Amanda Fisk, Medicare broker
This month’s topic is something that affects all of us – Medicare. With today’s rising healthcare costs, it seems many of us over 50 are ‘working for insurance’ and trying to figure out how to pay for coverage once we retire. As annual enrollment season approaches, we hear about different parts, different coverage levels; it’s a confusing alphabet soup. Even if we are covered by Medicare, things change every year. Plan to attend this session with a certified Medicare specialist who will answer your questions and unscramble the Medicare jumble.
|11:00||Gather and visit in the Fellowship Hall|
|11:15||Light lunch served|
|12:30||Q&A with speaker|
Ruth Stoan, Healthy Graying, Licensed Professional Counselor (August 2019)
Ruth Stoan has over 35 years’ experience working with individuals and families through changes and transitions.
She spent 18 years working directly with seniors as a social service director at a local skilled rehabilitation center. Ruth is passionate about helping people retain their independence, decision making and enjoy life as fully as possible. She has
developed Healthy Graying as a resource for seniors and their families.
Lauren spoke on caregiver support and practical resources for caregivers: the value of a Care Manager - a useful resource even when the senior feels they are still able to live independently, and having an advocate and remaining independent.
Healthy Eating for Seniors - No Kale Required! (June 2019)
Nancy Oglesby, email@example.com
Nancy is a holistic health coach, meaning she believes in a balance. She shared her advice in an entertaining and informative talk full of ideas on ways to eat the foods you like to fix and avoid falling into the trap of eating out, eating highly-processed frozen meals, or filling up with empty junk food calories. She says there's room for fun if you try to eat healty 80% of the time. Her website and blog are chock full of information.
Hearing Concerns Concerns about hearing as we age ( November 2018)
Hearing & Balance Specialists of Kansas City is a clinician-owned private practice specializing in tinnitus and soujnd sensitivity, dizziness and imbalance, auditory processing, hearing loss, and hearing aids. Dr. Lake specializes in diagnosing hearing loss and tinnitus, offering her patients the most advanced hearing aid technology available. She also performs specialized diagnostic procedures to help identify auditory processing disorders.
Dr. Lake gave us an overview of how hearing works and some insight into the various issues seniors encounter with hearing loss such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), dizziness and vertigo and the impact on our balance, as well as Auditory Processing Disorder which can affect all ages and causes the person's brain to have difficulty processing what they're hearing. She shared ways they test for these various conditions and updated us on the types, cost and insurance coverage eligibility of today's hearing aids.
We had a great down-to-earth discussion with Kirsten on what first steps to take to begin planning our estate
Senior Planning Checklist (April 2019)
Aaron Love, JD
Love & Blomquist, LLC
Answers to questions about legal concerns like understanding the various types of ‘powers of attorney’, telling the family one’s wishes are regarding one's estate, etc. She is very approachable. She drafts plans for each client based on their
objectives and one that can evolve with life changes.
Long Term Care Insurance Update Is long-term care insurance necessary? (September, 2018)
Dawn addressed questions and debunked myths about long-term care insurance.
House and Home
Aging Gracefully in Place (March 2019)
Lynn Stoner-Whitsett - Functional Home Living
Lynn shared some startling statistics on falls (accidental injury was the third leading cause of death in the US in 2017)
then gave us some practical advice on updating our homes - including no-step entryways, single floor living, extra-wide halls and doors, lever-style handles, accessible electrical controls and lighting. 'Layered lighting' ensures lighting is
available where it's needed. She suggested some low-cost solutions that seniors can do on their own, like a plug-in,
motion sensor night light that gives off much more light. Great for those late night trips to the bathroom!
Downsizing - practical advice to get you started (December 2018)
A practical look at what it takes to get started sorting and divesting oneself of household goods that we've collected over
the years. While some think that tackling downsizing is too big a problem to start, holding onto these items (aka 'ignoring it')
can actually cause depression and create feelings of guilt. Peggy shared some great tips to identify what space you have
(whether you're moving to a new place or just re-organizing where you are now to be more accessible), then figure out what
will fit in that space. She laid out a scheme for sorting and some ideas on getting started (give yourself 15 minutes to focus
on this each day and do it slowly and steadily). One big aha! was giving ourselves permission to let go of things we've
inherited or we're keeping but may not have value to us today or we may not have the room to display or store them with
honor and respect. (Are grandma's quilts really doing the best good stored in boxes in the attic? Could they be put to better
Contact Peggy for information on her rates and services. This is one area where an objective person with expert advice is
worth making the investment.
Senior Living Options (October 2018)
Troy shared an explanation of the various types of senior communities based on the amount of care needed from
independent living communities to ones where round-the-clock care is provided. He gave ideas on the costs of each of the
different types and provided us with a worksheet to help seniors and their loved ones compare what they're paying today in
their own place to see how much they already paying for daily care. Troy's services are covered by the communities; there is
no charge to the senior for his company's help. If you need one-on-one help making these decisions, reach out to Troy.