From the monthly archives:

March 2012

Tweet Numbering some 78 million people born between 1946 and 1964, Boomers are not accepting traditional retirement or “senior housing” and are instead determined to remain active and engaged professionally and socially. They are planning and building homes and lives that support their beliefs and lifestyles. Some Boomers want to remain in an urban setting [...]

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Tweet Our parent organization, the Home Instead Senior Care® network, recently performed research on senior volunteers and found some truly interesting facts about what makes volunteering enriching and fun for people in their golden years. Several seniors who have learned how to give of themselves in a sustained way had some secrets to share about [...]

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Tweet I recently came upon a book titled, When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents, by Jim Comer. Now my first thought was, I love the pictures on the front cover. They really represent the role reversal that he went through with his parents. So, then I went to YouTube to see if [...]

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Tweet I was reading someone else’s blog who was covering a very interesting topic. Do you know what kind of administrative stuff you are going to have to do when your spouse dies? Never mind the funeral and the wills and sorting through their personal things. How about contacting Social Security and Medicare? Changing advanced [...]

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Tweet Do you hate junk mail? Is it taking over your counters? Now go visit your mom and see if the junk mail is cluttering up her countertops also? You don’t even have to be a hoarder to be overwhelmed with junk mail. Here are some interesting facts: 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other [...]

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Tweet As people age, eating healthy can be in jeopardy due to many issues. Eyesight can be compromised, medications may interfere with taste, depression can cause loss of appetite, dementia can compromise judgment or any combination of these. Consuming spoiled food can be harmful and painful. But it can also be difficult for people to [...]

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Tweet I love headlines like this! Since Medicare is looking at withholding payments to hospitals for readmissions within 30 days and our national deficit is so high and legislators are looking at how to cut costs to the medical model period, it’s interesting that necessity forces them to look to home care for the answers. [...]

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Tweet Have you ever said, “If I had only known then what I know now?” I was thinking about my grandmother, Sylvia, the other day. This was a lady who worked hard on a farm most of her life, had six children of which three died before she did, she helped start a church that [...]

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Tweet After a stroke debilitated Mary’s father last spring, she had just two days to find him a long-term care center. Her father already had mild dementia and needed a place that could help address his physical and mental needs. “I really didn’t know what options were available,” Mary said. “All I knew was that [...]

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The “Gray Tsunami”

by Lois Etienne on March 5, 2012

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet The “Gray Tsunami” is evident even now locally. Seniors 65 and older represent 10 percent of Snohomish County’s population today, or about 75,000 people. By 2030, the number jumps to 20 percent, or nearly 200,000 seniors, according to estimates. Baby boomers will be more politically active than their predecessors. They also will change the [...]

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