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Monday, March 19, 2018

Blueberries: Good for the Brain


A few weeks back we wrote here about the benefits of dance for brain activity as we age. The article came from a series produced by AARP called Staying Sharp.

The latest in that series deals with blueberries as the new brain food. Already recognized as a great source for lowering risk of developing heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes, the fruit is starting to be recognized as an effective way to fight off memory loss in older people.

A small study done at the University of Exeter in England showed that concentrated blueberry juice improved brain function in older adults.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Changes in Nursing Home Fine Violations


As part of an ongoing effort to reduce bureaucracy and eliminate what it considers unnecessary regulations, the federal government has significantly decreased penalties that can be levied against nursing homes that receive federal funding. These penalties are generally imposed for safety or quality-standard violations.

Additionally, the new federal regulations make it harder to deny payments to nursing homes for any violations that may occur. These changes occurred back in December.

While we all hope that if we have loved ones in nursing homes, they are well cared for, sometimes these violations occur.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Budget Adopted in February Increases Funding for Most Health Programs


A two-year budget deal agreed upon last month by Congress, and later signed by the President, increased federal spending for defense, as expected. What came as a bit of a surprise though was the increased funding for a number of health-related programs including those that help seniors and those with special needs.

Included in the increased funding was $6 million in treatment of mental health issues and opioid addiction, a $2 billion addition to the National Institutes of Health and a four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). That is over and above the six years approved by Congress earlier.

Seniors fared well, too, with an acceleration of the closing of the doughnut hole in Medicare drug coverage.
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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Aging Workplace Creates Safety Concern


The conventional wisdom used to be that when you reach 65, you retire. But more and more that’s no longer the case.

Couple that with the fact that the people reaching traditional retirement age today are those in the baby boomer generation, we are looking at the largest older workforce in U.S. history.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Estate Planning: Should I Be Doing It?


 

What is the right age to begin consider estate planning? Should I only think about estate planning if I’m rich?

These are two interesting questions we often hear. The answers are really simple.

If you are an adult (18 or older), it’s not too early to think about estate planning. And while you may not be rich, you likely have assets that need to be considered should something happen to you.

As a young adult you may already have cash, life insurance or other assets that may have been given to you by your parents.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dance to Keep Your Brain Sharp


During the next few months, we will offer some ideas that are considered helpful to keep you sharp and active as you age. The source for many of these ideas will be the AARP series on Staying Sharp.

We start with dance, which is considered a great way to protect brain tissue, improve focus and help navigational skills. In fact, according to studies done at Colorado State University, activity using specific dance types is effective in different ways.

The study starts with country dance, which is considered very useful for protecting brain tissue.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Seniors and the New Tax Law


There has been a lot written over the last month or so about the impact of the new tax law on seniors.

Passed and signed into law in December, this new law marks the first time the tax code has been changed significantly in more than 30 years. With that said, there is still much we are learning about the implications of the new law.

We have taken an article from January The ElderCounselor™, a bi-monthly newsletter from ElderCounsel and placed it Read more . . .


Monday, January 29, 2018

No Medicare Cuts in 2018


 

As the new tax law was being considered in Congress late last year, there were legitimate concerns about the impact the legislation could have on Medicare.

In fact, the legislation that was passed had the potential to include a $25 billion cut to Medicare. But that changed when the House and Senate recently voted to waive the required cuts as part of the temporary spending bill approved a few weeks ago.

That means Medicare will continue to cover the approximately 56.8 million people it has been covering, including 47.
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Seniors and IRS Scams


Scammers work year-round and often victimize our seniors more than any other age group. But now, with tax season upon us, we always see an increase in the number of these scams and the creativity.

We have recently seen an alarming increase in the number of telephone calls from people claiming to be IRS agents. These callers tell people that they owe the IRS money from past years, and will even claim there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest. They will try to get you to pay immediately – usually by credit card – or they will come and arrest you.
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Are Your Estate Planning Documents in Order?


With the holiday season just passed, many of us were fortunate to be able to visit with relatives we only see a few times a year. As always, we remind you to make sure that, especially if some of those relative are older, that you take the time to make sure their estate planning, medical and other important legal documents are in order.

But if you are a caregiver for an older family member or a child with special needs, it’s important to remember that your documents are in order as well.

Too often we focus on those for who we are caring, and we do not pay attention to ourselves. As a caregiver, that includes focus on your emotional and physical well-being.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Reducing Falls with Yoga


We are well aware that falls are particularly problematic for people as they age. Injuries and other health-related issues are compounded when a fall occurs for someone in our older population.

Studies show that among people aged 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death, as well as the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital trauma admissions. Thirty percent of this age group has a fall each year. By age 80 that rate increases to 50 percent.
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