Living Well 60+ May/June 2019

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A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR YOUR GENERATION MAY / JUNE 2019 VOL. 15 ISSUE 2

ENTERTAINMENT • HEALTH • BARGAINS • LIFESTYLE

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Contents

May/June 2019 Living Well 60+ is a proud product of

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Bath Remodeling Adds Flare, Increases Home Value

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REAL ESTATE: Downsizing Offers Plenty of Benefits

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INDEPENDENT LIVING: Green Space Benefits Aging Population

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Senior Adults Opt for Bariatric Surgery

Brian Lord / Publisher David Bryan Blondell / Golf & Special Sections Director Jennifer Lord / Customer Relations Specialist Barry Lord / Sales Representative

11 ELDER LAW: Planning After a Life-Altering Diagnosis

Anastassia Zikkos / Sales Representative Kim Wade / Sales Representative

12 A Bus Tour Can Take You on an Exciting Adventure 15 HEARING WELL: Hearing Aids vs. Over-the-Counter Devices 16 EVENTS CALENDAR 18 SENIOR SERVICES DIRECTORY 20 FAMILY VISION: Macular Degeneration 23 FUNERAL: Never too Early to Plan for Retirement

26 CAREGIVER’S CORNER: How to Foster Resilience as a Caregiver 28 Do You Need a Will?

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Dear Friends, One of the articles in this issue of Living Well 60+ made me think of a poem I learned many years ago: The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth. One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.

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I wish I was a gardener. I wish I could grow beautiful flowers and herbs. But alas, I do not have the gift of a green thumb. Nevertheless, I enjoy seeing flowers and I admire other people’s gardening skills. The author of this particular article says people who garden keep up the practice throughout their lives and they are all the better for it. And people who spend time

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Bath Remodeling Adds Flare, Increases Home Value

B E S U R E T O H I R E A R E P U TA B L E R E M O D E L E R by Jamie Lober, Staff Writer

Spring is a time for renewal and fresh ideas, and your bathroom should be no exception. Some people want to create a dream bath while others just want to make a small but noticeable upgrade. Whether it’s big or small, there is something you can do to add some extra function, newness or even flare to this important room. The first step to getting started is finding a reputable remodeler. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth. Consider referrals from friends or neighbors. You may also check with the Better Business Bureau to find out ratings and learn if a business has received any complaints. Most important of is to verify the company is licensed, bonded and insured. This means it is a cut above the rest. Sometimes you may receive additional reassurance if the company is a member of a trade organization because it means its owners and workers continue to learn and meet the strictest requirements.

Call several remodelers and schedule consultations to gauge your feelings on each one and ensure you are comfortable with the one you hire. Ask for references. Remember the cheapest bid is not always the best in the long run – you want top-quality work. There is an option for every budget ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 and more. You can get a new look with fresh paint, a new commode and faucets. You can splurge on a new bathtub or go allout with cabinets, lighting and granite countertops. Walk-in tubs are a hot new craze that will add comfort, convenience and luxury all at once. If you want to focus on the bathtub, decide whether you want a new replacement tub with special features or if you prefer to convert your tub into a spa-like shower with custom seating. A bath liner – an acrylic form that fits right over the existing bathtub – is much more cost-friendly than investing in a new tub. One consideration is whether you need the bathroom to be handicapped accessible. This means you need to take the time to assess the BATH continued on next page

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One consideration is whether you need the bathroom to be handicap accessible.

size of your space. The Americans with Disabilities Act recommends 5-foot-radius turnarounds for wheelchairs. The top of the sink should be 32 to 34 inches from the floor with at least 27 inches of clearance for a wheelchair. As you do your planning with safety in mind, there are accommodations that can help. Improving your lighting to make it brighter is a small modification that makes a huge difference. Skid-resistant surfaces can prevent slips and falls. A raised toilet seat can be more accessible and comfortable. Grab bars or rails, seating and a handheld showerhead in the shower can put you at greater ease. Once you have decided on your wants and needs, get everything in writing, including a detailed quote and a materials list so you know what to expect. While a new look is very exciting, don’t forget along with the process comes tools, dirt, dust and noise. Cover any furniture in advance to avoid damage or and secure all valuables. Be aware of how long the project may take. Good results do not always happen overnight, but when you have a well-laid-out plan and a trustworthy, reliable remodeler, it will be worth it. You’ll surely have the benefits of better style, function and value in your home.

