Making The Best Of A Delayed Flight

A delayed flight with the Port City SoundYou know the drill… You hop on your flight and get buckled in when the captain comes on the intercom with this announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen we’ve been placed on a weather hold because of storms rolling across the greater Chicago area.  The tower has asked us to hang tight here in the gate area while this weather moves through.  Current estimates put our hold at around 30 minutes or so.”

Naturally, a delayed flight is anxiety inducing and uncomfortable for all.  This is usually the case, but on a recent US Airways flight to New Orleans a flight delay got you a free ticket to hear the Port City Sound, an award winning barbershop quartet!  Kari Mann a flight attendant for US Airways captured the moment and the smiles that went with it.  Hats off to these guys for making this a flight to remember.  They’re incredibly talented and get 2 thumbs up from The Senior List!  Watch the video below.

Senior Discounts On Travel 2015

We love digging deep into the world of senior discounts.  After being interviewed by several prominent news organizations recently, we’ve come to understand that there’s a lot of interest in discounts for boomers and seniors these days.  Because so many of you have asked for additional updates to our big list of senior discounts, we thought we’d get a jump start on updating this year’s list of senior travel discounts.  Keep in mind that senior discounts can change from time to time, so we rely on our Senior List community members to let us know about updates, additions or changes as required.

If you haven’t read our updated list of senior discounts for dining out you’ll want to get your hands on that (and share it with friends). We’ve also produced a list of senior discounts on prescriptions, and where to turn if you need government help for your prescription medicines (there are a number of programs available to people in need).

So without further adieu, here is our 2015 list of Senior Travel Discounts!

List of Senior Travel Discounts

Senior Discounts on Airfare

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American Airlines: Various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: No initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Senior Discounts on Rental Cars

Senior Discounts for Rental Cars

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Alamo Car Rental: Up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: Up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
Hertz: Up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: Up to 30% off for AARP members

About Us: The Senior ListSenior List Traveler Tip: Many of the discount warehouse clubs and other organizations offer discount codes for rental cars.  Costco, BJ’s, AARP, USAA and AAA all offer discount coupons for rental cars. (*Note: You’ll need to be a member to access car rental deals through these clubs.)

Senior Discounts on Hotels

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Best Western: 10% or more for AARP or senior guests (55+)
Candlewood Suites:  Discounts vary (62+)
Crown Plaza:  Discounts vary (62+)
Days Inn:  Discounts vary (60+)
Holiday Inn:  Discounts vary (62+)
Howard Johnson Hotels:  Discounts off best available rate (60+)
Hyatt:  Up to 50% off (62+)
Knights Inn:  Up to 10% off (60+)
La Quinta Inns:  Discounts vary (65+)
Marriott:  15% off (62+)
Motel 6:  10% off (60+)
Super 8:  Seniors save 10% off (up to 20% with AARP card)
Travelodge:  Discounts vary (60+)
Wyndham Hotels:  Up to 20% with AARP card

Other Travel Deals For Seniors

There are plenty more travel deals to be had.  If you are traveling by bus, you should know that Greyhound, Peter Pan and Trailways all offer senior discounts (62+) for Bus travel.  If you’re traveling by train, Amtrak (and VIA Rail Canada) each offer senior discounts.  You can count on a 10% discount from Amtrak if your 60+ and a 15% discount if you’re 62 or older!  Another great source of senior discounts is available by joining AARP.  They have a great page dedicated to exclusive senior travel discounts for AARP members.

We find that senior discounts aren’t often advertised.  If they are, you can usually find them in the fine print.  If you frequent a business of any type, ask if they offer any senior discounts.  You have nothing to loose!  If they don’t, kindly as them to consider offering a discount in the future.  
As always, if you have any travel discount tips, or any updates to the senior discounts noted above, please let us know in the comments below!

Better To Give Than To Receive

Leave a Legacy of Giving

“Being rich is not about how much you have, but how much you give.” That’s the lesson in an incredibly inspirational video commissioned by the fine folks at Community Chest, Singapore, a non-profit organization that channels resources to the social service sector in Singapore.  This short video is a testament to the age old adage; It’s better to give than to receive.

Being a mother, a father, or a mentor is about making sacrifices for our children… And the lessons we leave them become our legacy.  I hope this short film about a father and his son fills your heart with as much love and inspiration as it did mine!

Being rich is not about how much you have, but how much you give.

How Much Time Do We Have?

How much time do we have?

What are you doing with all of your time?

How much time is left?

Your Life in JellybeansThese are tough questions to answer, but the video below puts them in perspective using 28,835 jellybeans of all things!  Why the number 28,835? Because this is the average number of days we have to live our lives.  Some have more days, and some have less… But on average, this is what we get.  In the video below by Zefrank1 on YouTube, each day is represented by a single jellybean.

