Introducing Senior Senorita: Creative Arts Therapy For Older Adults

“My services can be thought of as preventative care” is what Rachelle Behar Block, MS, LMHC told me regarding Senior Senorita, the company she started based on needs she recognized while working in the mental health field, specifically with seniors. Senior Señorita offers creative arts therapy to homebound individuals, as well as groups and independent nursing and assisted living facilities....

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GoGoGrandparent: A Hotline to Uber and Lyft

So many seniors live in areas where there is inadequate public transportation, or they need assistance or special accommodation to get from one place to another.  The resulting isolation and loneliness can contribute to depression and a decline in vitality. Uber and Lyft, on-demand transportation companies are now available in so many metropolitan and suburban areas, are great solutions for...

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Meals Glorious Meals: Marthas Senior Gourmet: A Meal Service That Caters Solely To Seniors

There’s no shortage of gourmet meal delivery services to choose from – they seem to be the new, new thing. But luckily for us, there’s one serving our south Florida area that is exclusively intended for older individuals and it’s called Martha’s Senior Gourmet. I think it’s a brilliant concept – for three reasons. First, the meals are geared to the varied dietary needs and taste buds of seniors....

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Do You Like Exercising in your Home? Try These Online Exercise Resources

Some type of daily exercise routine is so important for our physical as well as emotional well-being.  When creating a care-plan I always encourage my clients to be sure to plan for access to physical activity during the day.  The issues to be sure to address in an exercise routine include flexibility and strength building.  Focusing on these will help to keep you or your loved one...

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Getting Peace of Mind with I AM FINE

We spent a lot of time worrying about our children as they grew up. Now that they're young adults, it seems that for many of us, our parents are now our focus of concern. Is my mother safe? Did she get home from her doctor's appointment? Did she return home after going to the movies?  If this scenario sounds familar, you should know about a service called "I AM FINE," an automated, check-in...

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Step-by-Step Guide for Selecting A Medicare Care Drug (Part D) Plan

It’s Medicare Open Enrollment time (October 15 - December 7)!  Maybe it’s because many of us are nearing Medicare age,  that I’m receiving many calls on how to select a Part D Drug Plan.  I thought I’d lay out a step-by-step guide on how to go about it. No doubt about it, finding a drug plan can be a daunting experience.  In fact, Jane Gross, creator of the New Old Age Blog in...

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Hospice Care in South Florida

I receive a lot of inquiries about Hospice so I thought a quick post was in order. There are many misconceptions about Hospice and what it is and what it does. Hospice addresses the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of dying patients and their families. A team of interdisciplinary experts work together to provide palliative care, with the goal of making the patient as comfortable...

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Meet Senior Homeshares: The New Wave of Having Roomates As We Get Older

Forget everything you know – or experienced – about living with roommates. Times have changed. It’s a new world and Senior Homeshares— the innovative online housemate service designed for older adults – has embraced it.   The company matches elders who have more home than they need or can afford with others on a fixed income looking for safe, affordable housing. “Many of our users are empty-...

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Stay Connected: Technology Will Impact How We Age

I was thrilled to be used as a resource for a recent article by Ana Veciana-Suarez in the Miami Herald on the impact of technology on us as we age.  The article, aptly titled "Technology Will Change How And Where We Age, stresses the importance of staying connected. Thanks Ana! If you missed it, take a look. You'll be glad you did.

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A Different Take On Caregiving

Finding a competent, compassionate caregiver can be stressful. Who can you trust when you can’t be there for your loved one? For those who want to use a private caregiver, you'll be happy to learn about and meet Carespotter, a company that screens private caregivers with a tenacity that’s so important for this endeavor. Its five­ step screening process includes an intensive background check....

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Meet Angela Colley and Make Your Home A Safe Place

Angela Colley is on a mission. She determined to make it safe for seniors to stay at home, one residence at a time. As a certified Aging in Place Specialist, she has the expertise to design safe, secure – and stunning – homes. She’s takes care of daunting details those of us with aging parents worry about. And, her consultations offer in-depth suggestions on how to make your parents’ home safer...

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Fifty: It Is NOT The New Thirty

When author and editor Lorraine C. Ladish turned 50, her friends congratulated – and consoled - her. But when someone tried to comfort her with the oft-repeated phrase “Don’t worry, 50 is the new 30,” she took offense. “Fifty is not the new 30, or the new 40. It´s the new 50, and that´s a great thing! If it really were the new 30 or 40, I´d probably be pining to have another baby. And then when...

