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Telehealth Gives Senior Centers a Gateway to Patient Engagement

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Source: mHealth Intelligence In doing so, Front Porch is addressing a trend that will challenge senior living and healthcare providers in the not-too-distant future. With the first members of the Baby Boomer generation having turned 65 in 2011, the nation's ranks of seniors is expected to double in just 12...

The risks of changing your home’s deed | Biz Brain

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Source: NJ.com So, Hauptman said, you should speak to a knowledgeable elder law attorney about your specific situation to be sure you understand all the ramifications of taking such action. Email your questions to Ask@NJMoneyHelp.com. Karin Price Mueller writes the Bamboozled column for NJ Advance Media and ... Read more... 

Senior Living Design Trends to Leave Behind in 2018

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Source: Seniorhousingnews.com As the boomers begin to enter senior living communities I think the traditional style of architecture will get stale for them. They went from watching a black and white tube television to streaming videos on giant flat screens. They'll want to live in a community that's fresh and...

Considering Moving Your Loved One into Your Home?

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Source: AARP Young adult children sometimes boomerang back to the safety of a parent's home when money is tight, the going is tough or difficult times loom. Decades later, middle-aged children often become the safety net for their parents. For some aging parents, the right move is into their adult...

As ‘Silver Tsunami’ Hits, Agencies Serving Older Adults Play Catch-Up

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Source: Charlotte Magazine  Aging parents, accustomed to life on their own, take pride in their independence and don't want to burden their grown children, who are raising children of their own, often in another place. Lorrie Klemons knows better because of her profession. She's a registered nurse and patient advocate...

Advocates Press Congress for Community Health Center Funding

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Source:  Media Health Leaders  A week after Congress agreed to a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that ended the three-day federal government shutdown, healthcare advocacy groups are urging leaders on Capitol Hill to pass long-term funding for programs left out of the...   Read More...

Expert Predicts Outlook for Medicare Advantage, Managed Medicaid

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Source: Managed Healthcare Executive  Medicare Advantage is on a bit of an upswing and is in good standing on both sides of the aisle in Congress, given the growing popularity of these plans for seniors,” says Ash Shehata, Principal at KPMG's Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. “This has led corporate...

Will millennials be motivated to fill the healthcare staffing void?

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Source: Modern Healthcare  Being a professional within the elder-care community is a rewarding and extremely gratifying experience. Ultimately, to ensure that elder-care job openings will be filled quickly, we need to demonstrate our commitment to incorporating new technology and providing the necessary opportunities for our ... Read More... 

Are Do It Yourself Wills Legal?

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Source: Arizona Senior Law  Compared to other states, Arizona is rather lenient when it comes to what constitutes an acceptable will. Do-it-yourself (DIY) wills are perfectly acceptable, though there are plenty of circumstances where you'd be wise to at least consult an estate planning attorney (we'll discuss that later). Read More... 

How Do I Transfer Assets To An Elder Parent If I Die First?

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Source: Lawyers.com  Q: I am an adult only-child (age 42), and my retired mother (age 68) has no blood relatives other than me. If I were to pass before her, I want her to be protected financially. I currently have her as the sole beneficiary to one of my life...

A Push To Get Older Adults In Better Shape For Surgery

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Source: Washington Post New evidence from Duke's POSH (Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health) program demonstrates the value of prepping at-risk seniors for surgery, a strategy endorsed by the newly published standards. In January, researchers reported that older adults who went through the POSH program before ... Read More... 

Elder care organizations set legislative priorities

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Source: Spencer Daily Report  The Older Iowans Legislature, a statewide senior advocacy group, will seek restored funding for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office and an increase in funding for LifeLong Links and senior nutrition from the Iowa General Assembly when it begins its session Friday. State organization, the Area ... Read More... 

Expert Panel Brings New Approach to Challenges of Aging in Rural America

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Source: Nasdaq These healthcare plans often provide free fitness classes and activities that not only help seniors stay active but also provide much-needed social interaction." The initiative on rural aging was born out of the inaugural Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging last year in Portsmouth, NH, where more than 80 ... Read...

How To Help An Aging Parent Cope With Loss Of A Friend

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Source: HuffPost Canada  Joining local community groups or taking part in social activities with others going through similar situations can help. It is also a great way to meet new people and make new connections. Your aging parents may be looking for companionship to help fill the gaps left by...

