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  • Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing hundreds of people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and triggering a fatal avalanche on Mount Everest. There were reports of devastation in outlying areas of the Himalayan country after the quake struck with a magnitude of 7.9, its epicenter 50 miles (80 km) east of Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara. A police spokesman said the death toll had reached 449 in Nepal according to an initial estimate, most from…
  • New gel medication breakthrough delays release of drug to benefit the patient

    Seniors / Aging News From Medical News Today
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Scientists at the University of Huddersfield are pioneering the use of a special gel that is ideal for administering medication to young children and others - including the elderly - who have...
  • Alzheimer's trial stirs talk of senior sexuality

    Silver Innings Blog: For Senior Citizens and their Family
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Whether Mom still wants sex probably isn't top-of-mind when most people are picking a nursing home for their loved one. But experts from the Widener University-based Sexuality and Aging Consortium say a ground-breaking Iowa court case illustrates why both consumers and long-term care facilities should do more thinking about sex - before they get into trouble. In the case, Henry Rayhons, a
  • MY AFFAIR WITH MAD MEN HAS ENDED

    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Photo: Justina Mintz/AMCMAD MEN SPOILER WARNING:For those of you that are still hooked on Mad Men and have not seen the most recent episode there will be spoilers on this post!BUT FIRST: MY HISTORY WITH THE SHOWWhen Matthew Weiner first introduced Mad Men seven years ago I fell for it, hook line and sinker! The sets were exactly like what you would have found in the 60's. The ad agency office had the typewriters, the phones and the employees dressed in the clothes of that era.Men wore suits and skinny ties.Women wore high heels, short skirts and tight tops.Men held the high paying jobs. They…
  • Sending Quinoa Bread to Roxie

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    a little red hen
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Here's the truth of this person's 80-plus life.  Till a couple of years ago, days were full of busyness, yarn, and numerous ideas--many of them world-saving. Possibly all that took its toll.  Not doing much lately. Bread and the fascination with its variety gets my attention now.  Mostly sourdough loaves.  Past six months, my oven released one new recipe after another.  Neighbors in my retirement community here in Portland were gracious about receiving a slice or more.  Then a new possibility.  Cooking with the New York Times made me (and…
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  • Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing hundreds of people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and triggering a fatal avalanche on Mount Everest. There were reports of devastation in outlying areas of the Himalayan country after the quake struck with a magnitude of 7.9, its epicenter 50 miles (80 km) east of Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara. A police spokesman said the death toll had reached 449 in Nepal according to an initial estimate, most from…
  • Deadly 7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing major damage

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    The damage includes toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.
  • Indiana university cleared after report of armed person

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    (Reuters) - An Indiana university gave the all clear early on Saturday after being locked down for several hours over a reported armed person, possibly with explosives, near the school's administration building, officials said. Manchester University spokeswoman Anne Gregory said in an email that police had swept all the buildings and residence halls on its North Manchester campus and found no credible threats or injuries.
  • Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver over "pressurization": media

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:55 pm
    (Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Milwaukee from Las Vegas had to divert to Denver on Friday night due to a "pressurization issue," local broadcaster FOX31 reported. The airline said in a statement to FOX31 that the plane, which was carrying 175 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at Denver International Airport around 8:30 p.m. local time. One person was injured after falling during the deplaning process, FOX31 said. The diversion was blamed on a "pressurization issue," though the statement did not elaborate on the problem.
  • Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all…
 
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    Silver Innings Blog: For Senior Citizens and their Family

  • Alzheimer's trial stirs talk of senior sexuality

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Whether Mom still wants sex probably isn't top-of-mind when most people are picking a nursing home for their loved one. But experts from the Widener University-based Sexuality and Aging Consortium say a ground-breaking Iowa court case illustrates why both consumers and long-term care facilities should do more thinking about sex - before they get into trouble. In the case, Henry Rayhons, a
  • Unequal Until the End

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:53 pm
    For the affluent, old age has its challenges. For the impoverished, it's only harder. “No one understands old but old people.” James made this proclamation over an ancient pool table in an impoverished neighborhood of the greater San Francisco Bay. The other men gathered at the senior center nodded in agreement. A slender African American man who grew up in segregated Georgia during the
  • Tackling dementia and non-communicable diseases together

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Tackling dementia and non-communicable diseases together is featured at 30thconference of Alzheimer’s Disease International  Perth, 16 April 2015:  Risk reduction in dementia and other non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) were the focus of several workshops at the 30th InternationalConference of Alzheimer’s Disease International held April 15-18, 2015 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition
  • What Senior citizens Got From Rail Budget 2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Senior Citizens population rise is on fast track and all government machinery, country's infrastructure, community services, communication, financial, health and social sector should also match up the demand from such growing Silver Population.  #‎RailBudget2015‬ ‪#‎Railwaybudget‬ was interesting and awaited by all, as it was first rail budget of #Modisarkar, and high expectation from all
  • Cultures That Celebrate Aging And Respect Their Elders: India

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:46 pm
    In India, elders are the head of the family. Many Indians live in joint family units, with the elders acting as the head of the household. The elders are supported by the younger members of the family and they in turn play a key role in raising their grandchildren. "Advice is always sought from them on a range of issues, from investment of family money to nitty-gritties of traditional
 
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  • MY AFFAIR WITH MAD MEN HAS ENDED

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Photo: Justina Mintz/AMCMAD MEN SPOILER WARNING:For those of you that are still hooked on Mad Men and have not seen the most recent episode there will be spoilers on this post!BUT FIRST: MY HISTORY WITH THE SHOWWhen Matthew Weiner first introduced Mad Men seven years ago I fell for it, hook line and sinker! The sets were exactly like what you would have found in the 60's. The ad agency office had the typewriters, the phones and the employees dressed in the clothes of that era.Men wore suits and skinny ties.Women wore high heels, short skirts and tight tops.Men held the high paying jobs. They…
  • A CAPPUCCINO AND A MANICURE

