ProAging Email Network Newsletter September 8, 2005

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ProAging Email Network Newsletter September 8, 2005

in this issue
– Don’t Miss the Upcoming ProAging Meetings!
– Seeking Registered Nurses for Focus Groups
– Aging baby boomers outpace trained doctors
– Retirement Home Residents Recall Katrina’s Wrath
– Seniors retiring to alma mater
– Doctor: Regardless of income, seniors can improve their health
– There is no ‘one size fits all’ for retirement housing
– Unmarried together: seniors choosing to cohabitate
– Alzheimer’s Conference in Spanish – October 6th at 2:00 p.m.
– IONA Senior Services celebrates its 30th year with two big events in September!
– Medicare Prescription Drug Programs

Dear steve,

Don’t Miss the Upcoming ProAging Meetings!


ProAging Network Meeting – Baltimore Region
Date: 9/20/2005
Time: 8:30 a.m – 10:30ish
Location: Roland Park Place
830 W. 40th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211

Description: Kick off your Fall with some great networking and information! Bring plenty of business cards and brochures to this meeting! Enjoy refreshments and an interesting speaker. NOTE: Parking on site may be limited, however, you can park on Elm Avenue or in the Giant Food lot across the street.
Contact: Barbara Snyder/Steve Gurney
Phone Number: 410-581-6873
Email Address: [email protected]
More Info and Interactive MapProAging Network Meeting (new location) – Northern VA
Date: 9/29/2005
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: The Virginian
9229 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Description: Bring plenty of business cards and brochures for the premier education and networking meeting in No. Virginia.
Contact: Please RSVP limited seating
Phone Number: 703-992-1126
Email Address: [email protected]
More Info and Interactive Map

Tons of other events for professionals and seniors!

Seeking Registered Nurses for Focus Groups


George Mason University is currently seeking Registered Nurses to participate in focus groups to collect information about your learning needs related to your expected role in the event of a community disaster or emergency.

Each focus group is expected to last no more than 2 hours. A series of open ended questions will be used by the group leader to solicit discussion about educational offerings, individual learning needs nurses may have to be able to function effectively during a community disaster or regional emergency. No health care institutions or settings will be specifically identified.

Please choose on the link below a date, time and location that is convenient for you.

Refreshments will be served.For planning purposes, please RSVP by clicking here before Friday September 9, 2005.

Aging baby boomers outpace trained doctors


DALLAS – (KRT) – America’s 77 million boomers are in for a rude awakening. The generation that thought it would stay young forever will begin turning 65 in five years and discovering there aren’t enough physicians trained to take care of the frailties of old age. “It’s scary – we’re about to have a major medical crisis that will overburden millions of families,” said Dr. Harrison Bloom, a senior associate at the International Longevity Center in New York. The number of people 65 and older will double over the next quarter century. Those 71 million seniors will account for one in five Americans, and many will have several chronic health conditionsRead on…

Retirement Home Residents Recall Katrina’s Wrath


WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2005 — It was hot, muggy and scary. Temperatures hovered above 95 degrees in the 11-story high-rise home built for more than 600 military retirees, and there wasn’t any power or water as the aging veterans peered through windows watching the total devastation hurricane Katrina left behind, including cars floating around the 49-acre complex.Read on…

Seniors retiring to alma mater


For some, the pull of an old alma mater only gets stronger with age. Consider 84-year-old Helen Bastian. Two years ago, she lived in a retirement community in warm and scenic Marin County, Calif., where she enjoyed resplendent views of San Francisco Bay and rubbed shoulders in local cafes with the likes of George Clooney and Sean Penn. But she left all that behind when her beloved Pennsylvania State University opened a retirement community of its own on a bluff a mile north of campus. Now, instead of sailboats and bridges, her vista is of cow pastures and Beaver Stadium – and she couldn’t be happier. “Isn’t it the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen?” asked Bastian, clad in Penn State blue and sporting Nittany Lion paw-print earrings.Read on…

Doctor: Regardless of income, seniors can improve their health


OTTUMWA – When it comes to senior citizens, Dr. Veronica Butler believes they can enjoy a good quality of life. At least there are things patients can do to make their lives better. That goes for low- income seniors, too. “How much does it cost to quit smoking? To exercise? To be nice to people?” she asked. “Money is nice, but the most important thing is your mindset.”Read on…

