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What's the True Cost of Assisted Care?

Seniors faced with the need to move away from home and into an assisted living apartment or retirement community often struggle with anticipating the true cost of care. Naturally, there is a significant financial impact on the senior in question. Monthly costs can vary widely, based on geographic location, from a median high of $6,000 in Alaska to a median low of $2,288 in Missouri.

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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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The Simplest Senior Care Devices May Be the Best

Technology is supposed to make difficult jobs easier. Smart phones makes it easier to share personal experiences through pictures and videos, for example, and keeping a checking account balanced has never been easier since the invention of online banking. State-of-the-art toys featuring all the bells and whistles will always attract the attention of young people but simple devices have always found the best traction among seniors.

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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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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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Senior Life Can Be a Beach for Older Travelers

Slowing down a bit and contemplating retirement can be catalysts for lifestyle changes that allow more freedom and increased opportunities for travel. And a good beach is the latest popular destination for today’s active seniors. Fodor's Travel has released its list of Best Beaches for 2014, and it might also be termed an exciting chapter in a guide to retirement living for today's elder citizens.

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Wonderful Chefs Make Living in These Retirement Communities a Treat

Residents of the Marjorie P. Lee and Deupree House retirement communities in Cincinnati know good cuisine. Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) takes great care to make sure that residents are getting not only the proper nutrition, but that they have exciting, scrumptious dining options every day. Having expert chefs at the helm in each retirement center’s culinary department certainly helps.

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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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Senior Housing Trends of 2014

Without a doubt, senior housing has come a long way in the past few decades. But there are always improvements to be made.

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