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Petition for Ovarian Cancer Stamp
My mother is currently battling Ovarian Cancer in the
fourth stage. So, I wanted to let you know that there is a website
where you can sign a petition to obtain an Ovarian Cancer stamp. I
thought that maybe you could put this information on your website or
in a newsletter. The website is:
Seeking Senior Housing in San Diego
Who do we contact for this low housing for Seniors in San Diego
California - Laura Sales
Editor - Check this link to lots of information that
should help -
Finding Information on Elderly in California
How can I find out about California
demographics on the elderly, and articles written on the elderly and
what is the future forecast might be.
Editor: A good starting place is our section page on
Senior Statistics - Click. Additionally,
you can follow this link to all the references of California Elderly
on Google -
Woman Seeks Elder Care
Opportunity in Spain
My name is Karen and
I would like to contact someone about a program in Spain that we have
in California. It places 40 and 50 year old woman into homes of older
woman who need some companionship and some help so that they can stay
and live in their home and not go into an institution.
I have a lot of
skills that would help place my in a home. I have been a personal
house manager for eight years, I have veterinarian training, I love
pets and exotics. I know cars, I have remodeled house and can do handy
work, I am intelligent, articulate, and love being with older people.
I can supervise others, get along with almost anyone and enjoy
cheering up older people because I relate well with them.
I would love to find
a place in Spain, if possible in the south along the coast. Please
let me know who to contact about this, or if you need further
information. I speak Spanish to a certain extent and learn languages
I have been a person
secretary, have bookkeeping skills and have run household before.
Let me know please,
Karen Click to Email Her
Interesting idea. Hope you find something. We would like to know more
about the California program.
And, we received a quick answer:
of the National Organization that may be able to help you is The
National Shared Housing Resource Center. The website address is:
www.nationalsharedhousing.org. Hope this helps. Good Luck. Feel
free to email me should you have further questions.
Becky Eizen, Program Director
of Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit
Read Our Opinion Piece for more
information. - Click
How can I get more information, on net, about
your Classic Hyatt Senior Residence in Yonkers, NY? On the net? If
so, what site?
For a Florida resident currently living in Adventura, and considering,
at her son's urging, a move to your Yonkers Location, would the
Yonkers location be similar to either your Classic Hyatt in either
Lantana or Boca?
To give my friend a peak, without traveling up to Yonkers to view, to
ease her consideration, which would be closest to Adventura, for this
88 year old friend to visit.
Editor - Here is link to Classic Residences by Hyatt
Name: Zach Sahker
Item of Interest, Denver, Colorado.
Zach Sahker, a state commissioner on Aging, has developed a 24/7 live
in caregiver program that serves as an alternative to nursing homes
and assisted living. Granny's Nannys provides this service at a cost
far less than a nursing home. The concept is catching on as units have
been operating in Utah and Colorado for over a year. Franchising is
plannned. For more information call 800 789-4844 see
I am having a problem with my mom since the passing of
my father a few years ago. She will not stop spending money.
In the few short years since my fathers death, my mother has spent
about $150,000, maybe more, I'm not sure. Now she has debt that she
can't afford and I'm trying to help her to pay her monthly bills, but
she just wont stop spending.
She received one credit card she was to use in case her money didn't
last for a whole month. She has had the card for six months and its
maxed out at $5,000. I'm writing to see if anyone has encountered this
problem and if there were any successful solutions to the problem.
I did get her to go to a psychologist who specializes in seniors, but
he apparently didn't find any reason to keep seeing her and released
her. I'm at my wits end and not sure where to turn...thought maybe
there might be some good ideas out there that I have not thought of.
Editor - Good luck!
Questions on Housing - Common to
How do I find low income senior housing
or apts. In South Jersey? How do I get my name on a waiting list?
I live with someone who is a working
senior; would he be allowed to live with me?
My mom wants to relocate from Roselle, New Jersey to
San Jose, Ca. She is 75 years old. At her current location, her rent
is subsidized. However, this subsidy is not transferable. I would like
guidance on how to transfer this housing to one without limitations. I
have not been able to find answers. Any assistance from your
organization will be appreciate
My Mom's address is 250 W. 2nd Ave. #421 Roselle NJ
My address - I am the only child - is Nancy M. Sain 200 Hollis Ave.
#23, Campbell, Ca. -
I am retired and looking for housing for low income
senior citizens. I was wondering if you might know of any developments
in the Central or South Florida area.
Thanks for any help you can offer,
Name: Wesley Kirby
I would like to know if there are low income
apartments in or close by Conway, South Carolina? Where would the
closest low income apartments be to Conway, South Carolina?
