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January/February 2020 Issue

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The Arbors at Shelburne by Eric Hopper

The Arbors at Shelburne is a dually licensed senior living community providing residential and nursing home level of care in Shelburne, VT. It is a senior living community dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related memory impairments. The Arbors at Shelburne has developed special programs and services to meet the unique needs of this fragile population. Its award-winning Mind & Memory program celebrates the spirit and supports the capabilities of its residents through individualized

Arbors at Shelburne received the Benchmark Circle Award.

and group activities that encourage creativity and self-

The community was recognized out of all 58 Benchmark

expression. Led by a certified dementia practitioner,

communities across the Northeast for achieving the highest

The Arbors offers a specialized form of assisted living

resident and family satisfaction. “At the Arbors we take

combining personal care assistance and innovative

our mission of elevating human connection very serious,’

medication management with dedicated programs and

says Wendy Brodie, LNHA Executive Director, “Dementia

dignified dining for life enrichment. Using research-based

is a difficult disease, so it’s important to us that we create

programming, the staff at The Arbors of Shelburne helps

rewarding, fulfilling experiences for our residents and their

seniors engage in physical, social, intellectual, emotional,

families every day that help them keep connected to what’s

purposeful, and spiritual wellness. The ultimate goal at

important to them.”

The Arbors is to create an environment that feels safe, familiar, empowering, and fulfilling.

The Arbors at Shelburne Family The residents at The Arbors at Shelburne are not just

The Benchmark Story The Arbors at Shelburne is a Benchmark Senior Living memory care community. Over twenty years ago, CEO Tom Grape recognized the need for setting a new

residents; they are family. The Arbors is their home and

standard or “benchmark”. He saw the opportunity to

their community. The staff loves them, cries with them,

create an exceptional living experience for seniors built on

laughs and jokes with them, and, most importantly, they

connections, bonds, and quality care. He knew that what

make them feel safe and secure. Those employed by The

seniors wanted most were to feel safe, fulfilled, dignified,

Arbors view their positions as much more than just a “job”.

and respected. By inspiring a “people first” philosophy,

There is a sense of calling to do this kind of work and it is

Tom created a culture of positive and rewarding human

in the fabric of their hearts and souls. In April 2019, The

connection; not only for residents and families, but for

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his associates as well. After all, a happy and inspired staff creates a happy and inspiring environment. The folks at Benchmark Senior Living have a heartfelt desire to get to know their residents and are curious about the residents’ life stories. The staff engages as trusted friends. They seek to deeply know and connect with residents. This helps connect the residents to what and who matter at every stage of life. Benchmark cares deeply about their residents and their passions, dreams, hobbies, memories, and families. Perhaps the number one thing that stands out to residents at The Arbors is the meaningful relationships that are created in the community. By focusing on the people and experiences, Benchmark is able to introduce an exciting and refreshing option to senior living. Benchmark facilities are beautifully designed and expertly managed assisted living communities.

Highlights of The Arbors at Shelburne Community Residents of The Arbors at Shelburne benefit from a hospitality model combined with comprehensive medical

oversight including a full calendar of programs and events including purposeful community outings, thoughtfully prepared balanced meals, housekeeping, laundry service, transportation, and friendships to last a lifetime. The following are just some of the differentiators of The Arbors at Shelburne: Dual License - The Arbors is a dual license facility. This means it holds both residential care and nursing home licenses. Many other facilities do not hold dual licenses. The benefit of a dual license is a resident will truly be able to age in place. Higher medical needs and increased care needs can be managed in the comfort in a community that is their home. In-House Medical Director - Dr. Zail Berry, the medical director, is in-house three days a week, plus is on-call after hours and weekends. An in-house primary care physician means residents do not need to leave the community to get care. The residents have a geriatrician who is available and understands the issues they are facing. Having an in-house medical director is not something every memory care facility has and is just another example of how The Arbors community stands apart from the rest. Vermont Maturity | January/February 2020 | 7


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Fundraising Benchmark associates are also involved in fundraising efforts for the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. They sponsor the Promise Garden each year at the Walk in Shelburne and The Longest Drive for the Longest Day on June 21st at the Kwini Club in Shelburne. The Arbors hosts trivia night as well as paint and sips events and car washes. All these events help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. This year The Arbors at

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back to its community. Each summer it is involved in

it is all about human connection, helping each other, and

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care specialists and a safe environment with constant

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monitoring. The Arbor’s staff provides specialized care to

departments in Shelburne. In 2018, Benchmark associates

seniors with dementia. They understand the complexities

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How to Make Your Money Last During Retirement by Aaron Glosser

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Technology for Aging in Place by Ben Durant

How to Stay Connected While Keeping Independent I recently attended a panel discussion hosted at TLC Homecare in South Burlington on the subject of aging in place. Following the panel discussion was Q&A where the question was raised, “What’s your favorite technology that allows boomers and seniors age in place?” A lively discussion ensued on how current mainstream technology offers not only the tools people need to age in place independently, but can offer expanded confidence and connectedness family and friends. As this is one of my favorite topics, I chimed into