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REAL ESTATE

Downsizing Offers Plenty of Benefits by Lura Justice, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, e-Pro, SRES, Rector Hayden Realtors® Herb and Mary have moved several times in their 61 years of marriage. While their recent home provided easy living with everything they needed on the first level, they realized it had too much space and was too much work for them. They also wanted a community with activities and opportunities to interact with people who have similar interests. Mary and Herb have lived in a variety of homes over the years and recognized that their housing needs were changing. While they have moved many times, it seemed that they had never gotten rid of anything in the last 60 years! They wondered how they would ever get moved into a new home and enjoy the benefits of a new community. Mary and Herb realized needed help and they contacted professionals they had used in the past to help sort, pack and move the belongings they wanted to keep. The remaining items were given to family members, donated or thrown away. Then, to make the best decision, they evaluated their current and long term housing needs. Herb and Mary chose a smaller home in a wonderful community. Their new home features the convenience of one story living with universal design options like walk in showers and counter surfaces at a functional level. Also, the new community offers a maintenance package for all the tasks that had become so overwhelming like yard mowing, weeding tree trimming, cleaning gutters, house cleaning and changing light bulbs. In addi-

tion to a terrific new home that meets their needs, the community also offers many activities and social events to keep residents involved. Mary and Herb have more advice for those considering “rightsizing”: Move while you can make your own choices. Don’t wait until you cannot make the decisions and must rely on someone that won’t consider what you want. Someone else won’t know where your want to live or which belongings you want to keep. Some of your most prized memories may get thrown away. Here are some more insights from Herb and Mary: Q: What was the most overwhelming or difficult part of owning your own home? A: The yard work and all the maintenance. We like to do things ourselves, and there are some things we have always been able to do but can’t anymore. While Mary took over all the home maintenance as some tasks became too much for Herb, he recognized he could hire someone to do the work. (There are still times Mary is inclined to do it herself.) Q: When did you realize your home was too much for you? A: The yard work with mowing and weeding was too much for Mary. For Herb it was other maintenance chores, and his balance was not as steady as before, so he needed to stop doing tasks that required a ladder.

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Q: When did you realize you needed to downsize? A: One day Herb caught his heel on the corner of a step in the garage and twisted his knee. This injury was worse than a broken leg. Mary realized it was time to investigate other housing options. She recognized Herb’s health was declining and wanted a better place for them to live. In a seven-year period, doing routine activities such as taking out the trash and carrying items down the steps, they had four broken legs between them. It was time to move! Q: What are the benefits of living in a home that is the right size? A: We kept the things that were most important to us and eliminated the extra things we accumulated over our lifetime. Also, we gained a greater sense of community, good conversation and a variety of activities. Q: How did you prepare your home to sell? A: General de-cluttering. We asked family members and friends to consider taking any of the extra items that were meaningful to them. We also donated some items and threw away items that were in disrepair or were really just junk. Q: Do you think it was helpful using professionals during the move? A: It pays to get help! The Justice Group helped with preparing our home to sell so we were able to get the price we wanted and the extra time we needed to move into our new home. We also hired a company to help us pack, move our belongings and unpack for us in our new home. In their experience, The Justice Group has noticed some common concerns for folks who are downsizing: evaluating personal housing needs, the difficulty in getting rid of all the things collected over the years, the realization about how infrequently they need enough beds for visitors and the challenges of keeping up with cleaning and maintenance chores. No matter what specific concerns you have or simply not knowing where to get started, it is important to realize there are terrific professionals like The Justice Group that can assist you with your goals. Most importantly, the long-term benefit of rightsizing is a happier life for you.

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INDEPENDENT LIVING

Green Space Benefits Aging Population by Nisa Hanna, Ashland Terrace Retirement Home

We hear about it often in the media: There is no disputing spending time outdoors is advantageous for physical and mental health, regardless of how many years we have under our belts. Most of us have noticed feeling refreshed after taking a walk on a brisk spring morning or getting some fresh air in a local park. This free activity – spending time in nature – can potentially have even larger impacts as we age. What makes being in nature so helpful for mature adults? Nature Sacred, an organization that helps communities create public green spaces, cites several studies that found the following benefits1: • Older adults going through major life changes, such as loss of a spouse or chronic disease, were able to cope better with stressors if they were able to visit nearby parks. • Isolation and loneliness due to loss of friends and family can be lessened through gardening or simply connecting with neighbors in green spaces. • Alzheimer’s patients who participate in horticultural therapy (light gardening activities) have been shown to have higher levels of functioning than those who do not participate. • Retirement home residents who spend 30 minutes or more in outdoor green spaces reported less fear of falling and less depression. The above list is only a fraction of the published research regarding older adults and nature activities. Heeding this advice,

Lexington plans to make green space a priority in future development. Lexington’s Comprehensive Plan, which details longterm goals the city hopes to attain through systematic steps, has listed providing “adequate green space for all neighborhoods within walking distance” as an objective.2 While the city is planning on incorporating more greenery into the daily life of its citizens, Ashland Terrace Retirement Home has already done so. As an employee of Ashland Terrace, I see the benefits of access to a public garden for older women. We take great pride in Ric’s Garden, named after our previous executive director of 23 years and current gardener, Ric McGee. Twenty years ago, this public cutting garden was designed to be accessible for our residents. Wide, level walking paths, seating options throughout, raised herb and cutting beds and two relaxing water features were crafted for the women who call Ashland Terrace home and visitors who stop by. Residents are free to meander through the garden at their leisure and are encouraged to help maintain it. Often, we find an individual visiting to inquire about becoming a resident has already seen or heard about our garden long before she has considered moving in. Many current residents of Ashland Terrace spend in the garden because gardening is something they have enjoyed their entire lives. Violet, a resident of Ashland Terrace for three years, says she has always spent quite a bit of her time out in nature. She frequents Ric’s Garden at least twice a week in the warmer months. “There is just something about the fresh air that makes me feel better,” she said. She appreciates the quiet of the garden, but she also likes the opportunity it provides for

