Nobody likes to dwell on their own mortality or impending physical or mental decline, but many Denver residents are relieved after securing long-term care for their future.
Nobody wants to learn that they have a degenerative disease that will slowly strip their body functions and mental faculties from them. It's probably one of the most devastating occurrences anyone could ever endure. But Colorado residents receive these diagnoses just as people everywhere do.
Senior citizens with fixed incomes are usually on the lookout for a good bargain, as buying goods and services at a discount can stretch a tight budget a bit farther. Below are some ways for seniors to get more bang for their buck.
A senior citizen health care patient can sometimes end up getting referred to several different professionals in several different locations. For example, a senior's primary physician may recommend that the patient see a nutritionist, get physical therapy, receive counseling or possibly even get a psychological assessment. This can result in a stressful situation for both the caregiver and the senior citizen who is just trying to stay healthy. Making appointments at different clinics and following different physicians' orders can be overwhelming when health care coordination help is not provided. In fact, research shows that patients who receive referrals only follow through with them 10 percent of the time.
A town hall meeting recently held in Lakewood allowed senior citizens to discuss questions with lawmakers regarding housing for the elderly. The panel of lawmakers included two Colorado state senators and two state representatives, as well as the director of the Colorado division of housing and a program manager from the Denver Regional Council of Governments. State Senator Andy Kerr stated that he has received a large number of emails and calls regarding senior housing lately and that Colorado citizens seem to be particularly concerned about it.