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Tips for helping reduce the burden of Alzheimer's caregiving

caregiver2Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging. The caregiving needs of people living with Alzheimer’s are not only often more extensive, but are often needed over many years — even decades.

A recent survey by the Alzheimer’s Association indicates many caregivers are not getting the help and support they need — a whopping 84 percent of caregivers say they would like more support in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, especially from family members.


Looking for a Medicare Part D Plan? Consider These Three Things

Medicare-part-DMany people are surprised to find out that original medicare doesn't cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated. See

With Medicare Open Enrollment running from October 15 to December 7,  the annual window when you can make changes to your Medicare coverage, now is a good time to learn about how to pick a plan that can best suit your needs.

Kent Monical, senior vice president for Part D at UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, recommends you consider these three things when choosing a plan.


Berks Senior Expo is Set for October 24!

Berks-Encore-Senior-Expo-Logo-The 2017 Berks Encore Senior Expo will be held on October 24, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel By Hilton, 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601. Professionals will be offering information on a wide array of topics, from cooking on a budget to internet safety.  Flu shots will be available, and there will be live music and a Lunch and Learn session on Medicare, plus a chance to meet the K-9 teams that serve with the Berks County Sheriff’s Department.

Senior Expo Program Schedule

9 a.m. to noon: Flu shots provided by Walgreens in the Boscov Board Room

9:15 a.m.: Cook More! …with less– with Registered Dietitian Meredith McGrath from Redner’s Warehouse Markets in the White Star Cabaret/Amphitheater


Prevent Falls with a Home Safety Checklist

Fall-preventionAfter months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in seasons is also an opportunity to think about another kind of fall — the kind that impacts one in four older Americans every year — and the steps we can all take to help prevent them.

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and

account for the majority of emergency room visits for older adults. More than 75 percent of falls happen in or around the house, but fortunately there are ways to evaluate our loved ones’ homes and make them safer for everyday living.


Survey: People With Diabetes Unaware of Their Increased Risk for Certain Serious Illnesses

medic-alert-braceletToday, nearly 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, and 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.4 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the U.S. every year.[1],[2]

Diabetes increases the risk for certain serious illnesses including pneumococcal pneumonia/pneumococcal disease, flu and hepatitis B. However, many adults 18+ with diabetes were unaware of their increased risk for these illnesses, according to a recent national, online consumer awareness survey sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and Merck. The survey was conducted by Harris Poll among approximately 1,000 U.S. adults age 18+ who have ever been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


Caregiving Can Heal Sibling Relationships: Five Tips for Getting Along

higher-rez-version-of-brother-and-sister-The responsibilities of caring for aging parents can often cause tension and resentment between siblings. The bulk of the load often falls on the one who lives closer to the parents, and often the one who lives farther away feels powerless to help. The emotions associated with these situations can put a significant strain on sibling relationships and the entire family.

During a crisis, family members are forced to make decisions together and create a plan of action to care for the aging parents.

Sometimes, caregiving with siblings can make the relationships stronger. Here are five tips from A Place for Mom for nurturing your relationship with a brother or sister who is a co-caregiver:

Ask for specific ways in which you can contribute financially.Express appreciation for everything your sibling is doing.If you live far from your parents, offer to arrange grocery delivery or visit to provide your other siblings with a break.If you’re the primary caregiver, let your siblings know you need assistance. Offer specific ways they can be involved, such as taking Mom to her next doctor’s appointment.Unless your sibling is doing something truly dangerous, don’t criticize. 


4 Strategies to Grow Your Finances in Retirment

retirementRetirement is the time in your life when you can throw off the shackles of your daily responsibilities and truly enjoy the fruits of everything you spent years working toward. It’s an empowering feeling and you’ve earned it. You’ve planned and you’ve saved, but now that you’re here, don’t make the mistake of believing your financial planning is over.

In fact, in some ways, it has only begun.

Continuing to support your financial strength in retirement

On the day you enter retirement, your financial focus shifts, but its importance doesn’t diminish. As a retiree, taking an annual review of your finances is more important than ever. You deserve to live the retirement you want. To be sure your finances are up to the task, here are a few specific items to review in your annual post-retirement financial checkup.