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Senior transportation advocates thinking long-term

The annual transportation conference of the of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging took place on Jan. 13.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Estefan biopic ‘On Your Feet!’ is gonna get you
Posted: February 04, 2016

Beloved Top 40 baby boomer and Generation X songs have been music to the ears of Broadway producers based on the success of such shows as “Jersey Boys,” “Beautiful,” “Mamma Mia” and “Rock of Ages.” Joining that list of jukebox musicals is “On Your Feet!” which tells the story of ’80s and early ’90s hit makers Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. The band was founded by her future husband, Emilio Estefan.

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Thursday 01/07/2016
What do seniors hope 2016 will bring?
Updated: January 08, 2016 - 4:20 pm

“Hope springs eternal ...”

Those immortal words from English poet Alexander Pope resonate as loudly today as they surely must have back in the 17th century.

And judging from a selection of Queens folks of a certain age — some in the public eye and some out of the limelight — hopes for the new year are as varied as the people themselves.

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Rock’s Carly and Carl revealed in new books
Posted: January 07, 2016

“Boys in the Trees” by Carly Simon

(Flatiron Books)

Singer Carly Simon would on the surface appear to be someone who had it all — growing up in wealth; possessing a beauty that intoxicated even the most successful and handsome of men; and having a very successful recording career that made her a big-time celebrity in her own right — and yet there always seemed to be a wistful quality about her. Her just-published autobiography, “Boys in the Trees” (Flatiron Books), confirms that suspicion.

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Thursday 12/03/2015
Change Social Security COLA calculation
Updated: December 04, 2015 - 1:17 pm

The following is a letter the AARP sent to the U.S. Congress about the lack of increase in Social Security payments for 2016:

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Thursday 11/05/2015
Alzheimer’s disease progression varies greatly
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 2:53 pm

Caddy Santiago noticed something was wrong when her grandmother arrived from Puerto Rico to be with her family.

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Coastal Carolina is calling
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 2:50 pm

For a small charming city, Wilmington, NC has produced a lot of famous people. Among the names that you’ll find on its Walk of Fame are basketball legends Michael Jordan and Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters; NFL quarterbacks Roman Gabriel and Sonny Jurgensen; tennis pioneer Althea Gibson; country music star Charlie Daniels; revered newscaster David Brinkley; actor Pat Hingle; and motion picture producer Frank Capra Jr.

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Thursday 10/01/2015
Medicare: open enrollment, annual questions
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 11:11 am

An annual rite of fall for seniors and people with certain disabilities is the open enrollment period for Medicare, the federal program of insurance for medical visits, prescription drugs and hospital care.

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Medicare Part D: a success
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 11:30 am

Taxpayers are being raked over the coals by high prescription drug prices — or so says Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Claiming that the Medicare prescription drug insurance program, known as Medicare Part D, is “unsustainable,” he called for federal intervention to curb “skyrocketing drug costs.”

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Medicare, Medicaid and the new dual plan
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 11:35 am

Navigating the complex world of health insurance can be a daunting task. When it comes to the selection of coverage, the first step, as in life, is generally the most challenging.

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Doctors to be reimbursed for end of life care
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 11:37 am

Although end-of-life discussions between doctors and their patients are not new, the practice is about to take a huge step forward.

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Thursday 09/03/2015
Seniors can go back to school too
Updated: September 10, 2015 - 12:05 pm

While many “back to school” advertisements are aimed at those who still thrill to finger paints and cartoon-decorated backpacks, the approach of fall also brings tremendous opportunities for older adults to continue their own education.

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Atlantic City: still very much alive
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 2:38 pm

It’s no secret that the past year has not been an easy one for Atlantic City’s casino industry as the Trump Plaza, Atlantic Club, Showboat and Revel, which had only opened two years earlier at a building cost of roughly $2.5 billion, all closed their doors. It wasn’t that the gamblers were getting luckier; it was that the ever-growing competition from nearby casinos in the greater Philadelphia area as well as Resorts World here in Queens made it hard for some of the casinos to cover their high fixed costs.

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Thursday 08/06/2015
Don’t let the heat get to you
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 11:41 am

High temperatures are only expected to reach the mid-80s over the next week or so, but you never know when another heat wave might hit Queens and the rest of the city.