visiting with other residents and community members. Jean, a resident of six years who is legally blind, has played a vital role in the upkeep of the raised herb beds in Ric’s Garden. Known as the “Herb Lady” in the area of Louisiana she once called home, Jean has not let her lack of vision keep her from working in the garden. She says being able to get outside helps her worry less. Jean, as you might expect from a lifelong gardener, feels being indoors all day is confining. When she is not working, she likes to sit in the garden to take in the sunshine and listen to the birds and identify their various calls. Both residents say they could not imagine life at Ashland Terrace without the community garden. It has become an integral part of not only resident and staff life, but also an important part of the community. As someone who works in the senior services industry, I look forward to the day when all older adults have access to green spaces like Ric’s Garden. For more information about Ric’s Garden and Ashland Terrace, please call (859) 266-2581 or email info@ashlandterrace.org. Sources:

1. Nature Sacred, https://naturesacred.org 2. Lexington Fayette Urban County Government – Comprehensive Plan, www.lexingtonky.gov/comprehensiveplan About the Author:

Nisa Hanna is the assistant director of Ashland Terrace Retirement Home, located in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Lexington. She and her husband were married in Ric’s Garden in 2017.

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Senior Adults Opt for Bariatric Surgery

Mildred walked the entire length of the hall to her doctor’s office, opened the door, paid her copay and took her seat in the waiting area. When her name was called, she arose and met the doctor in the examination room, smiling brightly. “Why, Mildred, what is this? You are walking! I don’t believe it! Only two months ago, you were wheelchair bound. You’ve made remarkable progress,” said Dr. Miller, opening Mildred’s chart. “Let’s see, it’s been six months since your surgery. You have lost over 80 pounds. Your diabetes is no longer an issue as your blood sugar and A1Cs are well within the normal range. You were taken off your insulin and your blood pressure medication last month and here you are, still doing well, doing even better.” Mildred is one of a growing number of formerly obese geriatric patients who were finding it hard to get around and were having many limitations and chronic conditions because of weight-related issues. Some have had bariatric surgery and found a better quality of life. Over 3 million Americans are afflicted with severe obesity. Of equal concern are the other chronic issues that often accompany obesity that plague these individuals. Severe obesity affects virtually every system of the body. Hypertension, renal failure, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiac failure, atherosclerosis, arthritis and an increased prevalence of cancers are some of the many chronic diseases obese patients face.

All these diseases are helped by bariatric surgery, often with total and permanent remission. The remarkable effect of this type of surgery is the full and rapid remission of type 2 diabetes, a disease considered chronic and unalterable. It is not unusual to see a patient like Mildred, who had been in a wheelchair, now able to move about even without a cane, or to have a patient reduce their medication list by half. Most striking is the reduction in the prevalence of cancer in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Bariatric/metabolic surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity according to study titled “Bariatric Surgery in Elderly Populations: A Systematic Review.” The efficacy of bariatric procedures in the induction and maintenance of weight loss is largely superior to that obtainable by current medical therapies, the article notes. The surgery results in greater weight loss and improvement in weight-associated comorbidities (chronic conditions related to obesity) compared with nonsurgical interventions, regardless of the type of procedure used. Despite these facts, there continues to be controversy regarding the wisdom of bariatric surgery for older people. Some say age 55 years is the limit for choice in this surgery; others say the cutoff is age 60. Others say these patients benefit less than their younger counterparts. The National Institutes of Health says there is some evidence that shows elderly patients lose less weight from bariatric surgery than younger patients. In some studies, younger bariatric patients have better comorbidity, mortality and weight-loss outcomes compared to

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Protocols and safety issues must be addressed by Jean Jeffers, Staff Writer

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older patients. Surgical indications for elderly patients should be carefully considered although weight loss and reduction in comorbidities of patients older than 55 years might be comparable to the general bariatric surgery population. Bariatric surgery is being performed on patients in their 70s without any ill effects. Guidelines and protocols must be followed and safety issues must be addressed. The type of bariatric surgery does not matter in older adults; they offer equal degrees of improvement for the individual’s condition. More studies are needed to discern the side effects, precautions needed by these patients and

what age is truly a cut-off point. There is ample evidence from the literature to show the efficacy of this procedure in older adults. Until better approaches become available, bariatric surgery is the therapy of choice for patients with severe obesity. Sources:

National Institutes of Health (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) About the Author:

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She has just published her first novel, “Journey Toward Healing,” available on Amazon.

