Elder Guru

Will Medicaid or Medicare Cover Tattoo Removal?

Medicare covered tattoo removal? Medicaid covered tattoo removal? Are these covered services? Dermatologists offer laser removal, but will your insurance cover it? Have a tattoo you want removed? Perhaps you have the name of a now ex-husband or wife tattooed on your arm. Maybe you had a few post-apocalyptic tattoos that now don’t look so good. Maybe you’re just tired of them. Either way, you’ve decided you want them gone. Then you found out that the average cost for laser tattoo removal is $250-$500 per treatment. The price depends on…

New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Tomorrow

When you picture a retirement community, do you think of modern and sustainable architecture, allowing residents to age in place and engage with others? Architect Matthias Hollwich of New Aging does. When Hollwich turned forty, he began to prepare for aging. He researched the designs of current retirement communities and realized he wanted to create something new. So he set his firm, HWKN, to work. “A retirement community could become an empowerment environment,” Hollwich writes on the website for his recently released book New Aging. “[A] nursing home could turn…

Moderate Drinking May Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients

Is moderate drinking the key to a longer life? A new study thinks so. For early stage Alzheimer’s patients, a couple of drinks a day could lower the risk of premature death. Over 320 people in Denmark with early stage Alzheimer’s joined the study. Researchers followed participants for three years. What they noticed was surprising. Participants who had two or three alcoholic drinks per day had a 77 percent lower risk of dying than those who consumed one or fewer alcoholic drinks daily. This reduced risk remained after researchers accounted…

Good Aging News – Growing Old Leads to Emotional Stability and Happiness

Laura Carsensen, a psychology professor and director of the Standford Center on Longevity, was the lead on a recent study that sought to answer questions asked by social scientists: Are American seniors who say they’re happy simply part of an era that predisposed them to good cheer? Or do most people – whether born and raised in boom times or busts – have it within themselves to reach their golden years with a smile? The results will make you … smile. The results indicate that as we grow older, we…

My Name is Johnathan Wolcott Blog – Funny Senior Gathers a Following

File this post under Aging in Style. A funny 77-year old man is beginning to gather attention and an internet following with his brief, but entertaining blog posts on a relatively new site called Tumblr. Johnathan Wolcott is his name and here is a sampling of his responses to reader comments (Mr. Wolcott in green): Mr. Wolcott, what is the best thing about getting old? nothing Mr. Woolcott, I love that your tumblr exists. It’s one of the best websites I’ve seen in a while. You’ve brought about a renewed…

Temporary Tattoos for Edgy Boomers and Elders

Dr. Bill Thomas wrote about aging’s effects on tattoos as Scaring the Grandkids, commenting that “time changes everything.” Skin art in your twenties doesn’t look the same as skin art in your sixties. This was clear to me even as a child, seeing my friend’s father’s forearms as one green blob of old ink. I’m not sure what the original tattoos were, or original tattoo was, but it wasn’t anything by the time he was in his fifties. For the daring, racy, edgy elder looking to make a statement, however;…

Why You Should Volunteer Your Time Helping Seniors in Your Community

I view helping others as a way to help myself, meaning I personally benefit from the reward of helping others. I have always tried to choose jobs that allowed me this benefit, thus getting paid twice, once in the form of a paycheck, and another in the form of personal satisfaction. Others, particularly retired people, fill the latter with volunteer time. Helping seniors can be one of the most rewarding ways to give your time. Why? Because, based on my experience, seniors 1) need the help due to the physical…

Three Seniors that Redefine Active Aging via Mount Everest

Wow, back when I was working as the social service manager for an Area Agency on Aging, my staff (with the help of volunteers) administered a variety of “active aging” programs, programs like Matter of Balance, Chronic Disease Self-Management, etc. I thought people attending those classes were active, but this takes the cake! Three U.S. seniors summit Mount Everest! Californian Bill Burke became the oldest American ever to reach the world’s highest peak at the age of 67! This marked his 3rd attempt. Sixty-seven . . . wow, that’s all…

The Way We Get By Movie, Purposeful Active Aging

Each of us enters old age, and with that comes a philosophical, spiritual reflection on what life has brought us thus far and how we’ll spend our remaining days. The response to that is as different as the individuals pondering it. Some will do their best to ignore the thought, to seek mental distractions from thinking about the inevitable end; and others embrace that end-of-life reflection, and seek to leave some positive influence in their final years. The Way We Get By is a newly produced, independent movie that at…

“Why Your Hair is Turning Gray” or “Who Cares? Gray is Good”

I know I can’t speak first hand about letting hair gray naturally. I’m still in my 30s, more concerned with shampoo chemicals linked to Alzheimer’s than I am with what color my hair is – but I ask: Why do we fight gray hair? It’s a baby boomer/senior hair war out there! Oh the the anger at the silver; the hatred of the shine! Peace, love – let the gray hairs live! Why do I think we fight the war? We’re hiding our age, denying it on a subconscious level.…