Category: June – July 2011

  • Medicare Identity Theft

    Medicare Identity Theft is a serious and growing problem that impacts the lives of millions of seniors every year. A variety of reasons, including the expansion of technology and the Internet, allow personal information to be stolen and sold worldwide. Furthermore, the sheer magnitude of Medicare provides both incentive and opportunity for thieves to take…

  • How to Hire a Caregiver

    If you are hiring a caregiver for yourself or another loved one, you may be tempted to try to make the process as simple as possible by treating the caregiver as a “private contractor.” You tell the person, “I will pay you so much an hour, and you deal with the IRS and the State…

  • Living at the Best Place … in the Best Years

    15 Craigside is Hawai‘i’s newest not-for-profit senior living community. It welcomed its first residents on March 4, 2011. It is the first continuing care retirement community in Hawai‘i geared to moderate-income seniors who believed that a retirement community with a full continuum of care was not possible until now. This brand new community features 30…

  • Does Your Car Fit You? Find Out Why it Should

    As a group, older drivers are typically safe drivers. They are more likely to wear their seat belts and less likely to drink and drive. But they are also the group with the highest fatality rates during crashes—a rate that increases slightly for drivers age 65 and older, and significantly for drivers older than 75.…

  • Friends & Family Fighting Fraud

    The best protection against fraud is information and communication. Being open and aware of what’s going on in our friends’ and family’s lives; taking the time to talk about day-to-day events and even watching over each other is vital for many reasons. As much as we’d like to believe in the spirit of human kindness,…

  • Blending the East And West for Optimal Health

    Eastern medicine, or sometimes called Traditional Chinese Medicine, is an ancient system of medicine that has been in existence for more than 3,000 years. Its primary philosophy is to keep the body, mind, spirit and emotions in balance and in sync with our environment. Eastern medicine takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns…

  • Tips: Five Hints for Caregivers

    While some people receive care from paid professionals, more are relying on the unselfish assistance of families, friends, and neighbors. The stress, exhaustion and extreme emotions faced by caregivers can be overwhelming. Following are some hints for those facing this situation: 1. Physical Place a high priority on taking care of yourself, as caregivers often…

  • Message from the Editor – June / July 2011

    As we kick off the summer, it is time to start spending more time with our friends and families, and to be thankful for our health. Although the summer days are long, our time is short. Take a moment to call and say hello to a family member or friend. Personally, once a year I…

  • Tips: Caregivers With Elderly on the Go

    Moving and transferring the elderly is a challenge for many caregivers, especially those who lack formal training. But, the process can be made easier and safer by learning some simple tips. 1. Educate yourself on how to move the elderly, especially those who are frail. Caregivers should receive training from a physical therapist before an…

  • How to Take Social Security Right on Time

    Now that the Baby Boomers have begun reaching retirement age, one key decision is looming for them—when to claim Social Security benefits. And that choice is as complicated and varied as the individuals making it. Social Security? Yes, if you’re a member of the Boomer generation, there will be Social Security benefits for you when…