3 Ways To Help A Loved One Receive Proper Nursing Home Care

December 20, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents

Elderly It’s an almost weekly occurrence across the country. Nursing homes face lawsuits over patients who develop severe bedsores that in some cases lead to death.

One week it’s a now-closed nursing home in California dealing with its third such lawsuit. Another week it’s a New Jersey nursing home sued by the family of a woman who died after reportedly suffering from a bedsore that wasn’t properly monitored and cared for. Read more

How To Protect Yourself From Holiday Season Charity Scams

December 18, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Money

By Justin Lavelle
The holiday season is a time for giving and most charities are working double time to get a piece of the donation pie. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a prime time for scam artists to get to work and separate you from your hard Read more

Four Ways Baby Boomers Can Avoid Going Bust

December 18, 2017  
Filed under Money

On Their Kids’ Student Loan Debt

Crushing student loan debt is usually thought to be the younger generation’s problem. But more and more, with graduates unable to handle it on their own, mountains of student loans are becoming mom and dad’s albatross, as well. Read more

 Coping with the Holidays when Experiencing Grief

December 18, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

Now that the holiday season has begun, it’s important to recognize that there are many who may not feel particularly festive. After losing a loved one, it can be hard to imagine entering the holiday season when there is someone missing. Maryellen Corliss, director of BAYADA Hospice in Burlington, offers the following tips:

 

  • Know that it’s ok to do things differently. Some people may find comfort in following family traditions. Others may find the thought of following those traditions without their loved one too painful. Both approaches are completely valid. Since different family members may fall into different categories, it’s important to have open communication and be respectful of each other’s points of view during this time of difficulty and transition.
  • Have a plan. Difficult situations can be made more challenging when they catch you off-guard. Even though it still will not be easy, if you know what to expect, you have the opportunity to prepare emotionally. Once you have made a decision, do not create emotional unrest by second-guessing yourself.
  • Ask for help. There are people who want to support you but don’t know what you need. Here are some situations where you can provide concrete ways for friends to step in:
    • You want to have a tree, but need someone else to be the one to decorate it.
    • You could use another set of hands to help bake cookies with the kids.
    • You have decided to make a dish, or possibly the main meal, for the holiday dinner, but would prefer someone else deal with the crowds at the grocery store.
  • Determine what is: a) Need to do b) Nice to do and c) Nuts to do. For example, you need to eat dinner; it would be nice to have dinner at a family member’s house; it would be nuts to host a five course meal for 30 people. Focus on the “need to do” and if you feel comfortable, sprinkle in a few things that are “nice to do.” Do not attempt the “nuts to do.”
  • Take care of yourself. You will need your rest to help you cope with the physically and emotionally draining times. Your body and mind can also function better through exercising and eating a balanced diet.

 

 

5 Tips To Help End  Your Spouse’s Snoring  

December 14, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

If your spouse snores, you may have just endured another sleepless night.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are steps you can take – or at least have your spouse take – that could end the snoring and perhaps even save your spouse’s life in the process. Read more

Media Advisory: 2018 Open Enrollment Q&A

December 12, 2017  
Filed under News

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 

FINAL WEEK OF OPEN ENROLLMENT Q+A ON FACEBOOK LIVE

 

 

WHAT:            2018 Open Enrollment Q&A – The Sequel

Vermonters who missed November’s webinars and last week’s Facebook Live event have one more opportunity before Open Enrollment ends on December 15th.

 

Department of Vermont Health Access staff will be on hand to answer general questions about Open Enrollment deadlines, the Plan Comparison Tool, health insurance terminology, financial help to lower the costs of premiums, Enhanced Silver plans with cost-sharing reductions, enrolling through Vermont Health Connect versus enrolling directly with an insurance carrier, or other related questions. In the interest of protecting privacy, Vermonters with specific questions about their family, income, or account are asked to not share information in this setting and instead to log on to VermontHealthConnect.gov or call the Customer Support Center at 855-899-9600 for private, personalized assistance.

WHEN:           Monday, December 11th at 7 p.m.  Questions may also be submitted in advance and a recording of the video will be available after the event.

 

WHERE:           https://www.facebook.com/VermontHealthConnect/

 

 

Retail Drug Prices Increase More Than 50X Faster Than Inflation Rate

December 7, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News

AARP study of 750+ medications widely used by older Americans shows prices continue longstanding upward trend

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HANDS Reaches Out to Older Adults on Christmas

December 6, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, News

HANDS

In collaboration with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Elks Lodge, and Temple Sinai among many others, HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors) is pleased to offer both a delivered meal and a sitdown dinner again this year on Christmas Day. “The need continues to rise among the seniors we serve,” said HANDS Executive Director Megan Humphrey. “We hope to serve at least 400 meals,” she continued.

The FREE 13th Annual Holiday Dinner will be held on Christmas Day anytime from Noon-3:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 925 North Avenue in Burlington. There will be a special gathering there at 1:00 for seniors. If you need transportation, please call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 or email meganjhumphrey@gmail.com.

To reserve the free meal delivered to your home (either ham or vegetarian lasagna) in Chittenden County and are 50 or older, please call Age Well at 865-0360 by December 15. After December 15, call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 or email meganjhumphrey@gmail.com. “Hundreds of volunteers and organizations come together to make this happen and we couldn’t do it without them,” explained Ms. Humphrey.  For more information or to donate, please check www.handsvt.org.