Eileen Doherty: Focus On Senior Issues

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 […]

Medicare Monday Introduces 2017 Prices and Benefits

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver CO – Each year the federal government makes changes to the Medicare. Many beneficiaries are advised to go through the process of determining if they are satisfied with their current coverage with a Medicare Supplement, a Medicare Advantage Plan and/or prescription drug coverage. Those new to Medicare face […]

Help Available for Families Needing Elder Care

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO – Elder care continues to be one of the most complicated needs in our society. Literally in Colorado there are thousands of agencies providing home care, assisted living, and other long term care services. Families are often overwhelmed about where to start, what questions to ask and […]

Legislators Keep Programs To Benefit Seniors

~ By Eileen Doherty ~ Denver, Colo. – The 2016 Colorado Legislature did not pass much new legislation that affects seniors, but they kept many of the programs that benefits older adults without any cuts or changes, which can be considered a “win”. Colorado legislators were faced with balancing a budget, Tabor refunds and maintaining […]

Some Seniors Can Save Money on Property Taxes

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, Colo. – There is an old saying you can “escape everything but dying and paying taxes”. For some seniors, while they may not be able to escape paying taxes, they may be able to reduce the amount of property taxes they owe each year on their primary residence.

27th Salute to Seniors Features Resources and Family Fun

Denver, CO – Where can you find more than 150 experts who come together to provide information and education for those working with elders? Of course, at the 27th Annual Salute to Seniors in Denver, Colorado. “Celebrate Colorado” is the setting of the Salute which will combine fun with a resource fair for older adults, […]

“Celebrate Colorado” With Family Fun at Salute to Seniors

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO – Grandchildren, baby boomers, and mature adults can enjoy family fun and pay tribute to “all things Colorado” as the Colorado Gerontological Society presents the Salute to Seniors, with the theme “Celebrate Colorado!” The Salute to Seniors has become a staple event over the years for Colorado Baby […]