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by Bluegrass ElderLaw

Whether it is Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Huntington’s, ALS, MS or another illness, when a family member has been dealt a lifealtering diagnosis, it changes the way you must plan for the future. The family of someone who has received such a diagnosis should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Even if the individual with the diagnosis is cognitively impaired, it does not mean they cannot be part of the planning process. Many times, the impaired individual can be actively involved. Powers-of-Attorney

Individuals should immediately make sure they have current Powers-of-Attorney for legal and health care. A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease does not mean a person is no longer competent to sign POAs. He or she may still be legally competent to sign legal documents. (We suggest you consult an elder law attorney to discuss the legal definition of “competency.”) You should carefully consider what authority is necessary to give an attorney-in-fact or an agent. Does the agent need authority to buy or sell real property, make gifts or manage business affairs? Powers-of-attorney should be as specific as possible. Each person should have at least one back-up agent in addition to the primary one on their POA. In

the case of spouses, if one member of the couple is impaired, you should consider adding multiple back-up agents. You want to be sure if the non-impaired spouse meets an untimely end, there is another person who is able to assist the impaired spouse.

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without the burden of crisis legal planning. These recommendations are also great for couples and individuals who have not received a diagnosis. However, any family facing an uncertain future should consult a qualified elder law attorney to make sure they are taking the right steps for their specific situation.

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by Jamie Lober, Staff Writer

If you’re thinking about traveling near or far, a bus tour just may be the thing for you to investigate. The best part about a bus tour is you can sit back, kick up your feet and leave the driving to someone else.

Whether you choose to join your church group, garden club or best friend or go solo, there’s bound to be a trip for you wherever you’re bound. Wondering if such a journey can be beneficial? The AARP says bus travel is more scenic, less stressful, safer and less tiring than numerous other modes of travel, and you can meet interesting people. For the beginner, you may want to try a few day trips. For the sea-


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soned bus traveler, there are trips that can last up to three weeks. To get started, ask yourself where you want to go and how long you wish to be away. It all may come down to your budget. A good place to start is by talking to friends who have been on this kind of an adventure. AAA is a great resource; they will provide maps, brochures and ideas and can handle all your arrangements to make planning simple.

Decide if you are thrill seeking or just looking for rest and relaxation. This will narrow down the best options for your trip. Consider the time of year and special events such as art festivals, antique hunting, city tours or distillery or museum visits. If you want to expand your horizons, some popular bus tours take vacationers to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., the majestic scenery of Niagara Falls

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in New York or the music and vibe of Nashville. National parks are always a big draw as well. The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and the Mojave Desert offer breathtaking views and photo opportunities that will be unforgettable. Your tour director will accompany you during the trip and share valuable insights about how to spend your unscheduled time. You will usually travel and eat with your group. While most expenses

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are covered, be prepared to buy things such as alcohol and souvenirs or to participate in unscheduled activities such as golf. Many tour companies cater to the needs of seniors, so if you have special medical requirements or need a wheelchair, let the company know in advance so the staff can take good care of you. For those who are lifelong learners, organizations such as Elderhostel offer educational programs as part of your bus tour. Elderhostel has tours in both the states and abroad. Some options

you may consider include an expedition to the North Pole, a trip to Mongolia, Greek Island hopping and visits to Western Russia and the Arctic. If you’re looking for something more mainstream, there are bus tours across England that are equally enjoyable. Adventures that don’t involve learning to navigate a new city, renting a car or potentially getting lost in new surroundings await. Consider the unlimited opportunities you may not have explored. Exciting activities, sights and sounds come along with taking a bus tour of your choice.

Sit back, kick up your feet and leave the driving to someone else.


HEARING WELL

Hearing Aids vs. Overthe-Counter Devices: Why Does One Cost So Much More? by Dr. Tiffany Brewer One of the most common questions I get after recommending hearing aid technology to a patient is: Why are they so expensive? This question not only stems from pricing advertised by local hearing healthcare providers, but also over-the-counter (OTC) devices that can be purchased for a fraction of the cost. Many patients will look at the dollar amount and focus on it. There is so much more to take into consideration when investing in the appropriate technology. The true value of amplification is overlooked when someone focuses on the bottom line only. Let’s talk about some of the major differences between hearing aids and OTC devices that may shed some light onto this cost discrepancy. CHEAP HEARING AIDS ARE … CHEAP Did you know OTC hearing aids are usually not true hearing aids? Soon legislation will be in effect to help consumers understand what they are purchasing, but because no regulations are being enforced at this time, consumers are often being very misled. A hearing aid is a device programmed specifically to a hearingloss prescription. Each frequency within the hearing aid is adjusted independently to make sure the patient is getting the volume they need when they need it. How does this differ from OTC options? These are essentially amplifiers. All frequencies are being either turned up or down, with no individuality. This can cause patients to feel low-frequency sounds are too loud or high-frequency sounds are too soft. Not to mention there is danger some sounds can cause even more hearing loss because the settings are at unsafe levels.

