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There are over 2,500 benefit programs available nationwide. Find out what you may qualify for!

Click here to begin your FREE search!   Have you heard of BenefitsCheckUp? It is a free service of the National Council on Aging, that lets you search for benefits easily, securely, and accurately. In the US, there are over 2,500 federal, state, and private benefit programs available. Start finding...

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How Home Care Can Help Persons with Disabilities

Strategies on Maintaining Independence Home care agencies are knowledgeable about ways persons with disabilities can maintain and enhance their independence. Some home care agencies, such as Heart, Body & Mind Home Care, also provide a free in-home safety assessment. Simple home modifications such as...

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Have You Scheduled an Annual Checkup? Plan Ahead During COVID-19

Routine visits to the doctor are a key tool in maintaining our health as we age. But over the past 12 months, many older adults and their caregivers have delayed care because of the COVID-19 pandemic, opting to cancel medical appointments due to fear of exposure to the virus. According to a nationwide...

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7 Ways You Can Help Your Loved One After a Fall

When caring for an aging parent or family member, there are few things as scary as discovering your loved one has fallen. The aftermath can have a major impact on both you and your family’s life, and you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.8 million older people...

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Unlocking Vital Secrets: Lab Employees Work Around the Clock for Patients, Families

Vials of blood and urine move through the large machines, like workers on an assembly line. They enter holding secrets. When they emerge, lab employees interpret and unlock the results. One patient will test positive for diabetes, another negative for cancer. Then, the process begins again with new...

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Families Challenged by Loved One’s Psychiatric Needs Find a Welcome Care Team at St. Joseph Medical

“When my father-in-law needed psychiatric care, all we could think of was the worst,” says Kim Chalmers, supervisor of senior care at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. “That’s why I can empathize with the fears of families facing heart-wrenching decisions when their loved ones suffer from debilitating...

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What should I consider before taking Social Security?

Should I take Social Security early? Take it later? Continue to work? Your decisions around Social Security can make a big impact on your retirement – especially considering that Social Security administration estimates say it makes up about 40% of the average 65-year-old's retirement income today. ...

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COVID-19 Vaccine: The Latest Answers from Lee Health

Many Southwest Florida residents have questions about COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized to prevent COVID-19 in the U.S. Dr. Stephanie Stovall, Interim Chief of Quality and Patient Safety for Lee Health System, shares the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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The Ultimate Gift: Giving Blood During Times of Need

The season of holiday giving may have ended, but generosity is a good way to live year-round. So why not gift someone with the gift of life—a blood donation! Especially now, when blood donations have fallen off and our area’s blood supply is dangerously low. “The pandemic has created a big demand for...

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Meet Charlie and Fran

Meet Charlie and Fran. They have lived on their family farm for 50+ years. To ensure their assets are safe for future generations, Charlie and Fran consulted with a Certified Medicaid Planner. Charlie and Fran have 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. They have worked hard and have...

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Finding Your Home Away From Home 

The lives of our family, and in particular our mother (Josephine Giarratano), have been touched and impacted by the health care industry and the people that tirelessly toil in this profession.    That being said, as we reflect on the experiences of the past two years, we would like to express our gratitude...

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Pueblo Area Agency on Aging - Meeting Needs for Healthier Living

Since I began working with the Pueblo Area Agency on Aging, I have learned older adults have critical needs to remain in their homes and live a healthy life. The Pueblo Area Agency on Aging or PAAA has great partnerships throughout Pueblo County who provide different services to those in the community....

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Transportation Programs Help Reclaim Older Adults’ Independence

Older adults yearn to retain their independence to move about freely. It is important to remember that many older adults’ live active lives, are safe drivers and are able to use public transit. There is no universally accepted age at which people are no longer safe drivers, even though chronic conditions...

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Touching Lives Without Touching People

The unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic were unimaginably difficult for everyone to navigate; none more than for the senior population. Family members far-and-wide were advised to stay away for the safety of their loved ones. Precious moments and lifelong stories were tragically...

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Choosing Your Medicare Plan

I often hear comments from Medicare beneficiaries about how they considered themselves to be reasonably intelligent people until they started trying to figure out Medicare. Don’t worry. That is a normal feeling. Medicare can be confusing. The first step is to choose the type of Medicare plan that fits...

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4 Reasons to Choose a Senior Real Estate Specialist  

You’ve probably heard the saying, “all real estate is local.” It’s a truism that refers to the unique qualities of neighborhoods and properties—and the importance of working with a real estate professional who understands the local market. The same claim can be made for real estate CLIENTS. Everyone...

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How to Protect Hearing Aids in Spring

Keep hearing aids safe during spring weather and activities with these helpful suggestions. While spring is a wonderful time to enjoy nature and the outdoors, this seasonal change can also wreak havoc if you wear hearing aids. From sunlight to moisture, there are many potential hazards to hearing aids...

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Coronavirus Myths and Facts: Knowing the Difference May Save Your Life

New Evidence Warrants New CDC Precaution: Face Coverings  F.E.A.R. can be an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. We experience fear when our thoughts scare us, say the experts. Surely, there’s plenty to be fearful of during these unprecedented, frightening times surrounding the novel coronavirus....

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How to Care for the Family Pet During COVID-19

It seems like every day health experts issue another safety recommendation to help us prepare and deal with the coronavirus. As we continue to plan for the uncertainties of COVID-19, here are some tips for making our pets part of our preparedness plan, too. Thankfully, amid all the worrisome news there’s...

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Create Your Own Wellness Routine: Food, Nature, Creativity, Physical/Mental Health

We’re all spending more time at home these days, and many of us might be missing the structure of our normal day-to-day activities – waking, working, eating, and keeping ourselves healthy with exercise, the right kind of food and mental stimulation. But there are actually plenty of positives here! In...

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