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What the Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare Means For Seniors Not rated yet
The Supreme Court has decided the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare.”

Almost everyone …

Elder Housing: Options Abound For Next Home Not rated yet
Marie and Ralph have been married for more than 40 years, living, for the last 30 years, in a "typical" Pittsburgh house (two stories up and one cellar …

Mass. Health Law May Bode Well For Federal Law Not rated yet
Massachusetts has the nation's highest rate of residents with health insurance. Visits to emergency rooms are beginning to ease. More residents are getting …

Elder Financial Abuse: ‘The Crime Of The 21st Century’ Case Study Not rated yet
Older Americans lose $2.9 billion a year to fraud, according to a study conducted last year by the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse …

The High Price of Loneliness Not rated yet
Loneliness stings at any age. But in older people, it can have serious health consequences, raising the risks of an earlier-than-expected death and the …

Elder Care: The (Virtual) World Is Your Oyster  Not rated yet
The wedding, of social worker Sandra Nohavicka -- who works with many homebound patients in New York -- was broadcast on YouTube. Her online guests included …

Check Out the Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index and Find Out the Cost of a Secure Retirement Not rated yet
The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index) measures the incomes retired elders need to achieve economic security. The Elder Index presents …

Medicare Part B – the Pluses and Perils Not rated yet
U.S. citizens who qualify for Medicare (most Americans) can sign up starting three months before their 65th birthday.

If an individual is already receiving …

Caring For Elderly Parents Catches Many Unprepared Not rated yet
Start With The Paperwork

While many parents lack an advance care directive, it's the most basic and important step they can take. The directive includes …

After Hospitalization, Mental Trouble for Elderly Patients Not rated yet
Many older people fear that a hospital stay could leave them even more disabled than they were before. Unfortunately, there’s new reason to believe this …

Elderly Patients Want Docs To Explain Technology Not rated yet
Older patients asked to use mobile monitoring devices want clinicians to coach them, according to a new survey. Four out of 10 Americans between the ages …

Why Recessions Are Good For Your Health: Nursing Home Staffs Not rated yet
It’s an odd phenomenon: More people tend to die during good economic times than bad.

A paper just posted by the The National Bureau of Economic Research …

Medicare Gets Some Altering Not rated yet
When this year’s Medicare enrollment starts Saturday — a month earlier than usual — beneficiaries can expect to see additional benefits, some slightly …

"My Dad Has Dementia-He's Being Horrible to Me!" Not rated yet
Aging parents who have “early dementia” are refusing help and verbally abusing their adult kids who are trying to help. In all these situations, the aging …

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes Not rated yet
Awareness to the problem is an important starting point. If you visit friends or family in a long-term care facility, pay attention to conditions of the …

Caregiving’s Hidden Benefits Not rated yet
Could there be measurable benefits to your health, and to your brain in particular, from being a caregiver?

It’s practically become an article of faith …

Helping Aging Parents Manage Their Money Not rated yet
Children who are now in their 40s and 50s may need to start thinking about helping their aging parents manage their money, in the final stage of their …

New Drugs to Prevent Strokes Not rated yet
What’s causing this ripple is the emergence of new anticoagulant drugs, or blood thinners. Dabigatran (brand name Pradaxa) has already won Food and Drug …

Prenuptial Agreements in Estate Planning Not rated yet
As more people marry more than once and later in life, prenuptial agreements have become an important estate planning tool. Such agreements are especially …

Massive Mail-Out Scam Amounts To 'Elder Abuse  Not rated yet
A routine traffic stop by Vancouverm, Canada police ended in jail for a Colombian man, when the police discovered that his rental car was filled with mail …

Health-Care Costs: Debt Talks Boost Medicare Reform Plans Not rated yet
The heated debate over the federal deficit has pumped new life into controversial proposals for requiring Americans on Medicare to pay more for their health …

Nation Braces For Aging Baby Boomers: Impact Will Be Felt Throughout Society Not rated yet
Across Massachusetts and the country, government agencies and community organizations that cater to older people are gearing up for a massive shift in …

Elderly Abuse A Growing Problem Not rated yet
Elderly people must often rely on others for things like trips to the doctor, handling their finances or chopping their firewood for winter. Theses relationships …

Background Check Loophole Exposed: State Only Checks In-State Convictions Not rated yet
Think the CORI check done on your parent’s home health care aide should give you confidence? Think again.

Questions have been raised about the way …

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Social Security and Medicare: What's The Real Cost? Not rated yet
What with the much benighted Washington debate, what can the states do to improve the economy – or more specifically, fight unemployment?