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The Apple Watch is a cool product for all people that choose to wear one; from teens, Wall Street types, and seniors alike. Thanks to advancing technology, we now have products with sophisticated falldetection, and ECG technology that still screams that you are still very savvy and cool. My mom jumped at the chance to get hers and she loves

Alexa remind them when it’s time to take their medicine and not to forget

Another piece of technology from Amazon making a splash in 2020 in the elder community is the Amazon Show.

it for a multitude of reasons but none greater than for the confidence and surety that it brings all without the optics of wearing a Life-Alert. As her son,

about appointments and regularly scheduled events. Some of my clients take dozens of pills a day - To keep it all straight, I’ve learned that there are specific Alexa apps like Medisafe, a tool that reminds people when it’s time to take their next dose, whether to take the pills with water or food, and what side effects

might be attributable to the medication. I recently helped my clients Ron and Kathy Jensen

I know that it’s keeping her safe, and ultimately, more

downsize from a classic colonial, into a single level

independent.

living condo close to all the services Chittenden County

As a real estate agent for seniors, I spend a lot of

has to offer. Ron is a quintessential tech savvy boomer

time in my client’s homes and I’ve noticed more and

and had a very successful career in IT Management for

more voice-assistive technologies like the Amazon Echo

several Fortune 500 companies in and outside of the U.S.

and how they play a larger role in helping seniors age

When it was time to outfit his newly-constructed condo,

in place. Many of my clients don’t hesitate to have their

Ron made sure to incorporate several pieces of home

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automation technology to make their lives better. Ron

for regular checks-ins or to connect quickly if help is

can control his thermostats, lights, and security-system

needed.

from home through his voice activated Alexa, or with

To conclude, when it comes to technology,

a few clicks on his smartphone from anywhere in the

sometimes it’s better to have a device that works for the

World. Ron admits that hasn’t connected nearly all of

masses rather than one that caters to your specific age

the possible devices, including light switches, stating “I

group niche. Much of today’s best technology has a

don’t want everything automated yet, because I still need

broad appeal for people of all ages but the senior specific

a reason to stand up.”

functions can make these devices the best options for

Another piece of technology from Amazon making

today’s savvy boomers and seniors at prices that within

a splash in 2020 in the elder community is the Amazon

reach for most consumers. We may not have flying

Show. This is a tablet based device that is similar to

cars as predicted Hanna & Barbara’s Jetson’s cartoon,

the Echo and allows you to set reminders and control

but the latest iteration of technology offers not only the

connected devices. But the most exciting aspect of the

tools people need to age in place independently, but this

Show, is the video conferencing capability. Using just

technology allows us to do it well; with confidence and

your voice, you can ask it to call another Amazon Show

greater connectedness to family and friends. VM

virtually anywhere in the world. We’ve had this basic technology for a while with services like FaceTime and Skype, but with the simplicity of voice command, easy package and very low price options, it has never been easier to stay connected with friends and family

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IRS Introduces a Tax Form Created for Older Taxpayers by Jim Miller

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a new federal income-tax form specifically designed for senior taxpayers, age 65 and older, that should make filing a little easier this year, particularly those who don’t file electronically. Here’s what you should know.

Form 1040-SR Created by the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, the new two-page simplified federal income tax form is called the 1040-SR. Similar in style to the old 1040-EZ form that the IRS discontinued last year, the new 1040-SR has

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larger print and better color contrast that makes it easier to read. In addition, it also includes a chart to help older taxpayers calculate their standard deduction, which may help ensure that fewer seniors neglect to take the additional standard deduction that they are entitled to. For 2019, the additional deduction for those 65 or older or the blind is $1,300. The 1040-SR form also has specific lines for retirement income streams such as Social Security benefits, IRA distributions, pensions and annuities, along with earned income from work wages and tips. And, it allows a child tax credit for seniors who are still taking care of a dependent child or grandchild. You can also report capital gains and losses, as well as interest and dividends on this new form. Any of the tax schedules available to those using the standard form 1040 may also be used with the 1040-SR. You should also know that the 1040-SR doesn’t put a limit on interest, dividends, or capital gains, nor does it cap overall income like the old 1040-EZ form did. But,

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if you have to itemize because of state and local taxes or charitable giving, then you will not be able to use the new Form 1040-SR.

Paper Filing Advantage Seniors who use tax-preparation soft ware to file their taxes will be able to generate a 1040-SR, but the new form will provide the most significant benefit to taxpayers who still fill out and file their returns on paper. Last year, about 88 percent of the 153 million Your Schedule

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Power up With Protein by Brigitte Harton, RD, CD, NBC-HWC

All older adults strive to maintain their

adults and that they have a reduced sensitivity to amino

independence and quality of life. But one threat can

acids called “anabolic resistance.” The good news is that

stand in their way: the progressive loss of muscle mass,

this lack of sensitivity can be overcome by eating more

strength, and function that occur with aging, known

protein.

as sarcopenia. Loss of muscle mass and frailty has long

Second, why do older adults eat less protein than

been thought to be an inevitable consequence of aging.

