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Free Senior Safety Fair – Seniors And Law Enforcement Together – (S.A.L.T.) Council and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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The Seniors And Law Enforcement Together – (S.A.L.T.) Council and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) are asking for support at an important annually sponsored event.

 

The SALT Council and SMP will be holding it’s free “Senior Safety Fair” on Wednesday, May 14th 2014 at Clark County’s Paradise Community Center located at 4775 South McLeod Drive 89121.

The SALT Council is comprised of core members to include but not limited to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, North Las Vegas Police Department, State of Nevada Elder Protective Services, Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, Nevada Senior Services, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), Nevada State Attorney General’s Office, City of Las Vegas, Clark County, City of Henderson, Clark County District Attorney, ITN Las Vegas Valley, S. Nevada Transit Coalition, Nevada 2-1-1, Social Service Providers, Professional Senior Service Providers, and Volunteer Senior Citizens and Clark County Coroner and Medical Examiner’s Office just to name a few.

 

S.A.L.T. is a full non-profit 501c3.

 

The group is looking assistance in getting the word out to all southern Nevada senior citizens about this free safety event to help increase all safety and prevention methods for our seniors residents.

 

If you have any questions please contact Kim Harney-Moore (SMP) or Carol Ferranti (LVMPD) (contact info are listed below):

 

Kim Harney-Moore; SMP Director
Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud
702-486-4323
kkharneymoore@adsd.nv.gov

 

OR

 

Carol Ferranti; Crime Prevention Specialist
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department – South Central Area Command (SCAC)
4860 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Office: 702-828-8163
C7859F@lvmpd.com

Study by Harvard Medical School Researchers Examines Senior Living’s Role in Changing Health Care System

November 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Individuals in senior living communities require an array of health and supportive services to maintain an optimum quality of life. Often, these older adults receive fragmented care through multiple providers and payers, resulting in unnecessary health care expenditures and lower quality-of-care. To address these challenges, Brookdale is partnering with researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and other senior living industry peers to establish the Assisted Living Sector Healthcare Policy Research Fund.

“This support allows us to examine what role senior living providers have in the new models of care that have emerged under health care reform,” says David Grabowski, PhD, professor of health care policy at HMS, who is leading this research study.

Grabowski and his team will examine whether providing more comprehensive, coordinated services in the senior living sector reduces the need for Medicare-paid services and Medicaid-financed nursing home services.

According to Will Clark, Brookdale’s senior vice president of strategy and brand and a member of the HMS Health Care Policy Advisory Council, society’s ability to meet the needs of an aging population is an important political, economic, clinical, and social imperative.

“Harvard’s reputation for tackling some of health care’s biggest challenges and generating meaningful insights that shape our nation’s policy is unparalleled. We are confident Dr. Grabowski and his colleagues’ research will be influential in determining the appropriate role senior living can and should play in our evolving health care system,” Clark said.

Brookdale’s goals for this effort are to create awareness for the potential senior living has to positively impact the health, well-being and overall cost of care for seniors; to identify barriers to creating more integration among senior living and the health care system; influence policy; and identify innovative models that integrate senior living with our health care system.

The initiative is funded through a cumulative contribution of $150,000 from Brookdale and eight other senior living providers — Atria Senior Living, Elmcroft Senior Living, Emeritus Senior Living, Erickson Living, HCP, Inc., Health Care REIT, Inc., Sunrise Senior Living, and Ventas, Inc. Together, these organizations hope to begin a dialogue among health care providers, policy makers, regulators, and consumers on the value of senior living and its role in creating an integrated, outcomes-driven health care system.

The study will occur in two phases. The first phase will consist of analyzing the role of assisted living in new payment-delivery models and presenting a conceptual model of how an integrated model might work, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with such an approach. Building on the results of the first phase, the second phase of the project will consist of primary data work and potentially the development of a pilot program.

For additional information about the study, contact David Cameron, HarvardMedicalSchool’s director of science communications, at 617-432-0441 or david_cameron@hms.harvard.edu.

For more information about Brookdale, visit www.brookdale.com.

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States.  The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated with the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents.  Currently, Brookdale operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with more than 650 communities in 36 states and the ability to serve approximately 67,000 residents.  Through its Innovative Senior Care program, the Company also offers a range of outpatient therapy, home health, personalized living and hospice services. For more information, visit http://www.brookdale.com.

Contact: Andrea Turner, 615-564-6829, aturner2@brookdaleliving.com

Checklist Helps Seniors Through Medicare Open Enrollment

November 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Older adults can follow a few simple tips to avoid uncovered expenses in the upcoming year.

With Medicare open enrollment beginning Oct. 15, now is the time to start preparing for future health care needs.

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Frank Nelson, program manager at the Central Coast Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, regularly educates Medicare beneficiaries about the importance of open enrollment. He urges seniors to use this period to reevaluate their Medicare Part D coverage and make the most of their policies.

In an interview with MySilverAge.com, Nelson said many beneficiaries feel overwhelmed or have questions about their plans: “It can be a complicated maze. There are a lot of ways you can get tangled up in the nuances.” To avoid the headaches that often come with health insurance, Nelson advises seniors to:

  • Check changes to Medicare Part D. Part D plans should be specific to an individual’s medication needs. Seniors will need to make sure their prescriptions are still covered each year during open enrollment.
  • Request local pharmacy pricing. Open enrollment is a good time to check pricing of prescriptions, as each pharmacy can differ.
  • Purchase a supplemental policy. Older adults might consider Medigap to cover health care costs that aren’t already covered by Medicare.

The steps outlined in this checklist help readers successfully navigate the complexities of Medicare open enrollment and stay on top of their health care plans. Read the full checklist here: http://www.mysilverage.com/medicarechecklist.

About MySilverAge
MySilverAge is a website and online resource center, brought to you by be.group, that is designed to help seniors enjoy “what’s next.” MySilverAge brings together thought leaders on the subject of successful aging, leading intelligence on healthy aging and senior living, and expert tips and advice for creating the home, community and relationships in which seniors can thrive.

About be.group
As one of California’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living communities, be.group is committed to creating communities and services that make the lives of older adults more fulfilling. be.group’s dedicated, well-trained staff is devoted to helping its residents and clients discover new ways to embrace life’s possibilities and new options for exploring their potential. Follow @begroupliving on Twitter.

Contact:
Jackie Gibson
Content Director
Imagination
312-382-7862
jgibson@imaginepub.com

The Benefits of Medicare Advantage

October 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Dr. Amir Bacchus

The annual election period during which seniors can enroll in Medicare Advantage plans began on Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.  During this open enrollment period, many of Nevada’s senior citizens will assess their health care needs and weigh their options carefully to determine whether a Medicare Advantage plan is right for them.

As a physician and the chief medical officer of HealthCare Partners Medical Group, I have a great deal of knowledge and experience related to Medicare Advantage plans, and I urge seniors to make informed decisions this fall.

Medicare Advantage plans can be an excellent choice for seniors without private supplemental insurance, as many offer improved access to coordinated care and protection against high out-of-pocket expenses. Medicare Advantage is an alternative to what is known as Medicare Fee-For-Service or “original Medicare.”  Medicare Advantage plans typically provide prescription drug coverage and eliminate the need to purchase a Medigap policy. The premiums tend to be lower than you would pay by purchasing original Medicare, Part D (prescription drug coverage) and Medigap separately.

When comparing Medicare Advantage plans, it is essential to consider the costs, benefits and health care provider choices within each available plan. You should take time to learn about the “in-network” providers associated with the health insurance plan.  It is important to know whether the providers have a reputation for offering high-quality, coordinate care and if they have a large enough network to meet your health care needs.  Finally, you should also consider access to the primary care physicians, specialists and other providers you use on a regular basis under each plan. Consistency of care has numerous benefits, especially for those who feel comfortable with their current health care providers.

When considering your coverage options this fall, pick the plan that works best for you. It’s a big decision, and I hope seniors explore their options during this year’s enrollment period.

Dr. Amir Bacchus is the chief medical officer and co-founder of HealthCare Partners Medical Group.  Bacchus received his M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1993 and is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

 

 

Actor Lee Majors Joins Flu + You Campaign to Raise Awareness of Risks of Flu for People 65 and Older

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Actor Lee Majors Joins Flu + You Campaign to Raise Awareness of Risks of Flu for People 65 and Older

National Council on Aging Launches Second Year of Education Program for Older Adults and Those Who Care for Them Aimed at Helping to Protect More Older Adults from the Flu

Actor Lee Majors, best known for his iconic roles on The Big Valley, The Fall Guy, and The Six Million Dollar Man, is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Flu + You program to help protect older adults from influenza (commonly known as “the flu”). Flu + You aims to inform adults 65 and older, their caregivers, and those who care about them, about the dangers of the flu, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccine options.

As a part of his involvement in the Flu + You campaign, Majors will appear in a public service announcement (PSA) that follows him as he embarks on an important and action-packed mission: learning about his vaccine options and getting vaccinated against the flu. The PSA will educate the public about the increased risk of flu in adults 65 years of age and older and the importance of knowing your vaccine options and getting a flu vaccine, even for tough guys like Majors.

Every year in the United States, roughly nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and more than six out of 10 flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 and older. Older adults are at a greater risk for flu due, in part, to the weakening of the immune system that typically occurs with age. This means that no matter how healthy or youthful we feel, as we age we become more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications.

“The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the single best way to protect yourself from the flu, yet a third of people 65 and older still don’t get vaccinated,” said Richard Birkel, PhD, MPA, NCOA Senior Vice President for Healthy Aging and Director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. “As NCOA continues to educate older adults about the flu and the potential severity of the illness, we hope to encourage more people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting an annual flu shot.”

The flu vaccine offers the best defense to protect against the flu, and adults 65 years of age and older have several vaccine options. In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is also a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher dose vaccine that was designed specifically for adults 65 and older. By improving the production of antibodies in older patients, the higher dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response to the flu than traditional vaccines. All flu vaccines are covered as a Medicare Part B benefit, which means there is no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older.

“I get the flu shot every year and encourage my peers to do the same – it’s a simple step you can take to protect yourself from the flu,” says actor Lee Majors.  “I urge everyone 65 years of age and older to talk to their health care provider about their vaccine options this flu season.”

The flu can make existing health conditions worse, and it is especially dangerous for people with lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer—conditions that commonly affect older adults. Nationwide, 86 percent of adults 65 years of age and older have at least one chronic health condition and approximately 66 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions, putting them at increased risk of the flu and flu-related complications, which can be severe and include hospitalization and even death.

For more facts about flu, and to order free educational materials, including a brochure and fact sheet, visit www.ncoa.org/Flu.

About Flu + You
Flu + You is a national public education initiative, from the National Council on Aging with support from Sanofi Pasteur, to educate adults 65 years and older about the dangers of the influenza virus, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccine options. Older adults and their caregivers can learn more on the Flu + You website, www.ncoa.org/Flu, which features a public service announcement with Lee Majors and facts about the flu. Also available on the website is a calendar of Flu + You events that will be held in 12 cities throughout the United States in September and October. At the events, older adults will have the opportunity to learn more about their risks for flu and available vaccine options, as well as talk to a health care provider and receive a flu vaccination.

About NCOA
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit:

www.NCOA.org | www.facebook.com/NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging

 

CONTACT: Dana Kinker, (212) 301-7181, dkinker@wcgworld.com

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Changes Are Expected, Allsup Explains

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Changes Are Expected, Allsup Explains

New Medicare plan options for 2014 will be available Oct. 15, but Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment could confuse beneficiaries 

There are only a few weeks before the Medicare annual open enrollment period begins Oct. 15. This year’s Medicare season crosses calendars with the rollout of the Health Insurance Marketplace, so it’s important Medicare-eligible beneficiaries understand the differences between the two government programs, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Medicare plan selection services.

During the Medicare annual enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, all Medicare beneficiaries have the option to change their Medicare plans for the coming year to better match their needs. This includes anyone using original Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plans.

“Because the federal and state-run health insurance exchanges open for business just two weeks prior to Medicare enrollment, some people may be confused,” said Paula Muschler, manager of the Allsup Medicare Advisor®, a Medicare plan selection service offering personalized help that includes customized research and enrollment assistance.

“Medicare beneficiaries may falsely think they need to enroll in an exchange plan to avoid penalties. Or, they may be so flustered that they don’t carefully evaluate their Medicare plan options for 2014, which could be detrimental if their plan or their needs have changed,” Muschler said.

Another potential area of confusion is for those individuals turning 65 during Medicare annual enrollment. “Because some seniors become Medicare eligible during this time period, they need to look at their Medicare selections for coverage that takes them through year-end 2013, as well as coverage that will begin Jan. 1, 2014,” Muschler said. “These first-time enrollees can benefit from the help of a Medicare specialist like Allsup when it comes to navigating their Medicare plan decisions.”

What to Expect: Medicare Coverage 2014

Nearly 50 million people are enrolled in Medicare. Each year, annual open enrollment brings with it changes that can affect their Medicare plan selections.

Following are factors to keep in mind for 2014 coverage:

Medicare is not part of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Anyone with Medicare is considered covered and won’t face penalties for being uninsured under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicare annual open enrollment runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. (Note: Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment is from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).)

Medicare recipients reaching the drug donut hole will benefit from lower costs. The gap in prescription drug coverage starts when someone reaches the initial coverage limit, estimated at $2,850 in 2014. It ends when they have spent $4,550, when catastrophic coverage begins. (These are reductions of $120 and $200, respectively, from 2013.) During the donut hole, all costs are covered by individuals out of their own pocket. In 2014, those who reach the donut hole can receive a 52.5 percent discount on brand-name drugs and 28 percent discount on generic drugs (an increase from 21 percent in 2013).

Under catastrophic coverage, they are responsible for a co-pay of $2.55 for generic or preferred multisource drugs (down from $2.65 in 2013) with a retail price up to $51 and $6.35 for all other drugs (down from $6.60 in 2013) with a retail price up to $127. For 2014, however, beneficiaries are responsible for a 5 percent cost-sharing fee for drugs over those retail prices.

Medicare Part B premium changes are expected. In each of the past three years, Part B premiums have increased. The 2013 monthly premium for Medicare Part B (medical insurance) was $104.90, an increase from $99.90 in 2012. In addition, because Part B premiums are based on the beneficiary’s income and those income levels are frozen at 2010 levels, more individuals could see their premiums change. Information on the standard Part B premium for 2014 should be available by the time Medicare annual open enrollment begins Oct. 15.

Prescription drug Part D plans will see slight changes in deductible and premiums. The Part D initial deductible decreases by $15 to $310. HHS also recently reported the Part D monthly premiums will remain relatively stable, at $31 for a basic prescription drug plan in 2014. This is close to the reported average premium of $30 for the past three years (2011-13). Part D premiums are subject to the same income-based thresholds as Part B.

Changes anticipated for Medicare Advantage plans. Not all plans change every year, but common changes include costs, such as premiums, deductibles and co-pays, and changes to covered procedures, tests, medical facilities and other provisions. Some plans may be eliminated, which means beneficiaries will need to select a new plan or default to original Medicare Part B. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans continues to grow with 14.4 million people enrolled, an increase of more than 1 million from 2012, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Most Medicare participants will receive their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EO) from their current Medicare Advantage and Part D providers by Sept. 30, according to Muschler. “It’s crucial people review materials as soon as they receive them and asses their current healthcare needs,” she said.

“Healthcare costs are a critical line item in most people’s budget, and especially so for seniors and people with disabilities,” Muschler added. “Believing your current plan will continue to cover your needs in the same way can lead to unexpected and costly surprises.”

Medicare specialists such as Allsup are available to help consumers and their family members review Medicare plans and choices for 2014 coverage, Muschler added.

“For many people, this can be a time-consuming, confusing and complex evaluation process, especially when comparing Part D plans or Medicare Advantage plans,” Muschler said. “Many Medicare beneficiaries are pleased to find out there are Medicare specialists like Allsup who look at the comparative details of the plans, and then provide them the assistance they need to make choices that suit their needs and budget in the coming year.”

The Allsup Medicare Advisor is an affordable, flat-fee based service for Medicare-eligible individuals.

For an evaluation of Medicare options, call an Allsup Medicare Advisor specialist at (866) 521-7655 or visit Medicare.Allsup.com to learn more about the service.

The Allsup Medicare Advisor also has features that help financial advisors guide their clients to the Medicare plans that match their specific lifestyles and healthcare needs. Employers also use Allsup Medicare Advisor for their employees who are retiring and transitioning to Medicare. For more information, go to FinancialAdvisor.Allsup.com, or call (888) 220-9678.
ABOUT ALLSUP

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.

The information provided is not intended as a substitute for legal or other professional services. Legal or other expert assistance should be sought before making any decision that may affect your situation.

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Contact:
Rebecca Ray, (800) 854-1418, ext. 65065, r.ray@allsupinc.com
Mary Jung, (773) 429-0940, mtjung@msn.com

Choosing A Nursing Home For Your Parents

July 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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CHOOSING A NURSING HOME FOR YOUR PARENT

So many of the most important decisions we make in life are made when we are least prepared to make them.   So it is, when the time comes to choose whether, or which nursing home facility in which to place an aging parent.  It’s estimated that 60% of nursing home admissions are made from a hospital, rather than from a home, or an assisted living facility.  Your loved one may have suffered a broken a hip or a stroke, or may be suffering from dementia.  The time constraints in this type of situation press care givers to make a quick decision regarding care of their love one, without the luxury of investigation and due diligence that such a decision deserves.

We will attempt in this post, to review resources which are available to help you make a decision of this kind, whether the situation is a hurried one or not.  Making such a decision depends, in large measure, on the condition of the parent and what types of care or treatment will be required for their individual circumstances.  It will largely depend on whether they are injured due to a broken hip, or other disabling condition, suffering from Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, or other conditions.

There is a growing amount of information available online to assist in this process.  At the federal government level, there are many resources to assist.  The website, http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.NET/Public/index.aspx is a good place to begin.  You can either search by location or by topic to find resources available in your state or city.  There are a large number of resources listed on this site which address many of the concerns and problems faced by care givers to our aging populations.

Additionally, to assist with evaluating potential nursing homes, a publication called, Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home, (http://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/02174.pdf)  presents a fairly complete outline of considerations when attempting to evaluate a place for an aging parent.   Subjects such as “Choosing the Type of Care You Need” to “Steps to Choosing a Nursing Home” are included.  The Nursing Home Checklist (http://www.medicare.gov/nursing/checklist.asp) will also provide many ideas for evaluating and screening potential facilities.

The federal government also funds state level Ombudsmen to assist in these matters.  The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center website (http://www.aging.state.nv.us/) will allow you to find these resources in your state.  For Nevada, that contact information can be found here. (http://www.aging.state.nv.us/)  The Las Vegas office of the Ombudsman can be called at (702) 486-3545.  Concerns ranging from finding an appropriate care facility to reporting cases of elder abuse can be directed to the State Ombudsman’s office.

