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Republicans Toying with Social Security Privatization Plan Which Could Be A Disaster For Seniors
Posted on 03 October 2010. Tags: alzheimer'sAromasbig surCaliforniacaregivercaregivingcarmelcarmel highlandscarmel valleyDementiaelderelder caregilroyhollisterHospiceking citylive-inmarinamemory walkmontereyMoss Landingpacific grovepebble beachprivate dutyprunedalesalinassand cityseasideseniorsenior care

The upcoming mid-term elections have both Republicans and Democrats targeting an important voter segment: senior citizens. I hope you all go to the polls! The Wall Street Journal ran an article 9/29 talked about the growing battle over a number of issues, including Health Care and Social Security. With inflation at a stand still causing the elderly to get by without cost of living increases necessary to cover rising health care and other day-to-day costs, these are hot issues.
According to the article, Republicans are focused on telling elderly voters that the Democratic health care overhaul will cripple Medicare by cutting $50 bil. from the program, while Democrats are telling older voters that the Republicans wan to gut Social Security, with some calling for a partial phase out of this money into private investment accounts.
This is a terrible idea in my opinion. At my last job I watched a man who was almost 70 and just getting ready to retire sitting at his computer crying as the market crash wiped out much of his 401K plan which he had planned to tap to have a peaceful and happy retirement. This was a few years ago but I just saw him last week–still sitting at his desk and unable to retire.

One problem these lawmakers may not have considered is the growing number of seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. My company, Family in Home Caregiving of Monterey, services these people with private duty caregivers which drive all over the peninsula to meet whatever needs they have. From Salinas to Gilroy to Monterey, our caregivers sometimes take the place of family, and we form a special bond with them.
A frequent problem is getting them to take their medications. Many are forgetful or just don’t care. We don’t delve into their financial situations, however, I have spoken to many other people in the industry and there are a lot of seniors slipping into dementia and Alzheimer’s which unfortunately haven’t prepared for this situation with a living trust or someone who can take over their affairs.
What would happen to these people if their social security were invested in the stock market and we had another prolonged economic downturn? It’s unlikely they would be able to make the proper financial decisions in order to protect their assets. My company motto is to allow seniors to remain independent and live in their own homes as long as possible. One sad story I recently witnessed was a caregiver looking for a job because the person she was caring for was being foreclosed on and they had to move in with a relative. I hope politicians don’t enable this to happen by throwing what should be a safe annuity payment, social security, into the volatile stock market. In the 2008 presidential election, voters 65 and older were 16% of the vote. 30% of voter were over 60 in the 2006 mid-term elections–I hope to see more seniors at the polls in these important elections.
Lost and Alone in a Nursing Home, and Without Proper Medications, Seniors Suffer
Posted on 03 October 2010. Tags: alzheimer'sAromasbig surCaliforniacaregivercaregivingcarmelcarmel highlandscarmel valleyDementiaelderelder caregilroyhollisterHospiceking citylive-inmarinamemory walkmontereyMoss Landingpacific grovepebble beachprivate dutyprunedalesalinassand cityseasideseniorsenior care

There was a disturbing story in the New York Times today about patients in nursing homes having to go out to pain clinics to get medication because of a policy many live-in facilities have which will not allow them to dispense certain medications without a written or faxed prescription from the Doctor on file.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is now scrutinizing this practice, which can result in seniors being in pain for days before the proper paperwork arrives. The practice is an unfortunate consequence of the DEA cracking down on abuse of prescription narcotics, which some people get filled and then sell on the black market. Some unscrupulous Doctors have even been involved in this practice.
The DEA has also examined some nursing homes which allegedly dispensed narcotics without a written order from a Doctor, resulting in the current situation where some of the elderly living in assisted living facilities are left to suffer in pain, particularly on weekends when it’s difficult to get in touch with their primary care physician. Even on a good day Doctors are busy–according to the medical directors association, a doctor at a nursing home typically writes 169 prescriptions per month for a controlled substance. And many assisted living facilities don’t have a Doctor on staff causing further delays.

I’ve written on my blog many times about the unintended negative consequences of the new health care reform laws, which is costing seniors time and money. And many of them simply don’t have an abundance of either. I founded my company, Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey to help seniors from of all walks of life stay in their own homes and remain independent. I have Clients all over the county from Pacific Grove to Castroville and Salinas, and up to Moss Landing and Aromas. They are thankful that there is someone to help.
For many of them, we stop by and make sure they take their meds, get a hot meal, and get out and about and socialize with others which improves their mental faculties. They are the lucky ones who have friends and family looking after them, or have had the foresight to put money away and establish a trust or buy long-term health care insurance so they can be taken care of properly.
Unfortunately, there are millions of others which are shut away in nursing home and have no one looking after their best interests. As the NYT article pointed out, this often results in pain and suffering. It’s bad enough being left on your own with no friends and family, I hope the DEA can resolve this issue quickly.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Oh What a Tangled Web the Brain Weaves
Posted on 03 October 2010. Tags: alzheimer'sAromasbig surCaliforniacaregivercaregivingcarmelcarmel highlandscarmel valleyDementiaelderelder caregilroyhollisterHospiceking citylive-inmarinamemory walkmontereyMoss Landingpacific grovepebble beachprivate dutyprunedalesalinassand cityseasideseniorsenior care

