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Happy Holidays for Those with Dementia

Posted on December 21, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (5)

Who doesn't want to have a wonderful, peaceful, warm-feeling holiday season?  We all want to feel comfortable and loved, as much as possible.  We strive to make our holidays especially joyful, even if we can't guarantee this throughout the entire year.  Even those who don't celebrate the holidays get up each day to make it better than the last.  Sometimes, this is easier said than done.  Especially during the short and cold days of Winter.

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Preventing Loneliness

Posted on January 27, 2019 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (6)


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Overcome Exercise Barriers

Posted on December 27, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Check out these suggestions from the National Institute on Aging on getting past barriers to exercise:


Watch Out For Social Security Scams

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (687)

While it is difficult to determine what is a scam and what isn't, it seems that most telephone calls requesting account information can pretty much be chalked up to being inapprpriate. This is especially true when dealing with government agencies, and big corporations, like banks. They will never call to request account information and other personal data.  They will write to you through the U.S. mail. If in doubt, you can always ask to call them back, in order to verify that they are i...

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New Medicare Cards Are Coming

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (3)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Services have announced that new Medicare cards will be sent to all by April 2019.  They are removing Social Security Numbers from the cards, and a new identifying number will replace it.  You may receive your card at a different time than your neighbor, and this helps to keep mail thieves away.  Mailing begins this April.

The card will be printed on paper, and if you ever lose it, you can always print a new one yourself!...

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What Constitutes Old Age Memory Problems?

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (13)

I went to visit a friend who had recently been placed in assisted living.  I had lost touch with her over the last couple of years, becoming too busy in my life to keep much social contact going.  When I entered her room, I came upon a slightly slumped over, little old lady, watching the news in a wheelchair beside her made-up bed.  I touched her shoulder, gently, then came around to the other side of the bed to sit, before bombarding her with social chatter. ...

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Is Alzheimer's Passed to Me Genetically?

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (4)


How to Pay for a Stay in Long Term Care

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

When this question comes up, it is usually because of some emergency.  Someone has either had an accident, or surgery, and needs to recover after leaving the hospital.  They usually need more care than staying at home can provide.  Or, they are in an advanced stage of a terminal disease, and need medical care before hospice is necessary.  How does one pay for this kind of 24-hour care?


Until the person is able to be taken care of at home, with less than r...

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Tips on Care Giving Someone with Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (1)

If you are caring for a veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Veteran's Administration has a tip sheet full of great suggestions:


Is the Social Security Agency Sending Me Emails?

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

"Get Protected"

"S.A.F.E. Act 2015"

"...a new Security features that helps you as a tax payer..."

Besides the obvious bad grammer and misspellings, these types of emails should stand out to you that something is not quite right.  The email might have even made it to your Spam Folder, and not your Inbox; another sign that it might not be a legitimate email from the Social Security Administration.  These are usually phishing emails, des...

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