Please welcome our newest FEATURED listing in the Jackson, Mississippi region – St. Catherine’s Village!
St. Catherine’s Village, Mississippi’s first all-inclusive, Continuing Care Retirement Community, is a gracious environment of caring. For health and well-being, for comfort and security, for faith and friendship, St. Catherine’s Village is a lifestyle, a family and a ministry. Services and amenities are designed to enhance the lifestyle and promote choice.
Nestled on 160 acres of rolling green hills and tall pine trees, St. Catherine’s Village overlooks a tranquil 15 acre stocked lake.
Please welcome 2 more FEATURED listings to the Southeast Florida market! Total Home Health has two locations, one in Stuart, one in Vero Beach that will treat you like family!
Total Home Health is a licensed and Medicare certified home health care agency committed to providing coordinated and quality health care to qualified individuals through professional and compassionate personnel. The patient’s health, comfort and peace of mind are of primary concern, with respect to dignity and right to privacy. We serve as a comprehensive resource for health care and believe that patients have the right to access a health care professional 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Agency recognizes that involvement of patient, family and community resources all reinforce a positive affirmation of life.
View their Stuart location HERE and their Vero Beach location HERE.
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Check out the new FEATURED listing for Home Instead Senior Care – Clearwater! They’ve been added to our West Coast Florida Home Health Care listings as a FEATURED listing so they appear at the very top of our search results making their service easy to find for seniors and their loved ones!
Home Instead compassionate CAREGivers assist elder clients with common activities of daily living like showering, cooking and much more. CAREGivers even can help with errands and transportation. So if you are looking for someone to help on aging parent or care for yourself, we can accommodate your needs from a few hours a week or if you need more comprehensive care up to 24 hours a day. Home Instead Senior Care is here to help!
Home is not a place but a feeling of complete comfort and relaxation. Here at The Georgian, you will enjoy a community of Houston apartments perfect for independent seniors, ages fifty-five and up. Designed with a variety of recreational and residential accommodations, these one and two bedroom apartments and townhomes offer neighborhood convenience at an affordable price. Take a look around and you will see why so many are proud to call The Georgian their home.
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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
dementia progressed, he spoke even less. The one thing Henry was vocal about was fishing. He could name every type of fish found in every lake in the state. Yet now,
even the mention of fishing to Henry did not draw him into conversation as it had in
the past. Until he picked up a paint brush. As the activity director spoke to her group of residents about summer memories, Henry began to paint. When he was finished, he had produced a work of art which communicated volumes to those who knew him. His finished canvas displayed a lake filled to the brim with fish. Even when the words didn’t come to him, the memory did, and he was able to speak to everyone around him through art.
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.
Residents recently studied Van Gogh’s Starry Night at our community in Front Royal.
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
also provides a tool to caregivers.
“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
with us, through art.”
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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By Rodney V. Taylor
Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta
With the holiday season in full swing, you may find yourself exploring those tempting online shopping deals.
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.
1. The online Social Security Statement is a hot service that is a big hit with the millions of people who’ve used it since its launch. Your online Statement provides you with a record of your past earnings, and it uses those earnings along with projected earnings for future years to give you accurate estimates of future Social Security benefits. Open your personal my Social Security account to get your Statement today. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/.
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.
Social Security’s online services continually receive the highest ratings in both the public and private sectors. Each site uses the highest security to keep your information safe. We have one of the top-ranking websites for plain language, so you can easily understand the features you’re getting — no fine print to squint over.
Chris Jenkins, Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration
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.
‘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:
• Represents a diverse industry. No single word represents the panoply of products and services offered by Argentum’s members; thus, the new name provides flexibility to allow the industry and the association itself to grow.
• Is industry facing, but also consumer friendly. Argentum signals strength, maturity and a sense of importance – traits that resonate with both businesses and consumers.
• Celebrates the passion and commitment of senior living professionals. It’s forward looking.
Argentum’s tagline is “Expanding senior living,” which speaks to a variety of audiences while enforcing the organization’s mission to increase the visibility and acceptance of senior living as an option that people choose – not just need. On both a state and federal level, Argentum is a critical and respected leader in the industry, supporting the business operations and growth of its members.
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.”
Argentum is the largest national association dedicated to professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity and quality of life for all seniors.