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Nebraska Medicaid Vote

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Lincoln – DIABETES WORKSHOPS BEGIN OCTOBER 24

Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a series of free Aging Partners workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from October 24 through November 28.  The five-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held at Ambassador Health, 4405 Normal Blvd.

The workshop is free, but a suggested contribution of $4 per class is appreciated.  Pre-registration is required by calling 402-441-7575, and class size is limited.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Determining what to eat and when to exercise
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Caring for feet
  • Communicating with family and health care providers
  • Managing low and high blood sugar
  • Dealing with stress and learning relaxation techniques
  • Setting small and achievable goals
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Feeling better and taking charge

More information on Aging Partners is available at www.aging.lincoln.ne.gov.

(SSI) benefits will increase 2.8 percent

Thursday, October 11, 2018
For Immediate Release
Social Security Administration Seal

 

Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer
press.office@ssa.gov

 

News Release
SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.

Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount. This year, for the first time, most people who receive Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Security account. People may create or access their my Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and mySocial Security’s Message Center.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Best Medical Alert Systems

A medical Alert system helped my mother 2 or 3 times. Please consider this for your parents. -keith

While technology has changed immensely since actors from the 80’s famous infomercial cried, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, the need for affordable and reliable elderly medical alert systems remains the same. In fact, the National Council on Aging reports that 30 percent of seniors experience a fall or have other situations where emergency medical assistance is required each year. With a growing percentage of seniors wishing maintain their independence at home, medical alert systems and services provide a way for them to do so safely.

This list has been provided to help seniors, caregivers, and loved ones choose the best medical alert system for their situation. If you have experience with medical alert systems, please share that experience and your opinions below to help others choose the best Medical Alert company.

The rankings, ratings, and opinions expressed on TheTopTens.com are influenced by site visitors and TheTopTens®, and are subject to change. To keep this valuable service free, we may generate advertising revenue from some companies featured in this list.

https://www.thetoptens.com/medical-alert-systems/

Looking at the Details of a Senior Living Contract

Posted On 14 Aug 2018 By : 

Senior living contracts (also called admission or residency agreements) come in many different forms depending on the community, type of care and your state. Though, no matter what type of senior living contract you’re entering into, it’s important to ensure you fully understand it before signing on the dotted line.

Since most senior living contracts are full of industry and legal terms, it can be difficult to understand the complete terms of the agreement, which is why it’s beneficial to have an attorney review it on your behalf. See how you can take a more in-depth look at the details of a senior living contract and read other tips from A Place for Mom’s Legal Expert, Stuart Furman Esq.

How to Look at the Details of a Senior Living Contract

Read At A Place for Mom – https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/details-of-a-senior-living-contract/

Best Cell Phone Plans and Phones for Seniors

Posted On 06 Mar 2018 By : Estelle Carlson of Redondo Beach, California, has had a smartphone for at least 10 years. Carlson, who is in her 70s, does everything on it: she banks, Facetimes with her cousin in Scotland and her granddaughters in Boston and Kaui, she writes “letters” and texts. “I can’t imagine being without it,” she says of her iPhone.The Best Cell Phone Plans and Phones for Seniors

Carlson is not alone. Smartphone use among seniors is growing every year, but it varies substantially by age: 59% of 65- to 69-year-olds have smartphones. But that drops off as seniors get older. Only 31% of 75- to 79-year-olds use them, according to the Pew Research Center.

What if you’re not a savvy iPhone user like Carlson and you want a cell phone only to use for emergency calls and texts? What if your elderly parent needs a phone with big buttons and loud volume, what then? Here, we break down the best cell phone plans and phones for seniors, no matter their mobile proficiency. From flip phones to the iPhone X, here’s what you need to know before you buy.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Cell Phone Plan

Go here —> https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/best-cell-phone-plans-and-phones-for-seniors/

Most Living Wills Don’t Help You Plan for Dementia Care

Most Living Wills Don’t Help You Plan for Dementia Care, This One Does Posted On 12 Apr 2018 By : 
 We all know we’re supposed to have a living will so our doctors and families will know what type of care we want (and don’t want) if we can’t decide for ourselves. For about a third of us, though, dementia will present a problem a traditional living will can’t solve. That’s because most living wills — also known as advance directives — only take effect after a catastrophic sudden change in your cognitive abilities, like a serious accident or stroke.

Most Living Wills Don't Help You Plan for Dementia Care, This One Does

Dementia, however, affects decision-making in slower, more subtle ways, leaving patients competent to make simple choices but often overwhelmed by major decisions about treatment options.
A New Living Will for Dementia Care

(…) Each stage has four options for dementia care:

  1. To exclude the use of breathing machines and resuscitation.
  2. To prolong life as long as possible.
  3. To receive care only at home
  4. To receive palliative care only.
Developing a Health Directive for Dementia

(…) Gaster said age 65-70 is the ideal time to make your care choices, fill out the form and sign it.
(…) Gaster recommends the Alzheimer’s planning tools created by the Conversation Project,

Ways to Talk About Dementia Care Planning With Your Loved Ones

(…) talking about the possibility of dementia and planning for it can make the difference between a good end of life and one that’s unnecessarily painful and stressful for the whole family.
(…) thousands of people who’ve downloaded the dementia directive online.

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