New theories and possible solutions to treating Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia appear in the press on a weekly basis. The latest report in the Monterey Herald this week called attention to a recently published study with a new theory by Alison Goate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO in the PLoS Genetics journal. For a full copy of the study, click on this link.
Much of the research on Alzheimerse revolves around beta-amyloid plaque, although success has been mixed–I wrote in my blog about Eli Lilly’s pulling a promising new drug (Semagacestat) from the market in August after finding that those on the drug fared worse than those given a placebo.
The more recent report focused on protein tangles that clog brain cells. This could determine how quickly a person develops symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. This, paired with a second protein called tau, might signal how aggressive the onset of the disease becomes. 

The research report found that patients with mild Alzheimer’s and high levels of tau harbored a genetic alteration that predicted that they would worsen faster. The race is on now to figure out how to lower tau levels in patients which could be developing Alzheimer’s Disease, because this could slow down its onset.
The new study posits that both proteins, tau and amyloid, play a role in how quickly people develop Alzheimer’s. Many harbor the disease for years, even decades, without showing symptoms. The study from Goate showed that there was up to a seven-fold difference in how quickly people deteriorated if they had a gene which caused them to produce abnormal tau. Genetic testing may one day be able to uncover signs that people are going to develop Alzheimer’s and many other terrible diseases.
Although the research is promising, unfortunately it’s just the first-step in what is likely to be a long research project to explore this line of thought. Goate told a reporter that tau is just likely to be one of many genetic markers to be discovered that impacts Alzheimer’s Disease.

For regular readers of my blog, you know that I own a company which provides private duty caregivers to people all over Monterey Country, from Carmel and Pebble Beach up and down to King City and up to SalinasMarina and Seaside. Unfortunately, many of them have dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, and are hoping for new drugs to come on the market as there are scant few to treat the disease.
That’s one reason I am a major supporter of the Alzheimer Association’s annual Memory Walk, their largest fundraiser of the year. This great organization is the largest private funding group for Alzheimer’s Research and the Family inHome Caregiving team has raised over $20,000 for this noble cause. To track our progress or find out more about the event (10:00 a.m. at the Custom House in Monterey on Saturday, October 16) click on this link. As always, thanks for your support.
Physical Therapists in Monterey CA Offer Home Safety Tips To Avoid Falls
Posted on 30 September 2010. Tags: exercise programhealth care providersPatrice WinterSeptemberside

Physical Therapists Offer Home Safety Tips To Avoid Falls

As the nation observed the third annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23, the American Physical Therapy Association urged older adults to take a moment to complete a room-by-room checklist to identify and repair possible fall hazards in their homes and begin an exercise plan to reduce chances of falling and risk of injury. 

"It’s critical that seniors remain active in and outside their homes to help reduce their risk of falling," says APTA spokesperson Patrice Winter, PT, MPT. 

"However, hazards in the home are one of the leading causes of falls in older adults. Removing throw rugs, rerouting electrical cords, and installing handrails are simple ways in which one can make a home safer. Furthermore, an older adult’s risk of falling can be decreased through an individualized exercise program, designed by a physical therapist, to improve his or her strength, mobility, and balance." 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year in the United States. Falls are the leading cause of deaths due to injuries and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma for the aging population.

In addition to addressing home safety and exercise, older adults should ask all health care providers to review their medicines — both prescription and over-the counter — to reduce side effects and interactions. They should also have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year.

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Carmel, CA Ginger In The Diet Can Reduce Hay Fever

by Richard Kuehn on 09/22/15

Can something as simple as eating more ginger cause your sneezing fits to go away?  It could be, according to a new study which found that adding small amounts of powdered ginger to food may help take the edge off of seasonal allergy symptoms.  Although the study was done only on mice and hasn’t been tested on humans yet, the study which was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found the spice to be a potent weapon against allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.  Researchers believe that this is due to the fact that a major component in ginger is 6-gingerol, which suppresses the activation of T-Cells which play an important role in sensitizing people to specific allergens.

