Monthly Archives: February 2016

10 Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

As people age, they change cognitively and behaviorally. If you are visiting this page because you fear a loved one might be suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, remember that most seniors will not remember or act with the same clarity they did as younger people. If they occasionally forget the name of a grand-nephew, for instance, this can be considered normal aging-related behavior and you probably shouldn’t worry. Alzheimer’s, however, is a degenerative disease …Read more ›

What to Say to Someone in Hospice (and What You’ll Regret Not Saying)

 

Americans buy billions of greeting cards every year. There’s a reason. Sometimes, the words just don’t flow. We need help figuring out what to say.
Perhaps that’s never more true than when a friend or family member is dying. What do you say to someone in hospice?
Rather than write more cards, we went to an expert for advice. Philip Carpenter is a program officer and bereavement specialist with the Hospice Foundation of America. He’s …Read more ›

What is “Life Settlement” ?

A life settlement is the sale of an existing life insurance policy for more than its cash surrender value but less than its death benefit. The investor that purchases the policy takes over ownership, starts paying the premiums, and becomes the beneficiary. The seller receives a lump sum and stops making premium payments.

Life settlements have been around for many years, yet there has been little public awareness of them. Many people don’t realize that …Read more ›

What is a “Senior Center”

Many Senior’s who are independent and are aging at home, may be looking for ways to keep themselves engaged.
Senior centers are often lively places that bring together older adults who want to be engaged in their communities and with their peers.
Senior centers provide the services older adults need to be healthy, happy and as independent as they can be. More than 10 million Americans take part in activities through the 15,000 senior centers around …Read more ›

What Assistance Is Available To Help Pay For Care?

Paying for Senior Care is a very important issue that every family needs to deal with. There are many financial questions that need to be answered, as part of the overall search for the best solution for your loved one.

What Are The Different Care Options, And When Are They Viable For Consideration?

There are many options out there but not all of them may be viable for your particular situations. Finding the best care option is not a simple task. With so many senior housing options available, it’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed by all the different kinds of communities.
It’s important to understand the differences between the many solutions that are out there so you can make the right choice for your loved one.
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Veterans Benefits – A Primer


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a benefits package that provides hospital and outpatient medical care and treatment. VA’s priority system ensures that veterans with service-connected disabilities and those below the low-income threshold are granted top priority for receiving care. There is no monthly premium required for VA care. However, depending on the veteran’s situation, co-payments may be required.
The Uniform Benefits Package available to all enrolled veterans …Read more ›

Top Questions About Nursing Home Care

Finding the right nursing home can be overwhelming and stressful. When assessing a nursing home there are many things you should be considering. The first step is to take time and visit OurParents.
You can search for a lot of nursing homes in your area. A five star rating system is utilized that includes the overall performance of each nursing home based on state health surveys, nursing home staffing, and quality indicators and outcome …Read more ›

Top-5 Best Remodeling Products for Aging in Place

Remodeling your home for aging in place doesn’t have to be an unfortunate necessity. It’s the perfect opportunity to make your house downright cool.

When we asked five certified aging in place specialists what their favorite accessibility products were, they named technological advances galore. No matter what age you are, you’ll want to get your remodeling hands on some of these fun, practical products.
Refrigerator Ovens
 
Make a meal in advance, stick it in the refrigerator oven, …Read more ›

Top-10 Unexpected Activities at Retirement Communities

Sure, when you’re living in a retirement community, you might be able to golf. Go for a swim. Take a group trip to a museum.

But every once in a while, wouldn’t it be fun to mix things up? Do something like, oh, make floats for a Mardi Gras parade? Produce a television show? Compete in a homemade-kayak race?
This is the kind of stuff going on at independent-living and continuing-care retirement communities nowadays. We’ve picked …Read more ›

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