Essential Coupons and Discounts for Frugal Seniors

Your golden years should be a wonderful time in which you can restfully reflect on a lifetime of accomplishments, but if you’re living on a tight budget and fixed income, will you have to sacrifice the things you love in retirement? Not if you’re savvy about using coupons and looking for discounts! These resources from Whittier Glen Assisted Living can help seniors everywhere live well on a budget.

Phone and Internet Services

From scoring savings on laptops to signing up for affordable phone plans, seniors can enjoy all kinds of perks when it comes to technology!

  • With so many budget-friendly phone plans for seniors, you never need to overspend on cellular service. 
  • These days, reliable internet is available even in rural areas, and seniors often qualify for a discount—be sure to call and ask!
  • Seniors who need computers for work, entertainment, or staying in touch with loved ones may have access to free laptops

Saving on Healthcare

  • As the years go on, healthcare becomes more expensive for everyone. Seniors should definitely take advantage of these healthcare coupons, discounts, and freebies.
  • Buying eyeglasses through discount stores or online retailers can help you save big on eye care. Check out this guide to find organizations and pharmacies that help seniors get discounts for prescription medications. 
  • Medicare does not cover dental care, but there are low-cost and completely free options for seniors. 

Other Helpful Discounts

Plenty of retail stores, grocery chains, and even airlines help seniors stick to their budgets, so be smart about where you do your shopping!

  • Shop at grocery stores that offer great deals and discounts for seniors on certain days of the week!
  • If you frequent the right stores, seniors don’t have to pay full price for clothing and accessories. 
  • Always check with restaurants to see if they offer senior discounts or specials
  • Want to take a vacation without breaking the bank? Book with an airline that offers special senior discounts. 
  • If you’re searching for upholstery cleaning services, gutter repair, lawn care, window repair, and more, remember to check ratings and reviews and request a quote.

You’ve spent your whole life saving for retirement. Now, you want to make sure that you can make the most of your retirement fund. With these discounts and coupons, you’ll be able to stretch every dollar a little further!

Whether you are looking to simplify your life or need a little assistance with day-to-day tasks, Whittier Glen Assisted Living offers you a variety of spacious floor plans, services, and amenities to fit your needs. Call (562) 943-3724.

Helpful Tips for Creating Your Long-Term Care Safety Net

Although it’s something none of us like to think about, you or a loved one may require long-term care one day. Regardless of your current situation, over time, your mind and body may need more support than you currently do. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure you’re prepared, come what may.  Whittier Glen Assisted Living brings you some tips that can help you prepare your own safety net.

 

Planning for Long-Term Care Needs

 

Before making any investments, you should determine the likelihood that you or someone you love will require long-term care in the future. Here are some factors that can impact your health:

 

  • Gender
    Long-Term Care Primer reports that women typically live longer than men. Women are also more likely than men to get Alzheimer’s. In fact, more than 70% of nursing home residents are women.

 

  • Family History
    Scientists have discovered that there is a higher risk of dementia if it runs in the family. Many other illnesses (such as heart conditions or stroke) are also hereditary. Check your family history to see if you are at risk.

 

  • Genetic Testing
    Genetic testing can tell you whether you are prone to a disease, which can help you take preventative measures. Read more about DNA testing at the Stanford University blog.

 

  • Your Lifestyle Choices
    The relatively new field of epigenetics tells us that today’s lifestyle choices have a big impact on our future health. For example, research has shown that certain plant chemicals can influence how our DNA reacts to stress, which can, in turn, reduce our chances for diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Are you caring for your health with a balanced diet, proper sleep, and exercise? If you aren’t, start now.

Two more important issues factor in on your future health: safety and stress. You can reduce the risk of slips, falls, and other common injuries with simple home modifications. These include proper lighting for hallways and stairs, non-slip floor covering, and walk-in bathtubs.

 

Stress is another contributor to illness. According to Verywell Mind, stress can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, ulcers, even tooth and gum disease. Proper self-care can reduce your stress and bring you better physical health.

 

Planning for Long-Term Care Costs

 

Once you have an idea of your possible future needs, it’s time to plan your financial options. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

 

  • How close are you to retirement? The closer you are, the more you’ll need to save up and plan.

 

  • What savings and insurance programs are available now to help pay for long-term care? Research local as well as state options, including nonprofit organizations.

 

  • How do you plan on paying for the costs of long-term care?

  • Where will I live? 

