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Help with Elder Care

Many Boomers struggle to meet the expense of caring for their elderly parents. The cost of assisted care continues to rise, and the alternative – taking leave from work to care for a parent at home could mean a real financial hit. The final report of The Federal Commission on Long-Term Care has just been released and makes a number of transformational recommendations. There are also programs that may be able to provide you with financial and emotional support. Paying for Senior Care is one, with a website is chock-full information, including Cash and Counseling programs, a Resource Locator Tool to help find financial assistance and options to help pay for or reduce the cost of elder care; and tips for lowering the cost of home care.

Center in Princeton Forming Its Third Group to Read Coming of Age E-Book

In the Princeton, NJ area? Why not join the Princeton Senior Rescource Center there for their faciliated discussion of our e-book,The Age for Change. Have a look at the book here. What do you plan to do with the next stage in your life?  What are some of the changes retirement or contemplating retriement have brought to your life?  Explore questions like these in a weekly discussion group of The Age for Change.  The program starts Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 1 pm and continues for 10 weeks (except Nov. 27), at tyhe Suzanne Patterson Bldg, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. Email Carol King for more info.

Fewer Boomer Women in Workforce Following the Great Recession

Fewer Americans are in the workforce than at any time since the early 1980s. And several demographic groups -- including especially women Baby Boomers -- appear to be leading the job-market exodus after the Great Recession. The U.S. labor force participation rate is now at a 35-year low of only 63.2 percent (as of August 2013). And it’s been falling precipitously ever since 2007, at the onset of the Great Recession. Read (or listen) to this NPR "Marketplace" story here.

Some Workshops, a New Group, and a Program Idea

Explore Your Future. We now have the deets on the next Coming of Age Explore Your Future workshop series. The program will take place Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the state AARP office, 1650 Market Street, Philadelphia. If interested, email, put “Explore Your Future” in the subject line and we’ll send you registration and more program info.
The Learniong Lab. The next Philadelphia Foundation-underwritten “Capturing the Energy and Expertise of People Age 50+” Learning Lab will be January 30-31, 2014 on Temple's main campus. Nonprofit staff will learn what motivates people 50+ today, how to craft an opportunity that marries their passions and skills to an organization's mission, and more! Email, put “Learning Lab” in the subject line and and we’ll send you registration info.
Encore Men's Group. Our first Encore Men's Group is going gangbusters. We've talked about figuring out the future, work, our adult children and more. That group is full up, and we're starting another this fall. There are three spots left. Click here and fill out a short form. We’ll get back to you as soon we have a dozen dudes.
Conversations on the Journey. Need a compelling inexpensive program for your organization that encourages people 50+ to share their experiences and learn how others approach transition, uncertainty and new possibilities? Check out "Conversations on the Journey."

Mah Jongg? Human Rights? Curmudgeons? You Choose

Want to learn PowerPoint? Or does a more advanced computer class appeal? How about a watercolor class? Or do you prefer learning about the work of the masters? Perhaps a class on “Bringing Our Human Rights to Life.” Or “The Wit and Wisdom of Curmudgeons” Or a beginning mah jongg course? All of these and much more are available at Temple’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia. Membership registration is September 10 – 12 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and an Open House for new members is September 10 and 11 in Suite 525 and includes tours of the facilities and hour-long info sessions at 10:00 AM  and 11:30 AM. Classes start on September 16.  

Birds Do It. Bees Do It. Should People with Dementia at the Home Do It?

Should nursing home residents with dementia have sex?  Are they capable of consenting to? The following articles represent two responses to similar situations. At the Hebrew Home in New York, where a four-page policy that encourages intimacy among its residents was adopted in 1996, the belief is that residents have the right to seek out and engage in sexual expression. But at the Windhill Manor nursing home in Iowa, when two residents (a divorced man and a married woman) were discovered having sex, no policy was in place to guide the actions of staff and ultimately careers were ruined. Discuss.

Think Better, Get Stronger, Avoid Disease. Here's How

“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”
Paul Terry
We know that exercise is good for us-- it increases metabolism, lowers weight, and improves mood and brain power-– yet some of us still struggle to get motivated. Here's some news that may help you get moving! A new study indicates exercise may improve cognitive function for those at risk for Alzheimers. And several other new studies report on how exercise changes fat and muscle cells. Walking has been connected to decreasing the risk for diabetes and peripheral artery disease. Pilates versus Yoga? If you want to strengthen your midsection, do Pilates. Try yoga to strengthen larger areas of the body. Even shopping can have a positive effect as long as you’re a “happy hedonist.”

Red Wine and Imported Food Alert!

Although some antioxidants may be good, more may not be better. New research suggests that resveratrol, a natural antioxidant found in red grapes and products derived from them -- such as red wine -- could offset the health benefits of exercise in older men. And faced with more reports of illness outbreaks linked to imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed new rules that would have these products meet the same safety standards as food grown in the United States.

It’s Not Just Young People Who Have College Debt

The bulk of the news on personal debt and student loans has revolved around the Millennials and Generation Y. However, people 60+ need to be included in that picture as many still have college debt too, totaling a whopping $43 billion, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Add medical bills to this growing problem and it is easy to see the mounting debt challenges which face many older adults. Because of this, it is even more important that we older adults review our retirement plans and other sources of future income to ensure that we will be able to take care of our bills. 

Can’t Think of the Word? Can’t Find the Keys? What Does That Mean?

It’s a thought that crosses many a middle-aged mind when a word is forgotten or a set of keys misplaced: Is this a fluke or the first sign of dementia? More and more, physical exercise rather than vitamins and supplements, is being seen as a way to improve and/or retain memory. One research publication shows that reading and solving everyday problems—daily mental activities— also can help ward off forms of dementia. A recent Princeton study focused on the number of different exercises and their effect on the body. The study suggests that physical activity “reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.” We like the sound of that. We’d write more, but the treadmill is calling.