Among non-government agencies, there are many advocacy groups that can also provide assistance.  The Consumer Voice provides a Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home .

http://www.theconsumervoice.org/sites/default/files/advocate/A-Consumer-Guide-To-Choosing-A-Nursing-Home.pdf ) This organization also provides private ombudsman services to families and residents of nursing facilities.  Another privately funded website provides a registry and grading of nursing homes is http://www.memberofthefamily.net/.  This site provides listings of Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes and grades various aspects of the operations of the nursing home.

Beyond these and other resources that you may uncover in your search for a nursing home, many of the considerations you may want or need to consider have to do with costs.  Medicare will only pay for medically necessary care in a nursing home.  It will not pay for non-medical everyday assistance with normal living.  If your loved one needs assistance with walking or eating, these things are not covered.  Most nursing home costs are paid out of personal savings, social security benefits, Long Term Care (LTC)  insurance benefits, or Medicaid if the patient qualifies.  Nursing home costs are estimated to average $200 per day for patients, and this doesn’t include cost for treatment needed for additional services, such as dementia care, for example.  Long Term Care insurance must be purchased and in force, prior to your loved one’s need for services.

Once you’ve done the initial research, nothing replaces visiting the facility and seeing for yourself.  Visit often and at various unexpected times, to be sure that the facility is the type of environment you would want your parent or loved one to be exposed to.  Considerations include turnover rate of personnel in the home.  Does the home offer “consistent assignment” which means do nurses and aids treat the same patients on most of their shifts.  Consistency and familiarity are important considerations for your loved one.  Relationships built between patient and nursing home staff can provide a measure of security for your loved one.  If a home employs a high number of temporary workers, or turnover is high, that consistency can be lost.

Four items to think about in any nursing home placement include, how convenient is the home to all family members, quality of care for chronic conditions including dementia and/or physical disability, supportive environment for the potential resident, and do costs fall within an affordable range.  And once this decision is made and your parent or grandparent is now in such a facility, keeping an eye open for negligence or even abuse is important.  Unfortunately, this is a growing problem as our population ages and requires higher levels of care.  So if such a thing should happen to your loved one, the services of a trusted attorney may be required.  Our firm does provide such services, and more information can be found here.  (http://www.richardharrislaw.com/personal-injury/nevada-nursing-home-abuse-lawyer.php)

Additional resources:

http://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/02174.pdf

http://www.medicare.gov/nursing/checklist.asp

http://www.theconsumervoice.org/sites/default/files/advocate/A-Consumer-Guide-To-Choosing-A-Nursing-Home.pdf

http://www.memberofthefamily.net/

http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx

http://www.ltcombudsman.org/

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-nursing-homes/articles/2013/02/26/how-to-choose-a-nursing-home

http://guides.wsj.com/health/elder-care/how-to-choose-a-nursing-home/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/health/20patient.html?ref=health&_r=0

http://www.richardharrislaw.com/personal-injury/nevada-nursing-home-abuse-lawyer.php

 

 

No One Told Me Being A Senior Citizen Would Be Such Fun by Eva Fry

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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I am a late-bloomer singer/songwriter from San Diego. I didn’t know how much fun it would be to be a senior citizen but my senior years have been my most exciting and I hope to inspire other seniors to live their dreams, as I am doing.

Let me tell you of my accomplishments, so you have an idea of what I have done and
why I hope to inspire you.

First, my age is a factor. I am now a Medicare recipient. I am 67. This doesn’t mean much, except seven years ago I began to write music. At the age of 60 I wrote my first
song, something I had no idea I could do. Since that time I have written 60 songs and
had all of them produced. I have completed six CD’s and have four of them on the
market. The amazing thing is, I have had 150 radio stations play my music.

Before I began to write music, I had no musical training. I could not read music and could not
play a musical instrument. I am now learning to play the guitar and piano. During these
seven years I also wrote and published three books. As you can tell, I have been busy,
but I am having the time of my life.

I hope to encourage others to live their dreams too. As I am proving, we can all do more
than we think we can. Your life can be exciting too!

At the age of 67, I am a singer/song writer, author, entertainer, motivational speaker and
comedienne. I am the MC for the City of San Diego Senior talent contests and have my
own shows at the San Diego and Orange County Fairs. I was 1st and 2nd runner up in the
Ms Senior America Pageant here in San Diego in 2005 & 2006
How was I was able to change my life from a stay-at-home Mom to entertainer? I did it
with a dream!

First, let me tell you about my youth. When I was young, I had two dreams. I wanted to
be a missionary and I wanted to be an entertainer, but life didn’t provide opportunities
for my dreams. My father was alcoholic. My childhood was very difficult. I married
young and began a family. My family then became my dream. I wanted to be a good
Mom, give my kids what I didn’t have and help my husband. I was successful. I have
three grown, responsible and righteous children who are now being good parents to my
nine grandchildren. My husband, Al, and I have been married for 47 years. We have a
happy life together.

I’m grateful for my “Mom” stage of life, but life moves on. When my children grew up,
a new stage developed. Time for old dreams! I still enjoy my family, but now I have a
life of my own too.

In my book “You Must Have a Dream” I tell of being in my empty nest and writing down
my old dreams and making plans to live them. I was shy and needed to overcome my
shyness, if I wanted to accomplish my dreams. In my 50’s I decided to go to college and
take a speech class. I was chosen to be on the speech team at Palomar College, in San
Marcos, California. I traveled for two years, all over America, with fun, intelligent
young people, competing in speech competitions. I won a national speaking award!

This accomplishment gave me the confidence I needed. I used my newfound talent to help others. For many years, I spoke for Mother’s Against Drug Driving, because I had
been a victim of a drunk driver, when I was young. I then began a volunteer program at
Juvenile Hall in San Diego, speaking to incarcerated young people, helping them change
their lives. I ultimately wrote my book “Be a Winner in Life”, for at-risk- young people
and their parents. This was part of my missionary dream. I have many letters of thanks
from troubled young people. My book is being used as a manual in a school in
Mississippi, in their drug and alcohol prevention program. My latest book is “Letters
From Juvenile Hall, Kids Helping Kids, A book of letters from the kids to help save
others from their consequences and a book of encouragement and council to the kids.

For my entertainment dream, I now had the confidence to be in front of people. I began to learn the words to old songs, which my mother loved, and entertain at care homes and
senior centers. The sweet souls, in my audience, loved my shows. They also thought I
was young, since most of them were many years older than I. I had such fun with them
and still do.

It was then I wondered if I could write my own songs. My first song was written in the
car, as I drove to my daughter’s home, in Las Vegas. I was age sixty. I could not read
music or play a musical instrument so I just sang into a cassette recorder. I wrote two
more songs and was told to take them to Justin Gray, the Music Director at Lawrence
Welk Theatre, ten minutes from my home. Justin produced my first songs and launched
my career. This was why I wrote my second book – “You Must Have a Dream” to show
others seniors how they can live their dreams, as I am doing.

What is my life like now? I love performing in my shows and making people happy. I
love inspiring others to live their dreams. Recently, a 78-year-old lady gave me two
books she had written and published. She was inspired after reading my book. I am so
proud of her. Her husband also just published a book. I have had many people thank me
for my books and inspiration. It feels good to help others.

I now know that God blesses us, when we choose to use the talents he has given us.

I believe we all need a philosophy for our own lives. My philosophy is this: I believe God
sent each one of us here on a mission. He gave us gifts and talents and potential. It
should be our life’s work to discover those gifts, develop them and reach our potential
and then take what we have learned and share it with others. We must do all we can to
make our world a better place. This is what I try to do and encourage others to do.
Whoever you are or whatever your age, with this philosophy, you will discover the true
meaning of happiness. Someone said, “Happiness lies in following a dream. I know this
is true.

I hope that my life story will inspire you to discover and live your dreams. You can do
more than you think you can! I’m grateful to be a late-bloomer, living my dreams and
having so much fun!

Eva Fry’s mission is to help others become better and happier. She is an inspirational author, singer/songwriter, motivational speaker, and seminar leader. Eva has published three books: “YOU MUST HAVE A DREAM” -for seniors, “BE A WINNER IN LIFE”-for good kids, troubled kids and their parents, and “LETTERS FROM JUVENILE HALL, KIDS HELPING KIDS” (Actual letters from kids at Juvenile Hall, intended to save other kids from destroying their lives). She has produced 7 Music CD’s: REMEMBER (new music for seniors), OH WHAT JOY CHIRSTMAS THE LITTLE THINGS (inspirational country), I LOVE LIVING THE TEACHINGS OF THE LORD (Gospel/Christian), SAVIOR OF MINE – (Christian), GOD GAVE YOU INTELLIGENCE (for children), CLASSICAL STYLE (instrumental).

Her music and books can be purchased at =>http://www.evafry.com Her books can also be ordered at any bookstore. email eva@evafry.com

Her articles have been published, all over the world. She invites you to use the FREE ARTICLES she has written for: at-risk kids as well as FREE ARTICLES of inspiration to help meet life’s challenges. Visit =>http://www.evafry.com

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Quality of Nation’s Nursing Homes Improving under Five-Star Quality Rating System

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Quality of Nation’s Nursing Homes Improving under Five-Star Quality Rating System

Three States Lagging, Study Finds

DURHAM, NCThe quality of nursing homes has improved in most states and in the District of Columbia since the 2008 implementation of the Five-Star Quality Rating System by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an Abt Associates’ analysis finds.

The study shows that between 2009 and 2011, the percentage of nursing homes with an overall five-star rating, or much better than average quality, increased in all but three states and the proportion with a one-star rating, or much below average quality, dropped as well. There are more than 15,500 nursing homes in the country, and all of them are rated with between one and five stars.

“Between 2009 and 2011, the percentage of nursing homes with a four- or five-star rating grew in every state except for Hawaii, Montana, and Idaho,” said Alan White, Ph.D., a principal associate at Abt Associates who worked with CMS to develop the rating system. “While we don’t know the extent to which the existence of the rating system itself has led to this improvement, most nursing home operators pay close attention to their ratings and seem to be motivated to improve them. Some use their ratings as part of their marketing efforts, branding their facilities as ‘five-star’ nursing homes.”

White said the Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers more easily compare nursing homes when visiting CMS’s Nursing Home Compare website.  There they can learn about a facility’s overall performance rating and how it performs in three separate domains—health inspection surveys, staffing, and quality measures. The ratings are updated monthly.

While there has been an 8% increase in four-and five-star facilities in overall performance nationwide between 2009 and 2011, five states stand out as experiencing the greatest change in their proportion of nursing homes with a four- and five-star overall rating. These are Delaware, Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon and Indiana. The percentage of Delaware’s five-star facilities jumped by nearly 23%; Tennessee’s by about 16%; Georgia’s by nearly 15%; and Oregon’s and Indiana’s each by about 14%.

In addition to overall performance, the study provides state ratings in each of the performance domains. Health inspection ratings are drawn from standard and complaint surveys over three years, White said, explaining that nursing homes are inspected every 12 months on average to ensure they are following state and federal regulations.

“The inspection surveys provide a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home, examining such areas as kitchen/food service, medication management, proper skin care, and the safety, functionality, cleanliness and comfort of the environment.” White said.  “If an inspection team finds that a nursing home doesn’t meet a specific standard, it issues a deficiency citation, and the health inspection rating is based on the number and severity of deficiencies cited by surveyors.”

The staffing rating, said White, is based on the number of hours of care on average provided to each resident each day by nursing staff.  “The ratings consider differences in how sick the nursing home residents are in each nursing home, since that makes a difference in how many staff members are needed.”

The quality measures rating is an assessment of nine different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents that indicates how well nursing homes perform on important dimensions of care related to each resident’s functioning and health status.

While the Five-Star Quality Rating System can help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily, White cautioned that it cannot address all of the considerations that go into deciding which nursing home is best for a particular individual. “The rating system is an excellent tool but it should be used in combination with other sources of information, including an onsite visit, in making nursing home placement decisions,” he said.

If you would like to interview Dr. Alan White, please contact Sandy Cogan at (301) 347-5913 or (202) 617-0123 or sandy_cogan@abtassoc.com.

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators.  The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries. www.abtassociates.com

CONTACT:

Sandy Cogan

Sandy_Cogan@abtassoc.com

301-347-5913

THE BOULEVARD MALL HOSTS HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR

July 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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THE BOULEVARD MALL HOSTS HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR

Nearly 25 local vendors to provide free services and information on Saturday, June 29

 

WHAT:            The Boulevard Mall, in partnership with Las Vegas Review Journal, El Tiempo, Mundo Fox TV, La Buena and ESPN Deportes hosts a Boulevard Mall Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is planned to occur annually to provide the public with convenient access to a variety of health and wellness resources in the community.

The Fair includes a variety of free services and information, such as health screenings and workshops.  Participating vendors include; American Heart & Stroke Association, American Lung Association in Nevada, Behavioral Bilingual Services, CareMore Medicare Advantage Program, First Person Care Clinics, Health and Wellness, Helping Kids Clinic, Kopolow & Girisgen, Doctors of Optometry, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Nevada Donor Network Inc., Nevada Health Centers, Nevada State Immunization Program – NVWeblz, Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, Vitamin World, State of Nevada Office for Consumer Health Assistance, Sunrise Children Foundation WIC, Three Square and US Senator Harry Reid.

For additional information and a complete list of all participating organizations, please contact The Boulevard Mall Management office at 702-735-7430 or visit boulevardmall.com.

WHEN:           Saturday, June 29, 2013

                        11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                       

WHERE:        The Boulevard Mall

                        East Event Area

3680 S. Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, NV 89169

 

About The Boulevard Mall:

The Boulevard Mall is a super-regional shopping center strategically located in the heart of Las Vegas just two miles from the Las Vegas Strip. The Boulevard is located on Maryland Parkway, a six-lane thoroughfare with easy mall accessibility from all directions. Some of its notable retailers include JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, Charlotte Russe, Old Navy, Cotton On and Victoria’s Secret. For additional information, please visit www.boulevardmall.com.

A Guide to Medications For Senior Citizens by David Crumrine

June 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Although modern medicines have many benefits for senior citizens in treatment of age-related disease, caution needs to be taken when using a combination of medicines. Medicine or “drugs” can refer to any substance you get with a prescription, any oral or topical substance used for pain relief, and dietary supplements. Any substance that has the potential to interact with other substances in the body can be considered in this category. To prevent mixing medicinal substances together that could be harmful, always let your doctor know what medications you take in addition to those prescribed. Senior citizens should keep a list of medications and doses that they take and bring it to every doctor’s appointment.

It is very important to practice safe habits with medication as many drugs can be lethal is taken in the wrong way. Senior citizens should use the following tips to ensure safe use of medication. Companions or caregivers should use these tips to help facilitate and encourage proper medication use.

Tips for when you are Prescribed Medications

When a doctor prescribes a new medication for specified symptoms, remember the following tips for how to proceed afterward:

 

  • Tell your doctor about all other medications you currently take,
  • Remind primary care physicians about allergies that you have or side effects that you experience from other types of medications.
  • Be sure that you understand exactly how all of your medications work and how to properly take them.

 

Here are some helpful questions to get this information:

 

  • What is the name of the medication?
  • Why am I taking it?
  • How many times a day should I take it?
  • Should I take this medication before, during, or after meals?
  • What does “as needed” mean?
  • When should I stop taking the medication?
  • If I forget to take the medication, what should I do?
  • What side effects can I expect?

 

You can also ask your pharmacist these questions and others to get more information about your medication. By having all of your medications filled at the same pharmacy, the pharmacy may be able to predict harmful interactions if all of your medications are kept on file. When getting a prescription filled at the pharmacy, keep these tips in mind:

 

  • Be sure that you can read and understand all directions and writing materials that accompany prescribed medication.
  • Check that you can open the container the medicine is in.
  • Let your pharmacist know if you have difficulty swallowing pills, so that you can get a liquid variety if available – Do not crush or chew medication meant to be swallowed.
  • Ask about the best way to store the medication.
  • Be sure that the label of the medication indicates that it is the correct medication you were prescribed and displays your name.

Tips for Taking Medications 

After filling a prescription for a medication that you received from your doctor, you should be sure that you follow directions for taking that medication. Here are some tips for safely taking a combination of medications:

 

  • Have a list of medications; include the doctor who prescribed it, the name of the medication, the reason you take it, and the directions for use.
  • Read and save all written information that comes with prescribed medication
  • Take your medication exactly in the way that it is meant to be taken.
  • Let your doctor know immediately if you experience any unexpected side effects from the medication.
  • Use charts, calendars, or weekly pillboxes to help you remember which medications to take on a daily basis.
  • Make sure companions or caregivers know when and how you are supposed to take your medication so that they can remind you.
  • Do not skip medication – if you have trouble affording medication, research programs that can aid in funding for needed medications. Medicare, a government program for senior citizens, may be a good place to start.
  • Avoid mixing alcohol and medication – alcohol can cause medications to not work correctly.
  • Take medication until it is finished or your doctor instructs you to stop.
  • Do not take medication prescribed to others.
  • Do not take medication in the dark to avoid making a mistake.
  • Check expiration dates on your pill bottles in case a medication should be replaced.
  • Do not leave your medication in the open where children or pets could get to them.

 

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David Crumrine at the Caring Space
We are an organization that connects caregivers and care seekers, providing an easy and affordable resource for families seeking care for friends/loved ones and caregivers seeking employment.

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Medicare and Medicaid For Senior Citizens by David Crumrine

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There are two main programs administered by the government that offer benefits to senior citizens – Medicare and Medicaid.  Medicare is available for all senior citizens age 65 or older.  Those under age 65 with certain disabilities may also be eligible for Medicare.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must have entered the U.S. lawfully at least five years prior to receiving Medicare benefits. Medicaid is for people with limited income.

Medicare has two parts. Part A is the hospital insurance and Part B is the medical insurance.

Medicare Part A can pay for home health care if the patient meets certain requirements.  Part A is set up mainly to pay for care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, or by hospice.  Depending on the amount of Medicare taxes paid by the patient and their spouse over their lifetimes, they may not have to pay a monthly fee for Medicare Part A.  Otherwise, the patient may have to enroll and pay a premium.

Medicare Part B is the medical portion which helps pay for medically-necessary doctors’ services and other patient care.  Part B can also pay for some preventative services (like flu shots) or some services to keep certain illnesses from getting worse.  The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B was $96.40 in 2008.

You have two main options in how you get your Medicare coverage.  

You can choose traditional Medicare coverage, which is managed by the Federal government.  This plan provides Medicare Part A and Part B coverage.  The recipient can choose to have either Part A or Part B or both.  There is a mandatory deductible, and usually coinsurance charges for each time one gets service. A Medicare supplemental insurance policy known as “Medigap,” can also be purchased. This helps pay for some of the “gaps” such as co-payments, coinsurances, and deductibles.

Medicare Advantage Plans, offered by Medicare-approved private insurance companies (called Part C) is another option.  They generally provide services in addition to Part A and Part B services.  Co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles are likely to be less, but you pay a monthly premium.