what they need? With aging, appetites naturally decline

However seniors can take steps to minimize the effect

and research shows older adults eat less food than they

of sarcopenia, including getting the right amount of

used to. Other reasons why seniors eat less food include:

protein in their diets and maintaining an active lifestyle.

medical and mental conditions that lead to poor appetite,

Understanding Proteins What exactly are proteins? Proteins are made up of amino acids which are organic compounds necessary to maintain health. The body needs 20 different amino acids to function properly. Although all 20 amino acids are important for health, only nine are classified as essential- meaning the body is not able to manufacture them and they must be obtained through food. When we eat protein, it’s broken down into amino acids, which are then used to build or repair muscles and tissues,

limited ability to shop and prepare food, as well as food insecurity due to financial and social limitations. So how much protein should older adults eat to help maintain their muscles’ health? Scientists are still debating the exact amount, but it is clear that seniors need more than what is currently recommended for younger adults (0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight). The general consensus is between 1 and 1.5 g per kg of

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synthesis hormones and enzymes; as well as regulate immune function among other important roles. There are many factors that impact seniors’ ability to maintain their muscle mass as they age. For one, compared to younger adults, studies show that older adults eat less protein. At the same time, older adults need more protein than do younger adults. The result is an imbalance between protein supply and protein need and can result in the loss of muscle mass and strength.

Older Adults Need More Protein Let’s break these down: First, why do older adults need more protein? Normally, eating protein stimulates muscle synthesis and/or suppresses muscle breakdown.

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body weight per day. This means

buckwheat. Other plant sources of

between 64 and 95 g for a 140 pound

protein like beans/legumes, nuts,

woman and between 86 and 130 g

and grains contain incomplete

protein for a 190 pound man.

protein because they lack one or

What are the best sources of

more of the essential amino acids.

protein? Foods that contain all nine

For those following a plant-based

essential amino acids are called

diet, it is still possible to ensure

“complete proteins” and include:

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Take a look at the table below for best sources of protein and amount in a typical serving. Ensuring the right intake of protein is not the only way to make sure seniors maintain healthy muscles.

aging. Steps can be taken to maintain muscle strength and ability to do the things we all want to do! These include: Eating a source of high quality protein at each meal

Older adults can benefit from resistance training

or snack. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you will need

to increase muscle strength, improve functional

to pay special attention to include a variety of plant-

ability and prevent falls. Resistance training is any

based protein in sufficient quantity throughout the day.

exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an

Consult a dietitian if you are not sure you are getting

external resistance (such as dumbbells, rubber tubes

enough.

or the body’s own weight) with the expectation of

Staying physically active! Include resistance training

increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance.

at least 3 days per week. Endurance, flexibility and

It is recommended on most days of the week, but a

balance exercises are also important- consult with your

minimum of three times per week is suggested to slow

physician or an exercise expert to find out how much

muscle loss and prevent sarcopenia. When combining

and what exercise is best for you, especially if you have

good protein intake and exercise, a synergistic effect

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is created and results in increased strength, physical independence, and well-being.

Summary

Brigitte Harton is a consultant registered dietitian at Age Well and a Board Certified Wellness Coach. You can reach her at bharton@agewellvt.org . For more information about the services Age Well provides call 800.642.5119 or visit AgeWellVT.org.

To wrap up, physical decline due to shrinking muscle mass does not have to be a necessary part of

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Dissecting Legalese Whereas the party of the first part shall prescribe, provide, formulate, and otherwise execute the means, method, and product for the tertiary daily repast for the mutual benefit of the parties; whereas the party of the second part shall evaluate, conduct, and otherwise execute in a timely manner the subsequent restoration of the premises used by the mutual parties in the enjoyment of said repast; now therefor, both parties stipulate to the following: dinner shall promptly repetitive phrases that appear to communicate the

commence at 7:00pm. What if legalese was the common language of all

same intent. The following provision illustrates this

communications? Would we understand each other

concept: “to sign, execute, endorse, acknowledge, deliver

better? Although legalese, in its best light, is intended

and file or record all appropriate documents…” Would

to provide a uniform interpretation of certain terms or

“execute” summarize it all? Or, does adding a few extra

phrases, it often complicates dialog and documents.

words seem more complete, if there is a reader who

For example, the Latin phrase per stirpes is often used in wills, trusts, and beneficiary designation forms

demands precision and is concerned about liability for misinterpreting something?

to describe what happens if the named beneficiary has died. Its widely accepted meaning directs that the beneficiary’s share passes in equal shares to his/her descendants by right of representation. A descendant (child, grandchild, greatgrandchild and so-on) takes the “representative” share of his/her parent. If a deceased beneficiary’s share would be 1/3 and he has 2 children, then those children each receive 1/6. In contrast, many uses of legalese actual lengthen documents and contain (Continued on page 30)

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Vermont Maturity January-February 2020 Issue  

Vermont Maturity is a print and digital magazine that offers local features, health and fitness tips and advice for for northern Vermonters...

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Vermont Maturity is a print and digital magazine that offers local features, health and fitness tips and advice for for northern Vermonters...

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