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Are you ready for what comes next?

Press and News Link to article in Press and News Guest Column by Deb Taylor Every parent knows the urgency of waiting for the arrival of a newborn. They have nine months to plan and prepare. There are purchases to make: furniture, stroller, car seat and such. Work plans and child care often must be arranged. Significant planning goes into this important life event, but what about the other end of life, the later years? More than 90 percent of all moves to a senior community are driven by a crisis: a fall, reduced mobility, poor diet, cognitive challenges and other ...

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Loneliness, isolation a reality for thousands of seniors

The Laker & Pioneer Link to article in The Laker & Pioneer Guest Column by Deb Taylor A new British study of loneliness and isolation among seniors is making waves on this side of the pond, too. The Age UK poll of 2,000 seniors found a 40 percent increase in loneliness among seniors in only the past year. Ten percent of the seniors described themselves as often or always lonely. Sadly, 4 of 10 said their pet or television was their main form of company. Across the west metro, thousands of seniors have no more than one or two social contacts per month. Typica...

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Program bridges gap

Fairmont Sentinel Link to article in Sentinel Online Jenn Brookens - Sentinel Staff Writer, Fairmont Sentinel FAIRMONT - A statewide program from Senior Community Services can help some seniors bridge the gap between what they owe on medical bills and what is covered by Medicare. Senior Partners Care has been around since 1973, but only became part of the Senior Community Service in 2012. "The Minnesota Senior Federation established the program," said Deb Taylor, CEO of Senior Community Services. "But in 2009, the Senior Federation dissolved. It went to Volunteers ...

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Community Organization Serves Maple Grove Seniors

City Focus Summer News 2014 - City of Maple Grove Link to City of Maple Grove Summer Newsletter 2014: Community Organization Serves Maple Grove Seniors. Article is on page 30 of the City Focus Newsletter.  

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About CareNextion

Senior Corps Newsletter - May 2014 CareNextion Powered by Senior Community Services, www.carenextion.org is revolutionizing the way families and caregivers are supporting their elderly and/or disabled loved ones. This free and easy-to-use website makes it possible to efficiently manage care coordi- nation, regardless of where you live. Once your care team is established, you can use the site to share caregiving tasks, create a calendar, and enter notes in a journal. The care team will be notified when there’s a new task and can pick it up right from the calendar. The ...

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Caregiving: The Blessing and the Woe

Sun Sailor Link to article in Sun Sailor Guest Column by Deb Taylor Our community is full of heroes facing a hidden crisis. It’s likely happening on your block, among your friends and colleagues at work, school and church. Caregivers walk out a meaningful calling, helping care for a loved one when their needs are greatest. We see a caregiving child helping a parent. Often they live together, with the caregiving child working part-time because of the ever-present responsibilities. A spouse may be caring for an ailing husband or wife. We see adults caring for a friend ...

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Baby boomers bring ‘sea change’ to senior care

Sun Sailor Link to article in Sun Sailor Guest Column by Deb Taylor If you’re a baby boomer, you should know Kathleen Casey-Kirschling. Like you, she’s a member of the largest generation in human history, a population cohort driven by the post-World War II fertility boom. On Oct. 15, 2007, she became the first of the 78 million baby boomers to file for social security, initiating a transformational sea change across American culture. In only 15 years, one in four Minnesotans will be age 65 or older. The number of older adults age 80 and older will triple. Our ...

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Column: Medical debt may be forgiven under program

Sun Current Link to article in Sun Current Guest Column by Deb Taylor The nonprofit organization I lead, Senior Community Services, recently heard from a client who found her stress growing after a hospital stay. Amy, 78, started receiving bills for the medical expenses not covered by her Medicare plan. The debt totaled thousands of dollars, a worrisome amount for Amy who lives modestly on a fixed income. Then, the collection calls came. Amy, who has always paid her bills on time, felt burdened by the stress of having such a debt hanging over her head. Amy’s ...

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Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) Program Enables Seniors to Remain in Their Own Home

ST. LOUIS PARK PATCH Link to article in St. Louis Park Patch Guest Column by Deb Taylor "I can continue to live independently, thanks to Senior Community Services." Helen, 82, has lived in her modest, west metro home for 53 years, but she worried that her days of independence might be coming to a close. While in good health, Helen struggled to accomplish many household tasks like snow-shoveling, window-washing and raking the fall leaves that blanket her spacious lawn. Helen considered moving to an assisted-living apartment, but the cost made her nervous, and a ...

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