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Dan Smerken
Olympia Washington
Interests: Geriatric care management and professional guardianship services - serving older adults and their families
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Thomas Maree-Bey was in his 40s when he began his sixth stint in prison in 2007. “I was one of those hardheaded ones who didn’t want to do anything but at the end of a sword,” said Mr. Maree-Bey, now... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 29, 2015 at Smerken Consulting
Even in the few states where physicians can legally prescribe lethal medication for the terminally ill, laws require that patients be mentally competent and able to ingest those drugs themselves. Mr. Medalie would prefer that option if he were to... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 19, 2015 at Smerken Consulting
California’s frail elderly and disabled residents increasingly are receiving care in their own homes, an arrangement that saves the government money and offers many people a greater sense of comfort and autonomy than life in an institution. Yet caregivers are... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 5, 2015 at Smerken Consulting
Retirement communities were where you used to go because you had to go. You were looking for services and someone to take care of you,” said Maria B. Dwight, chief executive of Gerontological Services, which studies housing for the over-55... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 27, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
In the United States, there is a long tradition of trying to draw sharp lines between ethnic groups, but our ancestry is a fluid and complex matter. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 24, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
On a typical day in the U.S., a dozen people die in motorcycle accidents. An increasing number of them are baby boomers. Though the overall U.S. motorcycle toll appears to have leveled off in recent years, deaths have risen among... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 22, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Global life expectancy for men and women has increased by about six years over the past two decades, according to the one of the most comprehensive studies of global health done so far. The rise in global life expectancy is... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 18, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Contrary to the stereotype of later life as a time of loneliness, depression and decline, a growing body of scientific research shows that, in many ways, life gets better as we get older. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 1, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
RICK CLOUD, 68, knew that he wanted to stay in his home in Austin, Tex., as he aged. But Mr. Cloud, who is divorced, was not sure how he could do that without relying on his two daughters. Then he... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 29, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
“This is my family,” the narrator says, as the figure $51,283.50 lingers on screen. “And this is the amount of money that tore us all apart.” The narrator is Amanda Brown, the 32-year-old granddaughter of the owner of that money,... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 29, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Hearing aids are expensive — they often sell for more than a thousand dollars per ear, and they are not usually covered by health insurance. Also, unlike eyeglasses, hearing aids have never been fashionable. Although some manufacturers are trying to... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 24, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Crises, by definition, are chaotic. They don’t always impart lessons and, contrary to what we like to tell ourselves, they’re just as likely to bring out the worst in people as the best. But the redemption narrative, along with its... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 16, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Same-sex couples who are tying the knot have particular reasons to consider a prenuptial agreement, say two lawyers at Blank Rome in New York who specialize in matrimonial law. For one thing, many couples who have recently gotten the opportunity... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 13, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
More than 80% of skilled nursing facilities might have inflated staffing levels on the Nursing Home Compare website, according to the Center for Public Integrity, a investigative journalism organization. For a quarter of nursing homes, the self-reported staffing levels on... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 13, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Long-term-care insurance is a product that offers buyers some peace of mind. But it has also saddled some longtime holders with a different kind of financial worry. The policies can ease the burden on families of paying for some types... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 8, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Tom Magliozzi, who co-hosted the National Public Radio show “Car Talk” with his brother, Ray, for 37 years, died Monday morning from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. via Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 3, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. via Excellent graphics - must see Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 2, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
One approach gaining momentum in the United States to extend access to underserved groups is based on an idea that was pioneered in New Zealand 93 years ago, and has been adopted in more than 50 countries. The idea is... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 31, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Glenda Jimmo, who is legally blind and has a partially amputated leg due to complications from diabetes, was the lead plaintiff in a 2011 class-action lawsuit seeking to broaden Medicare’s criteria for covering physical therapy and other care delivered by... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 28, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
From the very first scene, “I’ll Be Me” signals that it is not going to be a conventional documentary about a celebrity, in this case the country-pop singer and guitarist Glen Campbell. As Mr. Campbell sits in a darkened room... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 25, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
“Brain training” games like Project: Evo have become big business, with Americans spending an estimated $1.3 billion a year on them. They are also a source of controversy. Industry observers warn that snake-oil salesmen abound, and nearly all neuroscientists agree... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 25, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
As many as 5 million Americans are diagnosed with valve disease each year. Valve disease involves damage to one or more of the heart's valves and while some types are not serious, others can lead to major complications—including death. Valve... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 15, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
Our cover story in the June issue of Encore—“What You Don’t Know About Social Security, but Should”—generated numerous questions from readers. Here, we offer some answers. via Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 14, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
When it comes to advances in technology, young adults are often the first to embrace change. But it’s the 50-plus crowd that could end up as early adopters of a coming revolution in transportation: self-driving cars. via Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 13, 2014 at Smerken Consulting
“Quarantine” sounds like a medieval concept because it is. Invented in the mid-1300s to stop the bubonic plague, the word derives from the Italian for “40 days,” the time used to isolate potential carriers. Although the practice of quarantine has... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 13, 2014 at Smerken Consulting