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Every Tuesday at this time -- -- focus on problems.
And solutions you know a lot of people blame us in the media those of us in the media.
Saying they were very good at laying out all the bad that's going on in the country but on this show.
We're going to also try to introduce -- to the people who were out there working on solving the problems that we face.
Some of the problems and issues that we'll explore will be big like education and the national debt.
Cyber security terrorism stuff like that others not so big but important still problems that we all face as we go about our daily lives and we want you to be.
A big part of this show to let us know what you think of the most important problems out there.
And help us identify people who you might have heard of who were trying to make a genuine difference maybe it's you.
Make a difference for the better the show is called solutions America and today we're gonna talk about some of the problems facing the elderly.
Those people 65 and older they make up a huge percentage of our population.
The Census Bureau says that their numbers are projected to grow more and war in the years to come -- we'll talk about some of the specifics.
On that a little bit later on but first let's talk about some of the problems -- seeing his face starting with.
-- you can try to avoid if -- -- start planning ahead of time and that of course is the cost of long term care in fact our question of the day today.
Are you planning ahead for your retirement.
You can find this right on our website and there are your choices yes I am trying to plan for my future no I haven't thought about it.
Or no I can't plan for the future because today's economy makes it so tough.
To do that so the problem number one that we're going to explore today planning ahead.
For high long too long term care costs the solution.
The three in four need more tours and joining us now from Houston is the spokesperson for that group doctor Marion Summers.
author of a book called.
The elder care made easier and organizer one of them of the three and four need more bus tour and it's good to talk to you.
Thanks so much for being with us -- when you -- three and four need more -- -- you talk about more cash right.
I'm talking about those three and four need more came added -- study.
That's it three out of four people are going to need long -- here -- are are not prepared for it in any way shape or form.
You have a couple of easy tips before we get into the tour in the talent search which I love this is a great idea.
You guys -- -- all across the country but that -- -- remember tips for folks out there.
Who would like to maybe get a head start -- jump on planning.
For their future as seniors.
And it's sort of SOS is an easy way to remember it as what's your situation oh.
Know what your options are and as research the possible solutions out there so when you say no your situation what's that about.
Know your situation and by that I mean.
What is she what is your family history what is your personal issues dealing with health and look at those things and star doing the things that are really -- before you like not smoking not drinking not doing the things that might be in -- O is for options I know -- cost of things no.
That I'm what's the cost of the nursing home is -- the average here's a -- cost as 87000 dollars a year should assisted living is about 42000 dollars a year and I ask people to go two to three -- four need more.
Web site and that website has a calculator.
And anyone can find out the price of an assisted living in nursing facility or what it cost to have an eight come into your whole bunch and it it.
Goes by zip code so somebody is already done the work the three and -- need more people have already done the work should sell it and he started out when knowing what the costs are in your immediate -- -- -- -- if you wanna -- -- -- -- -- -- from where -- -- find out what the expenses -- in -- area.
Cities -- the different solutions and that's the final -- in the SOS.
To find out exactly what options are available in terms of in terms of long term care whether it's just having a nurse's aid coming in check.
All we know once a day or several times a week to something more permanent like living in an assisted living or independent living even.
Type of situation for senior citizens.
Well those are the options that are available in most people don't even know what the options are are in their immediate neighborhood but what I'm talking about solutions are talking about -- mortgages long term care insurance annuities.
Find out deal -- and financial expert and deal with these issues now at least do your homework even if you don't go forward with any of these things should know what is available to you most people don't understand long term care insurance is not one size fits all but what you do we should go -- an advisor.
A long term care specialist.
And find out.
What it is -- -- you need it what it is you can't afford and the specialists who work out something that will fit for your particular needs people don't understand about a reverse mortgage that you need to be 62 that you have to have equity in your polish and -- that reverse mortgages is worked out that money that you get out of New York.
For the rigorous mortgage the equity -- your own money you don't get taxed as an income so that money that you get out of the only Huckabee is your money.
To use as you wish so.
And looking at a new Wheaties and all the other things that are out there but you need to have financial planning and really plan ahead.
And the time to act is great.
You know the tough part I guess for most people -- the hurdle is that.
We don't like to think about getting old we don't want you know if -- if you are a year late thirties early forties early fifties.
You don't really want -- even explore that possibility because he wanted to sort of live your life and enjoy it right now.
Well aging is not a very sexy subject but it's very practical we're all going to -- if we're fortunate.
We live a long life so we need to plan we need to plans so that -- Our children and our grandchildren are not taking care of us but we can stay independent as long as possible and take care -- our own -- but that takes planning a failure to plan is planned to -- I've said that all across the country.
We have someone in our chat room who has posted.
That he's far more this is from -- list far more concerned about long term health costs under Obama care that.
