‘Elder orphans’ face unique challenges as they age

Over 30 years ago, researchers and geriatricians identified an "elder orphan" (sometimes called a "solo ager") as a person aging alone with little support, according to a recent story on NextAvenue.org by Carol Marak. But when my Elder Orphan Facebook group targeting this population launched over 2 1/2 years ago, little was known about them. [...]

Need help enrolling in new Medicare Part-D? It’s here.

Medicare open enrollment has started. You can enroll in a new Medicare Part-D program through Dec. 7. It is always a good idea to review your policy every year during the open enrollment period. Medicare beneficiaries can choose their prescription drug plan, Medigap options and Medicare advantage plans for plans beginning Jan. 1, 2022. If [...]

Two Kentucky women receive recognition for volunteer efforts

AARP Kentucky celebrates and recognizes two local volunteers for their dedication and commitment to community service. Gerry Harrah of Louisville has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2021 AARP Kentucky Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community [...]

Help for caregivers is available during National Family Caregiver Month

November is National Family Caregiver Month. This year’s theme is “Caregiving and,” emphasizing that caregivers have many other roles and responsibilities. The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging has a caregiver support program that can assist caregivers in several ways. The program can provide respite or a break from the primary caregiver, help with purchasing supplies, [...]

Alzheimer’s symposium features experts from Emory, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

Medical experts will discuss advances in Alzheimer's research at the eleventh annual Markesbery Symposium sponsored by the University of Kentucky. Dr. Allan Levy, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Emory University, is the keynote speaker at the Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia. The event will be held from 9-11:30 a.m., Saturday, [...]

AARP webinar helps you plan for Medicare while you’re still working

Still working? It's not too early to plan for Medicare. In fact, an upcoming AARP virtual workshop will tell you how and why. And it's free. From 7-8 p.m., (Eastern Time) Tuesday, Nov. 16, AARP will sponsor "How to Plan For Medicare When You're Still Working." Get a head start on planning for your future [...]

WLEX’s Bill Meck, others, featured at Olli Forum lecture

The Olli Forum is remaining virtual this semester. In order to “attend” an Olli Forum lecture you must register on the website at https://uky.augusoft.net. You do not need to purchase a membership, but you must create a profile if you don’t already have one. Once you log in you click on “experiential learning” and “add [...]

New book provides details, choices about end of life options

Some patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses or chronic progressive diseases find the prospect of a long decline, great suffering or significant deterioration to be intolerable. For those with the desire to hasten their own death, one option is to refuse to swallow food or sip liquids according to a story on NextAvenue.org. The practice, known [...]

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