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Thursday 07/02/2015
Legislature takes on senior issues in Albany
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Days before the New York State 2015 legislative session came to a close on June 25, the Senate passed a package of 10 bills aimed at protecting senior citizens.

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Songwriters Hall of Fame gala has many ties to Queens
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:37 pm

The Songwriters Hall of Fame doesn’t get the attention that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does from the media, but being honored by it frequently means more to entertainers. For example, Van Morrison, who propitiously was in town anyway to perform the next night at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, was honored at the SHOF’s June 18 gala with the group’s highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. Morrison refused to attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies when he was inducted in 1993.

Ozone Park native Cyndi Lauper was part of the Songwriters Hall Class of 2015. To be fair, many of her biggest hits, including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “All Through the Night” and “True Colors,” were written by others, though “She Bop” and “Time After Time” were her own compositions. She has further burnished her songwriting bona fides by composing the music for the hit Broadway show “Kinky Boots.”

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Thursday 06/04/2015
Council backs senior savings on Albany’s agenda
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

On May 27, members of the New York City Council voted in favor of three resolutions calling on the state to help more seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes.

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Flushing House hosts Elder Law seminars
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

As in prior years, Flushing House has scheduled three “Elder Law Seminars” for Spring 2015. These seminars will focus on how changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Re-Design/Expansion in New York State are impacting health care and home care services for seniors. Medicare changes arising from the ACA will also be explored, as well as asset protection trusts and estate planning.

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‘Love & Mercy’ is a fine look at Beach Boys’ Wilson
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:42 am

I ran into actor John Stamos shortly after the Fox Television upfront in Manhattan last month, where that network showed off its new shows to media and advertisers. Stamos is best known for his work on the old ABC sitcom “Full House,” and he will star this fall in a sitcom titled “Grandfathered.”

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Thursday 05/07/2015
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

Have you heard?

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Friday 04/03/2015
New guides put the focus on the older worker
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

At the age of 93, Little Neck resident Dave Shapiro continues to work in his family’s industrial brush business, over eight decades after he began earning a nickel for every sack of wooden brush blocks he unpacked for his father, the company’s co-founder.

Shapiro is part of a segment of the population that increased steadily between 1993 and 2009: seniors in the active work force.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
‘The Wrecking Crew’ gets its due
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

When you hear the term “wrecking crew” you think of demolitions. Ask those, however, who were involved in the Los Angeles recording industry in the 1960s and early 1970s about “The Wrecking Crew,” and the odds are that you will get a response that borders on idolization about the studio musicians who played on the records of nearly everyone who was anyone on the pop charts who was from the USA.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
The Alzheimer’s Association is there for you
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Although the Alzheimer’s Association is still working out the details of its planned expansion to Queens, focusing on a needs assessment for the borough so it can determine which services are most in demand, there’s no need for anyone here to wait to access its vast array of information and support. It’s all just a phone call or a web page away — all free of charge.

And plenty of people from Queens are reaching out to the group for help with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, both patients and caregivers. The association began asking borough residents who contact it to take a survey to determine their needs last month, and as of early this week already had seen 52 completed.

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When Alzheimer’s disease hits home
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 12:26 pm

As the number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease accelerates, the medical profession and families who have suffered from the disease are working to educate the public about how to recognize early signs of the condition.

There is no cure and there are few treatments. But early recognition is extremely important because it gives families and patients the chance to prepare and it helps buy time for patients.

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Get a patient’s affairs in order, and yours too
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 12:27 pm

It can begin with a simple slip of the mind that slowly becomes worse and worse. Alzheimer’s disease, still called by some senile dementia, destroys memory and other mental functions. It accounts for 60 to 70 percent of dementia cases. While signs of advanced Alzheimer’s can be quite clear, it can be difficult for a patient and his or her family to recognize and accept a diagnosis early on.

“It’s important we have a trustworthy diagnosis before any kind of legal action is taken,” Ann-Margaret Carrozza, an elder law attorney, said. “Once a doctor has been consulted and a proper diagnosis has been made, then you can take the next steps.

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