WHAT ABOUT BACKGROUND NOISE? I am going to be the bearer of some bad news here, but it’s the honest truth: There is absolutely no way to completely get rid of background noise. I hear people promise this to patients all the time and it breaks my heart and infuriates me both at the same time. The reason we cannot get rid of background noise is because the devices are turned on. In order for the device to understand what sounds it needs to make louder, the microphones have to be working. This means noise is going to slip into the microphones as well. Think about your ears and brain. They are always on, but when the sound is sent to your brain, it decides what to focus on and what to ignore. The same is true for hearing aids. OTC devices do not have the appropriate technology within them to separate speech sounds from noise. Because of this, there is no way for the devices to effectively lessen the amount of noise being heard. Hearing aids, because of their advanced technology, have the ability to differentiate background noise from the intended speech signal. The microphones within the hearing aids sample the environment every few milliseconds, making changes based on what is heard. When background noise is recognized, specific algorithms go into effect to help lessen the amount of background noise while increasing the intentional speech signal, thus creating an improved signal-to-noise ratio. This has significantly helped patients in more complex listening environments. PROGRAMMING CAPABILITIES What happens when the OTC device breaks? Can the buyer send

it in for repair? And where do they go for help with their questions? Local providers are unable to answer questions regarding such devices because we have no programming capabilities. It’s not because we don’t want to; it’s because the devices are not capable of being programmed. Purchasing hearing aids from a hearing healthcare provider affords a completely different experience. Typically hearing aids come with a two- to three-year warranty for repairs. If there are questions, that provider should be able to answer them via phone or email. Like most providers I know, I welcome questions. We want our patients to understand everything there is to know about the hearing aids they are wearing! PROFESSIONAL ADVICE A local audiologist is the best place to start. On top of the technological differences, part of the reason for investing more in hearing aids is because of the service you will receive. When fitting a patient with hearing aids, providers take time to ensure the patient understands the hearing aid technology, how the device works, all the parts and pieces, how to insert and remove it, how to change batteries ... the list goes on – and that is just at the first appointment. Hearing aid verification is also completed to ensure the hearing aids are actually doing what they are supposed to do. This allows the audiologist to confirm the patient is getting as much benefit as possible. Adjusting to the hearing aids may take a few appointments, but those adjustments are done with ease because of this advanced technology. Fine tuning ultimately allows providers to give patients the listening experience they want and deserve.

AN AUDIOLOGIST CAN HELP Finding the right professional is a personal decision. No matter who you chose, be confident in that choice. Make sure the hearing healthcare professional is willing to take the time to answer your questions and guide you through the process of better hearing. A trusted and valued relationship with your educated professional will make all the difference. About the Author

Dr. Tiffany Brewer completed her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Brewer specializes in diagnostic audiologic evaluations as well as hearing-aid services, including selection, fitting and follow-up care. She thrives on patient success and is passionate about providing patients with as much information as possible so they can make an informed treatment decision.

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Lexington Area Parkinson’s Support Group Free daytime and evening discussion groups for people with PD and their care partners. Daytime meetings held the 4th Monday of each month at noon. Evening meetings held on 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Both group meetings held at Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington, KY. For more details contact Elaine at 859-277-1040 or by email info@parkinsonslexington. com. Please visit www. parkinsonslexington.com for details and other free events held by LAPSG.

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About the Directory Living Well 60+ is striving to make your search for local senior services a bit easier. We know there are many companies available to assist seniors in central Kentucky – so many that beginning a search to fit your need can seem like a daunting task. That’s why our directory features a collection of local companies and organizations who have a solid track record of providing exceptional assistance. We hope it becomes a useful starting point in your search for quality senior services.

Funeral Arrangement & Pre-Planning Legal Services Home Repair & Maintenance Skilled Nursing Facilities, Personal Care Homes, Long-Term Care Senior Independent Living & Retirement Housing Real Estate / Rent- Subsidized Housing For Independent Living Moving, Estate Sales, Downsizing Services Fitness, Healthy Eating & Healthy Living Healthcare, Medicare Help and Insurance Vision Care


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HOME REPAIR & MAINTENANCE

YMCA of Central Kentucky

Mountain Waterfalls

1221 S. Broadway Lexington, KY 40504 859-258-4000

239 E. High St. Lexington, KY 40502 859-254-9622 ymcaofcentralky.org

Award-Winning Water Features 859-684-0642 www.mountainwaterfalls.net

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Drayer Physical Therapy Institute: Winchester Center

Lexington Clinic

Accessible Home Care 366 Waller Ave. Ste. 112 Lexington, KY 40504 859-313-5167 www.accessiblebluegrass.com

Alliance Medical & Home Care 3716 Willow Ridge Road Lexington, KY 40514 859-296-9525 www.alliancelexington.com

Assisting Hands 1795 Alysheba Way, Ste. 7105 Lexington, KY 40509 859-264-0646 www.assistinghands.com/lexington

Senior Helpers of the Bluegrass 3070 Harrodsburg Rd. Ste. 240 Lexington, KY 40503 859-296-2525 www.seniorhelpers.com/lexington

Seniors Helping Seniors Where seniors who want to help are matched w/ seniors looking for help

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IN HOME MEDICAL CARE Medi-Calls 1055 Wellington Way #215 Lexington, KY 40513 859-422-4369

Saint Joseph Home Health 2464 Fortune Dr. Ste. 110 Lexington, KY 40509 859-277-5111 www.saintjosephanchomecare.com

