ProAging Email Network Newsletter August 5, 2005

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ProAging Email Network Newsletter August 5, 2005

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in this issue
— Last Chance to Advertise in Guide to Retirement Living – DC Fall 2005
— Nursing Home Payments To Increase In 2006, CMS Announces, USA
— Montgomery Hospice Bereavement Care Program
— Family Needs Assistance
— People on the Move – Jarad Smith, Greenspring
— AGENCY ON AGING OFFERS EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
— Seniors Encouraged to Complete ‘Advanced Directives’
— Long Term Care Insurance Planners Say Retirement Cost Survey Shows Need to Consider LTC
— Study finds obesity has effect on disability, not life expectancy, for adults 70+
— Programs Try to Save Money, Boost Life Quality By Keeping Seniors Out of Nursing Homes
— Successful Online Marketing To Seniors
— He pedals cycling to seniors
— SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR – THE PIANO MAN

Dear steve,


Last Chance to Advertise in Guide to Retirement Living – DC Fall 2005

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Make sure you contact us ASAP if you want to be included in the DC Metro Fall 2005 edition. (Sept – Dec.)

  • Steve Gurney, 703-992-1118, sgurney@gwpi.net
  • Barbara Snyder, 800-394-9990 ext. 1503, bsnyder@gwpi.net

Guide to Retirement Living Website


Nursing Home Payments To Increase In 2006, CMS Announces, USA

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Medicare payments to nursing homes will increase by $20 million in 2006, an improvement over earlier forecasts that predicted no increase for long-term care providers next year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today. The final regulation implementing the new payment rates is on display today at the offices of the Federal Register. With today’s notice, CMS is refining the payment categories Medicare uses to set daily payment rates for its beneficiaries who are in nursing facilities. These categories are known as Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs). The proposed rule predicting a flat payment rate was published in the May Register. The new payment plan will more accurately compensate providers for the care of medically complex patients by creating new payment categories that more closely match the kind of services being provided to them.Read on…


Montgomery Hospice Bereavement Care Program

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Montgomery Hospice Bereavement Care Program and Pumphrey Funeral Homes invite you to attend a seminar on Let Us Help You Learn to Manage Your Grief presented by Bill Bates. This seminar has two parts and is offered on Thursday, August 25, 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, August 26, 9 a.m. to noon and will be held at the National 4-H Center on Connecticut Avenue. There is no fee for the general public. Three CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits) are offered for each day. The cost to professionals to receive these CEU’s is $30 for one day or $50 for both days. For further information and to register please call Terri at Pumphrey Funeral Home, 301-652- 2200.


Family Needs Assistance

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My father is now in a nursing home in charles county. He has no money and he is going to be released soon and I have no where’s to put him I live in a tiny home. The only income he has is his social security and the nursing home has taken that so I have no way to pay any of his bills. He is a veteran and his mind is fine. He is a diabetic, and had his leg amputed in december and has learned how to walk on an artifical leg short distanced but is able to take care of himself as far fixing his meals,washing etc. I need to have him close so I can help him out. The house he has is up for sale to pay the nursing home and he can’t go back there it isn’t fit to live in any more. Is there some kind of help for him in calvert county. I am at a loss he is on a waiting list he is 442 it could be years before he can get in and he doesn’t have years to wait he has no where’s eles to go. Any help would be appricatedPlease email anne_davis15@yahoo.com with any ideas or suggestions


People on the Move – Jarad Smith, Greenspring

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Jarad J. Smith has been named Greenspring’s new manager of public relations. Prior to joining Greenspring, Jarad was a public relations manager for The NPD Group, a New York-based market research company, where he was responsible for the strategic public relations for the company’s technology tracking business, NPD Techworld. In addition to his corporate experience, Jarad has worked for trade associations and public relations agencies and brings over ten years of experience to his new position. Jarad received a bachelor’s degree in communications, with an emphasis in public relations, from Kean University in New Jersey. He lives in Fairfax Station, Va., with his wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Nolan and Isabelle.Jarad J. Smith
Public Relations Manager
Greenspring – An Erickson Community
jasmith@ericksonmail.com
Office: 703-923-4690


AGENCY ON AGING OFFERS EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

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The Prince William Area Agency on Aging currently has positions open in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). These positions offer paid part-time (20 hours per week) on the job office experience and computer training, which helps prepare the participant for gainful employment. For SCSEP participants we provide earned wages, annual physical examination, job related counseling and training for the development of skills needed for obtaining a job. Candidates must be at least 55 years old, unemployed and meet low income requirements.For additional information please contact Rosemari Walker at (703)792-4156 or email at rwalker@pwcgov.org.


