Are you caring for a child, spouse, veteran, or senior adult?
This is the conference for you!
May 10, 2016
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February 29, 2016
By Bernie Cavis, VP of Programs at Commonwealth Assisted Living
Henry wasn’t much for talking. His family described him as a quiet man, and as his
Henry is not alone. Studies have shown that art therapy may reduce depression and anxiety symptomatic of chronic diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, neurological research shows that participating in creative activities, such as painting, can improve cognitive function, strengthen neural pathways, as well as facilitate the development of new pathways and brain cells.
Expanding a resident’s horizons through theater, music, dance, literature and fine art appreciation not only triggers the neural “memory” pathways, the experience brings staff and residents together as a community. Residents are able to discuss and share their life experiences through art, while giving them an opportunity to learn something new and, quite possibly, spark a new passion. The combination of social interaction and creative outlet is priceless. Creative art
“We observe their painting over time,” explains Paula Harder, Regional Director of Resident Programs. “The colors they choose may reveal to caregivers how the resident is feeling in that moment. The level of detail provided may indicate what type of a day someone is having. Are the colors getting darker? Perhaps we should watch them for depression. Some of our memory care residents have lost their ability to speak. Yet, they may still be able to communicate
About Commonwealth Assisted Living
Commonwealth Assisted Living is a Charlottesville-based company which operates 21 senior living communities throughout Virginia. Eighteen of our communities also offer the Sweet Memories program for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or needing dementia care. Commonwealth’s longterm goals include smart growth through acquisition, custom renovations and strategic hiring and retention of top talent. For more information on Commonwealth Assisted Living visit www.CommonwealthAL.com
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November 10, 2015
By Rodney V. Taylor
The day after Thanksgiving has nearly become a holiday of its own. “Black Friday” is the busiest shopping day of the year, with people lining up at midnight for deals as they begin the busy holiday shopping season. The Monday after that has become a virtual holiday, pun intended. “Cyber Monday” is the day Internet-savvy people search for deals, all online.
But, there’s more than one way to find value on the Internet. For example, Social Security offers many online services to the public — and they’re free and secure! Doing business online with Social Security will also save time. Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse!
Here are some of the most popular online services you’ll find at www.socialsecurity.gov. Each site is safe and secure.
2. The Retirement Estimator is an easy way to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future Social Security benefits. Just enter some basic information and the Estimator will use information on your Social Security record, along with what you input, to give you a benefit estimate on the spot. You can even experiment with different scenarios, such as changing your future earnings and retirement date. Check it out in English at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator or in Spanish at www.segurosocial.gov/calculador.
3. The online Retirement Application is the most convenient way to apply for Social Security retirement benefits. You can apply from the comfort of your home — it’s convenient and secure. In fact, you can apply online in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases, after your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and, usually, no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. When you’re ready to retire, apply at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.
4. Business Services Online is our one-stop shop for small business owners. The site allows organizations and authorized people to conduct business with and submit confidential information to Social Security. Employers can use it to file W-2s for their employees the fast, convenient, and paperless way — online. Visit Business Services Online at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso.
Learn more about all you can do online at Social Security on Cyber Monday, or any day, at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.
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With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016.
The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security and SSI benefits if there is an increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The period of consideration includes the third quarter of the last year a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was made to the third quarter of the current year. As determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was no increase in the CPI-W from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015. Therefore, under existing law, there can be no COLA in 2016.
Other adjustments that would normally take effect based on changes in the national average wage index also will not take effect in January 2016. Since there is no COLA, the statute also prohibits a change in the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax, as well as the retirement earnings test exempt amounts. These amounts will remain unchanged in 2016. The attached fact sheet provides more information on 2016 Social Security and SSI changes.
The Department of Health and Human Services has not yet announced Medicare premium changes for 2016. Should there be an increase in the Medicare Part B premium, the law contains a “hold harmless” provision that protects approximately 70 percent of Social Security beneficiaries from paying a higher Part B premium, in order to avoid reducing their net Social Security benefit. Those not protected include higher income beneficiaries subject to an income-adjusted Part B premium and beneficiaries newly entitled to Part B in 2016. In addition, beneficiaries who have their Medicare Part B premiums paid by state medical assistance programs will see no change in their Social Security benefit. The state will be required to pay any Medicare Part B premium increase.