What if I told you that it would take 5,474 days to turn 15 years old (ya I know that’s easy math).  At 15 years old we’re on the precipice of adulthood, and we have our whole life in front of us.  Now for some interesting statistics from the American Time Use Survey (creatively illustrated by Zefrank1).  After turning 15, you’ll spend 8,477 days sleeping, 1,635 days eating, drinking and preparing food, and 3,202 days at work (ugh).  Additionally (with special thanks to Lakers fans) you can plan on wasting 1,099 days in the car commuting to wherever it is you’re going.

Just how much time to we have left?  What else are we spending our time on? How bout watching TV, doing chores, caring for friends and family, bathroom activities, and community services.  After all that… What’s left over?  And more importantly, what does it all mean?  Watch the video to find out.

28,835 days

Senior Discounts on Prescriptions: Government Programs

Senior Discounts: Government Prescription ProgramsSaving on prescription drug costs is tough to do unless you know the full armamentarium available to you.  If you haven’t read our report on senior discounts and pharmacy discount clubs, you’ll want to check that out right away.  Another opportunity to save on the cost of prescription medications is to examine the many government programs available to seniors, and the public at large.

There are government agencies that offer assistance and advice on lowering prescription drug costs. Answers.USA.Gov offers a great resource for those that need some help with prescription drug costs. Here are some of their ideas to consider:

Senior Discounts From Government Agencies

  • Contact your local State Social Services Agency. These agencies can provide direct assistance to individuals in need and referrals to other service providers.
  • Local Health Centers can serve populations with limited access to healthcare. Annual income and family size determine ones ability to pay, and those guidelines are set to the most recent federal poverty guidelines.
  • If you are a Medicare or Medicaid recipient, you can call the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). They can provide information about government-run healthcare programs and referrals to state agencies that administer these programs.
  • Consider contacting the company that manufactures your medication. They may supply you with free or discounted medication. You may also get a list of discount programs, by company, through the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). They offer the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) program. You may contact the PPA at 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).
  • Veterans may with to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA offers many programs designed to assist veterans.
  • Seniors can use the Administration on Aging’s (AOA) Eldercare Locator. This free service can help you locate resources and programs designed to help seniors in your area. You can also contact an Eldercare Locator information specialist by calling 1-800-677-1116.

Other articles you might be interested in: 2015 List OF Senior Discounts For Dining Out, 2014’s Big List Of Senior Discounts, List of Pharmacy Discount Clubs

2015 Senior Discounts On Prescriptions

prescription discounts for seniorsReaders asked us to research prescription discounts for seniors, so we sent our Senior-List-Sleuths on a quest to scour the internet (or “series of tubes” if you’re a fan of the late Alaska senator Ted Stevens) to see what we could find.  Here’s a nice list of prescription discounts and discount clubs for seniors to be aware of.

In many cases, these prescription discounts and discount clubs are available to anyone with enrollment in provider programs. Without exception, each of these programs is either free, or available for a nominal fee.  This is great news for boomers and seniors, and it’s great news for folks that need some assistance (especially if they aren’t carrying insurance).

List of Senior Discounts on Prescriptions

AARP:  With the AARP Prescription Discount Card (provided by Catamaran), AARP members and their families can access an average savings of 38% off prescription drugs (regardless of age or health status).  Must be a member of AARP to access benefits.  AARP boasts acceptance by 64,000 pharmacies nationwide.

Rite Aid:  Sign up for the Rite Aid Rx Savings Program.  Save 15% or more on thousands of brand name and generic prescription drugs1 by signing up for the Rite Aid Rx Savings Program. When you sign up, you’ll receive Rx Savings Card that gives you access to special discounts at Rite Aid pharmacy, including:

CVS Pharmacy:  Enroll in the CVS Pharmacy Health Savings Pass program. It’s easy and costs only $15 annually (per person). Whether you have limited prescription insurance or no coverage at all, you can sign up and start saving immediately.  This is not an insurance plan, it’s a prescription savings program. Under this program you can also receive 10% off MinuteClinic services inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club:  Another great option for folks without insurance coverage. Walgreens Prescription Savings Club members get special discounts off the cash price of thousands of brand-name and generic medications as well as other benefits when they use their Prescription Savings Club Card. Additionally, if you don’t save at least the cost of your membership fee in one year, Walgreens will give you the difference.

Kmart:  The Prescription Savings Club at Kmart can be yours for a $10 enrollment fee.  You and the family are then covered  for certain generic drugs (starting at $5 for a 30-day supply and starting at $10 for a 90-day supply) * View Drug List.  In additional you’ll receive savings on non-preferred generics up to 65%, as well as 20% off brand name medications.  20% savings on flu immunizations and 10% savings on all other immunizations (e.g. shingles, whooping cough, hepatitis A&B, etc.).  You can even get discounts on pet medications with a prescription from your vet.

