Elder E-Letter September 2016 Why You Should Consider Living Like ‘The Golden Girls’ Traditionally, living with roommates has been the lifestyle pri


Elder E-Letter September 2016

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Why You Should Consider Living Like ‘The Golden Girls’


Traditionally, living with roommates has been the lifestyle primarily of the young and single, but more and more people in their 50s and beyond are turning to home sharing to ease the high cost of living and reduce the isolation that can occur when older adults live on their own. Karen Venable started her company, Roommates4Boomers, after a terrific experience sharing a home with a roommate after her midlife divorce. Seeing the need for a service to match roommates both looking for a place to live and looking for someone to share their home, Karen has created a website where women can search for a living situation that suits their needs.

Widowed, divorced, never-married, childless—there are many reasons why boomers in their 50s, 60s, and beyond will find themselves living on their own as they age. For example, women are more likely to be single than men (72 percent of women vs 45 percent of men).

Men on average have twice the median income of single women. Along with many other statistics, these make it clear that lots of boomer women are greatly in need of a roommate for both financial and personal reasons.

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How to Find Financial Assistance for Elderly Parents

BenefitsCheckUp.org is a free, confidential Web tool designed for adults 55 and older and their families. This site is designed to help you locate federal, state, and private benefits programs that can assist with paying for food, medications, utilities, healthcare, housing, and other needs. You can also get help with tax relief, transportation, legal issues, or finding work. This site, which was created by the National Council on Aging, contains more than 2,000 programs across the country.

Find financial help for your loved one.


Aug 2 Carol delivered Getting Your Affairs in Order at Isle at Watercrest Alamo Ranch Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Aug 11-12 Carol attended UT Law’s Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference in Galveston, TX.

Aug 15 Carol presented Do I need Estate Planning? I don't have any money! to OASIS at Normoyle Community Center.

Aug 15 Carol discussed the legal aspects of Alzheimer's at the Northside Learning Center.

Aug 30 Carol discussed the importance of Powers of Attorney for the Alamo Caregiver Support Coalition at The Village at Incarnate Word.

Coming Up

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Sept 5 The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC observes Labor Day.

Sept 15 Carol presents Special Needs Trusts, Wills, and Guardianships to Northeast Independent School District.

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Sept 17 The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch,PC joins the 2016 San Antonio Walk to End Alzheimer's. Come walk with us! We're registered under The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch. Check out our Walkpage for more details.

Sept 26 Carol presents Medical Decision Making to students at The University of Incarnate Word’s Feik school of Pharmacy.

Sept 28 Carol delivers What's so Special about POAs? to The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division.


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Book of the Month: Me Before You

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They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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Senior of the Month: Alice Graber

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A 93-year-old South Dakota woman has finally hung up her nurse's cap after more than seven decades in the medical field.

This July, Alice Graber celebrated her retirement from the Salem Mennonite Home in Freeman, South Dakota, where she worked for over 20 years.

"I told them that [a party] wasn't necessary and the director, Shirley Knodel, she said, 'Oh no, we've got to do something here for you,'" Graber told ABC News today. "I [had fun] because of all the people coming and going that congratulated me. It was almost overwhelming."

Graber had worked as a registered nurse for 72 years since landing her first job in 1944.

She was born in Nebraska and at first, wanted to become a home economics teacher, she said.

Eventually Garber would go on to complete the three-year nursing program at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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