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The Residences: A New Assisted Living Facility In Miami

If you or your parents are considering moving to an assisted living facility (ALF), you’ll want to add The Residences in West Kendall to your list of places to check out. It’s owned and operated by United HomeCare, a non-profit home health and community care organization in MIami-Dade County and it's located right next to the West Baptist Kendall Hospital. I went to see it for myself and met with...

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GreyMatters: A Great Way To Share Memories With Older Family Members

If our childhood friend "Old McDonald" ran the iTunes store instead of his farm, he'd probably sing, "Here an app, there an app, everywhere an app-app!"  Today, there are hundreds of great Apple and Android applications that you can download for a better lifestyle. In my ongoing search for great applications and other resources for seniors and caregivers, I ran across GreyMatters. It's an...

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We Have Your Pets Covered Too: Introducing EQUIPAWS PET SERVICES:

Did you know that more than half of all households have at least one pet? If you or a parent live in Miami (Downtown Miami to Cutler Bay) - and have a pet, then you’ll be happy to learn about Equipaws Pet Services. Flavia and Frankie Berti offer a vast array of services that include professional pet sitting, dog walking and running, and boarding while you’re out of town, either your own home or...

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Welcome To The New Seniority Matters Website

This is a big year for me. Seniority Matters celebrates its' fifth year, and I am turning 60. Which got me thinking about a facelift. For the website, naturally. So I’m thrilled to unveil the new Seniority Matters website,  the result of what I’ve learned over the past few years from caregivers like you - users of our directory, my individual clients and the many professionals in the...

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Seniors Never Alone Program: A Wonderful Resource And Program From The Switchboard Of Miami

If you're concerned about a parent, or other relative or friend who's over 65, and who lives alone in Miami-- or is just in need of friendly conversation, you're going to be thrilled and relieved to learn about the free Seniors Never Alone Program run by the Switchboard of Miami. Last week I had the pleasure to tour the Switchboard's center and observe first-hand what this...

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Rally Round: A New Website And APP That Makes The Day-to-Day Caregiving Tasks Easier

Rally Round is a fabulous new website and iPhone app that was developed in the UK but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, can be used anywhere in the world! Have you ever wondered how you might be able to coordinate with others to assist in the everyday, must-do tasks for your homebound loved one? Rally Round offers a practical solution by allowing you to create your own private page...

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Vitas Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Support Groups In Miami-Dade County

Here's an updated list of Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups (English AND Spanish) in Miami that are offered by Vitas Healthcare. For more information and to reserve to attend, please contact Norma Trabanco at 786-306-8450. VITAS: Kendall Office: 11731 Milles, Drive, Suite 400, Miami  33183: Spanish Support Groups: 2nd Tuesday of the month, English Support Groups: 3rd Tuesday of the...

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Tis The Season For...Farmers Markets

We are entering the best time of the year in South Florida--- when the humidity goes away, and being outdoors feels great and invigorating. Have family or friends visiting? Looking for a productive outing?  Check out our list of local Farmers' Markets throughout South Florida and find the one closest to you.  We're always updating this list, so... If there's a Farmers' Market that you...

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Tai Chi: A Great Way To Reduce Stress And Improve Balance

Tai Chi is a mind body practice that originated in ancient China and has been practiced for thousands of years. It began as a martial art and as it developed it became a method of enhancing physical and mental health. Tai Chi is now popular in the West, and people all ages and physical conditions can learn it. It involves gentle movements, deep-breathing and moving meditation. It is low-...

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Take A Stress Break With Online Guided Meditations

The physical act of meditation, sitting still and quieting the mind by focusing on your breath or a phrase, sounds so simple and delightful. But in a day full of email alerts and deadlines, surrounded by open offices at work, or obligations at home, it can be a challenge to come to a halt for even a few minutes. But it’s worth trying because the benefits of meditation to our health are undisputed...

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Silver Sneakers: Fitness And Fun For Older Adults And Seniors

Silver Sneakers is a fun exercise program designed specifically with older adults in mind. It offers a variety of exercise classes, such as: Muscular Strength and Range of Motion, Cardio Circuit to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance, Cardio Fit...low impact aerobics combined with abdominal exercises and stretching and Yoga Stretch to increase flexibility. A chair is offered for...

