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The Status of Medicare on it’s 49th Birthday

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Medicare, the federal health insurance program for 53 million people ages 65 and better and those with permanent disabilities, helps to pay for hospital and physician visits, prescription drugs, and other services. Last year, … [Read more...]

Financial Security for a Special Needs Child

Q. Our 11-year-old son, Nathan, has autism and will likely need care for the rest of his life. This has put quite an emotional and financial strain on my husband and me. My parents, who are wealthy, are willing to help, but we've … [Read more...]

Is Alzheimer’s in Your Future?

An estimated 44 million people live with Alzheimer's disease worldwide, and the global economic costs total $604 billion, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. It is estimated that by 2050, the number of people living … [Read more...]

Will You Go Broke Paying for Long-Term Care?

The costs of long-term care — whether at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home — vary widely in the US. However,according to NPR, there isn’t one state where long-term care is affordable for middle-class families. In … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait to Make Critical Decisions

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Anyone who knew Hal five years ago, when he was 66, would describe him as sharp, clever, and quick-witted. He had a knack for trivia and always answered more questions on Jeopardy than anyone else in the room. He always handled … [Read more...]

Can Being Cynical Cause Dementia?

Q. I am in my mid 60’s and I admit that I am generally quite negative-thinking and cynical. I have constant nagging back pain even though the doctors say there’s nothing wrong with my back.  My grandchildren live 1,000 miles away … [Read more...]

The First Ladies of Caregiving

Former First Ladies Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, and Rosalynn Carter have helped care for our nation and have all been caregivers for family members. Their experience and understanding in their roles as caregivers … [Read more...]

Nine Things NOT to Say to a Parent of a Special Needs Child

Q. Recently, my friend Anna called and informed me that her 6-year-old son, Jeremy, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She told me about some of his symptoms, including temper tantrums, outbursts, and the … [Read more...]

Better Care Coordination Will Save Tax Payers Billions

After experiencing discomfort, 75-year-old Stan visited his doctor and was ultimately rushed to the hospital and into surgery to remove a blockage from his large intestine. After a short time, he was transferred to a nearby … [Read more...]

Intergenerational Care and the Magic of Girl Scout Cookies

Q. Five years ago my friend Jennifer, who is 91, met ten-year-old Emma when Emma was selling Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door. Emma never knew her own grandparents, and Jennifer’s family lives 1,000 miles away. They had the most … [Read more...]