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  • Jun 27, Why is everyone so down on retirement?

    Retirement Online Blog
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I'm sort of surprised to read a lot of these comments, and saddened that so many people seem to be at such a loss during retirement. I retire next year.
  • MONEY SAVING WEBSITES the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    SURVIVE 55 - SAVE MONEY Baby Boomers, Don't you agree that today is another magnificent day in paradise? Sometimes, I am amazed at how blessed we are to wake up each and every day on this wonderful planet with all of it's beauty and stunning opportunities just waiting for us to take advantage of them. So, let's get something right out in the open first.   My friends think I am strange, my family thinks I'm a bit peculiar, people I do business with think I'm a little bit offbeat and the reaction of people on the street that I meet for the first time is: "this guy is a really unusual…
  • Senior Care, How to Continue to Motivate an Elderly Loved One

    Concierge Care
    6 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    One of the hardest things for elderly family members of loved ones is trying to motivate the seniors out there to keep on living active and healthy lifestyles.  It can be a trying experience to get older.  As you age, you begin to lose a lot of the friends that you had growing up over the years.  You may lose your spouse, loved ones, people you cared the most about.  WHen it comes to situations like this, in home senior care can prove to be quite valuable to helping boost that level of motivation to get an elderly person from one day to the next. Set Them Up on a Daily Routine In home…
  • What Happens When You House a Preschool In a Retirement Community?

    The Senior List
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    I may seem like an odd question at first.  What happens when you house a preschool in a retirement community?  The answer is… MAGIC!  Present Perfect is a magical documentary that brings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Do You Do When You Feel a Little Lonely?

    Senior Travel, Womens Forum, Grandchildren, Retirement | Sixty and Me
    Margaret Manning
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As we get older, our roles and relationships change. Some of us have retired from full-time work only to find out that our familiar friends are scattered all over the world. These days, it seems rare that we find ourselves living close to our family and years can pass before we are able to connect in person. Our children are building their own amazing lives and we are losing childhood friends. Despite our best efforts to find quality relationships and create a network of close friends, we sometimes find ourselves alone or feeling lonely. What do you do when you are feeling a little lonely?
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • Live: Chris Christie launches 2016 presidential bid

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga and guests look at the N.J. governor's chances in a crowded GOP field.
  • Obama's approval rating hits two-year high

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    According to a new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday, 50 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his presidency — up 5 points over the most recent survey and his highest approval rating since May 2013.
  • Death toll in Indonesian military plane crash rises to 74

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    An aircraft crashes into a residential neighborhood in Indonesia's third-largest city.
  • Crunch time for Greece as IMF debt looms and bailout ends

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's crunch time for Greece, with the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday and with it any possible access to the remaining rescue loans that it needs to pay its debts.
  • DOJ cites missteps by police during Ferguson unrest: newspaper

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    Police responding to race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer made a series of missteps, including antagonizing crowds with attack dogs and military-style tactics, according to a U.S. report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Justice Department report is a summary of a longer report due this week, and reviews the actions of the police departments in Ferguson, St. Louis, and St. Louis County, along with the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Post-Dispatch said.
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    Silver Innings Blog: For Senior Citizens and their Family

  • The elderly have special needs, and an industry is born

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Sruthin Lal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi Rohit Arora works in Delhi, but his ailing mother was alone in Kolkata, and he used to feel helpless about it. When he managed to get a health worker, Rajesh (name changed), to look after her, it was a great relief for him. “He visited every week, looked after her health, talked to her, took her to the doctors. Later on they developed sort of
  • 'Ageing is not the problem. Our failure to adapt is'

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Putting the care of our elderly in private hands is a touchy subject. But Paul Hogan believes that the State alone can’t cope with a demographic timebomb, he tells Paul O’Donoghue. Caring for an elderly grandmother inspired Paul Hogan’s business idea Although many social campaigners would argue that everyone should be well cared for by the State in old age, the founder of Home Instead
  • Top 10 Cars For Senior Citizens

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:49 pm
    One of the most undermined consumer groups in automotive world is that of senior citizens. It is one of the most empowered groups with great investment potential. Their needs are specific and so will be the models categorized for them. We bring you a list of top 10 cars for senior citizens that can fulfill their needs and offer right kind of support they deserve. Hyundai Sonata – One of the
  • The Promise of Prometheus – Golden Aging in Europe and Central Asia

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:24 pm
    In Greek mythology, the “Golden Age” referred to an idyllic period of peace and stability when people lived long, healthy, active, and prosperous lives. Prometheus, the Titan god of forethought, is said to have promised, “A new Golden Age shall come, brighter and better by far than the old!” In this ancient fable, stable populations and long lives were central elements of flourishing
  • The old man on the bus : The Metrognome

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:34 pm
    To stop elder abuse, we must stop indulging in it. A new column starts today, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. by Vrushali Lad | “Ae buddhhe, hatt na!” Everyone in the bus line turned to stare at the youth on the cycle, trying to get past an old man shuffling slowly to the front entrance of the bus. The man didn’t even hear the boy, intent as he was on catching the
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    My Mom's Blog by Thoroughly Modern Millie

  • Sharing Yiddish at Brooksby Village Over Dinner with Friends

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Here at Brooksby Village there are many residents that lead groups on a variety of subjects.For example there's Calligraphy, Art, a Writers group, a book club, foreign films, a knitting group and even a Style Workshop. Whatever your interest is, you'll find it here!I'm not through yet, there's a Spanish Conversation Group, a French Conversation Group, and for the past year there is a Yiddish Conversation Group dinner which I lead.I stress the fact that I am not a teacher. I'm there to encourage the people to speak Yiddish, even if it's half English and half Yiddish, it gets the mind…

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Last time I wrote about Mad Men I was disenchanted with the show. I didn't like the turn of events, and the way the characters had aged. Every thing and everyone was going downhill, especially Don Draper.When I look back at my thoughts then, and how I feel now, it's like when a person is caught up in a relationship, and they see only what they want to see, and go along with whatever is happening because they care for the person.It's hard to let go! You try but you just can't do it. Well, that's me.I can't let go!There are only a few episodes left. I have to see how Matthew Weiner will put…

    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…

    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…

    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…
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    a little red hen

  • Churchless... when that's what you need--or the atheist's lament

    a little red hen
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The Reverend Norvel Goff speaks inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.           (Photograph: David Goldman/Pool/EPA via The Guardian Sunday, June 21, 2015) What's missing for me today is a place to go.  To be with others who share my sorrow.  Who wonder how it has happened that so little progress has been made in my 80-plus years.   And it is not any church I want to be seated but a black church--preferably in my last neighborhood:  Harlem.  If I were back in New York City, citadel…
  • 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…
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    Contemporary Retirement Coaching

  • You're too late for July!

