We must do this everyday

LAUGHTER IS NECESSARY IN OUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

Sometimes, it is very hard finding any humor in our life. Especially when we are feeling under the weather, we are tired of taking care of ourselves and/or someone else or we are constantly worrying about something out of our control.

But we NEED to laugh each day. It is healing and a stress reliever.

Here is a birthday card I recently received:

FRONT: It’s your birthday, and you are probably hoping you can just let this one slip by. But, somebody’s bound to notice….

INSIDE: Kinda like when you fart in a crowded elevator!  Everyone notices!

Here are some ideas that could put some laughter in your life!

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Family Caregivers and Self Employment tax information

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Important Tax info for Family Caregivers

Special rules apply to workers who perform in-home services for elderly or disabled individuals (caregivers). Caregivers are typically employees of the individuals for whom they provide services because they work in the homes of the elderly or disabled individuals and these individuals have the right to tell the caregivers what needs to be done. These services may or may not be provided by a family member. If the caregiver employee is a family member, the employer may not owe employment taxes even though the employer needs to report the caregiver’s compensation on a Form W-2. See Publication 926, Household Employer’s Tax Guide for more information. However, in some cases the caregivers are not employees. In such cases, the caregiver must still report the compensation as income of his or her Form 1040, and may be required to pay self-employment tax depending on the facts and circumstances.

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What caregivers can do to decrease the strain on their relationships

Caregiving: Dealing with the strain on your marriage

Caregiving and marital strain often go hand in hand. Know the impact caregiving can have on your marriage and what you can do about it.

By Mayo Clinic Staff – January 2017

Marriage isn’t always easy. This can be especially true for those acting as a caregiver for a parent, in-law or other loved one with Alzheimer’s. Understand how caregiving might affect your marriage and what steps you can take to protect your relationship.

Source of marital strain

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s can be consuming and stressful and that stress can affect your marriage. Caregiving can affect your relationship with your spouse by:

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Save on medications this year

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Did you know you can save on your medications costs in 2017?

How GoodRx Can Help

GOOD RX is the place to go to receive the LOWEST prices in your neighborhood for medication. All you have to do is enter the name of the medication, your zip code, and you will know how much a prescription costs to get filled at both local pharmacies, big stores or even warehouse stores.

It’s free… It’s online  and it works!!   Go https://www.goodrx.com/how-goodrx-works

Every week we collect millions of prices and discounts from pharmacies, drug manufacturers and other sources. Here’s how you can use it to save:

Use GoodRx’s drug price search to compare prices (just like you do for travel or electronics on other sites) for your prescription at pharmacies near you. We don’t sell the medications, we tell you where you can get the best deal on them.

GoodRx will show you prices, coupons, discounts and savings tips for your prescription at pharmacies near you.

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2017 Medicare changes for the better

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2017 MEDICARE CHANGES FOR THE BETTER

Therapy cap increase!!

The Medicare therapy cap is increasing again for 2017. The therapy cap is the benefit limit that applies to outpatient therapy, including physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy. It includes the amount that Medicare pays (generally 80%) and the amount the patient pays (the remaining 20%). For 2017, the therapy caps are again increasing by $20:

  • Physical therapy (PT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) combined therapy cap is $1,980
  • Occupational therapy (OT) therapy cap is $1,980

Once the caps are reached, there’s an exception process that allows for medically necessary therapy costs to be covered up to $3,700 (for PT and SLP combined, and also for OT), and a manual review process is available for medically necessary therapy services that exceed $3,700. These amounts are unchanged from 2016.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles county, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

Laughter is good medicine

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Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke

When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. The Mayo Clinic Staff says why:

Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs.Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response.A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension.Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

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Differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare open enrollment

Differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans.

Open Enrollment Oct 15  to Dec 7th

For personalized information call:

Medicare Rights Center Helpline: 800-333-4114

WEBSITE: www.medicareinteractive.org

People with Medicare can get their health coverage either through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan.  Here’s a look at the differences between these two options. 

