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Coyle & Wytychak News

 December 2018, Volume 2, Issue 12      

 

What is going on?

Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law will be closed on December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019 for the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

The Alzheimer’s Association will present Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 2 to 3:30 at the Area Agency on Aging, 2120 N. Lakewood Drive, CDA.  Call (800) 272-3900 for reservations.  This program is free and open to the public!

On January 8, 2019, the Alzheimer’s Association will present Health Living for your Brain and Body at the Hayden Public Library at 2 pm.  This educational program is free and open to the public!

The Lake City Senior Center is now offering smartphone classes!  For more information, visit http://www.lakecitycenter.org/

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Kroc Center host the Memory Café on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Kroc Center Café.  It’s a safe place for those with memory loss and their friends and family to enjoy a favorite drink with others.  Contact PJ Christo at (208) 666-2996 for more information. 

Check out Coyle and Wytychak Elder Law on Facebook! “Like” us to stay informed and hear about events in the senior community. Search for Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law.  Share our page with your friends and family so they can also take advantage of the informative articles and information!

The older you get, the better you get....unless you're a banana." -Rose Nylund as portrayed by Betty White, "The Golden Girls.

The Real Life “Golden Girls” and new developments in senior housing- by rebecca eyman

We all hope that our “golden years” are filled with peace and contentment. Unfortunately, many seniors find themselves in housing options that are less than ideal.  After losing a spouse, older persons often find themselves living alone for the first time in their lives.  While many seniors would prefer to “age in place” and remain at home rather than moving to an assisted living facility, a new lack of companionship can lead to depression, anxiety, and isolation.  It can also be more difficult for an older person to afford household expenses, physically navigate a house, and keep up with maintenance and household chores.

 

By the 2030’s, for the first time ever, there will be more people in the population who are over the age of 65 than under the age of 18.  Rodney Harrell, the Director of Livable Communities at the AARP Policy Institute, notes that currently our homes and communities are not particularly well designed for aging.  Suburban neighborhoods frequently do not have transportation options for people who do not drive.  Certain types of housing with multiple flights of stairs present physical challenges, and an older person living alone for the first time faces financial strain.

 

For this reason, more and more seniors are choosing to live with roommates to alleviate these issues.  These real-life “Golden Girls” are becoming a trend, and some organizations are stepping up to help.  Wendi Burkhardt is the co-founder and CEO of Silvernest, an organization that pairs Baby Boomers, empty nesters, and other aging adults with compatible long-term housemates.  Burkhardt was inspired to start her own business after her personal experience of watching her mother adjust to living alone after becoming a widow.  Silvernest helps seniors with a variety of housing tools, including finding roommates, conducting background checks, and setting up auto-payments for rent.

 

Ann Glass, a gerontologist and professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, categorizes senior housing options as “shared housing” and “co-housing,” which she notes are frequently mixed up.  Shared housing is when you rent a room in someone else’s house, or rent out your own spare room.  This can be a great option for empty nesters looking for extra income and help with household chores. 

 

Co-housing, on the other hand, refers to a community or neighborhood of seniors each with their own home but sharing a common space.  It’s frequent in these situations for the community to come together several times a week for shared meals or events.  Co-housing arrangements are a far cry from assisted living, however, because people living in co-housing are typically completely independent.  Glass has found that having the support of co-housing neighbors substantially improves quality of life, and allows seniors to comfortably age in place.

 

If you think that you or a loved one could benefit from a shared housing or co-housing arrangement, you can visit www.silvernest.com to learn more.

 

Coyle & Wytychak News

What is going on?

Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law will be closed on November 12, 2018 in honor of Veterans’ Day.

On November 13, 2018, the Lake City Center will host “Know the 10 Signs” of Alzheimer’s Disease at 1 p.m.  The program is free and no reservations required. Lunch at noon prior to the program is free with a suggested donation of $4 for age 60+ or $7 for under 60.  

We will also be closed on November 22nd and 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

The Lake City Senior Center is now offering smartphone classes!  For more information, visit http://www.lakecitycenter.org/.  

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Kroc Center host the Memory Café on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Kroc Center Café.  It’s a safe place for those with memory loss and their friends and family to enjoy a favorite drink with others.  Contact PJ Christo at (208) 666-2996 for more information.

Check out Coyle and Wytychak Elder Law on Facebook! “Like” us to stay informed and hear about events in the senior community. Search for Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law.  Share our page with your friends and family so they can also take advantage of the informative articles and information!

We understand changing schedules. In order to be respectful of our staff and the legal needs of others please be courteous and call promptly if you are unable to attend your appointment. Appointments with our attorneys are in high demand, and your early cancellation will give another person the possibility to be seen. If it is necessary to cancel your appointment we request that you call by 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.

"It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.

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What I didn’t know about meals on wheels by Kate Coyle

 

In September, I was honored to be elected to the board of the Lake City Center, Coeur d’ Alene’s Senior Center.  The Lake City Center is one of several senior centers in Kootenai County that provides meals to senior citizens, either at the centers or in their homes through the Meals on Wheels program.  Through my education as a new board member, I have learned a great deal about Kootenai County’s Meals on Wheels program. It sounds like a kitschy term, but until recently I didn’t realize what a vital service it provides to our neighbors and loved ones.

Meals on Wheels is a very important service that is provided to our community.  It is a program that delivers free or very inexpensive meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. Meals on Wheels originated in 1947 in Great Britain during the Blitz, when many people lost their homes and therefore the ability to cook their own food. The concept of delivering meals to those unable to prepare their own evolved into the modern programs that deliver mostly to the housebound elderly for free or with donations.  In the United States, it originated in 1954 in Philadelphia where a small group of neighbors joined forces to support the seniors in their community. In Coeur d’ Alene, Meals on Wheels is run by the Lake City Senior Center. The Post Falls program is run by the Post Falls Senior Center.  There are also programs in Spirit Lake, Worley, and Rathdrum. Locally, it is funded by the Area Agency on Aging and North Idaho College.

Meals on Wheels programs provide not only food, but also independence and autonomy.  These meals allow for many seniors to remain at home longer than they may be able to otherwise.  Also, the daily visit from the volunteer provides a “wellness check” on some of our vulnerable and isolated community members.  If the driver notices the newspapers stacked up on the porch or no one answering the door, red flags are raised. According to the website mealsonwheelsamerica.org, the program combats the three biggest threats of aging:  hunger, isolation, and loss of independence.

In this season of giving, you may be looking for a reputable charity to donate to or volunteer with.  Meals on Wheels programs are always looking for volunteers to help deliver meals and visit with the recipients for a few moments.  Sometimes, this is the only in- person contact that a person receives throughout the day! If you would like more information, please contact the Lake City Senior Center at (208) 667-4628, the Post Falls Senior Center at (208) 773-9582, or your local Meals on Wheels Program Administrator.  As the national Meals on Wheels slogan states, “Let’s do lunch, America!”

 

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