Monthly Archives: August 2017

4 Ways to Donate to Charity Without Writing a Check

These ideas can help you de-clutter your home and earn a tax write-off

By Ashley Eneriz for Next Avenue

People carry boxes of donated items

Want to make a difference, but the budget doesn’t allow? Consider donating something other than cash. [Photo credit: Getty Images]

When it comes to donating to charity, sometimes our budgets don’t allow us to be as generous as we we’d like. But you needn’t always open your wallet to help others. Here are four ways to give back that don’t involve writing a check or making a credit-card donation. As a bonus, you might even declutter your home and earn a tax-write off.

Donate Your Clothes to Job Seekers

Have a few suits or pieces of professional wear hanging in your closet that you’re tired of wearing? Donate them to charity so someone looking for a job can wear them and make a great impression. read more

Breaking Down Walls Between Medicine and Personal Care

Lack of communication results in waste and health risks, but other models show promise

By Howard Gleckman for Next Avenue

Scene of a busy nurses station and hallway in a modern hospital

“For the sake of the older adults who need both medical and personal care, and their families, we must do better.” [Photo credit: Getty Images]

(Next Avenue invited all our 2016 Influencers in Aging to write essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America. This is one of the essays.)

Imagine an 85-year-old woman who suffers from heart failure, arthritis and has some dementia. She is still living at home, but needs help. Doctors treat her medical conditions. Her daughter and a home health aide provide personal assistance such as cooking, help getting dressed in the morning and bathing. And she gets care that falls in a gray area in between, including help giving her pills and checking her weight to be sure her heart condition is well-controlled. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins award in National Health Information Awards Program

2017 Art is Ageless calendar cover

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s 2017 Art is Ageless® Calendar received a Bronze Award from the National Health Information Awards Program.

Art is Ageless began in 1981 when resident art was featured in a calendar.  Knowing how a creative outlet can benefit the mind, body and spirit is just one reason that in 2006 PMMA opened its Art is Ageless competition to all seniors in the area.

Art is Ageless is a trademarked program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a faith-based not-for-profit organization with 17 retirement communities and 2 hospices in Kansas and Missouri. Each community holds a juried art competition exclusively for people age 65 and older. read more

Caffeinated or Not, Coffee May Help You Live Longer

New research provides more good news for those who love their java

By Rita Rubin for Next Avenue

Man satisfyingly sips coffee from a mug while sitting outside with an open laptop

Two new, large studies found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day lived longer than people who didn’t drink any coffee. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Two recent large studies suggest it might have been coffee that bubbled from the fountain of youth.

Both studies, one conducted in the United States, one across 10 European countries, found that people who drank even a single cup of coffee a day — decaf and/or caffeinated — lived longer than people who didn’t drink any coffee.

The effects were modest; compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who quaffed the most in the U.S. study, four or more cups a day, had an 18 percent lower risk of dying by its end. But given that half of U.S. adults drink coffee every day, the impact on the population could be substantial. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America wins Mature Media Awards

2017 Art is Ageless calendar cover won bronze from the 26th Annual Mature Media Awards.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is on the winners’ list in the 26th annual National Mature Media Awards Program.

The Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs designed and produced for older adults.

Recently the company announced its winners for the 26th Annual Mature Media Awards that included Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) for the 7th consecutive year. read more

Help for Pets of Dying Owners Brings Peace of Mind

For many ailing people, their pet is their life, experts say

By Kim Painter for Next Avenue

Senior woman cuddles a sweet dog

When you can no longer care for yourself, who will care for your pets? [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Roland Carter, 78, of Stafford, Va., has advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, suffers from dementia and spends most of his time in bed. Missy, one of his four dogs, usually is there with him.

“Missy stays on his bed all the time — she protects him,” says Carter’s wife, Barbara, 72. So when she recently told Roland that she was not sure she could keep caring for the dogs, along with him, he was distraught.

“He said, ‘Please don’t get rid of my dogs,’“ Barbara Carter recalls. read more

Should You Move to Be Closer to Your Aging Parents?

Long-distance caregiving is tough, but moving to be near parents is a big step

By Deb Hipp for Next Avenue

Woman looks at smartphone with worried look of deep concern

“If I had a dollar for every tear I shed in guilt, I could have hired 15 caregivers.” [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

Sara Tapscott won’t ever forget the day an employee at her aging parents’ assisted living center knocked on their apartment door and told them they’d have to move. Their needs had become too great for the staff to accommodate.

Tapscott’s mom, who was 79 and down to 90 pounds from advanced Parkinson’s disease, was crying and shaking so badly that she nearly fell from her chair. Tapscott’s dad, who was 83 and a retired attorney with Alzheimer’s, attempted to make his case, holding a finger up for each point. read more

The Amazing Technology That Could Change How We Age

Experts say it will make life happier, healthier and easier for older adults and caregivers

By Suzanne Gerber for Next Avenue

Hand typing on a laptop

“Future tech will increase older people’s independence and help relieve the health services,” says Naomi Climer. [Photo credit: Getty Images]

Pop quiz: When you think about how technology will personally impact your life over the next 10 to 20 years, which of these things do you envision as being part of that evolution?:

  1. Holographic technology to communicate with your family
  2. A car that chauffeurs you around
  3. 3-D-printed medicine
  4. Drones to help with household activities
  5. All of the above

If the tech-prognosticators are to be believed, the correct answer is E: All of those Jetsons-sounding devices will be available in the coming not-so-many years.

Whether that news thrills or terrifies you, it’s ultimately a good thing, because these technological developments can help older adults and those who are housebound with tasks keep them mobile, keep them at home longer and help them stay connected to others, which is one of the most important factors for a long and fulfilling life. read more

The VA Program That Pays for Long-Term Care for Vets

This little-known benefit can be a help, but expect red tape

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

Uniformed shoulder with patches indicating military

By one estimate, only 5 percent of vets entitled to the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance benefit apply for it.

Here’s a frightening statistic from the just-released United States of Aging survey:  Only 3 percent of professionals supporting people 60 and older say they are very confident older Americans will be able to afford their health care costs as they age. (The survey was conducted by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, National Council on Aging and UnitedHealthcare.)

One reason: The steep and rising cost of long-term care.

What Long-Term Care Costs Now

The median price of a private room in a nursing home is $91,250, up 4.17 percent from a year ago, according to Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Long-Term Care Survey. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College estimates that 44 percent of men and 58 percent of women will use nursing home care. Many more will need long-term care in assisted living facilities or at home. read more

What’s Better for You: Butter or Margarine? Red Wine or White?

Here’s the latest research on smart food choices as we age

By Maureen Callahan for Next Avenue

A bit of butter or margarine in the shape of a heart, melting in a teflon-coated pan

Take a deeper look at the current line of thinking on 4 popular food duels. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

In the world of nutrition, certain debates seem to ping pong back and forth. Like the issue of butter vs. margarine. Or the battle between coffee and tea. It all starts when a new study comes along that seems to give a leg up to one food choice above the other. So the debate over healthy food choices marches on.

Here’s a deeper look at the current line of thinking on four of these popular food duels:

Bone Broth vs. Stock

With the Paleo diet movement and athletes like Kobe Bryant singing the praises of bone broth, you might be ready to ditch the homemade stock. But when culinary experts at Bon Appetit magazine turned to bone broth guru and chef Marco Canora, he told them that technically, bone broth is stock. read more