Editor - Inez, Nancy, Jim, Wesley: check with the
state for their
agency for the elderly. This page has lots of links - you can find a
link to the state agency - and also check the HUD site.
I wanted to let you know that CareScout, a company offering eldercare
discounts and ratings information on long-term care facilities, has
launched an innovative, new alliance of long-term care providers that
offer discounts of up to 20% off the cost of care for private-pay
consumers. The first-of-its-kind
CareScout Network helps consumers secure quality care at
discounted prices, and enables providers to improve occupancy rates
and patient mix ratios. Three recent providers to join the CareScout
Network include: Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIND), ARV Assisted
Living, Inc. (AMEX: SRS) and Bayada Nurses, Inc. Press release follows
Name: vera crooks
Needs to be some financial help for care givers unable to work due to
staying home with loved one.
Editor - Check with your state agency for elderly.
Check this page on our site that has lots of helpful links for care
givers - Click.
Name: Paul Young
I am a Realtor here in Cincinnati. A senior citizen (builder)
contacted me about developing some land he owns. The highest and best
use of the site would be senior housing. Are there funds available
for developing this into senior housing?
Editor - Paul, I suggest you take a look at this HUD
site - Click.
Maybe someone who reads this email will have a suggestion, too.
Senior Comes Up With Another Medicare Answer
Reference Don Bedell's Medicare Part B "late" enrollment.
Click here to read Don Bedell's
It is my understanding
that Federal Medicare law says that when a person is 65 plus and has
group health insurance at work, that person can choose to enroll in
Medicare Part B either: 1) while still covered by the group health
insurance, or 2) during the eight months starting when employment ends
(or when the group health plan terminates). Further, if you enroll
during either of those time periods, then Medicare waives the ten
percent premium penalty.
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives former workers and
their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to
continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for
limited periods of time.
Don said he opted for
COBRA coverage when he was laid off. He also said he was told that he
could not enroll in Part B now and that he would be penalized 10%.
All because he did not start Part B "within 8 months of losing my
job". I'm assuming Don still has COBRA since he was told he could
not enroll in Part B until 2004.
I suggest Don go back
to the Social Security office and talk to them again. Tell them he is
still covered by his company's group health insurance (COBRA), or
count the 8 months starting when he terminated COBRA (not starting
when he lost his job).
Suggestion on Prescriptions from Reader
Tom Spencer wrote for help on Pfizer Share Card
I have had a Share Card for going on two years now. My wife went too
Monette Discount Drugs and asked if they honored the Share Card. She
was told yes and I got a 31-day supply of Procardia XL - the cost too
me was $30.00. Wondering who I can get in touch with so that this will
not happen too others. Thanks
The Pfizer Share Cards says you should not
pay more than $15 for one months supply of their drugs. Dont know of Procardia XL is made by Pfizer but here is where to find help. Follow
this link to the Pfizer Share Card home page
Click Here. This is their toll free number 1-800-459-4156
Most Helpful Answer from Kentucky Senior, Joe Mastromarino
Pfizer Share Card. Phizer does not use the phrases "one
month's supply" or "a 31-day supply". They say: "Pay only $15
for up to a 30-day supply ...". . A charge of $30 for a
31-day supply seems within the guidelines provided by Pfizer.
It's the pharmacist (your local drug store) you need to
complain to. Everyone should always ask their doctor to write
a prescription in 30-day increments. For example: 30-day,
60-day, 90-day. Procardia XL is on the list of Phizer drugs
covered by the Share Card Program.
Thanks, Joe, this tip on the 30-day prescriptions may be valuable to
millions of senior citizens.
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I am 60 years old and am on social security
disability. I am not sure if I qualify for help with my AC/Heat
bills...Could you please send me the application and any informatin
that I might require to apply. Thank you,
Hunter - Englewood, Fl.
Editor - Here is the link to the page we have
created with helpful links for finding the type of help you seek
Click Here. In particular, check Benefits Check-Up and Full Circle
I am a Senior Citizen residing near Bombay in
India. I am interested in topics relevant to Senior Citizens. Whilst
surfing the Web for information of Senior Citizens in the United
States, I came across your journal issue of Thursday, 19th June.The
Journal was very informative.
I have to request you to e-mail me a list of
construction sites for housing for Senior Citizens in an around New
York, New Jersey, Washington, Florida for me to refer the same to my
Senior Citizen friends staying around there. Also, if you can e-mail
me the name and contact numbers of the developers.
