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Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk What Medicare doesn't cover

A number of people call the Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion and ask me whether Medicare will cover their independent, assisted or killed, living and the answer is “no.” They are shocked and often angry. Most people pay into...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Empowering patients and their loved ones

When visiting a doctor or hospital bring along a notebook or tablet and take notes. It is important to ask question of your healthcare provider about the benefits and side effects of medications or procedures. I suggest that you, or a loved one,...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Safety for someone with Alzheimer's

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Wandering is best described as a tendency to roam or walk around without a clear destination or purpose. For those with Alzheimer’s disease, the...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Summer safety

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard against pr...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Hurricane Safety

The state of Florida is vulnerable to hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season (June-November.) When there is a warning of a hurricane or other natural disaster, elder-care communities ensure the comfort and safety of their residents. Senior...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Care for Veterans

If you or your spouse served in the military, you may be eligible for aid that can be applied to the cost of care services. The VA Aid and Attendance pension was established to provide financial...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Summer safety

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. Hyperthermia is caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms of the body. Heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after prolonged...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    August 5, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Dehydration is a great risk for seniors

Dehydration is dangerous no matter what your age, but seniors are at a greater risk for dehydration than other age groups. Dehydration happens when you don’t drink enough water. When your body’s water content is too low, it causes damage...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    July 22, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Nutrition for Seniors

Nutrition is about eating a healthy and balanced diet so your body gets the nutrients it needs. Nutrients are substances in foods that our bodies can function. They include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Good nutrition...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    July 8, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Exercising our brains

Most people notice changes in their thinking and memory as they grow older. Neurologists tell us that some older adults develop dementia, most memory changes are age related and normal. Staying...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    June 24, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: 10 tips for living with someone who has dementia

Agree, never argue. Divert, never reason. Distract, never shame. Reassure, never lecture. Reminisce, never say "remember..." Repeat, never say "I told you..." Do what they can do, never say "You...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    June 17, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Seniors who hoard

No one likes a dirty house, where stuff is chaotically piled on top of each other just like in a flea market. The situation isn’t helped by the fact that retirees can turn into ‘hoarders’, filling every free space of their home with old junk...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    June 10, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Exercise

Seniors living at home may forgo exercise. They may have limited access to the proper equipment and fitness programs and lack motivation. Senor communities offer a full range of gym equipment. They also offer a wide variety of classes such as chair...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    June 3, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Aid and Attendance benefit

Wartime veterans and their surviving spouses, 65 years and older, may be entitled to a tax-free benefit called Aid and Attendance provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs. They must have served some time in active duty. The benefit is designed...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    May 20, 2022

Jewish Chamber and Pride Chamber joint event

There will be a joint venture between the Jewish Chamber of Commerce and the Pride Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a networking Happy Hour will be held at... Full story

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    May 20, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Housekeeping

While most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible, official records show that home injuries are the biggest reason for adult hospitalization, especially for women. These stagger...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    May 13, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Living at home - transportation issues

The instinct for many older people is to stay at home as long as possible. Even if a person at home has visitors, he or she may still be alone most of the time, especially if he or she no longer...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    May 6, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk When should senior living be considered?

Being a part of a caring community, whether it’s family, friends or an organization, is known to reduce stress. When determining whether it is time for senior living, ask yourself or family member the following questions: • Are you frequently...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    April 29, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: How to choose a home care company

At the Orlando Senior Help Desk of the Jewish Pavilion, we are frequently asked to recommend a home care company. There are a few things to consider such as years of experience. Ideally, the caregiver you hire has worked with other individuals with...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    April 22, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Home health care

Getting extra support at home can be a terrific source of relief. Agencies offer companion care such as CNA’s (certified nurse’s assistants or HHA’s Home health aides.) Normally, these individuals take a brief course on how to care for...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    April 15, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Palliative care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    April 8, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Adult day care programs are available

Adult Day Care Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Programs offer relief to family members and caregivers, allowing them to go to work, handle personal business,...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    March 25, 2022

Pack a hospital bag

Most pregnant mothers are advised to pack a suitcase for their upcoming visit to the hospital. Everyone, but especially seniors, should keep a packed bag at home. It should contain the obvious things like nightclothes, toiletries, an outfit to go...

 

Gary Becker and Sandi Trainor to be honored at JP Connections 2021

What do you get when you combine a healthy dose of appreciation, a gourmet luncheon with friends, and a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping bazaar? The answer is the Jewish Pavilion's "JP Connections,"...

 

Join the Jewish Pavilion mask challenge

Jill Goldsmith is a home seamstress who learned to sew as a girl and continues to sew items that bring her joy and comfort. She has a small home-based business making one-of-a-kind handbags. When the... Full story

 

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