Information about Medicare changes for 2016, when available, will be found at www.medicare.gov.
For additional information, please go to www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.
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September 29, 2015
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‘Argentum – Expanding Senior Living’ reflects the evolution of the organization and industry.
Alexandria, Virginia – The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), which advocates for excellence in senior living, today introduced its new name and logo. The new name, Argentum, reflects the organization’s expanded direction, priorities and focus.
“Since ALFA’s formation 25 years ago, the senior living industry has undergone many changes, and is primed for many more as baby boomers begin to use our services,” said Argentum President & CEO James Balda. “Our brand transformation better represents where the industry is today as well as our vision for the future.”
Argentum, derived from the Latin word for silver, conveys strength and a sense of gravitas while giving a nod to the “silver generation” Argentum’s members serve. The new brand:
Although the organization’s brand, logo and tagline have changed to better represent its role within this dynamic industry, Argentum’s mission remains the same: members exemplify the principles of choice, dignity and independence for seniors. To support these principles and to enhance quality of life for older adults, Argentum influences public policy, promotes business excellence and ensures an informed public. ALFA will officially transition to the Argentum brand on December 1 at its Chief Executive Summit in Scottsdale, AZ.
“It has never been a more exciting time to be working in the senior living industry,” said Argentum Board Chair Brenda J. Bacon. “Argentum represents everything we are as an organization, as well as everything we want to be.”
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September 23, 2015
SeniorLivingGuide.com – the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource, is proud to announce the addition of videos to our senior housing listings! Videos capture the users interest and provide additional content and information allowing them to learn more about communities that interest them.
We’re working through the process of adding video elements to all of our Premium and Featured listings, and then will be processing all of our basic listings. If you have a community on SeniorLivingGuide.com (or would like one!) please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll get you to the top of the list!
Videos are FREE OF CHARGE and you can use them in any other form of digital advertising you may be doing!
Here’s a sample of an ad with video included – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/db/facilities.tpl?sku=20121001115615
Check out our YouTube channel to ALL of the videos so far!
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June 4, 2015
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these as we’re not currently running our “FREE WEB” promotion, but we were contacted by The Check In Service out of New Haven Connecticut and wanted to help them out.
The Check In Service provides exactly that – well being checks, prevention services and environmental inspections to ensure you or your loved one is safe and secure living at home. You can view their ad on SeniorLivingGuide.com by clicking here. You can also find them in EVERY search for EVERY care level in the state of Connecticut with an Area Banner we created for them, as many people do not know this service exists.
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May 13, 2015
This month we are celebrating the 22nd Annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day by offering Total Fitness classes at Majestic Rim. Read the MAY NEWSLETTER for various exercise tips and activities that match your interests. Whether you prefer aerobics, gardening, Bocce ball or circuit training, you will find a Payson activity to join on Wednesday, May 27th. Like 100-year-old Carolyn Heeter says, “If You Keep Moving… You’ll Keep Improving.”
Come to Majestic Rim and Discover the Difference.
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March 9, 2015
For more than half a century, CML has been proud to serve adults with conditions that make it difficult to read standard print or to hold a magazine. Listeners love the mix of interesting, entertaining and amusing pieces they receive as a download or on a digital cartridge (easily returnable in the postage-free mailer it arrived in). This quarterly service is completely free of charge due to the support of a charitable foundation established to ensure that all Americans could enjoy the best writing from leading magazines. CML’s tens of thousands of subscribers include those with conditions such as low vision, macular degeneration, blindness, MS, diabetes, cerebral palsy, ALS dyslexia and Parkinson’s.
If someone you know would enjoy this free service, please call 1-888-724-6423 to find out more. Between 9 and 4 Eastern Time your call will be answered by a friendly person happy to help – not a machine. Further information is available on CML’s website, too. Please visit www.choicemagazinelistening.org
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