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Bridging the Generation Gap

Published: September 9, 2019

As parents, we feel the pressure of when to allow our children to have cell phones and if/when they can have access to social media. Having 2 girls, let me tell you….the struggle is real and I eventually caved under the pressure. So, now that some of our children have these tools how can they… Read More

Fall Prevention: What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

Published: September 5, 2019

Mrs. Hill lives in her own home and is fiercely independent. She is very active and enjoys attending bunco with her ladies group every week. However, last week on her way to the car, Mrs. Hill tripped over an extension cord in the garage and subsequently fell. She was transported to the emergency room with… Read More

Alcohol and the Older Adult

Published: July 10, 2019

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, a decrease in… Read More

Are Opioids in Your Future? Another Side of Heath Care

Published: June 10, 2019

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 the human brain, diminishing pain… Read More

Grief versus Depression: When to Seek Professional Advice

Published: May 10, 2019

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 about driving so… Read More

Emergency Preparedness – Let’s Strike up the Conversation!

Published: 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

Health Insurance – Medicare for More?

Published: 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

Published: 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

Published: 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

I Want to Stay Home – What is the Real Truth?

Published: 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