From the monthly archives:

May 2011

Making New Friends

by Lois Etienne on May 30, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Most of us have not had any problems making friends throughout our lives…okay, so maybe junior high years were a little tricky! But now that we’ve reached a new stage in our lives, like relocating or retiring, making new friends can be a little trickier. The biggest point is that you have to make [...]

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Desired Documents

by Lois Etienne on May 26, 2011

in Legal,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Have you ever gotten to the doctor’s office and didn’t have the information you needed? Whether accompanying your loved one to a doctor’s appointment or in response to a medical crisis, it’s critical to have their medical information easily and quickly accessible. Home Instead Senior Care network worked with Humana Points of Caregiving® to [...]

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The Cost of LTC Insurance

by Lois Etienne on May 20, 2011

in Insurance,Legal

Tweet I’ve already suggested to you in previous blogs that you should consider buying long-term care insurance. Now, let’s look at the costs associated with that purchase. The cost of a long-term care insurance policy is determined by several factors, including: The age of the person covered (the older the person, the more expensive) The [...]

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Life is short, laugh often.

by Lois Etienne on May 18, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Have you laughed today? Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, is one of the best stress relievers around. When laughter is shared, it brings people closer together and increases everyone’s overall mood and health. Recently I sat in the audience as a friend of the couple who founded Home Instead Senior Care, [...]

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Long-Term Care Insurance Policies

by Lois Etienne on May 13, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Why buy long term care? LTC Insurance is like health insurance, it’s for really big events, the kind that could cause you to use up all your savings and assets. Working in this industry, we’ve seen it all. You may be like some people who haven’t personally experienced or had to watch life savings [...]

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Tweet I recently got to hear Ken Dychtwald speak and it was eye-opening AND I work in the industry!! I knew that with the age wave of seniors that’s rolling in on us (“us” my foot, I’m one of them!) and the sheer increased volume of needs that presents, I knew we would be short [...]

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Caregiving is Everybody’s Business

by Lois Etienne on May 9, 2011

in Caregiver Support

Tweet Ken Dychtwald, Ph. D., who has studied gerontology for over 30 years said, “Currently, an estimated 66 million Americans serve as family caregivers, and 80 percent of all long term care support is unpaid. Spouses, adult children, siblings and grandchildren provide it. The impact of caregiving can be unexpected: while only 40 percent of [...]

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Best laid plans….

by Lois Etienne on May 6, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet We all KNOW we need more exercise. We all make great plans to start moving more, counting steps, join a gym or buy a workout video. Well, maybe we really do buy the pedometer, join the gym or buy the workout video but what then? You get tired of messing with the pedometer, you [...]

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Tweet We’ve all been educated over the past 20 years about better health from exercise but the really fun fact is that it’s never too late to start. Did you hear about Ida Keeling who started running when she was 67 and at 95, she finished AND set a record for her age in a [...]

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Try Tai Chi to Fight Arthritis

by Lois Etienne on May 2, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is among the most common of senior afflictions, plaguing hundreds of thousands of older adults every day. Exercise has been documented as a safe and beneficial remedy for arthritis. Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese exercise uses gentle, fluid movements and provides proven health benefits. According to Arthritis Today, [...]

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