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Overheard The Woman . . .

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. . . at a nearby table today,

tell her meal mate

that she ran into her ex-husband on her morning shopping trip,

Then she backed up and ran into him again.

Aging Politicians Ignore

Aging Population

While there have been loud voices bemoaning the fact that we’re not paying enough attention to climate change, there isn’t even a whimper about what’s happening to our population change. It’s paradoxical that the greying heads in government are paying little attention to the graying of their constituents.

The voters’ rolls are aging at the rate of 10,000 over-65ers every day. You’d think that all those silver-haired politicians would be looking hard at how to accommodate the needs of folks who are growing old just as they are. Even the aging talking heads on television seem ignorant of what’s concerning a growing segment of their viewers.

The apparent reasoning for this blindness to a massive problem is the mantra that 70 is the new 50. And the spreading myth that age is simply a state of mind. Several studies topple this trend in thinking by supporting what we’ve always known – ailing and aching increase as you get older.

No matter how Pollyannaish we may feel, our odds of falling victim to such widespread debilitations as Alzheimer’s disease increase the longer we live. While health-care is high on the list of promises by those seeking votes, the focus usually is on the young who have inadequate coverage rather than the elderly who cannot care for themselves.

Another major concern is the strength and stability of Social Security. Predictors tell us there will be about two workers supporting each recipient by the early 2030s. This was not in any forecasts when there were more than 45 workers for each recipient of benefits when the program was instituted back in the 1930s.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 1, 2022 at 3:00 am

I’ve Quit . . .

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. . . giving advice

because my train of thought

goes off track too easily.

Wanna Make a Buck? Sucker a Senior.

Seniors – more than 1 million of them – are bilked out of some $3.5 billion dollars a year. Related costs, such as health care, social services, investigations, legal fees, prosecution, lost income and assets, reach the hundreds of of dollars annually. And for each case of reported financial abuse, there are an estimated four or more that go unreported.
Family members and caregivers are the culprits in more than half of these cases, and the most likely victim is between 70 and 89 years of age, white, female, frail and cognitively impaired, trusting of others, and may be lonely or isolated. In fact, elder financial abuse has become the crime of the 21st century.

This is a growing problem made greater by the growing number of older Americans, the relative wealth of this group, and the availability of technology that makes such abuse somewhat easier.
Family members and caregivers who financially exploit the elderly usually are dependent
upon them financially and their thievery may be influenced by such problems as alcohol and
drug abuse as well as a sense of entitlement — the culprits believe they have a right
to the money parents or charges have accumulated.

Among the reasons the elderly under report incidents of financial abuse are a fear of government interference, parents protecting their children and family members, embarrassment and self-blame, and fear of being placed in a facility or being harmed physically by the perpetrator.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

September 30, 2022 at 3:00 am

Has it Occurred to You . . .

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, , , that, if you’re not getting older,

you’re dead?

Future of Telemedicine is Now

Getting cured in cyberspace sounds like science fiction but it’s already here. Telemedicine – the practice of getting diagnosis and treatment via your laptop or cell phone – has been gaining traction rapidly as the way to monitor and maintain your health.

Accelerating this drive to remote medical servicing is the unavailability of health care in rural (and some urban) areas because of the diminishing number of doctors as the over-65 crowd grows at the rate of 10,000 people a day. As it stands, one out of five residents live in areas that have been identified as being short of health professionals.

Telemedicine opens the door to specialists as well as second medical opinions without taking up too much consulting time by the health experts contacted. It also reduces the stress on the patient as well as eliminating the need to travel to an appointment, which requires the patient to find a driver in many cases.

Seniors fretting about their lack of computer equipment or skills find a telephone conversation may work as well. Medicare has expanded its coverage of medical treatment by phone or computer. While not all health-insurance companies are following suit, several recognize telemedicine helps reduce the cost of health care.

For example, it allows primary care physicians to schedule appointments at any time and not just the traditional “office hours” and reduces unnecessary office and emergency-room visits. It also lowers the cost of patient no-shows.

A barrier in the way of expanding telemedicine is the reimbursement rules that require treatment to be conducted in specific sites, such as the doctor’s office or a health center to qualify. Government licensing laws also get in the way. 

Federal law requires telemedicine health-care providers to be fully licensed to practice medicine in the state where the patient is physically located. Providers in health systems that have locations in more than one state may need to apply for and pay to maintain multiple licenses.

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September 27, 2022 at 3:00 am

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Some Coincidences . . .

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. . . arising out of 9/11. First of all,

the Twin Towers look like a number 11 poking up through

the New York skyline;

add all three digits in the date 9 +1+1 = 11;

the date has the same three digits as the emergency number 911, and

the first plane that tore into the buildings was

American Airlines flight 11.

There’s more but that’s enough for now.

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September 25, 2022 at 3:00 am

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For Those Who Missed It . . .

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. . . here’s your favorite server Brook sending you a song.

And we’re heading into another busy Verena week headed by Monday night football in the dining room, writing class and wellness presentation highlighted on Tuesday, free blood pressure checks for anyone and everyone Wednesday, another health and wellness session on Thirsty Thursday, a Hale Theater outing Friday with flashbacks Saturday afternoon wrapping up a week that included fitness periods, shopping trips and assorted games.

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September 19, 2022 at 3:00 am

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It’s Thursty Thursday again.

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September 15, 2022 at 3:00 am

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Non illegitimus sunt and get your blood pressure checked at 10 a.m. in the lobby by BAYADA Home Care.

We hear Beltone will be reviewing your hearing as well as your hearing aids at 2 o’clock in the multi-purpose room.

And a Happy Birthday to Norm Bubenheim.

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September 14, 2022 at 3:00 am

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This Is a Start …

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Mary Brown writes:

Great idea Cecil – count me in.

Mary Ellen Hayes writes:   

Just some suggestions for your newsletter
Coming Soon column – let us know what is going to be happening. I just heard we are
expanding water aerobics to 3 times per week. If we can put out what will be coming that will show up on the next month’s calendar. I don’t get downstairs a lot to watch the tv so it would get out to a lot more residents.
On-going activities – have someone from the activity tell what is happening in their activity – maybe explain what that activity is so we can decide if it is something we are interested in. Currently you only see the name of the activity on the calendar and really don’t know what it is – might help with getting more people deciding to join in. Maybe highlight one activity at a time.
I have always said we lack communication. If an activity has changed or cancelled it helps to know ahead of time. Also, things happening in the building like elevator not working, power or tv outage, repairs like carpet replacement. Maybe you can get Mary to update you or add information to your online news.
Thank you for all you are doing for our community – you add a lot to our lives. These are just suggestions.

Good suggestions, all we need is for the folks behind those activities to drop a line. And when someone sees the elevator isn’t working, let us know.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

September 13, 2022 at 3:00 am

Hugged A Sunrise Of Gilbert . . .

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. . .inmate today who’s moving out (maybe here)

because everyone there received notice

their rent is increased 15 percent immediately.

If they’re paying $3,000 a month,

that’s a $450 monthly increase, or $5,400 a year.

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August 26, 2022 at 3:00 am

Better Get Shopping . . .

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. . . just passed the five-month threshold before Christmas.


I received Christmas in July from Cris and Mike to enhance my living quarters.

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July 26, 2022 at 3:00 am

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