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Americas Appalling Reality: We don’t care about our older adults

Link to article in Sun Sailor By CEO, Deb Taylor On February 16th, 2018, MinnPost writer Susan Perry wrote a very compelling article entitled “Americas appalling reality: we don’t care about our children.” As the CEO of Senior Community Services, a nonprofit exclusively serving older adults, I’d like to suggest another appalling reality, we don’t care about our older adults. A 2015 study done by the Institute of Health Research revealed that 9.2 percent of all older adults experience food insecurity, meaning 9.2 percent of all older adults in America do ...

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The Healthy Caregiver

Link to article in Sun Sailor By CEO, Deb Taylor Are you a caregiver? Many people are in this role, but have never identified with the title, “Caregiver.” Often we think of caregivers as professionals such as doctors, nurses, social workers or home health care workers who provide direct care to the young, sick, disabled or elderly. Although this is one type of caregiver, it is important to recognize that there are many caregivers that attend to the personal needs of someone in their life. You may be an adult child caring for a parent. You may be a neighbor ...

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Worker Shortage Leaves Older Adults Out In The Cold

Link to article in Faribault Daily News By CEO, Deb Taylor About a month ago, the Star Tribune wrote an article titled, “Shovel your sidewalk or Minneapolis will send someone to do it for $150”. In the opening paragraph, the reason given for not shoveling sidewalks was "slacking."  Certainly, this may be true some of the time.  And the consequences may go beyond a dirty look and a fine.  What about a fall on the ice or snow?  A fall that can result in broken bones or worse. Fines like this can bring panic to older adults who aren’t physically capable of ...

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Isolation in Older Adults: What is it and how you can help

Link to article in Lakeshore Weekly News By CEO, Deb Taylor Recently, AARP completed a report on the Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50. The report defines isolation as the experience of diminished social connectedness stemming from a process whereby the impact of risk factors outweighs the impact of existing protective factors. A person’s lack of social connectedness is measured by the quality, type, frequency, and emotional satisfaction of social ties. Social isolation can impact health and quality of life, measured by an individual’s physical, social, ...

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Tech Tools Empower Family Caregivers to Do Less

Link to article in SunSailor By CEO, Deb Taylor One doesn’t need to ask too many questions before hitting at the heart of a person’s personal connection with caregiving. In fact, it happens to me on a daily basis as I talk with individuals about what I do and the organization I work for. You see, I am the CEO of a local nonprofit called Senior Community Services. Our mission is to develop, coordinate and provide services that help meet the needs of older adults and support their caregivers. My work certainly does make for an easy segue into the caregiver conver...

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You might be the target of a medicare scam if…

Link to article in Owatonna Peoples Press Guest Column by Deb Taylor It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Medicare Open Enrollment! Of course, this isn’t true. We all know the pain and confusion that is Medicare and so do the scammers out there that are trying to separate Medicare recipients from their money. Many Medicare scams rely on the trusting nature of the individual being pursued. They say “knowledge is power” and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to Medicare scams. The more you know, the less likely you are to put yourself at risk of having ...

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5 Ways technology helps older adults age in place

Link to article in Chaska Herald Guest Column by Deb Taylor Aging in place is defined as an individual living in the residence of their choice as they age, while maintaining their quality of life. According to AARP, 87% of older adults age 65+ want to age in place and stay in their current home and community as they age. Aging in place is important not only because it is the preferred way of older adults to age, but also because of the growing numbers of older adults. The rate at which the older adult population is growing presents society with a unique challenge of ...

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The ‘Right’ Amount of Volunteering for Older Adults

Link to article in U.S. News & World Report By Lisa Esposito, U.S. News & World Report Staff Writer When Sara Skinner, 79, of Flagstaff, Arizona, offered herself up as a volunteer with the Senior Corps program for retirees two years ago, she described her qualifications in the present tense. "I am a teacher," she said. "I would like to volunteer in the schools." Message received. Since then, Skinner, a firm believer in public education, has worked in a fifth-grade class in a nearby elementary school and the local literacy center to tutor adults ...

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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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