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

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

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

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

    a little red hen
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Here's the truth of this person's 80-plus life.  Till a couple of years ago, days were full of busyness, yarn, and numerous ideas--many of them world-saving. Possibly all that took its toll.  Not doing much lately. Bread and the fascination with its variety gets my attention now.  Mostly sourdough loaves.  Past six months, my oven released one new recipe after another.  Neighbors in my retirement community here in Portland were gracious about receiving a slice or more.  Then a new possibility.  Cooking with the New York Times made me (and…
  • My Hillary rant--Brenda reminds me

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

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

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

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

    Mark Miller
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    There’s been no sign that inflation is heating up along with the economy, and that may tempt people planning for retirement to be complacent about inflation risk. But it’s important to remember that the inflation rate experienced by seniors is higher than that of the overall economy. From 1985 to 2014, the Consumer Price Index ran 5.1 percent behind the CPI-E, an experimental measure created by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure the inflation affecting elderly Americans, according to research by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. The culprit is health care, which accounts for…
  • Survey finds an unfounded rise in retirement confidence

    Mark Miller
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Denial is the first emotional stage of grief – and that may be where Americans are at right now in their attitudes about retirement security. The 2015 edition of the longest-running national survey of retirement confidence, released today by the non-profit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), reveals a second consecutive annual jump in the percentage of workers and retirees in an upbeat mood about their retirement finances. Unfortunately, their rising confidence likely is unfounded. EBRI’s 25th annual Retirement Confidence Survey found that 37 percent of workers are “very…
  • New strategies for covering long-term care costs

    Mark Miller
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve heard the scary statistics: About two thirds of Americans will need long-term care. The average annual cost of a private room in a nursing home is $87,600; the length of stay can run three years or more. Do a few quick calculations, and it’s easy to get very worried about the potential financial impact on your retirement plan. But recent research is shedding new light on the risks. The key finding: The odds of needing nursing-home care may be higher than previously thought, but the length of needed care is shorter. The new data has experts talking about the implications for…
  • Unraveling the mysteries of Social Security WEP and GPO

    Mark Miller
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Some U.S. workers who have paid into the Social Security system are in for a rude awakening when the checks start coming: Their benefits could be chopped up to $413 per month. That is the maximum potential cut for 2015 stemming from the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), a little-understood rule that was signed into law in 1983 to prevent double-dipping from both Social Security and public sector pensions. A sister rule called the Government Pension Offset (GPO) can result in even sharper cuts to spousal and survivor benefits. WEP affected about 1.5 million Social Security beneficiaries in…
  • A tax day question: Why do states leave billions in retiree income on the table?

    Mark Miller
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Illinois is the national poster child for state budget messes. My home state faces a $7.4 billion general fund deficit and a $12 billion revenue shortfall. One proposed idea for plugging at least part of the horrific shortfall: tax retirement income. But our new governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, has rejected the idea. Illinois exempts all retirement income from state taxes – Social Security, private and public pensions, and annuities. We’re leaving $2 billion on the table annually, according to the state’s estimates. And we’re hardly alone: 36 states that have an income tax allow…
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  • Joy Loverde Shares Tricks of the Trade: Part 2

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    2 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Joy Loverde The subject of my last blog “Joy Loverde Shares Tricks of the Trade: Part 1” focused on a creative solution for financing the care of an aging parent. I wrote about three siblings who managed to cover the cost of their mother’s care in spite of being on extremely tight budgets. This […] The post Joy Loverde Shares Tricks of the Trade: Part 2 appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Joy Loverde Shares Tricks of the Trade: Part I

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

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

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

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

    Ryan Malone
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Providing in-home health care to someone, especially a loved one can be a stressful and challenging experience.  Preparing ahead and considering these fifteen tips can help to make the transition into in home care less stressful and easier on you and the individual requiring care. Impact on Person Needing Care – the individual needing care will need some time to adjust to the new arrangement.  They may have recently lost a loved one or they may have had an injury or major medical event that has prompted the change.  Any of these changes can cause stress, anxiety or even depression so…
  • Helping Senior Loved Ones With Downsizing

    Ryan Malone
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lifetime of memories – and the possessions to prove it – are preserved in the homes of many senior loved ones. The time eventually comes when they must downsize, but most people will need help and support during this difficult and emotionally trying process. With our many years of experience helping seniors and their families with eligibility for Medicaid sponsored long-term care and nursing home placement, the downsizing dilemma is nothing new to us and we’d like share some tips on what to expect and how to deal with the situation. How to Know When It’s Time It’s usually…
  • Senior Living Spring Activities

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

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

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

  • The Latest Health Wonk Review Is Up

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    The Health Wonk Review is a linked summary of the better insights from smart health policy bloggers.  The latest edition is hosted by Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters.Enjoy!
  • Curing the Healthcare Digital Divide: There's an App for That

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Whither meaningful use?For better or worse, policymakers, politicians and health leaders in the United States are committed to achieving paperless healthcare environment. Even if there is lack of high quality research and reasonable skepticism over the ultimate cost and quality merits of "e"care, there is no going back.As a result, visitors to ehospitals and eclinics are increasingly surrounded by monitors that, in turn, are surrounded by providers. To gain their attention, patients need to have internet access to make appointments, update medications, obtain education and communicate…
  • Some Social Media on the Topic of Social Media

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
    Thanks to this outfit, the Population Health Blog discovered this compelling factcandy video on the topic of social media.  In the meantime, Fatboy Slim's earcandy has been added to the PHB workout playlist.
  • Reform of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate: Be Careful What You Wish For

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Be careful what you wish for.  The law of unintended consequences.  I'm from the government and I'm here to help.  These were the nostrums that the Population Health Blog considered when the Senate passed House Bill 2 and killed the walking budgetary undead known as the Sustainable Growth Rate or SGR.  As PHB readers know, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 law attempted to use the SGR to substitute medical inflation with general inflation adjustments to the Medicare physician fee schedule.  Since the costs of CAT scans have risen faster than cat…
  • Healthcare Cybersecurity: Lessons for America's Corporate Boards

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:52 pm
    When this article by the Population Health Blog was published in the prestigious policy journal Health Affairs almost a decade ago, little did it know that it had too little skepticism over what the policy experts were saying about the electronic health record. Since its publication, not only have the interminable cost and quality shortcomings persisted, but hospitals' and clinics' health information technology (IT) has also become a ripe target for hackers. Who knew?Which is why the PHB understands the bitter disappointment of directors serving on U.S. boards of directors. IT was supposed to…
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  • Cases: Complicated Grief: How Long is Too Long?