H G Dalal
Editor I suggest you start here: HUD
Website on Senior Housing -
A page with many
links to information on housing for seniors citizens -
Do you have any paper publications? (I'm interested in advertising...)
No. SeniorJournal.com is only available on the Web. But, we hope you
will try our advertisings Customers tell us it works. For information
- Click Here.
I am a 60 yr old artist and paint about aging. I am looking for
images of elderly (75+) Can you be of help and thank you.
Editor - Carol, we will publish your letter and see if you get any
I am a member of the Louisiana Tigerettes Hi-Tops
senior womens 55-59 basketball team. We played in the Hampton Roads,
Va senior games and won the gold medal in our age division. Our
record is 103 and 3. Between our team members we now hold 4 gold and 2
silver medals in the United States Games and many , many gold medals
in the state and surrounding states. If additional information is
to you and your team. Send us a team photo, with names, if it is
Looking for a senior chat rooms
Norma, there have been many attempts at senior chat rooms but none
have been very popular. Yahoo runs a number of popular chat rooms at
http://chat.yahoo.com/ but I
don't think any are just for seniors. Also, if you
Click Here it will take you to the Google search for senior chat
rooms - you may find something there.
I need to know where to go for my parents. They
are being forced to use a mail order company for thier meds. and the
company does not have all the meds that my dad takes. The insurance
is from my dad's work and now they don't want to pay for the coverage
he had when he retired. Is there anywhere I can go to get help?
This is one of the most common letters we receive. If you
Click Here, it will take you to a page
we have prepared that provides links to some of the most helpful
My name is Helena Chapman, a graduating senior from
the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida in Gainesville,
Florida. I am interested in writing a health article with statistics,
symptoms, risk, and prevention techniques for our older citizens
relating to West Nile virus. I currently work in the Veterans
Administration Medical Center with nursing home patients and my
passion is this older population.
West Nile virus is a growing concern for our
over-50 population. Several English and Spanish news stations have
reported the significance of mosquito-borne diseases, especially West
Nile virus that has infected humans and animals in 26 states. The
Center of Disease and Contol (CDC) records statistics that the
majority of infections are in the mid-west.
In March 2003, my virology professor, ten students,
and I traveled to Havana, Cuba to research the effective public health
care program toward the eradication of Dengue Fever, another virus
transmitted by mosquitoes. In my research project, I have gained a
different perspective that I am interested in sharing with my fellow
neighbors and citizens, especially on prevention methods related to
If an accepted idea, I am interested in either
writing an editorial about my research trip and WNV OR a general
health article about WNV.
Please write when possible.
Thank you for your time.
Helena, we do not pay for
articles we publish, but we are interested in any stories of direct
interest to senior citizens.
yes, I agree with all the positive information on
strength training but WHERE DO YOU FIND SUCH PLACES?I have found all
gyms to be geared solely to young people who need highly
airconditioned places and all the equipmentgeared to them too. If I
want to adjust anything I have to call trainer each time and it seems
very few are trained in senior fitness capabilities. So many people I
know have hurt themselves in those places. Everybody talks but nobody
does anything to help us. How about a website with good stretching
regimen and other information? thanks.
Editor - Many
communities have centers where older people can join exercise classes
and other recreational programs. Ask about fitness programs at your
local church or synagogue, civic center, community college, park or
recreation association, senior citizens' center, or service
organization such as an area agency on aging, see the yellow pages in
your telephone directory under "senior service organizations." Also,
Here to a link with lots of information about senior citizen
exercise programs, including local programs.
Medicare Part B Enrollment?
I am 68 years young and worked full time until last
year when I was laid off. I opted for Cobra coverage instead of
Medicare Part "B" because I needed to have health coverage for my
Spouse and 19 year old son who is attending college. In dealing with
my old company they indicated that I could not have my family on Cobra
if I opted for Medicare Part "B". Just recently they indicated to me
that I would be able to have my spouse and son on Cobra even if I
opted for Part "B". I would have done that 8 months ago if they had
given me that option.
I now find out that because I did not get Part "B"
within 8 months of losing my job, I will have to wait until first
quarter 2004 to apply and will not be covered until July 1 2004. I
will also be penalized 10% on my monthly Medicare premium. This seems
very harsh for being a couple of months outside a window that I was
not aware of. I assumed that as long as I continued on my work related
Medical Plan and did not opt for Part "B", the better for all.
