Paying for Assisted Living

How will we pay for care? This is probably the biggest question, whether spoken out loud or silently pondered, among families trying to make a decision about assisted living.

Costs vary by state and even by town; much depends on ...

 
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Congressional Budget Cuts Affecting Programs for Seniors

It’s that time of year. While the Presidential candidates battle it out in debates and polls and campaign ads, Congress has been slicing and dicing the federal budget. Unfortunately, many dramatic cuts and spending freezes having a direct impact ...

 
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Controversial Mandate Upsets Minnesota Assisted Living Providers

While there are some constructive aspects to a law recently passed by the Minnesota state legislature (whose provisions take effect October 1st), most people – particularly long-term care industry leaders – are quite disturbed by its ramifications, especially given that the bill ...

 
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HUD Gets Funding Boost for Senior Housing in 2012

Medicare and Medicaid cuts are still on the table, but a new report from SeniorHousingNews.com shares some good news from Washington: the House Appropriations Committee’s fiscal year 2010 funding bill for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) included a 50% ...

 
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State Budgets Struggle to Support Senior Services

There are a few things I miss about my state government relations job with the Alzheimer’s Association, but I have to say that budget season is NOT one of them.

I’m sure that most state government employees also dread this time of year, when the numbers are dismal, cuts are imminent, and legislators/staff spend long hours drafting, amending, debating and reviewing line by line the budget bills ...

 
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Senior Living Activities 102

In my previous post, Activities 101, I discussed some of the basics in planning activities for senior living community residents (come to think of it, many of these ideas/principles can be applied to the home setting/senior visits too). Here a few ideas, a few more planning tips, and some web resources to peruse...

A few activity ideas from little ol' me

I was always a fan of intergenerational stuff. ...

 
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Seniors Fear Losing Their “Lifeline”

With many state governments in fiscal crisis mode, seniors and their advocates are also in a state of panic. Funding cuts across the board could significantly impact vital programs and services for seniors. Often among the cuts are senior centers -- for many, that means losing their "lifeline." As a hub of senior services in the local community, seniors, particularly those isolated and alone, rely on these centers for nutritious ...

 
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Boomers and Seniors: Time for a Vacation?

More seniors face a longer time in the workforce as dreams of retirement fade, people of all ages worry about pending unemployment, and many have already received that fateful pink slip - maybe not the best time to plan that trip to Hawaii or Hong Kong. And yet, the gloom and doom of the daily news, the water cooler gossip about who's next to go, and the ever-present "signs of ...

 
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