 

Long-term care services primarily fall into one of the following options:

 

Options that support aging in place.

 

If you stay in your home, you may need finances for things like home modifications, home health aides, adult daycare, and caregivers. If you want to age in place, you may benefit from researching and investing in a home that’s a little more senior-friendly. 

 

Selling your current home and using the proceeds to buy a more accessible one might be a more affordable option than making extensive modifications. You can get an idea of how much you’ll get for your home by factoring in your sale price, the size of your outstanding mortgage, where you live, and your real estate agent’s fees.

 

Assisted living facilities or nursing homes.

Assisted living can be fairly expensive, but these communities are often necessary for seniors living with dementia or other serious physical injuries and conditions. The average monthly cost of assisted living in the US is currently $4,300. Medicare will not cover such costs; however, there are some options for funding if you plan properly. For help determining costs in your state, use this long-term care calculator from AARP.

 

Long-term care insurance is a helpful tool that you should purchase as early as possible, as the price increases with age and infirmity. Other funding options include reverse mortgages, veterans benefits, and state and local organizations.

 

It’s important to anticipate and plan for your long-term care needs. An earlier start will provide you with a more secure future, not to mention the peace of mind that comes along with effective planning.

 

Are you looking at assisted living communities? Then it’s time to turn your attention to Whittier Glen Assisted Living. We provide a variety of lifestyle options, an abundance of space and a wealth of amenities. Reach out today to set up a tour! 

reconnecting with estranged seniors

While it may be a stereotype that seniors are set in their ways and that they may be living with outdated ideals, stereotypes are often arrived at for a reason. It may be a generalization, but seniors can be stubborn and less inclined to want to change. If you’ve got a friend or a family member who you’ve become less attached to over time or distance, and you would like to reconnect, Whittier Glen Assisted Living shares some things to consider.

Open Lines of Communication

With most people, it’s easy to send an email or call out of the blue. With seniors, there may be fewer options available when it comes to reaching out. For example, while a video phone app like Zoom can be a good way to reconnect, since it gets you talking face-to-face without having to travel or make a day of it, getting used to a new app may provide an insurmountable difficulty for some seniors. Emails can go unanswered as they wind up in the spam folder, and a senior’s communication through email might be more stilted as they tend to approach it more formally.

A good old-fashioned letter may be the way to go. If you’re afraid there’s too much possibility for miscommunication or an argument, writing everything down lets you get it all out.

Listen

Good communication is a two-way street. They may say things you don’t want to hear or they may present a point of view that you hadn’t considered. Don’t be unwilling to accept fault, and be careful about placing too much blame on them. They may harbor resentment for things you were unaware were even a problem. It’s important to stay open and to really listen.

Stay engaged

It’s important for seniors to stay social and engaged. You may not be the only friend or family member they’ve lost, but you might be the only one willing to give them another chance. It’s possible that they’ve grown since you’ve last seen them, and that you can truly let bygones be bygones. Or it may be that they haven’t changed at all. It’s possible you can accept their faults, as long as they’re still basically a good person. Because although it may be rare, people really can change.

You can go into reconciliation with low expectations, and you might remain guarded, so that if old patterns repeat, you are less likely to get hurt.

Practice self-care

Verywell Mind reminds us that one of the most important things is to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, exercise daily, eat well-balanced meals, stay hydrated, and carve time out of your schedule to relax and engage in an activity that brings you joy. Stress is part of everyone’s life, but it can become overwhelming and even lead to chronic stress as you attempt to re-establish the relationship. And, as ZenBusiness points out, if you’re a busy professional with workplace stressors it’s even more important to establish some ways to handle and cope with the pressure.

As you set out to reconnect with someone who is potentially difficult, don’t let it consume you. Be sure that this relationship is only one part of your life, and don’t let it wreck all the other good things you’ve got going on. Set boundaries, and articulate them if you need to. Let that person know what you are comfortable with and that you won’t devote too much time and energy to reconnecting, if it starts to become unhealthy.

Remember that not everything will always go as planned, so take it easy on yourself. Be patient and make an effort to stay calm and relaxed, as this will improve your mood and give you a better chance to add an old friend or family member back into your life. As Johns Hopkins points out, forgiveness isn’t just good for the forgiven, but it’s  good for you as well.

Fun Gifts for the Caretaker in Your Life

They’ve spent all year caring for you or a loved one, now it’s time to show them you care. Here, Whittier Glen Assisted Living takes a look at the best gifts to give your favorite caregiver this holiday season based on their personality.

