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Prepare Now for a Warm and Cozy Winter!

Energy costs and unanticipated home damages can take a sizable bite out of family budgets as the seasons change. With cooler weather on the horizon, and as energy costs continue to climb, now is the time to take money saving steps that can take the chill out of winter in any climate – and potentially add value to your home.

Conduct a home energy audit.

A home energy audit is an important step in making sure your home is efficient. An audit will assess how much energy your home uses and allow you to evaluate ways to improve its efficiency.  You can conduct a do-it-yourself audit using advice offered by the Department of Energy at www.energysavers.gov, or you can hire a professional home energy auditor. While a professional will charge a nominal fee, this option may pay off in the long-term as they can provide a more precise audit and make recommendations on the most cost effective improvements.   

Eliminate the leaks.

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Successful Aging as a Complex System

From: AgeLab @ MIT

AgeLab views ‘successful aging’ for individuals and societies as dependent upon a complex system of three interrelated domains: infrastructure, information and institutions. AgeLab’s research addresses each of these, their overlap, and impact on aging and quality living.

Infrastructure addresses the power of places and ‘things’ in the physical environment on aging, e.g., home, stores, hospitals, automobile, community, airports, transit systems, consumer electronics, products and packaging, medical devices, mobile phones, furniture, etc. Selected questions include:

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Debunking the Myths of Older Adults Falling


Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they're not.

Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.

Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls:

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.

Reality: Many people think, "It won't happen to me." But the truth is that 1 in 3 older adults—about 12 million—fall every year in the U.S.

Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.

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What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew

Surprising results from a survey of 660 primary-care physicians

Last reviewed: February 2011


As the health-reform law takes effect over the next several years, some 32 million newly insured Americans will gain access to a regular doctor. They will soon learn what others already know: Getting the best care from your doctor requires navigating a complex relationship within the 20 or so minutes allotted for the typical office visit. Despite those constraints, three-quarters of the 49,007 Consumer Reports subscribers we surveyed said they were highly satisfied with their doctors. But they still had complaints ranging from the irritating, such as having to sit too long in the waiting room to the substantive, such as ineffective treatments

We also surveyed 660 primary-care physicians who had a lot to say about their professional challenges—and about what patients could do to get the most out of their relationship with their own doctors. Some highlights of the surveys:

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Know Your Options Before You Need Them!

By: JoAnn Thibault

Why do [we] as a society, plan ahead and research; vacation plans, health insurance policies, and big furniture purchases, but refuse to research elder care options?

Because we don’t see ourselves as ever needing these services, that’s why.   Can we change this mindset?  It is imperative that we do!   

Understandably, we view ourselves as younger than we are, and the last thing we want to think about is needing some assistive services as we age. Independence is imbedded in most of us and we don’t want to lose control over that.

The reality is, we will lose our independence and control if we do NOT research and understand the options available to us as we age. If we decide to ignore, and wait until a crisis situation, our decision making is limited to those immediately around us, sometimes without the luxury of second opinions, and time for choice. 

Ultimately, this could lead to wrong choices, inaccurate information, and possibly the person(s) involved may be taken advantage of because of their immediate need.

There are so many options available for independent living as we age.  We need to know and learn about them before we need them, so we can make smart choices when the time comes.

Aside from State and Federal services available; Choices range from:

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