160 Pedro Way 859-745-2152 www.drayerpt.com

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute: Richmond Center 1054 Center Drive, Ste. 1 859-625-0600 www.drayerpt.com

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute: Lexington Perimeter Center 600 Perimeter Drive, Ste. 175 859-268-1201 www.drayerpt.com

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute: Lexington Beaumont Center 1010 Monarch Street, Ste. 150 859-219-0211 www.drayerpt.com

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES & MONITORING SYSTEMS Baptist Health Lifeline 859-260-6214 www.baptisthealth.com/lexington

FINANCES & ESTATE PLANNING, TRUSTS/WILLS, REVERSE MORTGAGE Attorney Walter C. Cox, Jr & Assoc. LLC 2333 Alexandria Dr. 859-514-6033 www.waltercoxlaw.com info@waltercoxlaw.com

LEGAL SERVICES Bluegrass Elder Law 120 North Mill Street, Ste 300 859-281-0048 www.bgelderlaw.com

SENIOR INDEPENDENT LIVING & RETIREMENT HOUSING Mayfair Village 3310 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington, KY 40502 859-266-2129 www.mayfairseniors.com

Windsor Gardens of Georgetown Assisted Living 100 Windsor Path Georgetown, KY 40324 502-570-0540 marsha@goodworksunlimited.com

Rose Mary C. Brooks Place 200 Rose Mary Dr. Winchester, KY 40391 859-745-4904 www.brooksplace.org

The Lafayette 690 Mason Headley Rd. 859-278-9080 www.lafayettelexington.com

Ashland Terrace 475 S. Ashland Ave. Lexington, KY 40502 859-266-2581 www.ashlandterrace.org

Hometown Manor Assisted Living Community Georgetown, Lawrenceburg, Shelbyville 859-229-5914 www.hometownmanor.com

St Andrews Retirement Community 300 Stocker Dr. 859-625-1400 www.standrewsplace.org

Hometown Manor Assisted Living Communities 2141 Executive Drive, Lexington (859) 317-8439 www.hometownmanor.com

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FAMILY VISION

MACULAR DEGENERATION LEADING CAUSE OF VISION LOSS by Dr. Rick Graebe, Family Eyecare Associates and Vision Therapy

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the macula, an area inside the back of the eye in the center of the retina. This is where the eye focuses for recognizing faces and reading. The retina records images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. AMD occurs when the central portion of the retina begins to deteriorate, affecting a person’s ability to read, drive, recognize faces or colors and see objects in fine detail. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. According to one source, the prevalence of AMD is estimated to reach epidemic proportions of 6.3 million Americans by the year 2030. There are two types of AMD, wet and dry. Wet AMD is a progression of dry AMD, not a separate condition. Macular degeneration begins when waste products, called drusen, build up

under the macula. This is called severe form, the condition causes dry AMD; it causes blurring and the patient to lose central vision distorts vision. As the condition completely. People with very progress, abnormal blood vesadvanced AMD are considered sels grown beneath and into the legally blind, although they may retina, causing retain peripheral swelling, bleedAs you grow older, vision. ing and changes Treatment may in vision. This is include an opit becomes more called wet AMD tion called laser important to have photocoagulabecause the abnormal blood or photodyregular eye exams. tion vessels begin namic therapy to leak. Most (PDT). Another people have dry AMD. treatment involves injecting the Risk factors for AMD include patient with a drug activated by a age, genetics and environment, laser that selectively destroys and although research has not yet seals the leaking blood vessels. been able to show exactly why Although it is not a cure, the drug the cells in the macula begin to and laser treatment can probdeteriorate. Smoking doubles the ably slow the rate of vision loss. risk of developing AMD. Some sight may be retained, but At present, AMD is incurable. lost sight cannot be restored. The In early stages, it does not affect most common and effective treatvision, but as the disease proment for wet AMD is anti-VEGF gresses, patients may have wavy therapy, which entails injecting a or blurred vision. For instance, chemical called vascular endothe straight edge of a door or thelial growth factor directly into sentences on a page in a book the eye. It inhibits the formation seem wavy. You may also notice of new blood vessels behind a gray or dark area in the center the retina and may keep it from of your visual field. In its most leaking.

As you grow older, it becomes more important to have regular eye exams. That is how most cases of AMD are detected. A specific test looks for drusen and pigment or color changes in the retina that may signal AMD. Your eye doctor may have you print out and use an Amsler grid with which you can discern visual changes that might indicate AMD. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.