What’s wrong …

Arriving At What's Best For Elderly Parents: Specialized Mediators Can Work With Families To Settle Elder Care Disputes Not rated yet
In 2007, John and Ginger Price knew that it was time to move John's mother, Mayna, from an assisted-living facility in South Carolina to a nursing home …

Baby Boomers Becoming More Obese, Could Result In Higher Medicare Costs Not rated yet
Baby boomers fear dying from cancer, or losing their memory from Alzheimer's as they age. What they should be worrying about is their growing waist lines, …

Family Caregivers Doing More, Sacrificing More Not rated yet
Despite a boom in assisted living and elder-care services, family members still handle most of the daily care-giving for older relatives. These "jobs" …

Laughter Is The Test Medicine Not rated yet
To an Alzheimer's patient, there's nothing funny about forgetting to turn off the oven, losing a telephone number or misplacing books from the library. …

Backing Off? Not rated yet
My dad, Murray, is a chatty, gregarious guy — so I told the dining room manager when she stopped by on Day 1 at his new independent living apartment. This …

The Stay at Home Quiz? How Independent is Your Senior Parent? Not rated yet
A new tool to aid in this most difficult of conversations.

Developed by senior care expert Dr. John Bowling, the quiz will help determine whether your …

6 Reasons to Grow Old Not rated yet
According to Joshua O. Haberman, rabbi emeritus of Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C. who is 90, “there’s a shady side and a sunny side,” …

What A Grand Bargain On Health Care Would Look Like  Not rated yet
Republicans have not realized that the Affordable Care Act, health-reform law unlocks a lot of potential reforms that they really like, and that no Democrat …

Family Caregiving on Contract Not rated yet
The elderly mother wanted to avoid a nursing home and remain in her house in Kansas City, but she needed hands-on help. The daughter, a nurse at a local …

Both Ryan and Obama Plans Cut Medicare Not rated yet
Under Representative Paul Ryan’s plan, Medicare would be turned into a voucher system for those under age 55. Instead of the government giving you a blank …

They Can’t Go Home Again, An All Too Familiar Story Not rated yet
Few subjects generate as much contention and heartache hereabouts as siblings and the role they play, or don’t play, in caring for aging parents. Cynthia …

Tax Breaks For the Sandwich Generation Not rated yet
If your kid can't land a job or you're helping an aging parent, tax rules can help you out. Being surrounded by loved ones can be a costly proposition. …

End-Of-Life Care in Massachusetts Needs Improvement, Panel Says  Not rated yet
About 70% of people who die is Mass. want to be at home for their final days. However, a new, intensive three year study on end of life care finds that …

Should Doctors Stop Patients From Driving? Not rated yet
When is it time for someone with physical or cognitive problems to give up the car keys? Who makes that decision? And how can it safely and compassionately …

Caring For an Elderly Loved One Can Take a Financial Toll  Not rated yet
There are 65.7 million caregivers, making up 29 percent of the U.S. adult population, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. The numbers are …

Bifocals and Falls Not rated yet
In a study published last year in the medical journal BMJ, Australian researchers found a decrease in the number of falls among people who switched to …

For Women, Age Often Brings Isolation  Not rated yet
Most elderly women today have never worked outside the home, while most of their daughters did or still do. Members of these two generations approach …

Medicare: New Rule Sparks Complaints from Health Agencies Not rated yet
Medicare is implementing a new rule for its beneficiaries that has sparked complaints from health agencies. The new rule requires beneficiaries to see …

Credit Card Debt That Outlives Mom Not rated yet
Credit card debt among the elderly is on the rise. What happens when borrowers die? Do they take their credit card balances to the grave, or are those …

Who Thrives After Surgery?  Not rated yet
It has become increasingly acceptable to conduct major surgery on the elderly. With better techniques, safer anesthesia and, of course, more old people …

Five Conversations To Have With Your Aging Parents In The New Year  Not rated yet
Where Are All Your Financial Documents?

Adult children need to know where your parent(s) keep their important documents such as their last will and …

Elder Abuse on Wall Street  Not rated yet
Although the high-profile prosecutions of insider trading and Ponzi schemes grabbed the bulk of last year’s headlines, among the more troubling developments …

End of Life Care: Why Doctors Need Incentives to Talk With Patients  Not rated yet
This week the Obama administration pulled back on a Medicare provision that would have compensated providers for discussing end-of-life care. The Obama …

Nursing Homes Gaining More Under 65 Clients  Not rated yet
It's no longer unusual to find a nursing home resident decades younger than his neighbors. About 1 in 7 people now living in such facilities in the U.S. …

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Caregiving and Dementia: New Ideas  Not rated yet
Science is weighing in on many aspects of taking care of dementia patients, applying evidence-based research to what used to be considered subjective …