Seniors Encouraged to Complete ‘Advanced Directives’

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LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ — As the marvels of medical science allow for the sustaining of life, recent events in the news serve as a reminder that many people have strong feelings about the kind of medical care they would like to receive or refuse in certain circumstances. That is why SCAN Health Plan is recommending that all individuals — but particularly seniors — complete an “advanced directive” that gives family members and healthcare providers specific direction about treatment choices.Read on…


Long Term Care Insurance Planners Say Retirement Cost Survey Shows Need to Consider LTC

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 2, 2005– A new benchmark study on the costs of long term care reports a rise since 2004 in both nursing home care and home health care. The survey points out the value of long term care insurance for those entering their retirement years who are concerned about assisted living needs later in life, according to the brokers at www.Long-Term-Care-Insurance- Planners.com. Home health care, assisted living facilities and nursing homes carry costs that can quickly drain the resources of the average retiree. Consider these costs, reported in the recent Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey: — The average annual cost of a private room in a nursing home in 2005 is $69,400, or $190 per day, while a semi-private room costs just slightly less at $61,000 per year, or $167 per day. Those rates have gone up 6 percent since 2004. — A private room in an assisted living facility carries an average annual cost of $30,300, a 5 percent increase from 2004. This cost does not include entrance fees, community fees or additional health- care services. — Home health aides cost an average of $18.58 per hour, up from $18.43 last year. Non-certified homemaker rates averaged $16.82, up from $16.67 in 2004. These services, used by people who need some care but wish to continue to live at home, can quickly add up to be as costly as residing in a facility.Read on…


Study finds obesity has effect on disability, not life expectancy, for adults 70+

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New research shows that obese adults who reach the age of 70 are at no greater risk of dying than their non-obese counterparts, but they do have a much greater probability of spending their remaining years disabled. The data supporting this is reported in the August 2005 issue of The Gerontologist (Vol. 45, No. 4). Previous investigations had focused on the impact of obesity on either mortality or the onset of disability, but lead author Sandra Reynolds of the University of South Florida School of Aging Studies sought to consider them together. She was joined on the study by Yasuhiko Saito of Japan’s Nihon University and Eileen M. Crimmins of the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.Read on…


Programs Try to Save Money, Boost Life Quality By Keeping Seniors Out of Nursing Homes

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WASHINGTON–About four years ago, staffers at the day care center that Magerine Cowans attended “wanted to direct us to a hospice,” Cowans’ daughter Jan Hall said. And no wonder: Cowans “was just totally zonked out,” Hall said. Today, Cowans, 85, has Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension and arthritis in one knee, but she’s no candidate for hospice care. She still lives at home with her three daughters–Hall, Toni Cowans and Sandra Cowans–and Hall says a house call program operating out of the Washington Hospital Center deserves much of the credit for her longevity. “We don’t have to worry about getting her up and out of here for doctors’ appointments,” said Hall. “We don’t have the worry of … will she be feeling okay and ready to go to the appointment? We don’t have to worry about getting the medical transportation that we had to get, which was very expensive and time-consuming.”Read on…


Successful Online Marketing To Seniors

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If you are marketing to an older audience, don’t discount the value of a website. People over 50 account for more than 50% of discretionary spending in the United States, and they are going online to buy. They have money to spend. According to recent Pew surveys, the number of online seniors jumped by 47% between 2000 and 2004. There are about 8 million “silver surfers” (22% of Americans) who are age 65 or older using the Internet. About 58% of Americans ages 50 to 64 say they surf the Net.Read on…


He pedals cycling to seniors

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Lance Armstrong’s seventh Tour de France victory has many people thinking about bicycling. But a 79- year-old Monkton bicyclist wants people – particularly senior citizens – to do more than think about the sport. He wants them in the seat, helmets on, pedaling through North County. Lee Fleishman, a veteran of 11 Cycle Across Maryland tours and a weekly rider with the county’s “Cycling Seniors” program, will speak about the benefits of biking at the Jacksonville Senior Center Aug. 10. “The Baltimore County Cycling Seniors don’t have dues; we don’t have officers,” Fleishman said. “We just organize rides, then go on ’em. At my talk in Jacksonville, I’m going to tell people what we do, show them pictures of our group and some of our rides. If people are interested in starting a riding program out here, I’ll help them set one up.”Read on…


SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR – THE PIANO MAN

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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 ThePianoManDC@earthlink.net or call (202) 966-8000.

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