For the fun-lover

You can spot a fun lover by the way they walk and talk. He or she may crack jokes to lighten up the mood or show up to your 4th of July barbeque wearing a Santa hat. Here’s what to get them:

Adult party games –  Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity, and Family Feud After Hours are NSFW or kids but will put a smile on any fun lover’s face.

Funny socks – Hobbit feet, chicken legs, and other fancy foot warmers are a great gift for anyone. You can find fun socks online or at your local novelties store.

For the quiet type

The quiet people are often introverts with little use for others beyond their closest friends and family. Help them avoid the public with these gifts:

Adult coloring book – You can find everything from Harry Potter to exotic chickens to swear-word coloring books that will let your recipient turn their attention to not people, just the way they like it.

A virtual BFF – Even the least talkative folks need a listening ear from time to time. Consider a Google Assist or Amazon Echo.

For the foodie

You’ll know the foodie by the way he or she snubs McDonald’s and insists that coconut oil makes the best brownies. Satisfy their food love like this:

Food delivery subscription — You can’t give the foodie just any subscription, it has to be something unforgettable. Consider iGourmet, which offers a selection of mouthwatering meats, cheeses and accompaniments to please the pickiest palate. Blue Apron is also popular and comes packaged with ingredients and instructions.

Food thermometer – A food thermometer might not be at the top of your wish list, but those who love to cook also like to know their food is safe.  Travel+Leisure recommends the ThermaPro TP03A.

For the technologically impaired

If you’ve ever received a phone call at 10 PM asking how to change the input on the television, you’ve met the technologically impaired. Bring them up to the 21st century with these:

Big-button remote control – With buttons labeled for exactly what they want and no confusing language such as “input” or “on demand,” a big-button remote control  can help them channel surf without feeling overwhelmed.

Voice-activated vacuum cleaner – It doesn’t take a degree in software development to tell the  Ionvac Smartclean 2000 Robovac when and where to clean up. And you can tell it to pause by linking it to your Amazon Echo or Google Assist.

For the traveler

If your favorite caretaker indulges their wanderlust whenever they can, you want to give them something to enhance their travels.

Beach rental – A vacation rental situated on or near one of LA’s top beaches can provide the perfect retreat for your traveler who needs downtime. Somewhere in Santa Monica, Venice, near Playa Del Ray, for example, can put them in proximity to a beach as well as restaurants and shops.

Suitcase – If your travel lover’s suitcase has seen better days, give them a new one that matches up with their sense of adventure. Opt for a carry-on size from Eagle Creek that they can throw in the overhead bin or that can stand the pummeling of baggage hold.

For the homebody

A homebody may be anything but quiet, but they share many common traits with the introvert including a preference for staying home. Cater to their inner hermit with these gifts:

eReader – Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet allows for full access to the Google Play store and features a 10-inch display for optimized reading. Other popular e-reader devices are the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo Clara.

Adult onesies – Fun adult pajamas are really a great gift for anyone on your list, but those who prefer sticking close to home may appreciate the comfort and coverage given by these blanket alternatives.

Regardless of their personal interests, everyone who spends their days caring for others needs to have the opportunity to focus on self-care. Whether it be reading, cooking, or simply zoning out with a set of colored pencils, remember to give your gifts based on your recipient’s interests. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness and return the favor tenfold by providing the best care possible for you or your loved one.

Senior Money Management – Ask Questions

Many seniors have concerns about their finances, especially when it comes to ensuring savings, investments, and other retirement funds last as long as necessary. Asking questions is the first step to success.

Information Regarding Visitation

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On March 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advised of a nationwide restriction on visitation for certain health facilities, due to the coronavirus. Though these restrictions were drafted for skilled nursing facilities, they address risks similar to those posed to other senior living communities. CMS has directed that only health care workers or end-of life visitors be allowed to visit the community during this time. Until further notice, we will follow this direction, and will not permit non-essential visitors. We continue to encourage virtual visitation by phone, FaceTime, Skype, etc. It is important for you to remain connected with your loved one, and we will be happy to work with you to accomplish this in the absence of an in-person visit. Read more

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Bouts of dizziness are common for seniors, with 30 percent of people over age 60 and 50 percent of people over age 85 experiencing dizziness. But while this issue is common, that does not mean it can be shrugged off as a natural part of aging.

 

With the right care, dizziness can often be treated. Here are five things that can cause dizziness and what can be done to treat it. Read more

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