70-40 Rule® – Bridging the Communication Gap

7040-RPNSenior care professionals are often caught in the middle when families can’t agree. That’s where the “70-40″ Rule® programs and emotional support services can help. This program is offered to develop open discussions between families when it comes to providing care to parents and other various senior needs. Older adults and their families often look to professionals like you for practical resources and tips to help them bridge the communication gap.

You may have witnessed this in your senior care practice: the communication gap that occurred when Boomer children were teenagers can repeat as seniors struggle to find the right words to talk to their kids about sensitive subjects.

Independence, money, health and romance can leave tongue-tied even senior parents who are close to their Boomer children. How do seniors tell their adult children they want to stay in their own home versus going to a nursing home? What does a widower say to the kids when he’s dating a family friend? How does a widow tell her children that she has cancer? How do older adults explain that they’re becoming forgetful without sending their family into a panic?

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Surviving Eldercare: 6 Tips for the Sandwich Generation

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 1.44.58 PMBy Carol-Ann Hamilton

Here are some alarming statistics.

According to a recent Statistics Canada census (figures globally will be equivalent, anywhere burgeoning elder populations exist):

The number of seniors who live with relatives and non-relatives in private dwellings is 393,150 – up from 285,370 only a few years’ previously;

Twenty-five percent of those aged 45 to 64 (the so-called Sandwich Generation) have children living at home and perform some form of eldercare;

Fifteen percent of those workers must take time off from their job to care for aging relatives.

Juggling multiple competing demands is tough at the best of times.  You’re already split umpteen ways daily through your employment or business, significant other, children, grandchildren, home and/or car maintenance, your health and tons more.

You’re not alone.

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Be Proactive: Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

aaron-e-katzBy Aaron E. Katz, M.D.

Prostate health issues are becoming increasingly common in men, particularly those who are 50 years old and older. In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The disease is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages. Thanks to a simple physical exam and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, most prostate cancers can be detected before there are symptoms. If you do get prostate disease, you can harness the power of potent natural medicines to strengthen your body’s own ability to heal. But why wait for a negative diagnosis?

Here are steps that men can take to improve their prostate health, today.

Improving Your Diet — Reduce fat: Studies suggest acorrelation between dietary fat and prostate cancer. Eat less than 30 percent fat overall and favor unsaturated fats such as olive and canola oils over saturated and trans fats.

Eat organic: Eat a largely organic and vegetarian diet.
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Improving Communication Between Seniors and Doctors

improving-communicationToday’s seniors belong to a generation that tends to view doctors as authority figures who are not to be questioned. That mindset keeps many seniors from having the conversations they need to have with their healthcare providers.

During a recent webinar on patient/doctor communication, Dr. Amy D’Aprix, Executive Director of the DAI Foundation, shared the following story:

“My father was referred to a urologist because he was having trouble urinating. I spoke with him right after the appointment and he said to me, ‘Well, I feel good. The doctor assured me it isn’t prostate cancer.’ And I said, ‘Oh Dad that’s great! Well, what did the doctor say about the problem you’re having urinating?’ And his response to me was ‘Not much.’ And I asked him, ‘Well did you mention it to the doctor?’ And he said, ‘No, I figured if it was important, he would have brought it up.’”
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Eight Things You Need to Know about Long-Term Care

By Harold Lustig

Many of us don’t think about long-term care (LTC) until elderly parents need it or we come face-to-face with our own medical crisis. Myths about long-term care are legion, including “My spouse will take care of me” or “I’m too young to think about it.” Here are eight things you need to know.

LTC costs more in some parts of the country than others. The median cost of long-term care in New York State, for example, was $116,000 per year for a private room and $73,000 for a semi-private room in 2010, but only $52,000 a year in Louisiana. Would you send your loved one to a less expensive area? Not if you want them to live longer. People whose family, friends, and relatives visit them in a long-term care facility live longer and maintain better health than those who have no visitors.

Women are more likely to end up in a nursing home than men. Here’s why: Two out of 3 people 85 and older are women. Women over 65 are more likely to be living alone. Women are more likely than men to get Alzheimer’s disease, and they are more likely to suffer a debilitating stroke. And to make matters worse, many elderly women have no Social Security benefits.

LTC isn’t only for the elderly. The need for LTC can arise at any age. In fact, more than 40 percent of people who need it are under 65. Michael J. Fox was only 30 when he noticed a twitch in his finger that was later diagnosed as Parkinson’s. Christopher Reeve was 43 when he had his tragic accident that left him a quadriplegic.

