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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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Counseling offered on many medical insurance topics

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Families tap free CareNextion for help with senior caregiving

Link to Article in Walker Pilot Independent  Guest Column by Deb Taylor Many of Minnesota’s 720,000 older adults, and the millions of family members and friends who love and care for them, are able to benefit from an Internet site with a high calling — keeping seniors healthy and safe. It’s called CareNextion.org, a free and easy-to-use web tool developed by statewide nonprofit Senior Community Services. This secure and confidential internet resource mobilizes family, friends, and neighbors to help communicate and coordinate care for an older adult. The website ...

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Age is just a number … with a little help

Link to article in Eden Prairie News Guest Column by Deb Taylor The so-called golden years can be a rich time of life to enjoy. Here’s the opportunity to truly enjoy the benefits of free time and your lifetime of accumulated experiences and skills: to pursue a new hobby, take a class, visit loved ones or volunteer to help others. Studies show that older adults are happier, more content and more forgiving. The later years represent a special time that we can’t afford to waste. With it, of course, comes the inevitable aches and pains, some reduced mobility, and ...

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The Day Mom Didn’t Know Me

Link to article in Crookston Times Guest Column by Deb Taylor The day is seared into my memory - October 22, 2015. I was with my Mom at her doctor's appointment when she was asked, "Who is with you today?" My mom looked at me and smiled, but couldn't recall my name. Mom had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease eight years earlier, and I knew the day would come when she would no longer recall the names of those most dear to her. I understood the disease, but experiencing this new reality left me with palpable feelings of sadness and grief. Mom has always 'been ...

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