    Ann Harrison
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
  • What's happening in Greater Manchester this week?

    Ann Harrison
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:47 am
    There's always something happening in Greater Manchester... here's a round-up of some of the activities and events coming up for week beginning 22 June from our Manchester Retirement blog: Fancy a dance?  Then put your dancing shoes on and get yourself over to Fallowfield on Wednesday morning to try out one of the Dance for Everyone sessions. Is walking more your style?  Manchester and Salford Ramblers have an evening walk (Reddish Vale) and a Saturday walk (Macclesfield Forest) coming up this week... Walking Football's becoming very popular - did you see the feature on…
  • School Reunion

    Ann Harrison
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
  • What's happening in Greater Manchester this week?

    Ann Harrison
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:48 pm
    If you live in the Greater Manchester area and are looking for something to keep you out of trouble this week, check out the Manchester Retirement blog where you can find information about upcoming local events.  Refugee Week starts on Monday 15 at Imperial War Museum North. Learn about settling into a different country through the stories of Alice Brand, one of 250,000 Belgians arriving in Britain during the outbreak of the First World War, and Celia Horwitz, whose parents sent her from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport.  Check out the Walking Football sessions at Irlam, Ordsall, Swinton…
  • Read our 'Retirement Life Inventory' for free on Kindle Unlimited

    Ann Harrison
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
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  • Supreme Court same-sex ruling opens the door for Social Security’s valuable spousal benefits

    Mark Miller
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will give a huge boost to the retirement security of LGBT Americans. That will be especially true in the realm of Social Security – where it pays to be married. The ruling will affect everything from access to spousal pension and retirement accounts, health benefits and more. But Social Security really is the headliner here. Recognition of same sex marriage in all 50 states will guarantee access to Social Security’s spousal and survivor benefits, which are the most valuable features of the program. And the near-universal nature…
  • When life events intervene in your retirement plan

    Mark Miller
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Financial plans typically assume a normal retirement age in the mid-60s or beyond, but life events have a way of intervening. Half of all retirees say they left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The key culprits include health problems or disability and workforce downsizings. Events like that aside, early retirement might just look like an attractive option for affluent people  in their 50s or early 60s, but the risks are substantial and need to be weighed carefully. The major risk is…
  • A new type of annuity for life’s biggest unknown

    Mark Miller
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    How much money you will need to save to enjoy a secure retirement depends on the ultimate unknowable: How long will you live? The possibility of running short is called longevity risk, and the Obama administration last year established rules to foster a new type of annuity, the Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC), that would provide a steady monthly payment until you die. QLACs are a variation on a broader product category called deferred income annuities, which let buyers pay an initial premium or make a series of scheduled payments and set a future date to start receiving income.
  • Betting on prevention as Medicare turns 50

    Mark Miller
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Dr. Linda Fried Healthcare is an expense. But what if we looked at it as an investment – especially an investment in prevention of disease? The payback on that investment would be more years of healthy living and less cost treating chronic disease in old age . . . not to mention the human misery avoided. Investment in healthy aging was one of the most interesting themes that surfaced last week at the Age Boom Academy, a two-day symposium for journalists I attended at Columbia University. Age Boom is s joint program of the Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia Journalism School. This…
  • How well do you understand Social Security? Take this quick quiz to find out

    Mark Miller
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Ready for a quick quiz on how Social Security benefits work? You should. Social Security is the most important retirement benefit for most Americans, and understanding the rules is critical for getting the most out of the program. So, let’s get started. At what age can you receive your full benefit? Can you keep working while collecting a full benefit? If you’re divorced, can you collect a benefit based on your ex-spouse’s earning history? Can you receive a benefit even if you are not a U.S. citizen? Only 28 percent of Americans are able to give correct answers to questions like these…
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  • Alzheimer’s Culture Change: Coming to a city near you

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
     by Joy Loverde Nothing changes the game of life faster than the onset of dementia. Upon diagnosis, family caregivers regroup and redirect long-term care plans. Others may worry about passing on the Alzheimer’s gene to next of kin. Sadly, others start treating people differently and in many cases choose to no longer associate with them […] The post Alzheimer’s Culture Change: Coming to a city near you appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Preventing Falls in Older Adults

    16 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Preventing Falls in Older Adults – Built by Easy Climber The post Preventing Falls in Older Adults appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Moving a Reluctant Parent: The End (Part 19)

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:13 am
    By Joy Loverde If you’ve been tracking my blog series on the topic of moving a reluctant parent (Parts 1-18), you know that the mission is accomplished. My last blog recaps the insanity of dealing with my Aunt and her reluctance to move. Every step of the way was an eldercare crisis in the making. […] The post Moving a Reluctant Parent: The End (Part 19) appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • The Aging Debate Across America

    21 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    by Carol Marak Eight of our nation’s leading aging-focused organizations have come together to build a better understanding of older adults needs and their contributions to society. They hope to provide the general public with a current perspective of what the aging population needs and to improve the lives of all people as they age. […] The post The Aging Debate Across America appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
  • Age of Disruption Tour: A Commercial

    18 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    By Joy Loverde What if nearly everything we know about aging is wrong? On his 30-city tour, Dr. Bill Thomas encourages audiences of all ages to turn the tables on “Life’s Most Dangerous Game” and approach aging with the skill and enthusiasm it requires. I attended Dr. Thomas’ Age of Disruption event last week and […] The post Age of Disruption Tour: A Commercial appeared first on Elder Care ABC.
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    Inside Elder Care

  • Summer Skin Care Tips for Seniors

    Ryan Malone
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Protecting your skin is important at all stages of life. However as a person ages, their skin becomes more delicate and therefore needs more protection and care. During the harsh, summer months, senior citizens are more susceptible to having skin problems, but that doesn’t mean that they should have to forgo outdoor activities because of sensitive skin. With a health conscious mind and these skin care tips, you can spend less time worrying about your skin this summer and more time enjoying the activities you love! Bug Bites:  Getting bitten by insects during the summer is never…
  • 3 Ways Good Design Can Help People Who Have Dementia

    Ryan Malone
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    The design of the environment we live in has a profound impact on our mood and wellbeing, especially for people living with dementia. In this post, we’ll look at some ways that good design can make an impact, from the use of colors and lighting, to making it easy to perform daily tasks, helping you to plan a suitable environment for your loved one, or to identify a care home designed for the needs of people with dementia. Good use of color Color choices play an important part in ensuring people with dementia can navigate their surroundings, identify familiar places and affect their mood.
  • Elder Spring Cleaning

    Ryan Malone
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many people take the beginning of spring as a time to clean, organize, and reset. With longer days on the way and warm weather on the rise, people feel a general increase in productivity during the spring.  Unfortunately, there are elderly folks living in senior care facilities are not always equipped to take on this kind of a task. Whether they are limited in mobility or just have too much cleaning and organizing to tackle on their own, your assistance might be necessary to complete spring cleaning. Below are some of the best ways for you and your loved one in a care facility to tackle…
  • 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…
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    The Population Health Blog

