Eileen Doherty: Focus On Senior Issues

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 […]

Caring for a Loved One Brings New Responsibilities to Millennials

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – According to a 2017 poll by the Associated Press NORC, 40% of Americans believe that Medicare will pay for long term care. Nothing could be further from the truth. While Medicare pays for intermittent home health care and short-term skilled care in a nursing home, as […]

Mandatory Medicare Cuts Loom Making Care for Beneficiaries More Difficult

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO. – Repealing an unelected, unaccountable federal bureaucratic panel – which could institute drastic, arbitrary Medicare cuts this spring – is a priority for Colorado Medicare beneficiaries including seniors and people with disabilities. Despite the sharp partisan divide in Washington over the shape of healthcare policy, eliminating this […]

Baby Boomers Pave the Way for Changing the “Later Years”

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – Ever thought you might want to xeriscape your yard to reduce maintenance in your later years, save a few bucks on home repairs, or spend a summer being a camp host in a national park. These and many other opportunities such as learning how to download […]

ACA Replace and Repeal – How it Will effect Medicare Beneficiaries

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO. – In a little more than 10 years, or 2028, Medicare Part A Health Insurance Trust Fund is projected to cover about 87% of the costs for hospital care, skilled rehabilitation and home health as well as hospice care. Without changes to the payroll taxes that are […]

Homestead Exemption For Seniors May Be Victim Of State Budget Cuts

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – More than 200,000 Colorado seniors who have lived in their own homes for ten years or more and who are over age 65 take advantage of the Senior Homestead Exemption. This voter approved referendum in 2000 gives seniors a 50% exemption on the first $200,000 of […]

Most Changes Under a Trump Administration Will Require Public Debate

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – While the United States has elected a new president and the Colorado legislature has started a new session with some new faces and some returning veterans, many seniors and their families are calling to ask how these changes may affect their lives. The short answer. We don’t […]

The Future Needs of Elders Requires Planning and Resources

~ By Eileen Doherty ~ DENVER, CO – By 2030, Colorado can expect that more than 1 million individuals will be over age 65 compared to today when only about 500,000 individuals are over age 65. Many things contribute to this change but the main reason is the healthy lifestyles of Baby Boomers and those […]

Help With Winter Heating Costs

~ By Eileen Doherty ~ DENVER, CO – Although Colorado has experienced a very mild fall, many of us will soon be turning on our furnace as we experience cooler temperatures. For some people, heating our home in the winter can be very expensive. Starting November 1, 2016 and running through April 30, 2017, individuals whose […]

It’s Vaccine Time: For Seniors And For Your Children and Grandchildren

~ By Eileen Doherty ~ The arrival of colder weather turns our attention not only to the beauty of changing seasons, but also to the annual threat of life-threatening conditions that affect older Coloradans each year – conditions that can be prevented easily. That’s why we urge seniors to couple their October traditions of leaf […]