Target:  The Target Prescription Savings Program entitles seniors (and others in the household) savings of 10-50% on prescription medications (off of retail). One membership works for everyone in your household, and you can use your card at any (Target) Pharmacy.  In addition if you sign up for Target’s Pharmacy Rewards, and fill five eligible prescriptions, you’ll get a certificate for 5% off a day of shopping.  (Hey, every penny counts!)

Consumer Reports On Drug Costs

Did you know that Consumer Reports has secret shoppers that visit pharmacies (and other businesses) to investigate business practices?  When it comes to pharmacies, secret shoppers found that simply asking for discounts (like senior discounts, membership programs, or other incentives) tended to yield savings opportunities on prescription meds.  (Note: This is also a strategy we advocate when looking for senior discounts at restaurants.)  Additional prescription savings opportunities identified by Consumer Reports were:

  • Paying Cash – Some consumers report that NOT using their insurance benefit for certain meds has yielded savings.  Larger (big box) chains offer hundreds of popular prescription medications for just $4 per month, or $10 for a 3 month supply.
  • Join discount clubs like we’ve identified above.
  • Filling 90 day prescriptions could save you additional co-pays.
  • Shop around. All pharmacies are NOT created equal. Making a few phone calls could save you some serious money.

Government Help For Prescription Costs

In addition to these corporate prescription drug clubs, there are government agencies that can offer assistance and advice as well.  Answers.USA.Gov offers this advice for those that need some help with prescription drug costs.  Click through to our piece on Government Agencies Available to Help With Prescription Drug Costs.

The biggest lesson here is that consumers need to ask around. Don’t assume that the price is the price. Shop around and ask a lot of questions.  If you have advice for our community, please let us know what you’re doing to save on prescription drug costs in the comments section below!

2015 Senior Discounts: Restaurants

Restaurant Discounts for SeniorsOne of our most popular posts last year (in 2014) was our big list of senior discounts.  This discount list included everything from food and entertainment, to apparel and cell phone discounts.  To make our growing senior discount posts easier to process, we’re going to break them down into categories so they’re easier to navigate, and so we can interact more specifically with our readers.

Let us know what senior discounts are working (and what discounts aren’t working out) in the comments section. Also, add any (confirmed) discounts that are missing so we can build this valuable resource together.

There was an interesting article published recently by the BBC’s Business News Section (published yesterday) which discussed the rude awakening waiting for pensioners when they retire.  They simply won’t have enough money to live comfortably.  With that said, there are discounts to be had just by asking for them.  If you saved a dollar a day by asking for your 50+ benefit, you’d have over $300 at the end of the year.  That’s not small change!

Asking For Your Senior Discounts

One of the pieces of advice we give to everyone concerning senior discounts is to simply ask your server before you order.  Ask them, “Do you have any senior discounts?”  If you do this ahead of time, you’ll know if there is a special menu that might be available.  It may have additional offerings, smaller portions, and/or better value for your money.  The worst that can happen is they say “No”.  Here is our 2015 List of Senior Discounts for Restaurants.

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Best Senior Discounts For Dining Out

Applebee’s: 10-15% off senior discounts (varies by location) MAY require Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
A&W All American Food: 10% Senior discount varies by location
Backyard Burger: free drink with purchase
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off for seniors (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+) plus additional discounts on coffee and soft drinks
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co: 10% off for AARP Members
Captain D’s Seafood: “Happy Wednesday Offer” choice of 8 meals + drink for $4.99 or less- varies by loc. (62+)
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 20% off on Wednesdays to AARP Members
Carrows Restaurants: Golden 55 Menu offers discounted bfast, lunch & dinner (55+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Country Kitchen: Great Senior Menu (55+)
Culvers: 10% off senior discount (60+)
Dairy Queen: 10% off for seniors (15% for coaches) varies by location (free small drink at some locations)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin’ Donuts:  AARP members receive a free donut with the purchase of a large hot coffee (at participating restaurants)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
El Pollo Loco: 10% off senior discounts varies by location (55+)
Friendly’s Restaurants: Breakfast discount varies by location (60+) Senior List readers to confirm
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: Great discounts on senior menu items (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
Kagle’s Barbecue: 10% off (50+)
KFC: Free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s: Various discounts at locations (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Outback Steakhouse: 15% off AARP members for meals Monday through Thursday (alcohol excluded)
Old Country Buffet: Daily discounts for seniors (55+)
Papa John’s: 25% off (55+) for online orders. Enter the code “AARP25″ when placing your order
Ponderosa Steak Houses: Senior Discounts Vary- Senior menu available (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) varies by location
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (60+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off for seniors (50+)
Traditions Restaurant (East TX): Senior platter meal for $4.71 (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
Whataburger: Free drink w/ purchase of a meal- varies by loc. (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Readers, providers and publishers: Feel free to share our list with attribution, and a link to this updated post. OK- Your turn to add to the list!  Shout Out in the comments below :)

