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Alcohol and the Older Adult

July 10, 2019 — Michelle Howard, RN Alcohol has quite the history and not all of it is filled with kittens and puppy dog tails. In the 1920s, Congress submitted the 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors, for state ratification. Many citizens hated alcohol due to car accidents, addiction, using too much wheat,... Read More

Are Opioids in Your Future? Another Side of Heath Care

June 10, 2019 — Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC If you are considering a hip or knee replacement (or other major medical surgery), it’s quite probable that an opioid will be prescribed for pain. According to David L. Albright, Hill Crest Foundation endowed Chair in Mental Health, opioids bind the body’s natural opioid receptors to the reward center in... Read More

Grief versus Depression: When to Seek Professional Advice

May 10, 2019 — —Jennifer Miller, MA Mr. Smith has been feeling really down recently. It is not without cause. He recently lost his wife to a long battle with cancer and is in the process of downsizing his home to move into a smaller, more manageable apartment. On top of that, his children have approached him with concerns... Read More

Emergency Preparedness – Let’s Strike up the Conversation!

April 8, 2019 —  —Frankie Sherwood, CSUS Gerontology Intern with Elder Options Last December, my grandmother was evacuated from her assisted living facility during the Rye Fire in Saugus, CA. Residents and staff were forced to spend a total of 12 days away from the senior living community. Staff and volunteers from the community worked to safely evacuate a... Read More

Ask a Care Manager: Health Insurance – Medicare for More?

March 14, 2019 — With the spirited debates around some of the aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) concerning health insurance coverage, it made me think about Medicare, health insurance for adults over the age of 65. Discussions around a more inclusive Medicare are popping up politically as the nation still tries to objectively understand healthcare, who has... Read More

The Evolution Into Downsizing

February 19, 2019 — My career is to advocate, find resources, referrals, and support individuals whose life has suddenly changed due to dynamics of aging. Lately, the time has come to realize that the next journey of life is to morph into a world of changes. This ah ha moment came to me when I had a recent dental... Read More

Resources for Older Adults Surviving on Social Security

January 17, 2019 — Nine out of ten Americans 65 and older are receiving Social Security. And the average monthly Social Security benefit for those 65 and older is $1,262. Many receive much less than that. In your working life, the idea of retiring, living comfortably and enjoying yourself always appeared on the horizon but once you got there,... Read More

Ask a Care Manager: I Want to Stay Home – What is the Real Truth?

December 11, 2018 — Marie is 88 years old and lives alone in her home. A new Assisted Living Facility just opened in her community and she’s feeling pressure to move in. How can she and her family decide what’s best for her ? To add to the discussion, Marie fell at home a few weeks ago and broke... Read More

Ask a Care Manager: Do I Have to Stay in a Nursing Home?

November 11, 2018 — Do I have to stay in a nursing home? I broke my hip several months ago and was sent to a skilled nursing facility (snf) for rehabilitation. I have been receiving physical therapy (P/T) and occupational therapy (O/T) several times a week and am improving. My family says I need to stay here but I... Read More

A Senior? An Elder? An Older Adult? Who Are They? Who Are You?

October 12, 2018 — I recently saw a banner proclaiming “Hug a Senior” flying over a much traveled street. I don’t know about you but I’m particular about who I want a hug from. Do I want a hug from you? And for that matter, what makes me a senior? Is this statement ageism? A recent article in Aging... Read More