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Managing Medical Insurance as a Senior

The idea that the new administration is planning to privatized Medicare should make us all break out in sweats! I have been on the phone with a senior (age 85) for two hours. We have been speaking to an AON representative in order to enroll in new medical coverage because Merck has eliminated their retiree coverage. What she has had …

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When Sadness Comes Home

With what I do, I encounter my share of sadness on a daily basis. My clients become my friends. These friends share so much about their lives with me due to the nature of what I do. The sadness can be a result of a diagnosis, a death in the family, or even a part of their daily lives because …

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Passwords Can Drive Me Crazy

Just as many people do, I too struggle with the issue of creating unique passwords that I will remember but hackers cannot guess without substantial effort. I also struggle with the different rules that exist from website to website & application to application. And when I receive a message that tells me that I can never repeat a password that …

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Dealing with Sadness

Doing what I do, I meet the most interesting people! Yesterday, I had the honor of working with a local writer. She is in her late 70s. She has written a book on how to bond with your grandchildren. it is a wonderful book filled with stories on how to bond through activities that are inexpensive, fun, and create lasting …

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Helpful Hints When Serving as Power of Attorney

Whether we realize it or not, any of us can lose, temporarily or permanently, our capacity to perform critical tasks which enable us to live independently.  A friend of mine recently asked for information about serving as a Power of Attorney for his father who moved into hospice and his mother who is overwhelmed at the thought of losing her …

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Guard Your Health

No matter what your age, be sure that a priority in your life is to guard your health. Today, with our hectic lives, the actions we should take to guard our health often fall off the calendar.  Make a list of the actions you need to take. Let’s focus on the medical appointments we should keep. These will differ depending on …

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Life’s Jolts

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Conference for Women held in Philadelphia.  It was a wonderful opportunity to listen and interact with women from many geographic areas, in many different stages of life, experiencing many of life’s “jolts”.  I love this term for life’s challenges and changes. This term that has been used to identify life crises …

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Keepabout Bags

When I am visiting many of my clients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, I notice that they often have an old canvas bag tied around their walker or one of those wireframe baskets attached to the front. The canvas bags are not made for the walker. They are not easy to get on and off. The wireframe baskets …

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Supporting Loved Ones with Chronic Illness

Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the MontCo Lyme Light Fashion Show for Lyme Disease at Montgomery County Community College. It was an amazing demonstration of families coming together to raise awareness & money to fight this controversial & devastating disease. During the fundraiser, I had the opportunity to speak with Amy Tiehel who runs the Delco …

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Happiness and Creative Pasttimes

On Tuesday, I was visiting an elderly client at an assisted living facility. Since I visit her frequently, I have become friendly with other residents living there. One of the women that I have made friends with, Gertrude, began talking yesterday about her love of knitting. I know that she is a long-time knitter. I am always asking what her …

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