Eileen Doherty: Focus On Senior Issues

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 […]

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 […]