President's health care law that has passed -- recently been upheld by the Supreme Court.
Then he was before that bill was passed what are your thoughts on the health care law and and the effect that it will have.
This is the only country that has not.
Had a universal.
Health care plan.
So we elected to -- sponsor at.
This moment we don't know what the costs are going to be backed paper is very sick.
And legislators really have to go through it line for life and figure out what -- caught arts are individually and what the -- will be business in general.
I want to ask you about this this senior citizen talent.
Contest that sounds like -- sort of an American Idol for the seniors said tell us about it.
Very exciting America.
Senior living communities are around the country they have almost 500 facility and there are looking for the most talented junior.
And the first.
-- -- 11 year of free rent a bit of narrative of their choice and I think that's.
They have 500 that there would be pretty good -- -- hurt -- -- and -- anywhere in the country.
That's worth 45000 dollars then that will be eleven runners up and they will each receive one week.
Free at an emeritus of your church so this has been very exciting to watch it and very talented seniors content available surface at and stand before an audience and he's video in the video -- all get sent out you know the -- -- -- -- So you just go to three win to give the weight dot com and anybody can get into the contest that's not closed to just America's people.
It's open to the public and it's been very exciting about this that's.
He will -- wanna talk.
The way I'm sorry glad I didn't mean to cut you off.
If it -- it's.
Three -- giveaway dot com anybody can ensure.
They're ten minute video that you state your -- why they want to win and then whatever their challenges and just submitted to that website.
Somebody's going to be chosen and you can't win unless you venture.
That sounds like a lot of fun.
I'd love to see some of the -- the videos that people send in.
Did order to add to the contest we can check that out doctor -- Summers Ph.D.
a spokesperson for three and four.
Need more dot com and her book is called elder care may be easier doctor Summers thank you so much for coming on talking to us about this.
Very serious issue that wolf that will all face as you said hopefully.
As we grow older.
My pleasure thank you.
-- -- quick break when we come back we're gonna talk about some war issues facing our seniors in particular the issue.
And a possible solution out there for someone.
You may know and love when we come right back don't go.
Welcome back everybody glad you -- -- were focusing on seniors today.
And the problems those over 65 years old face we have solutions for them and don't forget our question of the day today are you planning ahead for your retirement.
Our last guest that we just heard from said you better start and they are your choices on the screen please vote and we'll have the results coming up a little bit later on doing the show.
Another problem the seniors face is loneliness it's been well documented that companionship can really help all of us feel better.
And that could be especially true procedures so problem number two today.
I'm lonely and looking for a companion.
The solution for adopting a pet.
Joining us now is doctor Robin -- years of that.
And president of the anti cruelty society it's a group out of Chicago that helps place animals.
Up for adoption.
We at the elderly and what a great idea doctor -- years thanks for coming on.
To talk to do less about this tell us what animals mean for senior citizens.
What animals mean a lot for seniors or for anyone we believe that animals should be part of your family.
But it is but at the scientifically proven that -- decrease the sense of loneliness they also can help.
Blood pressure in your cholesterol levels increase your chance of socialization.
And isn't it great to come home to having a -- greet you at the door.
It's so true obviously though as certain people as seniors get older they may have.
Sort of problems taking care of themselves -- that -- concern that putting an animal into a home with a senior who may have certain limitations.
That that that person would be able to care properly for -- Does something need to consider when you're looking at adopting a pet for your senior parents or if you're seeing yourself you need to make sure you could adequately provide for that -- But there are many seniors out there that certainly can provide a great home but maybe they want an older animal may -- the -- not the best match for them.
So how does your program work as far as this is the -- for the elderly foundation.
And you're matching.
Animals that are up for adoption with seniors who are in a good place as far as being able to bring -- an animal into their home how do you paired up.
Absolutely the senior we define it as anyone over the age of 68 they have to -- to provide basic care for that pat.
Food water and veterinary care.
But then through -- -- them program with -- for the elderly foundation the adoption fee is waived the dog has to be over two and a -- can be of any age.
There are some animals that are currently up for adoption.
That we have some pictures every wanted to show folks who may be interest did less -- talk to us about Lilly a Lily is a three year old pit bull.
She does she came to us when her owner -- -- the conflict in the -- with another -- And she had a fracture of her rear leg that it healed improperly.
And so we had to amputate it.
But Lilly is in very very lovable very sweet dog who is -- with us about four months now.
She's so cute look at her she's -- -- she's got a great face on her.
And I'm sure she is a nice personality she loves to collateralized city.
Yes she does.
Mitzi is a twelve year old -- -- older animal a twelve year old domestic short -- mix.
Yes and she came to us when her owner became allergic to work.
She's twelve and a half as you mentioned and choose -- us for many months trying to find that right the home she's a really sweet girl and she's available for adoption today.
How would you describe her personality.
