Poor balance is the number one reason why seniors fall

Poor balance is the number one reason why seniors fall

Trouble balancing is the most common reason seniors seek medical help If you’ve ever felt lightheaded or dizzy, you may be having trouble balancing. Often this dizziness is caused by issues with your inner ear.  A common symptom is vertigo where you feel like things around you are spinning.  Good balance is critical to staying…

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The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The number one disaster threat to homes and families isn’t a dreaded Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. It’s not torrential rains and massive flooding.  It’s not even a colossal freeway pileup. Instead, it’s a tiny spark – that leads to a flame – that leads to a fire – a home fire.  One that destroys possessions, displaces people,…

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Don’t Wait: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment ends March 31, 2021

Don’t Wait: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment ends March 31, 2021

Did you know that if you’re unhappy with your Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C), you have options? Each year, there’s a Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period from January 1 – March 31. During this time, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan and want to change your health plan, you can do one of these: Switch to a…

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New Program: Caring Connections

New Program: Caring Connections

Seniors are at the highest risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19 and are being asked to be the most vigilant about social distancing. But, with our new Caring Connections program, loneliness doesn’t have to be a side effect of COVID-19. Caring Connections matches volunteers with tri-county seniors who would appreciate a weekly phone…

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Don’t Let Scammers Spoil the Season

Don’t Let Scammers Spoil the Season

While you’re busy making holiday plans, the crooks are making their wish list. If you know what these con artists are up to, it’s easier to spot scams rather than fall for them. Unfortunately, seniors are a common target for fraudsters, especially during the holidays. Why? Seniors often have nest eggs, own their homes, excellent…

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Making Communication Age-Friendly for Seniors All Over the World

Making Communication Age-Friendly for Seniors All Over the World

The single barrier to communicating with older people is how information is presented in the print form or audibly. The font size on text materials, mainly hard copy and visual displays such as television, can often be too small to read.  Product labels and instructions, particularly for medications, can be hard to decipher. Page layouts…

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Let Us Help You Make the Right Medicare Choices

Let Us Help You Make the Right Medicare Choices

Our in-depth, one-on-one Medicare insurance counseling sessions are designed to help Medicare beneficiaries and their families, friends, and caregivers. During open enrollment, Robert Cohen, a long-time SHIBA counselor for the CoA, helps hundreds of people make the right choices for each individual situation.  “I try to steer people in the right direction, so they can…

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Helping Seniors Navigate the Path of Aging

Helping Seniors Navigate the Path of Aging

Feelings of isolation and loneliness are on the rise and the lockdown has exasperated the problem. Many seniors don’t know where to turn. They didn’t plan to worry about surviving a pandemic. But life doesn’t come with a script or any guarantees. By providing access to the information seniors need, and services such as Medicare…

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Senior Isolation and Loneliness. An Epidemic of Pandemic Proportions

Senior Isolation and Loneliness. An Epidemic of Pandemic Proportions

As we age, the inevitable happens. Friends and relatives pass away. Social circles become smaller. Married couples lose a spouse. Physical limitations limit activities when an aging adult can no longer drive, has mobility issues, hearing difficulties, or trouble following a conversation. Anyone of these scenarios can leave an older adult feeling very lonely and…

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