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Senior Care Facility Gives Residents the Thrill of a Lifetime

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On a recent sunny, while many people their age might have been finishing up lunch, or grabbing a quick afternoon nap, Mary Steeves, 85, Manuel Borba, 84, and Raymond Hawkins, 92, were fulfilling a lifelong dream.

The recent article, “Flying high, fulfilling dreams,” by Denise Rockenstein, told the story of three individuals, residents of Orchard Park Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in Clearlake, California, who were asked the question: “If money, health and time were not factors, what would you like to do with the rest of your life?” Mary, Manuel and Raymond all wanted to fly.

For Mary, the idea that she’d always wanted to take to the skies came as a revelation to her family. Mary’s daughter, Donna Sage, remarked, “My mother will never ever be the same again after this experience. Never in my life had I heard anything about her dream to fly. It was very much a surprise to me. She was so giddy the day they announced it at the lunch. It was just like she turned into a teenager. She was so excited she couldn’t stop laughing.”

Manuel and Raymond (with his wife, Pearl, by his side) enjoyed their separate flights as well, especially when their pilot flew over Orchard Park, low enough for them to see their friends waving below.

These flights, a dream-come-true for three seniors, are just the beginning, according to Orchard Park community relations coordinator Jane McNight. “This absolutely the most wonderful thing and we have more dreams to fulfill.”

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Does Your Local Senior Living Facility Welcome Pets?

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The question above may seem an odd one, but for residents of some senior living communities, they couldn’t imagine life without their furry, four-legged companions. According to the recent article, “Senior Homes Partial to Pets,” by Sharon L. Peters, the practice of welcoming cats, dogs and even rabbits into senior care communities is a growing one.

Just ask the residents of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore, MD, a pet-friendly provider profiled in the article. As Helene King, a communication coordinator for the center says, “People grow up with animals, have had them all their lives, and this is their home now, so why wouldn’t they have pets here?” The center offers pet therapy as a part of their “Eden Alternative” program, which also includes plants and contact with kids as a part of their daily routines.

While living with pets isn’t ideal for every senior, many locations that have attempted to integrate canine or feline companions into their staff claim a high rate of success. Levindale, for example, believes that their dogs, cats, birds and fish relax residents, offer companionship, and relieve boredom and loneliness.

Provided the pets are well cared for, it seems that the benefits of having furry therapy assistants outweigh the negatives. Says King, “We just haven’t experienced a downside.”

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Celebrate National Adult Day Services Week 2008!

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In 1983, former President Ronald Regan dedicated the third week in September to raising awareness of the wealth of adult day programs available nationwide and improving accessibility to those programs for families in need of adult day care services. This year’s National Adult Day Services Week takes place during the week of September 21-27, 2008.

NADSA, the National Adult Day Services Association, lists several ways for families to celebrate this week of awareness at their Web site: http://www.nadsa.org/events/nadsw2008.asp.

If you’d like to get involved in this national celebration, read on for a few ways you can observe National Adult Day Services Week in your own community.

• Suggest to your local high school that they select students to partner members of local adult day care center to record oral histories. Forging connections between generations this way can be rewarding for all involved.

• Work with an area newspaper or television station to promote a human interest story about a member of a local adult day care center.

• If you or a member of your family has are familiar with using adult day care services, offer to speak at a local caregiver support meeting and share your experiences.

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Senior Care Resources: Adult Day Services

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In 1983, former President Ronald Regan dedicated the third week in September to raising awareness of the wealth of adult day programs available nationwide and improving accessibility to those programs for families in need of adult day care services. This year’s National Adult Day Services Week takes place during the week of September 21-27, 2008.

NADSA, the National Adult Day Services Association, lists several ways for families to celebrate this week of awareness at their Web site: http://www.nadsa.org/events/nadsw2008.asp.

If you’d like to get involved in this national celebration, read on for a few ways you can observe National Adult Day Services Week in your own community.

• Suggest to your local high school that they select students to partner members of local adult day care center to record oral histories. Forging connections between generations this way can be rewarding for all involved.

• Work with an area newspaper or television station to promote a human interest story about a member of a local adult day care center.

• If you or a member of your family has are familiar with using adult day care services, offer to speak at a local caregiver support meeting and share your experiences.

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Country Music Star Martina McBride Announces Unique Senior Living Center

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Senior living in Nashville is about to get a lot more fun for retiring country music musicians. Country singer Martina McBride, member of the Crescendo Music Community Fund (CMCF), a non-profit group of professionals in the music industry, announced plans to build a brand-new kind of senior living center.

After almost a decade of planning, the CMCF is announcing its intention to build a $95 million dollar senior living facility that is a little more… rockin’ than your average home for senior care. The Crescendo will offer residents of its 180 condominiums the chance to utilize an in-house recording studio, performance hall, or even to attend one of many country music-themed workshops.

As McBride said in a recent interview with Dial-Global, “I do think that it’s gonna be the first of its kind. It places great importance on keeping people who live here involved with Music Row and feeling like they’re still involved in the music industry with things like songwriting workshops to a place to be able to perform if they want to a recording studio where they can still record music … It’s just very unique, and I think it really will fit the needs of so many people who have been involved in the music industry in such a special way.”

The senior living center, scheduled to open in 2013, will offer three levels of care and prices ranging from $300,000 to $650,000 depending on condo square footage. Financial assistance will be available for those who qualify.

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New Information Resource for Senior Caregivers Unveiled

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Thanks to the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), senior caregivers and those who provide care for people with disabilities now have a new online source of educational information.