Old Paintbrushes Become Works Of Art

When speaking about Paintbrushes the Encyclopedia Brittanica (2008) notes that paintbrushes are a “device composed of natural or synthetic fibres set into a handle that is used for cleaning, grooming, polishing, writing, or painting. Brushes were used by man as early as the Paleolithic Period (began about 2,500,000 years ago) to apply pigment, as shown by the cave paintings of Altamira in Spain and the Perigord in France. In historical times the early Egyptians used brushes to create their elaborate tomb paintings, while the ancient Chinese employed the tip of a long-haired brush to make the many intricate characters of their writing, a practice continued in the Orient today.”

The Paint Brush Series - Works of Art

So what does one do with an old and discarded paleolithic pigment propagator?  Well if you’re Rebecca Szeto, you turn it into an exquisite piece of art!  That’s right, old and discarded paintbrushes can be turned into works of art IF you have an eye for the creative… and a desire to find “the poetic intersection of the material and the immaterial”.  If that sounds a little odd or even ironic, this is exactly what happens when San Francisco artist Rebecca Szeto gets her hand on old paint brushes.  What began as an afterthought, Ms. Szeto was looking for something to do with discarded paintbrushes left over from her faux finishing jobs.  What she came up with is truly inspiring!

The Paint Brush Series - Works of Art

“These works play with notions of re-forming beauty and value. I use humble, end-of-life, mass-produced materials inspired by my experience as a faux finisher. The paintbrush is self-referential, acting as both subject and object. It refers to the history of painting, through the medium of paint, with its own tool.” –Rebecca Szeto

The Paint Brush Series - works of art

Old Paint Brushes Are Works of Art

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Gifts for Caregivers

gifts for caregiversWith the holidays quickly approaching, I have been asked by clients and family members alike what the best gifts for caregivers are this season.  After some reflection about all the things caregivers do for the people they are taking care of, I made a few adjustments to my answer.  There is no amount of money that will ever fully recognize the amount of stress, love, and care that any family or professional caregiver goes through each and every day.  However, here are a few ideas that may help the caregivers in your life feel recognized, appreciated and pampered.

Private Caregivers

I think of these caregivers as the folks who work for in-home care, home health, and hospice companies.  They may also be private caregivers who work for themselves or through a caregiver referral agency.  If they work for a private company, do check on company policies for gift-giving.

  • Massage, Manicure, and/or Pedicure gift certificates
  • Gift certificate to a nice restaurant
  • Movie tickets
  • Anything to help facilitate relaxation and pampering

Family Caregivers

Did you know that 4 in 10 U.S. adults cares for a sick or elderly loved one?  That’s a whole lot of care being provided without any paycheck at all.  Family caregivers often feel overwhelmed, under-appreciated, and pulled in many different directions by work and family obligations.

  • Offer to go shopping
  • Cook a meal
  • Clean the house
  • Lunch or dinner delivery
  • Let them know how much you appreciate everything they are doing!
  • Respite- can you help them have a day/night off?

Facility Caregivers

Facility caregivers are anyone who works in a nursing facility, long term care facility, assisted living, memory care, retirement community, adult care home or any other residential setting for seniors.  These caregivers are definitely underpaid for the amazing work they do.  Often, the companies they work for also have very strict gift-giving policies in place that can make it difficult to express gratitude.  As with private caregivers, check the company policies on gift-giving first.

  • Letter of recognition- This is one of the most personal gifts I can think of for a facility caregiver.  A letter touting their amazing skills with your loved one, the care and compassion they bring to work everyday, or they way that they bring a smile to the resident’s faces that they care for will go a long ways in showing your appreciation.  This letter could be given to an administrator as well to be put in the caregiver’s employee file.
  • Donation to the facility or organization the caregiver works for- Many care facilities will have an “employee bonus” fund that is split amongst the employees or direct care staff.
  • Donate on behalf of the caregiver- If there is no bonus fund to contribute to and/or the gift-giving policies are tight, donate to a non-profit or cause like the Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Association, or Senior Wish Foundation in your area.  I found this great site that rates and links to charities if you need ideas.
  • Food, Coffee, Teas for the breakroom- and make it the good stuff.

Gifts for Caregivers: Not just for the Holidays!

Don’t just say thank you at the holidays, say it year round!  Let the caregivers in your life know how much they are appreciated.  A smile, pat on the back, a listening ear, and a willingness to help out are always welcome.  Don’t forget each November is National Caregivers Month, another special time to recognize the caregivers in your life.

Have any gift ideas we missed?  Add your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Last Minute Christmas Card Deals

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