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Nursing homes: making informed decisions

Senior citizen advocates and government agencies at the city, state and federal levels all seem to encourage nursing homes as a last resort when considering long-term care for one’s self or an elderly parent or relative.But all also agree that when deciding on nursing homes or at least weighing them as an option, people should have all possible information at their fingertips in order to make an informed choice.

Thursday 10/03/2019
No need to be lonely in a crowd of your peers
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 1:01 pm

It was about a year and a half ago when Debbie Brumer was hit by the feeling of loneliness that all too often overcomes people as they get older — and it hit her hard.

A divorcee who had been living in Manhattan for some 35 years, Brumer, now 62, suddenly found herself uprooted by circumstances beyond her control and transplanted to Forest Hills, where she felt totally out of her element.

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Learning about healthcare costs and options
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Healthcare seems to get more expensive every year. And if you’re a senior citizen living on a fixed income, keeping up with the costs and understanding changes in your plan can be challenging.

But steps can be taken to make it easier.

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Expect only a 1.6% hike in Social Security
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 1:06 pm

The Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2020 will be considerably lower than the 2.8 percent COLA received this year, according to a new estimate from The Senior Citizens League.

“The government’s consumer price index data for August indicates that COLA recipients can expect to get a benefit boost of about 1.6 percent in 2020,” says TSCL’s Social Security policy analyst, Mary Johnson. “That would raise an average retiree benefit of $1,460 by about $23.40 per month, a big drop from the $40.90 that people with that level of benefits received this year,” Johnson says.

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Queens Senior Centers
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 1:24 pm

Senior centers are places where older adults gather for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the center and the community. Many centers offer fitness and internet programs and activities, among others, to meet the needs and interests of today’s older individuals. Some centers also offer care management programs, long-term care ombudsmen and adult day services.

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Thursday 09/05/2019
Number of homeless seniors on the rise
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Longtime Long Island City resident Melanie Lee has been through the homeless system and back and knows all too well what so many of her fellow senior citizens face on a daily basis.

“I had difficulty keeping up with the expenses of the house,” she explained of a family residence in Corona, where she had lived on and off with her mother since 1984. “My family decided it was too much to maintain and sold it.”

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Beware of false advertisements
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 1:08 pm

Scammers have become more aggressive and sophisticated in the digital age. With millions of people relying on Social Security and Medicare, scammers target audiences who are looking for legitimate program and benefit information. Scammers sometimes try to scare people into giving out their personal information. Never give someone who called you any personal information unless you absolutely know who they are.

The law that addresses misleading Social Security and Medicare advertising prohibits people or nongovernment businesses from using words or emblems that mislead others. Their advertising can’t claim that they represent, are somehow affiliated with or are endorsed or approved by Social Security or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Medicare).

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The truth about osteoporosis
Updated: September 05, 2019 - 12:57 pm

Commonly known as the “silent disease,” osteoporosis is a condition where your bones lose density and become more fragile. It’s described as silent because it typically progresses with no obvious symptoms until a fall or misstep leads to a fracture. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to build bone strength, prevent osteoporosis and reduce fracture risk.

True or false: Osteoporosis is an inevitable part of aging.

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Thursday 08/01/2019
Eyesight loss a public health concern
Updated: August 01, 2019 - 2:05 pm

As people grow older, their eyesight can weaken. But left untreated or complicated by disease and other factors, age-related weakening eyesight can lead to vision loss.

And while New York City and the federal government often are not on the same page these days, officials of both entities agree that it is a serious public health matter.

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When do I get my Soc. Sec. payment?
Updated: August 01, 2019 - 2:07 pm

Timing is everything and the arrival time of your monthly payment from Social Security can be key to keeping your financial house in order.

As you budget to pay your bills and save for future needs, keep in mind that your monthly retirement or disability benefit will be paid at the same time each month. To see your next payment date, create or log on to your my Social Security online account and go to the “Benefits & Payments” section.

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On The Road Again: Portland, ME
Updated: August 01, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Portland is both Maine’s largest city and the last major town as you head north on I-95 toward the Canadian border. Although it has long been a favorite weekend getaway for Bostonians, it has become “discovered” by those outside of New England in the last decade.

The city’s downtown is both very walkable and also has ample parking.

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Thursday 07/18/2019
Staying alert to scams and financial fraud
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:02 pm

“Staying aware will help you avoid or limit the fallout if there are any problems.”

This is one bit of advice offered by the NOLO website, an online legal encyclopedia, aimed particularly at senior citizens who are the most likely victims of a wide variety of schemes, scams and frauds.

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Jamaica Hospital MC ups its game in the ER
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:06 pm

A healthier, longer-living population poses challenges to the medical field.

“Ten thousand baby boomers are turning 65 every day,” said Dr. Shi-Wen Lee, vice chairman of emergency medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in an interview last week.