    Pallimed Editor
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    by Lisa Podgurski, MDCase:Ms. K is an 75 year-old woman with peripheral vascular disorder who presented with acute onset of a cold, painful, blue lower extremity and was diagnosed with an arterial clot. In discussion with vascular surgery, she was offered amputation and after consideration she declined surgical intervention and chose to focus on comfort only. Palliative Care was consulted for assistance with comfort measures, given a likely prognosis of a small number of days. The patient’s daughter had been present for Ms. K’s conversation with the surgeon and understood that foregoing…
  • Can Palliative Care Improve...(Patient Experience of Care, Readmission Penalties, Medicare Spending per Beneficiary, Etc)?

    Christian Sinclair
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    by Kathy Brandt I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately figuring out ways to position hospices to partner with health systems, payers and large physician practices to provide palliative care in facilities, clinics and patient homes. Each of these groups – health systems, payers and providers – has something in common, they are all extremely motivated to provide high quality and cost-effective care to individuals and patient populations. The Coalition for Compassionate Care’s Value Snapshots for Palliative Care (Hospice, Inpatient, Clinic and Home-based) provide ample evidence regarding…
  • Medical marijuana in hospice and palliative care

    Christian Sinclair
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Just in time for the unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana (4/20), there is a lot more cannabis chatter. President Obama is expressing more support for decriminalization of medical marijuana. The new Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, notes that in some medical situations 'marijuana can be helpful.' It made me curious to see what are hospice and palliative care advocates saying about the topic.Palliative care clinicians are often concerned about access to symptom controlling medications and therapies when it comes to relieving suffering. For example with opioids, you can hear…
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16, 2015: Putting philosophy into action!

    Pallimed Editor
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Katie Neuendorf I try very hard to mean what I say, say what I mean and make sure that my actions and my words are in sync. I don’t pretend that this makes me unique in any way – I believe that there are many of us out there every day trying to live by this philosophy. Sometimes when we follow this philosophy, we can get others talking. Luckily, I was given the opportunity at Cleveland Clinic to take this philosophy to the masses on April 16th, National Healthcare Decisions Day. And I’ll bet you could do it at your institution too! There has been an interest at my organization over…
  • Resources for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2015

    Christian Sinclair
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    OK, you have finished your taxes, and now it is time to turn your attention to National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16th! Hopefully you have been well prepared and working on your organizations plan for NHDD long before today.  But just in case you have not prepared, we want to share some of our collected resources on advance care planning.Wednesday Night #hpm Tweetchat - April 15th at 9pm ET on NHDD hosted by @rfberrySelected Pallimed posts featuring advance care planning:Turning philosophy into action!Reclaiming Valentine's DayThe Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for…
 
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Identity theft is a big deal -- and it's too late to stop it

    Laurie Orlov
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Had your identity stolen lately? Oh well, you probably did. A few months ago, California’s Anthem Blue Cross admitted that someone had stolen 80 million health records, complete with name, address, SS # and more. A certain amount of self-congratulation can be found in its letter to the 80+ million: "The information accessed may have included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, employment information, including income data. We have no reason to believe credit card or banking information was compromised." What…
  • Can Honor's tech geeks deliver the 2.0 home care agency?

    Laurie Orlov
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    Does the opportunity with home care rest in its technology? Some Silicon Valley fellows think that it is does, and with a cool $20 million raised, they are launching Honor. What is this oddly named thing? What they've said: it's an in-home care agency that will have a smartphone app for the adult child plus a tablet in the care recipient’s home to say "what time the aide is arriving."  Oh, and it seems likely they will have home care aides who are paid better wages, at least in the SF area, where the 'earth revolves around San Jose' – no kidding,…
  • The accelerating pace of useless technology upgrades

    Laurie Orlov
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    Tech companies want consumers who can be herded forward.  There was the magic of the iPhone 6 and the 6-plus.  By the time those came out, the old iPhones were tired, maybe too slow -- Apple fans were eager, if not desperate for a better device. Then not so long after Samsung introduced its Galaxy S4 in May 2013, it announced the S5 in February 2014. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Edge (and their updates) showed up this week -- hustled out the door to keep pace with media mega-hype of the Apple Watch. How wonderful and different are the new Samsung gadgets from the S3 and…
  • The PERS industry must do a better job of serving seniors

    Laurie Orlov
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    These are tech transition times for everyone – including seniors and their devices.  In case you didn’t see it, the Pew numbers about smartphone use are out – 27% of the 65+ have smartphones, up from 19% last year. Given the date of that data (from last fall), let’s just assume that this number is actually lower than today's reality.  So why should a PERS reseller or manufacturer care?  First because carriers don’t want to sell feature/clamshell phones any more. They make it difficult to even find them. They are selling smartphones to people…
  • Smartphone usage by older adults is up -- why?

