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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...]

Innovative Programs to Prevent Falls

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that one-third of people over the age of 65 experience a fall each year, accounting for roughly 3 million visits to the ER and almost $30 billion in direct medical costs. The CDC … [Read more...]

Honoring Our Veterans: An Underused Benefit

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday where we take time to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly … [Read more...]

Non-Traditional Living Options for Seniors

Senior living has come a long way. Many Americans assume that when they grew old and frail, they will have go to an assisted-living facility or a nursing home.  But this is not always the case.  According to an AARP study, 88% of … [Read more...]