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Uber Ride24 for Seniors directly from your phone

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DID YOU KNOW?

Uber and 24hour home care company have partnered together. Just a phone call away that makes it very easy for everyone. They call it Ridewith24

24Hr HomeCare’s new service, RideWith24™, provides aging adults Uber driver-partners who are specially trained to manage the needs of aging adults

This innovative service connects your loved ones with Uber’s on-demand transportation, just by using your telephone.  ( landline or cell phone) You do NOT need a smart phone or have to use your computer. Without the need of a smartphone cell phone, it is much easier.

The program’s Uber driver-partners are said to be thoroughly trained by the Open Doors Organization to accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids. In addition, its drivers pay special attention to transporting seniors discharged from hospitals through the doors of their home, to prevent falls and wandering.

HOW IT WORKS??

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Take Care to Give Care

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“Take Care to Give Care

The first rule of taking care of others: take care of yourself first. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding. The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among the Nation’s 90 million family caregivers. So as a family caregiver, remember to pay attention to your own physical and mental wellness, and get proper rest and nutrition. Only by taking care of yourself can you be strong enough to take care of your loved one. You really do need to “take care to give care!”

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Veterans Administration New Tax and Caregiver Services

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 VETERANS  ADMINISTRATION  

 NEW INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE  

           CAREGIVER SUPPORT LINE

            TAX  INFORMATION 

IRS launches a new webpage just for Veteran Resources!
With help from national and local partners, the Internal

Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new site titled

“Information for Veterans”.  The page is designed to

provide timely federal tax-related information to Veterans

about tax credits and benefits, free tax preparation,

financial education and asset-building opportunities available to Veterans.

Learn more about Veteran specific information by visiting

the new webpage:

 https://www.irs.gov/individuals/information-for-veterans

 NEW– CAREGIVER SUPPORT LINE

With VA’s Caregiver Support Line. assistance is just a quick phone call

away. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have

questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring

licensed professionals who answer the support line can                                                                                                                                talk with your about a variety of issues.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: 1-855-260-3274

Professionals can:

· Tell you about the assistance available from VA.

· Help you access services.

· Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.

· Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support

Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support

that’s available to you.  CAREGIVER SUPPORT: 1-855-260-3274

These resources can be most helpful for veterans and their families,

caregivers or friends of yours.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders,

support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local

resources in northern Los Angeles county, Ventura county,

Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-885-8623

to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson’s

and Movement Disorders Information Center at CARE,

The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did you know that you can support The NeuroCommunity Foundation through your everyday online purchases? Amazon.com has a charitable program called AmazonSmile. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support The NeuroCommunity Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to The NeuroCommunity Foundation!

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Dear The NeuroCommunity Foundation friends,supporters and participants.

If you happen to shop at Ralphs and would like to support The NeuroCommunity Foundation, we would be most appreciative!. If you do shop at Ralphs, we will receive 1 % of your purchase through their community
contribution program. The NeuroCommunity Foundation's Non-Profit Org. number ( NP0 # ) is 82287

All you need to do is enroll online at www.ralphs.com OR by calling Ralphs at
800-443-4438 after September 1, 2016.

If you happened to enroll prior to Sept 1st, Ralphs requires you to register again.

For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions are found below or can be found at www.ralphs.com, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on ‘Enroll Now’. If you don’t have computer access, please call us at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

Use you Ralph’s Rewards Card to Contribute Here’s How:

If you do not have a Ralph’s online account
1. Go to www.ralphs.com/account/create
2. Follow the easy steps to create an online account
3. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
4. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to
www.ralphs.com and click on ‘Sign In’, enter your email address and password.
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a. Community Rewards – Enroll
b. Type our NPO number 82287 or Neurocommunity.org
c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ON-LINE
(This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)

1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
2. Click Sign In
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5. View all your information and edit as necessary
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