Elder Abuse is Often Underreported  Not rated yet
Abuse against the elderly is among the most undetected crime and can include neglect, financial exploitation and physical harm. An aging population, …

‘Mom Always Liked You Best’  Not rated yet
The Smothers Brothers were right.” (Note to younger readers: On their hit comedy show in the 1960s, Tom Smothers used to complain to brother Dick that …

American Academy of Neurology Study Reveals Concerns About Elderly Drivers  Not rated yet
The American Academy of Neurology concluded after a recent study that many older drivers perceive their driving skills to be better than they actually …

Boomers Will Transform Retirement  Not rated yet
MetLife’s “The MetLife Report on Early Boomers: How America’s Leading Edge Baby Boomers Will Transform Aging, Work & Retirement” suggests that the oldest …

Northwestern Mutual Releases 2010 Cost of Long-Term Care Study  Not rated yet
Northwestern Mutual has studied the costs of long-term care around the country. In their 2010 report, released on December 7, 2010, they unveil the national …

Home for the Holidays: Top 10 Checklist of Aging Parent Problems  Not rated yet
Top 10 quick tips for figuring out how elderly parents are faring when you're home for the holidays.

Top 10 Checklist of Aging Parent Problems

Some Retirees Opting for Campus Life  Not rated yet
Retirement communities are typically nestled near beaches or golf courses. Some, however, are beginning to emerge somewhere else: on university campuses. …

Four Tips For Successfully Managing Your Parents' Money  Not rated yet
If you’ve been asked to take on such a responsibility, tread carefully and keep in mind the following four rules:

1) Understand The Full Financial …

Long-Term Care Insurance Outlook Is Shaky  Not rated yet
While long-term care insurance has protected many from financial devastation, the turmoil the industry is currently experiencing worries many.

MetLife, …

Medicare Will Link Payment to the Reporting of Certain HAIs Beginning 2011  Not rated yet
Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are costly in both lives and money. In an effort to force hospitals to do more to decrease HAIs, Medicare will link …

House Resolution Urging Care For Elderly Survivors Passes  Not rated yet
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution this week to support programs that meet the needs of elderly Holocaust survivors. …

Someone On the Line  Not rated yet
O n Friday, October 8th the federal Administration on Aging unveils its new, improved elder care locator. The major change: anyone who dials the toll-free …

The Affordable Care Act's Medicare Cuts In One Graph  Not rated yet
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Lewy Body Dementia, The Second-Most Common Type Of Progressive Dementia In The Elderly  Not rated yet
Quick, what is the the second-most common type of progressive dementia in the elderly?

Lewy body dementia (LBD) affects an estimated 1.3 million individuals …

Common Sense Steps To Preventing Abuse By Caregivers  Not rated yet
Prior to hiring a caregiver, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that a loved-one will receive the dedicated care they require from an employee. …

A Startling Statistic  Not rated yet
E very 70 seconds, somebody in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer?s disease. There is a common misconception that the kind of memory loss associated …

Benefit Checkup Not rated yet
There are benefits you or your elder may be missing! BenefitsCheckUp helps you find and enroll in public and private benefits programs. You can …

When Elder-Care Duties Lead to Sibling Rivalry Not rated yet
An elderly parent’s health problems can torpedo relationships among brothers and sisters. One of the most common causes of sibling elder-care conflicts …

Scammers Prey On Elderly Not rated yet
Scammers Prey On Elderly

More than 7.3 million Americans above age 65 — one out of five — have been victimized by fraud, according to a June …

Caregiver Agreements Protect Assets Not rated yet
Protecting Your Future: Caregiver Agreement Protects Assets

“Family members overwhelmingly provide the care for elderly and disabled loved …

78% of Americans Oppose Raising Social Security Retirement Age Not rated yet
78% of Americans Oppose Raising Social Security Retirement Age

“The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has released …

45 Years of Helping Seniors Age in Place. What's Next? Economic Security Not rated yet
A move is underway to make economic security an explicit part of the Older Americans Act.

The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ …

Technology for Aging in Place: Caregiving Matters - July 2010 Market Overview Updated Not rated yet
"The market for technology to assist family and professional caregivers help aging adults remain in their homes of choice continues to attract new entrants …

Release of Living Longer on Less in Massachusetts: The New Economic (In)Security of Seniors. Not rated yet
The social contract for seniors in the 20th century was based on the prospect of a secure retirement

during the later stages of each American’s life-course. …

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The Safety Dance Not rated yet
Well meaning family members often caution safety first s they try to persuade parents to change their habits, to exercise caution, to move from one setting …

What Legal Issues Are Becoming More Prominent As The Population Ages? Not rated yet
Among the most important legal issues affecting the elderly in America are those that have an effect on a person’s independence — the right to care for …

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