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

    Joanna Redfern
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:28 am
    Being mobile in your own home is an issue for many people.  Various disabilities, medical conditions and the everyday “wear and tear” can keep people from living a vibrant life in their own environment.  Don’t stop doing the things you love because they seem inaccessible to you! One of the many luxuries in life is bathing – the warm water soothing aching muscles, the shower sounding like a gentle rainfall, the chance to relax or re-energize.  This daily indulgence is sometimes difficult for people who are limited in their mobility.  There are many ways to make your bathing…
  • Having Fun is Good for your Health!

    Joanna Redfern
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    A recent article by SeniorAdvisor.com is touting the benefits of becoming a “gamer” as we age.  While some of us may think of “gaming” as involving a deck of cards or a board game and dice, technology has given us new ways of playing! You may have seen your friends, kids and grandkids on a variety of technological devices – laptops, desk top computers, tablets, smartphones, video games – doing crosswords, brain games and interacting with their devices.  Studies have shown that this type of gaming can help seniors live a healthy life.  Still not sure?  SeniorAdvisor.com lists…
 
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