Eileen Doherty: Focus On Senior Issues

Loneliness vs Being Alone

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – As we approach the holidays, many individuals face the dilemma of being alone, as well as feeling lonely.  For many of us, the holidays are supposed to be the time to spend with family and friends or a time when we are socially connected.

Proposition HH – Property Taxes, Tabor Refunds

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver CO.    The State legislature passed Proposition HH with important tax changes for property owners. Learn more about how it will affect renters and homeowners.  Property tax revenue in Colorado is set to increase by nearly $4 billion next year. Statewide, residential assessments are going up 40%. This is nothing short of […]

Medicare Monday Highlights 2024 Changes

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Every year, Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to review coverage, especially drug coverage.  Premiums and co-pays, health plans and prescription drugs, as well as new benefits from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), will be the subject of Medicare Monday.

Aging In Place With Technology

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Some embrace technology, others tolerate it, and still others hate it.  While most of us can relate to these feelings whether it is the cell phone that is overly confusing, the television that won’t shut off with just the click of a button, or an electric scooter […]

Voters Get To Decide If Seniors Get Portability For The Homestead Exemption

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo.   In the waning days of the last legislative session, a tax bill passed with a number of changes to Colorado’s Tabor Refunds, now known as Proposition HH.  The most exciting proposed change in Proposition HH is to make the Senior Homestead Exemption portable.

Salute To Seniors Is Back In Person May 20

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO.   Welcome Back!  After performing for the past several years at the virtual Salute to Seniors, After Midnight, led by award-winning clarinetist Roger Campbell will play charts from Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.  This infectious music is guaranteed to get you dancing, […]

Eligible Older Adults May Receive Hundreds Of Dollars In Refunds, Rebates

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – The cost of housing, taxes and utilities has Coloradoans concerned, especially older adults on fixed incomes. Older Coloradoans may qualify for hundreds of dollars in refunds and rebates depending on income.

Multi-Generational Family Households Are Back

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Years ago, grandparents and single aunts and uncles lived with families.  As the Baby Boomers entered middle age, multi-generational family households were replaced with older adults living in nursing homes.  More recently, care now includes assisted living, memory care, adult day programs, and hospice programs.

Join The Holiday Joy Squad And Share Kindness

Denver, Colo.  – The Colorado Gerontological Society is again, sponsoring the Holiday Joy Squad.  As our world becomes more unsettled and there is more tension, the holidays provide a time for everyone to share with friends and strangers a calmer and more caring world.

Apply For Colorado Cashback Before October 17

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Are you one of the many older adults who has not received your $750 Tabor refund through the Colorado Cash Back program?  You are in good company, but the Colorado Gerontological Society is on a campaign to help as many older adults claim the refund as possible.

Medicare Beneficiaries Face New Changes In 2023

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo.  – It is Medicare Open Enrollment season again! Starting October 1, 2022, Medicare beneficiaries find themselves swamped with mailings, phone calls, invitations by insurance agents to attend educational programs, 60-second television ads endorsing Medicare products by well-known movie stars, and full-page newspaper ads promising benefits that sound too good […]

Biden Administration Passes Medicare Prescription Drug Improvements

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo.  –  The Biden administration has reached a milestone to curb the cost of prescription drugs.  Only three of the provisions will go into effect in 2023, with the majority of the provisions going into effect in the next seven years. There are three cost-cutting provisions that will go […]

Join the Salute to Seniors Virtually 8/12 and 13

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, CO –  Grab your lunch, call a friend, and join the 33rd Annual Salute to Seniors virtually on August 12 and 13, 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on your favorite device in the comfort of your living room.  We know many of you would like to join us […]

Where To Turn For Care In Time of Crises

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Older adults often share “I don’t want to be a burden to my children,” “I don’t want to go to a nursing home,” “If I no longer have my mind, don’t put me in one of those places.”  For those of us who work in aging, including […]

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 […]

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