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Tech Tools Empower Family Caregivers to Do Less

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 conversation, but don’t let that stop you! Everyone has a ...

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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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Combat ageism before you find yourself as its target

Link to article in USA Today 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. 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. Our society is not treating older people as equals. ...

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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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