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7 Biggest Fears About Senior Living

We break down the seven biggest fears about senior living and share why there’s nothing to be worried about. A Place from Mom. —–>

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1. I Will Lose My Independence

2. People Will Forget About Me

3. I Will Get Old and Sick Faster

4. I’ll Be Bored

5. I’ll Drain All Of My Finances

6. I’m Afraid that Strangers Won’t Take Good Care of Me

7. I Won’t Be Able to Control My Daily Activities and Life

Source: 7 Biggest Fears About Senior Living

The Biggest Fears About Senior Living

In recent years, baby boomers have reinvented what senior living really means. There is a wide range of types of state-of-the-art senior housing, from independent living for active adults to assisted living for those who need day-to-day help.

All options aim to provide seniors with a lifestyle tailored to their individual interests and needs, while also offering the necessary care to remain mentally, physically and socially healthy.

If you or your loved one is worried about moving into senior housing, read on for answers to seven of the most common fears about senior living:

About the Author

Sarah J. Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer living in Northern California. Her visual art has been exhibited around California, and her writing has appeared in a variety of web sites and print publications. In addition to writing about older adults, she also writes for younger ones–her first novel for young adults, THE LATTE REBELLION, was published in 2011 by Flux. For more information, please visit: http://www.sarahjamilastevenson.comView .


Marie Jakl – Artist Biography – Art history research project

“Information wanted for an Art and History research project about the Omaha artist Marie Jakl. (Sept 8, 1890-Jan 1, 1983)
Locations of her paintings?
Location of her antique doll collection?
Collecting information for the Museum of Nebraska Artists in Kearney. Contact, Pat. 402-318-8222 or crowruns   at

Jakl, Marie (1890 Omaha, Nebraska-1983 Omaha, Nebraska)   Born in Omaha as the youngest child of Bohemian parents, Marie Jakl was a recognized fine art painter in Omaha beginning in the 1940s. However, after her death in 1983, her name and artwork faded from public attention.

Several decades later, thanks to Pat Halderman, researcher from Lincoln, Nebraska, interest in Marie Jakl is reviving. After learning about her, Halderman concluded: “she was the most amazing woman! She was successful in everything she did and was very involved with the Omaha community.
In addition to being an artist, she created a sophisticated collection of historically valuable dolls, and was recognized locally and nationally for her garden-club activities with flowers and landscape architecture.”
Much of the following text is based on information shared by Halderman, who began her quest with a letter to the Lincoln Artists’ Guild, October 24, 2014: “I am trying to find information on a member of the Guild.
Read on for more at the Source: Marie Jakl – Artist Biography for Marie Jakl

Explaining the Science Behind Your Happiness | Health – BabaMail

-keith – This is one of the best bits of information that I can share with my blog readers. Take a look and you will know me just a bit better as well. -keith ————————–

Did you know that if you complain about things frequently, you could actually be digging yourself an early grave? There is actual science to back this up, and what’s even more astounding is the fact that you can actually shape your own reality with your thoughts. Read on to find out about the science of happiness:

1.  “Synapses that fire together wire together.”

Synapses are structures that are present throughout the brain. They act as message relays for thoughts, speech and movement. When a thought pops into your head, a synapse fires a chemical across a tiny gap to another synapse. In other words, an electrical signal is built across a bridge in your brain.

Every time the above occurs, your synapses grow closer together, meaning that the distance between them is reduced, allowing them to pass on the electrical signal quicker. The brain basically rewires its own circuitry, which means that your thoughts reshape your brain – literally.


2.  Shortest Path Wins the Race.

The synapses that bond most strongly together in your brain actually form your default personality – from your intelligence, to your skills and aptitude at different tasks in different situations. Furthermore, they determine what your most easily-accessible thoughts are, which has a great bearing on your conversational skills.

The more a thought is repeated in your head, the closer together you bring the synapses that pass it on. The thought that wins the race inside your brain is the one that has the least distance to travel between synapses.


3.  Acceptance vs. Regret, Drift vs. Desire, Love vs. Fear.

Whenever the opportunity arises for us to think a reactive thought, you’re generally faced with the following choices: Love versus Fear; Acceptance versus Regret; Drift versus Desire, or Optimism versus Pessimism.