Successful Aging: Sleep and the causes of fatigue and lack of energy

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Source: L.A. Daily News Lifestyle Factors: Many caregivers responsible for the care of partners or aging parents suffer from fatigue. Doctor appointments, grocery shopping, food preparation, managing the medical care and attending to ongoing personal needs can be exhausting. And then there's just plain overwork. According ... Read More... 

Resolutions for Parents of Grown Children

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Source:  The New York TImes  I am, alas, no longer able to resolve to do a good job of being the daughter of my aging parents, because they're gone, and I still find myself feeling unmoored, and occasionally even surprised, to be here without them. But it's also kind of...

3 Technology Integration Lessons For Senior Living in 2018

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Source: Senior Housing News The 21st Century Senior Living Community is a series brought to you by CDW, a provider of technology solutions and services focused exclusively on serving the healthcare marketplace. The series takes a clear-eyed look at how leading providers and their partners are creating the next generation...

Medicaid Planning for the Elder Law Attorney – Webinar – Healthcare, Healthcare Services, Managed Care Industries

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Source:  Mil Tech  The Medicaid Planning for the Elder Law Attorney – Webinar Report has been published. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of industries from Healthcare, Healthcare Services, Managed Care Markets. Increase your understanding of Medicaid and provide the best advice to your elderly clients in ...   Read More...

From choice or necessity, more people are working post-65

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Source: Vancouver Sun She said when she first retired she spent time with her aging parents and started volunteering, but within months she got a call from Coastal Health asking if she was interested in taking on a contract project. When that one was done, another one fell into her...

SENIOR LIVING: Dementia doesn’t discriminate

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Source: St. Catharines Standard  Dementia doesn't discriminate. Teena Kindt. By Teena Kindt. Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:18:45 EST PM. “I live with dementia. Let me help you understand” is the tag line for January's Alzheimer Awareness Month campaign. (Postmedia Network photo illustration ) ... Read More... 

Tech Advances for Long-distance Care of Aging Parents

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Source: HealthNewsDigest.com  According to a US census report in June of last year, those over the age of 65 grew to 49.2 million in number. This demographic now accounts for 15.2 percent of the total US population. Additionally, Bloomberg notes that by 2020, approx. 45 million Americans will be caring...

RVNA Health Source: The Challenges of Caregiving

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Source: HamletHub  A recent New York Times article discussed how after a five-decade rise in the number of women in the workforce, that rise has stalled over the past 15 years. The general consensus is that caring for children, historically a woman’s job, has taken its toll. But the other...

When Nursing Homes Close: Your Rights Under Federal Law

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Source: Levin and Perconti If you have a loved one who was transferred to a different facility and you believe there has been significant disruption to their care, please contact the Chicago elder law attorneys of Levin & Perconti. Consultations with our lawyers are free and confidential. Please, contact us...

What about mom’s home and car loans?

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Source: Port Huron Times Herald If you have concerns about what will happen with your home or car loans or other debts after your death, the best thing you can do is to consult with a knowledgeable estate planning and elder law attorney. The attorney should be able to review...

How to handle a scam against elderly parent

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Source: Mysanantiono.com  Scams against the elderly are all too common. You should report this scam to the local police department, and can make a report to the National Consumers League... Read More...

Tips to help older adults avoid traps and trouble

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Source:Hometownfocus.us There are so many traps for unwary older adults. Can you give any tips to avoid future trouble? Signed, Marvin. DEAR MARVIN: Yes I can! My answer will cover some of the most common traps that I see people fall into in my practice doing elder law at...

Tips for a long and healthy life

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Source:  Baxter Bulletin  This will be a big year for me. I turn 75, and maybe I will think of myself as elderly. For me and everyone else, now is the time to stick to those New Year's resolutions to stay fit and healthy. Remember, health is much more than...

Before you need nursing care, bone up on Medicaid eligibility

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Source: Chicago Tribune  Medicaid regulations are complex, especially as they pertain to nursing home care. No one knows in advance whether they will need such care, but if you do, it will have serious consequences for your finances and those of your heirs. So it's important to understand how you...

5 steps to self-care for parents in the New Year

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Source:  WHYY.ORG  There are many other examples of parenting circumstances that call for an ongoing level of extra intensity—single parents who don't have a community of support; parents who are taking care of their aging parents; parents who are working several jobs and struggling financially. Given all of the ... Read More...