Medicare Part D is available for senior citizens with limited income to help pay for prescription costs.

Medicaid

Medicaid is a health insurance program designed for people with low-income.  It is funded by both the Federal and state government.  Each state administers the program for its residents. Rules for eligibility include the potential recipient’s income and assets.  Each state may have slightly different rules for determining financial need and other eligibility requirements.

If the senior citizen you are caring for has limited income, you should apply to find out if he or she is qualified.  Find a qualified caseworker in your state to help you with the application process.  You may have to pay a co-pay for certain medical services, depending on your state’s policies.

Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of the medical expenses, including nursing home care, for those who qualify.

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David Crumrine at the Caring Space
We are an organization that connects caregivers and care seekers, providing an easy and affordable resource for families seeking care for friends/loved ones and caregivers seeking employment.

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Top 100 Blogs On Senior Rights, Elder Law, And Anti-Ageism

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Top 100 Blogs On Senior Rights, Elder Law, And Anti-Ageism

At a time when thousands of Baby Boomers are reaching the age of 65 every day, the issues of senior rights, elder laws, and anti-ageism have never been more important, more volatile, or more questioned. After all, this is the generation that was ready to take down the establishment fifty years ago, and they haven’t lost any of their desire to change the world for the better. And, they have the numbers to do it. Here are our 100 top blogs for seniors dealing with senior rights, law & policy, and anti-ageism.

Boomers Against The Law

  1. Elder Law Plus: lawyer Evan H. Farr blogs about topics concerning elder law, including probate strategies and parental care.
  2. Michigan Elder Law Blog: the attorneys at Barsch & Joswick provide seniors and their loved ones with sage advice on a variety of Elder law issues.
  3. Everything Elder Law: Evan Farr is back at it again, this time focusing on Elder Law news, concepts, and innovations from around the country.
  4. Massachusetts Estate and Elder Law Blog: lawyer and blogger Stephanie Konarski gives tips on estate planning and other elder law topics.
  5. New York Elder Law Attorney Blog: your source for elder law news and comment in New York, this blog analyzes nursing home legislation and elder care costs.
  6. Elder Law Prof. Blog: Elder Law professor Kim Dayton authors a really nice blog that covers a wide range of Elder law issues, from Supreme Court cases to seminars.
  7. The Pop Tort: can a consumer advocates blog dealing with civil justice be cute? This blog proves it can, complete with an adorable “Pop Tort” logo, even while exploring such issues as Medicare and Medicaid lawsuits, nursing home scams, and medical malpractice against the elderly, among other legal issues.
  8. Supportive Senior Solutions: this blog from a geriatric care management practice in New York covers issues related to geriatric care, caregiving, and healthcare laws for the elderly and infirm.
  9. Aging Beats the Alternative: elder care specialist Lorie Ebers uses her blog to talk about overcoming the challenges of aging, caring for aging parents, and the less talked about side of elder law: Boomer divorce.
  10. Elder Law Blog: lawyer Ronald C. Morton’s elder law blog is full of sage advice for seniors looking how to tap into Veteran’s benefits, how to plan for their golden years, and more.
  11. The Best Elder Law Blog: published by the attorneys at Lamson & Cutner, this blog discusses elder law cases, the Affordable Care Act, and same-sex marriage.
  12. Elder Law Tips and News: the lawyers at Cooper, Adel & Associates bring you posts on living trusts, aging issues, and general estate planning.
  13. The Connecticut Elder Law Blog: lawyer Michael Keenan provides his readers with estate planning tips, elder fraud, and Medicare rules.
  14. The Teddy Bear Lawyers: attorney Rick Law gives readers a great resource for Elder Law in the Chicagoland area. Find articles on protecting vulnerable seniors and financial planning.
  15. Oregon Elder Law: attorney Orrin Onken blogs on elder law, estate planning, and probate proceedings in plain, easy to understand language.
  16. Florida Elder Law and Estate Blog: this informative blog includes great articles on VA benefits, estate planning, and trusts.
  17. Golden Law Center: written by attorney Sasha Golden, the Golden Law Center blog discusses elder law, special needs planning, guardianship, wills and trusts, and estate administration.
  18. Kraft Elder Law: attorney Robert Kraft blogs about Medicaid, Medicare, wills, trusts, probate, veterans benefits, and other elder law topics.
  19. Pennsylvania Law Blog: this elder law blog by the attorneys at the law offices of Shober & Rock discusses Medicaid, taxes, Veterans, banks, and annuities.
  20. Long Beach Elder Law Blog: this blog focuses on elder abuse, estate protection, the Cal MediConnect program, and reform of health law.
  21. Houston Elder Law Blog: the folks at Wright Abshire Attorneys blog about care planning, estate planning, Medicaid Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, and and Veteran’s Benefits.
  22. Hauptman Law Blog: readers of this blog can learn more about elder, estate, and special needs law. Includes articles on the Medicare Settlement and VA Aid.
  23. Fulkerson Elder Law Blog: the function of this elder law blog is for the firm to respond to common questions clients have about elder law and review developments in the law impacting elder law and estate planning.
  24. CMLP Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog: readers can look forward to reviewing articles on simplifying their estate plan and elder law news items of note.
  25. Massachusetts Estate Planning and Probate Blog: attorney Matthew Karr keeps readers up to date on estate planning and probate news and information.
  26. Marshall Elder and Estate Planning Blog: the author of this elder law blog has over 30 years experience in estate planning, special needs planning, and estates.
  27. Hartford, CT Elder Law Blog: the attorney’s at Ruggiero Ziogas & Allaire discuss estate planning, care planning, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, and Probate.
  28. El Paso Elder Law Blog: the law firm of Stephanie Townsend Allala and Associates blogs on estate planning, guardianships, Medicaid Planning, Nursing Home Abuse, and Trust & Probate.
  29. Miami Probate Law Blog: the folks at the Byrant law firm keep readers up-to-date on estate administration, probate court, estate litigation, and the nuisances of will and trust disputes.
  30. Elder Law News: attorney Brian A. Raphan is based in New York City and specializes in Wills, Estates, Trusts, and Elder Care issues. His blog is full of great resources.
  31. Aging & Law in West Virginia: this blog contains news in law and aging in West Virginia, written by the West Virginia Senior Legal Aid organization.
  32. Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning: this Florida Certified Elder Law attorney provides in depth insights and news to help Floridians protect themselves and preserve their assets.
  33. Family Law Blog Maryland: while this blog looks at all matters pertaining to Family Law, elder law sneaks in as a prevalent theme in many of the cases discussed. They look at legal matters like when divorce and retirement coincide, or when grandparents wish to take custody of their grandchildren.
  34. Phoenix AZ Family Law Blog: looking at issues older couples face in Arizona, this family law blog explores the specific challenges elders face in divorces and custody battles, complete with the latest policy changes and laws.
  35. Otherspoon: hospice volunteer and blogger Ann Neumann talks about care-giving and the realities, politics, and senior rights involved in death and dying.

Seniors Talk Policy And Politics

  1. Aging in Place: this blog is concerned with seniors who are dealing with shrinking benefits and increasing costs—seniors find answers on how to protect themselves.
  2. Estate in Denial: providing news, analysis, and commentary on abusive practices occurring in probate courts. Features original perspective and direct communication.
  3. Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog: this blog covers estate planning legal issues, cases of interest, and news with a focus on Florida elder law.
  4. McGuire Woods: the people at McGuire Woods author this great blog on long term care legal issues, including timely news, articles, and white papers.
  5. Illinois Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog: published by the law office of Wilson & Wilson, this blog covers asset protection, banking, estate planning, and trusts.
  6. Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog: covers Illinois nursing home law, including Supreme Court cases and other information relating to residents and family members.
  7. Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog: provides readers in New Jersey with information on elder law, estate and special needs planning, and mediation services.
  8. Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog: this blog offers insight on nursing home abuse reports, legislation, and legal opinions of elder law in Maryland.
  9. Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law: elder law attorney Brian Barreira writes on legal issues involving death, taxes, special needs, and long-term elder care.
  10. New Jersey Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog: blog posts explore life and death in New Jersey from a perspective of estate planning, elder law, taxation, probate, and estate administration.
  11. Medina Law Group: postings provide readers with advice on estate planning and management, estate taxes, elder law, and VA benefits.
  12. North Carolina Wills and Trusts: this blog provides readers with estate planning and elder law news with a North Carolina focus.
  13. California Nursing Home Abuse Law Blog: covers nursing home abuse, elder law abuse, and features many quality articles relating to California elder law.
  14. Nursing Home Law Blog: this well written blog discusses elder issues, legislation, legal news, protections of elder rights, and helpful health tips.
  15. PA Elder Estate and Fiduciary Law Blog: focuses on elder law, long-term care, end-of-life and health care surrogate decision-making, and estate planning.
  16. Patti’s Blog: find information about this lawyer’s practice, which concentrates on advocacy for seniors. She shares personal interests and her passions.
  17. Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog: this blog discusses nursing home abuse laws, cases, and news items from Pennsylvania.
  18. Barbara Cashman Blog: Barbara blogs about elder law and policy issues, and often hosts guest bloggers to share their insights on elder law and news.
  19. NJ Elder Law: lawyer Kenneth Vercammen blogs about topics related to estate planning and elder law. He was once awarded the NJ State Bar Municipal Court Practitioner of the Year.
  20. The Senior Sentinel: a blog compiling news and information for Baby Boomers, the Senior Sentinel concentrates on the intersection of ageism and public policy both nationally and world-wide.
  21. Elder Consult: this geriatric medicine blog not only covers Alzheimers, dementia, financial decision making, and medications, it also discusses related legal issues such as elder financial abuse.
  22. Grey Pride: a UK blog by the Anchor Digital Marketing team is dedicated to keeping older people at the top of the political agenda and petitioning the government to create a Minister for Older People to ensure their needs are met.
  23. Over 65 Blog: project organizers from Harvard, Yale, and The Hastings Center host this blog for “seniors seeking solutions for health care and security, mainly looking at health care system reforms, elder law policies and practices, and how seniors can achieve a stronger role in the future of health care.
  24. Reaping Hope Blog: a blog from an NGO in Nepal promoting dignified aging and elder rights, Reaping Hope explores elder abuse and elder oppression while actively helping elderly people claim their rights and challenge discrimination.

Age Against The Machine: Anti-Ageism

  1. Ageist Beauty: the musings, product reviews, and random thoughts of a woman who is fighting against her age.
  2. Everyday Ageism Project: this blog aims to capture people’s everyday experiences dealing with ageism. The author has discovered that ageism is the most commonly experienced form of prejudice.
  3. The Lonely Gerontologist: professor Kelly Yokum blogs about all things aging—including aging stereotypes and other aging topics that come to mind.
  4. My Elder Advocate: this blog provides comprehensive coverage of ageism, the dangers of nursing homes, elder abuse, and elder care.
  5. The Roaming Boomers: David and Carol are great examples of a couple who doesn’t let age get in the way of living life to the fullest.
  6. The Gypsy Nester: Veronica and David show readers how to rock the empty nest and get the most out of life as you age.
  7. Changing Aging: this multi-blog platform challenges conventional views on aging. The authors believe aging is a strength, rich in developmental potential and growth.
  8. The Elders: founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, the Elders is a group of seniors committed to addressing global challenges, including child marriage and climate change.
  9. Beauty and Wisdom: the blog of photographer Robbie Kaye, who traveled to salons throughout the US to photograph and interview women in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s and discovered that beauty is ageless.
  10. Advanced Style: don’t tell these women they are too old to model hip and alluring fashions. This blog teaches women how to dress to impress and that age is only a number.
  11. RL TV: the only cable network and online destination for folks 50+, features a nice blog that provides tips on elder issues and promotes active living.
  12. The 70-Something Blog: blogger Judy informs readers how to live a full and engaging life as she chronicles her journey of aging.
  13. Retirement is Work: newly retired librarian and blogger resolves to post one good thing about retirement every day for a year, but along the way struggles with senior rights and anti-ageism.
  14. Yo Is This Ageist?: a humorous blog by Ashton Applewhite dedicated to determining whether age-related remarks are offensive, “challenging the stereotypes that segregate us by age.”
  15. This Chair Rocks: a smart and sassy blog by Ashton Applewhite that challenges the ideas of ageism with humor and snark. All stereotypes and insensitive remarks are grounds for brilliant blog posts.
  16. Senior Planet: “aging with attitude” is the tagline of this blog community of older adults using technology to connect with each other and take on the issues of ageism and senior rights.
  17. Changing Aging: a blog founded by Dr. Bill Thomas to promote “a radical reinterpretation of longevity” which focuses on anti-ageism and senior rights, as well as getting the most out of a long life.
  18. Time Goes By: Ronni Bennett takes on aging, ageism and related issues with humor, exploring the truth of “what it’s really like to get old.” She starts by rejecting the “cutesy” terms for old people – they’re called “elders” around here!
  19. The Magic of Middle-Aged Women: author Daniel Even Weiss – a man – blogs on the theme of his latest book, The Magic of Middle-Aged Women, where he challenges the prevailing ageist idea that women don’t get better as they age. They do.
  20. Advanced Style: Ari Seth Cohen, a young-ish photographer, roams the New York City streets photographing stylish and creative elders. Here, art challenges the paradigm that age and beauty can’t co-exist.
  21. The New Old Age: the New York Times blog on aging takes advantage of the newspaper’s top writers to explore the unprecedented intergenerational challenge of the Baby Boomers.
  22. The Little Old Lady Stays Put (or doesn’t): explores the “lives, lifestyles and issues of interesting older people,” touching on the issues surrounding ageism, elder rights, living with dementia, and overcoming the struggles of aging with strength and good humor.
  23. Naked at Our Age: advocate of ageless sexuality, Joan Price, talks about sex and aging, taking on Senior Rights subjects like safer sex for seniors while providing helpful tips.
  24. Aging & Work at Boston College: scholars, academics, and researchers share their findings on ageism in the workplace and the challenges aging workers face in this PhD-heavy blog by The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.
  25. Ethnic Elders: this newsy blog by New America Media examines the Senior Rights issues and Elder Law of minority groups such as age discrimination, lawsuits related to Social Security, and elder healthcare reform.
  26. The Everyday Ageism Project: blending blogging and research, this site’s goal is to capture the experience of age discrimination. The forum is full of people sharing their experiences in a supportive environment.
  27. Huffington Post’s Senior Citizens Blog: the Huffington Post’s Senior Citizens sub-blog offers wide ranging posts on issues including senior rights and ageism – with its signature left-wing perspective.
  28. Clinical Geriatrics: created as more of a peer-reviewed clinical journal by the American Geriatrics Society, some of the top scholars in geriatrics converge on this blog to discuss geriatric health and wellness issues, which often cross over into legal and anti-ageism issues.
  29. Age Action Alliance: this organization brings together a network of 300 organizations and individuals committed to helping older people. Its blog is dedicated to improving older people’s lives through advocating against ageism, particularly in Britain.
  30. Manitoba Senior Centres: this Canadian blog covers the rampant ageism in Canada and promotes world elder abuse awareness. It also has a list of resources for older adults.
  31. Fierce with Age: defying ageism goes mainstream at this blog, created by veteran journalist Dr. Carol Orsborn. Having written about the Boomer generation for major newspapers and blogged for the Huffington Post and NPR’s Next Avenue, Orsborn is well equipped to take on the spiritual and policy hurdles of aging.
  32. Live Better Boomer!: a Philadelphia-based blog, by social worker Tiffany Matthews, devoted to helping educate and empower Boomers advocate for their own improved healthcare.
  33. Third Age: billed as “health for Boomers and beyond,” Third Age offers relatively fluffy fare, like “Change your Mood with Color,” to the legal issues surrounding Boomer divorce and care-giving.
  34. The Old Gunhand: one facet of senior citizen rights you don’t see every day is elder gun advocates. This website not only tells you the best types of guns for elderly wielders, it also goes into gun policy and senior self-defense.
  35. Age Discrimination Info: a simple name for a one-stop source of statistics and information on age discrimination, including legislation, cases, news, publications, events and training. The perfect resource for the activist.
  36. Age UK: the largest organization in the United Kingdom for working with and for older people, this website has an entire section dedicated to age discrimination and ageism.
  37. National Youth Rights Association: not just for youngsters, the National Youth Rights Association combats ageism in all its forms. In fact, they probably wouldn’t appreciate being called “youngsters.”
  38. Disability and Representation: a blog by writer, photographer and activist Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg that discusses (and tries to change the discourse about) disability rights and ageism, along with autism.
  39. Over 50: Career coaching and workshops for the over-50 crowd, this blog doesn’t stop at finding a job. This site explores Baby Boomer activism in and out of the workplace.
  40. Activist Post: while this blog deals with many topics requiring advocacy, they often include issues that regard Senior Rights, Elder Law and anti-ageism.
  41. California Booming: an informational blog dedicated to California Baby Boomers, this blog covers everything from sex, to diet, to politics of the Boomer generation, including issues concerning senior rights and ageism in the workplace.

Health Insurance for Senior Citizens – How to Get the Best Rate by Brian Stevens

May 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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As a senior citizen, you may find yourself in a health insurance crisis – no longer covered by an employer’s health insurance policy but needing health insurance more than you ever did before. Of course, Medicare covers some of your medical expenses, but how can you get the best rate on health insurance to cover the gaps Medicare leaves?

What Medicare Covers

Once you are 65 years old, you’re eligible to enroll in Medicare. Medicare can include several programs:

* Medicare Part A, which helps cover inpatient hospital care, nursing home care, hospice care, and some home health care. Most people pay for this coverage through taxes, so they do not pay a deductible or monthly premium.

* Medicare Part B, which helps cover doctors’ services, outpatient hospital care, medical equipment, physical and occupational therapy and some home health care. Most people pay an annual deductible and a monthly premium for this health plan.

* Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage Plan, which offers you more choices among health plans and extends your benefits.

* Medicare Part D, prescription drug coverage.

In addition, you may need MediGap coverage, which is health insurance that covers what Medicare does not.

Affordable Health Insurance for Senior Citizens

As you can see, health insurance for senior citizens can be confusing. Fortunately, insurance comparison websites can help you gain a clear picture of what health insurance you need, as well as help you find that insurance at a reasonable rate.

All you need to do is go to an insurance comparison website and complete a simple form with information about yourself and your insurance needs. Once you submit the form, you will soon receive quotes for affordable health insurance from multiple A-rated insurance companies. And at the best insurance comparison websites, insurance professionals are standing by to talk with you and answer any health insurance questions you have. (See link below.)

Visit http://www.LowerRateQuotes.com/health-insurance.html or click on the following link to get health insurance quotes for senior citizens from top-rated companies and see how much you can save. You can also get more insurance tips there.

The authors, Brian Stevens and Stacey Schifferdecker, have spent 30 years in the insurance and finance industries, and have written a number of articles on health insurance for senior citizens.

