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Retirement With A Purpose
Dedicated to seeing senior men and women become involved in significant ways in today’s world, helping meet spiritual and physical needs around the globe.

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Visit Website:http://www.retirementwithapurpose.com

Taking Advantage of Your Equity
The dilemma for senior citizens of having too little money for retirement is not a new phenomenon. Records dating back more than 100 years reveal that European investors purchased homes from aging persons and then allowed them to live in the home rent-free for the rest of their lives.

Visit Website:http://www.ffsenior.com/explain.htm

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Elder Caregiving
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Reverse Mortgages
This site is for consumers interested in learning more about reverse mortgages. The information provided on this site is provided by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA).  Check out their reverse mortgage calculator.

Visit Website:http://www.reversemortgage.org

Heart Health Information

Heart Heath - Click HereClick or tap here to learn how to quickly and easily determine if a person is suffering from a a stroke and how to respond to a heart attack if medical support is not immediately available.
For more details about heart health, visit the the American Heart Association web site.

For the Young at Heart
Here you'll find resources galore for senior citizens. Learn about all the great discounts on dining, travel and recreation, read up on healthy eating and exercise tips and find out about the premier retirement communities throughout the United States.

Visit Website:http://www.4seniors.com

Generation A
This site is the place for Gen-Aers to meet and share life experiences and advice with peers, including noted experts from our generation, in an inviting comfortable community offering services and information tailored to our interests.

Visit Website:http://www.generationa.com

Seniors Online
Visit this website to see one of the best online communities for seniors offering chat, forums, free webpages, and more

Visit Website:http://www.senior.com

Yahoo! Senior’s Guide
Read posted messages and share stories of your own, talk live with other seniors online, or join Yahoo! Clubs - a gathering place for older adults.

Visit Website:http://seniors.yahoo.com

Senior Site
Check out this warm and active Web Community for those of us who are 55 or over, young at heart and who want to stay ahead in our changing world!

Visit Website:http://www.seniorsite.com

Third Age
Your ThirdAge - the most exciting time of your life! Find tips, tools, and articles from ThirdAge...the web for grown-ups. (ThirdAge.com is a part of ThirdAge Inc., an online media and direct marketing company focused exclusively on serving the needs of first-wave baby boomers -- midlife adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s.  Their vision throughout the ThirdAge network of sites is to transform the voice of aging from limitation to possibility throughout the world.)

Visit Website:http://www.thirdage.com

Senior Net Computer Education
The nonprofit SeniorNet provides adults 50+ access to and education about computer technology and the Internet to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

Visit Website:http://www.seniornet.org

National Association for Senior Concerns (NASCON)
The National Association for Senior Concerns (NASCON) was established in 2005 to serve those 50 and older. It's states about itself that, "For too long, a single political organization has claimed to represent all Seniors when, in fact, it has a narrow political agenda. NASCON is different. 

We believe that Seniors, like everyone else, should have a dissenting voice. All Seniors do not think alike, and those of us who disagree with intrusive government and big spending want to be heard -- not silenced by a political machine more intent on promoting itself than improving the lives of Seniors everywhere.

NASCON believes that people are best served by less government, not more, and by policies that promote individual responsibility and autonomy. We believe the tax code is too complicated and lawsuits are out of control. We also believe that tough choices are needed to strengthen Social Security for our children and grandchildren. 

A one-year membership with NASCON is only $15.00.  And, we'll be happy to add your spouse to your membership absolutely free. If you agree with these principles, we hope you'll join thousands of other Americans as a member of NASCON. Our principles transcend age, and we welcome members of all generations."

Visit Website:http://www.nascon.org

AARP
AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services which are provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services,including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Visit Website:http://www.aarp.org

AARP Research Center
Where you can find research results and reference information to answer your questions about a variety of subjects related to aging.

Visit Website:http://research.aarp.org

AARP Tax-Aide
Tax-Aide is a free, confidential service supported by friendly people in your neighborhood; available to people of all ages with middle and low income, with special attention to those age 60 and older; a service which prepares tax returns and answers tax questions; 30,000+ IRS-trained and certified volunteers.