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SERVICE DIRECTORY, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Morning Pointe Senior Living Residences 233 Ruccio Way, Lexington 40503 859-554-0060 Lexington East Facility 150 Shoreside Dr., Lexington 859-721-0350 The Lantern (Alzheimer’s Care) 225 Ruccio Way, Lexington 40503 859-309-4867 www.morningpointe.com

REAL ESTATE / RENT-SUBSIDIZED HOUSING FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING Turf Town Properties, Inc. 124 Kentucky Ave. Lexington, KY 40502 859-268-4663 www.turftown.com

Briarwood Apartments 1349 Centre Parkway Lexington, KY 40517 859-272-3421 glickco.com

REAL ESTATE The Justice Group at Rector Hayden Realtors

Hall’s Moving Service, Inc. SENIORS SAVE 5% 258 E. 2nd Street, Lexington 859-231-0428

Home Care by Seniors for Seniors

FITNESS, HEALTHY EATING & HEALTHY LIVING Yoga Health & Therapy Center 322 West Second St. Lexington, KY 40507 859-254-9529 www.yogahealthcenter.org

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FUNERAL

NEVER TOO EARLY TO

PLAN FOR RETIREMENT by Mary Gateway, Funeral Director

Whether you’re a boomer or the child of a boomer, you may have started talking about the next 10, 20 or even 30 years and planning for the retirement years. If you have already had the retirement conversation and started planning, congratulations – you are doing yourself and your family a favor by considering and possibly making decisions about the many choices you have available to you. If you haven’t, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. I highly encourage you to start learning about, thinking about and discussing your future retirement with your family so they aren’t left in the dark wondering what Mom or Dad prefers. Finding a way to start talking with loved ones about retirement and the future is the difficult part. Here are a few topics to start with: Retirement Age

Just because you can retire at age 65 years doesn’t mean you have to or want to. Many people choose to work beyond retirement not because they need to but simply because their job is their passion. If you enjoy working, you should continue doing so. Perhaps consider cutting back your days

so you can pursue other activities you enjoy or always wanted to do. If you are ready to throw in the towel and can afford to do so, by all means retire and enjoy life. Finances

If you’re going to retire, you certainly need to know how you will cover your expenses. No matter how old you are, it is a good idea to meet with a professional who can help you get your financial affairs in order. Legal Affairs

Have you written a will or set up a trust? Do you need to deal with other legal affairs? If not, when you die, your family is likely to spend a lot of time and money in probate court handling your legal and financial affairs. Take time now to finalize your legal affairs. You can always make changes. Healthcare

Will your children or home health care take care of you in your home or theirs? Is it time to downsize so you can live in your own home longer? If necessary, do you have a specific independent senior living or nursing home where you’d prefer to live? Senior living facilities are popping up all over town. Similar to the drugstore boom, the need for senior living facilities is greater than ever. If you haven’t, now is a great time to schedule a tour so

you can find facilities you prefer if you should need to get more personalized care. Funeral/Life Celebration

While no one really likes to plan for death, it is one of those things on the “have to” list. That is, if your goal is to ease the burden on your family. There are literally over 100 decisions that need to be made at the time of a person’s death. Planning in advance is simply a responsible thing to do and one your children will greatly appreciate. Things to consider include whether you will pay for the funeral/life celebration now or through life insurance and specifying what you want done with your remains (burial or cremation) and where you want them placed, as well as how you’d like your life celebrated. Planning all these aspects allows your family more time to grieve their loss at the time of your death. Activities

Retirement does not have to be the equivalent of sitting in front of the television all these remaining years. It can be if you want, but it can also be filled with a lot of enjoyment with friends and family. It could include traveling, volunteering, reading or quilting, exercising, caring for grandchildren, attending spiritual activities, cooking and so much more. The choice is yours. Enjoy

life to its fullest. But also learn about the resources available to you and your family for your retirement. The need for senior resources varies widely depending on how independent or codependent an individual is during his or her senior years. The Lexington community offers a spectrum of services to seniors. In fact, there seems to be more senior services than ever before. Our community is preparing for an increased demand from boomers who have or are about to enter their retirement years along with their parents who are living longer than previous generations. ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Gateway has been a funeral director at Milward Funeral Directors for 15 years. Milward, the 37th oldest continuously operating family business in the United States, has three locations in Lexington. Mary can be reached at the Broadway location, 159 North Broadway; by email mgatewood@milwardfuneral.com; or by calling (859) 252-3411.

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Email Essentials

Keeping in touch electronically by Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer

Email, short for electronic mail, is messages sent and received via the Internet. There are basic core features to each email account. The inbox is the primary area of an email account. This is where new incoming messages appear. They remain here after you open and read them until you either delete them or move them into a folder. To open an email, click on either the sender’s name or the email subject. At the top of the page, above the message viewing window, are tabs labeled Delete, Junk or Move To. These options move a message to that designated folder. If Spam or Junk is chosen, whoever sent that email will forever be considered Spam. Spam includes emails about Viagra or that infamous wealthy prince from Nigeria. It’s a good idea to periodically look in the spam folder for emails you expect or if someone says they sent you an email and you haven’t received it. Common pre-set folders include Drafts, Sent and Trash. Drafts are emails you have written but not sent. The Sent folder contains all the emails you have successfully sent; this is handy if a recipient says they didn’t receive your email. Some email accounts will automatically delete these messages after a certain amount of time; others will keep them all until you delete them. The Trash folder contains deleted emails. In addition to the standard folders, nearly every email account lets you create your own custom folders. These can help you organize the different areas of your business or personal life. For example, you could have a folder labeled Receipts, Paid Bills or Work. Addresses are entered in the Address Book. Most accounts offer a convenient check-and-add system when you compose an email and enter an email address. Most email services are free, although there are paid services that offer more security and privacy protection. The most popular free email accounts include Gmail (Google), Yahoo and Outlook. Free email providers that offer encryption include ProtonMail, Sendinc and Tutanota. Encrypted emails cannot be read by anyone other than the intended recipient(s) except through authentication. Only the most dedicated of hackers will be able to decrypt the emails, thus ensuring privacy. This could be helpful if you’re sending an email to someone about where an extra key to your home is hidden. Encryption requires a certificate to digitally sign your message, which can stave off spam and malware sent in your name. Matters that require a high level of security and privacy would be better served by paying for a more robust encryption email provider. To get access to your email account(s) on your cell phones, download the email provider’s app onto your device.