I guess I don't know what I did wrong. I continued
to be employed after 65 and still have complete Health Coverage. I
don't see where the government has been damaged at all. I have
continued to pay my own way without asking for Medical Assistance from
the Government. I have saved the Government and the taxpayers a good
deal of money and now I am being penalized!!
Can you provide any word of wisdom on this
problem?? Do you know why Medicare has such a hard fast window??
Don, I understand your problem and it is difficult to know all of the
choices we must make under Medicare. They do, however, maintain a very
good Website with all the information. This is the url -
although, we have been having trouble getting the site to open.
Re: Outpatient Therapy Act Senate Bill 560
Can you e-mail me the actual bill? I have searched
everywhere and only get a small sample of information? Thank you,
Help? I am a long term care nurse interested in this legislation.
Debbie A Cox
Debbie - Click this link -
http://thomas.loc.gov/ - to the Library of Congress. You will see
a box to enter the bill number. This will take you to all the
information you want on the bill.
After losing my job 9 months ago at the young age
of 51, I decided to make a career change. I am bringing to market
Joe's Original BACKTEE which was designed for golfers that have bad
backs, bad hips or knees, and especially for elderly golfers that
still want to be on the course, but may have trouble bending or
stooping to tee up the ball. The Backtee attaches to the handle of any
golf club and can insert the tee, place the ball on the tee, and pick
up the ball and the tee after play without ever having to bend or
stoop. I can't tell you how many people have told me that this is a
wonderful product to bring golfers back to the sport they love.
Since my business is a start up my financial
resources are quite limited. Please let me know if you are interested
in a review of the product, or if there is anything else I can provide
Please visit my website
www.offcoursegroup.com for the press release, pictures, and
instructions. This could be very useful to your readers.
Off Course Group, 334 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02115 USA
My name is Carla Short and I head up the PR
committee for the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce in Grove, OK. We are
writing to request a media kit and copy of your publication to use as
we prepare our media budget and PR plans for the remainder of the
Thank you for your time and consideration in this
Carla - SeniorJournal.com
is only available on the Web. We do not have a media kit but you can
find all the information about advertising by
I am writing to encourage you to visit our website,
www.myziva.net. MyZiva.net is a completely free resource for
caregivers and prospective residents and their loved ones to find,
evaluate, and compare nursing homes in their local community. It is a
comprehensive searchable directory of all nursing homes in the entire
nation containing addresses, phone numbers, driving directions, and
government data including Survey (Inspection) Reports, Quality Measure
Rankings, Staffing Hours Ratios and more. We also provide members
(joining is absolutely free and takes only seconds) with the ability
to save selected facilities on a personalized homepage, as well as a
unique feature enabling users to compare nursing homes side-by-side.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
i need to find out information on the rebate for rent program in the
state of north carolina if you could be of any assistance your help
would be greatly appreciated
Editor - Beverly, Click Here to our
page of helpful information.
June 20, 2003
I came upon your web-site by accident and was totally horrified by all
advertising geared towards gullible seniors. There's no reason why
80 should be treated differently from those of 30 or 40. My main
activities at age 70 are running and mountain climbing, not bridge,
carpet bowling, and I'm very insulted at all the garbage about
supplements. I completed a half-marathon last year, and feel if
people got off
their duffs, ate vegetarian food and did some real exercise, they'd
longer, healthier lives. And forget the geriatric propaganda!!!
Editor - Wish we were all as healthy as you!
June 19, 2003
I was recently at a "rehab" facility after a knee replacement and now
a friend of mine is in a "nursing home / rehab" facility after a hip
Question - why are facilities so lax in providing the required pain
medication even when repeatly asked for that is necessary in able to
properly do the exercises for rehabilitation.
Since there are not enough true rehab units such as St. Joseph's in
RI, and more and more people are requiring the use of some type of
facility after the operation, what can be done to ensure patient's
In most cases, the staff cannot separate a rehab patient with full
facilities from a nursing home patient that cannot take care of
Pretty disturbing to be treated as a non-individual with no brains and
not able to know what you need.
Have we cut staff and lost the ability to properly train personnel in
all phases of operation in hospitals and outlying facilities?
Right now, there is no way I would want to have to go to a nursing
home again - it was the pits!!
June 13, 2003
I am a senior
citizen in a graduate writing program at a San Diego, CA University. I
am additionally disabled, and I have the need to air substantial
grievances in the context of being a senior in Education, as well as a
physically challenged person in education.