  • The Potential of Community Health Workers (CHWs)

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    He was among the highest.Utilizers of healthcare services, that is.  I had the pleasure of talking to a physician who is leading a group of community health workers (CHWs) assigned to taking care of dozens of patients like this.  Burdened by decades of multiple chronic conditions, patients like him are typically struggling with myriad complications of chronic illness, side effects from numerous medications, mental illness, extreme poverty and homelessness.  The result is an endless cycle of emergency room visits, admissions, discharges and more emergency room visits.According…
  • Apps Will Astonish

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:04 pm
    "Now this is meaningful use!"In case you think the future for healthcare apps will be characterized by health information technology (HIT) "dead zones" of free downloads, fun gadgetry and vacuous consumerism with nothing to show for it, you should take a look at  this article appearing in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Systems.  If authors Kenneth Mandl, Joshua Mandel and Isaac Kohane are even half right, "apps" could truly revolutionize HIT.  They argue that a superimposed "apps layer" ecosystem will demolish the "walled gardens" of EHRs and allow for true…
  • Are Some Physicians Stockholm Syndrome Victims?

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:19 pm
    A hostage sides with hercaptors in a bank hold-upYears ago, when the Population Health Blog was the staff physician supervising an overworked inpatient consult service, its team of residents was asked by a surgeon to evaluate abnormal kidney function tests on one of her patients. After quickly surmising that the cause was a simple case of easily-corrected dehydration, the residents complained that the surgeon should have spotted the diagnosis. As a result, they said, this was a waste of their time."Not so!" said the PHB. It pointed out that the resident's medical knowledge was so…
  • The Myriad Ways of Strategy and Population Health for Governance Boards and Health Care Leaders

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    What's it take to be a "luminary?"As healthcare organization leaders grapple with health reform's uncertainties, a common refrain is importance of "strategy".It's no longer enough to maximize revenue, increase patient throughput, lower costs, manage debt, embrace financial risk, optimize FTEs, assure compliance or strengthen the balance sheet. While those present management and fiduciary functions are still critical, governance boards and c-suite executives in both purchaser and provider organizations also have to make bets about the future. For example, if healthcare inflation accelerates,…
  • "Generative" Health Care Leadership, Governance and Boards of Directors

    27 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    Time to get "generative!"Thanks to bout of troublesome weather, the Population Health Blog has been stranded somewhere in the U.S. air-travel network. Undaunted by bitter loss of an upgrade and the prospect of a late arrival, it bravely used the down time to dig into the highly interesting book Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard P. Chait, William Ryan, and Barbara Taylor.While written for "nonprofit board members," the PHB believes the insights are applicable to just about any board of directors or other leadership group of an…
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    Dealmakers Forum and Development News

  • Record-high SNF price
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Have you ever seen a skilled nursing facility sell for over $300,000 per bed? Well, according to our data (which dates back to 1989), such a deal has not happened, until today. Sabra Health Care REIT, which recently acquired nine seniors housing properties in Canada (lowering its SNF exposure to approximately 50%), purchased four Maryland skilled nursing facilities with 678 beds for $234 million, or a whopping $345,100 per bed. When you look at the purchase price for three of the facilities (with 472 beds) at $175.2 million, the price per bed is an even higher $371,000. The fourth facility,…
  • RED funds Avanti’s growth
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:29 am
    Avanti Senior Living, which is developing five senior living communities in the Southeast (three in Texas and two in Louisiana) turned to RED Capital Partners to help fuel its construction pipeline, receiving a second $13.8 million balance sheet construction loan to build a 90-unit assisted living/memory care community in Flower Mound, Texas. The community will feature 50 units of assisted living and 40 units devoted to memory care, and represents Avanti’s third project to break ground under its joint venture with an affiliate of real estate fund manager, Iron Point Partners. Last December,…
  • High-quality IL properties drive prices
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:28 am
    In 2014, we saw record-high average prices paid for seniors housing communities (which includes both assisted living and independent living). One observation was that those records were largely driven by a higher number of quality, well-run (and thus, high-priced) independent living communities coming onto the market, presumably by owners who wondered if there will ever be a better time to sell. One tell-tale sign of the high-quality independent living sales driving up average prices was the average net-operating income per unit when compared to that of purely assisted living. Based on 2014…
  • Seniors Housing Weekly Update – Another Holiday Sale For Fortress
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    June 23, 2015. 60 Seconds with Steve Monroe. New Senior Investment Group pays $640 million for 28 Holiday Retirement Communities… Another Holiday Sale For Fortress It has been eight years since Fortress Investment Group closed on its acquisition of Holiday Retirement Corporation for $6.6 billion, or $188,500 per unit. It saw occupancy drop from around 90% to well below 80% in less than three years. There was high turnover among the staff. There were some debt extensions to give it more time. Did we mention the Great Recession hit a year after closing the deal? A lot can happen in eight…
  • Recent Senior Care M&A Deals
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Check out our recent transactions! Long-Term Care   AcquirerTargetPrice Genesis HealthCare LLC24 skilled nursing facilities$240 million Legend Senior Living5 assisted living communitiesN/A Health Care REIT, Inc.Regal Lifestyle Communities$623 million Return to home page The post Recent Senior Care M&A Deals appeared first on Dealmakers Forum and Development News.
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  • Steal This Idea: Hospice and Palliative Care App Reviews

    Christian Sinclair
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    by Christian SinclairThis is part of an ongoing series where we share ideas that we would love to see implemented, but frankly don't have the time to actually accomplish. But if a smart person with a little extra time like yourself were to steal this idea, you might find an audience, and maybe some people might be willing to throw a few bucks behind it. Heck, if you can pull it off, we would love to help promote it or if you want to guarantee a built in audience we can officially make it a part of the Pallimed Network. Idea: Hospice and Palliative Care* App reviews*This idea could…
  • Talking to Kids about Death and Dying

    Amy Clarkson
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    by Amy ClarksonIt’s difficult for adults to talk to one another about death. The topic makes us uncomfortable. Despite this fact, most of us will muster up the courage and have these hard conversations when the need arises. There is something, however, far more difficult than talking to our peers about death and that is talking to children about death. Parents will have memories of questions kids have posed about death when a pet has died or bird is found deceased outdoors. These awkward moments force us as adults to simplify a complex concept on the fly, and usually unprepared, at best we…
  • Garbage in, garbage out: The Medicare Part D prescriber database

