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Age as Identity

By CEO Deb Taylor Link to article in MinnPost Of all the various cultural categories we put ourselves into like race, class and gender, our age is unique in that it is in a constant state of change, yet seems to be deeply intertwined with our sense of self. We describe ourselves as a “22-year-old” student, a “middle-aged” parent of two, a “76-year-old” cancer survivor, a “young” man, an “old” woman. Our age acts as a qualifying stamp we put in front of descriptions of ourselves and others. Part of the human condition means construct...

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What’s Changed for Medicare in 2019?

By guest columnist Danielle Kunkle Roberts We may be well into the New Year, but how changes to Medicare will affect us in 2019 can still be unclear to some beneficiaries. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 approved new changes to Medicare that will affect many beneficiaries this year and in the future. Changes to Medicare Advantage plans were arguably the biggest change to Medicare in 2019. In this article we will take a closer look at what exactly changed with Medicare Advantage plans as well as other notable changes to Medicare that you should be aware ...

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Senior Housing: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Link to article in St. Cloud Times As the Boomer generation comes into retirement, the aging population is growing at an unprecedented rate. In fact, by 2030 1 in 4 Minnesotans will be over the age of 65. We already know that 90% of these folks want to stay in their own homes and communities as they age. And we also know that there are very real emotional, social and health benefits for the individual aging in place. But keeping seniors at home and out of segregated senior housing is also the smart move financially for all of us. Generally, speaking, the ...

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Shedding the Weight of Age 

Link to article in Lakeshore Weekly News by CEO Deb Taylor Life brings different rhythms — different timetables — for each of us. We lose dear loved ones, we grieve, we face changes — diminished mobility, an end to driving the car, maybe a different place to live after decades in the long-time family home. Often, stressors push down on us as we give up the familiar, the comfortable, the sense of control. We may start feeling diminished and depressed. Isolation sets in and home may suddenly feel like a prison rather than a sanctuary. The morning glance in ...

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It’s Time to Invest in Your Future Self

Link to article in MinnPost By CEO Deb Taylor How do you want to live your life into its second half? In your 60s and 70s? Your 80s and beyond? One of the only experiences that every single one of us has in common is that we all age. You’re doing it right this second. And if you’re fortunate enough in your health, you will grow old. In fact, by 2030 one in four of us Minnesotans will be over the age of 65. This is an unprecedented demographic shift that’s happening all over the country. This is not an issue that affects “other” people. This is an issue that ...

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Doing Good with Your 2019 Resolutions

By CEO Deb Taylor 2019’s ball has dropped and many people have begun their complicated relationships with their resolutions. With most New Year’s resolutions, we tend to focus on the self and the ways we can positively affect change in our own lives. The most common resolutions are “I want to lose weight, I want to eat healthier, save more money, spend time learning a new skill or hobby, travel more.” Of course these resolutions all have merit; self-improvement and self-care are essential parts of healthy living and something we should always be building on, but ...

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Isolation in Seniors: The Loss of Belonging

By CEO Deb Taylor Think about the most meaningful relationships in your life. What do they add to your experiences? How do they embolden your sense of purpose? The idea of having those relationships slowly fade or be taken away is heart-breaking, but nonetheless a reality for millions of older Americans, who find themselves feeling isolated and alone on a daily basis. Loneliness is a slippery slope for older adults. Changes in life as they age may begin to build upon one another and leave them feeling alone and forgotten about; like they don’t belong. The ...

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Caregiving and the Guilt of “Did I Do Enough?”

By CEO Deb Taylor “There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”― Rosalyn Carter How do you view the caregivers in your life? How do you think they view themselves? November was National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the more than 65 million caregivers in the U.S., 90% of whom are family members of the person receiving care. Many family caregivers don’t even realize or consider themselves to be ...

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The Biggest Reasons Elder Financial Abuse Goes Unreported

By CEO Deb Taylor Elder financial abuse on any scale can easily leave older adults and their families financially and emotionally devastated.  We define elder financial abuse as a misappropriation of financial resources or abusive use of financial control in the context of a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, causing harm to an older person.  As we get older, we’re specifically targeted for a number of reasons; we often have more assets and/or excellent credit, people aged 50 plus tend to be more trusting than their younger counterparts, there is ...

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Older Adults Build Momentum for National Senior Center Month

By CEO Deb Taylor September is National Senior Center Month in the U.S.! Every year since 1979, the National Council on Aging has celebrated Senior Center Week. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan signed the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation, and in 2007 the week-long celebration was extended to the full month of September to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events.  The first senior center was opened in 1948 in New York City. Today, there are over 11,000 senior centers in the U.S that serves millions of older adults every ...

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