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You’re Still Guilty of this One “Ism”

Guest Column by Deb Taylor Why do so many people who would rightly oppose the atrocious effects of racism or prejudices about social class shamelessly yield to ageism?  Ageism is discrimination based on prejudices about age. When ageism is directed at older people, it often involves the assumptions that older people are less competent than younger people. Ageism has a huge negative impact on older people, throughout all areas of life. Youth is so ingrained in our society as what we should strive for, that we don’t consider this mindset as a prejudice, but rather as ...

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5 WAYS YOU CAN HELP END ALZHEIMER’S

Guest Column by Deb Taylor With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, too many of us are affected by this disease. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and is the only cause of death out of the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. So what can you do to help? There are many different ways for all individuals to get involved during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this June. Here are five ways you can make a difference. Participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer's Association ...

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To live up to our ideals, we must confront the injustice of ageism

Link to article in MinnPost Guest Column by Deb Taylor If you are not already part of a group disadvantaged by prejudice, just wait a few years — you will be. Unlike all other prejudices, ageism is relevant to every person fortunate enough to make it beyond 60 years of age. Ageism is discrimination based on prejudices about age. It often involves the assumptions that older people are less competent than younger people. Ageism has a huge negative impact on older people, throughout all areas of life. Right now, our society is not treating older people as equals — in ...

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The Problem with Seniors – and What It Will Take to Fix It

Link to article in MinnPost Guest Column by Deb Taylor By now, you’ve probably heard the statistics: 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day, in less than three years, by the year 2020, there will be more people over the age of 65 than school-age children. This is the first time in Minnesota history that seniors will outnumber children. The senior population is increasing faster than it ever has, and seniors are living longer than ever before. Here in Minnesota, we are the land of 10,000 lakes. Now, imagine if we added 10,000 more lakes every single day. We’d ...

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Five Benefits of Volunteering in Retirement

        Link to article in the Chaska Herald Guest Column by Deb Taylor Volunteering your time and energy helps strengthen your community, but it also has important emotional and physical benefits. This month we take a look at how retired adults can reimagine aging through volunteering. With new studies being done, we are finding more and more benefits linked with volunteering, specifically when volunteering after retirement. According to a study done by the Corporation for National and Community Service, ...

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Intergenerational Relationships, an Asset to All

Link to Article in The Daily Journal Guest Column by Deb Taylor Intergenerational relationships are relationships frequently shared between two family members of different generations, although friendships are common places we see these relationships as well. They can evolve in places of work, neighborhoods, or even from a random encounter. The intergenerational relationships we have are just as important as those we have with people of the same age group. Whether you are volunteering or spending time with a grandparent, older adults make great acquaintances. Baby ...

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Caregiving After the Holidays

Link to article in Lakeshore Weekly News Guest column by Deb Taylor As you make your way home after your big holiday celebration with all the extended family at Mom and Dad’s home, you think to yourself, “Mom and Dad sure had a big pile of dirty clothes in the laundry room and the bathroom looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in ages. Come to think of it, Mom and Dad looked a little disheveled, too. I’m sure they’re fine,” you tell yourself, but you don’t really believe it. You’ve noticed Mom and Dad having more and more difficulty caring for ...

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Elder financial abuse is growing concern

Link to article in Chaska Herald Guest column by: Deb Taylor Living alone in a senior high-rise and experiencing early dementia, Edna had a difficult time refusing offers that came by way of the telephone. "The people are so nice, it's hard to refuse them," she told her daughter, Lynae. One caller convinced Edna to pay $60 for a low-quality ironing board cover. And hundreds of dollars more for poor quality garbage bags and off-brand light bulbs. "All of the products were substandard and way overpriced," said daughter Lynae. "And they would sell her a ...

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When Caregiving Overwhelms

Link to article in STAR News Guest column by: Deb Taylor When Deborah’s father turned 84, he needed help remaining independent at home. So Deb assisted with housework and cleaning; she raked leaves and shoveled snow, too. When he had a doctor appointment, Deb usually drove him. In time Deb grew weary because she also had a full-time job and a family. “At one point, Dad was occupying all of my time, taking all of my energy, and I just couldn’t do it. It was impossible for me to caretake Dad and juggle the rest of my responsibilities,” Deb said. Sylvia grew ...

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Medicare health insurance counseling is available

Link to article in Sun Current Dawn Lund calls herself “a Medicare nerd.” “I’ve always worked in the aging field,” said Lund, who is director of Medicare programs at Senior Community Services in Minnetonka. Fall has been a busy time for the agency for the last 20 years, when they began offering Medicare health insurance counseling. “Our agency and Linkage Line are the only two in Minnesota who offer unbiased counseling,” Lund said. “We assist people with non-biased guidance on Medicare options year-round.” In 2015, an estimated 1,717 ...

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