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I SEE THE EXPRESSIONS
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I SEE HOW HAPPY THEY ARE.
“It’s easy to be passionate about what I do.” As President and CEO of Amsterdam Continuing Care Health System, Inc. for more than 28 years, Jim Davis is at the very heart of The Amsterdam at Harborside retirement community. “It’s an extraordinary place to live on the North Shore of Nassau County, offering warm social connections with Residents and Staff, on-site activities and cultural performances second to none. As we celebrate more than 5 years as the only true life care community in Nassau County, I invite you to experience our carefree lifestyle. See the faces of Amsterdam Residents who are free to live life their way and really enjoy their retirement.”
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Working Out On A Budget
May 27 is National Senior Health & Fitness Day It’s true: good health really does save money. A Towers Watson survey in 2012 noted that employee wellness programs saved employers an average of $100 in health care costs per worker. So if you’re going to get healthy, do it the smart way and make well-researched spending decisions throughout the year. Here are a few tips at the starting line. Do a little heavy lifting with your budget first. Whatever your goals, check your overall finances to see what bad health behaviors might be costing you now in terms of immediate everyday costs or long-term impact on medical bills. You might find that a successful fitness plan can return hundreds of dollars—and possibly thousands—to your budget. Pick a workout you like. If you loved swimming or jogging as a kid, such sports might be a good place to restart your fitness regimen. Restart your fitness habits modestly but consistently with activities you like. If they require a facility, test it out for a few days to comparison-shop. If they’re offering specials, read the fine print carefully
and try to stay away from long-term membership commitments if you can. Don’t overlook your community. Check out taxpayer-supported facilities and activities you’re already paying for in your community to see what they offer. Community centers are great resources for inexpensive or free classes. You might be surprised how many free public tennis courts, swimming facilities and other recreational spaces are available in your city or town. Also, take advantage of any regional, state or national parks that are near you. There’s no greater motivation to stay active than getting outside.
Adjust your commute. If you have access to public transportation, take the bus or train more often; you’ll automatically walk more to and from your destinations. If you do drive, park at the farthest end of the lot to add a short, cost-free workout into your daily schedule. Prepare your own meals. Working out is important to getting healthy, but eating properly can help you achieve results faster. One of the most effective ways to improve a diet—and save money while doing it—is resolving Find buddies. to prepare more meals at home (www. You’ve seen them when walking or practicalmoneyskills.com/calculators/ driving past a park or other locations around town: people who run together, lunch). Also, commit to selecting more healthful options whether you are at walk together or dance together. home or dining out. There are almost Joining a fitness group doesn’t have to cost any money at all; you might make limitless resources in libraries and new friends, and you’ll hopefully chal- online to learn about quick, healthy food preparation and smart food shopping. lenge and keep each other motivated. Bottom line: Working out on a You don’t need all the latest gear. budget doesn’t always require added Unless you need specific clothes or equipment for protection or safety, raid expenses. There are many inexpensive your closet to save on your fitness plan. or free options to meet both health and Keep it cheap, and focus on improving financial goals in your neighborhood, at work and many other places. your health. Consider setting workout Nathaniel Sillin directs Visa’s finanmilestones, and reward yourself with a cial education programs. new purchase after hitting your goals.
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Alzheimer’s Helpline Expanded Hours
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is expanding its national toll-free helpline to include Saturday hours so that it can help more caregivers get vital information, support and counsel. Beginning May 7, AFA’s national toll-free helpline, 866-232-8484, which is staffed by licensed social workers trained specifically in dementia care, will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, in addition to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT on weekdays. “As any caregiver will tell you, caregiving is not a 9-5, Monday-Friday job, and sometimes, the times you really need an empathetic ear fall well after ‘normal business hours’,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “At AFA, we strive to help more people each day than we did the day before. Expanding the hours of our national toll-free helpline is just one way that we let caregivers know that we are here for them; they don’t have to go it alone.” Through its national toll-free helpline, AFA’s licensed social workers field calls from family and professional caregivers alike, responding to questions, offering referrals to local resources, and offering tips and strategies to help navigate the caregiving landscape. No question is too small; no concern insignificant. AFA’s licensed social workers are also available via Skype, live chat and e-mail. During the past two years, the helpline has received more than 15,000 calls from people who don’t know where else to turn for information. Questions run the gamut from how to get a parent into a nursing home or where to find support groups, to more challenging subjects, such as aggression and intimacy. To reach AFA’s national toll-free helpline, call 866-232-8484 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GDGC Sponsors Free Elder Law Hotline On May 4 In recognition of this May, Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC), an elder law and estate planning firm based in Melville, is hosting a free elder law telephone hotline on Wednesday, May 4, for seniors and their families. Long Island and New York City residents can call the GDGC hotline at 631-390-5000 and speak directly with an attorney between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. They can ask questions about how to protect their assets now and get the care they need down the road. While everyone needs a customized plan, there are basic strategies that apply to everyone. Some of GDGC’s suggestions are to make asset transfers before a crisis occurs, preferably five years before needing long-term care. The firm also often recommends transferring assets to a living trust, including title to the home, in order to protect its value.
