Eileen Doherty: Focus On Senior Issues

Medicare Launches Red Hand Symbol Citing Nursing Home Abuse

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Placing a family member in a nursing home is often fraught with fear, concern over care that will be provided, and safety.  Family members who are placed in a nursing home are vulnerable, sick, and often unable to advocate for themselves. Making decisions and finding the nursing […]

2020 Brings Major Changes To Medicare Beneficiaries

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Each year as we near the end of the year, Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to review their current coverage and decide if the plan(s)n in which they are enrolled still meets their needs.  This year is no different.

Medicaid Can Help With Long Term Care Costs

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO  – As families become overwhelmed with providing care for their mother or father, they often find long term care to be expensive and out of their reach. According to Genworth, the monthly cost of homemaker services is about $4900, adult day care is $1600, assisted living is $4000, a […]

Residents in Subsidized Housing Now Eligible for Help With Rent

By Eileen Doherty~ Denver, CO – Revisions to the PTC-104 bill passed this last legislative session.  PTC-104 is a combination of two grant rebate programs for Colorado residents. One grant is for a property tax and rent assistance rebate, the other grant is for a heat and fuel expenses rebate.

The Search for Housing and Home Care for a Loved One Just Got Easier

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Are you stressed about finding an assisted living for your loved one, facing a move of your loved one to a nursing home, or want to keep your loved one at home, but not sure where to start looking for the help you need. The answer to […]

Census Day: April 1, 2020 – Why It Matters?

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – April 1, 2020 – April Fool’s Day and Census Day! Every ten years, the Constitution requires a count of all persons living in the United States. In 2020, the census questions will include eleven questions including name, address, phone number, age, sex, citizenship, Hispanic origin, race, relationship […]

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 […]


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