ProAging Email Network Newsletter November 1, 2005

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ProAging Email Network Newsletter November 1, 2005

in this issue
— Don’t Miss The Next ProAging Northern VA Meeting!
— Reverse Mortgage Volume Increases Fifth Consecutive Year
— Medical Equipment For Sale
— November is National Family Caregivers Month
— AARP plans new products for aging set
— Single seniors’ social lives not snag-free
— More immigrants tending to residents of nursing homes
— Retirement communities offer acting opportunities
— People on the Move – Construction of Victoria Park at Edgewater is Underway
— Career Opportunities Abound at
— Area’s assisted living costs among highest in nation
— 3 events to address sex and aging Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) community.

Dear steve,

Don’t Miss The Next ProAging Northern VA Meeting!


ProAging/IAC/North County Network Luncheon
Date: 11/17/2005
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: Vinson Hall
6251 Old Dominion Drive
Mclean, VA 22101

Description: A day in the life of Hospital Case Managers. Hear a panel presentation about the daily challenges facing these important professionals. Come out and network with other senior-serving professionals for a fantastic luncheon. Bring plenty of business cards and brochures.
Contact: Please RSVP – seating is limited
Phone Number: 703-992-1126
Email Address:
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Reverse Mortgage Volume Increases Fifth Consecutive Year


Washington, D.C.”” For a fifth consecutive year, lenders originated a record number of federally insured reverse mortgages, and the volume of borrower applications being processed is even higher, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.

During the most recent federal fiscal year, ending September 30, the Federal Housing Administration (an arm of the Department of Housing and Urban Development), insured 43,131 Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) compared to 37,829 the prior year. HECMs account for 90 percent of all reverse mortgages made in the U.S.

Los Angeles, Calif. remained the top reverse mortgage market in the country with 3,915 loans funded, followed by Santa Ana, Calif. (3,067); Sacramento, Calif. (2,161); San Francisco, Calif. (2,040); Denver, Col. (1,515); New York (1,454); Coral Gables, Fla. (1,387); Boston, Mass. (1,148); Detroit, Mich. (1,138) and Chicago. Ill. (1,087).

Although national volume increased by only 14 percent (compared to 109 percent between 2003 and 2004), the number of seniors applying for reverse mortgages remains substantially higher.

NRMLA distributes a free information booklet on reverse mortgages, called Just the FAQs: Answers to Common Questions About Reverse Mortgages. Consumers can order it by telephone (1- 866-264-4466, toll-free) or at NRMLA’s Web site, on…

Medical Equipment For Sale


ProAging Members:
My dad recently passed away. I had held onto my mother’s DME until then, in case he needed it. Since I’m moving, I need to get rid of it.

1) Electric Hospital Bed. Like new with gel/air mattress. Detachable footboard/headboard for easy storage. Originally $1725, asking $750

2) Hoyer Lift. Never used. Black mesh. $675 new; asking $375

3) Stair Lift. Seat pivots; runs up metal track with push of the button. Used for 6-step split foyer, right wall mount. $500/obo.

4) Portable toilets (2)–one with transfer cushion. Need new buckets. $30 each.

5) 4 walkers. $20 each.

Items located in southern Howard County off Route 29. Call Carolyn for details at 410-461-9399 or email:

November is National Family Caregivers Month


National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) — observed every November — is a nationally recognized month that seeks to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers. NFC Month is a time to thank, support, educate, and celebrate more than 50 million family caregivers across the country.

This November, NFCA will introduce a new theme for NFC Month, Caring Every Day. This theme corresponds with a new campaign from NFCA, The Caring Every Day Campaign. The Caring Every Day Campaign encourages family caregivers to take three steps every day to make their lives easier, improve care and raise awareness about their continued love and commitment. The three steps include:

Believe in Yourself.
Protect Your Health.
Reach Out for Help.
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AARP plans new products for aging set


NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) — With some 10,000 baby boomers turning 50 every day, AARP, the advocacy group for older Americans, is gearing up to face an enlivened competition.Others have awakened to the fact that the 76 million baby boomers — those born in the United States from 1946-64 — are moving into older age in huge waves, often with bulging wallets and a sense of adventure.

