Entries by Matthew J. Gallardo

Autumn: Time for Pumpkins, Football and…. Medicare Open Enrollment

 For most, the fall season is synonymous with football, the beauty of autumn and everything and anything pumpkin flavored or scented. However, fall now includes a new seasonal tradition- shopping for the right Medicare plan during open enrollment season running October 15 through December 7. Medicare provides health insurance benefits to over 52 million seniors […]

Retirement Planning: Beyond Dollars & Cents

“Retirement is a time of great change, and a chance to begin an exciting new phase of your life. But like anything done well, it takes planning. While everyone thinks they are ready to retire, not everyone is truly prepared.” – Retirement Options Coaching Financial planning for retirement is crucial. It takes center stage in […]

Caregiver Absenteeism: a Growing Economic Burden

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” – Former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter The Family Caregiver Alliance® defines a caregiver as, “an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, […]

The Intern Experience

Get to Know Me …My name is Eliese Bjerke, and this fall I will be a senior at Messiah College located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania! I’m currently in the process of earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Science and minor in Gerontology. Now you may be wondering what on earth is […]

Paying for Personal Care in PA: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Personal Care Homes (PCH) and Assisted Living Residences (ALR) are housing options typically for older adults that provide hands-on care with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and offer three meals a day, activities and medication monitoring. The average annual cost of a personal care home or assisted living in Pennsylvania is […]

Understanding Medicare Coverage For Nursing Care

Episode 13 of the Coach’s Corner Podcast is entitled Understanding Medicare Coverage For Nursing Care. Grasping Medicare coverage can be tricky, especially when it comes to Part A coverage for nursing care. This episode will focus on clearing up those myths and misconceptions about Medicare Part A with special guest, Nicholle Dixon, Messiah Village Billing […]

Dear Future Self

If you’re like most, you’ve likely had your fair share of “dear future self” moments, especially after bearing witness to the unwise, undesirable or unsafe behavior of others as well as our own transgressions. It can be a great influencer of not walking the same path or repeating history, or taking the optimist’s view and […]

Podcast 12: Reducing Caregiver Stress & Family Friction

Locking horns with a family member about an aging parent’s care? It can make an already stressful situation that much worse. Family dynamics, disagreement, and old wounds can make the process of caring for an ailing parent very complicated between family members, especially siblings. This episode focuses reducing friction and caregiver stress between family members for […]