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16 April 2014
How's Your Water Sense?



WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which seeks to help families and businesses realize that they can reduce water use by 20 to 30 percent by doing just a few simple things, such as upgrading to higher quality, more efficient products. 

The average U.S. household wastes up to 10,000 gallons of water per year.  Managing water is a growing concern in the United States. Communities across the country are starting to face challenges regarding water supply and water infrastructure.  Each of us can do something to help.  Plus, we can reduce our water bills in the process.

  • Water is a finite resource—even though about 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use.
  • At least 36 states are projecting water shortages between now and 2013.
  • Each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home.
  • We can all use 30 percent less water by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
  • The average household spends as much as $500 per year on their water and sewer bill and can save about $170 per year by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
How can we help, and save money, too?

  • WaterSense labels products that are 20 percent more water-efficient and perform as well as or better than conventional models.
  • WaterSense labeled faucets—or aerators that can be installed on existing bathroom faucets—are about 30 percent more efficient than standard faucets, but still provide plenty of good flow.
  • WaterSense labeled toilets use 20 percent less water per flush, but perform as well as or better than today's standard toilets and older toilets that use much more water.
Learn more at WaterSense

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13 December 2013
JANUARY IS FINANCIAL WELLNESS AWARENESS MONTH
Some Simple Things You Can Do to Improve "Making Ends Meet"
SeniorCare would like to remind everyone of some things you can do to insure that you are obtaining benefits you are entitled to, and making the most of assessing your financial wellness, while looking after yourself physically as well.

BENEFITS CHECKUP
If you are low income, an elder, or disabled, the first thing you might want to do is visit Benefits Checkup to see if you are entitled to any of the benefit programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more.  After all, staying healthy financially is not useful if you aren't healthy in other ways!

ECONOMIC CHECKUP
The National Council on Aging has a useful Economic Checkup that older people can use to learn how to better manage a budget, save money, and set financial goals.  

SENIORCARE MONEY MANAGEMENT SERVICES
If you are eligible, and need help with bill paying, check writing, formulating a budget, or filling out forms, SeniorCare's Money Management Program can assist you.

MONEY 101
There's also a more comprehensive series of informative articles called "Money 101" sponsored by CNN, which could be very useful to some people who still need to think more comprehensively about their finances.

NEEDYMEDS
For those who are in the Medicare "donut hole" or who are facing challenges paying for prescriptions, the NeedyMeds program provides assistance.  You can contact them by phone at 1-800-503-6897.  If you just need the NeedyMeds drug discount card, you can pick one up, or request one from SeniorCare Inc. by calling us at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050.

MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH CONNECTOR
Part of good financial planning involves planning for health care needs.  If you are not Medicare eligible, and need coverage, try the Massachusetts Health Connector

SENIORCARE ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
If you think an elder is being exploited financially (or in other ways), you can make a confidential report by calling 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 during SeniorCare business hours.  Or, on weekends and holidays, by calling the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-922-2275.

SENIORCARE AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM
Elders who need assistance in filing their taxes can get help from the Tax Aide Program.  Call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050, or ask at your local senior center.

Happy Holidays to all, and SeniorCare wishes you a New Year of health and happiness.  We hope we've made it easier for you to have more peace of mind by providing these resources.




Posted by senior care blog at 2:41 PM in Financial Wellness | Link
 
25 October 2013
Keeping Connected in Massachusetts
Utility Information


SeniorCare is committed to helping our consumers as the cold weather approaches.  Call us to get information on the nearest agency to call for weatherization or fuel assistance.

If you are a low income individual and need to find information on how to keep from having your utilities shut off, click on the following link::



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10 October 2013
Where to Find Federal Shutdown Information
SeniorCare has made no public statement at this time, since we are still assessing the impact of the Government shut down as it applies to aging and disability services.  However, consumers should be aware that some of our programs are funded at both the state or federal level.

The following information is being offered as a courtesy for those who wish to find out if a particular service or location is open or not.  Most government web sites have a statement posted on their home pages.  For example, here is the Administration on Aging page: http://www.aoa.gov/.  Please note that SeniorCare Inc. is open for business in both the Gloucester and Beverly offices and you may refer consumers to us as usual for services or information.

This number is operational during the shutdown if you wish to call about a particular department or for general information: 1-800-FED-INFO.  Please do not use the number to register your feelings about the shutdown, as they will not be relayed to your elected officials.  If you want to tell elected officials how you feel, please contact them through normal channels.

This list of contingency plans for various agencies was posted by the White House Office of Management and Budget: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans.

If you are an elder (age 60+) or a disabled adult, and are being impacted by a problem caused by the shutdown, please feel free to let us know via SeniorCare Public Relations Office at 978-281-1750 or (toll free) 1-866-927-1050, ext. 569.

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05 July 2013
Don't Follow Your Heart
The Scam that Relies on Love

Never send money to anyone you cannot positively identify as your family member or you could be a victim of the "Grandparent Scam" - check with your children or a trusted advisor if you aren't sure what to do.  Scammers are very good at tugging at your heartstrings in an effort to part you from your money.
... Continue reading Don't Follow Your Heart

Posted by senior care blog at 12:00 AM in Senior Scams | Link
 
04 June 2013
Does Someone You Love Have Too Much Stuff?
New Support Group Starts in Beverly
It can be very frustrating trying to deal with a family member who has a problem with compulsive hoarding, or cluttering.  You feel frustrated that they are making choices that don't seem to be in their best interest.  They may be facing eviction, or health consequences, and you feel powerless to help, or have been refused when you try to help. This new support group, unlike some others, is not for the victims of this compulsion, but rather for the family members of those who have persistent difficulties parting with possessions.

