Workshop for Seniors in Westlake: Staying Independent Through Aging: Building Your Independence Tool Kit.Read More
Lorain County Senior Fest 2016
Great time today at Senior Fest! Had the drawing this evening and the prize winners are Bonnie Shepherd and her favorite senior helper Peggy Parkinson! Thank you for all you do! Your certificates are on the way! Hope to see everyone next year!Read More
When is an individual considered a dependent for tax purposes?
Planning early for tax season can save significant money. If you are paying over 50% of someone's care annually, you may qualify to list them as a dependent on your taxes.
For those who are paying out a significant portion of their income in medical expenses or who are now caring for an aging parent, tax planning early in the year can help reduce the amount of tax owed. Click here for some great tips from Turbo Tax on how and when to claim these deductions.
For those with a loved one in Assisted Living or Memory Care who are helping provide over half of their annual financial support, don't forget to talk to your accountant to see if they qualify as a dependent as well. It is typical that the following individuals may qualify:
- Biological Children
- Foster Children
- Adopted Children
Also discuss what expenses may qualify as you will need good records to be able to quantify these at the end of the year. These are some typical ones:
- Food and Snacks
- Doctors Visits
- Transportation to Doctors Visits
- Monthly Rent and Care in Assisted Living, Memory Care, or Nursing Home
- Medical Equipment
Free Event- Oldies Concert- Food- April 26th 10 - 2 at LCCC
My New Villa will be exhibiting at Senior Fest this year! Stop by the booth for some fun and to register to win a prize!
Love antique roadshow? Always wondered what an antique you have is worth? Great news below about another exhibitor I know many of you will love! Hope to see everyone there!
The Senior Fest is pleased to include an antique appraisal booth at this year’s event. Gregg and Laurel Mazurek, from Collectors Gallery, will be offering free appraisals to all in attendance. Gregg has been a collector and dealer in fine antiques of all kinds for the past thirty-five years. “The antique market has changed dramatically in the past 15 years making it very difficult for people to know the true value of their antiques,” said Gregg. He added, “An event like the Senior Fest is so much less intimidating than standing in line at a Road Show. I would encourage all attendees to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
Some suggestions for the types of items to bring range from antique toys, art pottery, paintings, high quality prints, pocket watches, advertising memorabilia, military items, political items, art glass and the list goes on. Even a good quality picture an item may be enough for an appraisal. We anticipate that Gregg’s booth will be very popular so we are limiting each attendee to a single item.Read More
Prevent Falls- Walking Tips in Snow and Mud
Walking outdoors in Northeast Ohio this time of the year can be an adventure. It is hard to even tell day to day whether it is winter or spring this April. When a senior falls, there is a significant risk of injury that can result in decreased independence. Below are some tips things that can help prevent falling.
Proper Footwear- Often seniors switch to footwear that is easy to slip on and off. Sometimes the soles of this footwear can have reduced tread and easier to slip and fall when walking outdoors due to the reduced traction. Choosing footwear designed for the outdoors with rubber bottoms or adding snow grabbers to the bottoms of footwear can help. Snow grabbers easily slip on and off and can easily be stored when not in use.
Walking Aids- a special ice grip cane tip can be added to a cane which will add prongs to grip the ground and add extra stability. There are versions that either flip out of the way or are retractable for when they are not needed. Using a walker can help increase stability and prevent a fall.
Wet Surfaces- it isn't just the outdoors that is problematic but also how slippery indoor surfaces can become when they become wet with people tracking snow and water inside. Slips and falls in garages and just inside doors are common this time of the year and bring extra risk. If exposed to the cold and unable to get up after the fall, hypothermia can be and an added problem. Having a cell phone, life alert, or letting someone else know you are out can reduce the time until help arrives after a fall.
Contemplating a Move? Those moving into an Assisted Living Community may want to consider what services they feel are needed and whether that is available where they are moving. Do they provide regular wellness checks? How often are these done? Call pendants? How long is the response time generally?Read More
It appears the start of spring has brought winter to Northeast Ohio! Do you recognize the gadget below and what it can do to help prevent a fall this time of year? Leave a comment with your guess.Read More
Home for the Holidays- Senior Care List
The holidays can be a difficult time for many when a loved one needs care. Often when changes occur, family can be surprised at the holidays with things that they had not foreseen. Some or all family members may live out of the area and it can be difficult to detect subtler changes during a phone call or shorter visit. If you are concerned about their ability to live alone and are trying to decide on care, it is good to look beneath the surface to ensure all bases are covered. Some common areas in which a senior may need assistance are:Read More
Items To Consider When Looking at Memory Care Communities
One of the most startling differences between communities can be found in the way they handle memory care needs. Similarly, the level of care needed between individuals can vary greatly. Below is a list of some common differences to consider. A senior living navigator can walk you through these and other differences in greater detail to ensure a great fit for your loved one.Read More
Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be a challenging and isolating experience. Often in addition to providing care, it is common that people are raising families, working, and juggling many regular day-to-day activities. The thought of joining a support group can seem like just one more chore on the list but the natural bond formed with others in the same situation can greatly reduce stress by validating that your feelings are NORMAL and help with a ton of resources that you may not know of otherwise.Read More
Often finding a topic of conversation that will spark the interest of an individual with Alzheimer's / Dementia can be a challenge. Helping them relate in a way that is meaningful to them can assist them to feel more engaged socially and emotionally. Below are a few conversation starters to try...
What was the happiest moment of your life?
Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?
What are you most proud of?
For a downloadable checklist of 30 different conversation starters- send an e-mail request to email@example.com.