Archive for July, 2012

1948 U.S. Olympians featured…

July 31st, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels - In The NewsThe New York Times has compiled a stunning photo/audio gallery of U.S. Olympians from 1948. 1948 is significant because it was the last time London hosted the Olympics. This was after a 12-year gap due to World War II. London was still engaging in food-rationing and the city itself had endured years of bombings, and there were no new facilities built for neither the games nor the participants. We salute these aging Olympic athletes!

Go to the New York Times feature by going to http://bit.ly/1948Olympians.

 

 

Village groups and home modifications help people age in place…

July 27th, 2012 No Comments

Most of us want to age in place — stay in our own home as we age. With village groups, home modifications, and home care on the rise, it’s more possible than ever.

Village groups are typically comprised of volunteers who have been recruited by nonprofit groups and are geographically organized. These groups provide older adults services such as transportation, handymen, and technology. An annual fee of around $500 is typically charged.

Home modifications such as stair lifts, grab bars, ramps, wider hallways, touch faucets, etc. can all help elder adults remain at home longer.

Read the Washington Post story of an 88-year-old widower who has lived happily independent with the help of a village group and home modifications.  http://bit.ly/VillageGroups

Thinking of a reverse mortgage? Check out the myths…

July 26th, 2012 1 Comment

A reverse mortgage is available to retirement-aged homeowners, allowing them to receive monthly payments from a loan on their home’s equity. As a senior, perhaps you need extra funds to pay for home care NJ or other long-term care costs. You’ve seen actor Robert Wagner and actor/senator Fred Thompson recommending reverse mortgages on TV, but would getting one be beneficial in your circumstance? The National Council on Aging has identified 8 myths about reverse mortgages.

Myths About Reverse Mortgages:

  • Myth #1: They work the same as other types of home loans.
  • Myth #2: Most clients use their loan funds for “fun”–vacations and such.
  • Myth #3: They are cost-prohibitive.
  • Myth #4: They should only be used if there are no other options.
  • Myth #5: Older widows are the main people who take out reverse mortgages.
  • Myth #6: A fixed rate reverse mortgage is always a good idea.
  • Myth #7: It’s a waste of time to get counseling regarding reverse mortgages.
  • Myth #8: Most borrowers who end up facing foreclosure were victims of a scam.

Read the detailed Council on Aging myths by going to: http://bit.ly/8MtgMyths

Long-distance caregiving challenges…

July 24th, 2012 No Comments

In a recent article in the online edition of the Huffington Post, writer Diana M. Raab discusses her experiences and challenges of long-distance caregiving for her aging parent. Her still active and independent 82-year-old mother lives 3000 miles away. Her mom, like most of us, want to stay in familiar surroundings as she ages, rather than move closer to her daughter. The National Institute on Aging has estimated that approximately 7 million adults in the U.S. consider themselves long-distance caregivers. Visit our Long Distance Caregiving page for tips on this growing NJ elder care issue.

To read the article from the Huffington Post, go to http://bit.ly/LongDistanceCare.

Have you heard about the Dutch village that’s really a facility for the memory-impaired?

July 23rd, 2012 1 Comment

Picture this: a small village at the edge of Amsterdam with shops, a cafe, hairdresser, and a movie theater. The village is home to 152 residents within 23 apartments. What’s so special about this village? The residents are memory-impaired and the disguised shopkeepers, cashiers, and servers are really health care workers, specifically trained in dementia care. Hogewey, the village, is really a nursing home.

Because most residents believe this is an actual village rather than a care facility, they feel more relaxed and as a result, need less mood-altering medication. This unique concept may influence the future of dementia care here in the United States. Currently, with 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease (1 in 8 older people), and more projected as baby boomers age, the demand for this type of elder care will increase.

For more details on this unique concept, go to http://bit.ly/AlzVillageNYTimes.

 

It’s still hot outside, so protect yourself from summer dangers…

July 20th, 2012 No Comments

Have you read our NJ senior care July Community Resource Bulletin focusing on National UV Safety Month yet? The sun’s strong rays and heat can be a deadly combination for seniors. Skin cancer, dehydration, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and damage to the eyes can occur. Read our July Community Resource Bulletin today!

Don’t sleep well? Your brain may have aged by 2 years because of it…

July 18th, 2012 No Comments

Four new studies have indicated that your sleep patterns–whether you get too much, too little, interrupted, or have excessive daytime sleepiness–may have links to brain aging and/or dementia risks. These results are also in the preliminary stages.

Snapshots of the studies:

  • Less than 5 hours or more than 9 hours per day suggested the cognitive equivalent to your brain aging by 2 years
  • Sleep apnea showed more than 2 times the odds of having dementia or other mild cognitive impairment
  • Being sleepy excessively throughout the day seemed to increase the risk of a decline in mental capacity
  • Blood samples taken from 3 sets of people showed a link between sleep patterns and proteins that are indicators of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers advise those with sleep issues to check with their health care providers.

Bottom line for all of us: develop healthy sleep habits.

For more details, read the Philly.com article by visiting http://bit.ly/SleepAgesBrain

How much money will you need to have when you retire?

July 17th, 2012 No Comments

Senior Financial Planning Mercer County, New JerseyWe all know we should be saving for our retirement. But just how much should that be? It’s nearly impossible to predict, as the future is unknown. How long will you live? What will your medical expenses be? What will your elder care needs be? Will you be able to stay in your own using home care NJ or will you need medical care 24/7 for a period of time?

Aon Hewitt, a benefits counselor, has developed a simple strategy: he’s determined you will need 11 times your final salary. This is based on retiring at age 65 and continuing to live at your same standard of living. There are many who have different views, of course, but in the long run, it’s best to be conservative in your spending and liberal in your saving. This will help ensure your future retirement.

To read more, read the article from Time.com by going to http://bit.ly/RetirementSavings.

Don’t miss the AARP Driver Safety Program at Hopewell Valley Senior Center 7/30 & 31…

July 13th, 2012 1 Comment

If you’re 50 or older and live in New Jersey, mark your calendar to attend the AARP Driver Safety Program! This is a refresher course designed specifically for drivers 50+. As we age, changes occur in our vision, reaction time, and hearing. This course will teach you how to be safe when adjusting to these changes. Those who graduate will receive a certificate of completion entitling a reduction on their automobile insurance premiums in New Jersey. If you’re a caregiver of an elder family member or loved one in NJ, this is a great program to recommend.

  • When: Monday, July 30 & Tuesday, July 31 (must attend both days to receive certificate)
  • Where: Hopewell Valley Senior Center, 395 Reading Street, Pennington, NJ
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 non-members; $5 for current and retired educators/school personnel
  • Registration Required: Call Hopewell Valley YMCA at 609-737-3048

Seniors want to stay in their own homes rather than move in with their adult kids…

July 11th, 2012 No Comments

In a recent survey conducted by Gallup & Robinson, results reinforced the fact that older people want to retain their independence in their own homes as they age. 53% of people under the age of 65 reported that they would house an older parent when needed, but only 25% of people over age 65 said they would accept their children’s invitation to move in with them. For older seniors, they view their retirement years as time to enjoy life on their own terms. Moving in with their adult children may feel too hectic, confined or noisy. Moving away from their communities–church, friends, familiar surroundings–is another reason they may not want to move. Should they need care as they age, there are more elder care options available to them, rather than moving in with their families (such as Visiting Angels home care NJ).

To read a related story from Rock Hill Herald Online, go to http://bit.ly/SeniorsSayNoThanks.