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Your Family’s Inheritance: Pass It on

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Your Family’s Inheritance: Pass It on

Consider this: According to a news article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, a 2010 study by the Center for Retirement Research revealed that as the parents of baby boomers die, their offspring are the recipients of the largest transfer of wealth in the country’s history, an estimated $8.4 trillion.

This can be good news/bad news, as much of what comes with that inheritance may not be quite so valuable. As scions of the Great Depression, the parents of baby boomers often were ...

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Chronic Pain: Caring for Seniors

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Chronic Pain: Caring for Seniors

There’s a four letter word that most senior citizens know all too well: PAIN.

According to a study by the Institute of Medicine, some 100 million Americans of all ages experience chronic pain – defined as pain lasting as long as three to six months – and nearly 90 percent of seniors fit uncomfortably in that category.

Consult this list of maladies and see if anything rings a bell – arthritis or joint pain, repetitive motion injury, discomfort associated with cancer, diabetes ...

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Financial Trust Officers: Helping Seniors Plan Their Future

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Financial Trust Officers: Helping Seniors Plan Their Future

A general definition of a trust officer is an employee of a bank or investment management firm. Trust officers also play a starring role in the ongoing concerns – financial and otherwise – of older Americans.

According to the web site CaregiverStress.com (highly recommended), trust officers primarily serve as custodians of an individual’s finances, focusing on estate issues such as wills (which direct the distribution of assets upon death) and trusts (which manage and distribute assets prior ...

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Seniors that Give: Athens-Clarke County’s Mentor Program

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Seniors that Give: Athens-Clarke County’s Mentor Program

We all know amazing seniors in our lives that are constantly giving. Perhaps it’s a grandparent, an uncle or aunt, or even an elderly neighbor. Regardless, thoughtful counsel that comes from decades of experience never goes out of style. And in many cases, the best is yet to come as some seniors aren’t quite done contributing.

In addition to the wisdom of their years of life experience, perhaps the greatest mentoring gift seniors can offer is their time and attention. Many ...

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RAH: A Truly Unique Medical & Non-Medical Care Offering

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RAH: A Truly Unique Medical & Non-Medical Care Offering

Within the current parameters of the companion care category, a huge chasm exists between Remain At Home Senior Care and other companion care agencies. Our truly unique offering is a necessary hybrid – the combination of skilled and non-skilled medical care, which prevents any/all forms of institutionalization. This highly-specialized form of caregiving is mostly provided by licensed caregivers who attend to all ADL, concierge and medical needs of at-home seniors. Moreover, RAH’s licensed caregivers are overseen by an RN and ...

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Seniors and Smoking: Why You Should Quit Now

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Seniors and Smoking: Why You Should Quit Now

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released the results from a national health survey concerning smoking in America that shared some promising information.

Perhaps the best news is that the percentage of the 35,000 adults surveyed who described themselves as current smokers has dropped. Unfortunately, America’s smoking rate only fell from 19 percent to 18 percent, and perhaps more troubling, is the information that about 9 percent of Americans 65 and older are smokers. It goes without saying that many ...

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Time Out: How Isolation Can be a Health Risk for Seniors

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Time Out: How Isolation Can be a Health Risk for Seniors

Of all the woes that beset seniors, social isolation and loneliness are rapidly climbing the charts as growing concerns. Consider this: Elders who are mostly isolated from human interaction have a 26 percent higher death risk than their more social peers.

It’s not surprising, then, that social isolation is gaining recognition as a real health issue for seniors. One quarter of all American households are comprised of people who live alone, and the number of Americans who said they have no ...

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High Blood Pressure: How to Check and Control Hypertension

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High Blood Pressure: How to Check and Control Hypertension

We might not all know the precise definition of the term hypertension, but just about everybody is well aware of the condition by it’s more familiar name – high blood pressure. And no matter how we refer to it, hypertension, hypertension can be a killer among the young and old.

Some 50 million Americans have the disease, including 60 percent of all senior citizens; about 2 million Americans are diagnosed every year with hypertension; and the malady contributes to approximately 700,000 ...

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

For many of us, taking vitamins (remember the ones that looked like characters on “The Flinstones”) was once a daily occurrence. Somewhere along the way, we fell out of the habit. But recent studies show that now may be the time for seniors to consider resuming their vitamin routine.

The Cleveland Clinic reports that more than one third of Americans over the age of 75 have a vitamin deficiency, primarily because they don’t eat as much food ...

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Bridging the Generation Gap: What You Can Learn from Someone Older (or Younger) than You

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Bridging the Generation Gap: What You Can Learn from Someone Older (or Younger) than You

There is now, and always will be, a generation gap so profound that groups on both ends of the age spectrum might think their counterparts are from another planet.

Dare I say that’s a good thing, because within this gap – which can extend from the oldest World War II-era citizen to the youngest Generation Z digital whiz-kid – there is much to share and much to learn. It all begins with the willingness to communicate and relate.

In most families and ...

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