Questions to consider asking GDGC during the special hotline are: • How does a trust protect assets? • When should I set up a trust? • Should I protect my house by transferring it to a life estate or trust?
• What assets can be placed in a trust? • What are Advance Directives and do I need them? Planning ahead has always been critical for Medicaid/asset protection planning but the look-back may soon also apply to Veterans benefits. There are proposed changes to the law pending in Congress that will impose a 36-month look back and penalty period on asset transfers for veterans and spouses applying for aid and attendance pension benefits. These changes will negatively impact a veteran/ spouse’s ability to secure pension benefits to help cover the costs of a home health aide or the cost of assisted living. “If the proposed changes to the aid and attendance pension benefit program passes Congress, veterans who have not planned ahead will not be able to access this important benefit that has helped
so many veterans pay for the cost of assisted living or home care,” said Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq., partner at GDGC. “It is crucial now for veterans to consult with an elder law attorney for the right strategies to protect assets and qualify for aid and attendance if needed.” Accredited by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Negrin-Wiener has completed hundreds of applications for veterans over the last seven years.
Some questions veterans may want to ask when calling the GDGC hotline are:
Remember when receiving health care services was as simple and comforting as calling your family physician?
• What is the veterans aid & attendance benefit? • How do I qualify for aid & attendance? • How do the qualifications for aid & attendance and Medicaid for long-term care differ? • What are some of the proposed changes to the aid & attendance program?
When GDGC started working with Nick Paccione of East Northport, the family had just sold his mom’s home and was seeking an assisted living facility for her. By consulting with the elder law firm, an irrevocable trust was set up with the money from the house sale. This planning strategy enabled his mom to be eligible for the aid and attendance pension benefit since Nick’s dad was a veteran, which covered part of the cost at Sunrise Assisted Living in Dix Hills. GDGC also handled the complex aid and attendance application. “You need to find a great law firm that specializes in elder law,” said Nick. “It’s important to ask a million questions and get answers that you can understand. We were fortunate to find GDGC as they are professional, patient and always available to respond to a question.” All hotline callers will receive a complimentary copy of the firm’s publication: Your Guide to Elder Law & Estate Planning. The elder law hotline is one of many public service programs offered by GDGC. For a free guide to elder law and estate planning, visit www. genserlaw.com, e-mail elder@ genserlaw.com or call 631-390-5000.
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May 2016 Activities For County’s Senior Centers Senior residents are invited to enjoy the many activities that are scheduled to take place during May at Nassau County senior centers throughout the area. Additional information and reservations are available by calling the telephone number listed for the senior center where the activity is being held. Glen Cove Senior Community Service Center 130 Glen St., Glen Cove • 516-759-9610 Wednesday, May 5 from 1-2 p.m. Program: Golden Gallery Art Reception Presenter: Roger Thyben, artist Wednesday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. Program: Lifelong Learning: The Play’s the Thing; A Program of Theater Readings & Interactive Performance Presenter: Fred Stroppel, playwright and director Wednesday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. Program: Lifelong Learning: Commemorative Stamps from 2015 Presenter: Dale Zurbrick, music educator Great Neck Senior Community Service Center 80 Grace Ave., Great Neck • 516-487-0025 Friday, May 13, from 2-3 p.m. Program: “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” Presenter: Great Neck Library
Friday, May 20, 11 a.m. to noon Program: Smart Shopping Presenter: Cornell Cooperative Herricks Senior Community Center 999 Herricks Rd., New Hyde Park • 516-305-8976 Friday, May 6, 13 and 20, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Program: Painting and Coloring Presenter: Valerie Moreno Special instructions: call in advance Monday, May 9, 16 and 23, from 10-11:30 a.m. Program: Line Dancing Presenter: Rose Malincanico Special instructions: call in advance Tuesday, May 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 10-11 a.m. Program: Aerobic Exercise Presenter: Doris Chen Pinzon Special instructions: call in advance Massapequa Park Senior Community Service Center Our Lady of Lourdes School, 379 Linden St., Massapequa Park • 516-797-5357
Tuesday, May 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 1 p.m. Program: Tai Chi Presenter: Denise Snyder Thursday, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 1-2:30 p.m. Program: Sculpture Presenter: Veronica Smith Friday, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 10:45 a.m. Program: Zumba Gold Presenter: Carol Rodriguez Port Washington Senior Community Service Center St. Stephen’s Church, 9 Carlton Ave., Port Washington • 516-944-9654 Monday, May 9, 16 and 23, at 10:45 a.m. Program: Move to Music Presenter: Suzanne Meyerson Tuesday, May 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 11 a.m. Program: Zumba Presenter: Janet Spiro Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 10:45 a.m. Program: Chair Yoga Presenter: Patricia Mitchell Thursday, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at