    Christian Sinclair
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    by Christian SinclairA colleague of mine recently brought to my attention his listing of all the medications he prescribed in 2013 on the Medicare Part D prescriber database. What's that you say? You have not heard of this tool to find out what medications your doctor prescribes?At the end of April 2015, Medicare (CMS) released a database of cumulative prescriptions by provider from the calendar year 2013. Sites like ProPublica took the raw data and setup a clean interface that allows you to sort the data by state, drug prescribed and provider, among other nifty features.  (Similar to…
  • No more death panels: Why #HPM needs to talk about legislation and policy

    Pallimed Editor
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    by Judy Thomas, JDIf you ever questioned whether legislation plays a critical role in palliative care and serious illness let me remind you of the year 2009, when “death panels” became a legislative myth so ubiquitous it warranted its own entry on Wikipedia, was recognized as the “Lie of the Year” by, and is now responsible for a handful of debunked rumors on Snopes (see this, and this, and this.)As CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—a leading champion of palliative care—I understand how crucial it is keep a finger on the pulse of policy and…
  • Getting Started at the End of Life: Two Social Worker Perspectives

    Lizzy Miles
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    A conversation between two specialistsAt both ends of the generational pendulum lie two groups that may seem to be daunting to some: children and the senior population.  These are specialty populations because there are unique considerations with aspects of their medical care, especially within the framework of palliative and hospice care.Here Allie Shukraft, pediatric palliative care social worker, and Lizzy Miles, geriatrics hospice social worker, discuss some of the differences and similarities between these two seemingly divergent specialty populations. Allie and Lizzy also describe…
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    Aging In Place Technology Watch

  • Technology change in 2015 – two steps forward, three back

    Laurie Orlov
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    Technology improvements do not always…improve.  Rant on. You remember that experience in your life of turning a key and a long-ago new car just started? We expect that with technology but we virtually never get it. And we don’t complain. Much. Wireless networks in the home need a geek-or-two to get running. Smart phones require training, app downloads take time. Then slog through customization of menus, opting out of stupid defaults, and quite frightening disclosures. “Anonymous location data will occasionally be sent to Google, even when no apps are running. Agree?”  Oh sure.
  • As boomers age, they should be considering diabetes health management tools

    Laurie Orlov
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Digital tools for diabetes prevention and management.  Population health statistics about diabetes are alarming health professionals, particularly concerning today with 26% of older adults having diagnosed (16% of baby boomers and 27% of seniors) and even undiagnosed diabetes. So there's no surprise – innovation is wanted and much needed. New technology startups are popping up all around to help prospective patients prevent the onset of diabetes – and/or manage it more effectively. While some research casts doubt on the sustainability of these tech interventions, that doesn’t stop new…
  • These hacker attacks make Y2K look trivial

    Laurie Orlov
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    Does anyone remember Y2K?  It happened just 15 years ago. The $100 billion in the US -- $350 billion worldwide -- that was spent to convert information systems to move from a 2-digit year to a 4-digit year, well, it seems so last century. The belief at that time: The move from the YYMM format of dates in all systems everywhere (all military, government, and commercial) in the year 2000 would create a "0001" January 1, 2000 date format that would result in disaster. Checks couldn’t be issued, military systems would fail, hospitals and power plants would shut down or off. This was preceded…
  • Let's remember ten tips for startups entering the market

    Laurie Orlov
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    So you want to launch a boomer/senior, home health tech product or service.  As your new company get ready to travel into battle later this spring at the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit, the Digital Health Summer Summit, Health 2.0, mHealth Summit, and all remaining 2015 launch events to-be-marketed, it is time to for you to revisit this guidance. Perhaps some time soon, your new or existing company will officially launch a new product or service, or perhaps a long-awaited, over-described and much-anticipated offering will finally ship. First read the AARP-sponsored Challenging…
  • Technology for seniors – dial down passion, dial up market readiness

    Laurie Orlov
    29 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    The passion of innovation for seniors. Rant on. It’s the most I have seen in the past five years: the halo that surrounds finding new companies that could, perhaps, help older adults, even if they were designed for some other purpose. Many assess them, invite them to networking events, cultivate and encourage their expectations about future opportunity and even award them prizes. The criteria for selection/participation of these entrants are not always disclosed, but phrases about criteria are on the sponsoring entities' websites. New entrants will "have an already developed, scalable and…
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    Society of Certified Senior Advisors

  • Retiring Abroad: Stretch Your Dollar

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Many older adults are finding that their dollar goes further in other countries. Not only is healthcare cheaper, but so are housing and other necessities. While Central and South America's low costs and proximity to the United States have long attracted retirees, many are also heading to distant destinations such as Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.   Many older adults, especially those struggling to live on Social Security, are finding that their dollar goes further in other countries. Not only is healthcare cheaper, but so are housing and other necessities.The number of…
  • The Upside of Aging, by Paul Irving

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    As aging industry professionals, we often find ourselves entrenched in day-to-day businessactivities, striving to serve our clients better by keeping up with industry trends. Most of us are very familiar with the industry-specific resources or journals that help us keep track of the latest financial/insurance product, regulation, legal issue, clinical concern, or technology that will help us do our jobs better. One of the benefits of being an advisor is getting access to information that allows us to understand the bigger picture of “aging” outside of our industry sectors. We get an…
  • Senior Centers: Their Relevancy and Impact on the Social Needs of Older Adults

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Senior centers offer meaningful activities for a diverse group of seniors, and can be an important element in their lives. Staying relevant to a changing older demographic will be a challenge.“We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.” — Oliver Wendell HolmesAs the baby boom generation ages, the challenges of meeting their needs become more complex not only because of their numbers but also because boomers are a heterogeneous group. Senior centers have developed over the past half-century based on…
  • Stories That Inspire: The Senior Pops Orchestra: Finding Harmony in Long Island

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    Grassroots efforts often lead to improved quality of life. Many benefit from the vision of a few. Two local musicians from Long Island had a vision back in 1979 and the community has benefited ever since. The Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island was created as a vehicle for senior citizen musicians to express their lifelong musical creativity, bringing entertainment and culture to the Long Island community.The sixty-member volunteer groups’ mission—To bring the Joys of Music to the Senior Community and the community at large free of charge—has evolved into an intergenerational orchestra…
  • The Spirituality of Money: Understanding the Meaning of Prosperity and Abundance

    Society of Certified Senior Advisors
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    How people think about money determines whether or not they achieve prosperity.Once upon a time, there were three things people didn’t talk about in public—money,religion, and politics. So let’s talk about one of them. Money. Money brings up so many emotions and beliefs for so many people. Many years ago, a survey was conducted by the University of Michigan that in essence, wanted to know what effect money had on people’s lives. There were three major findings:1. What do people worry about the most? Money!2. What makes people the happiest?
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    Retirement - Only the Beginning

