07 May 2013
"A Community Conversation"
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Find SeniorCare on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/seniorcareinc.org.
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27 February 2013
SeniorCare and NeedyMeds Team Up to Help You Save
Drug Discount Card Available Through SeniorCare
SeniorCare and NeedyMeds Announce Drug Discount Card Partnership
Gloucester, MA~SeniorCare Inc. recently announced an opportunity for those they serve to save money on prescription drugs through a program with NeedyMeds, a Gloucester-based national non-profit. The drug discount card, which is widely accepted by major chains and local pharmacies, provides a discount of up to 80% on prescription drugs and other medical supplies.
The free drug discount card is a joint project of NeedyMeds and SeniorCare. The card may be used to obtain a discount on prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or medical supplies written as a prescription, as well as pet medications purchased at a pharmacy.
The card is available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at SeniorCare’s main office at 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester (the card will also be available after March 4 at SeniorCare’s additional site in Beverly at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H M-F from 9-4).
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with SeniorCare and hope this resource will contribute to the good work the organization is already doing supporting elders in the community,” said NeedyMeds President Richard Sagall, MD. "Although the card can't be used in combination with insurance or state or federal programs, many seniors find it helps for medicines not covered by their insurance or if they’re in the Medicare Part D Donut Hole."
"One thing we really like about the card," said Scott Trenti, Executive Director of SeniorCare, "is that there is no tracking by individual. No one knows who is using the card or what medications they are buying. We value privacy and this card maintains user confidentiality. We recognize that the cost of medications is very hard on people and are hoping that the Needy Meds card will help to defer some costs.”
SeniorCare (http://www.seniorcareinc.org) is part of the Aging and Disability Resources Consortium of the Greater North Shore and is the regional consumer-centered elder and disability service agency for Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. The agency administers programs such as the Massachusetts Home Care Program and Meals on Wheels, and their primary focus is on assisting elders and disabled adults to live more independently within their communities.
NeedyMeds, a national nonprofit, is a comprehensive and reliable source of information on assistance programs available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care. The website (http://www.needymeds.org) is visited by approximately 17,000 people each workday. NeedyMeds' information is always free, easy to access, and updated regularly. Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration and gathers no identifiable information on site visitors.
The NeedyMeds card is accepted at over 70,000 pharmacies nationwide and anyone, regardless of age, insurance status or income level, may use the card. An entire family can use the same card or each person can have their own.
Contact SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 (toll free). Contact NeedyMeds at 978-281-6666.
Posted by senior care blog at 3:58 PM
06 February 2013
SeniorCare News Bits
SeniorCare has announced that it will open an additional office location in Beverly. It is expected that the office, which will be located at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H, will be ready for business on or about March 1st. The site will be staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. There will be a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in May, during Older Americans Month.
In other news, Dori Prescott has been named as the new Director of Home Care at SeniorCare, replacing Scott Trenti, who was recently named as the agency's new Executive Director. Dori previously directed the Special Programs area, dealing with seniors and disabled adults who receive more assistance due higher levels of disability or frailty.
On Monday, Steve Corbett, who supervises SeniorCare's Adult Protective Services
unit, will be honored at the State House for his incredible work in suicide prevention. Renee Gauthier, an Investigator with Protective Services, was awarded a plaque by the District Attorney in recognition of her extraordinary work protecting elders and people with disabilities. We're so proud of that department and how they go "above and beyond" in their service to our communities.
Public Relations Director, Anne Springer, who also manages the Pawsitive Connections
program, is slated to appear on Danvers Cable TV with her therapy dog, Sioux, on February 28th. She'll highlight the differences between therapy and service dogs, and talk about new laws that govern both. Anne also owns Paws for Praise in Danvers, which, among other area businesses, is a sponsor of this year's Meals on Wheels Valentine Breakfast, which will be dedicated to the memory of long time supporter, Charlie McIntosh.
Please support the Valentine Breakfast - you can buy tickets at the door or get them at SeniorCare. Don't forget to patronize and thank all of our Valentine Breakfast Sponsors
Dont' forget to check our Facebook
page often! We appreciate if you "like" the page and help us get valuable information out to our consumers and communities!