She's withdrawn but she's very very affectionate when she gets to know you say she's a great -- -- We want to show one more this is KC.
Who's ten years old another domestic short -- mix.
And another beauty tell us about Casey.
There isn't she beautiful her -- Stamford kitty cat now the most original name and she's an older cat and she came to us when her owner's lifestyle changed and she could no longer be part of the family.
-- looking for her forever home to.
And for folks -- the -- your 400 go ahead I'm sorry.
-- we have 482.
Cats today many of which are available for adoption today or tomorrow.
And for people who might want to learn more about the adoption process sort.
Where this program with senior citizens.
There's a phone number one to put up on the screen for people to be able to call to learn more about -- this is a Chicago number.
What about for people who were -- watching us from somewhere else in the country.
Is this a program that they could participate -- I'm not sure about the program if they could -- -- but there are many many shelters across the country.
Where they have lots of -- ready for adoption.
The Chicago number just again we want to let people know about that if you're watching us from the Chicago -- 31264438338.
Extension 303 there on the screen.
What it what a great idea we have a couple of comments from folks in the -- might as we we encourage our viewers to participate.
In the conversation doctor -- Beers so it's wanna get this in DSL.
As sources animals are great as -- -- you could take care of them and they become just another thing.
To take care.
So that we had talked about that a little bit earlier seniors who may have difficulty caring for themselves.
Would have to take that into consideration before getting involved in adopting an animal and welcoming an animal into his or her home.
And Charles -- said that -- would not decrease loneliness for him anyway maybe because I really don't like having a pet.
They are a lot of maintenance how much work is it to have an animal.
It really depends on the animal many cats are very low maintenance he need to feed them -- their litter box.
But they don't need up walking outside.
They have their healthy and they go in the -- routinely held wellness exams they may not need much medical care.
I want to ask you about the anti cruelty society in Chicago and the great work that you do to try to look after and the best interest of animals there in that area talked to us about that group.
Well -- -- Johnson's 1899.
And our mission is to build a community of caring by helping parents and educating people.
Where -- comprehensive animal welfare organization.
We do adoptions but we also have an affordable spay and neuter clinic that's open to anyone.
We have a free behavior hotline we have humane investigators some -- that go out into the community.
And respond to complaints of abuse and neglect.
We have behaviorist on staff -- full service organization.
Well that's great.
It's just do a wonderful thing.
And a great way it seems for for seniors -- -- may be a little lonely perhaps you know they're they're they're single they don't have the spouse any longer.
Their family members some short try to stop by as often as they -- but that may be a little tough and so having an animal around the house.
Could really make a difference -- you know different animals of course we -- talking about this with a three.
That we discussed but different Hamels had different personalities.
How do you go about matching -- scene here.
With an animal to make sure that.
The they're getting an animal that has the right kind of temperament for that.
Well -- summit comes in your adoptions under our concerts would talk to them and ask why they want -- animal did they want an animal just to sit on their lap.
-- your pride and a look at a small -- not gonna wanna Newfoundland sit on your lap.
And so -- weak theory about why they want any animal what their lifestyle -- like.
And what their expectations are do they only have a half an hour a day to spend without -- Are they looking for someone to sit on the -- -- them all day so we ask a lot of questions and then -- our staff know all the animals we kind of -- them with their lifestyle.
We spoke at our last segment I don't know whether you were able to listen doctor -- -- -- about planning for retirement and the costs associated with that.
Wondering if you could give folks out there who may be interested in this in this program an idea of of of what kind of expensive might it might be to invite him to bring an animal -- -- -- home.
Yeah costs for -- cat is around three to 500 dollars a year.
And dog is a little bit more expensive and it depends on the size of the dog but you've got to factor -- The food the toys and of course those those that Mary and wellness exams.
We really appreciate you coming on talking to us doctor Robin bar -- who's the president of the anti cruelty society out of Chicago and you can find them on.
The web -- anti cruelty dot ORG.
And their Twitter handle is that anti cruelty deductible appears thank you so much we appreciate your time.
Are we take another quick break.
When we come back we'll talk about another possible.
Solution to help.
Seniors who -- trying to make connections with the outside world whether it be friends and family members who.
Who are living out of the area or just sort of keeping in touch.
In general technology.
Everybody's using it these days so why not seniors we'll talk about that right after this -- go.
And welcome back glad you're with us some -- -- -- forget our question of the day today.
Has to do we're talking about seniors and issues that face seniors so the question are you planning.
Ahead for your retirement who would love to know what your thoughts on that we'll try to get the solution the results rather up.
Towards the end of the show.
We've been talking about companionship and how -- can help seniors.
Feel better our next guest says the technology can do that -- so here's the next problem.
For us to tackle here I've lost touch with family and friends and solution -- -- Using today's technology to stay in touch John -- and is chairman -- CEA foundation.