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Health Insurance For Senior Citizens – Why Are They So Hard To Insure? by Zandra Jones

May 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Private health insurance for senior citizens is very hard to come by. As you get older, it becomes more prevalent that commercial insurance companies don’t want to cover older Americans. Since the creation of Medicare, there is no incentive to cover senior citizens because most buy into the Medicare system any way. Even though this may be true, there are still some older Americans who need to buy private health insurance. So let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why getting insurance for them can be difficult.

Your Age Is a Dominant Factor.

There are a number of reasons why senior citizens can’t get health coverage. For starters, a lot of health insurance companies look at your age. When people start getting over the age of 50, they are prone to have more illnesses, they see the doctor more often, and they might have more hospital stays. So the risks of insuring an older person far outweigh the benefits. We all age so why is this such an important factor?

The Cost Of Insuring An Older Person Is High.

Due to the fact that the elderly are prone to so many conditions and will need so much care, there are many companies who consider them to be a big risk. The average hospital stay of a person over the age of 50 is longer than some one in their 20’s and 30’s. Younger people heal and recover a lot quicker then older adults so their cost per treatment is less. Insurance companies know approximately how much they have to pay out for each age group and take all these things into consideration when pricing policies.

Pre-Existing Conditions are Not Insurable.

If you have a pre-existing condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, it is most of the time not insurable. May be with the new health care reform this will change. However, what does a pre-existing condition tell an insurance company? It tells them that you may not do a good job in taking care of yourself or you have bad eating habits. So why insure someone who could have possibly prevented such conditions by not drinking, not smoking, and not overeating. This may not be fair but insurance companies are in the business of making money for their investors.

Affordability May Be A Problem.

The last thing that you will find is that many times, senior citizens can’t afford the insurance. Even if they find a company willing to insure them, many are retired and are on a limited income. The cost of premiums alone can eat up any retirement check or pension income. Many have to choose between insurance or keeping a roof over their heads.

Getting health insurance for senior citizens is still a big problem for many. Many have never paid into the social security system and are not eligible for medicare and private insurance is way too expensive. Hopefully, the new health care reform will address many of these issues otherwise what options do these seniors have.

Getting good Health Insurance Information to stay update with the ever changing laws can be difficult. Visit www.healthbenefitstoday.com to get all the fact before you make a decision to purchase health insurance.

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Medicare Part D & Senior Citizens by Rick Martino

May 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Medicare Part D, since its launch in January 2006 has acted as a boon to  senior citizens. The senior citizens are quite happy investing in the plans  offered under part D. The plans are very clear & present the exact view of  the offerings so as not making the senior people to think about it much. Part D  help seniors to manage their finances to the best. Seniors are very well made  cleared about the amount they have to pay as the premium to the company &  they happily do that just because of the following reasons:

• Any of the plans do not make a Dent to their pocket, so they don’t mind  paying. This plan helps them get a safety cover with their small income so that  they can pay for prescription cost easily.

• They know that they are secured & are free from any unexpected drug  expenses. In spite of a low premium, part D offers coverage on various drugs  under different plans. It might not be easy to find a plan that suits them  exactly but yes, quite easy to find a plan which satisfies them to a great  extent by include various drugs.

• A lot many drugs can be covered in one plan. It is practically not possible  to know that which medicine might be needed in the near future but a plan which  allows you to get various important medicines is a good option for anyone as  that will again reduce the chances of unexpected expenses on drugs.

• Clear & easy terms turn the Part D into most trusted insurance policy  for them. There are a many plans under part D which have a similar terms like:  all the plans are available at lowest price ever, the best is provided at the  cheapest price & a clear presentation makes clear the terms of policy  stating that where the seniors are investing & what they can expect out of  it.

The Medicare Part D plans are considered the safest & most sensible to  invest with, as with the senior citizens the things can go critical more often  than anyone else. So the option to get insured by part D is considered  beneficial than any other insurance policy. The stats define that Medicare Part  D is considered as the most favorite among senior citizens all over the  US.

Rick Martino is employed with MedicareAide. MedicareAide provides information  on Medicare Coverage & Medicare Insurance Plans allowing you to choose the right plan from more than 25 insurance  providing companies.

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Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plans for Senior Citizens by Brant Reed

May 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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For senior citizens, having medical coverage through the federal government’s  Medicare program is literally a lifesaver. Many of these senior citizens would  not be able to afford the basic medical care that they need without Medicare.  This social insurance program allows them to stay healthy and enjoy a longer  life than they might otherwise enjoy without the assistance of Medicare. But as  great as the program is, it’s only designed to cover the basic insurance needs  of our nation’s elderly. That’s why the option of being able to purchase a  Medicare supplemental insurance plan is so key to the health and well-being of  American senior citizens.

A Medicare supplemental insurance plan is designed to cover holes and gaps in  basic Medicare coverage. Since most senior citizens are beginning to deal with  aging-related issues by the time they turn sixty-five years of age and are  eligible for Medicare, most of them need more than just the basic coverage  offered by Medicare. This means that left with only Medicare coverage, most of  these senior citizens will be left with inadequate coverage, which they may not  realize until they suffer a health emergency and realize that they can’t afford  the care that they need.

While Medicare is federally subsidized, Medicare supplemental insurance is  administered by the state governments and is sold by private insurance  companies. If you’re interested in purchasing a Medicare supplemental insurance  plan, first make sure that you understand the Medicare regulations in your  state. You don’t want to settle on a plan only to find that it’s not available  in your state. And be sure to shop around. You won’t get the best price if you  don’t take the time to get at least three price quotes from different companies  to compare and see what deals are available to you.

If the task of researching Medicare supplemental insurance seems too daunting  to tackle on your own, you’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed. That is why so  many quality insurance brokers are able to stay in business. They make it their  aim to understand not only the different Medicare supplements that are available  through different insurance companies, but also to understand the needs of the  senior citizens in their area so that they can recommend the best insurance  products to their clients. With the help of a good agent and a basic  understanding of the Medicare supplement, you’re sure to be able to get the  coverage you need.

Medicare Supplements for you will find and compare the best options for your  Medicare Supplemental Insurance needs.  You can make an  informed decision after perusing the information we provide you.  Did you  know you can cut costs and continue to see your preferred doctors?

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Senior Citizen Health Insurance – How to Make it Affordable? by Reina Raine

April 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Senior citizen health insurance becomes a necessity as Medicare alone might  be insufficient unless you have a good savings plan or 401K during working  years. Retirement is a time when you get away from the daily grind and do things  that you love to do. However, when you consider the cost of a senior citizen  health insurance plan and added medications versus the fixed income of the  retirees, the picture looks quite bleak. Why is senior citizen health insurance  so expensive to secure? Is there anything that can be done to help the situation?

Getting an insurance policy is paying against a calculated risk. People get  hurt or sick, and the insurance company takes this risk into consideration when  calculating the premium. The greater the risks, the higher the premium.

With increasing age, people are more susceptible to illness and injury.  Illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes require long term care and  medication, hence increasing the overall cost. Age is seen as a high risk factor  to the profitability of the insurance company. This results in the premiums for  senior citizen health insurance being higher.

However, there are some ways to help you prepare for this. When setting up  your 401K savings plan, make sure that you take into consideration both the cost  of living after retirement and the cost of health care. Include the projected  costs for the premium payments for the senior citizen health insurance.

Sign up for the plan prior to retirement as the plan will be less expensive  if you are younger at the beginning of the policy. Check the details to verify  that the plan covers everything that you want and is compatible with Medicare.  Your chosen plan should be supplemental to government provisions and is not  intended to replace them. Always read the policy carefully before signing the  acceptance of the policy.

While this may seem like an extreme expense, the additional coverage provided  by these policies is worth paying for considering the kind of expenses that  might be incurred.

When purchasing the senior citizen health insurance cover, shop around to get  the best possible rates and coverage for your needs.

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Senior Citizen Insurance by Jerry Fatjo

April 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Senior citizen insurance is used by people who are 65 years old or above. The  reason why this is a separate category of insurance is because senior citizens  tend to have more health related troubles, compared to younger people.

Therefore it is important for a senior citizen to find the right type of  insurance. They need to find insurance that is both affordable and offers good  coverage for their specific needs. Seniors do need insurance for the simple  reason that Medicare only provides partial coverage. The thing to do here is to  find out exactly what medicare covers and then have secondary insurance to cover  other expenses.

An example would be, Medicare part A will cover some of their inpatient care,  nursing home care and some health care. Medicare part B covers some types of  their outpatient hospital care, medical equipment and occupational therapy.

However, medicare of any type will usually not cover annual physicals. In  order to get this the patient may have to get the senior health insurance. This  is why it is important to check with your broker and see what exactly is covered  by medicare before getting insurance.

With the use of the internet it is easy nowadays to find an insurance company  that gives affordable rates. Although before getting your senior citizen  insurance coverage, it is always better to talk to an agent before signing  anything. Senior citizens can also qualify for some life insurance plans. There  is a common misconception that seniors do not have anybody directly dependent on  them, therefore they do not need life insurance policies.

This is simply not true in all cases and should be discussed with your  insurance agent or broker. The idea behind life insurance is to give financial  protection for family members. This way they are not left to pay for the funeral  and any unsettled debt that is left behind.

When it comes to the unfortunate situation, such as a loved one’s demise, you  will want to be sure everything or everyone is taken care of. This is especially  true if the person leaves behind a spouse and, or children. The surviving wife  or husband will have many expenses such as rent and health insurance. In this  case a life insurance policy will be of great help for the surviving family  member or members to take care of the daily, weekly, or even monthly living  expenses.

For more information on insurance for seniors check out  [http://www.senior-citizen-insurance-online.com/]

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What Makes Someone a Senior Citizen? by Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

April 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Good question!

Developmental Psychologists have long used either ages or stages to define  segments of the population. Many developmental textbooks are divided into  chapters based on one or the other of these definitions.

Age definitions are ones that use numbers – such as: being 65 or older means  you are a senior citizen; or all over 55 get a senior citizen discount.

Stage definitions are usually feeling and behavior related – along the lines  of: “you are only as old as you feel or act.”

Over the last few decades, as we learn more and more about the later  stages/ages of the lifespan, the thinking about aging is changing – and so are  the textbooks. But the definitions are still stuck in the past.

The field of Developmental Psychology is itself aging – as are the original  developmental psychologists – and more information is becoming known and  understood about the lifespan.

Add to this that we are living longer. In 1940, the average life expectancy  at birth in the USA was 62.9 years; in 1960 it was 69.7; by 1980 it was 74.1 and  in 2000 it was 77.2. [The statistics differ by sex and ethnicity but these are  the averages for all persons.]

Average only is a middle figure. Half die before and half after the ages  cited. And if one lives past infancy, life expectancy increases and it increases  every year one is still alive. So those who were born in 1940, and are obviously  now well past 62.9, have a far different life expectancy than when they were  born. That expectancy is now somewhere into their mid 80s.

So as to defining what makes you a senior citizen? It is often left up to the  language or stereotypes we use and some legal definitions.

Most jurisdictions rely on when you can start collecting social security  benefits to define what is their senior population. Eligibility for full Social  Security benefits will increase to age 67 for those born in 1960; yet as we can  still sign up for Medicare at age 65 – 65 seems still to be the “age” definition  of senior citizen.

Will that change? It might…but not for those who are already at or near 65.  We ARE labeled senior citizens.

And what about behavioral definitions – the stages aspect?

That is up to us. We can continue to do what we have been doing – living life  to the fullest and not becoming the stereotypes many have about senior  citizens.

We are who we are – and are the ages we have accumulated!

If we let someone else’s characterizations of “senior-ness” define us or our  behavior – then we are falling prey to their stereotypes. Create your own  definition of senior.

I am of the thought that we are only as old as we feel and act! So feel  and act young!

You may still be called a “senior” but you’ll wind up confounding a lot of  people.

I invite you to read more of my take on aging at http://growolderbetter.com – and where you can sign up for  even more tidbits.

From Lynn Dorman, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist who was around way back  then and is now a 70-year-old-senior-citizen who is still figuring out what she  will do when she grows up.

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Top Senior Citizen Web Sites For Whatever You Need by Maria Norton

April 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Senior citizen web sites number in the millions and cover nearly every topic  imaginable. Whether you want to find information on benefits, retirement  planning, travel, healthcare, transitioning to another state like Florida, or  even senior citizen sex, there are senior citizen web sites dedicated to the  topic.

One of the most popular sites on the internet for seniors is the  long-recognized American Association of Retired Persons. If you are looking for  any kind of information that is specific to seniors, then their site is an  excellent place to start. The site includes main categories of information like  health, money, leisure, family, and volunteering. You can find information on  discounts available to seniors on travel, dining, and other services. There is  also an online community on the website where you can interact with other  seniors. You can create your own online profile that tells a little about your  and then you can decide what groups you’d like to join based on common interests  and activities.

Or, you can find an incredible amount of information for seniors on the  federal government’s website for senior citizens’ resources at  usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml. The site provides in-depth information and links  to some of the most popular senior citizen web sites on issues like money,  volunteering, health, housing, retirement, end-of-life issues and caregiving.  But the site also includes important information specific to the government such  as:

· Laws and regulations concerning seniors – things like the Age  Discrimination in Employment Act, and the laws relating to Social Security  Administration and Medicare.

· Consumer protection for seniors – information on elder rights, nursing home  advocates, and types of consumer fraud.

· Federal and State agencies for seniors – such as the Veterans’ Health  Administration, the Administration on Aging and the Employee Benefits Security  Administration.

· Information on benefits – the site provides information on disability and  other government benefit programs, as well as a tool to determine if you are  eligible for any benefits.

· Resources specifically for grandparents that are raising their  grandchildren – links to benefits and government assistance information, DHS  programs for Children and Families, and organizations like the National Center  on Grandparents Raising Children

Of course, travel sites are among some of the most popular sites on the web  for seniors. Some of these senior citizen web sites are some of the best for  travel options, both because of their reputation and because of the types of  travel options that they offer:

· Elderhostel is the all-round champ of educational tours for seniors. This  company concentrates on delving into the history and culture of locations in  both the US and abroad.

· ElderTreks – if you want a bit more of an adventure aspect to your travel,  then this company can help. They offer treks that include what they call ‘soft  adventure’ – nothing too extreme.

· Grand Circle Travel – this is a tour operating company that offers trips to  all age groups, but that definitely caters to seniors.

· Seniors at Sea – as you can probably tell from the title, this travel  company offers cruises designed with the senior in mind.

· Grand Travel – this unique travel company offers packages for grandparents  and grandchildren to enjoy together.

There is simply no end to senior citizen web sites and the range of topics  they cover. No matter what kind of information you’re seeking, you can find it  with a bit of patience and an internet connection.

Maria Norton is the creator of florida-retirement.net, a website designed for  those who are considering retiring to Florida or buying second homes there. She  is a licensed real estate broker and a 20 year veteran of the Relocation  Industry. She provides comprehensive, personalized & free, Florida  Relocation Services. She has also published 4 eBooks: A Guide to Establishing  Florida Residency, How to Create the Perfect Retirement, The Florida Beach Book & How to Buy a Second/Vacation Home in Florida, which are available on the  website. To get your copy of How To Create the Perfect Retirement visit her  website at http://www.florida-retirement.net.

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Sometimes Little Things Can Be Huge!

March 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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By Thair Phillips, President, RetireSafe

A small and relatively new product is making life easier for older Americans. It’s a simple thing, but unit dose laundry detergent packs (or pods) are helping seniors perform necessary laundry chores that they might not otherwise be able to do without help. The laundry packs’ small size and pre-measured, consistent content is perfect for aging hands and eyes. With ten thousand of our fellow Americans reaching the age of 65 each day, it’s a really big deal!

While younger Americans can choose from many options, the pods are a huge help to the frail and the disabled.  Consider those who suffer from arthritis, for example. According to 2007-2009 data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an estimated 50 million adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That number is expected to grow to 67 million by the year 2030, per NHIS data. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, negatively impacting function and mobility for millions of senior citizens. The laundry pods meet the need created by those who can no longer heft a jug of detergent and pour it into a measuring cup. The small (but not too small to handle) size detergent pod fits the bill for aging-in-place seniors who wish to remain self-reliant.

And then there are those who must struggle each and every day with impaired vision.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals over the age of 65 accounts for roughly 30 percent of the U.S. population considered to be visually impaired. Dimming eyesight can reduce physical, functional, emotional, and social well-being.  Doing the laundry can be a chore for all of us, but trying to measure the exact amount of liquid or powder for the person who is vision impaired can be a laundry room disaster resulting in ruined clothes and dangerous messes. For age-in-place seniors with cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and/or diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that causes visual impairment, anything that can help simplify the laundry measuring process is truly a godsend.

Keep in mind that many older Americans in single family homes and apartments may well have to take their laundry and laundry supplies to a communal laundry room or a Laundromat.  Having the convenience of smaller, self-contained detergent pods to carry instead jugs of liquids and large boxes of powder is a big advantage for the elderly.  This is especially true for those navigating with canes or walkers, or those needing to keep one hand free for stability.

In short, pre-measured laundry detergent packs or pods are critical innovations for seniors. This is one small-sized product with a huge functional impact for seniors. In an aging America, we need every one of these impactful products, and many, many more.

RetireSafe is a nationwide organization of 4000,000 supporters that advocates on behalf of seniors on issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, health and financial well-being.

Contact Thair Phillips, (202) 628-5095

CVS Caremark Emphasizes Commitment to Older Americans at Annual American Society on Aging Conference

March 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Company highlights the importance of medication adherence in helping seniors on their path to better health

CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS) will highlight how medication adherence plays a vital role in helping older Americans on their path to better health at the 2013 Annual American Society on Aging Conference, which is being held in Chicago this week.

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CVS Caremark, a Titanium Sponsor of the conference, will also be participating in a number of general sessions and panels and will highlight its efforts to ensure customers and patients receive quality care and guidance as they age. David Casey, the company’s Vice President of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, will open the March 12 General Session: Mysteries of Population Aging.

As a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Caremark is committed to developing new ways to lower costs and improve health. By advancing the understanding of medication adherence through research collaborations, the company is gathering important information about why some patients take their medications as prescribed and why others do not. CVS Caremark is also refining the ways it interacts with patients through proven programs, such as Pharmacy Advisor and Maintenance Choice, that help patients stay on their medications and improve health outcomes.

“People age 65 and older typically take two or three times as many medications as younger Americans,” said Casey. “As we reinvent pharmacy care, we will continue to be a trusted health care partner to all of our customers, but particularly to aging Americans who are more likely to have chronic conditions and require more guidance.”

CVS Caremark is not only committed to its older customers and patients, it is also committed to recruiting mature workers and supporting older colleagues who are already part of the company.