11 a.m. Program: Tai Chi Presenter: John Briscoe Thursday, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 1 p.m. Program: Movin’ n Doin’ Presenter: Connie McKnight Friday, May 6, 13, 20 & 27, at 11 a.m. Program: Zumba Presenter: Janet Spiro Friday, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 1 p.m. Program: Weight Workout Presenter: Patricia Mitchell Life Enrichment Center At Oyster Bay Senior Community Service Center 45 East Main St., Oyster Bay • 516-922-1770 Thursday, May 5, at 11 a.m. Program: Mother’s Day Celebration, Fashion Show and Tea Presenter: Life Enrichment @ Oyster Bay Special instructions: reservation needed Tuesday, May 10, 11:15 a.m. Program: Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruit Presenter: Kathy Emmitt, Cornell Cooperative Extension
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Strategies For Whole Person Wellness BY JOANNE LEHMANN
As we age, there are certain aspects of overall health that we can no longer take for granted. Older adults may not have the ready opportunities for exercise, socialization, intellectual stimulation and regular, good nutrition that younger counterparts do. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be meeting these important needs. Whole person wellness celebrates what we can do to live our lives to the fullest. The five critical elements of healthy living apply to every age group. They are: good nutrition, intellectual stimulation, physical health, safety and security, and socialization. Retirement communities usually include these elements in their programs and living environments. Those who live at home can do the same.
A healthy diet feeds our brains and our bodies, and helps maintain physical strength and overall well-being. Sharing a meal with others adds immeasurably to overall benefit. Keep your cupboards
stocked with and other opportueasy to prepare, nities for ongoing healthful food like intellectual growth peanut butter, eggs, and stimulation. canned fish, low fat cheese, and whole Physical Health grain crackers. Try Maintaining peak to limit salt, sugary health is a balancdrinks and caffeine ing act of physical and regularly enjoy activity and access to fresh fruits and preventive medical vegetables. If you care and information. can’t use fresh, froPassive exercise such zen is the next best as walking is extremeoption. If it’s hard ly beneficial, as is to get out to the just getting out and Joanne Lehmann stores or you have moving around. Even difficulty carrying groceries, delivery everyday activities that don’t seem services like Peapod are a lifesaver. like exercise, such as light yard and Drink plenty of water. Dehydration house work, and crafts that work raises blood pressure and can cause the dexterity of your fingers, arms, headaches or dizziness. legs and trunk are good. The more you use it, the more you have it. Intellectual Stimulation Swimming is another good choice as Boredom or lack of stimulation it doesn’t cause stress on the joints, can affect our mental and physical supports the body and provides health. New ideas spark conversaresistance training. Other activities tion, further investigation and fire that are fun and physically active our synapses. Your local library, should also be on your weekly calschool district and other community endar. Golf, tennis and dancing, for centers offer daytime and evening example keep you active yet don’t feel like exercise. Tai chi is another book and film discussions, perforexcellent, low impact exercise, its mances, guest speakers, field trips, passive movements are gentle on the joints. Massage is a wonderful way to stimulate blood flow and ease tension. Aromatherapy is also calming and conducive to a healthful environment. When enjoying outdoor activities, be sure to cover up and use appropriate sunscreen. Medications can make you hypersensitive to sun.
Safety and Security
The importance of implementing precautions to help prevent falls, accidents and other mishaps cannot be overstated. A fall can be permanently life-altering. Most falls occur in the evening in the bedroom or bathroom. Make sure
you have adequate light during the day and night. There should be clear pathways and minimal clutter throughout the home, doors should be able to fully open, scatter rugs removed and all wires secured. Even a magazine, newspaper, or a pair of shoes left on the floor can be dangerous. Another common cause of falls is tangled bedding, so beware of heavy and multiple blankets. Grab bars are always a good idea, as is limiting liquids in the evening to cut down on nighttime trips to the bathroom. Make sure to always wear proper, well-fitting shoes or non-skid slippers, and avoid walking around in socks. If you use a mobility device, make sure you’re using it as directed by a health care professional. It’s a good idea to have your gait and balance evaluated by a professional, even if you feel you’re walking well. Medicare generally provides some coverage for a PT evaluation on the recommendation of your doctor. If you’re on a call system, keep it on your person at all times—it won’t do you any good if it’s in another room.