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Volunteer Opportunities For The Newly Retired, And The Not So Newly Retired

Boredom. Loneliness. Isolation.   It’s a vicious cycle and one seen all too often in the lives of seniors who have new, quieter (and perhaps too quiet) lives since they’ve retired. The days that once whizzed by are feeling very long for many.   A solution? Volunteering. Helping others releases those “feel good” endorphins, fills  time with meaningful work, keeps those all-...

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Geriatric Care Manager (GCM): A Professional That Caregivers Should Know About

Old age isn’t for sissies. Or for their caregivers, who often juggle full-time jobs, families of their own and other responsibilities. Taking care of an elderly loved one can be an overwhelming, challenging, emotionally draining "job." And, yes, sometimes it does take a village. We’ve found that one of the most helpful people is a Geriatric Care Manager, an expert that helps families...

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DrugsDB.com: A Great Resource For Caregivers Who Manage Their Parents' Medications

Caregivers often ask me for suggestions about how to make sure their loved ones are getting more benefits than negative side effects from their medications. My response and one of the most important caregiving tips: is to understand the medications that your loved takes. "Medication Management" is a critical responsibility of the caregiver.  Considering the staggering amounts of medications...

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Here's Your Chance To SHINE

Navigating the mind-boggling maze of Medicare and Medicaid rules is daunting. But there’s help - and it’s not one of those infuriating recorded messages. The compassionate souls at SHINE volunteer their time and energy to give seniors free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicaid - and they’ll even help them apply for Medicare and prescription drug assistance programs. They’re a...

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Books By Mail Program Delivers

Anxious to kick back with the latest James Patterson thriller? Or escape on a rainy afternoon with a Danielle Steel tome? Perhaps listen to a captivating book on tape or watch a video? Our libraries are brimming with enticing books, marvelous music, interesting videos and the newest books on tape - and they’re available even for those people who are physically unable to get there. Miami-Dade,...

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When Good Herbs Have Bad Reactions

I’m sure you’ve heard this: Herbal remedies are all natural, so they must be safe. While these ancient therapies have been known to cure - or at least help - many maladies, they can also cause serious health problems if mixed with certain prescription drugs. In other words, more is not always better. Taking ginko to help improve your memory? Don’t mix it with anticonvulsants - it will increase...

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South Florida Easter Seals: A Gem For Alzheimer's Patients & Their Caregivers

We get many calls from Caregivers inquiring about Adult Day Care services for their family members with Memory Disorders. Our mission at Seniority Matters is to arm you with as much information as possible so that you can make good and informed decisions. So yesterday I visited the South Florida Easter Seals to learn more about the programs and centers they operate throughout South Florida for...

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Choosing The Right Insurance Agent For Your Medicare Needs

Our recent blog post  "Guidelines for Purchasing (Medigap) Supplemental Insurance Plans" provided many resources and instructions on how to purchase Medicare Supplemental plans online.  There is so much information to absorb. In addition to everything that is on the hundreds of related websites, there is also news that we cannot ignore. As an example a published article ...

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Talk About A Service Provider That Can Really Make Our Lives Easier...A Daily Money Manager

Identifying and enrolling providers for our users has been one of the most challenging yet gratifying parts of developing Seniority Matters. Everyday has been an education, and I now know about people and services that I didn't even know existed.  I can’t believe that I could have gone through life without knowing about them.  As an example (and there are many), I never knew what a...

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Fear Of Falling

September 23 is National Fall Prevention Day.  Every year over 250,000 people fall, many requiring medical attention. I am going to pay special attention to it on the 23rd, and on other days as well. I worry a lot about my father falling. Sometimes the most unnoticeable misstep results in him catapulting across the room. I have been there when it has occurred and it happens so quickly that...

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Baby Boomer Juggling Act: Today's Miami Herald (Father's Day, June 20)

Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads. I was looking forward to having a quiet day celebrating Father’s Day with my kids and husband, and calling my father who lives in California. I will still have a family day complete with a barbecue, but the day started out with a lot of excitement. I woke up to today’s Miami Herald’s story by Ana Veciana-Suarez on the Baby Boomer juggling act, "Caring...

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