Category Archives: Knowledge Center

A Life Care Community Offers Many Benefits

It began with the sound advice of family members, says Jean Moll of her and her husband Don’s decision to move into a life care community.

“Two of my cousins were living in continuous care retirement communities and both loved their lifestyle. We talked about it at length and they gave me their honest viewpoint,” she recalls. “They told us it was a very good deal, financially, too.”

The Molls next sought the advice of their investment advisor. “We wanted to be sure we could afford to make the move into a life care community,” Jean says. “Our advisor helped us sort out our financial picture and see that it was a sound investment.”

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Protecting Yourself And Your Nest Egg

If you think you or a loved one has been the target of elder fraud, contact the Department of Consumer Protection to report the abuse.

While seniors are often targeted by scammers, there are ways you can protect yourself and those you care about.

New fraud schemes emerge constantly and the scammers are relentlessly creative. Seniors may get official-sounding e-mails seeking a fee for a bogus service or collecting an “inheritance.” Homeowners are targeted with phony service calls. In one brazen scam, a criminal posing as a grandchild asks the senior to wire money to get the grandchild out of a jam.

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The Key to Intelligent Investing: Life Care

Paul Lang

Paul Lang is a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

Making sound investments is always an important goal to strive for, but as we age, it becomes even more important to invest our resources wisely and for the optimal return. Investment advisor Paul Lang say that most of his older clients have one particular question in mind about their investments.

“The main thing they want to know is how they can arrange to have enough money to take care of themselves… when they get to the point they have trouble taking care of themselves,” he says. “The cost of care for seniors is very high. Many people worry that they will not be able to afford it.”

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New Website Makes Futures Markets Simple

A new online resource is available to help explain how movement in financial markets can impact everyday life.

Recent headlines have described a series of dramatic movements in the financial markets. While many of those movements impact stock prices, as well as what we pay for groceries, gas or loan rates, not everyone really understands how it all works.

Now there is a new online resource available to help explain what those markets mean to everyday life. With easy-to-understand content that everyone from high school students to financial professors will find ­useful, Futures Fundamentals (www.futuresfundamentals.com) makes understanding markets simple.

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The Facts About Your Weight And Well-Being

A bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast can help you control your appetite and your weight. Photo credit: CDC/Debora Cartagena

If you or someone you care about feels there’s a slim chance of keeping fit, it may be because of certain common but false ideas. Here’s a look at a few, as well as some facts about weight loss and nutrition.

1. Myth: Healthy eating costs too much.

Fact: Eating better doesn’t have to cost a lot. Try these ideas for healthful eating on a budget:

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Try Water Aerobics for Fitness and Fun!

St. George Village water aerobics classAccording to renowned aquatics expert, U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz, water exercise is for everyone. “The magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels,” she states. “Whether in shape or overweight, workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.”

Because it is simultaneously buoyant and resistant, water gives people the ability to relax at the same time they stretch and strengthen their muscles. Pat Bollinger, an instructor of water aerobics at St. George Village, says this benefit is especially helpful for anyone who wants to get aerobic exercise and strength training, but also needs to relieve pressure from their joints.

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Do You Often Feel Tired or Short of Breath? Aortic Stenosis May Be the Problem

There are treatment options available for aortic stenosis, which may help to extend and improve quality of life.

As a senior, you’ve probably come to expect that your hair will turn gray and that you may lose a step or two in your tango. But did you know that feeling extremely tired or short of breath may signal a deeper, underlying problem? Aortic stenosis may be the culprit.

Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from this progressive disease in which the aortic valve in the heart narrows. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, including the buildup of calcium in the heart valve, a birth defect, rheumatic fe­ver, or radiation therapy. Approximately 250,000 people suffer from the most severe form of aortic stenosis.

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Squirrel-Proof Your Birdfeeder

Squirrels. They’re tenacious, ingenious creatures, especially when it comes to figuring out how to rob your birdfeeder of its seeds. At St. George Village, we have our share of these fluffy-tailed gymnasts, but we love feeding our feathered friends and want them to have their share of seeds, especially in the wintertime.

If your heart takes wing at the sight of birds in your yard, consider these seven suggestions for saving the seeds you leave them from squirrels:

1. Location: Mount birdfeeders on a smooth metal pole at least six feet high. Prune any branches within a 12-foot radius.

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Have More Get-Up-And-Go As Time Goes By

For optimal health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults get a minimum of two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week. In addition, muscle-strengthening activities should be conducted two or more days a week.

Exercise can help prevent many physical problems and chronic conditions that come with aging, including weight gain, back pain and heart disease. Plus, it keeps the mind sharp and can help you feel happier, improving symptoms of depression and even dementia. To gain these benefits, however, you need to find a fitness program that provides the physical results desired and is enjoyable, too, so you’ll stick to it.

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn New Things!

In technology seminars offered regularly at St. George Village, participants learn how to make the most of their iPads and smartphones by using applications for emailing, making photos and videos, listening to music, using social media sites such as Facebook, and more. These classes take away the fear and put the fun into using current technology devices!

Recent iPad workshop graduates, pictured here with Jane Ratliff and a volunteer from BlueHair Technology Group (back row), proudly display their Certificates of Completion.

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