There is no ‘one size fits all’ for retirement housing


I have known Stan Johnson for more than 25 years. He is 60, divorced and the father of two children, the younger child a daughter who will graduate from high school next spring. He’s had the same job since he was 21 and will retire soon on a comfortable government pension with the maximum of 40 years of benefits. He has been known to have more than one cocktail between quitting time and supper, and spouts street-wise wisdom most of the day. “Will you tell me something?” Stan asked one Saturday afternoon while tossing his post-hole digger into his pickup truck. “Is everybody over 50 an active, health-freak adult? What do you call guys like me who simply want to come home, relax, pour something special in to a glass with ice and eat popcorn on the couch?”Read on…

Unmarried together: seniors choosing to cohabitate


The number of men and women who are 65 and older and choose to live together without getting married has nearly doubled in a decade, according to a study by the Census Bureau as reported in an October 2004 article posted online by the AARP. Of the 9.7 million unmarried partners who were cohabiting in 2000, the Census counted 266,600 couples in the 65- plus group. This number more than doubled since 1989, according to the Census Bureau. Furthermore, many experts think the numbers are now much higher and they are expected to climb even further as baby boomers age and Americans generally stay healthy and live longer. So what stops so many seniors from tying the knot? Among other things, it is often the prospect of financial loss, according to the same October 2004 article posted by AARP.Read on…

Alzheimer’s Conference in Spanish – October 6th at 2:00 p.m.


To aid the Hispanic community; elders, families and health care professionals, WEL, World Elder Land has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association to host a free caregiver informative lecture “Comprehensive Overview of Alzheimer’s Among the Hispanic Population” in Spanish at EOFULA, Spanish Senior Center next Thursday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. Han-out material and brochures in Spanish provided by the Alzheimer’s Association and WEL, World Elder Land. Speakers: Nancy Dezan, Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association and Kathy Ward, Recreation Therapy Consultant and Co-Founder of WEL.

WEL ( and EOFULA ( are doing their part to meet the needs of the Hispanic population in relation with Alzheimer’s. This conference is part of a cultural and psychoeducational sensitive prevention and outreach campaign aimed at risk reduction, early diagnosis, and treatment. Additionally, we are hosting two monthly Spanish Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups for caregivers and persons with Alzheimer’s. Both oriented to discuss culturally sensitive interventions, better understanding and coping skills, better nutrition and life style. A monthly meeting oriented to a research study “Listening For Better Quality of Life for Hispanic Elders with Alzheimer’s.” complements this campaign. For more information, please contact Kathy Ward, Co Founder of WEL, World Elder Land at [email protected] 240-393-5456.Read on…

IONA Senior Services celebrates its 30th year with two big events in September!


On Tuesday evening, September 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, IONA cordially invites all friends, volunteers, leadership committee members, donors, neighbors, and staff to a Reunion Reception. Come see IONA’s beautiful facility, have a glass of wine, and share a memory or two with other guests. Reception will be held at IONA, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Please call (202) 895-9416 for more information or to RSVP.IONA’s Harvest Open House will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 11:00 am until 4 pm. Bring the entire family and enjoy a moon bounce, face painting, pumpkin decorating, health screenings, crafts and bake sale, nutrition demonstrations, and”” for the first year””Trash or Treasure: What’s It Worth? Bring up to three items and find out what the experts have to say about them. Informal appraisals will be offered by a team of seasoned estate sale experts for a $10 donation. Otherwise, all events are free and open to the public. 30th Anniversary cake will be cut at 4 pm. 4125 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC, rain or shine. Call (202) 895-9448 for more information.

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Medicare Prescription Drug Programs


All Medicare recipients will be able to purchase a Prescription Drug Program, beginning November 15, 2005. In response to the anticipated outpouring of questions, the Baltimore County Department of Aging, through its Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP), is offering free seminars on the various aspects of the new plan. These seminars will be held in all Baltimore County senior centers, as well as the Senior Expo/Baby Boomer Expo on October 20 and 21 at Timonium Fairgrounds. Additional workshops will take place at senior apartments, as well as at meetings of community organizations.For more information about a workshop near you, call 410-887-2594.



THE PIANO MAN entertains at communities like yours in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. Your piano or his portable. Residents sing along, play “Name That Tune” and make song requests — everything popular from 1905 to 2005. Available 7 days/week including holidays.E-mail [email protected] or call (202) 966-8000.

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