“At CVS Caremark, we believe talent is ageless. Our mature colleagues’ knowledge and experience are important assets to our company. They provide us with insight into the best ways to serve our mature customers and sometimes become mentors to their younger colleagues,” added Casey.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.7 percent of the nation’s workforce is age 60 and over. Currently, 6.9 percent of CVS Caremark’s workforce is age 60 and over, higher than the national rate. The number of CVS Caremark colleagues who are age 50 and over has grown from approximately 6 percent in 1990 to nearly 20 percent in 2013. To continue this upward trend, CVS Caremark is cultivating public and private partnerships at the local, state, and national level with the goal of recruiting more mature workers into all areas of its workforce.

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company’s more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 600 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.  As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications.  Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.

Contacts:

Jeff Ventura
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-1990
Jeffrey.Ventura@cvscaremark.com

Former NAELA President Appointed to Long-Term Care Commission

February 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Judith Stein, longtime member, Past President, and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), to the National Commission on Long-Term Care. Leader Pelosi’s other appointments include SCAN Foundation President Dr. Bruce Allen Chernoff, and activist and philanthropist George Vrandenberg.

The 15-member Commission was established by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) to develop a plan to establish, implement, and finance a high-quality long-term care system that ensures long-term care services and supports for individuals with substantial cognitive and functional limitations for older Americans and individuals with disabilities. The Commission’s role is to examine the interaction between Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers.

Charles P. Sabatino, fellow NAELA member and Director of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging, congratulated Stein on this tremendous achievement: “[She is] the foremost and most tireless national advocate for Medicare beneficiaries…this is also a conspicuous achievement in NAELA’s history in having one of its members appointed to such a high-level national body, charged with charting the nation’s course in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. It is also a cause for some real optimism in our future.”

Stein is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. She has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP), where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She served as NAELA’s 13th president from June 2000 – May 2001.

She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching, and consulting. She is also the editor and co-author of several books, articles, and other publications regarding Medicare and related issues. Stein has been lead or co-counsel in numerous federal class action and individual cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

Northern Nevada Medical Group Announces Two Additional Cardiologists

February 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Northern Nevada Medical Center welcomes two additional local cardiologists to their team of physicians affiliated with the Northern Nevada Medical Group.

Chad Bidart, MD, FACC and Colin Fuller, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, are providing heart and vascular care at Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Accredited Chest Pain Center. They join Northern Nevada Medical Group cardiologists Dr. Kosta Arger, Dr. Michael Newmark, Dr. Tom Nylk and Dr. Thomas Truong.

“We sincerely welcome these prestigious local cardiologists to our family,” said Tiffany Meert, Chief Operating Officer at Northern Nevada Medical Center. “The Accredited Chest Pain Center at NNMC has long been known for quality and expedient cardiovascular care. These cardiologists bring a breadth of experience and multidisciplinary skills, and they will continue to serve our community well.”

Dr. Bidart is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and electrophysiology. He specializes in heart arrhythmia. A native of Winnemucca, NV, Dr. Bidart earned his medical degree at UNR and completed his residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He also completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at UCLA.

Dr. Fuller is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He specializes in peripheral arterial disease, cardiac sports medicine, and clinical and preventive cardiology. He is also a team physician for UNR Athletics. Dr. Fuller earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed his residency at UC, Davis. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
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The cardiologists’ office is located on the Northern Nevada Medical Center campus at Sparks Medical Office Building, 2385 E. Prater Way, Suite 205, and they are also seeing patients in south Reno at 5575 Kietzke, just south of the Neil roundabout. To ensure continuity of care, Dr. Bidart and Dr. Fuller will continue to see their existing patients. They are also accepting new patients and are on most of the areas health plans including Medicare. To schedule an appointment please call (775) 352-5300.
The Chest Pain Center at Northern Nevada Medical Center is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, NNMC has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patients, and demonstrated a commitment to higher standards. When it comes to a heart attack, minutes matter.

Senior Care Plus Offers Daily Meetings During medicare Enrollment Period

November 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Senior Care Plus Offers Daily Meetings During medicare Enrollment Period

RENO, Nev. (Oct. 15, 2012) – Senior Care Plus, a Medicare Advantage Plan offered by Hometown Health, is hosting daily informational group meetings to assist current and new members during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2012.

During those dates, Medicare eligible beneficiaries can sign up or make changes to their current coverage, including choosing a Medicare managed care plan (Medicare Advantage or Stand-Alone Prescription Drug plans).

With this opportunity to select private health insurance for next year, these informational meetings are designed to answer questions regarding the impact of Health Care Reform on Medicare Advantage. Additionally Medicare eligible beneficiaries will be able to select the right insurance plan, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013, and complete their Annual Election Form.

“After Dec. 7, members will be locked into their plans until next year’s Annual Enrollment Period,” said Matt Ladich, director of government programs for Hometown Health. “Medicare Advantage plans can offer greater medical, prescription drug, and supplemental benefits in one plan with one insurance carrier versus other arrangements – this allows for lower costs and convenience to the beneficiary.”

Those interested can call 775-982-3191 or toll-free 888-775-7003 to choose from daily sessions held at the 850 Harvard Way offices. Walk-ins are welcome and home appointments may also be available. Additionally, specific meetings will be scheduled in communities outside of the Reno Sparks area at various libraries and senior centers. Reservations are strongly recommended. Visit seniorcareplus.com for more information.

Many Medicare eligible beneficiaries may wait until it is too late to enroll in managed care plans. These plans offer more cost savings and benefits than traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare. Senior Care Plus wants to educate the public about the change and cut down on possible beneficiary confusion and frustration.

Senior Care Plus, a product of Hometown Health Plan, Inc. is contracted with the Federal Government to offer a Medicare Advantage Plan with prescription drug coverage, available to anyone with both Medicare Parts A and B. Hometown Health is pleased to have been awarded another contract with Medicare for 2013 and will continue to offer its plans for a 17th year. Members must be residents of Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties and continue to pay his or her Medicare Part B premium.

Hometown Health Announces Region’s First Electronic Member ID Card

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Hometown Health Announces Region’s First Electronic Member ID Card

RENO, Nev. (Oct. 22, 2012) – For all those who dig through wallets, purses or pockets to locate their insurance ID cards, Hometown Health now offers an alternative – the Hometown Health eCard. With the region’s first Electronic Member ID Card, Hometown Health members can access their secure eCard from their smartphones and view, fax or email a copy of the card directly to a healthcare provider’s office.

“Hometown Health members now have on-the-go access to their insurance information, such as co-pay amounts,” said Ty Windfeldt, vice president of Hometown Health. “This leading-edge technology provides our members with added convenience not currently available by others in our market.”

The Hometown Health eCard is available to commercial, fully-insured and self-funded members and members of Senior Care Plus, a Medicare Advantage Plan offered by Hometown Health.

Members can download this free app for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones by visiting their mobile phones’ app store and searching for ”Hometown Health eCard.” For additional information, visit hometownhealth.com/ecard.

About Hometown Health
Established in 1988, Hometown Health is the insurance division of Renown Health. Hometown Health is northern Nevada’s largest and most experienced health-insurance company. Providing wide-ranging medical coverage and great service to members, Hometown Health represents a philosophy of healthcare that emphasizes active partnerships between members and physicians. Hometown Health values prevention as a key component of comprehensive care – reducing the risks of illness and helping to treat small problems before they can become more severe. Hometown Health offers a number of insurance products including HMO, PPO, HSA, Dental, Vision and Senior Care Plus, northern Nevada’s first Medicare Advantage Plan. For more information, call 775-982-3000 or visit hometownhealth.com.

Dr. Quinn Pauly Joins Premier Care at Renown Medical Group

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Dr. Quinn Pauly Joins Premier Care at Renown Medical Group

To help meet the need of patients in northern Nevada seeking more convenience and greater access to their primary care physician, Renown Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Quinn Pauly, M.D. as a new Premier Care physician.

Dr. Pauly is board certified in family medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and completed his residency at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, Calif.

The Premier Care Program, first introduced to the region through Renown Health last October, offers patients greater access to their primary care physician beyond traditional scheduled office visits. The program is based on a national trend and is made possible through a reduced practice size.

“Patients are requesting enhanced access and expanded personalized care,” said Larry Trilops, vice president of Ambulatory Services at Renown Health. “This program allows us to meet customer demand.”

What’s the difference?
Renown Medical Group offers same or next day appointments with your doctor if he’s available or another doctor, within Renown’s Medical Group consisting of more than 80 providers and 15 locations, if he’s not.

In contrast, the Premier Care program offers more access through a reduced practice size. With monthly membership fees (not covered by insurance) ranging from $35 – $55, you may communicate directly with your primary care physician 24/7, including weekends.

“My focus has always been to take time to listen to my patients so I can attend to their healthcare needs thoroughly,” Dr. Pauly said. “I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families and strive to give my patients personalized, compassionate care”.

Key Premier Care Benefits include:
• A smaller, low volume practice.
• Convenient appointments with your dedicated Premier Care physician with little to no waiting guaranteed.
• Online communication directly with your physician, regarding scheduled appointments, sick visits or general medical advice, with a response within 24 hours, seven days per week.
• Extended office time for appointments.

For more information about Premier Care, please visit renown.org/premiercare or call 775-982-8265.

About Renown Medical Groups
Renown Medical Group has more than 80 providers at 15 locations including Reno, Sparks, Fernley and Silver Springs.

Earlier this year, Renown announced awards that recognized two Renown Medical Group sites for initiatives for excellence in patient quality. In 2010, Renown became the first NCQA recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in Nevada, and in 2011, Renown became the fourth organization in the country to be recognized as a Level III PCMH under the new 2011 standards.

Renown Medical Group physicians provide preventive care and health education for all ages and treat most common illnesses and injuries including colds, flu, and aches and pains. They also coordinate their patients’ medical care including checkups, immunizations, referrals to specialists, lab and x-ray services and hospital admissions. Physicians see patients by scheduled appointment. Medical Group locations accept most insurance plans, including Hometown Health, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Great West, Coventry/First Health, Humana, Principal, Tricare and Medicare.

For added convenience, Renown Medical Group is the only primary care provider in the region that offers a secure, online venue for patients to manage their healthcare. With MyChart, patients can schedule and keep track of appointments, obtain certain test results and request prescription refills 24 hours a day. To sign up, ask a Medical Assistant for your access code at your next office visit. Same-day appointments are available by calling 982-5000, Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Fridays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, visit renown.org/medicalgroup.

Helping Hands Surgical Care Announces Second Annual Charity Surgery Day

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Local nonprofit seeks qualified patients to receive medically necessary surgery at no cost

Dr. Kevin Petersen, and Kelly Petersen, co-founders of Helping Hands Surgical Care (HHSC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate surgeries for uninsured Nevadans without the means to pay for medically necessary surgeries, announce the second annual Charity Surgery Day, Nov. 13, 2012. HHSC doctors will provide 10 free surgeries that day to uninsured Nevadans without the means to pay and who do not qualify for government assistance through plans such as Medicare.

Dr. Petersen, a board certified general surgeon who has practiced for more than 26 years, along with his wife, Kelly, HHSC’s unpaid executive director, launched HHSC last year to end chronic pain and suffering for Nevadans with no other options. Since the organization’s inaugural Charity Surgery Day on Nov. 15 last year, HHSC has performed 24 free surgeries for uninsured Nevadans.

HHSC is seeking patients who may qualify to receive medically necessary surgery at no cost on Charity Surgery Day. Applicants must qualify both financially and medically and are screened via an advisory panel comprised of medical professionals.

Qualified patients must have a stable, chronic, non-emergency condition that requires surgery to restore a disabled patient to normal function or to remove a potentially life threatening condition, such as hernia repair, gall bladder removal, select gynecological surgeries, select back surgeries and cataract removal. Candidates must reside in Nevada, lack medical insurance and the resources to pay for surgery. They must also be acceptable surgical candidates. To review patient eligibility requirements and apply for surgery, visit www.HelpingHandsSurgicalCare.com and click on the How to Apply link.

In addition to Petersen, doctors working with HHSC include Allan Stahl, M.D., cardiology, Michael Verni, M.D., urology; Cameron Earl, M.D., plastic surgery; Jeannie Khavkin, M.D., otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery; Yevgeniy Khavkin, M.D., spine surgery; Ronette Cyka, M.D., gynecology; and George McMickle, M.D., ophthalmology and eye surgery. Medical District Surgery Center, has once again committed to donating the use of operating rooms on Charity Surgery Day.

“This past year has been one of the most gratifying in my entire career,” said Dr. Petersen, who has personally performed several of the organization’s free surgeries over the past year. “Helping people to get back their lives, to go back to work, to restore their ability to provide for their families and to start enjoying life again, is incredibly rewarding and reminds me of the reason I practice medicine,” said Petersen. “The spirit of HHSC has caught on in the medical community, and we are grateful for the other doctors who have willingly joined our program. It is truly a team effort that takes members of the entire medical community working together to make a difference.”

While all participating doctors waive their fees, surgery isn’t free. Costs such as lab fees, anesthesia, prescription, nurses and surgical techs must still be paid.

To volunteer to provide medical services, to make a donation that covers hard costs of surgery, or to inquire about patient qualifications to receive charity surgery, call 702-242-5393 or visit www.HelpingHandsSurgicalCare.com.

About Helping Hands Surgical Care
Helping Hands Surgical Care is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate surgeries for uninsured and underinsured individuals without the means to pay for medically necessary, quality of life surgeries. Founded by Dr. Kevin Petersen of Las Vegas, Nevada based No Insurance Surgery, Helping Hands Surgical Care values the health and well-being of each individual regardless of their ability to pay. The organization is guided by its focus on the physician-patient relationship and its dedication to transforming and improving the lives of those it serves. For more information, visit www.HelpingHandsSurgicalCare.com or call 702-242-5393.

Hometown Health Offers Drive-Thru Flu Shots at Renown South Meadows

September 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Hometown Health and Senior Care Plus will provide northern Nevada residents with the convenience of drive-thru seasonal flu shots, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon, at Renown South Meadows Medical Center, 10101 Double R Blvd. This event is one of more than 45 scheduled Renown Health flu and pneumonia shot offerings around the Truckee Meadows community this season.

“The drive-thru flu shot event is one of our most popular events because of the ease and convenience it offers,” said Ty Windfeldt, vice president of Hometown Health. “Depending on wait times, the entire process can take as little as 10 minutes. It’s great for people who know they should get the shot or want the shot but have trouble finding the time to fit in a visit to their doctor’s office.”

Flu shots are offered at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries (Part B), members of Senior Care Plus or Hometown Health fully insured HMO and PPO plans and Renown Health employee plan members. All other individuals can receive the seasonal flu shots for $28. Pneumonia shots will be offered for those people whose medical conditions could be helped by one (individuals must meet CDC requirements). There are no out-of-pocket costs for Medicare (Part B), Senior Care Plus members or Hometown Health fully insured HMO and PPO plan members. For all others, the pneumonia shot is $70.

“The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a flu vaccine as the first and most important thing people can do to protect against the flu,” said Lori Mitchell, health management services manager at Renown Health. “Additional preventive actions like washing your hands regularly and covering your cough will help stop the spread of germs.”

If unable to attend this flu shot event, people are encouraged to visit renown.org/flu for a complete flu and pneumonia shot schedule and locations. Pediatric flu shots are available by appointment only for children ages six months to eight years old. Call 775-982-5433 to schedule. Flu shots are available to children ages nine to 17 with a parent present.

About Hometown Health
Established in 1988, Hometown Health is the insurance division of Renown Health. Hometown Health is northern Nevada’s largest and most experienced health-insurance company. Providing wide-ranging medical coverage and great service to members, Hometown Health represents a philosophy of healthcare that emphasizes active partnerships between members and physicians. Hometown Health values prevention as a key component of comprehensive care – reducing the risks of illness and helping to treat small problems before they can become more severe. Hometown Health offers a number of insurance products including HMO, PPO, HAS, Dental, Vision and Senior Care Plus, northern Nevada’s first Medicare Advantage Plan. For more information, call 775-982-3000 or visit hometownhealth.com

Free Screenings During Senior Fest

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Hundreds of seniors will take advantage of free health screenings offered at Senior Fest 2012, Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reno Town Mall. Last year, seniors lined up at the large tented area to participate in this once a year community outreach for tests offered by the health care team of professionals at Renown Health and Senior Care Plus.

Attendees, age 50 and older, can receive screenings regardless of their health insurance carrier. They include a Basic Metabolic Panel and Lipid Profile, Glycohemoglobin (Hemoglobin A1C) for known diabetics, blood pressure check and body mass index calculation. A pharmacist will also be available to review medications. Lab screenings will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to screenings, flu and pneumonia shots will be available at a low cost to general attendees. Medicare beneficiaries (Part B) and members of Senior Care Plus will receive the shots with no out-of-pocket cost.

Renown Health representatives will also be present to share important health information about specialized senior services, knee and hip joint replacement, cancer, heart services, Medical Group and Urgent Care and Cosmetic Laser & Skin Care.

For more information about the health screenings, contact Renown Wellness Resources at 775-982-5433.

About Hometown Health
Established in 1988, Hometown Health is the insurance division of Renown Health. Hometown Health is northern Nevada’s largest and most experienced health-insurance companies. Providing wide-ranging medical coverage and great service to members, Hometown Health represents a philosophy of health care that emphasizes active partnerships between members and physicians. Hometown Health values prevention as a key component of comprehensive care – reducing the risks of illness and helping to treat small problems before they can become more severe. Hometown Health offers a number of insurance products including HMO, PPO, HSA, Dental, Vision, and Senior Care Plus, northern Nevada’s first Medicare Advantage Plan. For more information, call 775-982-3000 or visit hometownhealth.com.

About Senior Fest
The 17th annual Senior Fest is the largest senior citizen outreach in northern Nevada. It offers informational booths featuring businesses and organizations that provide senior services in the Truckee Meadows community. Senior Fest is held at Reno Town Mall on the corner of Peckham Lane and South Virginia, across from the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Parking is free at both the mall and the Atlantis Casino parking lot. For more information, call 775-348-0717.

There’s No Place Like Home

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There’s No Place Like Home
By Michael Clark

If you are on Medicare and have had a recent hospital stay, experts say there is about a 1-in-5 chance you will find yourself back in the hospital again within a month. Hospital readmissions are not only expensive they are hard on both patients and families. According to analysts, three-fourths of these readmissions are potentially avoidable.
Now, the Nevada Partnership for Value-driven Healthcare (NPV) has an initiative with an ultimate goal of reducing these hospital readmissions by at least 10%. The No Place Like Home Campaign is being implemented in Nevada by HealthInsight, the state’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.

Typically, problems begin when patients receive inadequate preparation for discharge from the hospital. The handover from the hospital to outpatient providers is poorly handled, and patients and their family caregivers are left to cope on their own with medical issues that they don’t understand. In fact, only about half of discharged patients follow up with their primary-care physicians after they leave the hospital, and those who don’t are much more likely to be readmitted than those who do see a doctor.
“Have we properly prepared the patient for a return home?” asks Deborah Huber, executive director of the non-profit organization HealthInsight, a prominent member of the NPV. “Poor communication is at the heart of the problem.”
Huber points out that too often people released from hospital care do not know when to go to their primary-care doctor, or which medications to take, or the costs involved. Making matters worse, there are no clear lines of authority. As a result, the system sets these individuals up to fail and creates a dangerous situation for patients, according to Brian Jack, an expert on hospital engineering.

