Boomers & Beyond

Fri
06
Sep

Talk to a pharmacist about ways to save on Part D


Seniors are concerned about prescription costs -- and one in five may be going without their prescribed doses to save money. Comparing pharmacies and consulting the experts for help may help stretch co-pays. (submitted photo)

The complexities of health care reform, an aging population and a higher incidence of chronic disease have created a growing need to help seniors enrolled in Medicare understand their benefits while managing health care expenditures.

Sun
25
Aug

Senior living facility uses art to build confidence, memories


Artist Anne Krocak and resident Agnes Swiger unveil the Oak Meadows mosaic to be placed at their memory garden gate. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Dorothy Kusch holds her personalized mosaic piece at the artist reception at Oak Meadows Aug. 9. Her artist statement mentions that she loves to smile.

The Oak Meadows mosaic for the memory garden was created by residents.

Agnes Swiger and Cecil Ross talk with visitors during the Artist Reception at Oak Meadows Aug. 9. Besides creating her own mosaic “Lips,” Agnes was part of the program to unveil the Oak Meadows mosaic. Cecil added a few jokes to the program.

Creativity isn’t something that’s lost with age, as residents of a local senior living facility can attest to.  
Residents of Oak Meadows Senior Living in Oakdale recently participated in a community mosaic project that will be displayed in the facility’s memory garden. The project was led by local artist Anne Krocak through COMPAS, a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul that fosters art participation in schools, healthcare settings and senior living facilities throughout Minnesota.

Thu
15
Aug

Four tips to help maximize Social Security

Incorporating Social Security into a retirement strategy is a smart move. The money taken out of your paycheck every month may be unwelcome now, but it can give you monthly income later in life.
However, some question if Social Security will last long enough for those in the work force now to be able to receive these benefits. According to Social Security trustees, enough reserves exist for the system to pay 100 percent of promised benefits until 2033, without further reform. Full benefits are available at age 65 for those born before 1938, gradually increasing to age 67 for those born in 1960 or later. There is more to Social Security than just applying for retirement benefits when you are eligible at age 62 or over. By waiting, you can maximize your benefits, which will increase every year you choose to wait to file for Social Security retirement benefits.

Thu
08
Aug

Should you rent a vacation home or stay in a hotel?

re you planning a trip in the coming months? If so, you’re among the 59 percent of Americans who expect to go on a summer vacation, according to an American Express survey.
But your time away won’t come cheap: The survey found people expect to spend just less than $1,200 per person for their holidays.
One of the highest costs you’ll pay will likely be for your hotel room. There are other options available, according to the Minnesota Society of CPAs, but be aware of the pitfalls associated with some of them.

Thu
08
Aug

Cataracts: a sign of long life but decreased sight


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Almost everyone who lives a long life will develop cataracts at some point. August is Cataract Awareness Month, and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology is encouraging seniors and their caregivers to understand cataract risks, symptoms, and prevention tips, as well as how to decide when it is time for cataract surgery so good vision can be restored.

Mon
29
Jul

Spouses have a significant benefit with Social Security

Social Security can be an important financial asset for married couples when the time comes to apply for retirement benefits. In many cases, one spouse may have earned significantly more than the other,or have worked for a longer span of years. Or it could be that one spouse stayed home to do the work of raising the children or caring for elderly family members while the other focused on a career.

Mon
22
Jul

Reflecting on 78 years of Social Security

There are special moments when people look back and evaluate a life or an era: birthdays, class reunions, holidays, anniversaries. Time is, after all, simply the stringing together of a number of events, some small, others significant. These events can speed by quickly, but each one can have an effect on the greater whole. A lifetime of seemingly mundane events can pass in what seems like the blink of an eye … until one looks back to examine them and realizes just how much has filled the space.

Mon
10
Jun

DHS welcomes state’s ranking as healthiest state for seniors


Living longer and living better -- with services that keep seniors independent longer -- sent Minnesota to the top of the list of “healthy states for seniors.” (submitted photo)

A report released today recognizes the direction Minnesota has moved over many years to support older citizens’ access to health care services and long-term services and supports, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said.

Fri
10
May

Scammers are back, and they’re smoother than ever


Tax preparation can be an opportunity to find evidence of elder fraud or financial abuse. (submitted photo)

The late spring has seen a sudden resurgence in scam artists, and many of them prey on seniors who are home to answer their phones and doors and may be too trusting of strangers.

Fri
03
May

Erickson recounts birds-eye view of WWII


Ellsworth Erickson, assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II, gave a presentation at the North St. Paul Historical Society. Erickson gave a firsthand account of the Sky Spies and photo reconnaissance. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Photographer and expert rifle sharpshooter pins and medals adorn Erickson’s cap.

Visitors at the North St. Paul Historical Society for Erickson’s WWII presentation were able to take a look at photos through 3D glasses.

Erickson while in the service. (submitted photo)

Guests packed the North St. Paul Historical Society Museum recently for an ever-rarer opportunity to hear from a World War II veteran -- one who had a bird’s-eye view of the European theater.

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