Council on Aging is hosting lunches again for seniors in Bend

Reposted from the Bend Bulletin, Written by Suzanne Roig, Photos by Dean Guernsey For the first time in two years, the Council on Aging is hosting in-person lunches for seniors in its newly renovated Bend facility. Meals will be served at the council’s Senior Services Center, 1036 NE Fifth St., to anyone over 60 on…

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Council on Aging is hosting lunches again for seniors in Bend

Resources for Caregivers

Council on Aging of Central Oregon The Council on Aging provides a variety of resources and programs to support the changing needs of people as they age. The Council also provides support for caregivers through respite grants and support groups. Contact: 541-678-5483, Website Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC) ADRC provides connections to…

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Resources for Caregivers

National Family Caregivers Month: A Time to Celebrate the Altruistic Among Us

Written by Laurie Weber with input from Wes Vaughn Every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize the role of family caregivers. Also known as unpaid caregivers, their roles and contributions are vital to our aging society and deserve to be supported at each step in their caregiving journey. Caregivers can…

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National Family Caregivers Month: A Time to Celebrate the Altruistic Among Us

Did you hear the news? Now you can buy hearing aids; no prescription needed.

On August 16, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations for over-the-counter hearing aids finally expanded the options available to the 40 million Americans with hearing loss, many of whom put off buying hearing aids due to the exorbitant costs involved. In addition to cost, the Food and Drug Administration said the new regulations also…

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Did you hear the news? Now you can buy hearing aids; no prescription needed.

Avoid scams and give fraudsters a run for the money.

Scams targeting older adults are costly, widespread, and on the rise. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in 2021 there were 92,371 older victims of fraud resulting in $1.7 billion in losses. That’s a 74% increase in losses compared to 2020. Why are older adults a common target for fraudsters? They often have…

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Avoid scams and give fraudsters a run for the money.

What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

When asking people to describe Medicare or Medicaid, most people are at best not sure and at worst confused. Let’s start with Medicare. It’s a federal insurance program available for most people over 65 regardless of income, younger people with disabilities, and dialysis patients. Medicaid is an assistance program. It serves low-income people of all…

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What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

What You Need to Know Before Buying Long-term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance (LTCI) offers a range of services and support for those challenged by performing daily activities such as bathing or showering, dressing, getting in and out of bed or a chair, walking, using the toilet, and eating. According to the Administration for Community Living, nearly 70% of 65-year-old people will need long-term care…

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What You Need to Know Before Buying Long-term Care Insurance

Food insecurity and skyrocketing inflation. It’s a recipe for disaster for fixed-income seniors.

Food prices have risen 10.4% from June 2021 to June 2022, according to the most recent Consumer Price Index report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, resulting in food insecurity for some of the most vulnerable in our community—older adults on fixed incomes. As stated by Nourish.org, food insecurity is “the state of being without reliable access…

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Food insecurity and skyrocketing inflation. It’s a recipe for disaster for fixed-income seniors.

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month

Falls Prevention Awareness month is an excellent time to focus on one of older adults’ leading causes of injury-related death. Falling is common for older adults, especially those who live alone. Every year, one in four older adults experience a fall, and falls are the leading cause of severe and fatal injuries for adults over…

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September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month

He’s 85 years old and just fulfilled a lifelong goal — to finish college.

As reported in the Bend Bulletin on June 7th, Bend resident Robert Weed recently finished his final courses for a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from Oregon State University-Cascades, nearly 70 years after taking his first stab at higher education at Oregon State in the 1950s. According to a university spokesperson, he is the…

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He’s 85 years old and just fulfilled a lifelong goal — to finish college.

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

In the United States, more than 5 million individuals live with Alzheimer’s, and over 15 million people act as caregivers. Wearing a purple ribbon was established to bring awareness to the disease and to demonstrate support for all those in our lives affected by Alzheimer’s. The brain is a fascinating thing! Looking at the brain…

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month