Eileen Doherty: Focus On Senior Issues

Nursing Home Care Improves in the Past 35 years

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO – In 1988, nursing home advocates successfully included federal mandates in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) to make dramatic changes in the care that is provided in nursing homes. While some might disagree, the care that is provided today has dramatically improved with these reforms.  Nursing homes […]

Retirement Communities Offer Independent Living Options

Denver, CO –  Some older adults want to age in place with the goal of living in their own home or the apartment in which they have lived for many years.   But some older adults decide to move to an independent living apartment in a retirement community.  Retirement communities often feature assisted living residences to […]

Finding Help To Live Independently In Your Home

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO – In the United States, nine out of ten older adults want to continue to live independently, preferably in their own home. Continuing to live in one’s own home is dependent on many things. 

Some Cell Phones Will Not Work in 2022

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ The major companies that offer cell phone service are phasing out cellphones that use a 3G network, including those that are used solely for the purpose of calling 911.

Practice Kindness: Join the Holiday Joy Squad

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER CO.  Kindness has many definitions.  Kindness can be defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate; whereas being kind is doing intentional, voluntary acts of kindness. Doing acts of kindness can be done when it is easy, but also when it is hard.

Social Security COLA Increases; Expect Part B Premiums to Increase

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, CO –  Congress announced the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security will rise 5.9% in 2022, a significant increase for retirees and the disabled.  This raise will likely result in a significant increase, maybe as high as $158.50 per month, in Medicare Part B premiums.  Congress has […]

Medicare Monday Is Virtual Again

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~  Changes in prescription drug benefits, increases in deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, changes for Medicare Advantage members, and new benefits will be the subject again of the Colorado Gerontological Society Annual Medicare Monday virtual events.

Salute To Seniors Returns Virtually August 13 And 14

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER CO. While many individuals are starting to venture out into the community and joining large groups in public places, we have decided to bring the Salute to Seniors virtually to your home on your favorite device be it a smart phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a desktop.  So […]

Salute To Seniors Returns Virtually August 13 And 14

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER CO.  The Salute to Seniors is coming to your living room again.  While we would like to think that the pandemic is behind us and many of us are vaccinated, out of an abundance of caution, the Salute to Seniors will be virtual on August 13 and 14, 2021 […]

Medicare Beneficiairies Who Switch To Plan G Could Save Hundreds Of Dollars

Denver, CO.  A Colorado resident recently reported that he saved almost $200 per month in premiums when he took advantage of the special enrollment period to switch from his Medicare Supplement Plan F to a Plan G.  That is a savings of $2400 per year.

Housing – A Pressing Problem For Colorado Seniors

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, Colo. – Housing is expensive, especially for low income individuals, but for middle income individuals as well.  Rent, mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, and maintenance of a home or apartment are costly.

How To Successfully Age In Place

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. –  Surveys generally show that older adults want to age in place.  Older adults value living in their own home and the community.  Living in one’s own home often contributes to a longer life. Two factors are often essential when considering if you can stay in your own […]

Vaccines: The next step in the pandemic

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – We as a global society have endured a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our lives have changed, our economy has faltered, but many relationships, are stronger.  We have lost loved ones. Many of us continue to grieve.  Many have found new opportunities to reach out and touch […]

Medicare Supplement Special Enrollment Period

Changing Your Medicare Supplement To A Place D, G Or G+ ~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Colorado Medicare beneficiaries who have a Medicare Supplement Plan C, F, or F+ should consider changing to a Plan D, G, or G+ between now and June 30, 2021 during a special enrollment period approved […]

Cap on Insulin for Medicare Beneficiaries

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the sixth leading cause of death is diabetes among individuals age 65 and over.  Type 1 diabetes means the body does not produce insulin, while Type 2 diabetes means the body is processing insulin incorrectly.  Twenty percent of people over age 65 […]


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