Posted by senior care blog at 10:37 AM
31 December 2012
A Bad Combination - Fixed Income and Low Temperatures
Unbeknownst to family and friends, many seniors struggle with the cost of heating their homes. They may not want to burden relatives by asking for help, yet may be ineligible for assistance programs if their income isn't quite low enough to qualify. That, coupled with frigid winter temperatures, is often a real health concern, as they try lower thermostats to save money, but at the same time have a diminished ability to retain body warmth due to age or infirmity.
Family members should be observant, when visiting older people, and check to see that they are warm enough. Temperatures that are fine for younger people may be low enough to cause hypothermia in an older person. Hypothermia is the dropping of the body's core temperature, and it's dangerous because people who suffer from hypothermia can lose the ability to think clearly enough to realize the predicament they are in.
Aside from setting thermostats at an appropriate level, older people can retain warmth by adding layers of clothing, such as thermal underwear, warm socks, and caps. Closing off unused rooms, and properly weatherizing the home can help conserve heat.
Symptoms of hypothermia:
- Rapid breathing
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech (Can also be related to stroke, so here's a simple test to see if it's a stroke
- Low energy
- Lack of awareness about being cold
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Some health disorders affect your body's ability to regulate body temperature. Examples include underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), poor nutrition, stroke, severe arthritis, Parkinson's disease, trauma, spinal cord injuries, burns, disorders that affect sensation in your extremities (for example, nerve damage in the feet of people with diabetes), dehydration, and any condition that limits activity or restrains the normal flow of blood." So, people with any of these conditions should be especially concerned that they keep warm enough during cold weather, indoors or out.
Families, armed with this knowledge, can do a lot to insure that loved ones have enough heat and warm clothing. Noticing is the first step in being able to help!
Posted by senior care blog at 9:41 AM
07 December 2012
What is the Olmstead Decision?
How Does Olmstead Affect Seniors in Massachusetts?
In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a favorable decision in Olmstead v. L.C, a case that challenged the
state of Georgia’s efforts to institutionalize people with mental disabilities. The Court ruled that the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) required states to provide services in the most integrated settings appropriate to the needs of individuals with disabilities; additionally, the Court indicated that each state should develop an Olmstead plan
consistent with the Supreme Court's decision. This is the plan that has been developed for Massachusetts.
SeniorCare plays a strong role in developing and providing many of the community-based services described in this plan:
Posted by senior care blog at 1:57 PM
05 December 2012
How Could Local Seniors be Affected by the Fiscal Cliff?
Nutrition Programs at Risk
Posted by senior care blog at 4:18 PM
28 November 2012
Mass Home Care Can Help
There is an organization that collectively represents the Aging Services Access Points (also known as Age Info Centers) in Massachusetts. Mass Home Care keeps its members and seniors informed about legislative activities
and other pertinent issues. For example, in their November newsletter, "At Home," there is some very valuable information about choosing a prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D) during the Medicare Open Enrollment period which ends December 7th. Additionally, there is an article about hospital penalties under the Affordable Care Act, and the general issue of hospital re-admissions.
One feature of the Mass Home Care page that seniors may want to keep in mind is the Elder E-lert function, which seniors can access from the home page at http://www.masshomecare.org.
It allows seniors to send email to their legislators about advocacy issues that are important to them.
Regarding the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, if you wish to compare plans available in your area, you can visit: www.medicare.gov
and search on "find a plan." If you need further assistance, contact SeniorCare's Information and Referral Department for referral to a SHINE Counselor at 978-281-1750 or toll free 1-866-927-1050.
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19 November 2012
Are YOU prepared for another Sandy???
Seniors often in most danger in emergencies.
Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey, and many residents were unprepared for the magnitude of the difficulties they faced. You may be less well prepared than you think, too, so SeniorCare is hoping that you will revisit your preparedness plans.
- Do you have enough non-perishable food on hand?
- Do you have water stored?
- Do you have a grab 'n' go bag?
- Have you made preparations in case of evacuation?
- Are you prepared to help your family and pets?
Take a look at the Senior Lookout column in Friday's Gloucester Daily Times for some links that might help you
develop a good plan and not be one of those seeking help when help might not be immediately available!
