Helen Cockrell is a health, aging, and wellness expert who loves Helping Make Life Better!
Falls Church, VA and Harrisonburg, VA
- It Ain’t the Age, It’s the Activity! March 21, 2013In today’s Washington Post “MisFits” column, Lenny Berstein introduces us to a gentleman named Roy Clark, who at 102 works out several times a week with his 70 year old personal trainer. Mr. Clark started working out seriously three years ago when he lost his daughter. He’d lost his wife two years before that […]Helen Cockrell
- Boomers – Creating New Opportunities – Part 2 February 11, 2013During my last blog, we began talking about what unemployed baby boomers can do to create other options in their search for employment. I recommended thinking about things you like to do, things you’re interested in, hobbies you enjoy and jot down notes on all of these. If you’ve done that, it’s time to move […]Helen Cockrell
- Boomer Re-employment – A Different Option February 7, 2013In a NY Times article today, In Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn’t Better … It’s Brutal, the author, Catherine Rampell, talks about how unemployed Baby Boomers are perhaps the hardest hit during this sluggish economy. She cites some pretty alarming statistics on length of time unemployed (53 weeks for Boomers as compared […]Helen Cockrell
- Long-Term Care and the Fiscal Cliff Deal January 2, 2013As part of the deal to prevent the fall over the fiscal cliff, two provisions that could significantly impact national long-term care strategy were quietly passed as part of overall package. These measures could both be critical to individuals receiving long-term care supports and services as well as the caregivers of those individuals and their […]Helen Cockrell
- Baby Boomers and Their Impact on the Bottomline December 7, 2012An issue I’ve been studying for a while now is what the impact will be of employed Baby Boomers with caregiving responsibilities on their employer’s bottom line. My hypothesis is that these employed Baby Boomers will cost employers significant money as the Boomers’ caregivers responsibilities begin to bleed over into their work week and eventually […] […]Helen Cockrell
- Dangling from the Fiscal Cliff…The Budget Technicality That Could Change Your Way of Life November 20, 2012Government improves our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. It provides for the teacher in our children’s classrooms. The roads and bridges on which we drive. The commuter rails we ride to work. The research seeking cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s. The safe medications we take and safe food we eat. The police […]Helen Cockrell
- Moving On… November 8, 2012Well, the election is over and no matter who you voted for, the result is the same, we have a duly elected President and Congress and they have a job to do and now they MUST come together, cross their partisan aisles and get that job done. Our great nation is hanging by its fingernails […]Helen Cockrell
- Planning for Retirement Starts Now! November 6, 2012As a Baby Boomer, I wrestle with whether or not I’ve planned well for retirement. Have I put enough in my IRA? Will my 401 do well or should I consider reinvesting it or put more in it where it is? Then as I read and research, I hear more and more that the Baby […]Helen Cockrell
- Brain Health – It’s All In Your Head! October 29, 2012Image Source Page: http://bornstoryteller.wordpress.com/tag/fine-arts-education/ Our brain is an amazing organ. It grows and develops, learns and changes as we do. Our brain houses our personality and is the very essence of our being. As we age, the maintaining health of our brain is essential. Our human brain needs socialization, physical activity, ment […]Helen Cockrell
- Real Concerns Emerging With Reverse Mortgages October 19, 2012Once touted as one of the best ways for an Older American to supplement their retirement years, reverse mortgages are coming under pretty intense scrutiny. Reverse mortgages allow homeowners 62 and older to borrow money against the value of their homes and not pay it back until they move out or die. As the […]Helen Cockrell
- It Ain’t the Age, It’s the Activity! March 21, 2013
Monthly Archives: August 2012
The Future of Medicare.
Excellent article on the future of Medicare. A must read for concerned voters. “Rationing Medicare Fairly”, NY Times
Positive thinking, self-growth, thinking yourself to success – so much has been said about these subjects, but is it really achievable? The truth is that the power of our minds to influence our actions cannot be underestimated. Not everybody believes … Continue reading
Staying Healthy and Active at Home – Wherever That May Be.
While statistics tell us that most older Americans prefer to “age in place” and stay in their homes and communities, some because of health or other reasons, may decide to reside in a long term care facility such as an … Continue reading
The number of older people who have high incomes has increased substantially in the past 30 years according to the study Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well Being published by the Federal Interagency on Aging Related Statistics. The study examines … Continue reading