Taking Charge

Finding a Professional Geriatric Care Manager

As part of the normal aging process, many people need assistance with specific types of care. This might mean help with bathing, dressing, preparing meals and accessing transportation. It might also include finding medical services, social orientation and psychological support. A geriatric care manager or GCM is a human service professional who assists individual older adults in meeting their care needs.

Support Services for Seniors Who Hoard

Compulsive cluttering, or hoarding, is defined as the unnecessary retention of objects or animals that may subject the hoarder and others to safety and health hazards. Perhaps because many symptoms of hoarding intensify over time, they seem to be more common in seniors than in younger adults.

Medicare Patients Beware!

Question:  My mom was in the hospital for three days and then transferred to a skilled nursing facility for recovery.  Why is Medicare refusing to pay for her stay in the nursing facility?

Senior Corps Volunteers

Bad news: So many people need assistance. Good news: You can enlist in Senior Corps!

In 2009, President Obama signed the Serve America Act. It assists older adults in sharing their skills, talents and lifetime experiences with members of their communities.

Talking With Your Doctor

Question: Why does my doctor want me to bring all my medications to my scheduled wellness exam.

Answer: By reviewing all your medications both prescription and over-the-counter drugs your doctor can better work with you in preparing your personal health plan.

Flu Shots are Important!

Every year, between 5 and 20 percent of people in the U.S. come down with the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications, and flu-related deaths average 23,500 each year. More than half of such hospitalizations involve people age 65 and older. Keeping that in mind, there is no question that as soon as new vaccines become available, it’s time to get on board!

Innovative New Hearing Tools

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, one-third of people aged 60 and above have problems hearing. Certain sounds come through well; others not so well, and others not at all. Few age-related hearing problems can be completely cured, but innovative new tools are available.

Video Games for Seniors: An Innovative Technological Tool

Although many people think of video games as mindless kid activities, current research confirms that they may actually enhance one’s ability to think, reason and respond quickly.

Curb-to-Curb Transportation

Anyone who cannot drive and has a disability that makes reliance on public transportation difficult may be eligible for assistance from Access Paratransit.

Safe Driving for Seniors

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) estimates that by the year 2030, one out of every five licensed automobile drivers will be 65 or older. Although the DMV may not discriminate against adult drivers because of age, the agency has the responsibility to make sure that all licensed drivers have the physical and mental abilities that enable them to drive safely.