Visit Website:http://www.aarp.org/taxaid

AARP Legal Services Network
The AARP Legal Services Network (LSN) is a new member benefit providing easy access to attorneys across the country who reduce their fees for AARP members and their spouses.

Visit Website:http://www.aarp.org/lsn

AARP Grandparents
Grandparents is a section of the AARP site that is dedicated to the needs of grandparents, including visitation and raising of grandchildren.

Visit Website:http://www.aarp.org/grandparents

AARP Magazine
The online site for AARP magazine.  Sign up for AARP The Magazine's biweekly email newsletter ensures that you won't miss out on the new content that' s added to this site every week.

Visit Website:http://www.aarpmagazine.org

Civic Ventures
Civic Ventures aims to rectify the mismatch that now exists between the capacities of older Americans and their role in communities. In short, the organization's mission is to expand the social contribution of older Americans and to help transform the aging of American society into a source of individual and social renewal. A particular focus is on increasing the involvement of older adults in the lives of children and youth.

Visit Website:http://www.civicventures.org

The National Mentoring Partnership
This site is an advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.

Visit Website:http://www.mentoring.org

National Senior Service Corps
Through the National Senior Service Corps, nearly half a million Americans age 55 and older share their time and talents to help their communities.

Visit Website:http://www.seniorcorps.org/

FirstGov for Seniors
FirstGov for Seniors is one of several projects created at the direction of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPRG).  The Social Security Administration (SSA) agreed to create, host and maintain FirstGov for Seniors as a service especially geared toward senior citizens. It's goal: Secure, Easy Access to Government Services and Benefits for Seniors

Visit Website:http://www.seniors.gov

Administration on Aging (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)
AoA is the Federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns.

Visit Website:http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/

Resource Directory for Older People
This directory is intended to serve a wide audience including older people and their families, health and legal professionals, social service providers, librarians, researchers, and others with an interest in the field of aging. The directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relevant to the needs of older persons.

Visit Website:http://www.nia.nih.gov/rd/default.htm

Elderhostel - Adventures In Lifelong Learning
Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over. From New Hampshire to New Zealand, South Africa to South Dakota, Elderhostel offers you a world of educational opportunities - at exceptional values.

Visit Website:http://www.elderhostel.org

Seniors Search
Search directory exclusively for the over 50 age group.

Visit Website:http://www.seniorssearch.com

Wired Seniors
Wiredseniors.com gives Seniors a "Web of Your Own" and serves as the main hub of the many seniors related Web sites that makes up the wiredseniors.com Web Network (including Seniors Search). They make a wide variety of seniors oriented information and programs available to their audience.

Visit Website:http://www.wiredseniors.com

Home Exchange
Many seniors around the country, or around the world share the same concerns about the high cost of vacations.  To facilitate this group, numerous rentals are highlighted as being “senior friendly” by Home Exchange, which helps people find a match to swap homes simultaneously or arrange to share visits in each other’s homes.  Most exchanges include cars, which provides an enormous savings on rental and insurance expenses.  Discount memberships for  AARP and CARP members.

Visit Website:http://www.seniorhomeexchange.com

Retirement Homes
Retirement Homes is a directory of retirement homes, retirement communities, long term care and elder care facilities in North America. Retirement Homes will assist you in learning about retirement and long term care options across North America.

Visit Website:http://www.retirementhomes.com

Age Venture
Another senior-friendly vacation site is Age Venture (www.demko.com), which has extensive worldwide offerings in their Travel Options-Action Adventure section.  Included are such adventures as Senior White Water Rafting Expeditions, Roman Holidays, Life Cycles through Europe, Home Stay in China, and Trips for Travelers with Disabilities.

Visit Website:http://www.demko.com

Senior World
Senior World Online features travel tips, accommodations, campgrounds and resources for RVers, travel guides, tours and regional events calendars.  This site features travel stories to encourage the 50+ group to experience life firsthand.

Visit Website:http://www.seniorworld.com

Grand Times
A unique weekly Internet magazine for savvy seniors. Controversial, entertaining and informative, Grand Times celebrates life's opportunities and examines life's challenges.