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Single seniors’ social lives not snag-free


One issue that single older women face is availability. There are more women than men older than 65, which is one reason the remarriage rate for older men is eight times higher than that for women, said Billy Hills, 52, gerontology specialist and associate professor of psychology at Coastal Carolina University. “At age 24, there’s about the same number of women to men. By the time they reach 80, they’re only about 40 to 42 males to every 100 females,” Hills said. About 75 percent of men older than 65 have partners, but less than 50 percent of women do, Hills said. The main explanation is a seven-year life expectancy difference. Life expectancy for women is 81 years, Hills said, and 74 for men.Read on…

More immigrants tending to residents of nursing homes


WASHINGTON – Foreign nannies long have helped to raise American children. Now immigrants are moving into another aspect of caregiving in increasing numbers: tending to the needs of nursing home residents. And they are winning a larger share of the highly skilled positions, according to a report released last week by AARP.Read on…

Retirement communities offer acting opportunities


THE VILLAGES — If he had not moved to The Villages, Ray Leggiero says he would never had the chance to act. “It would not even have occurred to me,” he said. The retired shoe-business executive was happy enough singing a bit of karaoke when he moved from upstate New York to the sprawling retirement community four years ago. The next thing he knew, he was scouted for a local variety show and later asked to audition for The Villages Musical Company.Read on…

People on the Move – Construction of Victoria Park at Edgewater is Underway


Osprey Property Company and Habitat America are pleased to announce that construction is underway at Victoria Park at Edgewater in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County. The 102 unit affordable senior apartment community is ideally located on Route 2 and Stewart Road with easy access to the South River Colony shops, restaurants, retail services and within one mile of the South County Senior Center.

Victoria Park at Edgewater offers quality independent living for adults 62 and over and income guidelines will apply. One-bedroom apartments will range from $330 to $465 per month. Two-bedroom apartments will range from $560 to $865 per month.

Victoria Park will begin accepting residents in the fall of 2006. For more information go to or contact Lydia Clark at 443-716-2574.Read on…

Career Opportunities Abound at


Jobs just like the one below can be reviewed everyday at http:/ / You can also post career opportunities on the site FREE of charge.NCOA Medicare Grassroots Outreach Campaign Job Description —Regional Manager

Role: The National Council on the Aging seeks talented, motivated individuals to serve as Regional Managers. These Managers will be responsible for coordinating a multifaceted outreach, education and enrollment campaign related to the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (also known as Medicare Part D). A key element of this campaign is the development of an effective, coordinated strategy with existing community-based organizations. The goal of this campaign is to maximize the education and enrollment of Medicare beneficiaries in the new Medicare drug coverage and other prescription drug programs.

The Regional Manager is a consultant full-time position for the period November 1, 2005 until May 30, 2006. Specific responsibilities include:

– Take the lead in coordinating the efforts of the Campaign’s Regional Management Team
– Research community-based organizations and determine their interest and willingness to participate in this Campaign
– In cooperation with others, take the lead in the development of community-based implementation plans for community outreach and education and ensure that this plan is crafted in coordination with existing efforts
– Responsible for the continued and effective communications between Campaign partners, community based organizations and NCOA National Campaign Staff.
– Continually assess effectiveness of community-based activities in order to achieve maximum effectiveness and Campaign goals.

Required Skills — A Regional Manager should be an experienced, broadly capable aging services professional who has a minimum of 5 years of related experience, with expertise in community outreach and education with Medicare issues, subcontractor management, partnership coordination and communication, and training and technical assistance.

Strong writing, analytical, and strategic thinking are required, and public health and non-profit experience are preferred. An ability to manage multifaceted projects and a capacity to perform well independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment are essential. BS/BA degree.

Timeline: The project is expected to begin November 1, 2005 and end May 30, 2006.
Location: Because of the regional focus of this project, these consultants will be located within the 6 identified regions of this campaign.
Identified regions will include specific cities in the following states:
Region 1 — New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Region 2 — Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee
Region 3 — Florida, Georgia
Region 4 — Ohio, Michigan
Region 5 — Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma
Region 6 — Texas, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California

Interested persons should send their resume along with a letter of interest to Wanda Baker at NCOA, no later than November 4, 2005.

ProAging Career Center

Area’s assisted living costs among highest in nation


Assisted living costs are rising significantly faster than inflation, and some of the highest prices in the nation are in the Washington region. An annual report from MetLife says the average monthly base price for assisted living services rose from $2,524 in 2004 to $2,905 this year, or $34,860 a year. The 2005 MetLife Survey of Assisted Living Costs ranks Boston the most expensive for assisted living, at $4,629 per month.Be sure to proofread and ask others to check your grammar and punctuation. Errors not only make your newsletter hard to read, but also make your company look unprofessional.

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3 events to address sex and aging Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) community.


Arlington Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Senior Health Resources (SHR) present the first in a series of 3 events to address sex and aging Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) community.

Friday, November 4, 2005
8:30am to 1:00pm
Arlington Area Agency on Aging
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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 or call (202) 966-8000.

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