  • My Wife is Ready to Retire

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    I retired a few years back. A big part of my decision was based upon the ever changing job environment. What I described as “diverse experience across multiple years and technologies” unfortunately translated into “too old”. At the time I was 53 and had enjoyed for the most part where my career had taken me. But the powers that be did not feel I had a place in their future. And so began my retirement journey. I have learned a lot over these last three years – most significantly that I have a lot to learn. It took me awhile to start figuring things out. Although somewhat at a…
  • The Joy of Part Time Retirement

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    It is a bit scary to think of retiring completely from the world you have come to know over the course of your career. During those memorable decades, you lived through good times and not-so-good times and dealt with challenges of all shapes and sizes. Hopefully along the way, you were able to establish an acceptable balance between work and relaxation. Whatever the case, making the switch to full-time retirement is a significant change, something we have no firsthand experience with. It sounds good, but are we ready? Retirement for most of us is about getting away from the working world…
  • No Time For Boredom in Retirement

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    One of my biggest fears prior to entering retirement was I would not find sufficient ‘things’ to do to keep me busy. I had a handful of hobbies and interests but nothing I could imagine holding my attention for the next 20-30 years. While I was spending the last three decades on the job this was never a problem. The challenge was rather could I get everything done in the allotted hours each day. But now that I am retired it is up to me how I choose to spend my time – I am the decider. I have to fill in the empty squares on my calendar. Don’t get me wrong – I love the…
  • Retirement Happiness Depends on Your Perspective

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:17 am
    Getting retirement right has a lot to do with setting reasonable expectations. It is not just about what you want – it’s also facing the reality of what you get. Some look forward to an idyllic escape from the stress and strain of working for a living, a time to slow down and smell the roses and enjoy the moment. Others may hold a more pessimistic view, imagining their second act as one of gradual decline and loss of independence. For the majority of us, retirement will be somewhere in between. But having the right outlook and a realistic perspective may help tilt the scale in our…
  • Retirement Relocation Realities

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    A few years back my wife and I began exploring the possibility of relocating in retirement. We have lived in the Bay Area for most of our adult years dutifully contributing to the frantic world of Silicon Valley while raising the family. For that time in our life living here was ideal. The kids went to good schools, there was plenty to do on the weekends, and should the job situation change there were all kinds of companies to work for. Although the Bay Area has a lot to offer, there is a cost. Before you journey anywhere you must consider the traffic situation. In my mind there are few…
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    Senior Housing News

  • Former Merrill Gardens Execs Launch New Senior Housing Startup

    Tim Mullaney
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:35 pm
    2Ten Consulting is a new name in senior housing, but it boasts an impressive pedigree and already is quietly making an impact on the sector. In March, 2Ten launched with Tana Gall and Jason Childers at the helm as co-founders and principals. Both are prominent figures in senior living, with more than 35 years of combined experience and former C-suite roles in some of the nation’s top senior living companies. Gall ascended the ranks of LeisureCare Retirement Communities to become president, a position she also filled at Merrill Gardens Senior Living from June 2013 to February 2015. As a…
  • HCN Senior Housing President Chuck Herman To Retire

    Cassandra Dowell
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) has announced that as of July 1, its longtime executive Chuck Herman, who currently serves as president of the company’s senior housing division, will retire. The company announced Herman’s intentions in a public filing on Monday.  Charles J. Herman, Jr., known in the senior housing industry by his nickname, Chuck, informed the company he wished to retire from the company, effective July 1. Herman also serves as HCN’s executive vice president and has held previous positions with the company as well.  Herman provided consulting services to HCN before he…
  • Senior Housing Investments & Transactions: Mayo Clinic

    Emily Study
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    Windward Health Partners’ Portfolio Company Sells Texas ALF  Tampa-based private investment and holding company Windward Health Partners recently announced that its portfolio company, RWS Healthcare, has sold The Arbor Assisted Living Facility in Nacogdoches, Texas. Prevarian Senior Living, a developer and operator of assisted living communities in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Arizona, purchased The Arbor for an undisclosed amount. Marcus & Millichap represented RWS Healthcare in the transaction. The Arbor was built in 1996 and is located near a 153-bed acute care hospital. At the…
  • Sunrise Gets Back Into Development: How Big Will It Go?

    Tim Mullaney
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Sunrise Senior Living is once again building new properties from the ground up. After a period of inactivity, the company announced the opening of a community in the Bay Area last week, with others set to open in Ohio and Southern California in the coming months. The new developments are part of a “measured, rifle-shot” approach that Sunrise now is taking, Green Street analyst Kevin Tyler tells SHN. Specifically, this will entail opening between two and five properties annually, according to Stifel analyst Daniel Bernstein. While the pipeline may be modest, the fact that Sunrise is back…
  • Interview: NHI CEO on Rising Rates, Hot Markets and 2015

    Jason Oliva
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    With interest rates likely to rise and some major players shifting their approach to skilled nursing, health care real estate investment trusts are facing potential challenges and decision points. National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) certainly is no exception. NHI has recently increased its involvement in CCRC ownership and expansion through a $154 million partnership with LCS, as well as additional CCRC financing. The company has grown steadily to a portfolio of 184 properties in 31 states, but conservatively, according to its chief executive. Last week, NHI held its Music City Symposium in…
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    Retirement Online Blog

  • Jun 27, Emotional Roller Coaster

    27 Jun 2015 | 4:09 pm
    I was a minority shareholder and COO in a small private company. Our market had been very volitale over the past 4 years and we had accumulated a substantial
  • Jun 27, Living Alone- First Time in Over Fifty Years

    27 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    I have lived alone for a whole year for the first time in over fifty years! I have raised five children and three grandchildren, but all the while, I
  • Jun 27, Why is everyone so down on retirement?

    27 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    I'm sort of surprised to read a lot of these comments, and saddened that so many people seem to be at such a loss during retirement. I retire next year.
  • Jun 14, I really like this website.

    14 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    I didn't know that I would have to work at being retired. I was kind of relieved to know that other people have to work on themselves when they retire.
  • Jun 13, The Priceless Gift

    13 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Each one of us receive a precious priceless gift of life, and this is the great gift of perfect love. The older we get, the younger this perfect love
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    Senior Care Corner

  • Aging in Place Options for America’s Seniors – Will Reality Match Dreams?