Visit Website:http://www.grandtimes.com

Healthtouch
A resource that brings together valuable information from trusted sources on topics such as medications, health, diseases, supplements and natural medicine.

Visit Website:http://www.healthtouch.com

HealthGrades
Quality of health care reports for hospitals, nursing homes and physicians.

Visit Website:http://www.healthgrades.com/consumer

Seniors-Site
A website for: 50+ Adults, their children, grandchildren and caregivers.  It provides content and the opportunity for these individuals to post their needs and concerns on bulletin boards, providing help, publishing ideas, creative work, opinions, and responses.

Visit Website:http://www.seniors-site.com

Senior Sites
Senior Sites is a comprehensive web source of non-profit housing and services for seniors. With over 5000 listed communities.

Visit Website:http://www.seniorsites.com

Senior Women Web
This site in an attempt to reflect women's issues and concerns. It also reflects those two most compelling relationships, that of community and connectivity; introducing authors, articles and columns that we hope will engage and stimulate. 

Visit Website:http://www.seniorwomen.com

Medicare
The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare.

Visit Website:http://www.medicare.gov

Medicare Rights Center
The national not-for-profit, consumer service organization, dedicated to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities get good affordable health care.

Visit Website:http://www.medicarerights.org

Medicare Interactive
One-stop source for information about health care rights, options and benefits -- helping you escape the healthcare maze.

Visit Website:http://www.medicareinteractive.org

Senior Women Web
This site in an attempt to reflect women's issues and concerns. It also reflects those two most compelling relationships, that of community and connectivity; introducing authors, articles and columns that to engage and stimulate. 

Visit Website:http://www.seniorwomen.com

The Alzheimer's Association
This is the largest national voluntary health organization supporting Alzheimer's research and care. On this site, you'll find information about the disease, programs and services, and advocacy efforts.

Visit Website:http://www.alz.org

Medicare
Official government web site.  Provides detailed information and directories about everything related to Medicare, healthcare issues, long term care and facilities [for example, including Nursing Home Comparison containing the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country (over 17,000). Important Information on Nursing Home Compare and other resources, including the Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home, and Nursing Home Checklist are also available to help with nursing home choice].

Visit Website:http://www.medicare.gov

Hospital Compare
Moving to a new area -- or just want some intelligence on surrounding hospitals? This tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help. Here you can get information on how well the hospitals in your area care for their adult patients with certain serious medical conditions. You can compare the quality of care and get the address, telephone number and other important information for all Medicare-certified hospitals in the United States.  This site shows which of the hospitals you select provide certain important care procedures for conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia. The tools here allow you to compare the delivery of these important procedures. All this, plus valuable check lists to help you know the things to look for when choosing a hospital for the care of important health issues.

Visit Website:http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

The Grand's Place
For those who are raising one or more of their grandchildren, this site provides a safe and accepting environment where caregivers can join together and give each other comfort and support.

Visit Website:http://www.grandsplace.com

Grand Parents Again
On-line community, legal and medical information, and support group network for grandparents.

Visit Website:http://www.grandparentagain.com

Benefits Checkup
The BenefitsCheckUp is a national online service to screen for federal, state and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55 and over). It contains over 1,100 different programs from all fifty states (including the District of Columbia). On average there are 50 to 70 programs available to individuals per state.  In addition to identifying the programs that a person may be eligible to receive, BenefitsCheckUp also provides a detailed description of the programs, local contacts for additional information (typically the addresses and phone numbers of where to apply for the programs), and materials to help successfully apply for each program.

Visit Website:http://www.benefitscheckup.org

A Senior's Guide to Good Nutrition
The Vegetarian Resource Group. Diet and Aging, Appetite problems, sample meal plan and recipes, plus a wealth of other issues are addressed at this site.

Visit Website:http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/seniors.htm

ElderWeb
Site is designed to be a research site for both professionals and family members looking for information on eldercare, long term care and retirement.  It includes links to related information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, as well as policy, research, and statistics.

