Kudos to Minnesota. Mind if we copy?

A news report from Kaiser Health News reported this week that Minnesota beat out Hawaii and Florida (which didn’t even come close) for the healthiest state in the nation for seniors. Washington came out in the middle of the pack at 15. I’m from northern Minnesota so it’s good to know that its claim to…

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Honoring those who died in service to America

The advertising circulars heralding a long weekend of barbecues and shopping deals came out this week. Before we let our consumerism hijack the true reason for an extended weekend (it’s not saving 25 percent on summer apparel and the latest videos), take a moment to consider, really consider, the sacrifices some have made in the…

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Can you inherit a popular rewards program?

Many airlines offer their loyal customers frequent flyer miles. As those miles build up, customers can cash them in for additional travel.  Because they only have value for purchasing miles, many people don’t think about the fact that they still have value.  In fact, depending upon the individuals involved, frequent flyer miles may add up…

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2 reasons to celebrate May

May is a lovely month especially when we have a month like what we have had so far in beautiful Western Washington.  But May’s beauty doesn’t stop with the weather.  This month is Older Americans Month and to top it off it is also National Geriatric Care Manager month.  Since we have National months, weeks…

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What is an Activity of Daily Living?

Medical, housing and even legal staff use the term Activities of Daily Living (ADL) to refer to the functional capability of the elderly or people with disabilities.   ADLs are the things we do as a normal part of our daily lives such as bathing or toileting.  Where they become important is when the ability or…

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5 reasons why you might not want to retire

Many people enter their 60s and immediately begin thinking about retirement.  But, is retirement something you want to do?  Here are some reasons retirement might not be for you. It will affect your sleep.  I was listening to the radio this morning and Carl Kasell is retiring after 60 years of being in radio.  One…

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