Taking the first example, you can choose to love everything in life while relinquishing your need for control. If you approach everything in your life from a perspective of love and do not try to control what you cannot, then you have nothing to fear.

According to Buddhist philosophy, the universe itself is a place of suffering and chaos, thus our attempts to exert control over what goes on within it are nothing but futile.

Practicing acceptance of the natural flow of life, giving thanks for each experience you have and every lesson you learn, will result in the synapses in your brain that represent love having a much higher chance of being triggered before those associated with sadness, regret, pessimism, fear, depression and so on. Repeatedly approaching situations from an optimistic and loving perspective will turn your default mental state into one of optimism and appreciation.

With the above being said, you must note that this isn’t a fool-proof practice. Sometimes the burden of emotion weighs too heavily on us, and being in a negative state of mind from time to time is just a part of life. However, just like any muscle in your body, you will see the results you want through regular, repeated exercise – you’ll garner a new, innate strength, which will permeate your world with beauty.

4. Mirror-Neurons

While it may be a revelation to you that you can actually shape your own reality with your thoughts, the thoughts of those around you can contribute greatly to it as well.

When we observe someone experiencing a specific emotion, our brain tests out the emotion we perceive in order for us to try and understand what that person is going through. This is the basis of empathy, which although contains a whole world of good in itself, is also something that can have negative effects.

Think of a mob mentality – when collective anger influences others to pick up their pitchforks against the common enemy, or listening to that annoying friend of yours who berates everyone and everything to gain some self-validation. In the latter instance, you find yourself reluctantly agreeing with them that yes, what they’re complaining about really is unfair or just a load of baloney.

The fact of the matter is that life is chaotic. If you continue to let the chaos that surrounds you influence you, then you’re shaping your brain in such a way that your default, short-path personality will become bitter and jaded, rather than loving and optimistic.

Spend time with people that elevate you – that are happy and full of love, rather than people that make you live in fear of being invalidated. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t help out friends who are going through a hard time, nor does it mean that you cannot critique the world’s failings and injustices. After all, positive change usually requires critical thought.


5. Stress is a killer. 

Negativity, regret, attachment to desire and pointless complaining about things that don’t really matter will ultimately kill you. Although this point might seem drastic, all of these things ultimately lead to stress. When your brain is working away, firing angry synapses, your immune system gets weakened as a result and you’d be putting yourself at risk of a whole range of health problems.

The human stress hormone is called cortisol, and it’s somewhat of a public enemy in the medical profession. Elevated cortisol levels cause a decline in learning and memory, a decrease in immune function and bone density, an increase in weight gain, a rise in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a higher susceptibility to heart disease. These are just a few of the ailments that can be brought on by cortisol.

Source: Explaining the Science Behind Your Happiness | Health – BabaMail

5 Things to Do Before Filing a Long-Term Care Insurance Claim

Discovering that your loved one has Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) in a time when you’re wondering how to afford the care they need can be a great deal of help. Filing that claim for that policy to pay correctly for care may be another story.

That’s because of how many policy types there are, how qualifications for care work for each one individually, and the different licensure of care settings at the state or federal level. Navigating this process can be complex and you may need help.

5 Things to Do Before Filing a Long-Term Care Insurance Claim

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1. Designate a Family Coordinator

2. Read the Entire Policy

3. Understand the Benefit Triggers – Acts of daily living (ADL’s) include:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Transferring
  • Toileting
  • Continence

4. Understand the Policy Benefits

5. Follow Up


Posted On 09 Feb 2016

Source: 5 Things to Do Before Filing a Long-Term Care Insurance Claim

Senior Housing 101: Senior Care Types Explained

With so many senior housing options available, it’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed by the vast number of care types and styles of senior living communities.
It’s important to learn the terminology and the  differences between senior care solutions that are out there so you can make the right choice for your family.
As you begin your search, use this guide to learn more about the different types of senior housing options available in the U.S.

