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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Staying in Mental Shape


As we age, we begin to suffer from a variety of physical ailments. While there are things that we can do over the years to keep our bodies in the best physical shape possible, age will eventually win the physical battle.

Yet, while physical aging takes its toll, there may be nothing more difficult for our seniors and their loved ones than watching the changes that occur when  the beginnings of memory loss manifest itself in full-blown Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

The exact causes of dementia remain largely unknown, which makes early detection challenging. For most people, dementia symptoms are their only warning, so it’s important to know your risk.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Elder Abuse: A Continuing and Growing Problem


We have written here many times about the dangers of elder abuse. Our elders are arguably the most victimized portion of our population, and the problem continues almost unabated.

Elder abuse comes in several forms, according to the National Council on Aging. They include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Confinement
  • Passive neglect
  • Willful deprivation
  • Financial exploitation

At least 1 in 10 American 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse, with some estimates suggesting that as many as 5 million seniors are abused annually. Unfortunately, these numbers may actually be an underestimate because only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Best Time to Start Collecting Social Security


Here’s two questions we often hear from people getting ready to retire. When can I start collecting Social Security, and when should I start collecting Social Security?

You may be surprised to know that the answer can be different depending on your age and financial situation.

You may not yet realize it, but there's no one age at which everyone starts collecting Social Security. You can actually start collecting at age 62, or you can put it off until age 70. Most people start collecting at 62, usually because of a financial need.
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Advocating for Your Loved One in a Nursing Home


One of the biggest challenges occurs when your loved one is no longer able to live on their own or with you and instead has to move to a care facility.

While this change is always hard for the person whose living situation is changing, it may be equally challenging for the caregiver. There are a number of emotions and fears when you first have to leave your loved one in the care of a stranger 24/7.

The biggest concern for a caregiver is often who will advocate for your family member if you are not there to speak for them all day every day. Among the caregiver fears, especially if your loved one cannot speak for themselves, is whether they will become a victim of abuse.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Falls are Dangerous at Any Age but Especially for Seniors


A recent study showed that deaths from fall have increased sharply  for seniors in recent years. The report featured in HealthDay, indicated that almost 25,000 people 75 or older suffered critical injuries from falls in 2016. That number had increased three-fold from 2000.

Experts say that part of the reason for the increase is that we are living longer. The good news is that there are things that can be done to reduce the number of fatal falls.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

DNA/Genetic Testing Scam


We recently wrote here about a series of scams plaguing our senior community. But it didn’t take long for an even newer scam to come to the forefront.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs issued a release last week warning our seniors and their caregivers about a recent rise in DNA/genetic testing schemes.

The release cautioned older adults to be aware of companies offering free genetic testing, cancer screening or DNA testing. Often occurring at health fairs or other events, people are asked to swab their cheeks in order to get DNA samples.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

An Update on Phone Scams


Scammers are always looking for new and innovate ways to take advantage of anyone but especially our older population.

And AARP is always on the front line trying to bring awareness about the latest scams. AARP focused on phone scams in a recent report.

At the top of the list was a new Social Security scam. Callers try to convince you that there is an enforcement action from the U.
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Friday, March 1, 2019

The Cost of Being in the Sandwich Generation


If you are caring for both parents and children, you are part of the sandwich generation. It is certainly a challenging effort.

There are many aspects of that challenge. Most people think about the emotional toll and the time it takes. But one area, often not considered initially, is the financial burden.
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Monday, February 25, 2019

People with Disabilities Earn a Lifetime Pass to National Parks


Having a permanent disability may be limiting in some ways but it opens many other doors as well – including visits to our national parks and federal recreational lands.

The pass is available for anyone with a qualifying disability – physical, mental or sensory. And there are no age limitations.

Included in the pass privileges are more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country – national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other federal recreation lands. And the offer extends to everyone in the vehicle with the pass holder.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A VA Hospital Report Card


VA hospitals are one of the most important pieces of the overall health care for veterans of any age – and especially our seniors.

That’s why it is so important to stay aware of the level of service of these vital medical institutions.

A recent investigation by USA Today indicated that the issues in medical care in the VA system that started with the news in 2014 that patients died while waiting for appointments at the VA hospital in Phoenix, still need improvement.

The latest investigation by USA Today focuses on a comparisons of 146 VA medical centers to other facilities in a variety of areas and services. In some areas, the VA provides better service but in many, the system is far behind their counterparts.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

USA Today Story Brings New Attention to legal and Medical Decisions for Alzheimer’s Patients


USA Today has now written multiple articles about restaurateur and lifestyle guru B. Smith. While she struggles with her Alzheimer’s, her husband has brought a companion for himself into their home.

Many people have reacted negatively to this living situation, and obviously, at this point, it is impossible to know how Smith would have felt about this new living arrangement.

This situation has resulted in new discussions about the importance of families discussing the wishes and desires of older family members or even younger members in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
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