Do you know what you really can expect after retirement?

  • 86% of us wilMisconception-on-Aging-2-300x183l use caregiver services
  • 61% of us will use home health services
  • 51% of us will use a nursing home

And, the real eye-opener is that only 12% of the projected cost will be covered by Medicare!

Take a bit of time now to become informed and educated about why you should be concerned and how you can prepare for your later years and your need for long term care.

Glean from the insight and wisdom of 44 Senior Industry experts as they answer the following questions about aging & long term care:

  • Why is there a drastic difference in people’s perception versus reality?
  • What are the consequences of not being prepared?
  • How would you close the discrepancy gap?
  • What advice do you have for consumers about their future care needs?

Many thanks to SeniorCare.com for this landmark article, “America Has a Major Misconception on Aging”, http://www.seniorcare.com/featured/misconception-on-aging/

(I was honored to be included as one of the 44 experts asked about the future of long term care.  My comments can be found under the “Senior Advocates” section. )

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Many thanks to Carol Swope, Stephen Ministry Coordinator at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (Edwardsburg, MI), for the following guest post about a very special upcoming event as well as their ongoing Stephen Ministry.  

Out of the Ashes:  A Two-part Seminar Dealing with Difficult Life-Changes  

Tuesday, April 21st and 28th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Cost:  $10 (includes all materials & refreshments)

Out of the Ashes is a 2-part seminar designed to help anyone dealing with life-changes that are difficult and painful to face.  The reality of change confronts all of us with questions about life, doubts, fears, moving forward, mortality, faith and meaning.  Through presentations and small group discussions, we will discover ways to move toward a healing of the heart and soul.  This two-part seminar will be offered on two consecutive Tuesdays, April 21st and 28th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 24832 US 12, Edwardsburg, MI.   To register, call Carol Swope, Stephen Ministry Coordinator at 269-445-7425 or email her at carol.swope at gmail.com

Sponsored by:  Edwardsburg Stephen Ministry is an ecumenical group of lay member from the Catholic and Protestant churches in Edwardsburg Michigan who provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.   “Care receivers” are people who are experiencing a difficult time with illness, hospitalization, loss of a loved one, loss of independence due to illness or aging, terminal illness, divorce or separation, job loss or any of an endless number of other life difficulties.   Stephen Ministers listen, understand, accept and pray for and with care receivers as they work through a crisis or a tough time together.  Each Stephen Minister has received 50 hours of intensive training and is supervised by our certified Stephen Leader.   All aspects of this ministry is bound to strict confidentiality.

Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers once a week for about an hour for as long as the care receiver will benefit by the relationships.  If you or a loved one would like to have a Stephen Minister to talk with, we are here for you.  I invite you to contact us on our confidential phone line at 269-445-7425.  Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook!

 

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Pet Loss and Dementia

March 30, 2015

When it comes time to end the life of our beloved pets, it is hard enough when the pet owner is of sound mind.  But imagine having dementia, especially early stage! For more than 3 months, Zeus (our 11 year old Australian Shepherd) had been very ill.  At first it seemed to be bronchitis and […]

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How to limit Sibling Rivalry in Senior Care

January 31, 2015

Many thanks to Fay Wein, a content marketing and communications specialist at Senior Planning Services, for the following guest post.  (To learn more about Fay, see her contact information at the end of this post.) Sibling roles and family dynamics are usually aggravated when there is a nerve-wracking or stressful family dilemma to deal with. […]

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A Year in the Life of a Caregiver: The highs, lows & lessons learned

December 28, 2014

In past years at the end of December, I usually posted my “top five” most read blog posts of the year.  This year I will be writing a different kind of article. Many of you have noticed my lack of writing … due to another year of  intense caregiving challenge and crisis.  As I share a bit […]

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My top 10 List – Moving into a Retirement Community

May 8, 2014

Here is my list of the top 10 changes I saw in Mom after she moved into a retirement community.

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Aging Parent? How to Keep Your Support Network Strong!

March 29, 2014

Don’t wait for the next crisis. Take the time now to assess your support network. What changes have there been in your loved one’s life and in the lives of those who support you? Let me show you how to re-connect, re-engage and nurture those special people!

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Aging Parent? An Insider’s Guide to Assisted Living

March 19, 2014

As I reflected on my role as ED for a facility and as a caregiving daughter to my Mom, I thought of several “insider” tips that would help families as they contemplate a move to Assisted Living. Know that there is an increasing need for Assisted Living these day, and you will likely find many new facilities popping up in your area. It is critical that you do your due diligence before making the selection for your loved one.

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The Red Suitcase: “a mother-daughter movie about new beginnings”

November 24, 2013

How many of us have been transformed by an indelible experience with our aging parent? Filmmaker Dana White brings her road-trip story to life. Her film is a “tribute to her mother for being an inspiration and for having the strength to know it is never too late to start again.”

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Traveling with Alzheimer’s disease

November 3, 2013

Thomas Stern’s grandmother, Nati, taught him a lot about the ins and outs of “dementia-travel.” In this guest post, Thomas shares some ‘lessons learned’. Don’t let dementia prevent your loved one from experiencing the joy of travel and enhancing their quality of life.

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