Family & Community


Impending Tsunami: Boomers Turning 65

In a recent meeting with Fourth Street Forum host Marcus White, V.P. of Community Partnerships, Carol Wessels, Elder Care Attorney and former chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Elder Law Section, Nino Amato, President of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, and Sharon Adams, Director and Co-Founder of Walnut Way Conservation Corporation, discussed the future of Baby Boomers turning 65.The forum addressed the concern that over 76 million “boomers” born from 1945 to 1965 in the U.S. are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day. They are not prepared to retire due to ...

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2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Alzheimer's
• Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US.• More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.• 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or dementia.• In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.• In 2013, Alzheimer's cost the US $203 billion.• Average per-person Medicare costs for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias are threetimes higher than for those without these conditions.• In 2050, Alzheimer's is projected to cost the US $1.2 trillion ...

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Separation of Church and State

My strong Christian heritage has supported the Constitutional Amendment that separates church and state. My ancestors passed on the wisdom that this separation is necessary. Let me tell you why.My family left their homeland because wealthy “people of faith” had taken over all religions, public services, the people’s money and their land. Those who resisted were killed in the name of The Church. Sadly, my uncle of several greats was beheaded before crowds. He had dared to stand up for fairness, respect for his neighbors and the common good.Today we see some of ...

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Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) Fiction versus Fact

Affordable Care Act
1. Fiction: A mass email circulating since 2010 claims under the ACA, Medicare Part B premiumswill reach $247 per month by 2014.Fact: News from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disproves that email. Standard premiums for Medicare Part B, covering doctors' services and outpatient care, remain at $104.90 per month for 2014, the same as 2013. People who pay surcharges because of higher incomes will see their rates stay flat. The annual Part B deductible stays unchanged at $147. Officials say the premium, calculated as 25 percent of the program's costs in ...

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WISCONSIN’S ELDERLY AND DISABLED LEFT WITHOUT SAFETY NET

Elderly Resident
Wisconsin’s elderly and other disabled people have had their safety net dismantled. Now, withoutthe help the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups and others have provided, many are finding themselves in a state of limbo when they need help the most.After the Walker administration took over, 1.3 million dollars were removed, annually, from the largest senior coalition in the state of Wisconsin, the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (see CWAG @ cwagwisconsin.org). The non-partisan CWAG had been helping over 1.2 million Wisconsin elders and people with disabilities ...

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