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RESOURCE GUIDE Why Everyone Should Plan for Long-Term Care
While most of this care is provided by family members and friends, sometimes older adults and their families get these services from providers like home health aides, area agencies on aging or residential providers such as assisted living or nursing homes. Understanding long-term care is the first step in creating a plan. Key things to know include:
Age is a strong predictor of the need for help, and because women live longer on average, they are more likely than men to require long-term care. Factors such as a disability, injury or chronic illness also increase the chance that long-term care will be needed. Three simple steps can help you start planning for care you may need as you age. 1. KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT Most people know they should save for retirement, but many don’t know exactly what expenses to expect. An often overlooked area is long-term care, a broad set of supports for everyday tasks like dressing or eating.
A choice to plan or not plan will likely have a big impact on family and friends who may also be informal caregivers. Statistics show that most long-term care is provided by family members or other loved ones. Take the time to make clear your preferences for what kind of help you value most and where you want to receive it. Family and friends will feel better knowing that you are thinking about your needs - and theirs - by planning for long-term care.
• A person who lives alone is more likely to require long-term care than one who can rely on a spouse or partner for help with daily tasks. • Long-term care is expensive and represents a major uncovered risk to your retirement savings.
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• Medicare does not pay for long-term care services or supports with some minor exceptions. Neither does your employerbased health insurance or Medigap. • Most people prefer to receive long-term care at home; their odds of doing so may be improved by making home modifications to reduce the risk of falls.
Be proactive. Staying at home is great, especially if it has been modified to help you avoid an injury and continue to care for yourself. However, it won’t happen without taking steps to ensure you can get the supports you need at home. Start thinking about ways to maintain your independence, safety and care needs.
• Many Americans say they do not want to rely on their children for care, but a lack of planning for paid
For more information and resources to develop a care plan, visit longtermcare.gov.
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(Family Features) Research suggests that most Americans turning age 65 will need some form of assistance with everyday activities, known as long-term care, as they grow older. The amount of care needed will depend on many variables, including overall health, cognitive functioning and home environment.
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...senior resource guide Vi Steinman: Matriarch of Boulevard Park Place Retirement Community campus just off Military Road in Burien. They located the ideal parcel of undeveloped land in the 1980’s and the first phase of our community was open for new residents in 1996. Boulevard Park Place continues to be a family owned and managed community. Residents and their families proclaim they feel the presence of Vi and her family connection the moment they arrive. For example, monthly homemade dessert gatherings to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries are always a favorites. The August gathering is especially popular and is a guaranteed full house, as Vi picks her own blackberries and makes her famous blackberry cobbler to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.
oulevard Park Place Retirement Center, our family managed, vibrant, independent living senior community, began as a simple dream. Vi Steinman and her husband Merle have always been builders. Early in their marriage in the 1950’s they began their lifelong focus on building communities by developing residential properties in Des Moines and Normandy Park one home at a time. To this day the Highline area is dotted with ‘Steinman Additions,’ quality, affordable single family home tracts, apartment complexes, and commercial buildings Vi and Merle have built and managed for the community over the last 60 years. This last, final, realization of their dream is our quality retirement community of 126 apartment homes nestled onto a 12-acre
place where our residents live in comfortable apartment homes and enjoy a variety of activities scheduled daily. “It’s a great place to call home.” It continues to be the Jewel of Burien hidden away on our 12 acre campus complete with mountain views, indoor pools, libraries, craft rooms, gardens, trails, ponds and so much more. Vi has always been service driven. She has been a member of the Lynnwood Emblem Club for over 40 years where she has held every office and is still considered the leading fund-raiser. She stands ready to this day to offer her ‘old
HISTORY Vi was born in 1931 during the Great Depression in a house on Woodland Park Avenue in Seattle. Vi graduated from Edmonds High School and at 15 years old she began her first career as an egg processor. During this time she met Merle at a dance in 1949. They danced their way through life together until Merles passing in 2004. They have four children; Merle Jr. (Mick), Denny, Debbie and Ron. A lifelong work ethic for the Steinman children was given as both Vi and Merle taught them through their hard work and family first example. PRESENT Today the family is still at work every day participating in activities at Boulevard Park Place. Unfortunately, Merle passed in 2004, but that did not deter the Steinman family in continuing the dream of making Boulevard Park Place a
school’ chili, spaghetti, pies, and even Swedish pancakes at community events and auctions. HIGHLINE CONNECTION Presently Vi is reaching out to residents who live at the Union Gospel Mission residential campus next door to the Boulevard Park community. She has donated a large garden area so they can learn how to grow their own vegetables. She also enjoys working with some of the UGM residents and sharing gardening techniques and other useful skills as they transition into a new self-dependent phase of their lives. Larry is a great employee and example of Vi’s commitment to helping her community and those around her. If you see a red Toyota truck filled with tools (and often supplies) driving around the Burien area, it will very likely be Vi at the wheel. At 86 years young you can count on Vi showing up at Boulevard Park Place, early each morning, often six days a week, ready to tackle a new day of projects and activities with a smile on her face and greetings to all. If you are in the area, stop by and meet Vi. She will probably be found tending the gardens or painting an apartment… and if you are lucky, it might be dessert day!
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An estimated 100 million Americans experience problems with missing teeth such as the inability to smile with confidence, difficulty chewing, talking or laughing and embarrassment eating in public. The problem is more serious because tooth loss causes facial bone loss and collapse of facial structures creating an old person appearance. In extreme cases the jawbone continues to deteriorate and facial muscles change, causing the chin and nose to curve inward towards each other, resulting in a “witches beak” appearance. Wearing dentures actually accelerates this deterioration process. The solution is Dental Implant Treatment, today’s state of the art alternative to traditional methods of tooth replacement. Unlike dentures or partials, dental implants are teeth replacements that actually prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing. “As substitute tooth roots, dental implants provide virtually the same function as natural tooth roots: maintenance of bone and the preservation of facial structures,” says Dr. Robert Odegard DDS who provides implant and cosmetic dentistry in the Renton Highlands. “If a person
is going to lose a tooth or multiple teeth, they should have implants placed in order to prevent significant bone loss and to preserve their facial appearance.” says Dr. Odegard.