See our Tweet about the new group and retweet to friends!:

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28 May 2013
SeniorCare/RSVP Volunteer Tea
On May 23, SeniorCare and RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore held a volunteer tea to honor the 447 volunteers who serve at 22 area non-profits.  They gave 50,305 hours of service last year, which, according to research done by Independent Sector, translates to a value of $1,379,866.00.

The Presidential Award is given to those who give 4000+ lifetime hours of volunteer service.  The following people were so recognized: Ed Chabot, Frank Clocher, Virginia Curto, Carole Isaacson, Leatrice Krochmal, Arline Moore, Catherine Morrocco, James Nolan, Carol Rawston, Jeanne Riddle, Carole Shanley, Beatrice Smith and Beverly Wiley.

Special recognition was also given to the volunteers who have served for more than 25 years.  They are: Blanche Arnold, Herbert Cheeseman, Mary Femino, Alice Lewis, Priscilla McKay, Dorothy Nowicki, Carole Shanley, and Wallace Rowe.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TEA

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07 May 2013
"A Community Conversation"
Gen Silent
Thousands of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual seniors who fought the earliest battles for equality are now so fearful of the care they need in their old age that they are going back into the closet, are afraid to ask for help, and are dying sooner.  But a small group of young and old is trying to change that...
(Gen Silent Movie Trailer)  (LGBT Resource links)

SeniorCare will present a screening of the very powerful film, "Gen Silent" on Monday, May 20th from 4:00-6:30 P.M. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester, MA.  The public is invited to attend (pre-registration is suggested as space is limited) and tickets are $10 per person, $8 for seniors.

According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
"Federal programs designed to assist elderly Americans can be ineffective or even irrelevant for LGBT elders. Several studies document widespread homophobia among those entrusted with the care of America's seniors. Most LGBT elders do not avail themselves of services on which other seniors thrive. Many retreat back into the closet, reinforcing isolation. Several federal programs and laws blatantly treat same-sex couples differently from married heterosexual couples. For example:
  • Social Security pays survivor benefits to widows and widowers but not to the surviving same-sex life partner of someone who dies. This may cost LGBT elders $124 million a year in unaccessed benefits.
  • Married spouses are eligible for Social Security spousal benefits, which can allow them to earn half their spouse's Social Security benefit if it is larger than their own Social Security benefit. Unmarried partners in lifelong relationships are not eligible for spousal benefits.
  • Medicaid regulations protect the assets and homes of married spouses when the other spouse enters a nursing home or long-term care facility; no such protections are offered to same-sex partners.
  • Tax laws and other regulations of 401(k)s and pensions discriminate against same-sex partners, costing the surviving partner in a same-sex relationship tens of thousands of dollars a year, and possibly more than $1 million during the course of a lifetime.
  • Even the most basic rights such as hospital visitation or the right to die in the same nursing home are regularly denied same-sex partners.
  • Many LGBT elders experience social isolation and ageism within the LGBT community itself."

SeniorCare is committed to serving our LBGT seniors with the same commitment, confidentiality, and care that we serve all other elders and disabled adults - to the best of our ability.  

If you are on Facebook, please help spread the word about this important EVENT!





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11 April 2013
Come See Us in Beverly
SeniorCare Opens Additional Office at Cummings Center

SeniorCare Opens Additional Office at Cummings Center

Convenient Access to Aging and Disability Services for Residents of the Greater Beverly Area

 

Beverly, MA- SeniorCare Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of an additional office in Beverly at 106-H Cummings Center.  SeniorCare currently serves more consumers in Beverly than in any of the other communities it serves, and the opening of the Cummings Center office is seen as a way to increase service availability to the public in Beverly, but also in several surrounding communities.  The office is open now, and walk-ins are welcome.  The Beverly office will be staffed on week days from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  

 “The new office will add convenience for consumers to access information and services, and provide greater opportunities for public and professional education regarding the elders and disabled people we serve,” said Scott Trenti, Executive Director of SeniorCare. 

SeniorCare Inc., founded in 1972, has its main office in Gloucester at 49 Blackburn Center.  It is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging and Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point serving the following cities and towns: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham.  The agency is consumer-focused, providing and coordinating services to elders and disabled adults, enabling them to live independently at home or in the setting of their choice.  Board members who volunteer their service to the organization come from the communities served, and more than half are elders.  The following Beverly residents currently serve on SeniorCare’s board: Linda Anderson-Mercier; Randolph D. Maloney, MD, FACS; Thomas E. Sullivan, MD; and George A. Winston.

 In Beverly alone, there are nearly 14,000 residents aged 60 and over, all of whom can potentially benefit from SeniorCare services, such as Meals on Wheels, Options Counseling, Home Care, Protective Services, or seamless referral to other services or agencies within the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore Inc. 

SeniorCare Inc. is available online at http://www.seniorcareinc.org or by calling 978-281-1750, or our toll free line 1-866-927-1050.  Email pr@seniorcareinc.org.   Find SeniorCare on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/seniorcareinc.org




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