ProAging Email Network Newsletter December 28, 2005

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ProAging Email Network Newsletter December 28, 2005

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in this issue
— Kick off the New Year at the N. Virginia ProAging/IAC Meeting!
— Question – Seeking DME accepting Medicaid in DC
— How to Discuss Finances with Aging Parents
— Nursing homes satisfy kin, survey finds
— After Wilma, many in damaged retirement communities find a new place to call home
— The last word – retired PR exec helps fellow seniors write their obits
— Seniors Find Comfort Zone on Blogs
— People on the Move – Keswick center offers seniors a hand
— LEADING ECONOMIST OUTLINES 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR U.S., INCLUDING “UNLEASHING” BROADBAND AND MORE “REMOTE DISEASE MONITORING” TECHNOLOGY FOR ELDERLY, DISABLED
— SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR – The Piano Man
— SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR – ServiceTrac’s Sales Training Boot Camp

Dear steve,


Kick off the New Year at the N. Virginia ProAging/IAC Meeting!

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Make sure you mark your calendar for the first ProAging Network/IAC Meeting of 2006.
This meeting will provide you with all the fantastic networking opportunities – so bring business cards and brochures. In addition we will spotlight the critical issue of transportation for seniors in Northern Va and the Metro region. We will also be announcing an exciting project for 2006. The ProAging/IAC meetings will be supporting the Senior Express program – we will have some opportunities for your business to gain valuable exposure and help support this program!Date: 1/12/2006
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Fairfax County Govt Center – Conference Rooms 4&5
12000 Government Center Pkwy Fairfax, VA 22035

Description: Join other senior-serving professionals for an interesting speakers and a fantastic networking opportunity. Bring plenty of business cards and brochures. Contact: Steve Gurney
Phone Number: 703-992-1118
Email Address: sgurney@gwpi.net
Mark Your Calendars for the 2006 ProAging/IAC Meetings:
3/30/2006 ProAging Network /IAC/North County Lunch – Social Work Month Celebration – MCLEAN
5/18/2006 ProAging Network /IAC Lunch – Fairfax
7/20/2006 PROAGING/IAC MEETING – Herndon
11/17/2006 ProAging/IAC Network Lunch – alexandria

Full event calendar for other regional events


Question – Seeking DME accepting Medicaid in DC

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ProAging Members
I was wondering if you or anyone else knows of a Durable medical equipment company in the DC area that takes medicaid, I know many people who want diabetic shoes with medicaid.
Thanks,
Connie Jones
301-630-5418 or conniejones5494@yahoo.comLink to recent article on DME in Guide to Retirement Living


How to Discuss Finances with Aging Parents

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Growing up, many of us were taught by our parents to never talk about money. The subject is viewed as being taboo, like discussing your political or religious beliefs. Adult children who grew up with this mindset typically feel uncomfortable broaching this difficult subject with their aging parents. Many adults are in denial about their parents’ mortality and avoid asking questions about their estates and wills. Oftentimes they do not want to appear greedy about their inheritance or controlling of their parents’ personal matters. However, not discussing this vital issue can lead to significant and irreversible problems in the future.Read on…


Nursing homes satisfy kin, survey finds

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Consumers are largely satisfied with the care provided in Massachusetts nursing homes, according to the first-ever state survey of relatives of nursing home residents. The survey, which will be conducted annually, is designed to help nursing homes improve and to aid consumers in choosing where to place family members.Read on…


After Wilma, many in damaged retirement communities find a new place to call home

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Hurricane Wilma hit hard in many South Florida retirement communities, ripping off roofs and leaving hundreds of condos uninhabitable. Seniors had to scramble to find somewhere else to live. They went with family, to a hotel, or into a vacant undamaged apartment. But some found another option: assisted living facilities.Read on…


The last word – retired PR exec helps fellow seniors write their obits

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Dean Davisson spent his career as a public relations executive creating buzz – but it took retirement for him to start putting a spin on life itself. Davisson, 84, spends his days crafting free obituaries for dozens of not-yet-dead fellow senior citizens at the 18,000-resident Leisure World in Laguna Woods, a retirement community so large that it’s an incorporated city.Read on…


Seniors Find Comfort Zone on Blogs

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Forget shuffleboard, needlepoint, and bingo. Web logs, more often the domain of alienated adolescents and middle-age pundits, are gaining a foothold as a new leisure-time option for senior citizens. There’s Dad’s Tomato Garden Journal, Dogwalk Musings, and, of course, the Oldest Living Blogger. “It’s too easy to sit in your own cave and let the world go by, eh?” said Ray Sutton, the 73-year-old Oldest Living Blogger and a retired electrician who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. “It keeps the old head working a little bit so you’re not just sitting there gawking at TV.”Read on…


People on the Move – Keswick center offers seniors a hand

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Keswick Multi-Care Center, an assisted-living and nursing facility in the Hampden-Roland Park area, has started an “at-home care” program that offers a wide range of services from health care to shopping assistance for seniors who want to remain in their homes.Read on…


LEADING ECONOMIST OUTLINES 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR U.S., INCLUDING “UNLEASHING” BROADBAND AND MORE “REMOTE DISEASE MONITORING” TECHNOLOGY FOR ELDERLY, DISABLED

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WASHINGTON, D.C.//December 28, 2005//The benefits of accelerated broadband for the elderly, disabled and the overall U.S. economy are so great that the “the first action the federal government should take in 2006 is preemption to remove obstacles in the way of broadband rollout,” according to economist Robert Litan, who today outlined three “New Year’s resolutions” for consideration by national policymakers. Litan is vice president for research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation and a senior fellow in the economic studies program at the Brookings Institution.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.

Read on…


SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR – ServiceTrac’s Sales Training Boot Camp

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Exceed Your Occupancy Goals by Attending ServiceTrac’s Sales Training Boot Camp in Phoenix, AZ on February 22-24. This training teaches a method of interacting with seniors that creates intimacy, demonstrates respect and understanding, and builds trust. This highly interactive training provides attendees with powerful sales tools to learn specific techniques to help overcome sales barriers and close more sales.Contact Mike Miller (mike.miller@servicetrac), Chief Operating Officer, at 800.951.6606 for any questions about the training or sponsorship opportunities.

Download a brochure and registration form.

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