10 signs your aging parents need help

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Source: Eyewitness ABC News 11  We just got through with the holiday season and perhaps you saw something about an older member of your family that started to make you think that there has been a change. Trust your gut feelings about these things. Your instincts are rarely wrong. Maybe...

Undue Influence

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Source:  My Primetime News  In many cases where a Will is contested, the claim of “undue influence” is presented as a cause for asking the Court to invalidate a Last Will and Testament (“Will”). Undue Influence has been proved where at the time of preparation or execution of the Will, a...

Top Skilled Nursing Trends of 2018

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Source: Skilled Nursing News  Results from the TRECS Institute (Targeting Revolutionary Elder Care Solutions), released last August, showed that telemedicine is a highly effective way of preventing hospital readmissions from SNFs. TRECS Executive Director John Whitman predicted every SNF will be utilizing telemedicine within ... Read More... 

Editorial: 10 healthcare predictions for 2018

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Source: Modernhealthcare.com  In the wake of the new tax law, the Balanced Budget Act will trigger "pay-go" rules, which will lead to a major political battle over the shape of seniors' healthcare. Trump will not stick to his campaign promise to leave Medicare alone. He will side with the most...

2018 Rings-In Old

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Source: HuffPost  One such areas is in elder care, which was re-invented by Paul and Lori Hogan a little over 20 years ago through their Home Instead Senior Care, which is now a global business. In 2018, we now see the most pressing challenge for elder caregiving is the huge...

The benefits of staying active in your golden years

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Source: Scottsdale Independent Active aging doesn't necessarily mean only being in physical shape but also being aware of the opportunities for mental health care whether that be through regular meditation, a mindful hike or quality conversation. It's important to encourage and reassure seniors that they can remain active during their ... Read...

Seniors Don’t Need Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements: Review

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Source: U.S. News & World Report  Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new ... "CRN recommends that people discuss their individual needs for calcium and vitamin D with their health care practitioners," she...

Aging Parents

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Source: Progress Index  As you have watched your parents involved in their simple activities, you've probably realized how old they've become. Things that came easy for them five years ago have become a major undertaking. Hands that were steady are now shaky and it seems to take forever to master...

Are robot cats the cure for lonely seniors?

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Source: Mother Nature Network The Dinsow elder care robot developed by CT Asia Robotics, dispenses with the plush pretense of a stuffed toy, and sticks straight to being a robot. (You can see it in action in the video above. It makes sure the human in its life is sticking...

How to Help Your Elderly Parents With Their Finances

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Source: ConsumerReport.com  If not, offer to help create one. “A non-threatening approach might be to tell them that you've recently compiled all your own financial information and wonder if they've done the same,” says elder law attorney Michael Amoruso, president-elect of the National Academy of Elder Lawyers. If your parents...

Financial Preparedness

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Source: Knoxville City View  She says a common mistake made by aging parents is to give their homes to their children too soon. “Often, the parents are worried about paying for nursing home care, so they give part or all of the home ownership to the children to 'protect' it...

How do I create a long-term financial plan?

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Souce: WTVA  Emergency fund, wedding, buying a house, retirement, college savings for my future kids (how much do kids cost?), elder care for my parents (god forbid, but just in case)? --Delilah. Scroll for more content... Life is full of big-ticket purchases: moving expenses, school tuition, weddings, honeymoons, ... Read More... 

What you need to tell your grandparents about scams

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Source: kgw.com If you’ve got aging parents or grandparents, odds are, they’re being targeted by scammers. The fraudsters often use databases to identify seniors. They call them posing as IRS agents, computer tech support or a family member to try to steal money. “I can’t tell you how many cases I’ve seen where,...

Column: Ending Medicare as we know it under GOP plan

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Source: The Detroit News  Recent actions by Republicans in Congress painfully highlight that President Donald Trump’s pledge to not cut Medicare is becoming yet another broken promise to the American people. Last week House Republicans passed in committee a budget proposal that would replace the guarantee of future Medicare benefits with...

How to help your aging parents avoid future dental problems

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Source: New York Daily News  As the Baby Boomer generation gets older, many of us are helping to care for aging parents. Most people think of helping their parents with housing, choices about assisted living, and even health care. However, one important area that is often overlooked is dental care. Many...