In one study, for example, 78 percent of patients discharged from the ER did not understand their diagnosis, their ER treatment, home care instructions, or warnings signs of when to return to the hospital. Health care providers are partly responsible for this lack of comprehension.

IHI, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, advises hospitals and other institutions to use a patient-centered approach that looks at post-discharge care through a patient’s eyes. By doing “deep dives” into several patient histories, IHI says, and finding out why the patients were readmitted, it’s possible to understand where the entire process falls short and begin to fix it.

Another area that needs improvement has to do with what is called the transitions of care…do the health care providers receiving the patient know what the ones sending the patient home knows? “The patient gets stuck in the middle. They don’t know what to do,” Huber noted. And what about Advanced Planning…end of life care? Have patients and their families made these ultimate decisions? If not, these issues must be addressed. What if patients don’t want to go back to the hospital? Are they aware of what palliative care or hospice can do? “Medicare provides a good hospice benefit. The whole family can benefit from that.”

Here the goal is to make someone as comfortable as possible and give family members the support they need to help them through this difficult time. “These are the type of things I see every day with my home health patients, I see where patients would not have to return to acute if the goals set here could be obtained,” said Lucia Cleveland a home health occupational therapist.

HealthInsight’s goal is to reduce 30-day readmissions by 20% by October 2013. Finally, Huber observes “this is a community problem, not merely a hospital problem.” This community effort will produce sustainable and replicable strategies to achieve high-value health care for individuals in our communities and save potentially millions of dollars in healthcare costs.

“One way we support this statewide community effort is through a web-based campaign where providers, payers, and patients can pledge their support and become an active participant,” noted Jackie Buttaccio, HealthInsight’s Quality Improvement Manager. “The website is a one stop shop for all things readmissions with resources and tools that can be downloaded, and local success stories can be shared. “ The address is http://noplacelikehomenv.com

HealthInsight also supports this work through face to face workshops for providers to learn more about what they can change about their systems of care to keep patients safe from an avoidable hospital readmission.

Free Senior Help Fair

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Free Senior Help Fair Provides Vital Information & Services

The Senior Help Fair is a collaborative event hosted by community-based organizations comprised of health care, senior service providers and government. The HELP Fair attendees will be treated to a variety of vendors, offering health and wellness screenings, health-related tips and information about local services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 6, 2012, on the campus of Christ Lutheran Church, located at 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive.

The Senior Help Fair is a one-stop destination for information about local services and organizations and is open to all ages. More than 50 agencies and companies will be on hand to provide information on community services for seniors. Community agencies will be on hand to help seniors connect with resources. Assistance programs that will be available include nutrition support, energy assistance, medication costs, affordable housing, legal services and transportation including the TAP taxicab assistance program. There will also be free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes risk, vision, falls risk and dementia.

“This fair will help all seniors and those who care for them navigate the programs and services available to help people and to give voice to their concerns regarding services and resources,” said Senior Help Fair Organizing Committee Chair Jeff Klein. Individuals, who are 65 or over, should bring their identification and Medicare cards.
Along with the more than 50 agencies and companies offering information and services, free lunch will be served to the first 200 attendees, local singer Mark Miller will be providing entertainment and many door prizes will be offered on the hour.
The best time to think about aging is before the need arises. If an emergency happens, family members have to scramble to seek out options for care within a short time period, often not being able to take the time to make the best decision. “There are still a large number of people in the state who do not know what senior services are offered, or that these services even exist, so we will continue outreach efforts to the community,” said Commission on Aging member Lucy Peres “The goal is to raise awareness of health and safety related services in the state.”

The fair will also provide an opportunity for seniors to speak with their legislators and voice their opinions and concerns on issues that affect their daily lives.

When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 6, 2012
Where: Campus of Christ Lutheran Church 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive
Information: Call Nevada Senior Services (702) 648-3425 www.nevadaseniorservices.org

Medical Alert Provider Rescue Alert of California(TM) Announces Improved Senior Blog Rescue Alert of California

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Medical Alert Provider Rescue Alert of California(TM) Announces Improved Senior Blog
Rescue Alert of California™, has announced a newly updated senior blog in an effort to improve the user-experience for their network of seniors and caregivers.

Rescue Alert Medical Alert System
We want to provide the vital information on eldercare and senior health in an easy-to-find, user friendly way so that more people benefit from this valuable information.
Rancho Santa Margarita, California (PRWEB) August 23, 2012

Medical alert provider Rescue Alert of California,™ in a continued effort to provide helpful resources and information on a variety of health and safety topics for seniors, has announced a restructure of it’s senior blog. Rescue Alert of California’s™ enhanced blog is one place to find information on everything from changes in Medicare to flu shots to retirement.
“Our website is an important tool for us and for our customers,” said Lindsey Brewster of Rescue Alert of California™. “we want to provide the vital information on eldercare and senior health in an easy-to-find, user friendly way so that more people benefit from this valuable information.”
Rescue Alert of California™ has improved its senior blog by adding more resources, in a variety of categories such as senior safety, health, technology, medical alert systems, caregiver resources, and senior assistance. There is now more content, and easier navigation, so that seniors and caregivers can find what they want to know with ease and efficiency.
About Rescue Alert of California™:
Rescue Alert of California™ has been enabling senior citizens to live safe, happy and independent lives through education and quality medical alert systems for over a decade. They offer EMD certified responders available 24 hours a day, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that help is available at the push of a button.
To view the resources available for seniors and caregivers, visit our website:
http://rescuealertofca.com
To join a supportive network of senior resources and experts in the field, follow us on Twitter @rescuealertofca, or “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RescueAlertofCA

Senior Care Plus Offers Free Screenings During Senior Fest

Senior Care Plus, a Medicare Advantage Plan from Hometown Health, will offer free lab screenings during Senior Fest. Senior Fest is Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reno Town Mall.

Lab screenings will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees, age 50 and older, can receive screenings regardless of their health insurance carrier. They include a Basic Metabolic Panel and Lipid Profile, Glycohemoglobin (Hemoglobin A1C) for known diabetics, blood pressure check and body mass index calculation. A pharmacist will also be available to review medications.

Senior Care Plus members can receive a free FIT (fecal immunochemical test) at-home cancer screening and a heel bone scan (100 screenings will be offered for women only).

In addition to screenings, flu and pneumonia shots will be available at a low cost to general attendees. Medicare beneficiaries (Part B) and members of Senior Care Plus will receive the shots with no out-of-pocket cost.

Renown Health representatives will also be present to share important health information about specialized senior services, knee and hip joint replacement, cancer, heart services, Medical Group and Urgent Care and Cosmetic Laser & Skin Care.

For more information about the health screenings, contact Renown Wellness Resources at 775-982-5433.

About Hometown Health
Established in 1988, Hometown Health is the insurance division of Renown Health. Hometown Health is northern Nevada’s largest and most experienced health-insurance companies. Providing wide-ranging medical coverage and great service to members, Hometown Health represents a philosophy of health care that emphasizes active partnerships between members and physicians. Hometown Health values prevention as a key component of comprehensive care – reducing the risks of illness and helping to treat small problems before they can become more severe. Hometown Health offers a number of insurance products including HMO, PPO, HSA, Dental, Vision, and Senior Care Plus, northern Nevada’s first Medicare Advantage Plan. For more information, call 775-982-3000 or visit hometownhealth.com.

About Senior Fest
The 16th annual Senior Fest is the largest senior citizen outreach in northern Nevada. It offers informational booths featuring businesses and organizations that provide senior services in the Truckee Meadows community. Senior Fest is held at Reno Town Mall on the corner of Peckham Lane and South Virginia, across from the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Parking is free at both the mall and the Atlantis Casino parking lot. For more information, call 775-348-0717.

Focus on Your Vision During Cataract Awareness Month

August 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Focus on Your Vision During Cataract Awareness Month

Over half of all Americans will develop cataracts by the age of 70 – but poor vision doesn’t have to be an inevitable fact of aging. During Cataract Awareness Month in August, YourSightMatters.com wants to help seniors understand the simple outpatient procedures available to restore their vision and get them back to driving, reading and seeing clearly.

“Recent technological advances means cataract surgery can do more than remove cloudy lenses. It can improve vision for those who are near or farsighted,” said James W Klein, M.D. of Lakeshore Eye Surgery Center in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. “In addition, a recent study showed that cataract surgery can also reduce a patient’s risk of breaking a hip in a fall.”
Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the United States, and yet many affected individuals avoid treatment. To help put patients at ease, YourSightMatters.com provides a helpful list of questions for patients to ask their surgeon. In fact, cataract surgery is usually performed in an ambulatory surgery center, takes less than fifteen minutes and patients can resume most normal activities the next day.
Since cataracts develop over years, gradual changes in vision can become the “new normal” and therefore ignored longer than necessary. Some people even describe cataracts as looking through a “dirty windshield.”

Visit YourSightMatters.com to find a local surgeon who specializes in cataract surgery, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Blurred, cloudy vision
• Difficulty seeing at night or while driving
• Sensitivity to light
• Seeing a “halo” around bright lights
• Colors appear faded or yellowed

A comprehensive eye exam will determine whether cataracts are present and whether you are a candidate for surgery. Cataract surgery is covered by Medicare, and most private insurance plans.

For real stories from real people who have experienced cataract surgery, please visit www.YourSightMatters.com.

About YourSightMatters.com YourSightMatters.com is powered by eye care professionals who are committed to preserving and restoring vision. This coalition represents 300 ophthalmologists and optometrists across the United States. Your Sight Matters is supported by AmSurg, a leader in eye surgery for over 20 years.

Media Contact: Jill Meyer, 615-780-3397

City Of Las Vegas October 2012 Senior Special Events

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City Of Las Vegas October 2012 Senior Special Events

Las Vegas Residents Invited To Celebrations, Luncheons & Activities At City Centers

The city of Las Vegas active adult and senior centers offer exercise, fitness, craft, arts, dance, music and computer classes; cards; games; discussion and social groups; luncheons; sports; and special events Monday through Friday to residents age 50 and better. Many of these activities contribute to wellness and a healthy lifestyle. A listing of classes and activities is published in the Beyond the Neon Leisure Guide, available in the centers and online at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/recreation.htm. All activities are subject to change. Most activities require $2 annual membership to city of Las Vegas Senior Citizen Programs, available at all senior and active adult centers.

Golf Lessons (ages 50+)
Mondays at 9 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. Registration for October sessions begins Sept. 17.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.
Bring in a couple of clubs that you need to work on.

Oktoberfest Brunch (ages 50+)
Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. Registration open Sept. 3-28.
Cost: $3.
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. (702) 229-1515.
Celebrate Oktoberfest with some Bavarian brunch delicacies!

Breakfast Nook (ages 50+)
Friday, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $3, includes French toast casserole, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Flu & Pneumonia Shots (all ages)
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to noon.
Cost: Call for information. Various insurances accepted.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Southern Nevada Health District staff will administer flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Call 759-0850 for more information on pricing and which insurances will be accepted.

Chili Cook-off
Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon.
Cost: Free to enter; $2 to taste.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Make your best chili to enter in the annual chili cook-off. Prizes will be awarded to the winner. Salad and cornbread provided for those who taste and help judge the best chili!
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Helping You Understand Your Medicare Benefits and Options (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Oct., 16, 10 a.m. Registration opens Sept. 17.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.
Receive information to help you make your best Medicare choices.

Flu Shots (all ages)
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to noon.
Cost: Call for information.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Southern Nevada Health District will provide annual flu shots. A list of accepted insurances will be available closer to the date of the clinic. Please call to be put on the reservation list.

Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $4.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Prepare for this fun tournament by joining the Thursday class at 1 p.m. or playing in the weekly games on Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy hot and cold refreshments. Top three winners will receive a prize basket!

Getting Paid to Talk (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Must be registered by Oct. 5.
Cost: $15.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
This exciting workshop will teach you how to get paid to talk – by reading for audio books, animated shows and more. The field is wide open. Learn how to market yourself, where to go to find voice-over jobs, how to do voice-overs, etc.

World Food Day Luncheon (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. Registration open Sept. 3-Oct. 12.
Cost: $5.
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. (702) 229-1515.
Give back to our community in honor of World Food Day. Bring a non-perishable food item with you and enjoy a delicious lunch. Feel good, doing good!

Oktoberfest Luncheon (ages 50+)
Thursday, Oct. 18, 11:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Celebrate the rich heritage of the German people with bratwurst, sauerkraut and a great party!

Flu and Pneumonia Shots (all ages)
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9 to 11 a.m.
Call the beginning of October for pricing.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.
Southern Nevada Health District staff will administer flu and pneumonia vaccinations for a fee. Pneumonia vaccination is recommended for adults age 65 and older. For more information on flu vaccines, go online to www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/immunizations/flu-shots.php.
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Cooking Club: What Can You Make from a Pumpkin? (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.
Cost: $5.
Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.

Lillian’s Fashion Divas (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11:00 a.m. for fashion show; brunch immediately following.
Fashion show is free and open to the public. Brunch cost: $3. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 17 for brunch.
West Las Vegas Library Theatre for fashion show, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Doolittle Senior Center for brunch, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Active adults from Doolittle Senior Center present fashions created in the master seamstress classes. They will showcase fall fashions, including casual wear, evening wear and Sunday’s best. The event is presented by the Doolittle Senior Center and hosted by the city of Las Vegas and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Call 229-6125 for more information.

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The Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes (Nevada Senior Guide)

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Overview of Assisted Living

Assisted Living, sometimes called Personal Care, is a type of care that supports individuals with their basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including bathing, dressing, preparing meals, and, in some cases, medication assistance or reminders. Residents of Assisted Living communities, whether stand-alone or part of Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), benefit from the community’s planned social, educational and recreational programs, as well as the daily opportunities for socialization with peers. Three daily meals are generally provided.

Assisted Living housing tends to be more intimate, offering an enhanced home-like atmosphere. Apartments are generally studio or one-bedroom, with kitchenettes. Safety features such as call systems and handrails are standard.

Paying for Assisted Living

Assisted Living can be paid for from private funds or with a mixture of private funds and long-term care insurance. Supplemental private insurance will not pay for Assisted Living.

Overview of Nursing Care

Often called skilled nursing and rehab centers or nursing homes, Nursing Care communities offer both long-term skilled nursing care and short-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. While supporting individuals with their basic Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including bathing, dressing, preparing meals, these communities also provide complex medical care in which the services of licensed nurses and therapists (physical, occupational, nutritional and speech) are utilized. These services are often utilized by individuals requiring short-term medical support after an injury, surgery or illness-related hospital stay. Nursing Care communities generally have 24-hour licensed care staffing.

Nursing Care housing is generally a private suite or shared accommodations. Well-designed communities enhance recovery and healing with planned social, educational and recuperative programs, as well as with an emphasis on home-like comforts.

Paying for Nursing Care

Reimbursement for Nursing Care community patients and residents depends largely on length of stay. Different funding sources kick in at different intervals. Short-term rehabilitation stays are often covered by Medicare and/or private insurance, including long-term care insurance. (Certain criteria in terms of length of hospital stay and care requirements while in the Nursing Care community have to be met to receive Medicare payments and it is worthwhile to discuss these with a discharge coordinator at the hospital.) For long-term care residents, private funds, Medicaid, and long-term care insurance are the typical methods of payment.

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Senior Living Services: Caring for the Elderly and Easing the Pressure Off the Sandwich Generation (Nevada Senior Guide)

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Today, this rapidly expanding population is probably the largest it has ever been. Traditionally, women are a disproportionately large percentage of the caregivers. According, to “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes On Alzheimer’s,” women account for 65% of the Alzheimer’s population and up to three-fifths of Alzheimer patient caregivers.

The term “sandwich generation” was coined by Dorothy Miller in 1981 and refers to the group of adults whose dependents include both their own children and their aging parents.

Frequently adults, especially women, are caring for their elderly parents while simultaneously raising tweens and teenagers. Pulled in two opposite directions, it may often seem overwhelming and as though both parents and children are not getting what they need. Thus, many caregivers eventually seek out either a home health aide or senior care facility as their loved ones’ needs become more than they are equipped to handle.

Home health agencies partner an aide with an elderly patient. Home healthcare is ideal for clients who want to keep either themselves or their loved ones at home with family. Depending on a patient’s needs, the aide may be required to work either during the day or night, or live with the client for 5-6 days at a time. These aides may offer both companionship as well as custodial and medical care, helping with personal hygiene, daily medications, meals, etc. In home healthcare is minimally disruptive to a patient’s routine, allowing him or her to remain in an environment in which she is familiar. This service allows the elderly to either maintain their own residences or continue living with their families, which may actually preserve their mental and emotional health. Dementia patients, for example, benefit from a consistent environment as it helps stave off the disease’s progression. Medicare generally only pays for a small portion of home healthcare; the rest of the cost is covered by private insurance and funds.

Senior assisted living facilities allow residents to maintain some independence within a controlled environment. Seniors may bring their own furniture and other mementos from home. Generally these residences consist of little apartments that are outfitted with kitchenettes, an environment that enables residents to host family and friends in a more private setting. Main meals are generally served at set times in a large dining area and more individual care is available to those who need it. Certain senior assisted living facilities are authorized to dispense medication or reminders to take medication.

Assisted living centers also offer outings and other day trips for seniors who are able to participate. Senior assisted living is a compromise between a nursing home, which has more comprehensive medical care, and living completely autonomously. Although assisted living is normally paid from private funds and assets, certain long term insurance policies will cover licensed assisted living facilities. A few states offer Medicaid funds and waivers to help foot the bill. Assisted living is regulated by the state, so policies and practices vary.

Nursing homes offer the most extensive care, providing full custodial and medical care. For the elderly who require consistent, round the clock medical attention, this choice can be a viable option. Nursing homes provide occupational and physical therapy. Some nursing homes also offer physical rehabilitation programs, which are required after a major procedures, such as hip surgery. For sufferers of advanced dementia, nursing homes provide the round-the-clock care and attention they require.

Although nursing homes cost more due to the level of care they provide, they are also more frequently covered by Medicaid and Medicare. Some nursing home facilities have the air of a hospital and are run like one. Others try to be less austere and more homey and offer many of the same amenities as assisted living facilities.

Choosing the right solution to meet the needs of the elderly is a laborious process that requires individual case-by-case assessment. At home care, assisted living centers, and nursing homes all have their strengths and weaknesses. Each serves a dual purpose: to care for an aging population and ease the burden for familial caretakers. These services provide patients and their families with peace of mind.

