Monthly Archives: December 2009

Medicare – Beware Of Missing Strict Enrollment Deadlines!

The WSJ has an article today ab0ut Medicare’s strict guidelines for enrollment and the penalties associated with missing them.

Rules for enrolling in Medicare are complex. But when people postpone retirement past age 65, as many people are doing these days, it’s easy to get caught up in red tape.
Older adults can’t get into Medicare any time they want. The easiest time to sign up is when you turn 65, and, if you’re …Read more ›

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Prepare Your Brain For Aging

It’s never too early or too late to start working toward the goal of improving brain health.
So perhaps the New Year is the perfect time to consider how one achieves a long and satisfying life. A book recently publishing by American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., called Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging may be just the tool to help find some answers to the age-old question.
Its focus is on success in …Read more ›

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Guide to Elder-friendly DVD Players

Our friends at have come up with another great guide to elder-friendly gadgets and this time for DVDs.

All DVD players may seem the same at face value. This is because many of the functions they’re utilized for, like watching deleted movie scenes or displaying a movie in widescreen, are stored on the actual DVDs and not the DVD players.
This can lead many people to choose a DVD player based …Read more ›

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The Elderly Need To Beware Of Lenders–And Relatives

Lew Sichelman has a report on the LA Times today –

Reporting from Washington – The recent conviction of a Long Island woman who stole the home of a 93-year-old retired barber suffering from Alzheimer’s disease should serve as a warning to the friends and relatives of elderly people about the surprising ease with which some older homeowners can be exploited financially.

The elderly are victimized to the tune of $2.6 billion a …Read more ›

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Flawed Aid For Long Term Care

The Washington Post has an editorial today about the need for a better long term care solution.

AN ESTIMATED 10 million elderly and disabled Americans need some sort of long-term care and help with the tasks of daily living. That number will grow as America ages. But the only federal program that pays for such services is Medicaid: Individuals who need long-term care have to spend down their assets to become poor enough …Read more ›

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95 Year Old Found Dead Outside Nursing Home

Ninety-five year old Helen Jensen was found dead outside Wesley Homes Health Care Centerin Des Moines, Washington.

Ms. Jensen was last seen by facility staff around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2009. Three hours later, police were summoned after facility staff could not locate Ms. Jensen. Security camera footage revealed the elderly woman left the facility by its main door around 11:45 p.m. Four hours after she disappeared, Ms. Jensen was found …Read more ›

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Poll: Public Cooling To Health Reform As Debate Drags On

“As the Senate struggles to meet a self-imposed, year-end deadline to complete work on legislation to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the public generally fearful that a revamped system would bring higher costs while worsening the quality of their care,” The Washington Post reports. “A bare majority of Americans still believe government action is needed to control runaway health-care costs and expand coverage to the roughly …Read more ›

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The Future of Long-term Care: Higher Demand, Not Enough Providers

In the November/December 2009 issue of Aging Well magazine, authors Athan Bezaitis, Zachary Gassoumis, Aaron Hagedorn, contribute an extensive analysis of the cost of long-term care and the problem of labor shortages in eldercare.

The authors cite says Mary Jane Koren, MD, of The Commonwealth Fund and the Picker/Commonwealth Program on Quality of Care for Frail Elders. “If we continue on the way it’s going, I think the long-term care workforce is inadequate,” Labor …Read more ›

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Emeritus Announces Lease Acquisition of Eight Senior Living Communities

Emeritus Corporation (NYSE: ESC), a national provider of assisted living and Alzheimer’s care services to seniors, announced that it has entered into an agreement with National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE: NHI) to lease eight senior living communities. The communities, located in Arizona, South Carolina, and Tennessee, consist of approximately 258 assisted living units, 66 memory care units, and 12 independent living cottages.  The lease agreement, effective January 1, 2010, …Read more ›

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For Older Adults, Participating In Social Service Activities Can Improve Brain Functions

Medical News Today has an article today about a recent research.

Volunteer service, such as tutoring children, can help older adults delay or reverse declining brain function, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the researchers found that seniors participating in a youth mentoring program made gains in key brain regions that support cognitive abilities important to planning …Read more ›

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