Source: Senior Housing 101: Senior Care Types Explained

Warning: The Truth About White Bread! | Health – BabaMail

Here are some other statistics about the huge loss of nutrients when white bread is made:
· About 50% of all calcium is lost
· 70% of phosphorus
· 80% of iron
· 98% of  magnesium
· 75% of manganese
· 50% of potassium and
· 65% of copper is destroyed when white bread is made
· 80% of thiamin,
60% of riboflavin,
75% of niacin,
50% of pantothenic acid
About 50% of Pyridoxine is also lost

Source: Warning: The Truth About White Bread! | Health – BabaMail

Are You Overlooking the Assisted Living Tax Deduction?

The Assisted Living Tax Deduction With over 700,000 seniors residing in over 22,000 assisted living facilities nationwide, according to the CDC’s National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, assisted living is big business. Not only that, 86.2% of residents are paying out of their own personal financial resources. For a one-bedroom apartment the median cost is $3,500 per month. That translates to a lot of money consumers are paying out of pocket for assisted living.

Daunting as that sounds, there are ways that seniors and caregivers can get a tax deduction for assisted living facility costs if they can be characterized as medical or dental expenses. Diligent record keeping throughout the year, even for related expenses like mileage from doctor visits, can add up to a lot of write-offs come tax time. Want to ease the financial burden? Read on for some tips on assisted living write-offs, and find out what you can and can’t deduct.

Source: Are You Overlooking the Assisted Living Tax Deduction?

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DHHS Legislative Bills

DHHS Legislative Bills Create Opportunities to Reduce Regulations, Improve Services The Department’s 2016 legislative package includes eight bills that provide DHHS the opportunity to reduce regulatory complexity, create a more effective state government, and improve supports for Nebraska’s most vulnerable citizens.

Source: DHHS Highlights Newsletter: Volume 3 Issue 3

Incredible Nature: How Wolves Bring Back Life. | Nature – BabaMail

Watch this amazing nature video and realize once again how magnificent the natural world is, and how smart.

Yellowstone Nature.

Source: Incredible Nature: How Wolves Bring Back Life. | Nature – BabaMail

5 Things You Need to Know about Medicaid-Sponsored Home Care


Source: 5 Things You Need to Know about Medicaid-Sponsored Home Care

1. Will Medicaid Pay for Home Care?
2. What Are Home and Community Based Services?
3. What Services Are Offered through Medicaid?
4. Who Qualifies for Home Care through Medicaid?
5. Can a Family Caregiver Be Paid by Medicaid?

A Place for Mom Source: 5 Things You Need to Know about Medicaid-Sponsored Home Care

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Snopes: Rumor Detectives: True Story or Online Hoax?

Mikkelson has the air of a night-shift detective who has seen it all-and in a way, she has. Barbara, 49, and her husband, David, 48, run, the Internet’s preeminent resource for verifying and debunking rumors, ridiculous claims, and those e-mail chain letters your sister-in-law can’t stop forwarding. Reader’s Digest story

Source: Rumor Detectives: True Story or Online Hoax?

Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste – Scientific American

(..) the surprising conclusions: the waste produced by coal plants is actually more radioactive than that generated by their nuclear counterparts. In fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.

via Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste – Scientific American.

By Mara Hvistendahl | December 13, 2007



Today’s selection — from The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin. Focus facilitates creativity and problem-solving, but the ability to focus is impeded by any number of things, including multi-tasking. And we are all easily distracted, because we love new things — in fact, we humans will work just as hard to obtain a novel experience as we will to get a meal or a mate:
“The brain ‘only takes in the world little bits and chunks at a time,’ says MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller. You may think you have a seamless thread of data coming in about the things going on around you, but the reality is your brain ‘picks and chooses and anticipates what it thinks is going to be important, what you should pay attention to.’

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A guide to the Glycemic Index

From BabaMail

The glycemic index (GI) is a number that is associated with different foods and shows their effect on the glucose levels in the blood (also known as “blood sugar level”). The number represents the total rise in glucose level after eating that food. 

via A guide to the Glycemic Index.

Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer’s Risk: MedlinePlus

Low score could be early warning sign for the disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, researchers report

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

via Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer’s Risk: MedlinePlus.


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