Here's a short video on you might want to keep in your 72 hour survival kit:
Now is also the time to winterize your car and make sure you have a winter car kit and emergency kit there as well. This is a nice list from the state of Wisconsin, where winters are sometimes even more severe than they are here: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/winter/HowToMakeAKit.asp
Posted by senior care blog at 10:37 AM
16 November 2012
SeniorCare Inc. Joins Nationwide Campaign to Help Prevent Financial Exploitation of Older Adults
Holiday Campaign Encourages Families to Spend Time Discussing Strategies to Address Financial Exploitation with Older Family Members
Gloucester, MA – As financial exploitation targeting older adults continues to become more prevalent in the United States, SeniorCare joined a nationwide campaign to encourage older adults and their families to address the issue and to get informed about the warning signs and resources available to help prevent abuse. Research shows that as many as 5 million older adults are victims of elder abuse each year and financial exploitation costs seniors an estimated $3 billion annually.
As part of its 10th Annual Home for the Holidays campaign, the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), is encouraging older adults, caregivers and their families to use their time together this holiday season to discuss and get informed about strategies to prevent financial exploitation. The National Center on Elder Abuse partnered with the Eldercare Locator to produce a consumer guide that is now available to help inform this discussion with seniors during the holiday season. SeniorCare is supporting the campaign by raising awareness for the issue and encouraging families to take steps to prevent financial exploitation this holiday season.
“This holiday season is an ideal time for families to get together and discuss these issues with their older family members,” said Jane Militello, Assistant Executive Director of SeniorCare. “We strongly encourage North Shore and Cape Ann families to take some time to learn about the warning signs so that they can ask the right questions and take the right precautions to ensure that the finances of older adult family members are safe.”
There are several signs of financial exploitation for families to check for, including financial activity that is inconsistent with an older adult’s past financial history; confusion about recent financial arrangements; changes to key documents that have not been authorized; a caregiver or beneficiary who refuses to use designated funds for necessary care and treatment of an older adult; and an older adult who feels threatened by a caregiver or another individual who is seeking to control their finances.
“Financial exploitation is a threat to the health, safety, dignity and independence of vulnerable older adults,” said Kathy Greenlee, Administrator at the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging. “This holiday season, we encourage families to spend some time asking older family members some basic questions to ensure that their finances are in good hands and that if there are signs of abuse, that the right steps are taken to stop it.”
“Unfortunately, financial exploitation is often committed by a person you know and trust, which makes it even more difficult,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO, n4a. “There are steps older adults and their families can take and resources available to help identify and remedy this serious problem. To ensure your safety and the safety and security of your finances, it is critical for you to assess your financial situation on a regular basis. We are seeing more and more financial abuse across the country which is why this holiday season, we hope families will check in with their older relatives to be sure that their finances are in good order and in good hands.”
Families that are concerned about financial exploitation should report the issue to state agencies that deal with protecting the safety and well-being of older adults. In this area, Adult Protective Services is handled by SeniorCare. The campaign, which encourages older adults and their families to plan and be cautious, released tips to help prevent financial exploitation, some of which include:
· Get an estate plan in place. Talk with an attorney about creating a durable power of attorney for asset management; a living will; a revocable, or living, trust; and health care advance directives.
· Learn how to avoid fraud and scams at www.stopfraud.gov/protect.html.
· Consult with a trusted person before making any large purchases or investments.
· Do not provide personal information (i.e. Social Security number, credit card, ATM PIN number) over the phone unless you placed the call and know with whom you are speaking.
· If you hire someone to help you in your home, ensure that they have been properly screened with criminal background checks completed. Ask for certifications when appropriate.
“Financial exploitation can be prevented if people know the right questions to ask and where to turn for help,” said Mary Twomey, MSW, Co-Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse. “Although it is a sensitive issue and one that can be difficult to broach, it is critical for families to address it, and there are many useful resources available to guide them through the process.”
To download a copy of the financial exploitation brochure, visit: http://www.n4a.org/pdf/protectyourpocketbook.pdf.
About Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community and a free national service of the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) that is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Contact the Eldercare Locator at 800.677.1116 or www.eldercare.gov. November 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Eldercare Locator, which has received more than 2.3 million calls since it launched in 1992 and assisted millions of older adults and caregivers connect with local aging resources.
