ProAging Info Network – Thurs., January 19, 2006

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People on the Move – Independence Home Care Announces Strategic Partnership with CareCircle International

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Annapolis, MD — Independence Home Care, a non- medical home care company, today announced their strategic partnership with CareCircle International, Inc., a provider of web-based care management tools. The agreement makes CareCircle online support programs available to the clients and partners of Independence Home Care. CareCircle provides an internet-based service that allows family or friends to create personalized support programs. Each CareCircle program includes a web site where visitors can learn about the situation and leave messages of support, as well as sign up to help in various ways, including social visits, transportation to doctors and shopping, or arranging for meal deliveries (even from out-of-town). “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this service to our clients,” said Monica Alvarado, President & Co- Founder of Independence Home Care. “We feel that the CareCircle programs perfectly complement our services and allow family, friends and community members the opportunity to support their loved ones in many new ways.”
Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, Independence Home Care provides non-medical companion and homemaker services for seniors, those recovering from surgery, new and expectant mothers, and the disabled.Read on…

Annapolis, MD — Independence Home Care, a non- medical home care company, today announced their strategic partnership with CareCircle International, Inc., a provider of web-based care management tools. The agreement makes CareCircle online support programs available to the clients and partners of Independence Home Care. CareCircle provides an internet-based service that allows family or friends to create personalized support programs. Each CareCircle program includes a web site where visitors can learn about the situation and leave messages of support, as well as sign up to help in various ways, including social visits, transportation to doctors and shopping, or arranging for meal deliveries (even from out-of-town). “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this service to our clients,” said Monica Alvarado, President & Co- Founder of Independence Home Care. “We feel that the CareCircle programs perfectly complement our services and allow family, friends and community members the opportunity to support their loved ones in many new ways.”Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, Independence Home Care provides non-medical companion and homemaker services for seniors, those recovering from surgery, new and expectant mothers, and the disabled.


Application Deadline Extended – Rebuilding Together Montgomery County

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Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is a non- profit that rehabs the homes of low-income homeowners at no cost to them. The recipient must own their home and have a limited income (for 1 $28,000; add $4,000 for each additional resident). Our emphasis is on safety, warmth and independence. Please refer any clients you think could use our help. You can download our application from http://www.rebuildingtogethermc.org/. The deadline for applications has been extended to February 3rd. If you have any questions please contact Susan Hawfield at 301.933.2700.Read on…

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is a non- profit that rehabs the homes of low-income homeowners at no cost to them. The recipient must own their home and have a limited income (for 1 $28,000; add $4,000 for each additional resident). Our emphasis is on safety, warmth and independence. Please refer any clients you think could use our help. You can download our application from http://www.rebuildingtogethermc.org/. The deadline for applications has been extended to February 3rd. If you have any questions please contact Susan Hawfield at 301.933.2700.


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Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging is Sponsoring a Tax Preparation Program

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Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is once again sponsoring the Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA) in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). VITA is a national program developed by the IRS to aid senior citizens and others with preparing their taxes. In Loudoun County, taxes are prepared by qualified volunteer tax preparers through the AAA and Parks and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.

Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is once again sponsoring the Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA) in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). VITA is a national program developed by the IRS to aid senior citizens and others with preparing their taxes. In Loudoun County, taxes are prepared by qualified volunteer tax preparers through the AAA and Parks and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.Beginning January 23rd , appointments may be scheduled by calling the Area Agency on Aging VITA phone line at 703-737-8037 Monday through Friday from 10AM to 2PM until March the 25th, 2006 or until all slots are filled whichever comes first. Tax Preparation will begin February 6th and end on Friday April, 7th. To better serve Loudoun County Seniors and others, the AAA has reserved new tax preparation sites; every effort will be made to confirm an appointment at a site closest to the tax- payer’s home.

Tax Preparation Volunteers are trained and certified to assist in preparing and filing basic tax forms and schedules, including the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. Clients must bring a social security card for each family member who will be listed on their return, a picture ID, a copy of their 2004 income taxes and all the documents needed to file 2005 taxes. Clients who speak English as a second language are encouraged to bring an interpreter. The Tax preparation is provided free of charge, but donations are always welcomed.

Please call Lynette Jacob, VITA Volunteer Coordinator Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging (703) 737-8034 if you have any questions or concerns about the tax program.


Older adults perspectives on healthy aging surprises many

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Jan. 18, 2006 – Understanding how older adults define successful aging is a critical component to the well-being and quality of life for this burgeoning population. A study published in the January edition of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry concluded that despite having chronic illnesses and some disability most community-dwelling senior citizens saw themselves as aging successfully.Read on…

Jan. 18, 2006 – Understanding how older adults define successful aging is a critical component to the well-being and quality of life for this burgeoning population. A study published in the January edition of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry concluded that despite having chronic illnesses and some disability most community-dwelling senior citizens saw themselves as aging successfully.


Include mother in nursing home decision

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1/18/2006 5:36:38 PM Daily Journal Dear Dr. Morris: Our family is faced with a very big decision, namely, placing our mother in a nursing home. All of us feel uneasy about our chore. We think she may go along with the idea, but we haven’t really discussed it. I guess we are afraid of upsetting both her and ourselves. Do you have any suggestions? (Identity withheld by request)Read on…

1/18/2006 5:36:38 PM Daily Journal Dear Dr. Morris: Our family is faced with a very big decision, namely, placing our mother in a nursing home. All of us feel uneasy about our chore. We think she may go along with the idea, but we haven’t really discussed it. I guess we are afraid of upsetting both her and ourselves. Do you have any suggestions? (Identity withheld by request)


New retirement living: Not a shuffleboard in sight

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Baby boomers who refuse to concede that they are getting old are changing the way home builders think about retirement housing. Builders long ago discarded the notion that retirement buyers wanted nothing more than a languid game of shuffleboard or golf followed by an afternoon nap. These days, retirement communities are bristling with fitness centers, nature trails and cyber cafes and the sales pitch emphasizes starting new rather than getting old.Read on…

Baby boomers who refuse to concede that they are getting old are changing the way home builders think about retirement housing. Builders long ago discarded the notion that retirement buyers wanted nothing more than a languid game of shuffleboard or golf followed by an afternoon nap. These days, retirement communities are bristling with fitness centers, nature trails and cyber cafes and the sales pitch emphasizes starting new rather than getting old.


Study: Alone Time With Dogs Helps Seniors

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ST. LOUIS – Dogs apparently need no help lifting the spirits of lonely people. A St. Louis study has found that nursing home residents felt much less lonely after spending time alone with a dog than when other people joined in the visit. The residents shared their problems and story in “intimate conversations” with the visiting dog, researchers saidRead on…

ST. LOUIS – Dogs apparently need no help lifting the spirits of lonely people. A St. Louis study has found that nursing home residents felt much less lonely after spending time alone with a dog than when other people joined in the visit. The residents shared their problems and story in “intimate conversations” with the visiting dog, researchers said


Regular Exercise May Delay Alzheimer’s

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MONDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who engage in some form of minimal exercise at least three days a week can cut their risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by as much as 30 percent to 40 percent, a new study reveals.Read on…

MONDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who engage in some form of minimal exercise at least three days a week can cut their risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by as much as 30 percent to 40 percent, a new study reveals.


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.

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…

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