    Kathy Birkett
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    We all want to live out our lives in the home of our choice. Maybe that’s the home in which we spent the majority of our lives, raised our children, and welcomed the grandchildren or the smaller place, closer to family. For others it’s none of the above, but the retirement paradise of long time dreams. Sometimes we can live out our lives in that home and sometimes we need to accept other options. These options may be better than aging in place in the home of their choice because they may provide better physical care, social support and freedom from worry about how they will…
  • Germs Infect Seniors’ Tech Devices – But Easy Prescription for the Cure

    Kathy Birkett
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    We love our technology gadgets, don’t we? On a recent theater trip, I noticed everyone waiting had a smartphone in their hands, engaging with something on the screen to pass the time. The overwhelming number of devices is just amazing. They have simply taken over our society. Seniors are adopting their own devices, too, at rates that bring a song to our hearts. We are thrilled that they are using and enjoying technology. They are starting to reap the benefits, with so much more to come. But hold on… We want them to use those smartphones and tablets, but safety is a priority. We…
  • Stop Arthritis From Limiting Seniors’ Activities & Robbing Independence

    Kathy Birkett
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Arthritis is a constant source of pain for millions of our senior loved ones, with impacts to their lives going beyond the pain. Seniors’ arthritis can result in self-limiting actions, causing them to stop doing the things they love doing. It can even interfere with or take away their independence. Did you know that arthritis is the most common cause of disability? It can keep your senior from walking, climbing stairs, bending, lifting, carrying, reaching and even impair their ability to dress and care for themselves. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. Some forms…
  • Family Dynamics of Caregiving When a Spouse is Primary Caregiver

    Kathy Birkett
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Family caregivers have much too do in a little time to accomplish what is needed. They work hard to juggle all the balls involved when caregiving day in and day out. There may be medications to administer, meals to prepare, clothes to wash, doctor’s appointments to keep, a senior loved one to entertain, and more – –  just in the morning! The rest of the day holds many more tasks that can be simple, complex, enjoyable, frustrating, and require nursing skill you didn’t know you had! Caregivers can use extra hands to get all these small and large jobs done each day. Don’t…
  • Solving the Puzzle That is Alzheimer’s – Finding Hope in Recent Research

    Kathy Birkett
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Alzheimer’s continues to have no known treatment and certainly no cure despite that fact that it is the 6th leading cause of death in America and the 5th leading cause of death in those over 65. Recently we heard said that if you have a brain you are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. If that doesn’t make us all want to find a cure, nothing will! We are learning more and more about the disease, what could be contributing to its prevalence, how genetics can influence its development and how our neurons become damaged. What We Don’t Know About Alzheimer’s What we don’t know is…
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  • Why Baby Boomers Will Never Live in Nursing Homes

    Martin Bayne, ChangingAging Contributor
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    On February 4, 1974, the night Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, I was a 23-year-old Soto Zen Buddhist monastic novitiate, studying under the auspices of Reverend Master Jiyu Kennett, Roshi of Shasta Abbey, Mt. Shasta, California.
  • Vintage Rx for an Elder Body and Soul

    Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging Contributor
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    When science and spirituality are joined in the service of healing an elder’s body and honoring an elder’s soul, there is no more potent protocol humanity can devise.
  • The Journey

    Kavan Peterson, Editor,
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Seattle musician Jennifer Kelly writes songs focused on human experiences of love, loss and change such as her battle with cancer and her father’s journey living with dementia.
  • Old And In The Way

    David Goff, ChangingAging Contributor
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Being in the way used to be a slur that was aimed at old people. I intend to turn it into a calling, a chance to be true to what matters, a personal responsibility.
  • Sins of Commission, Sins of Omission

    Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Last week I came across the most irresponsible, ill-informed, and inflammatory bit of writing I have ever seen on the topic of dementia.
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    JacksonWhite Elder Law Attorneys » News

  • Staying In-network for Long-term Care

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    Question: I filed an Arizona Long Term Care System application for my wife nearly a year ago, and I have had a horrible time trying to manage and understand the process on my own. After many months of working on this process, I am now being told that my wife has to move to a different facility in order to qualify for the benefit. Can ALTCS really tell me where my wife has to live? Answer: ALTCS will never decide where your wife will live — this is your decision to make. Before ALTCS will approve your wife’s case, however, she must reside in an approved setting. To clarify, ALTCS is just…
  • State Pension Can Trim Security Pay

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    20 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Question: What are the rules that regulate when your Social Security check will be reduced because you also receive a state pension? Answer: In limited circumstances, your Social Security can be affected if you are receiving a pension. The first point here is that Social Security can only be reduced if you receive a pension from a government job, not from a job in the private sector. Limiting the class of those who may be affected even further, only those who worked for the government and who did not pay Social Security taxes are subject to having their Social Security reduced. As you can…
  • Long-term Care Denials Not Permanent

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    8 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Question: My father was hospitalized about a year ago and the hospital social worker filed an Arizona Long Term Care System application on his behalf, but ALTCS denied the application. Recently, we started looking for longterm placement for my father, but discovered that such placement is extremely expensive. What are our options? Answer: If you need long-term care, your options are quite limited: Pay privately, use an existing long-term care policy, or apply for ALTCS — this is about it. I am assuming that your father does not have long-term care insurance, and I am further assuming that…
  • Beneficiary Deed Overrides Will

    JacksonWhite Elder Law
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Question: Prior to her death, my mom prepared a simple will outlining her wishes to divide her property equally between me and my siblings. When I was cleaning out her drawers, however, I found a beneficiary deed that purported to give me her home upon her death. Does this mean that the house is mine? Answer: A beneficiary deed is a legal instrument that is designed to pass real property from one person to another immediately upon death. The first important point is that property controlled by beneficiary deed does not go through probate — the transfer takes immediate effect upon the…
  • 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…
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    Concierge Care

  • How to Talk to Your Aging Parents about “The Next Step”

    3 Jun 2015 | 9:41 am
    Have you had “The Talk?” with your mother, father or both about what your family will do when they become incapable of taking care of themselves and may require medical care and assistance at home? OR are you just sweeping it under the rug because the topic is challenging and a bit painful? If you have been avoiding bringing it up, then you are not alone. 61% of adult children have not spoken with their elderly loved ones about the decisions that will be made about long-term care. A survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed this and many other intriguing statistics about American…
  • eBook

    13 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Getting The Most Out Of In-Home Senior Care eBook ging is unavoidable and there’s never an easy time to accept the fact that your elderly loved ones need additional care and attention. Whether care is needed for health reasons or simply for companionship, you never have to worry about these seniors being alone and their needs not being met thanks to in-home senior care. If you are still debating on whether or not such a service is really needed for your particular situation, it’s important to understand the benefits of in-home senior care and what exactly you should expect from these…
  • Senior Care, How to Continue to Motivate an Elderly Loved One

    6 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    One of the hardest things for elderly family members of loved ones is trying to motivate the seniors out there to keep on living active and healthy lifestyles.  It can be a trying experience to get older.  As you age, you begin to lose a lot of the friends that you had growing up over the years.  You may lose your spouse, loved ones, people you cared the most about.  WHen it comes to situations like this, in home senior care can prove to be quite valuable to helping boost that level of motivation to get an elderly person from one day to the next. Set Them Up on a Daily Routine In home…
  • How to Plan a Senior Care Exercise Plan for an Elderly Person