    Laurie Orlov
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Times change, so do phones. One year ago according to the latest from Pew, 18% of the 65+ had a smartphone – today, 27% have them. Why? Well, for one thing, when a phone breaks, smartphones are easy to find in the store as directed by a rep and online, while ‘basic’ phones (Verizon has 6 unique basic phones) are buried under pre-paid plans. AT&T's two unique brands are very difficult to find, with a handful of non-contract Go Phones – found online after wading through a gazillion smartphone choices. Also, 41% of people aged 65-69 are smartphone owners, perhaps…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Don't Let Your Hospital Bill Cause a Heart Attack

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Even if you’ve managed to avoid hospitals for most of your life, as you age chances increase that you’ll require a hospital stay. But there may never be a better time to have surgery, because hospitals are working to be more responsive to patients. Just when you’re starting to recover from your hospital stay, you get the bill, and those chest pains start to come back. But you don’t have to feel like you have no control over your health care expenses. You can take steps—both before and after a hospital stay—to ensure the best possible financial outcome.Admitted vs. ObservedOne…
  • ACA: A 2014 Update

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    As the ACA continues to evolve, it’s wise to stay abreast of any changes thataffect Medicare spending.The Affordable Care Act has a number of provisions that affect both Medicare and older adults. Those provisions are designed to achieve four major goals:Make preventive health care more accessible and affordable.Eliminate the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole.”Reduce overall Medicare spending and extend Medicare’s financial solvency.Increase efficiency and reduce Medicare waste, fraud, and…
  • Throw Out the Telephone and Start Skyping

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    For those of us who grew up in the age of communicating by telephone, supplemented by letters, a technology like Skype can seem amazing, because you’re able to see the person you’re talking to, even if he or she is on the other side of the country or world. It’s especially a boon for older adults whose families don’t live nearby, so you can see your grandchildren’s rapid growth spurts, or the drawing they did in class, or their piano recital. You can make contact with old friends who have moved away, and view their new homes and environment.Although there are several video chat…
  • E-cigarettes: A Safe Alternative to Smoking?

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    When e-cigarettes first became available in 2006 they were heralded as a smokeless and therefore safer way to inhale nicotine, as well as a method to quit smoking. But, almost a decade later, although they have become more popular, no studies have conclusively proven their safety and their effectiveness for smoking cessation.When e-cigarettes first became available in 2006, they were heralded as a smokeless and therefore safer way to inhale nicotine, as well as a means to quit smoking. But, almost a decade later, although they have become more popular, no studies have conclusively proven…
  • The growing long term care funding crisis requires understanding private pay alternatives

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Statistics show that the majority of people do not understand the various forms of long term care, the different means to pay for it, and most do not plan for long term care until they are hit by a health care crisis.  Today, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all in the red and creating havoc for government budgets at the federal and state levels.   State budgets have been impacted particularly hard by shrinking tax dollars and growing Medicaid enrollment brought on by an aging population.  Over 10 million Americans now require long term care annually, and…
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • 4 Essential Retirement Planning Questions

    LoveBeingRetired
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    Everyone understands the value of careful financial planning prior to making the move into retirement. But it is equally important to plan for the daily life you will live as a retiree. An effective retirement plan addresses both the financial and the lifestyle side of retiring. These four questions will help you finalize your retirement plans. How much will you need to live the retirement lifestyle you want? Many of us have a vivid picture of the life we hope to live in retirement. There are things we want to do and places we want to go. Most of us hope to experience and take advantage of…
  • How to Find Tune Your Retirement Plan

    LoveBeingRetired
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    When we begin our retirement journey, we do not always know exactly where we are going. Since this is a new beginning, we have little experience to reference. And although we may have some general ideas about what is ahead, there is a certain mystery enshrouding a lifestyle we have not yet experienced firsthand. As a result, our second act is often a work in progress where we learn as we go. No longer are the day’s activities laid out as was the case while pursuing our respective careers. Back then, each day had clear objectives, and we kept busy getting it done. But as we shift gears and…
  • The 3 Best Things About Being Retired

    LoveBeingRetired
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    I have been retired for a few years and am just beginning to get a hint of how good it can be. I always figured I would shed few tears leaving the working world behind. And having the gift of unlimited free time to spend days as I see fit is a dream. But until I began waking up day after day in complete control of my own life and calendar, retirement remained just an interesting concept. I looked forward to it without truly comprehending its potential. Over the past few years I have begun spreading my retired wings. Although these initial retirement years have been experienced solo because…
  • Finding Your Retirement State of Mind

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

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

  • Most Read: Senior Lifestyle Corp. Unveils New Brand

    Cassandra Dowell
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    In case you missed them … here are the top headlines grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week: Senior Lifestyle Corp. Launches New Brand With $650 Million Pipeline — Senior Lifestyle Corp. recently launched a new product, The Sheridan, a 19- to 26-property pipeline that could top $650 million. Rolling out over the next few years, the new line of communities targets the upper-middle market for assisted living and memory support services. 3 Tips for Solving the Million-Dollar Senior Living Staffing Dilemma — It’s no secret that turnover in the senior housing…
  • Ventas Names SNF Spin-Off, Details Portfolio

    Jason Oliva
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The skilled nursing real estate investment trust (REIT) spin-off of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) now has a name: Care Capital Properties, Inc. (CCP). Chicago-based Ventas announced the naming of the new REIT in a Form 10 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday afternoon, just two weeks after the company first said it would spin off its skilled nursing assets into a separate, publicly-traded REIT. “The filing of the Form 10 is an important step towards successfully completing the strategic, value creating spin-off of our SNF portfolio,” said Ventas Chairman and…
  • NorthStar to Acquire $640 Million CCRC Portfolio

    Tim Mullaney
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc., a public, non-traded real estate investment trust, has agreed to purchase 15 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) from subsidiaries of Fountains Senior Living Holdings, LLC, in a deal totaling approximately $640 million. National senior living operator Watermark Retirement Communities Inc. will continue as the day-to-day operator of the CCRCs after the sale. With more than 35 communities in 20 states, Watermark is the operating partner of Tucson, Ariz.-based acquisition, finance, design and development firm The Freshwater Group. The portfolio…
  • Where Senior Living Needs Improvement: Community Sales Tours

    Cassandra Dowell
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Senior living providers are making crucial missteps that are preventing them from maximizing the value of prospective resident tours, new research reveals. In a Caring.com survey on senior living community tours, a notable minority of respondents said they had not been contacted prior to a scheduled tour to confirm it (12%). However, 18% reported no contact from the community post-tour, data show. Twenty-six percent said they had been contacted only once post-tour. The survey includes feedback from 1,181 family caregivers and older adults who searched for a senior community in the last year.
  • In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (4/23/15)