Elder Law: What authority comes with power of attorney?

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Source: BlueRidgeNow.com My father signed health care and financial powers of attorney 12 years ago and named me as his representative. I am the oldest of three children. None of us lives close to dad. My father is a widower and is living at home alone, but he really shouldn’t be....

Garmin finds a new target for its wearables: seniors

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Source: Kansas City Business Journal  “The elder-care market itself is exploding,” said Travis Johnson, lead project manager for Garmin Health. “This is a great example of where someone took one of our devices and made it part of their services.” K4Connect’s community package integrates smart thermostats, lights and communication with family members via...

Elder Care: Federal regulations of nursing home

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Source: The Sentinel  Oftentimes, news reports about nursing homes highlight tragic incidents or perceived failures of a specific facility or the industry in general to care for vulnerable, older adults. Our firm works with many clients who are receiving excellent care in nursing homes from dedicated staff members who serve from their...

Age labels miss the mark. Let’s dump them.

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Source: Hutchinsonleader.com I was radicalized when I was relatively young about labels that describe my age. When I was in my 20s, people my age who were well-educated and affluent were called “yuppies.” I was not a yuppie, and I despised the term. That was long ago. Now that I'm 62, I've...

NP officials consider ‘mother-in-law quarters’

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Source: The North Platte Telegraph  Mother-in-law quarters allow adult children to take care of aging parents while maintaining their own privacy. A number of such properties exist in North Platte, but not all are legal, a city official says. Properties in areas designated as R-1 Dwelling Districts are designated for single family housing. It...

Senior living: Change inevitable, embrace it

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Source: Daily Press How many times have we heard, “There are only two things in life you can count on, death and taxes?” People spend thousands of dollars looking for loopholes, non-existent deductibles, etc., so they don’t have to pay for services that make their lives and the lives of others better....

Reducing risk factors key to healthy lifestyle for seniors

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Source: Dothan Eagle As adults age and enter their golden years, their risk factors for a number of issues increase. Helping seniors minimize these risks could hold the key to less stress, fewer falls, fewer injuries and fewer hospital stays. But how can these risk factors be reduced? Read More...

At Home: Modifying a home to age in place

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Source: cjonline.com Gone are the days of Americans moving in with their children or grandchildren as they approach their golden years. Younger generations are choosing to move further from their hometowns and away from aging parents, and older Americans are living independent and productive lives well past retirement age. As a...

How adults can navigate problems with aging parent

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Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Most afternoons, David Johnson has lunch at the Friendly Home in Brighton with his mother, Clara, and his mother-in-law, Ruth. If the weather is nice, they sit on the patio to visit. “If I’m out there with Ruth and Clara anyway, we’ll include a few others,”...

How Medicare and Employer Coverage Coordinate

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Source: Elder Law Answers Medicare benefits start at age 65, but many people continue working past that age, either by choice or need. It is important to understand how Medicare and employer coverage work together. Depending on your circumstances, Medicare is either the primary or secondary insurer. The primary insurer pays...

When to bring extra care into the home for your aging parents

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Source: WTNH Connecticut News NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — June is National Older American’s Month and caring for older parents is something that millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis. Vice Pres. of Assisted Living Technologies Mario D’Aquila and member of the Connecticut Care Planning Council Henry Weatherby stopped...

Senior housing in demand as baby boomers age

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Source: Naples Daily News WOODSTOCK, Ill. - As McHenry County gets grayer, developers are responding by building age-restricted communities for those older than 55, even as other segments of the housing market lag. The real estate market has seen an increase in demand for senior housing as the baby boomer generation...

Elder Care: Estate planning for previously married couples

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Source: The Sentinel In today’s society, as we age, life becomes more complicated. More and more couples are not parting at death, but instead may be married multiple times. Many questions arise in these situations on both sides. Can a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement address all of your concerns? What if one...

Fido May Be a Fit Senior’s Best Friend

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Source: MedicineNet Seniors, take note: Fido might be your best friend when it comes to getting more exercise. A small study finds that owning a dog may help older adults achieve recommended amounts of physical activity. Read More...

Dr Mark Fendrick Testifies on Allowing VBID Flexibility in Medicare Advantage

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Source: AJMC In testimony before the US House Ways and Means Committee’s Health subcommittee, Mark Fendrick, MD, co-director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) and co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Managed Care®, discussed the importance of allowing for flexibility and clinical nuance when it...