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Nevada-Senior-Guide Senior Centers Directory – Northern Nevada Rural

Austin Senior Center

151 Main Street, Austin, NV 89310

(775) 964-2338 Lander County, 8am-3pm

Provides congregate meals (served at the

center Mon. – Fri. from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Battle Mountain Senior Center

365 E. 4th St., Battle Mountain NV 89820

(775) 635-5311 Lander County

Congregate and homebound meals

(Meals on Wheels), transportation locally,  Blood pressure screening once a month,  Social activities, Meals M-F at Noon

 

Carlin Open Door Senior Center

320 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 1234

Carlin, NV 89822

(775) 754-6465 Elko County

Nutrition, Transportation, Socializations

 

Carson City Colony Center

401 Washoe St., Carson City, NV 89703

(775) 883-4888

Recreational Activities, Nutritional Congregate                               Meals On Site 12-1pm, Meals on Wheels

 

Churchhill County Senior Center

310 E. Court Street, Fallon, NV 89406

(775) 423-7096, www.gofallon.com

11:30am – Provides congregate meals,

homemaking and advocacy, social activities,                           Meals on Wheels, Lifeline, Energy Assistance,             Referrals, Aging and disability resource center

 

Comstock Senior Nutrition Prgm-Storey County

Mill & E Street, Virginia City, NV 89440

(775) 847-0957

Call for branch info. Exercises & art programs,                                legal services, HAWK services, Floral program,         SHIP Help, Access to health network

Dayton Senior Center

320 Old Dayton Valley Rd.

Dayton, NV 89403

(775) 246-6210

Lunch Mon- Thurs 11:30am – 12:30pm,

Breakfast Friday 9am-10am, Home meal

delivery, transportation, activities.

Opens 8am – 4:30pm

 

Douglas County Senior Services

2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410

(775) 783-6455 Douglas, Open M-F, 8am-5pm

Dial a Ride, Meals on Wheels, Homemaker                              Program, Lunch M – F at noon, Trips and                     Activities

 

Eureka Senior Center

20 West Gold Street, Eureka, NV 89316

(775) 237-5597 Elko County

www.co.eureka.nv.us/county/senior.htm

Nutrition program which provides congregate                    meals at Noon, Meals-on-Wheels for

homebound and at-risk seniors,

transportation, Medicare Counseling,

Social Services

 

Fannie Komp Senior Center

728 7th Street, Crescent Valley, NV 89821

(775) 468-0466 Eureka County

www.co.eureka.nv.us/crescent/senior01.htm

A trip is taken once a month (weather

permitting) to Elko for shopping and doctors                      appointments. Social activities, Provides        transportation to and from the meal site daily.                   Clinic M-W

 

Fernley Senior Center

1170 W. Newlands Drive, Fernley, NV 89408

(775) 575-3370

Mondays – Friday Lunch 11:30am-12:30pm,
home delivered meals, social activities,

transportation, monthly newsletter, grief &                       alzheimers support groups monthly –

3rd Wed. at 1pm, Disabled and aging

resource center

 

Gerlach Senior Center

385 E. Sunset, Gerlach, NV 89412

(775) 557-2206 Washoe County

Provides recreational and social activities

(once a month weather permitting),

congregate meals (M-F at Noon),

Meals-On-Wheels for homebound seniors,                             transportation to appointments every

other Tuesday

 

Lincoln Senior Center/Panaca Senior Center

10 Atchison St., Lincoln, NV 89042

775-728-4477. Congregate meals, Recreation,

Transportation to Medical Appointments

and Errands, Homemaker Program (call for                         additional info)

 

Mineral County Care and Share Senior Ctr.

975 K Street, Hawthorne, NV 89415

(775) 945-5519 Mineral County

e-mail: careandshare@sbcglobal.net

Computer training, internet access, exercising

and wellness activities, Socialization,

Advocacy Representative, Health Nurse (call                     first) Monthly, Lunch Daily – Noon, Home                  Bound Delivery, Out of town trips. Senior                             services specialist. Public guardian

Shoshone Welcome Center – Elko Band

Council Senior Center

1530 Silver Eagle Dr., Elko NV 89801

(775) 738-0425 Elko County – Call for Hours

Serves hot meals to elders and handicapped,                        noon. Meals on Wheels, transportation,
nutritional information and monthly health                         presentations for elders, Referral services

 

Sparks Senior Ctr. – Washoe County

97 Richards Way, Sparks, NV 89413

(775) 353-3110

Community focal point on aging where older                        persons as individuals or in groups come                    together for services and activities which                          enhance their dignity, support their
independence and encourage their
involvement in the community, assistance                               program on sliding scales, social activities,                              art classes, lunches 5 days/week, other food                  programs – Call for info, Special lunches,                                Library, Exercise, Blood pressure, Movies

 

Walker River Paiute Tribe Senior Center

1031 B Hospital Rd., Schurz, NV 89427

(775) 773-2224 Mineral County

Congregate meals at the center, Mon. and
Thurs., 11am-Noon, Fri. 8:30am-9:30am.

Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors,                                Provides trips for entertainment, shopping,                  errands, etc. Meals are delivered from                                  10:15am to 12:00pm

 

Washoe Tribe of NV & Senior Ctr

801 Washeshu Way, Gardnerville, NV

(775) 265-6426 Douglas County

Provides recreational activities, nutritional                       congregate meals on-site (11am-1pm),
Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors,
SAFE advocate, Homecare & Caregiver service

 

Washoe County Senior Services

1155 E. 9th Street, Reno, NV 89512

(775) 328-2575, www.washoecounty.us

Homecare, social services, legal program,                            recreational activities, adult day care, SHIP                program, mental health & nutrition, Senior                          Dance Club of Nevada Fri 8pm-11pm

 

White Pine Nutrition Center

1000 Campton St., Ely NV 89301

(775) 289-2742 White Pine County

Serves seniors in McGill, Ely, Nevada.

Provides meals (Noon at the center) Ely,

Meals on Wheels to McGill and Ruth for                              homebound seniors, social, recreational                    activities for seniors over 60, medical van to                      appointments out of town

Nevada-Senior-Guide Medical and Health Services Directory – Northern Nevada Rural

City of Pioche – County Social Services
Information

(775) 728-4477 Lincoln County

www.co.lincoln.nv.us

Provides various essential programs, services,  benefits to assist qualified, needy families,  individuals achieve their highest level of
self-sufficiency, Transportation

Elder Protective Services (EPS)

State of Nevada – Aging & Disability
Services Agency – Northern Nevada

(775) 688-2964 Washoe County

Elder Protective Services for persons 60 years

old and older who may experience abuse,

neglect, exploitation, or isolation. Elder

Protective Services serves all of Nevada

 

Eureka Senior Center

20 W. Gold Street, Eureka NV 89316

(775) 237-5597
www.co.eureka.nv.us/county/senior.htm

Referral Services for Low Income Energy

Assistance, USDA, and Medicare

Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe Senior Center

1885 Agency Rd., Fallon, NV 89406

(775) 423-7569 Churchill County

www.fpst.org/programs/seniorcenter.htm

Offers meals, trips, traditional crafts, and

other cultural events, caregivers, food bank,

national relief charities program

Kids to Seniors Korner – Saint Mary’s

Community Wellness, Community

Based Outreach

(775) 770-6177 Washoe County

www.saintmarysreno.com

Kids to Seniors Korner assists vulnerable                           individuals and families, with special
emphasis on homeless children and seniors,                          by linking and providing them with community               resources through a collaborative community                    partnership to increase quality of life 8am-5pm

Lyon County Human Services

1075 Pyramid St., Silver Springs, NV 89429

(775) 577-5009 Lyon County

www.lyon-county.org

All emergency services, Senior Services,

Low Income, Employment. 8am-5pm

 

Nevada Rural Counties Retired & Senior                              Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Pahrump, Amargosa, Beatty, Crystal

2621 Northgate Lane, #6

Carson City, NV 89701

775-687-4680, treebanks@pahrump.com

RSVP Program provides free local transportation                           to doctors, shopping, bank, Respite Care,     Caregiver Program (4 hours at a time), Pro                           Bono Legal Services, Resistance Exercise

Training, Coupons for Farmers Market
(Call program director for information)

 

NYE/Esmerelda County Community

Health Nursing

1 Frankee St., Tonopah, NV 89049

(775) 482-6659. Referral Service, Immunization
flu shots, counseling for women’s/men’s
health, cancer screening

 

RSVP Program – NV Rural Counties

Homemaker Companions, Donations Welcome

Senior Daybreak Program

Washoe County Senior Services

(775) 328-2575 Washoe County

www.co.washoe.nv.us/seniorsrv

Daycare for adults age 18 years or older as
alternative to institutionalization, Provides                        respite care, nursing, day care and social
opportunities for the disabled adult,

Offers group care during the day

 

Senior ID Card – Douglas Cty Nevada TRIAD

(775) 782-9858 Douglas County

This card is wallet size and should be carried                     at all times. It contains information that could
save your life in case of an emergency.
CARE TRAK Program.

 

The Continuum Outreach Program

Nevada Care Connection Partner

3700 Grant Dr., Ste A, Reno, NV 89509

(775) 829-4700 Washoe County

www.thecontinuum-reno.com

Adult day care, therapy and rehab

 

Douglas County Nevada TRIAD

Dementia/Senior and Elderly Services

The Evacuation Disaster Program

(775) 782-9858 Douglas County

For those who live alone or are disabled:
in the event of a disaster and would not be                           able to evacuate without assistance. This                  program signs you up for immediate
assistance to come to your aid in the event                            an evacuation request is issued.

Contact for Magnet that holds health info.

 

Washoe County Senior Services Law Project

1155 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512

(775) 334-3050 Washoe County

Assists seniors of Washoe County with
Social security, supplemental security income,                   Medicare, food stamps, county assistance,                                 public housing and Foreclosure Info.

Call for hours. 60+

WEARC Program (Waiver for the Elderly in

Adult Residential Care)

State of Nevada – Aging & Disability
Services Agency – Northern Nevada

(775) 688-2964 Carson City County
www.nvaging.net

A home and community based waiver for                  the elderly in group care that offers individuals                   a less expensive alternative to supervised                              care in a residential setting

Nevada-Senior-Guide Prescription Assistance Directory – Northern Nevada

CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada

7910 N. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89506

(775) 829- 2273, www.carechest.org

Free prescriptions, diabetic and liquid

nutrition products, Medical Equipment,

Personal & Medical Supplies, General Referrals

 

Nevada Department of Health & Human Services

3416 Goni Rd., Bldg. D 132, Carson City

775-687-4210 OR 866-303-6323 Opt 7

Seniors RX, Dental and Disability programs.                        Overseeing aging and disability in NV

 

Needy MEDS – www.needymeds.com

Gives tips on free or discounted medications

Washoe County Discount Card (CVS Caremark)

National Association of Counties (NACO)

Toll Free: 1-877-321-2652

www.caremark.com/NACO

Information to obtain Rx discount cards,

Locations to obtain and use.

Nevada-Senior-Guide Multiple Services Directory – Northern Nevada

Access to Healthcare Networks

Discounted Dental and Vision Program

4001 S. Virginia St., Ste F, Reno, NV 89502

(775) 284-8989, 1-877-385-2345 HELP

Affordable Dental and Vision Care, SHIP,

Medical, Massage therapy

www.accesstohealthcare.org

Catholic Charities of N. Nevada & St. Vincent                     Program

500 E. 4th St., Reno, NV 89512, 775-322-7073

Dining room free lunch, 11:30am – 12:30pm.
No Sundays. Pantry, Housing assistance,
Assist low income residents. Call for

additional resources.

 

Community Health Program/Urban Indians                            Outreach

745 W. Moana Ln., Ste. 375, Reno, NV 89502

775-788-7600

Education, Behavior and domestic violence                           counseling, AA and substance abuse

programs. Calll for info.

 

Community Services Agency

1090 E. 8th Street, Reno, NV 89512

(775) 786-6023, Ext. 206, www.csareno.org

Weatherization program, work force

programs, food assistance, HeadStart

 

Discounted Healthcare –

www.AccessToHealthcare.org

Discount plan

 

ALS of Nevada

4220 S. Maryland Pkwy., Bldg. B, Ste. 404

Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-777-0500

Respite, Support Groups. Call for Hours.

 

Easter Seals of Southern Nevada

6200 West Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146

(702) 870-7050, www.eastersealssn.org

Respite Care, Assisted Care,Referral,

Handicap Day Care, Assisted Technology,

Adult Day Services

 

Family Resources

1950 Villanova Dr., Reno, NV 89562

(775) 321-3185, www.Washoe.k12.nu.us

Referrals to counsling. Assist with food                              stamps and energy assistance applications.
Call for appointments and hours.

 

Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada

775-355-0600, Call for additional info

Serving the Native Americans of Nevada,                                ITERC Program, Domestic violence, Native                    workforce, Appellate court assistance, Wick                      Program, Elders Program, HEADSTART

 

Mini-Medi File – REMSA

450 Edison Way, Reno NV 89502

Free portable wallets, including personal                           medical history and emergency contact

information, instruction sheet and

immunization card.

 

Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

1820 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104

(702) 486-3403, 1-888-838-7305

Medicare fraud and abuse prevention project

Nevada State Contractors Board

9670 Gateway Drive, Ste 100, Reno NV 89521

(775) 688-1141, www.nscb.nv.gov

Regulatory agency promoting quality

construction by Nevada licensed contractors.                   Provides contractor license verifications,

assistance with contractor workmanship

issues and homeowner education

regarding unlicensed contractors.

 

North East Community Center

1301 Valley Rd., Reno, NV 89051

775-334-2262. Senior activities, Call for details

 

Renown Rehabilitation Hospital

1495 Mill St., Reno, NV 89502

775-982-3500 Washoe County

www.renown.org

Inpatient Rehab, Skilled Nursing,

Pain Management/Clinic

 

Senior Companion Program of N. Nevada

& Elvirita Lewis Respite Voucher Program

1380 Greg Street, Ste. 212, Sparks, NV  89431

775-358-2322, Mary Brock, Director

 

Washoe County Senior Law Project

1155 E. 9th Street, Reno, NV 89512

(775) 334-3050 or (775) 284-3491

Legal assistance to persons 60 years & older.

Washoe Residents. Call for hours.

Nevada-Senior-Guide Volunteer Opportunities Directory – Southern Nevada

American Diabetes Foundation

702-369-9995, www.diabetes.org/volunteer

Blind Center of Nevada

(702) 642-6000, Call for info

 

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

702-382-0721.

Opportunities available for volunteers

 

Clark County Library District

(702) 734-7323 – Looking for volunteers

 

Comfort Hospice Care

6655 W. Sahara, #B 114, LV, NV 89146

Contact – Debbie Gregory. Volunteers to work                  with terminally ill patients and their families

 

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

(702) 382-3445

www.DiscoveryKids.org

Volunteers help on the museum floor

during school tours and other fun-filled

museum events. Volunteers can also provide                        mentoring and tutoring to our teenage

volunteers. Hrs: 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm

 

Family Home Hospice

8655 S. Eastern, Las Vegas, NV 89123

(702) 560-2853. Varied volunteer

opportunities. Pays standard mileage rate.

 

Foster Grandparent Program Catholic Charities

(702) 382-0721. Volunteers provide mentoring,
tutoring to children in day care centers,                              schools & protective services.

Helping Hands of Henderson

702-616-6554. Volunteers to help with

transportation for seniors to doctor

appointments, grocery shopping and errands

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

2320 Paseo Del Prado Bldg. B #204

LV, NV 89102, (702) 633-7264, www.hhovv.org

Referral Service, Education, Respite Care,                          Volunteer Transportation, The Pantry,

Wheelchair van available

 

Infinity Hospice Care

6330 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118

Contact Nikki Ellis 702-880-7002

Volunteer.lv@infinityhospicecare.com

 

Lend a Hand

(702) 294-2363

Opportunities available for Volunteers

 

Medicare S.H.I.P.

702-486-3478. Receive training in Medicare                          benefits & assist with questions and problems

 

Nevada SMP – SR Medicare Patrol

(702) 486-3403, 1-888-838-7305

Medicare Fraud and abuse prevention project

 

Safe House

(702) 451-4203. Volunteers to help with elder                    abuse & domestic violence

 

Senior Companion Program/Catholic

Charities of Southern Nevada

(702) 382-0721. Volunteers provide

companionship to homebound seniors

 

S. Nevada American Cancer Society

6165 S. Rainbow Blvd., LV, NV 89118

(702) 891-9009. Need drivers to take cancer                        patients to and from treatments. Also, other               opportunities available.

 

The Center

702-733-9800. Volunteers needed for the
information desk, event staffing,

administrative tasks and more.

 

Three Square Food

4190 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89115

(702) 644-3663. Volunteers welcome

8am-5pm

Nevada-Senior-Guide Senior Centers Directory – Southern Nevada

Black Mountain Recreation Center

599 Greenway Rd., Henderson, NV 89015

(702) 267-4070, www.cityofhenderson.com

Recreation, Exercise, Racket ball, Socialization,

Pool (outside), Yoga

 

Boulder City Senior Center

813 Arizona Street, Boulder City, NV 89005

(702) 293-3320, www.bcseniorcenter.org

Mon-Fri: 8am-3pm. Transportation, Nutrition,
Recreation, Food, Foot Clinic, Senior Law                            Project, Medicare, SHIP, Monthly Trips

 

Cambridge Recreation Center

3930 Cambridge Street, Las Vegas, NV 89119

(702) 455-7169, www.clarkcountynv.gov

Education, Recreational Services, field trips.                     Call for hours

 

Centennial Hills – Active Adult Center

6601 N. Buffalo, Las Vegas, NV 89131

(702) 229-1702 or (702) 478-9622 YMCA

Education, health, sports, cards, games,                                swimming, fitness center, SR Programs,

Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Call for pool information                         inside or out

 

Cora Coleman Sunrise Senior Ctr.

2100 Bonnie Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89156

(702) 455-7617, 7:15am-5:00pm, M-F

Recreation, Education, Referral, Indoor Pool

(7:30am-3pm, 702-455-2120)

Derfelt Senior Citizens Center

3343 W. Washington Ave., LV, NV 89107

(702) 229-6601, www.lasvegasnevada.gov

Recreation, Education, Trips, variety of classes

Call for information.

 

Doolittle Senior Center

1930 North J Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106

702-229-6125, www.lasvegasparksandrec.com

Education, Exercise, Social Activities

 

Dula Gymnasium

441 E. Bonanza Rd., LV, NV 89101, (702) 229-6307                              Recreation, Open Gym (call for hours)

 

Durango Hills S. Nevada YMCA

3521 No. Durango Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89129

(702) 240-9622. Fitness Center, Outside Pool,
Call for Senoir activities new programs.

Call for hours

East Las Vegas Community Center

250 N. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101

(702) 229-1515. Recreation, Education, Walking                                 exercise, Computer Lab, Dancing Class

 

H2U-Mountainview Hospital

3150 N. Teneya Way, Suite 114, LV, NV 89128

(702) 255-5404

Health and Wellness Information, Social                              Activities and Seminars, SHIP Counselling,                   Various Support Groups, Blood Pressure

 

H2U-Southern Hills

9300 W. Sunset Rd., LV, NV 89148

(702) 880-2105 Joyce

www.southernhillshospital.com

Health & Wellness Information, Social Activities

Call for additional Info.