Connecting with others in the community plays a huge role in overall well-being. Isolation, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect. Local libraries and communities offer lots of opportunities to get out and get social. From card games to theater and shopping trips, volunteer opportunities, movies and book groups, there’s something for everyone. Here’s to healthy living! Joanne Lehmann, LPN, is the wellness nurse manager for independent living residents at Jefferson’s Ferry Lifecare Retirement Community in South Setauket.
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Home Fall Prevention Tips For Seniors balance, vision and physical strength affect an elderly person’s ability to stay on his/her feet, so regular eyesight and overall health exams are essential. Medication reviews by a physician are also crucial, since many elders fall because of medication side effects or dosage issues. “Seniors who fall, even if they are not injured, often develop a fear of falling,” said Gregg Balbera, president of Right at Home Nassau Suffolk. “This fear can keep them from enjoying regular activities, which then reduces mobility and physical fitness. With less muscle tone and confidence, a person’s actual risk of falling increases. Falls also limit older adults from living independently, which is something our at-home care providers work hard to preserve for each individual.”
Prevention: Lay nonslip mats on the floor, and install grab bars in a contrasting color. Bedroom Common fall hazard: Poor lighting (especially at night) Prevention: Ensure a light is within easy reach of the bed, and use night-lights to illuminate the path from the bed to the bathroom. Hallways Common fall hazard: Obstacles and electrical cords across pathways Prevention: Remove clutter, cords and furnishings, so walking areas are clear.
Lack of handrail support is a common fall hazard.
The following home safety tips help protect the elderly:
Bathroom Common fall hazard: Slippery floor surfaces; towels or slippery rugs on the floor
Kitchen Common fall hazard: Unstable chairs Prevention: Use stable, nonwheeled kitchen chairs with armrests to help older adults sit and stand up safely. Living Room Common fall hazard: Carpet
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Dad recently switched medications and started shuffling more than walking. Last week, he tripped on a bedroom rug but landed on the bed. He was shaken but not injured. Yesterday, Mom tiptoed to reach for baking soda in the kitchen cupboard and slipped, bruising her ribs. You worry about your parents’ safety at home and know it’s time to help prevent falls from happening. But what’s the best approach? Aging increases the risk of stumbling and sustaining injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of three Americans age 65 and older falls each year. Roughly 20 percent of falls cause serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones and head injuries. Annually nationwide, at least 250,000 elderly people are hospitalized because of hip fractures, and more than 95 percent of these broken hips originate from a fall. Fall-related fractures are more than double for older women than for older men. For the elderly, injuries from a fall often limit mobility and can lead to isolation and depression. A quick stumble can even prove deadly. Weakened
30 10B FALL PREVENTION from page 9B with upended edges or uneven, worn seams Prevention: Tape down upended carpet edges, or replace carpet where needed. Steps Common fall hazard: Lack of handrail support Prevention: Install rounded handrails on both sides of the steps; handrails should extend beyond the top and bottom steps. In addition to protecting older adults from falls inside their home, it is important to note that slips and trips occur more often on the external premises, especially in inclement weather. Men tend to fall outdoors more than women, and those seniors who are most active fall more often than those with physical frailties. Nearly half of tumbles outdoors are related to walking, particularly on uneven sidewalks or tripping over curbs. More than 70 percent of people who fall outside land on a hard surface such as concrete, asphalt or rocks. Fortunately, many falls outside can be prevented through proactive measures, including the following: • Stay aware of uneven terrain and slippery surfaces. Watch for holes, tree roots and ice.
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• Check the height of curbs and steps before stepping up on them or down from them. Curbs with inclines or cutaways for bicycles can be misleading. • Wear correct eyewear when walking. Reading glasses or bifocals can distort the ability to see potential hazards. If balance is a problem, it is best to use a walker or cane, or hold the hands of caregivers when stepping onto curbs or up steps. To safeguard the outdoor environ-
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ment around the homes of seniors, install handrails and good lighting on stairs and walkways. Steps and patios need to remain in good shape with no worn-down areas or loose nails. For extra safety and traction, patios and steps can be covered with weatherproof and textured paint. The Right at Home website (www.rightathome.net) features a monthly blog on fall prevention in the elderly.
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Would you like to help seniors in your community? Willing Hearts, Helpful Hands Program Needs You! This is an opportunity for you to make a difference in your community by helping family caregivers of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia throughout Long Island. Willing Hearts, Helpful Hands is a truly wonderful and unique program because it helps caregivers keep loved ones in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible and helps ease the stress associated with being a caregiver. Volunteers will receive free ongoing training and a monthly $50 transportation stipend.
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