Monterey Fairgrounds To Have Event On Community Safety October 10

by Richard Kuehn on 09/22/15

Capital Insurance Group is sponsoring a community safety event on October 10th at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center.  This free event will provide you with valuable safety information including important fire presentation and water conservation tips.  For more information, call 633-4444 or go to

Carmel, CA Cancer Dealt With Very Differently By Men And Women

by Richard Kuehn on 09/22/15

A new study of social media found that women and men handle a cancer diagnosis quite differently.  Commissioned by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, it found that men with prostate cancer were generally found to be analytical, methodical and data-driven in assessing their options.  They sought out the latest scientific studies and outcome research, and tended to get multiple doctors opinions.  Women with a breast cancer diagnosis, on the other hand, were typically distrustful of their own doctor and scientific data.  Many women went with the most aggressive treatment such as a double mastectomy, fearing the cancer might return if they went with a less invasive procedure. 

Prunedale, CA Caregiver Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also Carmel-by-the-sea, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach & Salinas)

by Richard Kuehn on 09/20/15

Prunedale, CA Caregiver Private Duty In Home Senior Companion Aide Jobs Available (Also Aromas,  Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks,  Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Paicines, Pebble Beach, Salinas, Sand City, San Juan Bautista, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos)

I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving!  We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients.  Our reputation for having the best caregivers in Monterey County is growing.   We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.

Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers (Companion Aides) who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care.  Our services include:

        Caring companionship

        Meal preparation

        Incidental transportation

        Running errands

        Light housekeeping

        Medication reminders

        Monitoring of safety while bathing

        Information and referral services

        Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.

If you believe you would make an exceptional Companion Aide, we would love to hear from you!  We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems.  Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus.  To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle.  To apply, please visit our web site, click on careers where you can fill out an application online.  We have immediate openings all over Monterey County.  Service areas include:

Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey,  Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas,  Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos

Carmel Foundation To Host Food Safety Class On September 23

by Richard Kuehn on 09/20/15

The Camel Foundation at the South East corner of 8th and Lincoln will hold their Food Safety For Seniors seminar on September 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Part of their Wellness Series, the talk will address various concerns, including how to avoid the bacteria which makes people sick.  Seniors are more vulnerable to these and this course will inform you about what to watch for when dining out.  It’s limited to the first 100 attendees.  To get more information, contact Nettie Porter at 620-8717 or by email at

Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Hosting American Bone Health Lecture Series On October 13

by Richard Kuehn on 09/19/15

The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is sponsoring the American Bone Health Lecture Series on October 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in conference rooms A, B and C.  Learn how to build better bones with this quarterly lecture series which will feature various educators.   

Carmel, CA New Non-Surgical Treatment Methods Being Developed For Foot Pain

by Richard Kuehn on 09/19/15

Foot surgery can be very painful and recovering from it can be difficult.  Therefore, podiatrists have been coming up with new ways to treat foot pain that are non-surgical.  Bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes and metatarsalgia, depending on the severity, can be treated without surgery.  Treatment techniques include ultrasound-guided injections that deliver anti-inflammatory drugs to the site of the pain and shockwave therapy that promotes soft tissue healing.  Talk to your doctor about the various treatment methods if you are experiencing foot pain.

Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Sponsoring Emergency Preparedness Fair On Saturday September 26 At Del Monte Center

by Richard Kuehn on 09/18/15

The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is sponsoring an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Del Monte Center in Monterey.  Stop by to get emergency kit essentials and information like:

Safe food and water

Home safety

Fire extinguisher how to’s

Fire-safe landscaping

There will be more than 20 emergency agencies and the first 500 attendees will receive free emergency starter kits courtesy of CHOMP.

Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Having Their Living Well Workshop Starting On September 19 or September 22, At The Oldemeyer Center in Seaside And In Ryan’s Ranch In Monterey

by Richard Kuehn on 09/17/15

The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, has a number of great classes including the “Living Well Workshop” which was developed at Stanford University to help those living with ongoing health conditions and chronic diseases.  The six class series starts on September 26 and runs every Saturday from September 26 through November 7 (with no class on October 24) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ryan’s Ranch Location at 2 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite D230 in Monterey.  There is a free introduction on Saturday September 19 from 11:00 a.m. to noon, if you would like to get more information this would be a good session to attend.  The same class will be held at the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside on Tuesdays starting on September 22 and running through November 3 (with no class on September 29) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  There is a free introduction which will be held on September 15 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  For more information on the classes call 625-4867.  Pre-registration is required. There is a $15 charge but it’s refunded if all six classes are completed.

Monterey, CA Low Dose Of Aspirin For Those 50-69 Can Ward Off Strokes, Heart Attacks And Colorectal Cancer

by Richard Kuehn on 09/15/15

A daily low-dose of aspirin is the best course of action for both men and women between the ages of 50 and 69 years old in order to protect them from heart attacks, stroke and even colorectal cancer, according to a draft recommendation released yesterday by the U.S. Preventative Services task force.  The group said that people may prevent colorectal cancer by taking aspirin for 10 years or more.  Talk to your doctor before beginning an aspirin regimin.

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