H. Lieburn Senior Center

6230 Garwood Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89107

(702) 229-1600 Health Screening/Seminars,
Law Project, Computer Labs, Tax Info, 55 Alive

Class, Yoga, Fitness, Social Groups. Call for Info

 

Henderson Downtown Senior Center

27 E. Texas Ave., Henderson, NV 89015

702-267-4150, www.cityofhenderson.com

Activities, Social Services, Meals, Mon – Fri,

11:30am-12:30pm. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-3pm,                             Closed Sunday

 

Henderson Multi-Generational Center

250 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89012

(702) 267-5800, www.cityofhenderson.com

Health screenings, Educational Seminars,                            fitness, pools – Call for info

Heritage Park Senior Facility

300 S. Racetrack Rd., Henderson, NV 89015

(702) 267-2950, www.cityofhenderson.com

Recreation, Nutrition Program, 55 Alive Driving                                Classes, Fitness Center, Library, Pool info                  Available 702-267-2980

 

Las Vegas Senior Center

451 E. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101

702-229-6454, www.lasvegasparksandrec.com

Socialization, Education Classes, Recreation

 

Martin Luther King Senior Center

2420 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., #B Bldg.

North Las Vegas, NV 89032

(702) 636-0064

Education, Recreation, Field Trips, Nutrition                      program, referral service, 9am – 5pm

 

Mesquite Senior Center

102 W. Oldmill Road, Mesquite, NV 89027

702346-5290, press 1. Referral, Socialization,                    Education, Nutrition, Serve Lunch M-F 11am-               12:30pm

 

Neighborhood Recreation N. Las Vegas

1638 North Bruce Street, N. LV, NV 89030

(702) 633-1600, Call for Hours

Recreation, Referral, Education, Nutrition,

Senior programs, Local Trips

 

Overton Senior Center (Moapa Senior Center)

325 Cooper St., Overton, NV 89040

1 (702) 397-8002, www.comnett.net/jbusc

Referral, Socialization, Transportation, Meals                  on Wheels, Daily Meals (M-F), 12:00-12:30,

call assurance

 

Pahrump Senior Center, Inc.

1370 West Basin, Pahrump, NV 89060

1 (775) 727-5008, 9am – 3:30pm, M-F                                          Nutrition, Transportation, Meals on Wheels,                           $3.00 lunches, exercise program. Call for hours.

 

Paradise Recreation & Community

Service Center

4775 McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121

(702) 455-7513, www.clarkcountynv.gov

Recreation, Fitness, Socialization, Field trips

 

 

Parkdale Community Center

3200 Ferndale Street, Las Vegas, NV 89121

(702) 455-8502

Recreation, Education, Field Trips, Quilting,

Woodworking, Social clubs, Art club, Fitness.

 

Senior Advantage-Desert Springs Hospital

2075 E. Flamingo Rd. #103, LV, NV 89119

702-853-3008, www.desertspringshospital.net

Health & wellness education, informational

seminars, discount program, yoga

Senior Citizens of Searchlight, Inc.

575 Hwy. 95, Searchlight, NV 89046

(702) 297-1614. Exercise class, walks, fax                            & copies, social activities, Computer help,
Thursday dinner at 4:30pm and Bingo. Bible                          Study Tues 6pm (Quilting if room), Music, Call                         for additions

 

Senior Tripsters

451 East Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, NV 89101

(702) 387-0007. Trips for seniors 55+ at low prices

 

STUPAK Community Center

251 W. Boston Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102

(702) 229-2488

Library, Fitness, Social Services (pantry and                       clothes), Call for info on classes, ESL and
citizenship classes, computer lab, GED classes,                  Call for hours

 

Tonopah Senior Center

1 Senior Center Drive, Tonopah, NV 89049

1 (775) 482-6450

Nutrition Meals, Friendly Visitation,

Transportation, Referral Service, Home Bound                  Meals. 8am-1:30pm Business hours.

 

Walnut Recreational Center

3075 N. Walnut Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89115

(702) 455-8402, www.accessclarkcounty.com

Recreation, Referral, Exercise Class, Field                         Trips, Socialization.

West Flamingo Senior Center

6255 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103

702-455-7742. Recreation, Education, Referral                 Service, Indoor Pool. Call for pool hours – Open                   year round. Call for additional activities.

 

Whitney Senior Center

5712 E. Missouri Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89122

(702) 455-7576

Referral, Recreation, Education, Computers,                      Garden Club

 

Winchester Cultural Center

3130 S. McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121

(702) 455-7340, www.accessclarkcounty.com

Education, Recreation, Theatre, Art Gallery,

Socialization, Field Trips, Closed Mon. & Sun.

 

YMCA – Skyview

3050 E. Centennial Pkwy., N. Las Vegas

(702) 522-7500 Call for hours

Inside pool and activities.

 

YMCA of Southern Nevada

4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89108

(702) 877-9622. Recreation, Fitness, Wheel                          chair Accessible Outside Pool, Wheelchair                  Accessible Fitness Equipment.

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Better Business Bureau

6040 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118

(702) 320-4500, www.bbb.org

Referral Service, Complaint processing, 8-4pm

 

Friends of Parkinson’s Inc.

2400 N. Teneya Way, LV, NV 89128

702-381-4141, www.friendsofparkinsons.org

Email: info@ www.friendsofparkinsons.org

Mission to improve quality of life for those                          affected by parkinson’s through services,                     advocacy, and education

 

Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center

2820 W. Charleston Blvd., S-11, LV, NV 89102

702-257-8150

Call for information & assistance for
rehabilitation programs and employment,                              Major Complaints

 

Nevada SMP – SR Medicare Patrol

(SR Medical Patrol)

1820 E. Sahara Ave., Ste. 205, LV, NV 89104

702-486-3403 or 1-888-838-7305

http://ag.state.nv.us/senior/protection.htm

Medicare fraud and abuse prevention project

 

United States Senator-Dean Heller

8930 W. Sunset Rd. Ste. 230, LV, NV 89148                           (702) 388-6605, www.heller.senate.gov

 

United States Senator-Harry Reid

333 S. Las Vegas Blvd., #8016, LV, NV 89101

(702) 388-5020

Interpreter Service: Spanish, referral

 

United Way of So. Nevada

5830 W. Flamingo Rd, LV, NV 89103

(702) 734-2273, www.uwsn.org.

Fundraising needs. M-Th 8am-6pm, Closed Fri.

Nevada-Senior-Guide Medical Assistance Directory – Southern Nevada

Access to Healthcare Networks

Main office located in Reno

702-489-3400 OR 1-877-385-2345

Discounted Dental & Vision Program.

 

AMR Transport

7201 W. Post Rd., LV, NV 89113

(702) 384-3400

Medical Assistance, Ambulance Company,

Wheel Chair Assistance

 

Clark County Social Services

1600 Pinto Lane, LV, NV 89106

(702) 455-4270 x 3 for Senior Help

Medical Assistance, Case Management,                   Referral, Transportation, Rent Assistance,                             8am-5pm. Call for Locations. Home Maker                             Program, Main office

 

Nevada Health Centers

1799 Mount Maria Dr., LV, NV 89106

www.NVRHC.org

(702) 307-5414 Call for multiple locations                         Medical Care: Healthcare, Lab work, Screenings,

Prescriptions, Dental, Help Homeless, OB/GYN                  clinic, Family Practices, Foot care clinic, Wick           Program, sliding fee scale. 8am – 5pm, M – F,                          Mamo van info

 

NV Community Enrichment Program

6375 W. Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89146

(702) 259-1903, www.accessible.org

Comprehensive day treatment & rehabilitation                    for traumatic brain injury. 8am-4:30pm

 

NV State Health Division

Community Health Nursing

1981 E. Calvada Blvd. North, #100

Pahrump, NV 89060

(775) 751-7070 Give flu shots, blood pressure                    checks – Please Call First. WICK services

 

Sanford Center For Aging at UNR

Sanford Center for Aging 146, MS146

Reno, NV 89557-0133

1 (775) 784-4774, www.unr.edu/sanford

Elders Count, Referral Service, medication

management, Volunteer Program, Education                        Info, Caregiver Support

 

Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital

1650 Community College Dr., LV, NV 89146

702-486-4400. Inpatient services

 

S. Nevada Adult Mental Health Clinic

6161 W. Charleston, LV, NV 89146, 702-486-6045

Outpatient services, Pharmacy, Medication                           counselling, Medical records and benefits.                              Call for other locations.

 

S. NV Cancer Research Foundation

601 S. Rancho Dr., #C-26, LV, NV 89106

(702) 384-0013, www.sncrf.org

Clinical trials

 

University Medical Center Hospital

1800 West Charleston Blvd., LV, NV 89102

(702) 383-2000, www.umcsn.com

Medical Care, Rehabilitation, Education,

Interpreter Service: Spanish

Nevada-Senior-Guide Counseling Services Directory – Southern Nevada

Bridge Counseling Associates

1640 Alta Dr., Ste 4, LV, NV 89106

702-474-6450

www.bridgecounselingassociates.org

Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Sliding Scale

Unless Court Ordered

Community Counseling Ctr.

714 E. Sahara, Suite 103, LV, NV 89104

(702) 369-8700. Counseling Services:
Mental health, grief and addiction therapy,

HIV groups, Stress & anger management

M-F, 7:30am-8pm, substance abuse

 

Financial Guidance Center

2650 S. Jones Blvd., LV, NV 89146

(702) 364-0344, www.ccsnnevada.org

Counseling Service: Financial, Education for

credit & checking account, budgeting and                            identity theft, BK & reverse mortgages,

Pre and Post BK counseling, Delinquent

housing, First Time Buyers, Development &
Education for small business. Call for

Henderson location appointments

 

Nevada State Medicare (SHIP)

1820 E. Sahara Avenue, Suite 205

Las Vegas, NV 89104, (702) 486-3478

Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance

Program, Medicare Counseling

1-800-307-4444 General Information

 

State of Nevada Suicide Prevention

1-800-992-5757 – Crisis Hotline (NV Only)

1-800-273-8255 – Suicide Prevention

1-800-784-2433 – National Line & Veterans Crisis

 

The Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care

Center of St. Rose

2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Ste. 180

Henderson, NV 89074, (702) 616-4902

www.strosehospitals.org

Senior peer counseling for seniors 50+,

issues such as loss, bereavement, health problems, relationships and retirement,

counseling, support groups, screening

The Center For Compassionate Care

4131 Swenson St., LV, NV 89119, 702-796-3167

www.centerforcompassionatecare.org

Assistance for those facing life-limiting

illness

Nevada-Senior-Guide Advocacy Directory – Southern Nevada

AARP – Nevada State Office / Contact Center

5820 S. Eastern Ave. #190, LV, NV 89119

Toll Free 1-866-389-5652

www.aarp.org/nv

Advocacy, Employment Assistance, Safe

Driving Instruction, Tax Services

 

Clark County Senior Advocate Pgm.

1600 Pinto Lane, LV, NV 89106

(702) 455-7051, www.accessclarkcounty.com

Referral Service, C/C Social Services,

SR Programs, Long Term Placement. Home                            Maker Services. Call for appointment

 

Health Insight

6830 W. Oquendo Rd., #102, LV, NV 89118

(702) 385-9933, www.healthinsight.org

Quality improvements, Health care and

Health issues

 

Health Insightof Livanta

6830 W. Oquendo Rd., Area 5, LV, NV 89118

1-877-588-1123

Supports medical records from healthcare                         providers. Complaints, appeals regarding

hospital discharges, Medicare assistance.

Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center

2820 W. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 11, LV, NV 89102

1-(888) 349-3843, (702) 257-8150,

www.ndalc.org. Legal Services, Referral,                            Advocacy for people with disabilities

 

Nevada Health Care Association

35 E. Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Suite 110-137

Henderson, NV 89002, (702) 434-2273

Advocacy, Home living assistance

Nevada Secretary of State

555 E. Washington Ave., #5200, LV, NV 89101

(702) 486-2887, www.livingwilllockbox.com

New website – no cost secure way to file

living wills and advanced healthcare

directives for immediate access to healthcare                     providers. For all ages. Education, fraud info.

 

Office of the Governor Consumer Health

Assistance

555 E. Washington Ave.,#4800, LV, NV 89101

(702) 486-3587, www.govcha.state.nv.us,                               www.rx.help4nv.org. Advocacy, Referral,                     Medical Issues, Workman’s Comp

Rape Crisis Center

801 S. Rancho Dr., Suite B2

Las Vegas, NV 89106, 8am-5pm

(702) 385-2153, www.therapecrisiscenter.org

Hotline (702) 366-1640

Advocacy and Support, Outreach, Education

Counselor on Site

 

Safe House

921 American Pacific Drive #300

Henderson, NV 89014

702-451-4203, Hotline (702) 564-3227

Domestic violence

 

Senior Assistance Services-Senator

Harry Reid

333 Las Vegas Blvd. So.,#8016, LV, NV 89101

(702) 388-5020. Referral Service, Advocacy

Nevada-Senior-Guide Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Support Services 

http://www.nvaging.net/

The Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) in the State of Nevada, Department of Health and Human Services, represents Nevadans aged 60 years and older and those with disabilities.

Mission Statement The Aging and Disability Services Division provides leadership and advocacy in the planning, development and delivery of a high quality, comprehensive support service system across the lifespan. This allows all of Nevada’s elders, adults and children with disabilities or special health care needs to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lives in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Developmental Services

State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD)

Programs/Services

 

Advocate for Elders

Advocacy, assistance, information and referral to frail seniors, who are 60 years of age or older, primarily homebound and living in the community, and their caregivers.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)

Provides citizen-centered “one-stop” entry points into the long-term support system. Serves individuals in need of long-term support, caregivers, and those planning for future long-term support needs.

Assisted Living (AL) Waiver

Assisted living supportive services to eligible individuals in a residential facility as an alternative to nursing home placement.

 

Community Options Program for the Elderly (COPE)

Non-medical services to older persons to help them maintain independence in their own homes as an alternative to nursing home placement. Similar to the HCBW Program.

 

Disability Rx (External link) Assistance with the cost of prescription medicines to qualified individuals with disabilities.

 

Disability Services (External link)The Office of Disability Services provides resources at the community level which promote equal opportunity and life choices for people with disabilities through which they may positively contribute to Nevada.

Elder Protective Services (EPS)

For persons 60 years old and older who may experience abuse, neglect, exploitation, or isolation.

 

Grants

Information for current and/or prospective grantees.

 

Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBW formerly CHIP)

Non-medical services to older persons to help them maintain independence in their own homes as an alternative to nursing home placement.

 

Homemaker Program

General housekeeping, limited meal preparation, shopping, laundering, errands, standby assistance with bathing, and home management services.

 

IDEA Part C Office

Provides oversight of Part C (early intervention services) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

 

Long Term Care Ombudsman

Addresses issues and problems faced by residents in long term care facilities, which includes residential facilities for groups.

 

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

The goal of the SMP program is to empower seniors to prevent Medicare/health care fraud through outreach and education.

 

Senior Rx

Nevada’s plan to provide Nevada seniors relief from the high cost of prescription medicine.

 

Senior Tax Assistance/Rent Rebate Program

This program is no longer available.

 

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Medicare Counseling Information

Counseling and assistance to Medicare Beneficiaries in Nevada, utilizing a statewide network of volunteers.

 

Taxi Assistance Program (TAP)

Discounted taxicab fares to seniors and persons with disabilities in Clark County. (Washoe County also has a program of this type.

 

 

Waiver for the Elderly in Adult Residential Care (WEARC)

Non-medical services in a group care setting to offer individuals a less expensive alternative of supervised care in a residential setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nevada-Senior-Guide Senior Dimensions United Healthcare

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Health and Home Care 

http://www.seniordimensions.com/

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Say HELLO to Senior Dimensions

When selecting a Medicare plan, people have different priorities. Most consider the out-of-pocket costs associated with prescriptions, doctor visits, and hospital admissions. Others may select a plan that’s simple to use with little or no paperwork. For some, staying with their doctor is a must. That’s why Senior Dimensions (HMO/HMO-POS) offers Medicare Advantage benefits to help fit your health insurance needs.

Senior Dimensions Medicare Advantage plan is insured through Health Plan of Nevada, Inc., a UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract.

Enrollment Limitations: Enrollment in the plan is available during specific times of the year. Contact Senior Dimensions for more information. You must have both Medicare Parts A and B to enroll in the plan. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium, if not otherwise paid for under Medicaid or by another third party.

Senior Dimensions Southern Nevada (HMO-POS) service area covers Clark and Nye counties. Senior Dimensions Greater Nevada (HMO) service area covers Esmeralda, Lyon and Mineral counties, as well as designated zip codes in Washoe County.

HMO members must use plan providers except in emergency or urgent care situations or for out-of-area renal dialysis. If you obtain routine care from out-of-network providers neither Medicare nor Senior Dimensions Medicare Advantage plans will be responsible for the costs.

For HMO-POS members, with the exception of emergency or out-of-area renal dialysis, it may cost more to get care from out-of-network providers.

Pharmacy Network Limitations: Prescription coverage subject to limitations. You must use contracted network pharmacies to access your Part D prescription drug benefit except under non-routine circumstances, in which case quantity limitations and restrictions may apply.

Beneficiary information is available in alternate formats and languages.  Please call Customer Service at 1-800-650-6232; TTY: 711 for details. Customer Service hours of operation are October 1 through February 14: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, 7 days a week. Between February 15 through September 30: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, Monday – Friday. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays, please leave a detailed message and a representative will return your call within a business day.

About Us

At Senior Dimensions, we realize more than ever the importance of offering  affordable, quality health care coverage. We understand that people who are  eligible for Original Medicare may be looking for better options to meet their  health care needs. That’s where Senior Dimensions (HMO/HMO-POS) can help.

Over 45,000 Nevadans get more benefits than Original Medicare with Senior  Dimensions Medicare Advantage plans. We’ve been serving Nevadans for over 25  years. A product of Health Plan of Nevada, an affiliate company of  UnitedHealthcare, and Nevada’s first federally qualified health maintenance  organization, Senior Dimensions offers members access to a range of plan options  and services above and beyond Original Medicare.

Programs

Senior Dimensions (HMO/HMO-POS) has a wide range of programs  and services to assist you!

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  • Senior Industry Network Group Events

    Monthly SING Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at our NEW location below:

    Desert Canyon - HealthSouth
    9175 W. Oquendo Rd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89148

    S.I.N.G. Agenda:
    - Coffee and bagels will be served
    - A time to show gratitude by thanking those who have sent you referrals
    - Announcements around the room
    - One minute commercials
    - Open Discussion on topics of Self Empowerment

    * When? The 1st Thursday of every month. Networking starts at: 8:00am | Meeting starts at: 8:30am

    * How Much? It’s free!