    6 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Just because we get older does not mean we no longer need to exercise.  A regular exercise plan and a quality diet is important for everyone, whether you are ten-years old or ninety-years old.  This is exactly why so many in home senior caregivers push to try and get an exercise plan set up for whomever they are taking care of.  WHen you are getting older, it remains absolutely vital to not only exercise your body, but your brain as well. Start With Exercises They Can Handle An exercise plan for a senior should be geared about that individual person.  Going for a five-minute walk may be…
  • How In Home Senior Care Can Assist an Elderly With Their Diet

    6 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Diet is important for everyone of all ages.  If you eat healthy when you are 10, 20, 80 and so on, you are going to have good physical and mental health in all likelihood.  Planning out a diet for an elderly person can be a trying experience though.  As we get older, it can become much more difficult doing things such as going out grocery shopping, understanding and planning out healthy meals, and especially preparing the meals themselves.  This is where an in home senior care in the Jacksonville, FL area can come into play to help seniors still living at home. Helping Them Plan Out Meals…
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    Freedom Home Care

  • Join Us In Celebrating and Extending the Reach of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month!

    Freedom Home Care
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Did you know that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month? Don’t worry if you didn’t, we understand! With many high-profile campaigns being mounted on behalf of undoubtedly deserving causes lately, suddenly popping up into the public eye and often seemingly disappearing almost as quickly, it can sometimes be tough to keep track of exactly where and how to stay in touch with the causes that really matter to you. This month, Freedom Home Care would like to take the excellent opportunity to see Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month not only as a short-term effort to raise…
  • Chicago Family Organizes 26 Mile Run For Alzheimer’s Awareness

    Freedom Home Care
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    Nearly five million adults in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s, according to the National Institute on Aging. And while that number varies among experts, those of here at Freedom Home Care, your home care agency of Chicago, know that the effects of a disease like this one can radically alter the lifestyles of everyone it touches. Alzheimer’s or ALZ, is the most common form of dementia, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and by some estimates, the third leading cause of death in older Americans. Many people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s seek help and…
  • New Research Finds More Ways to Prevent Cataracts, While Others Create Bionic Lenses

    Freedom Home Care
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:21 pm
    At Freedom Home Care, we’ve heard if we eat our carrots we’ll have great vision, but has anyone told you to eat your spinach for the same results? Sure, we associate the leafy green with strong PopEye muscles, but in a recent study done by a team at Qingdao University Medical College in China, it turns out that maybe spinach has been the answer to our vision problems all along. The study, involving nearly a quarter of a million people, found that foods that are rich in vitamin E, like spinach, seed and broccoli, are incredibly beneficial for the health of your peepers. In fact, they…
  • The Importance of Staying Hydrated

    Freedom Home Care
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    We have heard time and time again how important it is for us to stay hydrated.  From our parents when we were young to our doctors as we get older, water consumption is reiterated as one of the most important things you can do for your body every day.  Many of our vital life processes rely on keeping a certain level of hydration and dipping too far below that level can lead to drastic consequences. Freedom Home Care understands that hydration is certainly very important in the elderly.  Improper hydration can lead to blood pressure issues as well as  kidney and urinary tract infections,…
  • Summer Skin Care Tips For Seniors

    Freedom Home Care
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
    We’re all familiar with the phrase “soaking up the sun.” But how much do we know about the effects that taking in too much sun can have on our bodies? The UV rays from the sun tend to cause damage to the elastin in our skin, destroying the body’s collagen. Elastin helps our skin snap back into its normal position. The sun breaks down these fibers in the skin causing sagging, stretching, and bruising. Over time, skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles begin to form. Over exposure to the sun also causes dry skin, freckles, brown spots, and sun burn. The pursuit of a…
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    15 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    SURVIVE 55 - SAVE MONEY Baby Boomers, Don't you agree that today is another magnificent day in paradise? Sometimes, I am amazed at how blessed we are to wake up each and every day on this wonderful planet with all of it's beauty and stunning opportunities just waiting for us to take advantage of them. So, let's get something right out in the open first.   My friends think I am strange, my family thinks I'm a bit peculiar, people I do business with think I'm a little bit offbeat and the reaction of people on the street that I meet for the first time is: "this guy is a really unusual…
  • Telemarketing "Spoofing" Scam

    11 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Baby Boomers, Have you ever seen this telephone number pop up on your phone? (845) 842-1177 This is a "Spoofed" phone number. Over the last couple of weeks I have received at least 25 calls from this number.  I never answered because I don't answer numbers that I don't have in my address book. I have over 400 names listed in my Droid address book.  If you are not in my phone book then chances are I don't want to speak with you.   If the call is so important, the caller will leave a message and then I might call them back.  If it's worth it, I will add the new number to my…
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Happiness

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Baby Boomers,  Are you "Happy?" Don't take this the wrong way or look upon me unkindly but every morning I wake up I am really freaking "Happy." My life may not be exactly what I want (yet). My health is not perfect. My finances are not to the point where I can retire without watching what I am doing. But I am "Happy." Certifiably, assuredly, unquestionably, indisputably and without a doubt "Happy." I often wonder why. Are you "Happy?" Do you know why? I get a ton of emails (my choice) from a million different sources with a multitude of assorted messages. One that caught my eye this…
  • "Amazing" Shopping Mall - Biggest Building in the World

    4 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Baby Boomers, Do you remember when shopping malls first came on the scene?  What a fantastic modern day invention.  Let's take a stroll down memory lane. It was Sunday afternoon.  Everyone would gather into the family station wagon anticipating a day of window shopping, fun treats and indoor excitement.  It was almost like a short vacation.   You would visit exotic locations like "Montgomery Ward"s, "Famous-Barr", "Marshall Field's" and "Goldblatt's".  There were many stores. Stores that had everything.  You could buy shoes at "Thom McAn", suits…
  • The 5 Signs of Financial Infidelity

    2 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Are there any other Baby Boomers out there, like me, that have been married and divorced a couple of times?  I don't think it's out of the ordinary any more.  In fact, it seems to have become a common trait of our generation. I have been married and divorced twice.   I know it's probably not one of my most admirable achievements to underscore and I know I have not been the most incredibly perfect role model for my children.  But who wants to be Ward Cleaver anyway? You know what?  Even though I have been through 2 divorces, I don't consider my marriages as…
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  • Life After 60 Isn’t Perfect? No Problem – It’s Still Amazing!

    Margaret Manning
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Life is far from perfect – and this is especially true when you reach your 60s. In addition to the everyday concerns that exist in your younger years, you also have to deal with a weakening body, living on a pension and changing social roles. With all this going on, it’s easy to be discouraged. I even know women who are quite bitter about their life after 60. They look at their life and ask themselves “This is it? How, after 40 years in the workforce did it come to this?”Read More
  • What Do You Do When You Feel a Little Lonely?

