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Friday, March 1, 2019

The Cost of Being in the Sandwich Generation


If you are caring for both parents and children, you are part of the sandwich generation. It is certainly a challenging effort.

There are many aspects of that challenge. Most people think about the emotional toll and the time it takes. But one area, often not considered initially, is the financial burden.
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Monday, February 25, 2019

People with Disabilities Earn a Lifetime Pass to National Parks


Having a permanent disability may be limiting in some ways but it opens many other doors as well – including visits to our national parks and federal recreational lands.

The pass is available for anyone with a qualifying disability – physical, mental or sensory. And there are no age limitations.

Included in the pass privileges are more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country – national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other federal recreation lands. And the offer extends to everyone in the vehicle with the pass holder.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A VA Hospital Report Card


VA hospitals are one of the most important pieces of the overall health care for veterans of any age – and especially our seniors.

That’s why it is so important to stay aware of the level of service of these vital medical institutions.

A recent investigation by USA Today indicated that the issues in medical care in the VA system that started with the news in 2014 that patients died while waiting for appointments at the VA hospital in Phoenix, still need improvement.

The latest investigation by USA Today focuses on a comparisons of 146 VA medical centers to other facilities in a variety of areas and services. In some areas, the VA provides better service but in many, the system is far behind their counterparts.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

USA Today Story Brings New Attention to legal and Medical Decisions for Alzheimer’s Patients


USA Today has now written multiple articles about restaurateur and lifestyle guru B. Smith. While she struggles with her Alzheimer’s, her husband has brought a companion for himself into their home.

Many people have reacted negatively to this living situation, and obviously, at this point, it is impossible to know how Smith would have felt about this new living arrangement.

This situation has resulted in new discussions about the importance of families discussing the wishes and desires of older family members or even younger members in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

Long-distance Caregiver


 

So, the holidays are over. Hopefully, you visited your older loved ones during the holidays and were not too troubled by the changes you may have seen. But now you’re back to being a long-distance caregiver.

Providing care and support for a relative or friend who lives nearby can be challenging enough, but that challenging task seems to become overwhelming when you’re caring for a family member who lives far away.

Being a long-distance caregiver brings its own unique set of difficulties.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Spousal Protections for Medicaid Waivers Expiring Soon

Developing a disability can happen at any age. As things stand today, if that were to happen, Medicaid is the primary payer for any long-term services and supports (LTSS).

And it is most often the case that when this disability occurs, the preference is to receive care at home if possible, rather than going to a nursing home. Any long-term or permanent separation from a spouse brings new problems for everyone involved. Home and community-based services (HCBS) also cost less on average than in institutional care.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Is It Time for a Home Caregiver?

How do you know when it is time for your older parent to have a caregiver in the home with them? It is often the case that changes are subtle and sneak up on family members. Here are some things that you can look for to trigger the discussion and decision to bring someone in to take care of your older parent.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Senior Holiday Season Depression

As a caregiver, with the holiday season here, you may be spending more time with older loved ones. As a result, you may notice behavioral changes that are all too common this time of year.

Some of the common things you may see include less physical activity, fatigue or sadness. In fact, while there was a time they loved the holiday season, your senior may demonstrate a total lack of interest this year.


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Scammers Working Overtime for the Holidays


While this is the time of year when we should be in a celebratory mood, it is unfortunately for our seniors a time of year when they need to be extra cautious. That’s because scammers who victimize our older population work even harder this time of year.

Scammers continue to use the traditional schemes to take advantage of our seniors but there are a group of traps they use specifically for the holidays.

The first is fake charities. This is a time of year when legitimate charities reach out to people for donations.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Seniors with Financial Struggles


 With Thanksgiving having just passed and the winter holidays fast approaching, many of us are thinking of family and expressing gratitude for what we have.

But for many, especially seniors, enjoying holiday feasts with family is not to be. Many seniors are struggling to manage any kind of nutritious meal.

As many as one in 10 households with members 60 and over receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, more commonly known as food stamps, according to a recent study released by the anti-poverty nonprofit Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), in collaboration with AARP Foundation.

Unfortunately, it is expected that the number of SNAP beneficiaries will rise in the next several years as baby boomers age.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Halfway Through Medicare Open Enrollment Period


We’re about at the midpoint of the Medicare Open Enrollment period which started Oct. 15 and runs until Dec. 7. If you are eligible for Medicare, and you have not acted yet, the time to take action is now. This is the annual period when you can make adjustments to your Medicare health and drug plans.
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