Visit Website:http://www.elderweb.com

United Seniors Association
United Seniors Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1991. With a 1.5 million activists network nationwide, USA is the leading group for citizen activists who want to cut taxes, safeguard the Social Security Trust Fund, and improve Social Security and Medicare for all generations.

Visit Website:http://www.unitedseniors.org

Wired Seniors
United Seniors Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1991. With a 1.5 million activists network nationwide, USA is the leading group for citizen activists who want to cut taxes, safeguard the Social Security Trust Fund, and improve Social Security and Medicare for all generations.

Visit Website:http://www.wiredseniors.com

Grand Parents Again
On-line community, legal and medical information, and support group network for grandparents.

Visit Website:http://www.grandparentagain.com

Generations United
GENERATIONS UNITED (GU) is a national membership organization focused solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. GU represents more than 100 national, state, and local organizations representing more than 70 million Americans and is the only national organization advocating for the mutual well-being of children, youth, and older adults. GU serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation. GU provides a forum for those working with children, youth, and the elderly to explore areas of common ground while celebrating the richness of each generation.

Visit Website:http://www.gu.org

National Senior Citizens Law Center
The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities.

Visit Website:http://www.nsclc.org

 

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Stroke vs Heart Attack
 


 

Good information to know that may save your life...

 

 

Is It A Stroke?

This might be a lifesaver if we can remember the three questions!

 

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster for the stroke victim. A stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
 

 Sudden Stroke Symptoms

ACT F/A/S/T

FACE:          Ask the Person to Smile

                      If One Side Droops:  ACT!

ARMS:         Raise Both His/Her Arms

                      If One Arm Droops:   ACT!

SPEECH:     Repeat a Simple  Sentence                         
                    Are the Words Slurred?

                    If Yes, ACT!

TIME:         IF ANY SUCH SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT,
                   IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 OR GET TO THE 
                   NEAREST/BEST HOSPITAL AVAILABLE


1. Ask the individual to smile.

2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.

3. Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting.

Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.


Is It A Heart Attack?


[DISCLAIMER:  Information questioning the appropriate use of the following information has come to our attention since this was first published on our site.  Please read these articles for details:   Hoax-Slayer, Wikipedia, AHA, Not A Hoax]

 

Read this... It could save your life!!

Let's say it's 6:15 PM. and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset, and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself...
 


HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

[NOTE:  This does NOT take the place of first doing whatever you can do to get help.]

 

 

Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!

 


 

 

Treating Stroke Systems as Seriously as One Would for a Heart Attack:
A “Brain Attack’s” Three Hour Window of Opportunity

 

When the telltale symptoms of a heart attack present themselves, few would think twice about seeking immediate diagnosis and treatment at the closest emergency room.   Most people are aware of the seriousness of those symptoms—they have read about them, have had family or friends that have experienced them and their physicians may have warned them.

However, when the symptoms of stroke present themselves, there is often not the same level of urgency.  Stroke's symptoms may be interpreted as the aches and pains of aging and often results in a nap or the setting of an appointment to visit the doctor in a week or two—hardly what one would do when presented with the signs of a heart attack.  Perhaps, the word stroke itself contributes to the relative lack of urgency and should be replaced with a more compelling name such as “brain attack.”

If you felt sudden, crushing pain in your chest and had difficulty breathing, you’d probably know what it might be—a heart attack—and would also know that you should call 911 and get to an emergency room immediately. But what if you noticed that you were feeling a little numbness in your right arm, or felt just a little clumsier than usual while walking to work or climbing the stairs one day? Would you think you were having a stroke?  Most people wouldn’t, and that’s the problem, say stroke experts. Although strokes are the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States, killing nearly 160,000 people every year (including twice as many women as breast cancer), the “brain attack” lags far behind the “heart attack” in public awareness of its causes, warning signs and consequences. In fact, one-third of all Americans over 50—the population most affected by strokes—don’t even know that strokes occur in the brain. But the damage to the brain caused by a stroke can often be uniquely far-reaching and debilitating.