Good to see you John thanks very much to be here what is CA foundation.
-- -- accomplish him is an organization that we've flown over two years ago.
The consumer electronic association.
-- could look.
Created the charitable foundation and older.
True generator and push for the industry to -- large multiple potential being issued to people who could benefit.
From -- program but we -- to -- probably charitable foundation.
And we struggled all the -- to -- them here usually want to be active and with social structures -- developed.
And I -- personal started.
We're accustomed to the conclusion that most associations.
Such as well -- and -- premier real retribution.
Would students would schoolchildren.
Developing programs for children to become.
And knowledgeable and -- -- -- new technology used to work unscientific poll.
And we probably true for -- -- -- -- -- but we want to -- controlling different it would make more of import.
I'm elected to the conclusion -- -- -- and mr.
-- -- get some information out there for our viewers.
The because the population of this country is is getting older we recently got numbers from the US census department.
That this year in the year 2012 the number of Americans 65 and older almost 41.
And a half million you can see there on the screen.
But look at the numbers as they go to 20/20 twenty we're talking 55 million people.
Then and -- 2030.
Over 72 point one so.
This is -- part of our population as a whole that is going to get larger and larger why is so important for them to stay connected.
The brokerage -- would be moved little older than normal social mobile and long term goal or go home -- concluded.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- become globally but there's was a little bit of problem with seeing you shouldn't change your -- -- pretty cool image.
-- Dutch group controlled approval they're children -- usually don't really cool little when.
So very easygoing people become -- approach that the -- is a complex where -- Permanently.
And -- we would hope that can break and be able to bring good promotion through she goes a little home.
True revealed Jewish -- developing already broken -- -- organ commercialism a -- right we're pretty are referred trying to do.
Here is that we have some pictures of -- senior who's using the self help.
Virtual senior center this is a center that offers seniors visual contact with the outside world they don't even have to leave their homes right.
Our hero world of global notebook and grow bigger solution approachable -- -- -- full program.
And usually delivered -- usually usually noodles.
And he'll tell you that before a full cover along and so that the video -- some of the problem.
We -- just sitting in other words you get started I don't know there's alone.
He's in -- with the community people should people look -- mobile and took note.
People usually -- usually -- and it's opened up a whole new -- total.
-- Tell us you know because obviously we -- seems to be active as well is there any concern that.
Getting them online on computers in these virtual senators is gonna prevent them from may be going out and you sort of it actually experiencing in the world as it is and get outside gets an exercise gets a fresh air.
I think there was a better bigger is very limited motion usual -- well enough to go -- will gold.
And they will go to vote -- -- crucial -- but probably -- -- a -- for a walk in the park.
Deputies from them very close to relieve the -- -- for lack of communication with -- community.
Would go to -- -- privilege.
You showed -- Milton talked to us about other seniors as a whole sort of with technology I have an elderly grandmother who lives down in Florida.
And I try to encourage -- maybe to get a computer we say let's get you a computer will.
We'll hook you up with the email and Skype and all that's of that so that you can see your your great grandchildren.
More frequently just don't want anything to do -- that she's she gets a little scare when it comes to technology what do you say how do you convince seniors.
To get over their concern of technology.
You're an episode viable legal hold.
I'm sure all of them are -- -- -- -- polluters.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- We have one of our viewers who is written in the chat room is -- it must admit my youngest daughter and her kids live in Florida and we use windows live.
To talk instead of over the phone and I see them sometimes.
More than the ones -- -- just 45 miles away so it really is a way technology.
To connect with your loved ones no matter where they are.
Salute way that -- people good people involved with a loved ones Republican predictors and be aware what's -- -- from the world of attributed to.
And it should introduce certain -- and more importantly -- -- -- some wonderful programs.
They -- -- -- long program should have a traditional program.
-- -- change.
All the holes are playing a very very broad discussion of all -- -- Old news for home loans and one civilian -- of accusers took the -- -- incredible sort of.
-- -- as the chairman -- CEA foundation you can find out more about them.
At WW BCE dot org CE dot ORG on Twitter at CE eight he -- nice -- you sir thanks very much for coming on.
But I talked to you.
Okay the question today had to do with planning ahead.
We asked if you are planning ahead for you retirement and the results are in yes 50% have you I'm -- it is today.
Say that you are planning ahead or at least doing the best you can.
There are -- little under 9% of you this and you haven't thought about it at all.
And then a little over 41% of you who say that you'd like to plan for the future but today's economy.
Makes it tough.
So those of the results we appreciate everyone participating in the poll.
We appreciate you going -- the chat room sending us your comments as well we tried to work as many of the -- as we could.
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Please tweet us an email us you can find me on Twitter at Rick -- -- to hear your thoughts on this.
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