About National Center on Elder Abuse
The U.S. Administration on Aging designated the Program in Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine as the National Center on Elder Abuse in September 2011. Led by Laura Mosqueda, MD and Mary Twomey, MSW, the center is a clearinghouse for practical information supporting federal, state and local efforts to prevent, identify and effectively respond to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. It is the national authority on elder abuse in the U.S. www.ncea.aoa.gov
As the regional aging services agency for Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham, SeniorCare administers the Adult Protective Services program, as well as many other programs and services that are intended to assist elders and disabled adults to live more independently within their communities, such as Home Care, Options Counseling, and Meals on Wheels. Confidential reports of suspected abuse or exploitation of an elder can be made by calling 978-281-1750 or toll free at 1-866-927-1050 and speaking to a trained Information and Referral professional. On holidays and weekends, reports can be made via the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-922-2275.
Posted by senior care blog at 2:08 PM
19 October 2012
November is Caregiver Month
Are you taking good care of someone? Don't forget to take care of yourself, too!
NortheastLink Care Management, Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, and SeniorCare Inc. are co-sponsoring "The
Essential Caregiver: A Real World Toolkit for Family Caregivers" at SeniorCare Inc. on November 7 and 14, 2012
from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M. There will be practical guidance, information on family dynamics, how to handle
challenging behaviors from your loved one, and how to best complete daily activities while taking care of yourself.
Respite care will be provided. To RSVP, contact Susan Harrison at 978-921-2065, ext. 221 or
Posted by senior care blog at 10:43 AM
02 October 2012
Director retires as SeniorCare turns 40
From left to right: Kay Bierwiler, SeniorCare Executive Director; Tom Tanous, SeniorCare President; Rep. Jerry Parisella; Rep. Brad Hill; and Rep. AnnMargaret Ferrante. Dr. Bierwiler was on hand at The Gloucester House to accept a citation for SeniorCare's 40th anniversary. The Board of Directors had a little surprise for Kay as well. They gifted her with a Chelsea clock in appreciation for her nearly 25 years of service, and her stewardship of the agency as director for the past 6 years. For more about Dr. Bierwiler, see Anne Springer's Senior Lookout column in the Gloucester Times (September 21 issue)
. The Board of Directors has formed a search committee to seek a successor.
Posted by senior care blog at 9:40 AM
11 September 2012
How Far Will Social Security Take You?
Try AARP's New Tool to Find Out!
Congressman Tierney's web site says that Social Security has funds with which it can pay beneficiaries their full benefits until the year 2037. But, even if you get your full benefit, how far will that monthly money go? While Social Security was originally designed as a safety net, many people depend upon it as their sole source of retirement income if they were not able to save, or had some life event that wiped out the savings they had put aside. So, if you were living just on that fixed income each month, what would it pay for? AARP has a benefit calculator that can help estimate your Social Security benefits and help you decide the best time to claim Social Security, in addition to calculating approximately what you could expect to be able to pay for out of that monthly check. You can access the calculator by clicking on AARP
Posted by senior care blog at 4:25 PM
08 August 2012
Save the Date
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Join us on Wednesday, August 8 from 4-6 PM as we formally open our new office space at 49 Blackburn Center, just up the road from our old digs.
RSVP to: email@example.com
We will have plenty of parking, and a courtesy shuttle provided by Beauport Ambulance Company. Great refreshments and tours available. Hope to see you there!
Posted by senior care blog at 12:00 AM
18 July 2012
The Heart of an Organization
SeniorCare will honor its volunteers today at an Open House at their new offices in Gloucester. Volunteers are the heart of any non-profit organization, because they take up the slack to complete tasks that might not get done at all without them. Sometimes, the people they serve are too impaired physically or mentally even to thank them, but they persevere knowing that they are making a difference in the quality of such people's lives. A gentle smile from a Meals on Wheels delivery person, or a Money Management Volunteer may be the only smile some people get for days on end. A warm sweater that a volunteer has lovingly made by hand might be the only brand new item of clothing that a needy child gets all year. None of these volunteers can possibly know how far the ripple of good will they create will go. But, we do. It goes very far, and it is the heart of our organization and of the spirit of neighborly giving. Thank you to all the volunteers, everywhere, but most especially to ours, who we are honoring today. We couldn't do it without you!
If you've been thinking about volunteering
, we'd love to hear from you.
Posted by senior care blog at 10:32 AM