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If your parents can’t pay their bills you may have to!

May 28, 2012

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Does your State have a filial support law?  If it does then you may be forced to pay for the nursing home bills of your parents.  It is my understanding that these laws have not been used on a regular basis but with some recent court decisions that may change. I recommend checking out the […]

How to Best Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers? Teach Them Mindfulness

May 23, 2012

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For the 15 million in this country who are caring for a loved one with dementia*, this is what life is like — according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Report: 61 percent of dementia caregivers suffer from high emotional stress. 33 percent report symptoms of depression. They experience caregiving strain regarding financial issues (56 percent), […]

Caregiving for your aging parent, spouse or significant other

May 23, 2012

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Nothing can create stress and conflict in our lives like taking care of an aging parent or spouse or a sick child.  Today we will focus on elder care.  On a beautiful spring morning, “Alice” (name changed) rises to catch a ride from her daughter’s home to the local Senior Center to attend the adult […]

A rampant prescription and a database to help you protect your loved ones

May 21, 2012

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“We have an inordinate amount of prescriptions written for a population that is already frail, and we know these drugs increase the risk for side effects, including death.   So why are they being written?” Dr. Michael Gloth, John Hopkins University. You can find this database in one of my other posts but I considered […]

Revived by Music – NYTimes.com

May 20, 2012

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Maybe you’re among the millions who’ve watched and forwarded this video of an unresponsive 94-year-old with dementia, slumped in his wheelchair at a nursing home in Brooklyn. But when a staff member puts earphones in place and clicks on an iPod loaded with favorite hymns, he awakens, moving to the music, humming along. He tells […]

Cancer Survivors Who Exercise Live Longer – NYTimes.com

May 20, 2012

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Can going for a walk improve cancer survivors’ long-term prognosis? It may, according to new research showing that exercise can lower survivors’ risk of premature death, not only from cancer but from any cause. The findings are likely to resonate widely at a time when about 14 million Americans, and many more worldwide, have survived […]

Just when you thought you understood Medicare!

May 6, 2012

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Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient? If You Have Medicare – Ask! Did you know that even if you stay in the hospital overnight, you might still be considered an “outpatient”? Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or “outpatient”) affects how much you pay for hospital services (like X-rays, drugs, and lab tests) […]

Drugs, Dementia and Nursing Homes – Forbes

April 27, 2012

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Why do we want to age well in our own homes or, if necessary in the homes of loved ones? Here is a good article in Forbes and, in addition, some information for us to consider from Texas. According to the State of Texas, based on quality indicators from 2001-2010, Texas nursing facilities worsened for […]

Long-Term Care: Your Hospitals New Priority

April 17, 2012

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From Hospitals and Health Networks comes a story we can only hope plays out in the long run.  With the new penalties on readmissions and the focus the Accountable Care Act has brought to  waste and inefficiency in the healthcare system we need a renewed focus on the long-term needs of the patient.  If someone is […]

Leading Long-Term Care Insurers Premiums Soaring

March 24, 2012

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This is not good news for those Seniors who are trying to protect assets with Long-Term Care Insurance.  I am working on a post about aging in place and how we all need to realistically look at our resources and assets.  Careful asset preservation helps us age in the least restrictive environment possible, hopefully at […]