Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 06 February 2015.

Long Term Care Insurance for Home Care

Long Term Care Insurance for Home Care


The passage of time is accompanied by many positives: increased knowledge, greater wisdom, and a more complete perspective on life. Unfortunately, it also has its negatives. Of the most prevalent are declining physical abilities that make daily life a more burdensome task. Though not a joyful experience, recognizing the inevitable effects of age can inspire the right preparation—preparation for future needs that may include long term care.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 05 March 2015.

Healthy Foods for Seniors
Healthy Foods for Seniors

Healthy Foods for Seniors


The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle grows as we age. While younger days are defined by a relative indifference toward matters of health, the accumulation of years requires a more conscious attitude. The body is increasingly susceptible to threat and every health-related decision has wider implications. Of the most important, especially for senior populations, is diet.

Written by Riley McKee on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.

5 Mind & Body Strengthening Activities for Seniors
5 Mind & Body Strengthening Activities for Seniors

5 Mind & Body Strengthening Activities for Seniors


Seniors are a population with perhaps the highest amount of spare time. But what’s the best way to use it? The answers to this question are infinite, though it’s a good idea to focus on activities that keep the mind and body engaged. Some that achieve this include:

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 26 March 2015.

Recipes & Cooking Tips for Aging Seniors
Recipes and Cooking Tips for Aging Seniors

Cooking for Seniors


Cooking is one of life’s many joys. The creation of edible art brings about a satisfaction that is difficult describe but noticeably present. And the resulting flavorful consumption nourishes both body and soul. It’s a wonderful activity rich in benefits and, thanks to improved methods, one that does not have to cease should age-related challenges arise. A variety of recipes and cooking utensils tailored to the changing abilities of seniors have been made available in recent years.

on Monday, 06 April 2015.

Why seniors want to stay in their homes
Why seniors want to stay in their homes

Why seniors want to stay in their homes


A recent USA Today article presents some potentially surprising news: most seniors are not interested in escaping to a warmer or more exotic locale for retirement. Instead, their emotional attachments and knowledge of their surroundings make home the best option. Psychologist Mary Languirand believes retirees want to stay put “because they are most comfortable with what is most familiar.”

Read the full article here: Retirees embrace ways to stay put, age in place

Written by Kollin Koller on Thursday, 14 May 2015.

Medicare and Medicaid: What's the difference?
Medicare and Medicaid: What's the difference?

Medicare and Medicaid: What's the difference?


Since their creation in the 1960s, Medicare and Medicaid have become household terms. They are frequently referenced on the news, during political debates, and in medical settings across the country as their benefits are accessible to millions. They can also, at times, be quite confusing. The similarity of their names and the underlying service they provide (health insurance) lead many to confuse the two. A more thorough look at how they operate, however, reveals many differences.


Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 18 June 2015.

The Importance of Advanced Directives
The Importance of Advanced Directives

The Importance of Advanced Directives


Just over 10 years ago, a once vibrant young woman who spent the final fifteen years of her life in a persistent vegetative state passed away. Her death and its circumstances rattled many and resulted in a contentious debate over end-of-life medical treatment decisions that continues today. Though her death was heartbreaking, perhaps the biggest tragedy of her story is that her fate was determined by a judge and, amidst the commotion of determining the right course of action, the only opinion that wasn’t heard was hers. Terri Schiavo was unable to communicate her wishes; had an advanced directive been in place, she might still be alive today.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 25 June 2015.

Hospital Readmissions and Home Care
Hospital Readmissions and Home Care

Hospital Readmissions and Home Care


The prefix “re” often holds a positive connotation. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a mantra that has grown in prominence as we better relate to what we consume. Retirement is a time of life that many of us look forward to. And on a hot New Mexico summer day, nothing can beat the refreshment that comes from a cold glass of lemonade. But other terms preceded by “re” are held in much lower regard. In healthcare, readmission is of the worst.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 23 July 2015.

Caring for a Person with Dementia
Caring for a Person with Dementia

Caring for a Person with Dementia


On February 22, 2015, Julianne Moore was awarded “Best Actress” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia University diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease in the film Still Alice. Her performance was widely praised, as was the film which highlights the array of challenges associated with this tragic ailment. Pete Travers of Rolling Stone called it "an emotional powerhouse” that “will get to you” while Ty Burr of The Boston Globe says it is filmed “often to the point of tears”. This is partly the result of high quality acting and supreme direction, but perhaps more so due to the personal experience many of us have had with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a condition that affects those who bear it and those in support almost equally.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 20 August 2015.

Making the Most of Senior Discounts
Making the Most of Senior Discounts

Making the Most of Senior Discounts


The process of aging, though challenging in many ways, does have its benefits. The senior discount is certainly one. Its mention usually brings to mind a lower bill at your favorite restaurant or no longer parting with your life savings when going to the movies. For those living on a fixed income or savings, these minor decreases in cost are invaluable.

Yet other forms of the senior discount are largely unknown, many of which apply to costly but important expenses. It’s these that provide the greatest savings and best opportunities for seniors.

Some commonly unknown yet highly valuable senior discounts include:

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 27 August 2015.

Fighting Loneliness in Seniors
Fighting Loneliness in Seniors

Fighting Loneliness in Seniors


Of all population demographics, seniors tend to struggle with loneliness the most. The long anticipated “golden years” can prove dimmer than expected as family members move to other states, loved ones pass away, and increasingly limited physical function restricts once active lifestyles. Life becomes marked by enduring changes that frequently result in feelings of loneliness.

It’s no question that life at an advanced age presents many challenges; loneliness may be the chief among them.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 10 September 2015.

The Benefits of Strength Training
The Benefits of Strength Training

The Benefits of Strength Training


If a miracle treatment claiming to reverse the physical effects of aging were to arise would you pursue it? Most would respond with a resounding “yes”, but they would also assume it to be either highly expensive or farcical. However, a “treatment” does exist that is comparatively inexpensive and has been proven to build strength, lower body fat, reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and depression all the while preventing dangerous falls that can cause serious injury through improved balance and coordination.

It goes by many names but is most commonly referred to as strength training. And of all methods to curb the effects of aging, it should be at the top of the list.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 01 October 2015.

Friendship for Improved Health
Friendship for Improved Health

Friendship for Improved Health


Friendship is an important part of life. We value it for the company it provides, the support it gives, and the joy that it creates in sharing life with others. But recent studies have revealed a previously unknown benefit of friendship—improved physical health.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 15 October 2015.

Staying Warm Without Breaking the Bank
Staying Warm Without Breaking the Bank

Staying Warm Without Breaking the Bank


It’s mid-October, and summer memories are fading alongside the leaves. The strength of the New Mexico sun weakens by the evening and sweaters are serving purposes higher than fashion. Winter, and all its joy and sorrow, is coming.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 29 October 2015.

Preparing for Flu Season
Preparing for Flu Season

Preparing for Flu Season

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year again. Throughout 2015 The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been tracking the influenza virus in preparation for its peak activity and in early October started publishing data on the 2015-2016 flu season. While cautious in its predictions on this season’s severity, the CDC is urging everyone to get vaccinated, especially seniors.

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