A new study shows most Americans do not treat stroke as an emergency. When a stroke -- or brain attack -- first hits, many people don't even recognize the symptoms and do not immediately call 9-1-1. A new survey reports 1 in 3 Americans cannot name a single symptom a person might experience while having a stroke.

If you’re having a stroke, doctors say, “time lost is brain lost.” During an all-too-brief period of only one to three hours after symptoms first appear, aggressive and appropriate treatments can not only save your life, but also spare you from severe brain damage and permanent disability. “But because it doesn’t necessarily hurt to have a stroke, and the symptoms can often at first be easily dismissed—a little numbness or clumsiness—people don’t realize how urgent it is to seek treatment,” said Dr. James C. Grotta, a neurologist and director of the stroke program at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

 

Sudden Stroke Symptoms

ACT F/A/S/T

FACE:         Ask the Person to Smile

                     If One Side Droops:  ACT!

ARMS:         Raise Both His/Her Arms

                      If One Arm Droops:   ACT!

SPEECH:     Repeat a Simple  Sentence                         
                    Are the Words Slurred?

                    If Yes, ACT!

TIME:         IF ANY SUCH SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT,
                   IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 OR GET TO THE
                   NEAREST/BEST HOSPITAL AVAILABLE

 

The Brain Attack Coalition has several of the scales used by professionals to determine the severity of strokes as soon as they occur.  They may be accessed by clicking on the Brain Attack Coalition link in the previous sentence.
 

It should be noted that women have additional unique stroke symptoms including:

  • sudden face and limb pain

  • sudden hiccups

  • sudden nausea

  • sudden general weakness

  • sudden check pain

  • sudden shortness of breath

  • sudden palpitations
     

More women die from strokes than from breast cancer.  Also, African Americans are highly vulnerable to stroke.

Certain people—including smokers, diabetics, those with high blood pressure, and people with a family history—are at higher than normal risk of stroke, but anyone, at any age, can have one. But recognizing the signs of a stroke and calling for help are only half the battle. The other half is getting treated by the right doctors, at the right hospital. “Any intern, resident and medical student worth his salt knows the first five steps to take if someone presents having a heart attack, but the same isn’t true of stroke,” said Grotta.  That’s partly because for many years, little could be done for stroke patients. “There was a longstanding sense of futility in the care of patients with stroke, but that needs to be gone, because we do now have interventions that make a difference,” said Dr. S. Claiborne Johnston, director of the stroke service at the University of California, San Francisco. “It used to be the same way with heart attacks: There were proven therapies that were underutilized. Now that problem is significantly lessened, and we need to do the same thing with stroke, because we have the ability to provide better acute care as well as doing secondary prevention.”

As Johnston noted, enormous strides have been made in stroke care in recent years, including the availability of tPA (tissue-plasminogen activator), a so-called "clotbuster" drug that, when administered during that magic three-hour window, can help dissolve clots, protect the brain, and reduce damage and disability.

This drug, however, must be administered with great care because it’s only appropriate for some patients and some kinds of stroke. For ischemic stroke—the most common kind, in which there are blockages in the brain’s blood vessels—tPA can be a life (and brain) saver. But with hemorrhagic stroke—a less common variety, which involves bleeding into the brain—tPA can increase that bleeding, with deadly results. Other patients at elevated risk of excessive bleeding also aren’t good candidates for tPA. Brain imaging, evaluated by a properly trained specialist, is essential before a patient receives tPA.

To improve stroke care around the country, the Joint Council on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) last year established a “primary stroke center” certification, which has already certified more than 150 primary stroke centers in 30 states, with more to follow. Several states, including New York, Florida and Massachusetts, have established their own stroke center programs (with required protocols that hospitals must adopt, similar to JCAHO’s), and other states may soon follow suit. In some areas, emergency service workers are required to take a suspected stroke patient to a certified stroke center, rather than simply to the nearest hospital.  It should be noted that area hospitals might have the components and competency to be a primary stroke center, but have either not applied for JAHCO certification or may be currently under review and approval for same.  It is advised that area hospitals be contacted in advance of such an emergency to determine their credentials in this regard.


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