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Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Having A Number Of Events This Month At Its Peninsula Wellness Center

by Richard Kuehn on 05/15/15

The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its Peninsula Wellness Center at 2920 2nd Avenue in Marina by having a series of events including:

May 11-17 is Group Dynamics Week, with Kickboxing, Zumba, TRX demo, etc.

May 18-24 is Fitness Week, with free screenings for blood pressure, body fat, BMI and introduction to treadmill and free weights. 

May 25-31 is Senior Living Week, with a national senior fitness day celebration on May 27.  They will also be having a TRX demo, a healthy back class and more.

For more information, call 883-5656 or go to www.peninsula-wellness-center.com

Pebble Beach, CA Pets Can Be Good For Your Physical And Emotional Health

by Richard Kuehn on 05/15/15

Pets can be an amazing enhancement to your life.  Most people are well aware of the emotional perks you get from having a loving pet, but many don’t know that there can be physical effects as well.  New research from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences found that while many pet owners seem unmotivated to exercise for their own health, they will do so for their pets.  When veterinarians prescribed exercise for an overweight pet, both the human and the pet lost weight and kept blood-glucose levels stable.  Another study from the American Heart Association found that a 12-minute visit with a dog not only lowered blood pressure and breathing rate, but also decreased the release of hormones which are associated with anxiety.  

Pebble Beach, CA POLST, Will And Living Trust Should Be Drawn Up Before It Is Too Late

by Richard Kuehn on 05/14/15

It’s critical to get important papers drawn up such as a POLST (Physician’s Order For Life Sustaining Treatment), living trust and will before it’s too late.  A story in the New York Times today pointed out that studies show that simple math problems and handling financial matters are typically one of the first skill sets to go when a person comes down with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.  Research has also found that even people with normal cognitive function may reach the point where financial decision making becomes more challenging.  “A person can appear to have their wherewithal cognitively, but not have the ability to understand money in the same way anymore,” Helen Clark, a retired registered nurse and family therapist, told The New York Times.  That’s why it is so important to have these legal documents drawn up while you are still thinking straight.  We also recommend that people talk to their friends, family and anyone involved in their financial or medical affairs to tell them personally how they want to be treated should various scenarios occur.  This sometimes doesn’t come across fully in legal documents and so it’s better to do it in person so there isn’t fighting amongst family members should you go into the hospital or become impaired in some manner.

Pebble Beach, CA Alzheimer’s Caregivers Have Hope : New Drug Trial Shows Promise

by Richard Kuehn on 05/12/15

Some of the best researchers in the country are embarking on an unusual drug trial; testing a pill that could prevent or delay some of the most devastating diseases of old age, including Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. The focus is not to prolong life. Rather, the objective is to allow people to live their final years without an increasing risk of chronic disease as they move towards their final days. Believe it or not, there are a half dozen or more drugs which appear to delay the aging process. Experiments have been done on animals and there have been observational studies on humans. Thanks to the American Federation for Aging Research for funding this important project. We have been big supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association over the years as my grandmother and father both had this terrible disease when they died. It would truly be a miracle if one of these drugs worked.

Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Having Their Living Well Workshop Starting On May 16 At The Oldemeyer Center in Seaside

by Richard Kuehn on 05/11/15

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 May 16 at 11:00 a.m. and goes to 1:30 p.m. and is only $15, which is refunded if you complete all six classes.  For more information on the classes (which will be held at the Oldemeyer Center at 986 Hilby Avenue in Seaside), call 625-4867.  Pre-registration is required. 