    Jason Oliva
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    Construction: Planned Legend Senior Living Proposes $80 Million Project for Golf Club Redevelopment Wichita, Kan.-based Legend Senior Living recently submitted a proposal to build an $80 million community as part of a 136-acre redevelopment of the Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club in Prairie Village, Kan., reports Kansas City Business Journal. Legend, which owns and operates 30 senior living communities in five states, presented its plans to the Prairie Village Council Committee on Monday—plans that call for Legend to acquire about eight acres for the development of 120 independent living…
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    Senior Care Corner

  • 8 Actions We Can Take to Better Protect Brain Health at All Ages

    Kathy Birkett
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Keeping our brains sharp requires a bit of effort on our part. Effort with a payback! Here at Senior Care Corner we often talk about brain health because it is such an important topic to our senior loved ones and thus to us as family caregivers. It’s also one area where personal actions can impact the outcomes we and our seniors experience. Unfortunately, knowing what you and your senior should be doing to keep your brains sharp and actually doing it are not the same thing. It’s a lot (maybe too much) like losing weight — we know what it would take but don’t seem to get…
  • House Cleaning: Exercise Benefiting Seniors’ Physical and Mental Health

    Kathy Birkett
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Those who’ve done housework know it can be strenuous and feel like a real workout. Now experts are saying it really is good exercise for our senior loved ones. We always hear we have to get moving, we need to keep active and physical fitness is good for the body and the mind. It really is true! We need to get and keep moving, doing activities that we enjoy, so that we will stay motivated to keep on doing it. That is true for our senior loved ones as well. No matter their age, staying physically active is the best medicine. It doesn’t have to be running marathons, hiking the…
  • An Evil Twin Can Mean Identity Theft When Connecting to Public WiFi

    Barry Birkett
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Our portable connected devices – that’s our smartphones, tablets and laptops - let us stay connected to our world virtually any where we go. Of course, when we’re away from the comforts and speed of our home broadband connections, or maybe don’t have one, we have to find another connection that will link us to the web. I have come to prefer using my cellular data connection for web access, often creating a “personal hotspot” with my smartphone or tablet, but realize many rely on public WiFi. You can walk into any coffee shop, fast food outlet or even…
  • Geriatric Care Manager – Expertise With Benefits for Your Senior and You

    Kathy Birkett
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Have you heard of geriatric care managers? Do you know what one could do for you and your senior loved one? Would it be great to have an expert in your corner? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when caring for your senior loved one and wish that you had another set of eyes or hands? Do you need help managing your senior’s health, getting them needed resources or help them age successfully? Does your family need more education in order to agree on a course of action to meet your senior’s needs? What family caregiver wouldn’t welcome a bit of help in those areas? A geriatric care…
  • Diagnosis Dementia – Should Seniors and Family Caregivers be Told?

    Kathy Birkett
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    A new report by the Alzheimer’s Association has brought some sobering statistics to light. Statistics that should prompt discussions among seniors, their families — and maybe their doctors. What would you want for your loved one, family member or yourself if there was medical information to share? Should the fact that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease right now mean that it isn’t important to know the diagnosis? Would you want the doctor to try to protect your senior loved one by not telling them the truth of their diagnosis or tell them details in an unclear way so that…
 
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    ChangingAging.org

  • Soto Zen, H. Pylori and The Age of Disruption

    Martin Bayne, ChangingAging Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    If we are to discover who we truly are, during this Great Age of Disruption, we must all stand toe-to-toe with our demons – imagined or real.
  • The Open Source Tour

    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As I set off on the bus tonight for the first five-day swing of the Age of Disruption Tour I'd like to share a vision for making this an "open source" tour.
  • The Age of Disruption is Here

    Dr. Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    The Age of Disruption Tour kicks off this week with five tour stops in the north east. Click here for details.
  • Let’s Make Sure She Hits the Ground Running

    Martin Bayne, ChangingAging Contributor
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Recently, I was struck with an idea so simple, efficient, and powerful, I was compelled to call my closest friends to share the idea with them. To the person, they responded – “How can I help?”
  • Six Ways Elders Can Save the World

    Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging Contributor
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Any elder, regardless of income, physical and/or cognitive ability, level of education, or geographic location can make a productive difference in the way all of us function as a culture.
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    JacksonWhite Elder Law Attorneys » News

  • Differences in Medicare and ALTCS

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Question: Why do I need to even consider Arizona Long Term Care System when I have Medicare? After paying into the Medicare system for my entire career, shouldn’t Medicare cover my medical expenses? I don’t understand why I need to apply for ALTCS when I am already insured. Answer: The simple answer to this question is that Medicare only covers acute care and ALTCS covers the costs of long-term care. Medicare is important and necessary, but it is oftentimes not enough, particularly given that the costs of long-term care can very easily exceed $6,000 per month. And because Medicare will…
  • ALTCS Has a Network of Facilities

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Question: My mother has lived in the same assisted living community for three years, and we both really like most everything about her accommodations. After three years of paying for care, however, mom is just about out of money, and we need to find some assistance to keep her where she is at. If mom applies for Arizona Long Term Care System will she have to move to a special ALTCS facility? Answer: The answer to your question lies in whether or not the facility at which your mother resides is contracted with ALTCS. Without this information, I can only provide you with general information…
  • Things to Know About Long-Term Care

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Question: I am in the process of helping my father apply for Arizona Long Term Care System. How long will it take to process, and if the application is approved, will ALTCS pay us back for the costs we incur while the application processes? Answer: Technically, ALTCS is supposed to take 45 days to process an application, but cases typically take at least three months to process. Depending on the type of setting in which your father resides, you will probably have to pay for his care while the application processes, and you may or may not get reimbursed. ALTCS only retroactively reimburses…
  • Getting Power of Attorney

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:42 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 grandmother lives by herself and I think she is mismanaging her finances. For the most part, she’s still pretty sharp, but I don’t know that she can keep up with her monthly bills like she used to. I want to help her, but she is fiercely independent. How can I get power of attorney to help her? Answer: You could only obtain power of attorney if your grandmother has capacity to execute a power of attorney and decides on her ownto…
  • IRA May Have to be Closed for ALTCS

