In what should have resulted in a robust turnout among the nation’s lawmakers actually became testimony about Alzheimer’s disease being delivered to just two senators. Seth Rogen, a Hollywood actor, director and producer who’s starred in several films, testified in front of the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the rising costs of Alzheimer’s disease and to ask what the committee intended to in order to provide better funding. One look at the statistics reveals why so many Americans are … [Read more...] about Disappointing Turnout for Alzheimer’s Testimony
Many of our elder clients have been asking us in recent months: what can I expect in terms of healthcare over the next few years? This is a tough question because of the many dynamics associated Medicaid and other benefit programs. Further complicating matters are the ongoing problems with the Vermont Health Connect, which continues to fall incredibly short in what it delivers. Vermont was one of just 14 states that opted to design and build its own website and health care … [Read more...] about Is Telemedicine the Solution for America’s Healthcare Disaster?
It’s like going to the casinos and dropping your last $20 on a game of Poker – we kid ourselves into thinking we’re going to be one of the lucky ones and overcome the odds. The same holds true with long term care planning: we’re in denial and sure that we will never need it. Some won’t, but as we continue to live longer, the fact is, the odds increase the older we become that we will need some kind of long term care. So why aren’t we preparing ourselves? New Long Term Care Survey PBS conducted … [Read more...] about Americans Woefully Unprepared for Long Term Care
Many Americans are retired, but also are able to carry health insurance through their former employer’s retirement only insurance plans. Until recently, it was a significant benefit for those who might not be preparing for their “elder years” but who were also no longer working full time. You know: those golden years when life falls into place, the grandkids are the only priority and enjoying life without budgeting the pennies is no longer the reality. After all, this is our reward for working … [Read more...] about Between Retirement and Elder Years
A new report, released last week, reveals some of the bigger problems facing America's growing need for long-term services and supports. Unfortunately, there were a few glaring unresolved problems that have already begun to affect America’s elderly. The problems are far easier to identify than the solutions. Many Long Term Care Concerns One of the first challenges facing the Long Term Care Commission was that Congress only provided a 90 day window to conduct hearings, investigations and then … [Read more...] about NAELA Issues Long Term Care Concerns
Understanding the ultimate outcome of most who are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to understand the fear that comes with those realizations when a parent or other loved one has been diagnosed. The questions instantly skyrocket, the answers aren’t always easily found and the sudden realization that life has changed for a family forever is almost overwhelming. But – there’s reason for hope and there’s help available. A Closer Look at Alzheimer’s The National Institute on … [Read more...] about Medicaid, Alzheimer’s and the Future
In the late 1800s and even into the early 1900s, families often cared for their deceased loved ones, up to and including having the wake in their home and burying them on family property – and they didn’t require costly funeral homes, city, county or state permits or even permission to bypass autopsies. Now, it seems this practice is returning. In fact, there’s an entire movement dedicated to DIY funerals, at home funerals and natural death – depending on how you wish to describe it. There … [Read more...] about Home Funerals Making a Comeback?
Assisted living is known by a number of terms – alternatives to nursing homes, senior living, senior residences, personal care village, retirement community – each state has its own variables and regardless of what it’s referred to as, it offers a solution that many families can appreciate. So is this nursing home alternative right for your loved one? Keep reading as we explore assisted living, its benefits and potential pitfalls. The first obvious benefit is that it allows your senior or … [Read more...] about Is Assisted Living Right for Your Loved One?
It’s difficult to even fathom, but a report released by the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that 25 percent of senior citizens file for bankruptcy each year. The reason? Overwhelming out of pocket medical costs. The soaring costs are keeping many away from much needed medical attention, which is the true tragedy. The study shows that out of pocket expenses in the final five years of life totaled $39,000 for individuals and $51,000 for couples where one spouse dies. A staggering “25 … [Read more...] about Senior Citizens Reality: 1 in 4 File Bankruptcy
Last week, those caregivers of elderly and disabled people were informed they are now eligible for minimum wage and overtime protections. For many, it's been a long time coming. The Obama Administration made the announcement that it had approved the new rule so that home care workers were paid at least minimum wage – though the services they provide are invaluable for those on the receiving end. This is the first time the law's been updated since the mid 1970s. That law regarded those … [Read more...] about Good News for Caregivers of Elderly and Disabled in Vermont