When is Chanukah in 2017?

When is Chanukah? 2017:  December 12-December 20 Note that the first candle of the menorah is lit at nightfall of the first date listed above (the dates for other years are found below). If you want to know when is Chanukah, there is a good chance you may appreciate some other basic Chanukah info. What Is […]

Recipe of the Month – Sugar Free Spice Latte Syrup

RECIPE OF THE MONTH SUGAR FREE PUMPKING SPICE LATTE SYRUP INGREDIENTS ½ Cup Truvia 1 Cup Water A dash of salt 1 tsp. Vanilla 2 tsps. Pumpkin Pie Spice mix ½ Cup Pure Pumpkin Puree DIRECTIONS In a small saucepan, make a simple syrup with Trulia (or other artificial sweetener), water and salt. Mix them […]

Know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s

Know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s, Early Detection Matters! Your memory often changes as you grow older.  But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging.  It may be a symptom of dementia.  Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.  The most common form of dementia […]


5 Thanksgiving Activities for Seniors

The holiday season is upon us and brings with it numerous opportunities for turning typical days at home or in a senior community into seasonal experiences. Treat November as a month-long Thanksgiving celebration with regular themed activities scattered throughout. The seniors in your life can get involved by helping decorate and plan for the big […]

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Downsizing the Family Home

So how do you do downsize? In researching this post I discovered Marni Jameson’s wonderful book “Downsizing the Family Home” published last year by AARP. She has learned how to dump everything, from husbands to houses to stuff. She starts off by quoting Morris’s contemporary, Mark Twain, acknowledging the emotional tugs:Our house was not unsentient matter […]

Review: In Home Elder Care Service

We met with a representative about a once a week home visit to my 95 year old mom. They were very friendly but also detailed and professional.  We worked together to find a caregiver who would be a good match for Mom, who is not very mobile but has an active and agile mind and […]

When is Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018 Coverage?

When is Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018 Coverage? A: For 2018 Medicare coverage, open enrollment is in the fall of 2017, from October 15 to December 7. (The specific dates changed in 2011, but have been the same ever since, and should remain as-is for the foreseeable future.) During this annual enrollment period (AEP)  you can make changes to various aspects […]


2018 Medicare coverage changes

Do you have questions about the 2018 medicare coverage changes? Here are some changes to be aware of for 2018: Starting in April 2018, Medicare beneficiaries will begin receiving new Medicare ID cards that don’t have Social Security numbers on them. This change was announced in September 2017. The new cards will have randomly generated ID […]

ACA Dates and deadlines for 2018 Health Insurance

The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2018. If you haven’t applied for insurance on HealthCare.gov before, here’s what you need to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace (sometimes known as the health insurance “exchange”). The Health Insurance Marketplace is […]

Don’t let stress get the best of you

Finding support and identifying coping strategies are essential steps in combating the effects of stress. Stress gets a bad rap, but anxiety in general doesn’t always have to be negative. In some cases, stress serves as motivation to get things done. It can help us act when were in dangerous situations, as our bodies are […]