Pebble Beach, CA Alzheimer’s Association Gets Great PR For The Longest Day

by Richard Kuehn on 05/11/15

NBC's medical drama The Night Shift cast Eoin Macken (TC Callahan), Jill Flint (Jordan Alexander) and Ken Leung (Topher) are starring  in a new public service message inviting people to take part in Alzheimer's Association The Longest Day.  "Here on set, our days can be pretty long, but not nearly as long as they are for families affected by Alzheimer's. There are over five million Americans living with the disease, and more than 15 million who serve as their caregivers," says Flint in the cast message.  Held on June 21, the longest day of the year, teams around the world come together to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research by participating in an activity that they love from sunrise to sunset.  The event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.  We have long been a supporter of this great non-profit which has free services to the community for those struggling with this terrible disease.  For more information about The Longest Day, please visit alz.org/tld

Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Having A Number Of Events This Month At Its Peninsula Wellness Center

by Richard Kuehn on 05/11/15

The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its Peninsula Wellness Center at 2920 2nd Avenue in Marina by having a series of events including:

May 11-17 is Group Dynamics Week, with Kickboxing, Zumba, TRX demo, etc.

May 18-24 is Fitness Week, with free screenings for blood pressure, body fat, BMI and introduction to treadmill and free weights. 

May 25-31 is Senior Living Week, with a national senior fitness day celebration on May 27.  They will also be having a TRX demo, a healthy back class and more.

For more information, call 883-5656 or go to www.peninsula-wellness-center.com

Monterey Seniors Won't See Reduction In Bus Service As Had Been Planned

by Richard Kuehn on 05/11/15

Monterey-Salinas Transit will indeed receive funds due to it, averting what could have been a massive layoff resulting in a 35-60% reduction in overall bus service.  The Department of Labor has ruled that an objection filed by a transit workers union trying to block a grant to the bus system was insufficient.  MST will now receive a $4.5 million reimbursement for operating funds and won’t have to lay off more than half of its bus drivers, something which had been planned for in its Emergency Service Reduction Plan.  Ironically, the layoffs would have been forced by legal documents filed by the employee’s own union, The Amalgamated Transit Union which had contended that the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 violated its collective bargaining rights.  This blocked a total of $1.4 billion in Federal Grants.  This would have caused a sad situation for seniors, which even under the staffing system that is in place now at MST doesn’t provide enough service in the county for senior citizens.

Pebble Beach, CA Happy Mothers Day!

by Richard Kuehn on 05/10/15

Happy Mother’s Day!  It was heart warming to read that Alliance on Aging was once again able to warm the hearts of many Monterey County residents via its “I Remember Mama” program.  Each year, the non-profit collects donations which go towards buying flowers which went to 2,200 women in 76 nursing homes and senior assisted-living facilities across the county.  Thanks to Alliance on Aging and The National Charity League, a national mother-daughter non-profit.  Mother and daughter teams from this non-profit delivered many of the flowers to the nursing home residents. Most were delighted saying they had no family to visit them.

Monterey, CA Baby Boomers Ponder How Much Money They Need For Retirement

by Richard Kuehn on 05/09/15

There has been so much volatility in the stock market in recent years that many baby boomers are confused about how much money they need for retirement.  Even financial planners don't have a harmonious view on this issue.  The most widely referenced rule of thumb (known as the 4% rule) found that retirees who withdrew 4% of their initial retirement portfolio balance and then adjusted that dollar amount for inflation each year created enough funds to last them for 30 years.  But people are living longer now and interest rates are so low that some wonder whether this rule, which was first developed by a financial planner named Bill Bengen in 1994, still holds true.  Some new and alternate rules to ponder are:

Guyton and Klinger's decision rules where withdrawals are increased each year to match inflation but not when the portfolio loses money.  If the withdrawal rate ever rises to more than 120% of the initial rate, that year's withdraw is cut by 10%.  In good years, withdrawals may increase by 10%.

Bengen's floor-and-ceiling rule calls for withdrawing a given percentage of your initial retirement portfolio.  Each year thereafter, the withdrawal goes up by inflation.  After that, withdrawals could increase by up to 25% in bull markets and decrease by not more than 10% in bear markets.

This is a lot to ponder, but it's an important decision for retirement as the last thing anyone wants is to run out of money after they are retired.

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