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Here we provide the setting for you to be just as busy as you want to be.

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CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is Meredith Bay Colony Club’s unique Alzheimer’s Care and Memory Support Program that is provided in our State-of-the-Art, safe and secure memory support center that we call The GARDENS. The GARDENS is comprised of 24 all private apartments – each with its own bathroom and private shower. Dignity, Privacy, Safety and Security are the basic building blocks on top of which CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is built.

Let there be no mistake about it --- Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects not just the individual – but the families who so often provide the needed ongoing support and care. The CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS program at The GARDENS at MBCC provides Members and their families not just the sense of security that comes from living in a safe, secure yet friendly residential setting – but also a rediscovered source of joy that can come from being in a setting that allows each Member to find a little bit of success each and every day --- to find something to be proud of and to find something to smile about!

KEY ELEMENTS OF CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

1. We focus on all that a Person is right now and all that they can still be --- not on what they have lost or no longer can do.

2. We believe that each person is wonderfully complex and multi-dimensional including emotional, creative, inquisitive, musical, spiritual and physical aspects – in addition to cognitive and memory based functions. We recognize that although life will be different because of cognitive changes – that it can and should be as interesting, as stimulating and as much fun as possible.

3. We respect the need for some structure and predictability – but we celebrate spontaneity and the opportunity to discover new ways to help make people smile.

4. We believe in ‘seizing the moment’ even if that means upsetting the ‘schedule’. So what if we have lunch an hour late?

5. We respect the individual and acknowledge that there will be changes from month to month and from day to day. We realize that we need to constantly readjust our approach in order to meet our Member’s constantly changing needs.

6. Our Member’s Family are our friends and we realize that by supporting our Member’s families that we support our Members.

7. Our Staff Members are artists who wonderfully balance Caring and Creativity to meet not only the practical needs – but Quality of Life needs as well.

8. A safe and secure social setting that is open and welcoming to all Members is essential to creating an environment that is both fun and uplifting.

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Get The Facts About Medicare!

Mon, Sep 19 2011 at 09:36am

September 2011

 The State Committee on Aging (SCOA) advocates on behalf of

ALL older residents of New Hampshire on issues they face daily.

SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

 Social Security and Medicare have been prominent in the deficit and debtceiling debate. Unfortunately, there is much misinformation and misunderstanding on how these programs work. Below are some key points to keep inmind about these important programs.

 Social Security (SS) is NOT broke and despite claims to the contrary, Social Security does NOT contribute to the National debt or the deficit. By law, Social Security cannot borrow from the general fund. In 1983, to address the retirement of the baby boomers, President Reagan signed into law a bill raising the SS payroll tax and the retirement age. The result is a $2.6 Trillion surplus in the SS trust fund held in the form of special issue Treasury notes – this means that SS actually loans money to the US Treasury. When SS expenses exceed SS income, Treasury notes are called and the Treasury must come up with thefunds to cover the call, but this is NOT deficit spending. When Treasury notes are redeemed, the government debt to the SS trust is decreased, not increased. Even if no changes are made to SS taxes or benefits (unlikely), full benefits are still payable until 2036, after which 75% of benefits will still be paid without adding to the debt or the deficit.

 ïƒ˜ (http://budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Goss_Testimony.pdf)

 ïƒ¼ Similarly, Medicare’s Hospital Insurance – Part “A” Trust Fund has a $344 Billion surplus in the form of special issue Treasury notes, but this Trust Fund is being exhausted at a more rapid rate than the SS Trust Fund. Two primary factors are driving Medicare expenditures to exceed income – increased enrollment and increased medical care expenses. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moderating the increase in costs ofmedical care. However measured, the ACA brings about “sizable improvement in the financial outlook for Medicare compared to the law in effect prior to the Affordable Care Act”. If the ACA is repealed ordefunded, the effect will drive up expenditures from the Medicare Trust Fund and accelerate the date of exhaustion of the fund. While Medicare does face a shortfall, it is NOT going bankrupt. Absent any corrective action (again, not likely), when the Trust fund becomesexhausted, projected to occur in 2024, its income from Medicare payrolltaxes and other sources will meet 90 percent of its projected obligations without adding to the debt or the deficit. Note that Medicare Parts “B” and “D” are self sustaining due to automatic income adjustments.

 ïƒ˜ (https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2011.pdf)

 (http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/110xx/doc11005/01-22-HI_Fund.pdf)

 ïƒ¼ Although Medicare expenditures are high, they “have grown more slowly than insurance premiums over the past 40 years”. "A private health insurance plan covering the standardized benefit would, CBO estimates, be more expensive currently than traditional Medicare. Both administrative costs (including profits) and payment rates to providers are higher for private plans than for Medicare." However, according to a recent study, 12% of medical professionals are currently refusing to accept private insurance due to administrative burden and inadequate reimbursement rates. The corresponding Medicare refusal rate is 7%.

 ïƒ˜ http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/121xx/doc12128/04-05-Ryan_Letter.pdf

 https://www.cms.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/downloads/tables.pdf

 http://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2011.pdf

 http://www.cms.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/downloads/tables. pdf

 http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/daily-reports/2011/june/28/docs-and-insuredpatients. Aspx

 ïƒ¼ “Health care costs are the real deficit threat”. It is the rapidly escalating cost of medical care itself that drives the deficit threat. Recent proposed changes to Medicare will only shift the cost burden to seniorsand do nothing to reduce the primary cause of the problem. The CBOestimates that the most recent proposal for Medicare would increasethe cost to seniors by more than 40%.              

 ïƒ˜ (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124234365947221489.html).

 http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/April/06/CBO-Seniors-Pay-More-Medicare-Ryan-Plan.aspx

 For more information, contact SCOA at 1-800-351-1888

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