I have had
several encounters over the past few years, not only with harassment
from "fellow" students, but from professors as well. Much of the discord
is a consequence of my age itself being regarded as a disability by
younger students, while my actual physical disability is simply
ignored. I have regularly received trashy hate mail by way of e-mail,
over the past year.
reaction was to change my e-mail address, but one student made it his
business to find out my e-mail and disperse it, that it could be
picked up by former students, who are able to send me hate mail with
academic impunity because they are no longer students here. Since this
student's aggravated abuse of my e-mail address was initiated by a
hostile professor, some two years ago, I do in fact hold the professor
as well as the University accountable in these regards.
Even though I
have pursued these circumstances through the channels provided by the
University, these channels do not provide more than a token remedy (a
listener), which does not allow me to know what measures were taken,
or what, if any conclusions were achieved as a consequence of my
complaint. Since I am now dealing with a third abusive response from
the same student, there are no actual remedies, except that I get to
complain again, and have the complaint swept under the rug.
Since I am a
writer, I am looking for literary outlets that will allow me to relate
my academic to the powers that be through a public forum, rather than
the token, hush-hush, sweep-it-under-the-rug, policies of this
university. Since the Disabled Student Service providers are also the
worst abusers of the disabled here, providing at best a patronizing
pat on the head while they actually reduce the imperative services,
they are also the subject of my general complaints against this
Do you have any
prospective sources that might be interested in a series of articles
of the nature herein described?
Editor - If
we hear from anyone, we will let you know.
Cap on Physical, Speech Outpatient Therapy
June 4, 2003
Most senior citizens are not aware that Congress has placed an annual $1500
cap on Medicare's coverage for outpatient physical therapy and speech therapy
services. Than is, any charges over $1500 that a patient incurs within a
calendar year in the course of recovering from, say, a surgery or a fall, will
have to come out of the patient's pocket. If a patient were to have knee
replacement surgery in the beginning of the year and receives physical therapy
three times a week for six weeks, the $1500 cap has probably been used or
exceeded. If the patient is unfortunate to have a stroke later on in the
calendar year, Medicare will not cover outpatient physical or speech therapy
services and the patient will have to pay out of pocket or be denied much
The cap is set to take effect July 1, 2003. It will affect the millions of
Medicare recipients already receiving rehabilitation and those who will need
it this coming year. As a practicing physical therapist, I know that
rehabilitation often requires more care than the $1500 cap allow for. Cutting
rehab short frequent leads to greater - and more expensive-complications down
By removing the arbitrary $1500 cap, Congress would achieve two goals: (1)
It would allow dollars to be used for cost-effective rehabilitation now,
rather than on far more expensive procedures and treatments down the road, and
(2) Just as importantly, it will improve life for thousands of this paper's
readers and millions across the nation.
I urge anyone who is a senior citizen or who has loved ones who are Medicare
beneficiaries to contact his or her elected representatives and urge them to
take action to remove this arbitrary limit and keep their promise to assure
that senior citizens get the rehabilitation care they need.
Daniel J. Dussman, PT, CHT
Director Physical Therapy Industrial Strength Fitness 584 32nd Street Union
City, NJ 07087
Representatives on Government Pension Offset
The U.S. House has co-sponsored the Social
Security Fairness Act of 2003 by a majority. This act would fully repeal
the Government Pension Offset and WEP. The U.S. Senate has only 19 senators
co-sponsoring the companion bill S349. These laws are unjust and the
rationale to deprive public service employees and their families of benefits
they earned or that their spouses earned is Faulty. There is no double
dipping from Social Security. These pensions were contributed by the
individuals and state taxes. Private pensions are not offset. Ask your
readers to contact their U.S. senators and help their teachers, police and
firefighters by co-sponsoring S349.
Majority of Seniors Sacrifice for the Rich Few?
April 9, 2003 - While surfing the internet I came across a
narrative by Mr. Charles Javis, C.E.O of United Seniors Assoc. In it he
espouses the virtues of the Bush administration tax proposal. Part, of which,
is quoted here:
"Of the 28 million taxpayers age 65 and older
9.8 million receive dividends. This represents 28% of all senior tax payers
receive dividends "
Mr Javis' position tacitly suggests that the
remaining 72% of us seniors, 65 & older should acquiesce to the financial
interest of a small minority!
As one of those within that 72% I adamantly
disagree with Mr Javis.
Now is the time for seniors to 'speak out'
against this inequitable tax proposal that ignores most of us. It seems to me
that the political ramifications of neglecting 18 million senior voters could
be catastrophic to the Republican cause in 2004
From a Life Long Republican
Gordon Borges - age 75
P.S. Perhaps you can publish this message with
Mr Jarvis' answer?