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Question: My mother has monthly income of about $1,400, about $1,800 in her checking account, and a small IRA with a balance of about $45,000. She needs long-term care, and I understand that Arizona Long Term Care System provides coverage to those with less than $2,000 of resources and less than $2,199 of monthly income. Will ALTCS count the IRA as part of my mom’s resources?   Answer: In Arizona, IRAs are treated as available resources…
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    Concierge Care

  • Risky Behavior: The Consequences of Insufficient Care for Seniors

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It can be of great risk when you have a senior citizen that is not receiving the level of care that he or she needs.  It falls on all of us as residents of the Jacksonville, FL area to ensure that we are taking care of our loved ones as they reach the age of seniority.  This means not only caring for them ourselves, but ensuring that they are getting professional care as well.  There is only so much that we can do and there comes a time when a professional caregiver needs to be there to help them maintain a quality of life that they so much desire.  Failing to get them this care puts them…
  • In-Home Senior Care and Its Link to Quality of Life for Senior Citizens

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is nothing more important than quality of life for senior citizens.  Quality of life is a term that gets thrown around a great deal but has many different meanings.  What quality of life means in this sense is allowing a senior citizen to continue to live the life that they want to live.  To keep them mentally and physically healthy so that if they want to walk down the street with their grandson or take their dog out, they can do that.  Just because you are a senior citizen does not mean that you have to give up on everything in your live that you have loved.  Maintaining a high…
  • In-Home Care: Special Concerns for the Alzheimer’s Patient

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A medical condition such as Alzheimer’s is something that needs to be taken very seriously.  In terms of the type and level of care that is provided by an in-home senior care provider, there are special considerations that need to be made when working with someone who has Alzheimer’s.  This is due to the unique nature of the condition and how it can alter people both physically and mentally over time.  Let’s take a look at some special concerns an in-home senior care specialist in the Jacksonville, FL area should be aware of when working with an Alzheimer’s patient.
  • How to Finance Senior Care

    admin
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    We all have a loved one that has reached the age where they are now considered a senior citizen.  Whether they have a medical condition or not, they likely need some form of senior care to help them maintain a high quality of life.  This could be to help them in terms of companionship, help them organizing their prescriptions, getting exercise, or something else.  What many families struggle with, though, is how exactly to finance the senior care that is needed. Senior care is a tricky thing because it is a necessity that also comes with a price tag.  That price tag though usually cannot…
  • How End of Life Care Can Assist With the Quality of Life of the Elderly

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is nothing worse than looking a loved one in the eyes and trying to cheer them up when you both know that loved one is at the end of the road, they are dying.  It can be one of the most challenging things that you will ever face in your life, your loved one as well.  The pain and stress that comes along with this can be sometimes too much for one family to bear.  There are ways to get assistance for your loved one though and be sure that they remain in high spirits, get lots of love, comfort, and support on top of what you provide, and maintain a high quality of life.  End of life…
 
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Industry Spotlight: Interview with Lynn Harris – Founder and CEO of ALZcarestore

    Freedom Home Care
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Each year, thousands of families in America and around the world are affected by the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This is why Lynn Harris, Founder and CEO of ALZcarestore started her business to help caregivers get the information and home healthcare supplies they need  quickly, easily, and at a great value. On top of that, ALZcarestore donates proceeds to support Alzheimer’s research and care. We sat down with Lynn to talk about the story behind the founding of ALZcarestore, her personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease, and her vision for…
  • Upcoming Seminar: Cultural Competency and Diversity in the Healthcare Setting

    Freedom Home Care
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Cultural competency is critical to reducing health disparities and improving access to high quality healthcare.  Freedom Home Care invites you to attend an upcoming seminar, titled Cultural Competency and Diversity in the Healthcare Setting on Tuesday, May 12th 2015 at Weinberg Community, 1551 Lake Cook Rd. Deerfield, IL from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. This seminar will show how cultural competency can be developed and implemented in the healthcare system. Dinner will be served at the seminar, and one CEU for Social Workers and Nurses will be offered. Registration will take place from 5:00 pm…
  • The Shifting Nutrition Needs of Seniors

    Freedom Home Care
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The human body has many stages where the nutrition needs may change, and old age is just one of these many stages. Freedom Home Care recognizes that seniors require a balanced diet to remain as healthy as possible, and there are certain foods that are better than others to help satisfy these changing nutrition needs. As you age, there are a few things that happen that may call for a diet adjustment.  Your metabolism slows down and is even more pronounced if you are not as active as you could be. You burn less calories and therefore need less calories to maintain your weight.  Your…
  • Ask the Expert: Planning Ahead for Long Term Care – Interview with Lauren A. Weldon, Elder Law Attorney, Margolis Weldon LLC

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

    Freedom Home Care
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
      Getting outside is one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies and our minds. It improves long-distance vision and attention span, reduces stress, and increases immunity. Simply the Vitamin D provided by sunlight alone can improve cognitive function and prevent bone problems, heart disease, and diabetes. Getting outside also helps fight depression. Unfortunately, seniors are especially prone to getting stuck in the rut of remaining indoors. The idea of going outside seems like so much effort, and many people have physical disabilities or simple, everyday discomforts such as…
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    Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG

  • FERVID FRIDAYS - ARE YOU HAVING A BAD DAY?

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Baby Boomers, It's Friday again and time for some Vitamin M. M for motivation. Have you ever just had one of those days? Sometimes, does it seem like things are never going to go your way? Are there times when you just think the world is out to get you? Well, take heart my friends because it happens to everyone. Friday’s at Survive 55 are all about fun, inspiration and motivation. Who says we can’t have some fun, inspiration and motivation today at other people’s expense? Here’s a link to one of the funniest short video collections I have seen in a long, long…
  • TOP 5 DENTAL TIPS TO KEEP SMILING AFTER 50

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    Baby Boomers, Here's something you probably don't think much about now that you are in your 50's but you really, really should…….the care of your teeth, If you’re over 50, and like me, you probably have new aches and pains every day. That’s just life. I think you already know, if you have been following my blog, that quality of life is the key to staying on top of your game once you’re over the hill… and a few miles down the path. Oral health plays a big role in overall health, and overall health contributes to good quality of life.  So, taking care…
  • 10 Things I Would Do If I Were Rich and Famous?

