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Engage at Every Age: The benefits of intergenerational relationships

Link to article in Press&News By CEO Deb Taylor May 1, 2018 marked the beginning of the 55th Older American’s Month. Every May since 1963, Older American’s have been acknowledged for their contributions to society. Older Americans Month is also a time to celebrate older adults and the positive side of aging. This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Engage at Every Age,” but what does it mean to Engage at Every Age? I love this year’s theme because it’s intergenerational and incorporates people of all ages, which is so important for healthy ...

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What do you think of when you hear the word “Senior?”

Link to article in Sun Sailor By CEO, Deb Taylor What do you think of when you hear the word “Senior?” Are your thoughts inherently positive or negative about the term? Let’s take a look at how we use the word “Senior” in our daily lives. We often use “Senior” as a way to classify a certain level of knowledge as with a senior in high school. We also use the word “Senior” as a way to distinguish rank as with a senior executive at a company. Finally, we use the word “Senior” to distinguish a certain age group traditionally made up of individu...

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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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