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Tweet The holidays are frequently a time of introspection. I’m always reminded that as one lies dying, they are not thinking about how they wished they could have gotten a couple more minutes in at the office. Relationships are what make us human. Take this time of year and pay more attention to people than [...]

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Signs of Financial Struggles

by Lois Etienne on September 17, 2012

in Finances,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Following, from the Home Instead Senior Care network and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, are ways that a downturn in the economy could impact seniors. If you’re an older adult experiencing difficulties because of the economy, contact your local Area Agency on Aging. Is your senior’s home too warm in the [...]

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Generic Drugs

by Lois Etienne on September 13, 2012

in Finances,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet The majority of older adults in United States obtain their prescription medications through private health or prescription plans. In most plans, and certainly for older adults who lack prescription drug coverage, generic medications are important alternatives to costly brand name drugs and present low-income adults with opportunities to reduce their out-of-pocket expenditures on healthcare. [...]

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Tweet It’s interesting because I work with over 150 caregivers every day and I’m still not sure how to answer that question. I guess my first thought is that it takes grace, heart and grace. Caregiving, whether paid or unpaid, can be emotionally and physically trying but it can also be the very best thing [...]

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Tweet In addition to the negative financial effects seniors face as a result of scams, they’re often incredibly ashamed and embarrassed.    Because of that shame and embarrassment, only 25 percent of seniors who have been scammed report the crime to authorities. Stay scam-proof with these 10 tips: Shred sensitive documents like bank statements, bills and [...]

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Tweet Multigenerational living is on the increase. As a matter of fact, about 7.1 million U.S. in 2010 had at least three generations of family members, an increase of more than 30 percent since 2000, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. We know that the “boomerang kids” are moving back in with Mom and Dad, [...]

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Tweet You know that I’m not the biggest fan of nursing homes, mostly because I believe they’ve been over utilized without good cause. And I see the tide turning as the powers that be are realizing that being able to heal and recuperate at home beats going into a nursing home. That being said, they [...]

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Save at Dollar Stores

by Lois Etienne on April 12, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Finances,Lifestyle

Tweet We all love a good deal, especially in this economy. Shopping at one of the various dollar stores can shave quite a bit off your monthly household budget. But, you must be careful what you purchase. The Do Buy List:    Cleaning products generally have the same ingredients as the name brands. Greeting cards [...]

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Tweet Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel, and other companies like it, are educational travel organizations for adults. These educational trips include cultural outings, discussions and meetings all over the world. They offer convenient and economic ways to travel and experience in-depth, behind the scenes learning opportunities, because these trips are all inclusive and the [...]

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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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