December 2008 Senior Life Notes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

December 2008 Senior Life Notes

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  • When your Medicare Advantage plan is discontinued
  • Five things retirees should do now!
  • Dementia often missed as cause of death.
  • Medicare open enrollment counseling
  • Sayre & Sayre answer the question "Can I gift away assets to qualify for medicaid?"
  • The Academy joins Senior Life
  • Rockwood Retirement Evening of Elegance winner announced
  • Avista offers winter energy saving information
  • Contest a Day

If you are enrolled in one of the 100 Medicare Advantage plans that is going out of business, you will be switched to the government's traditional program unless you take steps to find an alternative.  This is a good time to assess your options -- open enrollment season for Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription-drug coverage continues through December 31st.  Read the entire article by clicking When your Medicare Advantage plan is discontinued...

Portfolio values have declined in the current economic climate.  It is important for retirees to know how to stretch their now-diminished nest eggs.  Read 5 Things Retirees Should Do Now to avoid making some big mistakes and to protect your savings now and in the future.

And another indication that there is a lack of knowledge on the impact of dementia.   New research is suggesting that medical officials often fail to record severe dementia as a cause of death in patients with the condition.  Consequently, deaths due to Alzheimer's and dementia may be severly underestimated.   Click here to read more of the Harvard Medical School Study. The story is posted on the Senior Life Alzheimer's Resource page.

If you are confused by the Medicare Prescription Drug Program there is some help being offered this month.  SHIBA is inviting you to bring a list of medications, with the dosages, and your Medicare card to the office of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and a representative will sit down and help you find the right plan.  The sessions are being offered any Tuesday, through December 18th.  Click here for complete information or call Margaret or Kathy at 509-458-2509.

The weather is turning very cold. Avista is a partner with Senior Life and has established a section to help you with information about energy assistance, protecting your home from drafts, and keeping your water heater and thermostat efficient. We invite you to visit the page at any time to view the step-by-step videos and read the articles to help you stay safe and warm as well as save money this winter.  Just Click Avista Cares for our Community's Seniors. You can also call the numbers on the left to speak to an Avista representative.



Dick and Karen Sayre are Spokane's Elder Law Professionals.  Thoughout this year they have made a commitment to share their expertise on commonly asked elder law issues. Each month they address a new subject.  This month the question they answer is "Can I gift away assets to qualify for Medicaid?"  You can click to read the article or visit the legal resources page to watch the video.   If you have further questions and want to reach Sayre & Sayre click

Rockwood Retirement Community wants to extend a thank you to the nearly 140 people who took the time to fill out the quality preference survey over the last few weeks.   They hope to use the information to continue to build quality space in the future.  As a thank you for participation, Rockwood offered one lucky person an Evening of Elegance for 10 with dinner prepared by Rockwood South's chef and wine pairings with Candace Frasher, wine expert and author.  We are pleased to announce that Colleen Bernize won the evening. Congratulations Colleen.

Also as a thank you, Rockwood has extended an invitation, to anyone who is interested in learning more about future building plans, to join them for lunch. If you are interested in participating you can call Carol Stover at 536-6650 or

Finally, welcome to The Academy. They have joined Senior Life with information and tour video available to you on the Independent and Assisted Living pages.

Before we leave you this month we want to remind you that there are a few more days left to participate in Contest a Day.  It is a way for you to save money and shop locally for the holiday.  Each day a new prize is announced and you can enter your name for a chance to win.  Here is the link to the Contest a Day page.  When you get to the page, click the Contest a Day logo to see the latest contest and scroll down to see the coupons. Also, you can sign up for Contest Alerts and we will let you know any time there is a contest available. To sign up, click Contest a Day and scroll to the middle of the page where it says contest alerts.  Check the box and hit submit.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!



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