NAPGCM, through a partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), are unveiling an interactive website that will provide online tools, information, and resources to help you make informed healthcare decisions. This user-friendly site offers a section that specifically deals with Medicare questions, as well as other areas that address financial concerns, caregiver health and wellness, and senior and disability care options.

Besides help with practical concerns, the “Ask Medicare” site will also provide a place for caregivers to connect. Caregivers can exchange stories and communicating on message boards, which can alleviate the loneliness and sense of isolation that many members of the “sandwich generation” often feel when providing care for a loved one.

According to NAPGCM Past President Linda Aufderhaar, “This truly is a one-stop site that will help lighten the burden on caregivers…. This Web site will help put caregivers in touch with the experts and organizations that can help them address a myriad of challenges and concerns.”

To view the new NAPGCM site, “Ask Medicare,” go to http://www.medicare.gov/caregivers.

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Press and Community Involvement

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Featured In” ~ Press Releases ~
Speaker Availability/Corporate Wellness Programs ~ Community Involvement
 

Aging Wisely has been featured in numerous publications and provides articles on subjects related to eldercare, disability and special needs concerns, Medicare and Medicaid, caregiving, and healthcare. To request information, an interview or an article submission, contact Shannon Martin, Director of Communications or call us at 727-447-5845.

Featured in:

Forbes, “Prepare for Elder Care

Forbes, “Sandwich Generation Survival Skills

The Maddux Report, March 2008, “Hands on Help”

Florida Banker Magazine, “Building a Team to Successfully Serve Your Aging Clients”
“Issues of Client Competency”
Trust Talk (FL Bankers Association newsletter), “Warning Sign for Elder Clients”
“Should Your Elderly Client be on the road?”

Tampa Bay Business Journal, “Caring for the aging population”

St. Petersburg Times, July 2004, “Help for Families of Dangerous Drivers”

970 WFLA, AM Tampa Bay with Jack Harris, Tedd Webb and Sharon Taylor, “Elderly Driver Concerns”

Quoted in: St. Petersburg Times, Seniority, 2005, “Hurricane Planning” by Sheila Reed
St. Petersburg Times, 11/25/05, “Elder Care Challenge: Who Will Handle the Financial Books?” by Helen Huntley

Clearwater Bar’s Res Ipsa Loquiter
Featured expert articles on topics such as Medicare, Disaster Preparedness and Eldercare Issues

St. Petersburg Bar Journal
Featured expert articles on eldercare issues and Medicare

City of Clearwater’s Aging Well Connections, “When Children Need Help Handling the Care of an Elderly Parent–What’s a Family to do?”

Press Releases

Aging Wisely Hiring to Support its Growing Care Management Team

Senior Driving Safety Course in Clearwater, Florida Presented by Local Eldercare Services Firms: Aging Wisely, Platinum Sponsor

Aging Wisely Nomination-Best of Web 2012 Awards-Best Senior Living Blogs

Aging Wisely Wins Patient Advocacy Award

Aging Wisely Moves to New Office: August 19, 2011

Aging Wisely April 2011 Care Manager Certifications

Julie Scott, Aging Wisely care manager, wins national healthcare award

New Medicare Assistance Available to Help Retirees

Speaker Availability/Corporate Wellness Programs:


Aging Wisely’s professionals are available to speak on a wide variety of topics including:

Eldercare for the Professional Serving Seniors

Making Your Business Senior Friendly: Sensitivity Training

Elder Care and You: Navigating the Care Giving Maze

Medicare A,B,Cs and Ds

Elder Exploitation

Fall Prevention

Resources for Caregivers

Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia: A Practical Workshop on Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia Overview

Planning for Long-Term Care Needs

What is Geriatric Care Management?

Taking Control of Your Health Care

Aging in Place: Home Safety and In-Home Support Services

The Social and Emotional Issues of Retirement

Selecting an Assisted Living or Long-Term Care Facility

Aging Wisely offers corporate elder care programs, including lectures, information and one on one consultations, to enable your employees to better cope with caregiving and balance work and caregiving roles. Studies have shown increased productivity and reports of better health in workers that participated in corporate sponsored geriatric care management programs (February 2008, study conducted by National Alliance for Caregiving and Center for Productive Aging, Towson University).

Community Involvement

Aging Wisely believes in giving back to the community we serve. Employees take an active role in many community organizations and Aging Wisely is proud to sponsor and contribute to local charities and events. Some of the organizations we have supported through both monetary contributions and time and talent include:

Aging and Disability Resource Center Advisory Committee (Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas/Pasco, Inc.) (www.agingcarefl.org/)

Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Dunedin Committee on Aging

Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association and National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Association (Employees involved in Leadership, Public Policy committee, PR committee, Chapter President’s Committee, Conference Committee and Editorial Board for national magazine)

Clearwater Free Clinic, Sponsor of Martinis and Matisse

Pinellas County Falls Prevention Coalition, cofounder

Leadership Pinellas

Morton Plant Mease Hospitals/Foundation

Better Living for Seniors of Pinellas

Elves for Elders, Hillsborough & Pinellas counties

Pinellas County Estate Planning Council

Tampa Bay Financial Planners Association

Stetson College of Law’s Special Needs Trust Program

Clearwater Bar Association

St. Petersburg Bar Association

The Florida Bar

Florida Banker’s Trust School

All Children’s Hospital Evening Guild

Aging Wisely sponsoring the St. Pete and Clearwater Bar joint Bench and Bar meeting

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