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    Baby Boomers, "What would you do if you were rich and famous?" What a great cocktail party discussion topic, huh? I'm sure everyone dreams about what they would do if they had gobs of money and silver screen notoriety. Now, as you are getting older, do you feel those dreams have passed you by? Or,  have you already made the tough decisions to arrange the priorities in your life to reach your personal and financial goals. If you haven't yet it is never too late. Remember, it all starts with the first step.................. Well, today, my fellow Baby Boomers, you will have to indulge me…
  • Why Are We Here?

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too.  It's easy to tell them about it. Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com. The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!! Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below............................... Get free premium widgets for your blog and website.
  • Survive 55 - 2 Year Anniversary

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Baby Boomers...................it's official. My blog has been alive for over 2 years as of April 11th. It's hard to believe. April 11th will now be remembered in history as a good day. Maybe even a great day. I guess it's time to celebrate my 2 year anniversary. If you look back in history you will find that there were not too many world changing events that occurred on April 11th. Going way back in time to 491 Flavius Anastasius became the Byzantine Emperor, taking the name of Anastasius I. I don't remember that happening. Over a thousand years later, in 1876, the Benevolent and Protective…
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    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me

  • Are We Really “Clueless” Before Age 50?

    Margaret Manning
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Being a woman is hard work. For most of our lives, we are battered around by external and internal forces alike. As girlfriends, mothers, wives, colleagues and grandmothers, we have to deal with the expectations of others. At the same time, we are often our own worst critics. We worry about how we look. We criticize our own decisions. We worry about the future. And on… and on.Read More
  • Road Scholar Develops Educational Adventure Based on New PBS Series Wolf Hall

    Sixty and Me
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in lifelong learning, is a proud local sponsor for Wolf Hall, currently airing nationally on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The series also enjoyed a run last year on the BBC in England.Read More
  • Want to Improve Your Health After 60? Say “Yes” to These 9 Things

    Margaret Manning
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Staying healthy is one of the biggest priorities for most women over 60, including myself. We all want to stay active so that we can enjoy everything that life has to offer in the decades ahead. Unfortunately, there is so much conflicting information out there that it is sometimes difficult what to do. Is calcium good or bad? Is there such a thing as “too much” exercise? Should we take supplements? It’s enough to make your head spin! So, to help cut through the clutter, I asked our 50,000 Sixty and Me community members what they do to stay healthy. Here are 9 things that the women in…
  • What is the Key to Happiness After 60? Friendship or Financial Security? (Poll)

    Margaret Manning
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    When I ask the members of our community what challenges they are facing, a lack of meaningful friendships and a lack of financial resources are at the top of the list. On the surface, these are different issues, with different causes. But, if you dig a little deeper, they both relate to our changing circumstances...Read More
  • How to Compare Senior Travel Insurance Programs

    Nancy Parode
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    You may have read that travel insurance isn't worth the cost. This might be true for younger travelers, but for those of us in our 60s, travel insurance can provide peace of mind and assistance when we need it most. Let's take a closer look at senior travel insurance coverage and the best ways to compare policies. So, what kind of senior travel insurance do you need? Here are a few options to consider…Read More
 
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    Cariloop | Search For Assisted Living, Home Health Care, and Hospice

  • The Power of Positive Attitudes when Handling Stress

    Dane Roper
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Every holiday season families are reminded of loved ones that are struggling or are no longer with them. For caregivers in particular, the holiday season can be among the most stressful times of the year as they try to manage increased interaction between family members and the loved ones they are caring for. Approaching the holiday season with a positive attitude, however, can actually contribute to reducing stress for all parties. Brent Hall and his family have realized the power of positive attitudes as his grandmother continues to battle dementia. “There’s always the stress of wanting…
  • Cariloop and InterActive Legal Announce Partnership

    Cariloop
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Companies Join Forces to Improve Strategic Planning For Elder Care April 16, 2015 (Dallas, Texas) – Cariloop announced today its strategic partnership with InterActive Legal, the premier Knowledge Company for lawyers specializing in Elder Law, Estate, and Special Needs Planning.  This partnership enables Cariloop to seamlessly provide its case management tools and concierge coaching services to the thousands of specialist lawyers already relying upon InterActive Legal as they guide clients and families through the maze of elder care, one of the most intricate parts of the elder planning…
  • The AAAA Response to Managing Stress and Distress

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

    Dane Roper
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Spring is coming soon, bringing a bounty of showers and flowers—and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. When it comes to the brain, that produce may be 24-“carrot” gold. Diet may help to prevent dementia, as well as help those who already have mild cognitive impairment or dementia. But there’s no magic bullet. Unless a vitamin deficiency has been found by careful laboratory testing, the evidence for dietary supplements is mixed at best and weaker than for food. For example, most research into vitamin E and alpha-omega fatty acids reveals that it is better to eat food containing these…
  • Dr. Anne Lipton Joins Cariloop Board of Advisors

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

    Dane Roper
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Every holiday season families are reminded of loved ones that are struggling or are no longer with them. For caregivers in particular, the holiday season can be among the most stressful times of the year as they try to manage increased interaction between family members and the loved ones they are caring for. Approaching the holiday season with a positive attitude, however, can actually contribute to reducing stress for all parties. Brent Hall and his family have realized the power of positive attitudes as his grandmother continues to battle dementia. “There’s always the stress of wanting…
  • Cariloop and InterActive Legal Announce Partnership