Dental implants can significantly improve the lives of people who wear dentures or partial dentures. With little or no discomfort, dental implants can be placed to secure the dentures
in the mouth or they can replace the denture all together. Because the dentures will no longer move or slip, the improvement in chewing and eating is immeasurable. Often the patient can keep their same dentures and have them snap on to the implants for improved retention and stability. The patient enjoys much more confidence and a better quality of life. Dental Implants have a 95-99% success rate, are painless to place and are one of the easiest procedures for the patient. Because they are made of titanium, they do not corrode, decay, or break down and they are biologically compatible. Once the teeth are attached to the implants it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between real teeth or implants in the way they bite, feel or look. The best part is that they impart a youthfulness to the person who has them and they preserve the persons facial bone for life. There really is no other dental tooth replacement that compares to dental implants. Dr. Odegard can be reached at 425-277-4000 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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vacancies are expected. Wesley Homes needed a solution to fill those short-term vacancies.
Five Highline College students are participating in the first Wesley Homes Students-in-Residence multigenerational program.
Highline College, now a four-year degree institution, needed student housing during a time when rental prices are continually rising. Plans are in place to build a dorm, but that housing is two to three years in the future.
“This is such a distinctive program,” said Wesley Homes Director of Sales and Community Relations Lynn Stapleton. “Students at Highline College are living on our Des Moines campus and interacting with residents by volunteering. It’s a win-win for both Highline and Wesley.”
“Highline was very enthusiastic about housing students in our apartments,” said Stapleton, “and Wesley has been building strong intergenerational programs. This level of engagement really shows our commitment to keeping our residents involved and supporting the greater community.”
Over the last few years, both Wesley and Highline College entered into periods of transformation and needed housing solutions. Wesley Homes Des Moines is in the midst of redeveloping the entire south side of its 42-acre campus. This redevelopment occurs in phases over several years and will replace The Gardens, the five-story apartment building. Until then,
“There’s a power to having a mixed population, a synergy that occurs,” said Meinecke. “Residents
Though Highline College initially evaluates the students for the program, the rental agreement is between Wesley and each student. In addition to paying $250 per month for their studio apartments, the students must be age 18 or over, currently enrolled at Highline College, pass a background check and tuberculin skin test by Wesley and spend 10 hours a week volunteering with residents. Those hours can include meals in the dining rooms, technology time, off-campus outings, fitness classes and more. The students’ monthly fee includes private rooms with a microwave and a refrigerator, one meal per day, utilities, Wi-Fi, housekeeping twice a month, free parking, access to on-campus fitness centers and spas, a storage locker and other amenities.
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...senior resource guide Ten essentials to consider when choosing your retirement home When choosing a retirement home, be sure to give some thought to these ten criteria. After all, finding the perfect place will take some shopping around. 1. Licensing Check that the retirement homes you visit are licensed.
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8. Food Does the menu appeal to you, and is the mealtime schedule convenient? Being able to look forward to your meals is a reasonable priority.
3. Facilities Assess your level of autonomy. Do you need a lift or a wheelchair ramp? 4. Security Are there fire sprinklers in your apartment or a security guard in the building? What do you need to feel safe? 5. Accessibility Would you like to live near your children? And which businesses or services do you want close by? 6. Assistance Does the home offer the kind of assistance you need? This is important if you require help to take a bath or to get dressed in the morning.
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were found to walk over 20 minutes more a day than seniors who did not have canine companions at home. The study documented three key conclusions: 1. Dog owners walked further and for longer than non-dog owners. 2. Dog owners were more likely to reach recommended activity levels. 3. Dog owners had fewer periods of
...senior resource guide sitting down. “Older adult dog owners are more active than those without dogs and are also more likely to meet government recommendations for daily physical activity,” said Nancy Gee, human animal interaction researcher at Waltham. “We are learning more every day about the important roles pets play in our lives, so it’s no surprise that pets are now in more than 84 million households. It’s great to recognize how pets can help improve seniors’ lives.” Walking with your pup can help both the pet and owner get in shape. Pets can keep older adults active and even help them meet the recommended public health guidelines for weekly physical activity. According to the study, on average, dog owners more often participated in 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity and achieved 2,760 additional steps. However, the benefits of pet ownership go beyond physical activity. It’s no secret that pets provide
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...senior resource guide computers have this capability, and then put it to use. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to say hello and see everyone’s smiling faces digitally, if you can’t do it in person! • Stay in touch on the go. When it comes to connecting with loved ones near or far, you need reliable, affordable cell service. Relish in those special family moments with TracFone. With plans on America’s two largest and most dependable networks, TracFone gives grandparents, families and friends an affordable way to stay in touch through photos, videos, texts, email, social media and of course, a phone call. Stay connected with great, easy-touse phones like the Alcatel Pop ICON smartphone or, thanks to TracFone’s new Bring Your Own Phone program, you can keep your compatible or unlocked smartphone and enjoy blazing fast 4G LTE speeds on low-cost plans - all without a contract. • Get social with your media. Social media isn’t just for the younger generation. Grandparents across the country are using sites like Facebook and Instagram to connect with friends and family that live far away. The best part is your grandkids are more than likely already using these platforms, so it’s easy for them to connect with you. Aside from communication, these channels are also a great way to stay up to speed on everything
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