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The Older Adult’s Guide to Retirement Tech

Older Americans are becoming increasingly savvy at using digital communications and technology in their day-to-day lives— from maintaining family contacts, to forming new relationships, managing medications and planning for retirement and future care. Take a look at some novel ways seniors like you are finding ways to make technology work for them.

It’s not a hearing aid… it’s my Bluetooth!

Older adults with minor hearing loss can be quite sensitive to the suggestion that a hearing aid might help them to communicate better. Some perceive it as a stigma; others just don’t want to accept the notion that they are getting older and their needs are changing. But some seniors are quietly turning to new technology to surreptitiously address those needs, while preserving their self-image.

The good folks at Sound World Solutions have produced a hearing assistance device, the CS50, that looks like (and, in fact, doubles as) a wireless Bluetooth phone headset. For people who can hear sounds, but have trouble distinguishing words from background noise, the device is a clandestine way to improve hearing, while giving off the appearance of being super tech savvy.

The CS50 works with Android or Apple smartphones, is customizable and can even stream music. So, if you’re having a little more trouble talking over dinner in restaurants these days, pop in your CS50 and chat away. People will just think you’re waiting to take an important business call.

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Independent Living Really Does Mean Independent

When you discuss your future care options with your family, you probably can’t help wondering if “independent living” is a misnomer. A potential move into a community setting from a home you’ve lived in so long can seem downright frightening.

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Powerful Tools for Long-Distance Caregivers

The chances are good that, at some point, you will be in the position of having to provide some sort of care for a loved one—a child, spouse or parent. It’s even more likely that you’re going to find yourself trying to oversee the care of an aging parent who lives out-of-state.

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Senior Life is What You Make of It

You could look at aging as getting older or see it as freedom to do the things you didn’t have time for when you were working a 9-to-5 and raising your family. As George Burns said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” Senior life is what you make of it, despite creaky joints or the occasional flare up of arthritis.

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What to Do with Assets before Moving into Assisted Living

One asset planning question that many seniors have when considering a move into a retirement home or assisted living is whether or not they must sell any properties they own, including their primary residences, vacation homes, or investment properties.

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Cincinnati Seniors Find Thrills at This Historic Amusement Park

When looking for things to do with the grandkids or a group of friends, seniors often shy away from amusement parks. The thought of rough roller coasters, dizzying spin rides and high admission prices doesn't appeal to many. But not all amusement parks are built alike. And in Cincinnati, there may be one that’s just your speed — Coney Island.

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Summer Is the Perfect Time for Senior Home Sellers

Preparing a home for sale is never an easy task-- especially if the home embodies a family history or represents many years of stability. Accumulated memories and belongings often get in the way. But, once you have made a resolute decision to transition to an alternative lifestyle, subsequent steps are easier. If the time has come to consider a move to assisted living, Cincinnati style, summer can be the perfect time to start your transition.

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Meet Episcopal Retirement Homes' Volunteer Board Members

It’s always nice to put a face with a name. The Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) Board of Directors is made up of volunteer members who are dedicated to the organization’s mission: to “enrich the lives of older adults in a person-centered, innovative and spiritually based way.” In this entry, you’ll meet a few of those volunteers.

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Cincinnati Seniors May Find that Exercise Is a Lifesaver

It has long been known that exercise isn’t just good for the body and the mind, it’s essential. The benefits of daily physical activity cannot be overstated. No matter how older you are, regular exercise can lead to a healthier, longer, and fuller life.

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At-a-Glance Guide to Skilled Nursing Care in Cincinnati

You always expected that this day would come– your parents need more care and attention than you can provide at home. You just didn’t expect it to come so quickly. But you can still stay ahead of the curve even if you haven’t put much thought into long-term care until now.

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