    Cariloop
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Companies Join Forces to Improve Strategic Planning For Elder Care April 16, 2015 (Dallas, Texas) – Cariloop announced today its strategic partnership with InterActive Legal, the premier Knowledge Company for lawyers specializing in Elder Law, Estate, and Special Needs Planning.  This partnership enables Cariloop to seamlessly provide its case management tools and concierge coaching services to the thousands of specialist lawyers already relying upon InterActive Legal as they guide clients and families through the maze of elder care, one of the most intricate parts of the elder planning…
  • The AAAA Response to Managing Stress and Distress

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

    Dane Roper
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Spring is coming soon, bringing a bounty of showers and flowers—and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. When it comes to the brain, that produce may be 24-“carrot” gold. Diet may help to prevent dementia, as well as help those who already have mild cognitive impairment or dementia. But there’s no magic bullet. Unless a vitamin deficiency has been found by careful laboratory testing, the evidence for dietary supplements is mixed at best and weaker than for food. For example, most research into vitamin E and alpha-omega fatty acids reveals that it is better to eat food containing these…
  • Dr. Anne Lipton Joins Cariloop Board of Advisors

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

  • Celebrate Financial Literacy Month by Learning Something New

    Mike Jurs
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    Did you have a personal finance course in high school? College? Most people didn’t. A recent RICP® Retirement Income Literacy Survey from The American College of Financial Services found that “just 20% of retirement-age Americans can pass a basic quiz on how to make their nest egg last through retirement.” That means four out of five American’s can’t pass the test. Uh oh. Learning about money management, saving, investment and retirement strategy can be a life-long learning experience and it’s often self-taught. But you don’t have to go it alone! April is Financial…
  • Wall Street Journal Notes a Late Start to Saving Can Cost You Real Money

    Jennifer Carole
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    In a study we released yesterday, we reported the consequences of delaying your retirement savings. The Wall Street Journal picked up the story and author Anne Turgesen does a great job of explaining why this decision can really end up costing you in the long run. According to the article, “It turns out that making up for lost time isn’t easy. In fact, according to Financial Engines, which provides professional management for 401(k) accounts and individual retirement accounts, someone who saves 6% of a $36,000 salary (that grows by 1.5% a year) starting at age 25 will have close…
  • The Cost of Financial Procrastination [Infographic]

    Mike Jurs
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” You’ve probably heard this before, perhaps accompanied by a finger wag or two. It’s great advice… in theory. Putting it into practice is another story. Procrastination affects all of us at some time or another. Especially when it comes to financial matters. Are your taxes done? Do you have an ever-growing stack of papers on your desk that you’ve been meaning to go through? Rolled over that 401(k) from your last job yet? We all do it, but there are some good reasons not to procrastinate (no, we did not just wag a finger!). We…
  • Financial Engines Advantage: How to Use Online Advice to Invest Your 401(k)

    Jennifer Carole
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    When you make the decision to use Financial Engines you can choose from two services: Online Advice or Professional Management. Online Advice can be your first stop after you get your Retirement Evaluation. It’s a good fit if you are a “do it yourself” kind of person who feels comfortable making decisions about how to invest. Powered by the “engines” behind Financial Engines – and the experts we have on our team – Online Advice is an easy way to see how your 401(k) is doing. You’ll see your account at-a-glance broken into three categories: your…
  • Here’s Why Saving for Retirement at 30 is Brilliant

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

    Steve Sovie
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
           A little over two years ago I decided to try taking raspberry ketone capsules to see if I could lose some weight.  I even wrote a post about  it here in this blog, "I've Joined the Raspberry Ketone Craze".  I usually never fall for these cure all or miracle weight loss gimmicks, but since it was recommended by Dr. Oz I thought I would give it a try. I didn't lose any wight, but I did throw my money away on a snake oil salesman. I knew quite a few people who also, on Dr. Oz's advice, decided to try raspberry ketones. They too got ripped off…
  • What do Indiana and ISIS Have in Common?

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

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

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

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

    Amie
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Source: Why Is Mexico Such A Popular Retirement Destination? | Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher Retirement Living in Mexico I thought you’d appreciate a very interesting article appearing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Product Review: Lively Safety Watch

    Amie
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Activity trackers are all the rage these days.  Initially marketed to active young adults, we are seeing this trend work its way into products marketed to the boomer and senior demographic.  Enter... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Senior Care: Pre-Planning is Key

    Amie
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    As I remain closely connected to my local senior care community, I am frequently reminded of how important pre-planning is when it comes to senior care.  I see families caught off guard and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hillary Clinton Announcement “I’m Running For President”

    Amie
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Hillary Clinton announcement: “I’m running for president” In a (not so) surprising declaration today, Hillary Clinton posted a new video on YouTube.  In her video, Clinton says... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • All Of Tom Hanks Movies In 7 Minutes

    Amie
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    We’ve been posting a lot of heavy caregiving articles lately, so we thought we’d lighten it up a little this Sunday with a great (improv) video done by the one and only Tom Hanks and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    InnovAge

  • What’s the Difference Between Care Settings? Turns Out There’s Quite a Bit!

    InnovAge
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    In the continuum of care for older adults, there are many options and definitions. It can be confusing. Today, I’m going to explain a few different healthcare settings for older adults. In these settings one can receive many healthcare services, … Continue reading →
  • Wednesday Wellness: Older Adults Honored

    InnovAge
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    The ways older adults are honored in countries around the world.                 This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or … Continue reading →
  • USA Today Look at Aging in Place Via Recent Age Wave Study

    InnovAge
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    And finds most older adults want to age in place, saying the emotional attachment to their home is more important than its financial value.               This blog is for informational purposes only, and is … Continue reading →
  • Reducing Stress, Getting Help to Reduce Elder Abuse, Neglect

    InnovAge
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    A lot of caregiving for older adults rests on the shoulders of family members. While most do the best job they can with the resources they have, the fact is that most family caregivers are untrained and unpaid. Nevertheless, they’re … Continue reading →
  • Wednesday Wellness: We’ve Loved Danny Trejo Since…

    InnovAge
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    first meeting him in the Spy Kids movie franchise as Machete. Now he’s 70 and still brawling with the best of them!                       This blog is for informational purposes only, … Continue reading →
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