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Networking On The Seas Brooklyn NY  is Collaborative event put together by Sunrise Senior Living in Sheepshead Bay, BRESRE Realty Inc., Fort Funding Corp., and Fox Rehabilitation

This is is the Second annual Event bringing together folks who serve the senior community.  Networking On The Seas takes place on board the Atlantis Yacht out of Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn.  The guest list is definitely a who’s who in the world of those who serve seniors, with a stand by waiting list.  Many of the members attending are also part of the PESID, People Empowering Seniors Independence & Dignity, a private Networking Group founded by Annette Fisher, President of Golden Maturity.

The guest list consists of  Elder Care and Estate Planning  Attorneys. Litigation Attorneys, Medicaid Long Term Care Providers, Home Care Agencies, Senior Living, Financial Planners, Real Estate, Physical Therapy and more.

Tomorrow we will get to hear from some of them and what might be on their minds as Senior Advocates.

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PESID is an organization I founded in March of 2010.  We are about to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of PESID.  Membership to PESID is free.  You just go online to pesid.com Once you sign up you will receive an email so you can verify your email address.  Click the link and it should take you to PESID.  If you do not see the PESID website just type in your browser menu bar pesid.com  Now you will need to join the PESID group by clicking join us.  Once you join PESID you will need to also register for a PESID event if you want to attend.

Many PESID events are free.

I hope you check out PESID as the purpose is to make resources available to seniors and their families, in a relaxed setting.

From time to time you will find educational programs provided at PESID meetings.

The main reason for PESID members to join is because they truly want to empower seniors.

Be well

Annette Fisher, CSA

Certified Senior Advisor

PESID Founder

Medicare and our healthcare system are going through changes.

The baby boomers have arrived. Who ever thought when I'm 65 would come so
soon.  Welcome to seniorville.  If they are already enrolled in Medicare, starting in
2011 they will be entitled to a free annual physical, as well as other preventive services.

Annual enrollment for Medicare for those already enrolled is from November
15th through December 31.  Give yourself or your loved one plenty of time to
review the new Medicare changes.  You can go to Medicare.gov to keep up with what is
happening.  The new handbook is not listed on their site yet, however it
will be sent out soon with a list of Evidence of Coverage listing their current
plan coverage and what it costs and the Annual Notice of Change which lists
changes to the plan for the coming year, beginning January 1, 2011. Seniors really need to pay
attention to this as the ability to change plans when ever they please is not an option.

Hospital Infections may be declining with some infections while a large increase is occuring
with others.  Just a few months back I was having a conversation with a couple of
colleagues.  We were discussing a new infection that is rapidly spreading, called
Clostridium difficile aka C-diff.  It is passed through wounds, intravenous lines, and other
means.  If you are taking antibiots and you come in contact with it you may be more
suseptable since the antibiots kill good and bad bacteria at the same time.  Thanks to
colleages, Caryn Isaacs, Patient Advocate, and Ann Hanna, I was made aware of this.
After ending up in the hospital myself this weekend I was horrified to find out that the women
sharing the room with me had C-diff.  I immediately asked for a discharge since I could
continue the medications at home.  They were allowing this patient to walk the
halls.  C-diff is spread by touching things, thus leaving bacteria that others can pick
up.  When I quickly left my room to let them know I wanted to be discharged, I had turned
to notice a sign outside my shared room that read, caution etc.  point being something in
my room was contagious and I was told I was not.  Once you get what you need in the
hospital get out as fast as you can.  I actually had nurses and assistants that were not
changing their gloves between patients, and who were not sanitizing their hands between glove
changes.  It was a breeding ground for germs.  OK some are saying maybe
I’m getting paranoid, however if you don’t control your own destiny to some degree you
may loose control.  I also do not think patients should wait in a doctors office to be
seen.  I bring my own pen for sign in and let them know my tel # so they can let me know
when to come in from my car, parked in the area.  I also carry hand sanitizer with
me.  Think about how many people go to the doctor because they are sick.  I
certainly do not need anything I do not already have.  Touch nothing.  When using
the rest room remember to turn the water on and off with paper towels.  Use a paper
towel to open the door, if hand use is at all necessary.  This is seriously deadly
stuff.  I hope this will keep you out of germs way.  I’m still trying to get the
real low down on whether people with C-diff can be admitted to nursing homes and or assisted
living vacilities.  It seems to me they would need a seperate building or everyone will end
up infected.

SUN-B, Senior Umbrella Network of
Brooklyn held their Annual breakfast meeting this past February 23, 2010
at the Bay Ridge Manor. The keynote speaker for the event was Rita
Cosby. At the breakfast awards were presented, and the winners of the
SUN-B World awards were Debra Diamantos, Caryn Isaacs, Sister Fran
Picone, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber.  Many folks brought raffle prizes, and we all
had a chance to win a raffle. In addition raffles were sold to raise
money for AmericanHeart.org and or Women's Heart Disease. A fantastic
time was had by all.  To see photos of the event please click on this link http://goldenmaturity.typepad.com/photos/sunb/

Seniors and Influenza/Pneumococcal Clinic Outreach Program of New York City. 
Joyce Soden, Coordinator, Sea Gate Influenza Outreach Program, mentioned to me that people
contact their medical providers for shots.  If you do not have coverage you can call 311 or
visit  www.nyc.gov/flu to identify clinic locations
where flu vaccines are available.  You might also try to contact  your local senior
center.

Be well

This new legislation is great news for seniors, and their family
members.  It should relieve some of the burden families have been feeling regarding their
health insurance and COBRA benefits. 
Please follow this link for the details. http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/press_0729095.html

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