    Margaret Manning
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As we get older, our roles and relationships change. Some of us have retired from full-time work only to find out that our familiar friends are scattered all over the world. These days, it seems rare that we find ourselves living close to our family and years can pass before we are able to connect in person. Our children are building their own amazing lives and we are losing childhood friends. Despite our best efforts to find quality relationships and create a network of close friends, we sometimes find ourselves alone or feeling lonely. What do you do when you are feeling a little lonely?
  • 3 Life-Changing Things to Do in Retirement

    Margaret Manning
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Retirement isn’t what it used to be. Only a generation or two ago, retirement was considered by most to be a time of peaceful reflection and “aging gracefully.” Now, out of necessity or choice, more people than ever are working well into their 60s and beyond. Even if you can afford to stop working, you may be thinking about starting a “second act” career. At the very least, you are probably more focused on pursuing your passions than preparing to die. Despite, or perhaps because of, all of the choices ahead of us, many people in our generation are a bit overwhelmed by the new…
  • The Secret Lives of Modern Grandmothers

    Margaret Manning
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Like many women my age, I’m not a stereotypical grandma. I’m tech-savvy and curious. I love to travel to fascinating places on a whim. I like to think that I am aging disgracefully and magnificently. I love fashion and the only pair of yoga pants that I own is actually used for yoga, not lounging around the house. Much to my granddaughter’s dismay, I have no idea how to make an apple pie from scratch...Read More
  • Sisters, You Are Perfect Because of Your Imperfections

    Margaret Manning
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:17 pm
    One of the strange realities of life is that we assume that everyone else has their lives together while ours is in chaos. The reason for this is that we are all great actors; we are able to hide our imperfections, worries and problems from the world. On the other hand, we know ourselves perfectly because… well we are ourselves.Read More
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    Financial Engines

  • Today We Raise a Glass to Marriage Equality (and Optimizing Social Security Benefits)

    Mike Jurs
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Today’s historic Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality will have a big, positive impact on financial security in retirement for same-sex married couples. As a result of the ruling, equality means same-sex married couples nationwide are now eligible for the same Social Security spousal and survivor benefits previously only available to male/female married couples. Watch our video showing how Social Security benefits work. While Social Security provides significant benefits for married couples, it also comes with a whole new set of choices and decisions to make as a couple…
  • How to Know if You’re Eligible for Financial Engines Services

    Jennifer Carole
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    Do you wonder if you can use Financial Engines? The answer is it depends. Our service is provided via your employer. They offer Financial Engines to you to help you invest your retirement savings. We are an independent investment advisor and a fiduciary – which means we are hired to work in your best interests to help you manage your 401(k) investments. We don’t sell securities or receive any commissions. You can get help by choosing one of two different services. The first is Online Advice, which is our do-it-yourself service that allows you to access our advice and then…
  • After the Wedding Comes Retirement Planning for Modern Couples

    Mike Jurs
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    Wedding season is upon us! June and September are the most popular months to tie the knot, according to XO Group, Inc., a global media and technology leader and creator of the top wedding website So what comes to mind when you think of weddings? Heartfelt vows, visits with distant family members, open bars, hit-or-miss wedding DJs, retirement planning, etc.… Wait, what? Retirement planning doesn’t come to mind? If you’re the happy couple, after you’ve chosen your floral arrangements and pored over seating charts for the umpteenth time, you might want to consider spending…
  • How Much is the Right to Marry Worth When it Comes to Social Security?

    Mike Jurs
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Supreme Court is expected to rule on marriage equality and the legal status of same-sex couples later this month. If the Justices vote in favor of marriage equality nationwide, all American same-sex married couples (not just those in the 37 states in which same sex marriage is already legal) could receive the same status and benefits as other legally married couples. Among the many financial benefits that could become available to same-sex married couples are the marriage benefits for Social Security. Those benefits provide an additional layer of financial security for older…
  • Gen X Doesn’t Have it Easy Financially – If That’s You, Here’s Where to Start

    Jennifer Carole
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Source: Northwestern Mutual 2015 In a study released this spring, Northwestern Mutual found that the generation following on the heels of the Baby Boomers, Gen X, is having a hard time when it comes to saving for retirement. If you’re between the ages of 35 and 49, you’re a member of Gen X. Gen Xers are likely to remember the energy crisis in the 70s, the Space Shuttle Disaster, President Clinton and life before iPhones, the Internet and TiVo. While Gen X is often considered “the cynical generation,” that’s not a very fair characterization. Gen Xers are also known for…
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  • Family Inherits Old Shoe Store: Finds Time Machine

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    There’s an old joke that goes… A man walks into a shoe store, and tries on a pair of shoes. “How do they feel?” asks the sales clerk. “Well they feel a bit tight,”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keeping Seniors at Home, Home Repair Resources and More

    Amanda Rosenblatt
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:52 pm
    A quality that Millennials are embracing at full capacity these days is respect for their elders. They work in industries where they will be responding to them on social media, processing their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Happens When You House a Preschool In a Retirement Community?

    20 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    I may seem like an odd question at first.  What happens when you house a preschool in a retirement community?  The answer is… MAGIC!  Present Perfect is a magical documentary that brings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Product Review: Better Alerts

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Better Alerts is a newer addition to the Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERS) market, a market that’s seen some very exciting companies enter the fray.  These new medical alert... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Living With Dementia

    13 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    Dementia is defined as “a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Are You Part of the Sandwich Generation?

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    We all love a tasty sandwich! However the Sandwich Generation is anything but. This Sandwich is a complex mix of adult children caring for their children and their aging parents.                    … Continue reading →
  • Wednesday Wellness: Women Artists Coming Into Their Own in Their 70s

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    You’ve likely noticed by now we love art whether it’s “urban” or, in this case, “fine.” Today we’d like to introduce you to 11 women in their 70s-90s who continue to create. Artist Carmen Herrera This blog is for informational… Continue reading →
  • Keep Your Memory Sharp with Exercise, Hobbies

    20 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    A couple of the best and most enjoyable ways to keep your memory sharp is through exercise and hobbies that stimulate your mind. Keep your brain active.   This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to… Continue reading →
  • Susan Sarandon Discusses Aging in Place

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    We’re so proud to be teaming with Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon to increase awareness of the importance of aging in place. Most older adults do want age in place, including Susan’s mom. Watch Susan and her mom now.  … Continue reading →
  • LATA 65: Graffiti Art for Older Adults

    17 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Wednesday Wellness: Totally digging LATA 65 project, a graffiti workshop for older adults in Portugal and around the world. LATA 65 participant.   This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional… Continue reading →
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