Senior Living Blog

Avoiding Health Scams

Published December 11, 2018 by Donna Mae Scheib

Advertisers and marketers have a psychological secret that they have used again and again to sell their products over the last century: the more someone sees something or hears something, again and again, the more likely that they will accept it as truth. This is why we are constantly bombarded with advertisements everywhere we look: television commercials, billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and now, there are even algorithms via search engine sites that help social media sites and other web forms target the kind of advertisements that you will see when you are scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or other websites based off of what you have previously searched on Google. So, although there are products that can be beneficial for daily living and health, there are also scams where products are promoted that are not necessarily truthful. The Food and Drug Administration defines health scams as "products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions but is not proven safe or effective for those users". Seniors should be wary of these types of scams, especially health-related where a miracle drug is promised to heal a diagnosis or reverse aging. Let's explore some common health products that are sold and ways to see if they are a health scam or not. read more

Retirement in Washington State

Published December 07, 2018 by Donna Mae Scheib

About Marysville WA Marysville WA is part of the greater Seattle area and is located in Snohomish County, Washington. It is conveniently located only 35 miles north of Seattle. Established in 1872 as a trading post by James P. Comeford. He was a government-appointed Indian agent and an Irish immigrant who had served in the Civil War. Marysville did not have early settlers till 1883. The Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 opened Snohomish County to American settlement and commercial activities which included trapping, fishing, and logging. read more

Seniors and Diabetes

Published December 04, 2018 by Donna Mae Scheib

According to the American Diabetes Association, one in four Americans over the age of 60 has diabetes and research suggests that one in three adults have prediabetes (though 9 out of 10 are not aware of it). There are around 1.4 million new cases of diabetes that are diagnosed in the United States each year. Generally speaking, Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise and the chance of developing it increases, as we get older. read more

Holiday Survival Guide

Published November 29, 2018 by Donna Mae Scheib

Fall brings changing leaves, shorter days, cooler temperatures, and the upcoming holiday season. For many people, this is their favorite time of year. Halloween brings small ghouls, goblins, witches, and an occasional Batman. The great candy rush of October turns into the turkey fest of November and then Christmas is knocking at your door. Tis the season, right? Flights are booked, road trips are planned, and the cars are loaded with food and gifts. read more

Elder Abuse Awareness

Published November 22, 2018 by Donna Mae Scheib

The maltreatment of an elder including physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, confinement, abandonment, and willful deprivation of necessary things such as medicine, food, shelter, medical care, etc., is a significant public health problem. In the United States, nearly 1 in 10 persons over the age of 60 that live at home have been abused in such a way, and it remains likely that this is an underestimated statistic as it is likely that many cases may go unreported. The perpetrators are often adult children, spouses, or other close family members who are the primary caregivers. Abuse may commonly take the form of passive neglect, in which the lack of information or education leaves an elder exposed to poor caregiving skills. read more

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