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Research from the nonprofit Employee Benefits Research Institute throws cold water on the notion that working until age 70 will set most Americans up for adequate retirement income. Jack VanDerhei, research director at E.B.R.I., says some studies have suggested that by working to age 70 — five years past the traditional retirement age of 65 — nearly 80 percent of pre-retirees, including lower-income Americans, could have adequate retirement income.
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Money issues are always of paramount concern when an eldercare discussion begins. The presumed cost of eldercare can frequently frighten a family from any type of action—even when action is necessary for the safety and well-being of their aging loved one. In addition, poor communication, rumor and assumptions, and a generalized lack of eldercare knowledge frequently undermines the process—well before an effective eldercare solution can be formulated. Add in a heavy dose of family conflict, and solutions can be stalled, fought over, or avoided. Avoidance of the topic can prove to be even more costly, as delays in quality care often compromise the safety and well-being of the senior.
The topics of money and the cost of eldercare need to be addressed—and often the discussion starts around the parent’s kitchen table. However, a generalized uneasiness is often present when an adult child is forced to discuss money issues with a parent. Children, regardless of age, are often not privy to their parent’s financial balance sheet. Parents frequently do not share their income or financial portfolio with their adult children, so assumptions are often made that may not be accurate. Mom and Dad could have lived a modest life and now have substantial savings and a comfortable retirement income; whereas, a more extravagant couple could have spent every penny they earned.
Disagreement over the television setting can be problematic even in families where no one has hearing loss, so it is no great surprise that this is a great issue among families with one or more hearing impaired members. Market research shows that enhancing the television viewing situation was rated the most desired improvement in terms of wireless capabilities.
Many in the hearing healthcare industry predict that overcoming the obstacle of an inconvenient gateway device would represent a breakthrough for the industry and for users.
The ReSound Unite TV Streamer accessory is such a breakthrough- it connects to the audio output of a television or other audio device and transmits the sound directly to the hearing instruments. The hearing instrument program used for audio streaming can have the hearing instrument microphones turned off or on according to whether the user also wants to be able to hear and converse with others while listening to the streamed sound.
One of the inevitable issues facing senior citizens is how to protect their possessions and make sound legal decisions as they navigate through planning the later stages of life. Caregivers also have to be well informed as to legal issues when they are helping parents, grandparents or other loved ones plan for long term care or make decisions about simple estate planning. The following are some helpful legal tips when facing a situation dealing with elder law.
Choosing a Nursing Home or Care Facility
- Review admissions agreements carefully. Beware of clauses in which you personally guarantee payment for a loved one’s care.
- Do not sign any agreement that contains a waiver in which you agree to submit to arbitration and waive your right to a jury trial in the event that you or a loved one are injured while in the facility’s care.
- Go to the facility and tour the premises. Do not make any decision sight unseen.
- Take any admissions agreement to an attorney and have him/her review it prior to placing a loved one in the facility. When in doubt, it never hurts to have a second pair of eyes review any document.
By Jacqueline Marcell, Author of ‘Elder Rage’ www.ElderRage.com
For eleven years I pleaded with my stubborn elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but after 55 years of loving each other he adamantly insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired to help him soon called in exasperation, “Jacqueline, I just can’t work with your father–his temper is impossible to handle. I don’t think he’ll accept help until he’s on his knees himself.”
My father had always been 90% great, but boy-oh-boy that temper was a doozy. He’d never turned it on me before, but then again I’d never gone against his wishes either. When my mother nearly died from an infection caused by his inability to continue to care for her, I flew from southern California to San Francisco to try to save her life–having no idea that in the process it would nearly cost me my own.
EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA?
I spent three months in the hospital nursing my 82-pound mother back to relative health, while my father went from being my loving dad one minute to calling me nasty names and throwing me out of the house the next. I walked on egg shells trying not to upset him, even running the washing machine could cause a tizzy, and there was no way to reason with him. It was so heart wrenching to have my once-adoring father turn against me.
Jim was a lung cancer patient whose dying wish was to renew wedding vows with his dear wife, Jerri. With Jerri at his bedside, sons Bill and Dave in attendance and their clergyman officiating, Jim’s wish came true. He wore a boutonniere. Jerri held a beautiful bouquet. There was even wedding cake and the traditional opportunity for the groom to kiss his bride. Family Hospice Quality of Life Program Coordinator Paula Church was on hand to take pictures.
Jim, Jerri and their family viewed the photos just before Jim’s death. They act as a lasting memory of an important family event that will forever be cherished. And now, Jerri and Paula Church have taken the next step in honoring Jim’s life by creating a video that celebrates both of their wedding ceremonies – including the very photos taken at the vow renewal ceremony.
Jerri’s wish was that this video be played as a memorial tribute at Jim’s funeral. The song that accompanies the video was chosen by Jim himself.
“Family Hospice – Wedding Day” is online because it is important to Jerri to get the word out not only about her love for her husband but also for her appreciation and love of Family Hospice and the staff that cared for her husband, and supported her and her family.
The experience continues to impact Jerri and her family in bereavement, as an ongoing lifeline to the memories they all share.
