Eileen Doherty: Focus On Senior Issues

Congress Must Act to Keep Prescription Drug Costs From Rising

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ A massive increase in the out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Colorado older adults is looming in the months ahead unless Congress steps in to fix the “out-of-pocket cliff”. Many Medicare beneficiaries who have benefited from the Part D program have experienced a decrease in the cost of prescription drugs in […]

Resource Fair To Highlight The 30Th Salute March 2

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Gerontological Society is excited to announce the launch of a searchable website of housing and home care services that is statewide at the 30th Annual Salute. Individuals looking for services spend endless hours searching for services to help loved ones find the “right” placement or […]

Glen Campbell Tribute at The Salute March 2

DENVER, CO.    Entertainment, information and fun are waiting for you at the Colorado Convention Center on March 2, 2019 as The Salute (to Seniors) debuts again as Colorado’s largest senior expo for the 30th consecutive year.  Headline entertainment is The Glen Campbell Show brought to you as Jimmy Mazz charms the audience with favorites Rhinestone Cowboy, […]

Assistance Available For High Winter Heating Costs

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO.   This is the season when many individuals face high utility costs.  Both renters and homeowners can qualify for utility assistance if the household income per month is less than $1670 ($2264 for a couple). Regardless of the amount of money that you have in resources, you are still […]

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Smile

By Eileen Doherty ~ DENVER, Colo. – As the holidays near and the end of 2018 draws to a close, our thoughts think of bringing happiness, love and joy to our family, friends and community. The holidays bring many opportunities to share. But one of the easiest things to share is your smile.

Gallagher Amendment Keeps Property Taxes Affordable For Many Homeowners

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO. – Policy analysts have been reviewing the impact of the Gallagher Amendment on libraries, fire districts and schools at the local level. In the early 1980s, many Coloradoans, especially older adults had difficulty paying their property taxes. State legislators came together as a bi-partisan group and proposed the […]

Vaccines Available at Medicare Monday in October

By Eileen Doherty, M.S. ~ DENVER, CO – New Medicare cards, out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, changes to disenrollment from Medicare Advantage Plans, and new guidelines for prescription drug plans concerning opioid use are among the changes that will be discussed at Medicare Monday.

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION DEBATE CONTINUES AS GALLAGHER AMENDMENT IS REVIEWED

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO.  As Colorado policy makers continue to debate the need for changing the Senior Homestead Exemption Program, older adults recently weighed in at a senior forum to keep the benefit as it currently exists in the Colorado Constitution.  Older adults preferred to keep the tax relief they receive through the Homestead […]

Homestead Exemption Which Reduces Seniors’ Property Taxes Under Attack

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – In 1935, Colorado voters approved the Old Age Pension with excise taxes making a minimum monthly income available to all Coloradoans age 60 and over to ensure they would have a home. Given Colorado’s long history of taking care of older persons, in 2000 Colorado voters passed the […]

It Takes a Village to Care for “Mom”

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – The saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child”. In today’s world “it takes a village to care for Mom”. Many Baby Boomers find themselves caring for an elder parent, neighbor or friend. Older adults want to be as independent as possible, thus living at home […]

The Tech Trek Comes to Salute to Creative Aging May 12

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – Smart phones, smart cars, smart TVs, robots to clean your kitchen. Technology is taking over America. And then there are remote locking doors, security cameras for safety, GPS systems to track our location. And now there is the cat that purrs, turns over and asks you […]

Who Is Going To Provide Care for Mom?

~ By Eileen Doherty ~ DENVER, CO – The immigration debate is not necessarily a “senior issue”. But let’s take a second look. According to The Bell Policy Center (2015), between 870,000 and 930,000 Coloradoans will need some long term care by 2030. Long term care can be delivered in the home, an assisted living, or […]

Thousands of Seniors Eligible for Help with Medicare Part B Premiums

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO  –  On January 1, most Medicare beneficiaries were expecting an increase in their Social Security check. However, many seniors did not see any of the increase as the Medicare Part B premium also increased to $134. The end result is that for many Medicare beneficiaries, the Social […]

As Housing Costs Increase, Some Relief is Available Though LEAP

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO  –  Housing costs in Colorado both for owners, as well as renters continue to soar.  Homeowners who may realize that downsizing may be important, the cost of a new, but smaller home may not be affordable.  Homes that are paid for or ones that have a low mortgage […]

Medicaid Benefits Help to Pay for Long Term Care

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO. – Today, most Americans have had experience with a loved one who has suffered from Alzheimer’s, a stroke or other debilitating chronic disease that has forced them to seek long term care. Long term care is often seen as a death sentence. For many people, the opportunity […]