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SeniorCare Network wins Best of the Best at 17th Annual Apartment Excellence Awards

York Commons_2013 Best of the Best copySeniorCare Network, the real-estate management affiliate of Presbyterian SeniorCare won the Best of the Best award in elderly housing, as well as three additional Apartment Excellence Awards at the June 14 ceremony at the Rivers Casino.

The awards recognize property owners, managers and staff of apartment communities in metropolitan Pittsburgh (comprised of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties) that achieve the highest standards of property management. Best of the Best awards are given to the property that achieves at least a 98% in their category.

Through SeniorCare Network, Presbyterian SeniorCare provides affordable and supportive housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Supportive housing includes additional services as needed and as appropriate to enhance the quality of life and care for residents, such as wellness and educational programs, optional meal plans and transportation.

Excelling in its commitment to meeting the needs and desires of seniors in our region is York Commons, winner of the Best of the Best in Overall Community Appeal.
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A Resource You Should Know—Sykes Elder Law

Sykes Elder Law is a Pittsburgh law firm in Mount Lebanon, PA that focuses on helping seniors achieve a more secure future by protecting their spouses, home, life savings, income, dependents, and quality of life. Services include medicaid planning and estate planning in Pennsylvania. Check out their video to learn more!

Asbury Heights Receives 5 Star Overall Rating

The Asbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Asbury Heights, a senior living community and care facility in Mt. Lebanon, has been awarded a 5-star overall rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The quality standards assessed for the overall rating are health inspection, staffing and quality measures.

“We are honored to be so highly rated by CMS,” says John Zanardelli, President and chief executive officer, United Methodist Services for the Aging. “At Asbury Heights, we work hard to meet and exceed the needs of our residents with top quality health care and resources.”

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Once-troubled Senior Housing Transformed and Thriving in Etna

(Left to Right) Linda Fulmer with resident Ruth Hinderliter and Etna Commons Service Coordinator Danielle Boleware. These ladies are celebrating Ruth’s 100th birthday!

Troubled and broken. Disorganized and non-compliant. By the end of 2010, Etna Commons was in desperate need of repair.

Fast forward to the summer of 2012. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was back to reevaluate. Now managed by SeniorCare Network, a Presbyterian SeniorCare affiliate, Etna Commons features new walls, fresh paint, beautiful landscaping, new carpeting throughout the building and an organized filing system.

Evaluating for acceptable physical condition and above-average organizational practices, HUD handed out a new rating to the Etna Commons team: Superior.

“We inherited a trouble site,” says Linda Fulmer, Community Manager at Etna Commons. “Transforming this property has truly been a team effort. My team went right to brainstorming and began to really think about what we could do to get our building off of the HUD troubled list.”

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Protect Seniors from Fraud—The Anatomy of a Scam

It seems as though scammers are targeting older adults wherever they can – often creating elaborate mail, email and Internet, and telephone strategies.

That’s why it’s important for seniors to know how to spot a potential scam. Following are checklists for mail, telephone and computer that can help protect an older adult:


  • Consider a second set of eyes to look over bill payments and mail.
  • Don’t send any personal information – Social Security or Social Insurance number, bank and credit card account numbers, phone numbers or address – through the mail to anyone who you don’t know, no matter what they’ve offered or promised.
  • Never respond to a sweepstakes letter by sending a check to claim a prize.
  • Only send checks to charities with which you are familiar and that have been cleared through a second source such as the Better Business Bureau or Canadian Council for Better Business Bureaus.
  • Don’t respond to requests to send a “deposit” to “get started” with a work-at-home offer or a pyramid scheme.
  • If you continue to get mail that is obviously a scam, take it to your local post office and the mail will be forwarded to the Postal Inspector.
  • Buy and install a locking mailbox, or set up a P.O. box.
  • Don’t leave bill payment envelopes in your unsecured mailbox for pickup – take them to a postal mailbox.
  • If you’re getting unnecessary mail, contact the sender and ask to have your name removed from the mailing list. To cut down on the volume of unwanted bulk mail, get off as many national mailing lists as possible.
  • Know when bank statements, credit card statements and pension payments are supposed to arrive each month. Consider getting statements online.

 CLICK HERE to ~ Download the Anatomy of a Scam Senior Mail Checklist

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