Finding a Professional Geriatric Care Manager

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Finding a Professional Geriatric Care Manager As part of the normal aging process, many people need assistance with specific types of care. This might mean help with bathing, dressing, preparing meals and accessing transportation. It might also include finding medical services, social orientation and psychological support. A geriatric care manager orGCM is a human service […]

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Support Services for Seniors Who Hoard

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Compulsive cluttering, or hoarding, is defined as the unnecessary retention of objects or animals that may subject the hoarder and others to safety and health hazards. Perhaps because many symptoms of hoarding intensify over time, they seem to be more common in seniors than in younger adults. Those who hoard often leave rooms filled with […]

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Medicare Patients Beware!

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Question:  My mom was in the hospital for three days and then transferred to a skilled nursing facility for recovery.  Why is Medicare refusing to pay for her stay in the nursing facility? Answer: For Medicare to cover the cost of a post-hospital skilled-nursing home, a beneficiary must first be a hospital inpatient forat least […]

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Senior Corps Volunteers

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Bad news: So many people need assistance. Good news: You can enlist in Senior Corps! In 2009, President Obama signed the Serve America Act. It assists older adults in sharing their skills, talents and lifetime experiences with members of their communities. Just last year, California’s Senior Corps volunteers: Helped 92,100 older adults maintain their independence […]

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Talking With Your Doctor

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Question: Why does my doctor want me to bring all my medications to my scheduled wellness exam. Answer: By reviewing all your medications – both prescription and over-the-counter drugs – your doctor can better work with you in preparing your personal health plan. For most patients, a doctor’s medical file only lists prescribed medications and […]

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Flu Shots are Important!

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Every year, between 5 and 20 percent of people in the U.S. come down with the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications, and flu-related deaths average 23,500 each year. More than half of such hospitalizations involve people age 65 and older. Keeping that […]

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Innovative New Hearing Tools

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According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, one-third of people aged 60 and above have problems hearing. Certain sounds come through well; others not so well, and others not at all. Few age-related hearing problems can be completely cured, but innovative new tools are available. Well known symptoms of age-related hearing […]

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Video Games for Seniors: An Innovative Technological Tool

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Although many people think of video games as mindless kid activities, current research confirms that they may actually enhance one’s ability to think, reason and respond quickly. According to the National Science Foundation, many seniors, who have experienced declines in their perceptual, motor and cognitive skills, increase hand-eye coordination, memory and muscle control by playing […]

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Curb-to-Curb Transportation

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Anyone who cannot drive and has a disability that makes reliance on public transportation difficult may be eligible for assistance from Access Paratransit. To apply, you must call 800-827-0829 (and then Press 1).  You will be asked a few basic questions including, “What places do you usually travel and how often?” If your answers show […]

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Safe Driving for Seniors

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) estimates that by the year 2030, one out of every five licensed automobile drivers will be 65 or older. Although the DMV may not discriminate against adult drivers because of age, the agency has the responsibility to make sure that all licensed drivers have the physical and mental […]

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