Elderly Understand Their Limitations

When you speak with your elderly parents, listen for hints. In many cases, our elders have a great understanding of their limitations. They know what they can, and can not, accomplish. However, they may not be open, honest, and blunt...

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Elders and Quality of Life

How to stay connected with our aging seniors? I’m convinced that my elderly parents were most happy when socially engaged with other people. Certainly, an occasional stopover from a neighbor or distant relative should be encourage. Any visit from...

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Communication Methods with Elderly

Talking with elderly parents about personal, private issues can be difficult. Topics such as aging, health and finances, remaining independent while living at home, or their thoughts about their final wishes, can be every bit as difficult as...

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Elderly Emotional and Physical Health

A senior’s emotional health can affect their physical health. We see this all the time. Aging is not easy. And, being self-aware of your health can be somewhat difficult…even for those elders with strong mental acuity. The physical...

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Elders…are Experienced at Life

Elders do have something that younger generations lack…experience at life. And they appreciate passing along that expertise, both formally and in casual conversation. Elder adults understand the value of sharing life’s experiences with younger generations. Elders provide a mature...

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Elderly Parents and Memory Loss

Memory loss can be a common characteristic in seniors and our elderly parents. Are your elderly parents beginning to show signs of forgetfulness, or scattered thinking? Before jumping to the conclusion that Alzheimer’s disease has taken hold, realize that...

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Managing Elderly Medication Schedules

Do you know the medication schedule for your elderly parents? For many, this can become a somewhat mind boggling task. And I’m referring to the adult children who are trying to decipher their elderly parent‘s medications! Imagine how confusing it...

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Be Informed on Elderly Medications & Schedules

Families and caregivers should familiarize themselves with ALL elder medications. Knowing the purpose of each drug can help you to understand and be alert to dosage, schedule, and medical need. Does it address blood pressure, or anxiety? Is it...

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How to Apply for VA Aid & Attendance?

How do veterans or eligible surviving spouses apply for the Aid and Attendance pension? Generally, applications are processed via the mail. Documents include the VA Aid and Attendance form, VA Form 21-2680. There is also an examination...

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Aid and Attendance and VA Disability Compensation

For eligible veterans who have been disabled while in service, there are levels of monthly financial compensation potentially available. See VA Disability Compensation. Similarly, the Aid & Attendance pension may also provide some additional financial assistance to...

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VA Aid & Attendance Monetary Benefits

How much is the financial benefit for veterans qualified to receive the VA Aid and Attendance pension? The current maximum monthly VA Aid and Attendance amounts set in 2019 are: - Single veteran: $1,911 - Veteran & Spouse: $2,266 -...

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Veterans and Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit, part 1

Re-posting some initial information on veterans benefits summarized by "A Place for Mom"...more details to follow over next couple of blog posts... ********************************************************************* When it comes to paying for some living expenses, many older adults remain unaware of the options available....

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Mesothelioma, and Surgery for Elderly Patients

The following guest blog was submitted by Devin Golden, a staff writer for Mesothelioma Guide... ****************************************************************** There are two types of mesothelioma: pleural, and peritoneal. The average age of pleural mesothelioma patients is 72. The average age for peritoneal mesothelioma...

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Dementia Treatments for Seniors

How to treat dementia? There is not an easy answer for a progressive disease. First, a proper diagnosis is needed. That, in itself, may be difficult. Secondly, treatment for dementia behaviors may include a combination of therapies,...

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Elder Dementia Therapies

Diagnosing and treating dementia in our elderly parents can be difficult. There are certain communication skills, or methods of approaching and speaking with an senior, which assist in connecting with elderly. But everyone is different, so there...

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Cost of Living Increase 2021

Social Security and disability benefits will rise by 1.3% next year, with the average monthly benefit increasing by $20 to $1,543 from $1523, according to the Social Security Administration. The increase accounts for the rise in inflation and is calculated...

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How to Define Dementia?

We've all heard the phrase, "senior dementia". In some cases, this serves as a catch-all for elderly parents showcasing forgetfulness and/or memory lapses. However, the underlying cause may be a specific kind of dementia, which is generally...

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Tips to Prevent Elder Memory Loss

We all have "senior" moments. Everyone has a temporary memory lapse or occasional forgetfulness. But this is different from complete memory loss. Your brain is a part of your body...it needs excercise and good health...

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How to Help with Senior Bathing

We are all different. And when it applies to bathing our elderly parents, this is certainly true. Be conscious, and respectful, of your elderly parent’s possible need for privacy, warmth, proper hygiene, and comfort. They may...

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How to Compare Medicare Advantage Plans?

The following information provided by PayingforSeniorCare.com, an organization striving to access reliable and up-to-date information about financial resources for seniors... ************************************************************************************ With so many plan choices, it can be hard to know which type of plan is best. Below elders can...

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Enrollment and Eligibility for Medicare Advantage in Massachusetts

The following information compliments of PayingforSeniorCare.com, an organization striving to provide up-to-date information about financial resources for seniors... ******************************************************************** Prior to enrolling in Medicare Advantage (Part C), seniors must first be enrolled in Original Medicare. Anyone who is eligible for Medicare...

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Defining Medicare Advantage (Part C)

The following information provided by PayingforSeniorCare.com , an organization striving to access reliable and up-to-date information about financial resources for seniors... ************************************************************* Medicare Advantage (Part C), a privately offered alternative to Original Medicare (Parts A and B), has grown in popularity...

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Elderly Hospital Discharge, pt. 2

Upon being discharged from a hospital (or rehab facility) and returning home, an elder's normal habits and old routines also get re-established. In other words, bad habits can characterize a senior's normal household routine. This is where professional in-home...

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Aging May Cause Deteriorating Vision

I just had an eye exam last week. I initiated the consult due to experiencing some "flashing light" and resultant "floaters" in my vision. After a complete check-up...vision test; eye pressure; probing for any signs of macular...

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