Home Care is Best for Elderly

Home care helps seniors maintain their independence.  Home care allows seniors to continue to live in the place they function best – their home. Actually, the care engagement philosophy at Home Care Partners is to allow the senior to continue...

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Long Term Care Insurance, part 3

Long Term Health Care (LTC) Insurance is a life-planning strategy to insure coverage for the unexpected. Many savvy (and financially able) people initiate policy coverage in mid-life. This benefit enables them to gain insurance coverage while healthy, and insure...

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How to Pay for Cost of Aging?

The overwhelming question for most seniors is...how to plan for the future? More specifically, the real question is...how to anticipate the cost of the future? My elderly parents had long term care insurance. They were in their 80's when...

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Considering Long Term Care Insurance?

The question everyone thinks about, and asks: how do we pay for elderly aging in place? One of the answers, albeit with some flaws, is a long term care insurance policy. Like any insurance product, the cost for...

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Summer Heat Safety, Elderly Tips, pt. 5

We have just lived through our 3rd summer heat wave this year. It is, now, still the middle of summer. Will we get another round of heat? Here are some additional heat tips for elder consideration: -- Plan your...

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Senior Safety and Summer Heat, pt 4

Some advice for the elderly in hot weather... * Dehydration in seniors is the root of many heat-related health problems. It removes important salts and minerals from the body. Heat can cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and other health issues for...

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Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke

It is summer. It is hot, and humid. We are experiencing temperatures well above historical averages. And the heat has an effect on our bodies. We are perspiring more, and perhaps feeling lethargic. Many...

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Defining Heatstroke, pt 2

What is heatstroke? Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is a medical emergency. Fast treatment is required. Heatstroke, sometimes referred to as sunstroke, occurs when the body can...

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Summer and Elderly Heat Stroke

Climate change is definitively upon us. We have already experienced historic heat this summer. Hot weather can be dangerous. And, our elderly parents are particularly vulnerable to its effects. In fact, 12,000 Americans die annually from...

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Suspecting Elder Abuse

Logic and reasoning with elderly parents can be frustrating. Especially if you are not able to visit and witness their lifestyle. If you suspect an elder has been threatened or victimized, reassure them that it is not...

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Elder Abuse Awareness

With elderly in decline, or living alone, it is important that family stay in close communication. Visit as often as possible. This also includes video visits and/or phone calls. Make these contacts frequently. Know and understand the warning...

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Elder Abuse, pt. 2

How to identify, and prevent, elder abuse? Gerontologists say that social isolation is a top risk factor for elder abuse. Covid restrictions, up until now, have curtailed many services that keep older adults connected to the world outside their...

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June: Elder Abuse Awareness, pt. 1

Elderly abuse isn't a topic anyone enjoys discussing, but it cannot remain hidden. It is vitally important to talk about it. Experts estimate that 10% of older adults are victims of elder abuse, yet only a small percentage...

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Elder Lifestyle Realities with Heart Failure

The physical challenges of heart failure make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This, in turn, can worsen a failing heart. In-home care helps clients stay on track of their health management routine — and provides peace...

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Treating Heart Failure

There are many elderly living with the challenges of a weak heart. Treatment for heart failure can be complex and difficult to understand. It is very important to have a clear, concise, daily regimen. Monitoring medications, salt...

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Mobile Doctors with House Call Services

Boston Senior Medicine is a new, regional business serving only seniors -- and ONLY at their home. Services combine the traditions and convenience of the past with the best of today's modern medicine. Whether a house call or...

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Signs of Heart Failure

Heart "failure" is a condition that costs Americans more than $30 billion each year. It affects more than 5 million Americans, mostly older adults. Heart failure (sometimes called congestive heart failure) occurs when the heart is weakened and cannot...

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Elders, Meal Prep, and Nutrition

Nutrition and proper eating becomes more important as we age. First and foremost, elders need energy to remain active and healthy. But with many, they lose their appetite and fall in to bad, inconsistent eating habits. Because of living...

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Tips for Homebound Elderly

Helping your loved one avoid "cabin fever."  For homebound seniors, our current fight against Covid can be a time of extreme boredom. Nothing happens in their day-day living environment. Meals and watching television are the only checkpoints of their...

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“Poly-Pharmacy” in Elders

Medications play an important role in improving our health. Additionally, today's medicines can greatly assist in preserving the independence of older adults. Prescriptive drug medications help control many common health conditions. Do you know any seniors experiencing...

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Caring for Elders – and Keeping Your Batteries Charged

Taking care of the caregiver is important. If you hire a home health aide (see: Home Care Partners), they need to re-charge. If you, or a family member is providing care and assistance for elderly parents, you...

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Caregivers Need to Re-Charge

The stress and work to provide and supervise care for elders, or family members, can be exhausting. Specific, normal tasks such as changing clothes or bathing can seem endless. Completion may be quite difficult, time consuming, and inefficient. Daily...

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Care at Home Can Combat Isolation and Depression

Can the lack of socialization and social support really effect an elder's overall quality of life? Absolutely, YES. How important is social support as a person ages? Social activity helps us all! In effect, we remain "connected". Home Care...

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Elders and Social Support

Social support for elders is important for their emotional and physical well-being. Studies have shown that social support services should be characterized by activity -- or planned activities. Staying active, and involved, is hugely beneficial for seniors as...

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How to Assist Elders at Home?

Families Need Support Services for Elderly Parents When considering who provides support for our elderly parents, our first thoughts are to turn to family members. However, while it is true that most support does come from extended relatives or family...

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Call On Local Home Care Resources

As a member of the “sandwich generation”, I can attest to the difficulty in caring for elderly parents while simultaneously living life with my atomic family. Not enough time, too much to do. I know there...

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Elder Exercise Can Encompass All Muscle Groups

Multiple studies and elder research has shown that elderly exercise can greatly enhance the quality of aging and lifestyle. There may be any number of different methods for exercise, and active seniors should choose one or more areas...

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Find Exercise That Is Enjoyable

It is a fact...seniors who exercise maintain better health. Exercise for seniors has multiple benefits, including fun, better fitness and health, and socialization. Getting started, or urging your elderly parents to commit, may be the most difficult hurdle to...

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Prevention and Awareness of Covid Scams

As we begin vaccinations, you can be sure that scammers will be coming up with creative ways to separate elderly from their money. Please keep the following in mind: -- You likely will not need to pay anything out of...

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Monthly Pension for Veterans – Tax Free

The Veterans Administration offers a little-known source of money to assist paying long term care costs entitled Aid & Attendance. This is a tax-free, monthly pension for qualifying veterans/spouses who can verify certain recurring medical and health related expenses,...

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Covid-19, Elderly, and Treatment of Side Effects

Important and timely re-post authored by A Place For Mom… Most COVID-19 side effects can be treated safely at home without any sort of special care. Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used to reduce pain or...

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Covid-19 Vaccine and Elderly Side Effects

Important and timely re-post authored by A Place For Mom.... When it comes to side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines in the elderly, the news is good: Preliminary clinical data for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine showed the majority of side effects...

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Preventing Elders From Falling

For the elderly, the odds of falling each year are about 33%. Good odds if you’re looking to win a lottery; not very good odds if you’re a senior or care for a senior and want them to stay...

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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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Elderly Benefit from Home Care

What is widely viewed as the best and most viable delivery of health care in America?  The answer...approximately 90 percent of infirm and elderly individuals have been found to prefer home care over comparable institutional care.  What are some of the...

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