Crossing the border for senior care

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Source: i Advance Senior Care As the costs of assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care climb, some seniors are choosing to move south of the border. Mexican senior living communities are attracting seniors from southern California, boasting cheaper prices and better cost of living than comparable environments in the United...

The Complex Modern Family Requires a New Planning Model, Book Argues

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Source: Elder Law Answers A new book suggests that planning for elder care and a loved one's death are especially important for today's complex modern families. In Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care, and Loss, the authors contend that the current approach to elder care is based on an outdated caregiving...

Bill Calls For Elder Care Study

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Source: WMUK (MPRN-Lansing) Some Democrats at the state Capitol says it’s time to take a new look at services for the elderly in Michigan, especially nursing home care. They say the need will become more critical as more Michigan residents get older and require assisted living. Read More...

Seniors Feel Less Prepared to Age Independently at Home

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Source: Home Health Care News Seniors have a well-known preference for staying in their own homes as they age, but it appears that they’re growing nervous about being able to do so—and that they are worried about the care that they might receive there. Compared to how they felt a year...

‘Exact Opposite Now’: How Senior Living Design Has Changed Over 20 Years

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Source: Senior Housing News America’s aging demographic is ushering in a new style of senior housing community—one that looks remarkably different from those that gained popularity 20 years ago. In fact, in some key respects the industry has done done a 180-degree about-face, and what once was “taboo” now is in demand. Senior...

10 Ways The Internet of Medical Things Is Revolutionizing Senior Care

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Source: Forbes Virtual home assistants and portable diagnostic devices will help provide better elder care and in turn control medical costs. In 2000, about 10% of the world’s population were age 60 or over. By 2015 that had risen to 12%. United Nations projections indicate that will have increased to 16%...

Financial plan vital for life post-retirement

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Source: The Ledger The cost of a child’s college tuition is planned for long before the first dollar is forked over. But, the cost of senior care – either for ourselves or aging parents – is often on the backburner. It hits home for thousands of Americans, too often, after a...

Elder law: Social Security – Many fail to apply for death benefit

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Source: Laredo Morning Times The Social Security Act was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935 and drafted during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term by the President's Committee on Economic Security. It was passed by Congress as a part of the New Deal. The act was an attempt to limit certain dangers...

Storytelling: A Way for Adult Siblings to Cope with the Complexities of Caring for Aging Parents

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Source: Newswise With today’s longer lifespans, increasing numbers of adult children find themselves caring for their aging and/or ill parents. Adult siblings frequently work together to manage parental care, and many encounter additional stress and complications because of this new partnership. In a new study featured in the National Communication Association’s Journal...

Elder Care: Planning for payment of nursing home costs

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Source: The Sentinel Nearly anyone who is a long-term care resident of a skilled nursing home can immediately apply for Medicaid to pay for the care. To do so, an applicant who is not yet impoverished must shuffle assets according to a complex method that has been approved by federal courts....

Let Them Go Skydiving: Evolving the Senior Living Experience

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Source: Senior Housing News Senior living communities can no longer just give great care to residents. Providers now must go above and beyond to make sure residents feel supported and are also having a great time, company leaders said at the annual Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference in Nashville last...

Having the ‘Money Talk’ with Aging Parents

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Source: Forbes Adult children find it difficult to have the "money talk" with aging parents because they feel it is not their place. However, it is extremely important to have this conversation in order to protect family assets, eliminate unnecessary administrative difficulties and minimize potential disputes with family members before...

Docs May Miss Major Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

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Source: US News It's the leading cause of permanent vision loss for Americans, but a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be going undiagnosed too often, new research suggests. The new study involved 644 people aged 60 and older who were found to have normal eye health in their most recent...

How to Care for Aging Parents From a Distance

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Source: Yahoo Finance For many years, Andrea Rotondo's parents took care of each other. Her father, who had used a wheelchair since 1987 because of bad knees from his military service, organized the household. For a while, he covered up the fact that his wife was slipping into dementia. But once he...

5 Things to Know About Health Care Subsidies

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Source: US News | Kaiser Health News Democrats and President Donald Trump disagree over funding the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions for low-income marketplace customers. Congress must pass a bill this week to keep most of the government running beyond Friday, when a government spending bill runs out. It won't be easy....