News & Events


Welcome to the JCA News and Events page. Here you will find all news updates as well as post from the general blog and the KC (Kensington Clubs) Blog. Use the search function on the right side of the page to find news and posts about any particular category or key term that interests you.

Tax Considerations and Benefits of Charitable Giving

Blog / By JCA / November 20, 2023

older donor writing a check

by John Shuchart, JCA board member Financial Management – I don’t know of a subject that frightens us more. This is mostly because we don’t understand it and have had little or no education about it. Frankly, our money is extremely important to us, and we don’t want to lose it. With that in mind, …

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Caregivers: Just Remember to Breathe.

KC Blog / By JCA / November 15, 2023

Debbie Sokobin

Next Chapter News with Debbie By Debbie Sokobin, JCA Blog Contributor Caregivers: Just Remember to Breathe. It is hard to believe that this month is the two-year anniversary of my father’s death. He went through a nine-month roller coaster of oral cancer that he actually beat, only to die of pneumonia before he ever got to …

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Study: Alzheimer’s Patients Benefit from Lifestyle Coaching, Not Drugs

Blog / By JCA / November 13, 2023

Life Coach examines a page with an older client

from Positive Aging Community A study just published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that pre-dementia and Alzheimer’s patients who received lifestyle coaching (including in using computerized brain exercises) derived cognitive benefit not generally seen in studies of Alzheimer’s drugs. The brain exercises used in the study were from the BrainHQ brain training app, developed and …

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Three Vaccines Recommended for this Fall

Blog / By JCA / October 26, 2023

three vaccine vials and a syringe

by Jim Miller for the Beacon There are three different types of vaccines older adults should consider getting this fall to protect against a repeat of last winter’s “tripledemic” of respiratory illnesses, which included flu, RSV and coronavirus. For people 65 and older, there are three flu vaccines that the CDC recommends over traditional flu …

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One Centenarian’s Secret to Happiness

Blog / By JCA / October 24, 2023

100 in gold balloons

by Sydney Page for the Washington Post Paul Snyder walks around Kensington, Md., wearing a hat that reads: “MADE IN 1921.” It’s a good conversation starter. At almost 102 years old, Snyder believes the secret to successful aging is making new friends. He befriends people wherever he goes: the grocery store, the doctor’s office, church, …

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Selecting or changing a Medicare plan

Blog / By JCA / October 17, 2023

hand drawing the complicated interactions within Medicare

by Elliot Raphaelson for the Beacon Selecting a Medicare plan is complex. I will discuss some of the important factors and sources of information that will help you avoid mistakes. Traditional Medicare refers to Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (medical insurance) and Part D (drug coverage). The major advantage of enrolling in traditional Medicare …

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Medicare to remove limits on PET scans used with new Alzheimer’s drugs

KC Blog / By JCA / October 17, 2023

computer screen with brain scans

by Nathaniel Weixel for The Hill Medicare will remove limits on covering PET scans used to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, allowing broader access to new treatments on the U.S. market. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a memo it was removing a previous once-in-a-lifetime limit. But instead of making a broad …

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Anxiety in the Elderly: Symptoms and Restorative Strategies

Blog / By JCA / October 11, 2023

woman with concerned face looks out a window

from the Institute on Aging (San Francisco) When her grandfather gets out of bed and is unable to fall asleep for hours at night, Stella knows that he is struggling with anxiety. Sometimes his heart will race, and he’ll be preoccupied with the noises he hears outside, concerned about whether the doors are locked and …

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The Beacon 50+ Expo Returns for 2023

Blog / By JCA / October 10, 2023

By Beacon Staff The Beacon newspaper’s annual in-person 50+Expos return this month. Thousands of older adults and their families are expected to attend the free events, featuring a range of valuable resources, informative speakers, health screenings, volunteer opportunities and entertaining activities tailored to their interests and needs. This year’s 50+Expos will be held at two locations: Springfield …

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Safety and Planning is a Snap! with Sally Pessin

KC Blog / By JCA / October 2, 2023

cellphone showing incoming scam call

by Sally Pessin, Esq., CRPC® I Can’t Believe I Fell for a Scam! For the last few years, I have volunteered for my county’s police department speaking to groups of seniors on how to avoid being the victim of a scam.  I stay apprised of the latest grifts perpetrated on Americans who are mostly over …

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