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CAREGIVER’S CORNER

How to Foster Resilience as a Caregiver Enhance your ability to cope with changes and challenges

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Although it has its rewards, caring for a chronically ill or frail older relative can be physically, psychologically and emotionally demanding. The caregiving journey is particularly challenging when it continues over a long period of time and the care recipient has a progressive disease, complex needs, a demanding personality or mental impairment. Some caregivers seem to cope better than others with the ups and downs of providing care. The reasons can be varied, but one of

them has to do with resilience. The MerriamWebster dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” If you are a caregiver, learn how to foster resilience. It can help you cope with the ongoing stress and periodic crises involved in caring for someone who has a chronic illness. Here are some strategies you can use: • Accept the reality of your care recipient’s disease. Denial will prevent you from moving forward. • Learn as much as possible about the illness and its management and educate family


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and friends to help them understand. Being informed is empowering. • Hope for the best possible outcome but prepare for the worst-case scenario. • Pick your battles; don’t make a major issue out of every concern. • Use positive self-talk. Emphasize phrases such as “I can,” “I will” and “I choose.” • Do things that bring inner peace, such as meditating, reading, writing in a journal or listening to music. • Create a relaxation room or corner in your home – a tranquil spot you can retreat to in order to rejuvenate. • Develop a calming ritual to help you unwind at the end of the day. • Stay connected to friends and community groups to which you belong. • Minimize contact with people who drain your energy or make you feel inadequate. • Simplify your life. Set priorities and don’t waste time or energy on things that aren’t important. • Look after your health: Eat nutritious meals, get adequate rest, exercise and see your primary physician regularly.

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• Be flexible about plans and expectations. Recognize there will be good days and bad days and how you and your care recipient feel will fluctuate. Take things one day at a time. • Give yourself permission to feel all the emotions that surface, including resentment and frustration. Remind yourself you are doing your best and are only human. • Don’t keep feelings and problems to yourself – talk to a trusted family member, friend or counselor. Join a caregiver support group in your community or an Internet group if it’s hard to get out. • Seek help from your primary physician or a counselor if you continually feel sad, angry or overwhelmed. Depression is treatable. • Accept offers of help. Ask other family members to share the load and be specific about what is needed. Find out about community support services – including respite care options – and take full advantage of them. Information can be obtained from the local office on aging.

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• Don’t promise your care recipient you will never pursue placement in a longterm care home. It’s important to keep all options open because it’s impossible to know what the future holds in terms of your care recipient’s functioning and care needs or your own obligations and health status. • Do something nice for someone who is going through a difficult time. It takes your mind off your own situation, boosts your self-esteem and strengthens the relationship. It may also help to be reminded that other people face challenges, too. • Look for ways to include laughter and joy in each day. This will enhance your relationship with your care receiver and others with whom you come in contact and help foster a positive outlook. About the Author:

Lisa M. Petsche is a social worker and freelance writer specializing in family life. She has personal experience with elder care.

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by Angela S. Hoover, Staff Writer

A will is a legal document that dictates the distribution of the assets of someone who has passed away. Without a will in place, state law determines what happens to the deceased’s assets. When someone dies without a will, it is called dying intestate. Usually a spouse and/or children will inherit the assets – but not always. It gets even more complicated if the deceased had no spouse and/or children. In Kentucky, the assets go to the deceased’s closest relatives. When the deceased has children but no spouse, the children inherit everything. If there is a spouse and

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descendants, the spouse inherits onehalf of the personal property, one-third of the real property to use during his or her lifetime and one-half of the real property to sell or give away. Descendants inherit one-half of the personal property and the remainder of the real property. Your lawyer can explain other distribution regulations. If someone with children in Kentucky dies without a will, the children receive an intestate share of the property. The size of each child’s share depends on the total number of children and whether the deceased was married or not. Kentucky intestacy laws only apply to children legally recognized

by the state. Foster children, stepchildren and children who were placed for adoption and legally adopted by another family will not receive an intestate share. Half-relatives in Kentucky inherit as “whole” relatives. It is very rare for a deceased person’s assets to escheat or go to the state. Laws are designed to get the property to anyone who was even remotely related to the deceased. However, anyone married with children or someone who has many assets should definitely have a will. Even if you’re presently young, broke, single and childless, you will probably need a will in the future as your life circumstances change.


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