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What you should know to avoid skin cancer
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:09 pm

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined.

Heather Summe, a dermatologist with Northwell Health, said the recommended sunscreen to use is SPF 30 or greater broad-spectrum but a big issue she sees is that people aren’t putting on sunscreen correctly.

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Thursday 07/04/2019
Taking precaution and staying out of the heat
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 11:51 am

Barbara, a resident of Forest Hills, was walking along Queens Boulevard one day last week. The midday sun was beating down when, all of a sudden, she witnessed a nearby elderly woman fall in the street, the victim, she suspected, of overheating.

According to Barbara, the police arrived and helped the woman back onto her feet and waited with her until an ambulance arrived.

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On the road again: Portsmouth, NH
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 11:57 am

Located halfway between Boston and Portland and right on both I-95 and US-1 it is somewhat surprising that Portsmouth isn’t a bigger city than it is. The great thing about that, however, is that it has retained its Revolutionary War era small-town charm.

John Paul Jones, the father of the American Navy and a key figure in the United States winning independence from Great Britain, resided here for a short duration and the home in which he rented a room is still standing. The John Paul Jones “home” was also where the delegates from Russia and Japan met in 1905 to hammer out a peace treaty to end the Russo-Japanese War. Many of us learned about Portsmouth for the first time in our junior high school social studies class because of that historical nugget.

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Sign up for Medicare and estimate Medicare costs
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 12:03 pm

Affordable medical coverage is something everyone wants, especially as people age. Luckily, our nation has safeguards for workers as they get older. Millions of people rely on Medicare and it can be part of your health insurance plan when you retire.

Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, as well as younger people who have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months, and people with certain specific diseases. Two parts of Medicare are Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medicare Insurance). You are eligible for premium-free Part A if you are age 65 or older and you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years. Part B usually requires a monthly premium payment.

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Thursday 06/06/2019
Robocall scams are targeting seniors
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 12:37 pm

Spoofing is no longer a joke.

Once upon a time, it commonly referred to imitations of something — perhaps a film genre or one particular film — for comic effect.

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Understanding your Social Security benefits
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 11:34 am

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, whether at the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, the onset of a disability, or the transition from work to retirement. For more than 80 years, our programs have contributed to the financial security of the elderly and the disabled. Social Security replaces a percentage of a worker’s pre-retirement income based on their lifetime earnings. The amount of your average wages that Social Security retirement benefits replaces varies depending on your earnings and when you choose to start benefits. If you start benefits after full retirement age, these percentages are higher. If you start benefits earlier, these percentages are lower. Most financial advisers say you will need about 70 percent of pre-retirement income to live comfortably in retirement, including your Social Security benefits, investments and personal savings.

You can learn more about retirement benefits at socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement. Our resources and publications are easy to share with people you think might need the information.

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Buried since ’71: Marvin Gaye’s ‘You’re The Man’
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 11:29 am

This past April marked what would have been the 80th birthday of one of Motown Records’ greatest talents, Marvin Gaye. Sadly it also represented the 35th anniversary of his senseless death as his father shot him in what appears to have been a domestic dispute.

To commemorate Gaye’s contributions to popular music, the United States Postal Service has issued a stamp with his portrait. In addition, Universal Music Group, which now owns the Motown Records catalog, has just released “You’re The Man,” an album that was recorded in late 1971 and set for release the following year. It never saw the light of day until now.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
Nurses work with elderly in hospitals, homes
Updated: May 02, 2019 - 2:09 pm

Nurses are of vital importance to the elderly, whether it be in the home or at the hospital, long-term or short-term.

“I think the care of seniors is absolutely critical,” said Kerri Scanlon, the deputy chief nursing officer of Northwell Health and associate executive director of patient care services and chief nursing officer of North Shore University Hospital.

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Social Security supports military members
Updated: May 02, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Every year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military’s service members, and we honor these heroes and their families who may need help through the benefits we provide.

Widows, widowers and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. You can learn more about those benefits at socialsecurity.gov/survivors.

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Thursday 04/04/2019
QICA, at 48, honors senior advocates
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

As Queens Interagency Council on Aging marked 48 years of advocating on behalf of seniors at its annual anniversary celebration last Thursday evening, it paused to pay tribute to three leaders for their outstanding commitment to the population the organization serves.

The group honored state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and Queens County Clerk of the Queens County Supreme Court and Commissioner of Jurors Audrey Pheffer.

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Thursday 03/21/2019
Anxious about outliving your savings?
Posted: March 21, 2019

After a certain age, scary is no longer a long walk in an empty parking garage or a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

Scary is the thought you may not have saved enough for retirement, that you may live longer than your money.

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Senior centers provide camaraderie
Posted: March 21, 2019

While seniors look to maintain their independence, it is still important for them to remain socially active.

A number of seniors are single and others have families that don’t live nearby. Limited income and perhaps not being able to drive are other influences.

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