The video, along with Jerri’s personal Family Hospice experience, has created a great bond. Jerri found comfort in bereavement visits and sharing her memories of her life with Jim. She has come full circle, now sewing quilts to give to others living with loss. Jerri donates the quilts to families at The Center for Compassionate Care – the same place she and Jim renewed their vows.
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/user/FamilyHospice#p/u/4/gQE6q07EWQw
By Chad Lyne
Director of Strategy, Alpine Access
The official era of the “Golden Boomers” began on January 1, 2011. It is on this date that the first baby boomers turned 65 years old. The aging of the baby boomer cohort is causing significant demographic shifts in the U.S. According to U.S. Census Bureau forecasts, from 2010 to 2020 the number of people aged 65+ will grow more than 36% and will account for 16% of the nation’s population. Rather than retiring to the beach or golf course, however, many of these older Americans are choosing to remain in the workforce.
In 1988, only 30% of people older than 55 participated in the labor force. By 2008 the figure had grown to 39% and is forecast to reach 44% in 2018. Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that nearly 29 million people in the 55+ crowd are currently employed. In addition, seniors are working more hours; in 1995, 44% of seniors worked full-time and by 2007 this figure had grown to 56%. These trends are expected to accelerate in coming years, providing employers with a large talent pool of mature, educated and experienced professionals.
By Rafael J. Sciullo
Carol was a Family Hospice RN assigned to a local skilled nursing facility. One day while making rounds, she checked in on a patient named Mary, a lovely woman in her eighties who was nearing the final phases of her life-limiting illness. After updating the chart and making sure Mary was comfortable, Carol leaned over and asked “Is there anything else I can do for you?”
“Yes,” Mary replied, “could you arrange to have someone sit with me and pray?”
Faith, spirituality and cultural beliefs tend to play prominent roles for many of those experiencing a life-limiting illness. Embracing one’s faith aids in understanding not only the human experience, but the process of death and dying and can give some meaning to illness and suffering. In some instances, patients have been known to endure their suffering in the hope that it will lead to something good as they prepare for their new existence after life on Earth.
On April 13, Family Hospice and Palliative Care will serve as a local host to The Hospice Foundation of America’s 18th annual Living With Grief ® CEU conference: “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care.” Presented by The Institute to Enhance Palliative Care, this conference serves as an educational opportunity for local professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy and counselors to earn continuing education credits while addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief.
The Hospice Foundation of America’s seminar includes clinical, ethical and spiritual experts from across the nation – and their discussion will be moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.
According to Leonard Sponaugle, M.Div., Spiritual Care Specialist at Family Hospice, this year’s conference will be proactive in nature. “This program will equip clinicians to provide from the start of the patient’s care what too frequently only chaplains provide during a crisis, or when the patient is actively dying.”
“Spirituality and End-of-Life Care” will discuss differences between spirituality and religion, while also addressing approaches to finding meaning at the end of life, including life review.
The Hospice Foundation of America’s presentation will be followed by a local panel discussion at The Center for Compassionate Care. Panelists include Rev. De Neice Welch, Pastor of Bidwell United Presbyterian Church in Manchester (and coordinator of the Transitions hospice program for African-Americans in the greater North Side), Rev. Charles Starr, Chaplain at Shadyside Hospital, and Barbara Usher, RN, PhD, a clinical nurse specialist for the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at UPMC.
The panel will offer the opportunity for attendees to gain a greater understanding through real-life experiences and give-and-take conversation.
It’s wise for clinicians to help dying patients find meaning through spirituality. Although they may not be able to discuss a person’s spiritual concerns in depth, healthcare professionals certainly should be able to identify those who have spiritual needs and act upon an appropriate referral to a spiritual care provider.
Family Hospice and Palliative Care offers non-denominational spiritual support to patients and their loved ones who request it. From our memorial services to the Meditation Room at The Center for Compassionate Care, every effort is made to respect and embrace people of all faiths.
Our own staff at Family Hospice has encountered social workers and nurses who have expressed a lack of insight into the role of spiritual care staff when caring for those at the end of life. Numerous RNs and social workers said they were always under the impression that chaplains pray with patients and that was it. A better understanding of roles and their meanings can only improve the patient experience.
Whether it be to address a life-limiting illness, life crisis, or daily stress, prayer and spirituality play an important role for many of us. As we all search for meaning and direction in our own way, it is our hope that professionals attending this conference will be better prepared to help their patients find the guidance they seek at end of life.
For those interested in attending: “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care” takes place Wednesday, April 13, 1-4:30 p.m. at Family Hospice’s Center for Compassionate Care, 50 Moffett St., Mt. Lebanon. Program is free; three CEUs offered for $25 (credit card) or $35 (check). To register, call 412-572-8747, or visit www.familhhospice.com and click on “Health Professionals.” Light refreshments will be offered and free parking is available.
Rafael J. Sciullo, MA, LCSW, MS, is President and CEO of Family Hospice and Palliative Care and Past Chairperson of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He may be reached at email@example.com or (412) 572-8800. Family Hospice and Palliative Care serves nine counties in Western Pennsylvania. Its website is www.familyhospice.com.