Monthly Archives: November 2015

What Japan can teach us about long-term care

Its program helps families shoulder the burden

By Chris Farrell for Next Avenue

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Here’s a sobering calculation: The odds that Americans turning 65 today will eventually need assistance with bathing, dressing and other personal activities are about 50/50. And those who’ll need long-term care can expect to incur costs of $138,000, on average, estimate Melissa Favreault of the Urban Institute and Judith Dey of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Yet people age 55 to 64 with retirement savings accounts have a median balance of $104,000 in them, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. read more

Potential treatments ahead for Alzheimer’s disease

Foundation announces promising research in the fight against the illness

By Rita Rubin for Next Avenue


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When geriatrician and neuroscientist Dr. Howard Fillit went to medical school in the early 1970s, he’d never heard of Alzheimer’s disease.

Since 1998, though, Fillit has directed the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, which supports the search for effective treatments for the disease.

“I’ve seen in my lifetime amazing progress,” Fillit said Tuesday at a press briefing to discuss some of the more promising research his organization is funding. “We have caught up… to understanding as much about the biological mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease as we know about cancer and heart disease.” read more

How to get training as an unpaid dementia caregiver

Whether in person or online, you can find helpful instruction

By Mike Good for Next Avenue

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The Best Friends Dementia Bill of Rights states that people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia deserve to have care partners well trained in dementia care. Yet the vast majority of these individuals are cared for in a private residence by untrained and unpaid family members.

Although these family members have the best intentions, they may not realize they are up against possibly the most complex caregiving situation imaginable. To say the least, it’s emotionally, physically and financially draining. read more

10 life lessons we learn too late

What Are the Lessons People Often Learn Too Late in Life?

By Jay Bazzinotti for Next Avenue

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Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, a user on the crowdsourced question-and-answer website asked, “What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?” Jay Bazzinotti wrote the following response. What lesson(s) would you add to his list? 

Colds and flu are back in season

As we near the peak months for cold and flu season, it’s a good time to review tips for prevention and treatment.

Getting the flu vaccine is still one of the best things you can do for your health in wintertime. There is no truth to the myth that you can catch the illness from the vaccine. The injection contains only a killed version of the virus.

People 65 years or older run a higher risk of complications from the flu, as do people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, heart disease, and diabetes. It can, however, take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect, so the earlier, the better. But they are usually available through February. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins three awards in international marketing competition

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Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America recently received three honors from MarCom Awards. The international competition recognizes marketing and communications achievements for print, visual and audio materials.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America received a platinum award, the highest award, in the Marketing/Promotion/Calendar category for the 2015 Art is Ageless® printed calendar. Gold awards were received in the Web Design/Nonprofit and Web Design/Business to Consumer categories for the newly redesigned Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America and individual campus websites. read more

Sending ‘Angels’ to the Good Samaritan Program

Angel-Appeal-Ornament_singleSpecial angels will soon be adorning Christmas trees and holiday displays at every Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) senior living community.

The “angels” are paper ornaments that will arrive throughout the holiday season along with gifts to the annual Christmas Angel Appeal, which raises funds for the Good Samaritan Program for Benevolent Care. Donors who make gifts are asked to return paper Angel ornaments along with their gifts. The ornaments pay tribute to donors’ family members or friends and are displayed at PMMA communities designated by the donors. read more

Retirement savings shortfall? Get a part-time job

Finding the right type of work might require some creativity

By Harriet Edleson for Next Avenue

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If you’re wondering how you’ll fund your retirement, which could stretch for 25 or 30 years, working part-time could be part of the solution.

Aside from the added income, a job in retirement can bring satisfaction, a sense of purpose and a way to both learn and share your knowledge with the next generation.

Working at a different pace and under less pressure than during your full-time career years can also be a good way to make up for savings shortfalls, perhaps because you needed to tap some of your funds due to the 2008 economic downturn. read more

You’re not as active as you think you are

Most people overestimate their exercise level, studies show

By Rashelle Brown for Next Avenue


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If I were to ask you how active you are, what would you say?

Do you consider yourself to be active and productive on most days of the week? Do you meet the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week? Would you go so far as to say that you exercise frequently?