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May 2016 Newsletters!

mayWe can’t believe it’s already May! Where does the time go?

Glen Park’s newsletters are ready just in time for you to view our facilities’ planned activities for the next 31 days of spring.

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Glen Park at Glendale-Mariposa
Glen Park at Long Beach
Glen Park at Monrovia
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“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale


Want to Know the Secret to Living a Long Life?

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It’s your lucky day, because the oldest person alive shares some advice and wisdom on how to live your best life. Susannah Mushatt Jones is currently 116 years of age and will be turning 117 in July this summer. Born in 1899, she lived in an eleven-sibling household and her parents in Alabama. After finishing high school, she moved to New York in 1923 and still resides there. She got married and divorced once and had no children. She is happy to be surrounded by her 100 nieces and nephews. At age 100, she stopped cooking, but still loves her four strips of bacon and eggs every morning.

So here’s some of the secrets Susannah wants to share with everyone to help prolong our lives and make us happier.

1. Absolutely no smoking, partying, or drinking alcohol

2 .Love the small things in life and make meaning of them

3. Give love and respect to others

4. Stick to a routine- it can be extremely beneficial to having a healthy mind, body, and soul.

5. Stop complaining

6. Eat fruit- it’s packed with energy

 

Do you agree with Susannah’s advice and will you be try to incorporate any of it in your life? If yes, please share with us in the comments below.

 



Assisted Living & Tax Deductions

Are you helping support a loved one in an Assisted Living Community?


If so, you may be able to deduct some of the out-of-pocket costs when filing your taxes. According to the IRS website, you can include medical expenses in amounts paid for qualified long-term care services for individuals who are considered chronically ill.

      An individual is chronically ill if, within the previous 12 months, a licensed health care practitioner has certified that the individual meets either of the following descriptions.
      1. He or she is unable to perform at least two activities of daily living without substantial assistance from another individual for at least 90 days, due to a loss of functional capacity.
      2. He or she requires substantial supervision to be protected from threats to health and safety due to severe cognitive impairment.

One of the documents required for residents in Assisted Living communities is a physician’s report, which should already be on file with the RCFE, and which may help you determine whether or not your loved one meets any of the above criteria.

Additionally, residents who are not chronically ill may still deduct the portion of their expenses that are attributable to medical care, including entrance or community fees.

Helpful Links

The Alzheimer’s Association is always a great source of information, and offers tips on this topic, here: http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-tax-deductions-credits.asp#dependent

If your loved one is not considered a dependent, and needs to file a return based on their own, fixed income, AARP offers free tax services to adults 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service.

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Note: This information is not intended as tax advice. The determination of how tax laws affect a taxpayer depends on the taxpayer’s situation. Taxpayers are encouraged to seek advice from a competent tax professional.

 



Lila Brooks Turns 103!

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Glen Park at Glendale-Mariposa St. recently celebrated their oldest resident’s birthday. Lila Brooks turned 103 years young! A crusader for wildlife, also know as, “The Coyote Lady” had her birthday celebration at our Mariposa community, and several media outlets such as KTLA5 were there to capture the moments.

Here’s a link to the video: http://ktla.com/2016/02/19/lifelong-defender-of-socal-wildlife-lila-brooks-aka-the-coyote-lady-turns-103/