Mary’s Corner: Senior Care Referral Agency Scams (Part 3)

August 1, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova Major Problem 5: Subsidized Seniors This is a monumental senior housing problem and it’s why the Concierge Care Advisors have dedicated an entire volunteer program ( The Concierge Samaritans ) to giving back. As each installment in this series has suggested and as Steve Moran posits in his article, most senior care referral agencies don’t help elderly persons on Medicaid or on low-income. Now, just because a senior care referral agency doesn’t help those elders, doesn’t make them inherently bad because you need to know the reasoning behind it. All senior care referral agents... Read more >>

Mary’s Corner: Senior Care Referral Agency Scams (Part 2)

July 31, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova Major Problem 3: Referral List Some senior care referral agencies have a select list of facilities that they network with. Technically, this is true with the Concierge Care Advisors, but there’s a different reasoning behind than personal problems or financial gain. While we serve California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, the majority of the senior care advisors are based in the Pacific North West. I only mention this because we are familiar with a LOT of senior housing communities. Brian Prouty recounts in his blog , “King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties host 246 different... Read more >>

Mary’s Corner: Senior Care Referral Agency Scams (Part 1)

July 31, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova It seems that no matter what industry you’re in, there are always companies that employ best practices and those that employ questionable practices. The problem is not when there’s a company that does it well and another that does it better; the problem is when companies do it right and companies do it wrong. Senior Care Referral Agencies Recently, I came across an article about scams within the senior care referral agency ( found here ). Although the article was written in 2011, it is still as relevant today as it will be ten years from today. The fact is, when you do a... Read more >>

Healthy Senior Living: Exercise and Diets (Part 2)

July 26, 2014
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Earlier in the week, we talked about the importance of exercising early in the morning for healthy senior living. And yes, while there are numerous accounts and claims that may say it’s better to exercise in mid-afternoon or night (it’s the internet after all), for healthy senior living lifestyles, the morning is best – that we can say with some certainty. In this article, we’re going to continue with our diatribe on healthy senior living by talking about the proper diet for elders. Senior Living Health: Big to Small Diet Many argue – and we agree – that before you can even exercise, you need... Read more >>

Healthy Senior Living: Exercise and Diets (Part 1)

July 25, 2014
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Remember when the internet wasn’t as readily used as it is today? In order to know if something was trustworthy, you relied heavily on your peers and people you held in high-esteem; when they told you something was healthy, you trusted their word. The problem (but also, the solution) is research across the world has become readily accessible. So, after you hear one thing, there will be dozens of articles that disprove it (and likely, dozens that support it as well). Just the other day, I was reading an article in the UK that seems to suggest that mouth wash isn’t all that good for you unless... Read more >>

Care Advisors’ Stories: When Your Senior Doesn’t Deserve Senior Care

July 24, 2014
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By: Kathy Kappler It’s not common, but it happens. Sometimes there are elders who, for one reason or another, are alone and they reach out to us. Other times, there are elders that are isolated of their own accord; people who have pushed their loved ones out of their lives and now they need senior care. These situations are relatively rare, and although many times they are left unresolved, there is a certain beauty to them. We’ve worked with estranged families that don’t want to be involved with their elder, but don’t want them to suffer either – that alone, requires a great deal of heart. We... Read more >>

When to Consider Elderly Housing for Seniors Suffering Memory Loss

July 19, 2014
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By: Heather Souve Remember when you were younger and having your head in the clouds, or being “absent-minded” was something that was regarded as a humbling and affectionate trait? However, as you get older, those traits may be symptomatic of something far more sinister. For many family members (especially those that avoid confrontation or simply don’t want to be a bother), it’s hard to tell when your senior is suffering memory problems and when they’re just forgetful. Certainly, you don’t need to be alarmed every time your senior forgets their wallet and a little obsessiveness over prized... Read more >>

Mary’s Corner: How Social Media Can Be A Good Thing

July 16, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova Earlier this week, I talked about how social media can be a bad thing and especially where our elders are concerned. We are social beings! The fact that people are more attached to their than they are to loved ones (by feeling more socially in sync with text messages than phone calls) seems, to me, to be a misguided priority. Technology is building towards immediacy and while having rapid answers can be a good thing (as I’ll address in this article), it can also be a bad thing. There are some things you need to take slow and as the Baby Boomers retire and need to find senior... Read more >>

Mary’s Corner: How Social Media Can Be A Bad Thing

July 15, 2014
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By: Mary Cordova Social Media has a lot of uses. You can stay in touch with your fellow college graduates or friends from a state you moved from long ago, it can also save lives (but I’ll save that for later this week). I just want to keep people’s minds open about social media, when it’s a good thing and when it can be a bad thing. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram… These social medias are not going away and each of them has their uses – I’m never going to deny that – but there’s an increasing number of people that don’t simply use these tools, but abuse them . Undoubtedly, one of... Read more >>

New Alzheimer’s Research is a “Technical Tour de Force”

July 11, 2014
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By: Kecia Lilly This is great news… but preceded by some bad news, but it’s okay, because we’ll finish this article strong. There’s a lot of funding being funneled into Alzheimer’s research – and for good reason. 44 million people (in the world) are suffering from dementia and by 2050 that number is expected to triple. This is a crisis as it’s a neurodegenerative disorder and retirement ages are growing and the caregiver/senior care industry is running low on employees. To take care of elders with dementia, the global cost is approximately $600 billion (Source: Alzheimer’s Society ). Okay, so... Read more >>