Facts on Alzheimer’s Disease…Part I

Research in to Alzheimer's dementia is ongoing. Every year, The Alzheimer’s Association publishes an annual report detailing the complications and costs of the disease to caregivers and the health care system. Here are some of the latest...

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Senior Will Understand Their Ailments

Don't underestimate your elderly parents. Many seniors, even some with confusion, can understand and articulate their ailments. The elderly have a greater understanding of their limitations than we may give them credit for. Listen for hints. When you...

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Do You Witness Parental Aging?

A very dear friend said to me recently, "Isn't it humbling that we are living as the "sandwich generation"? We had been discussing how busy life gets while tending to work, households, our own children (and maybe their children!),...

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Differences on Coverage between Medicare and Medicaid

How do Medicare and Medicaid differ in regards to long term care planning? Medicare, by and large, does not cover long-term nursing home care. For example, Medicare Part A will only cover up to 100 days in a skilled...

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Defining Medicare and Medicaid

Re-posting information which helps in defining differences between Medicare and Medicaid.... Many people are confused about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid (MassHealth is the label in Massachusetts) as it pertains to the challenge of paying for expensive long-term...

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Seniors and Driving – Discussion with Mom and Dad

Experts believe that any discussions on driving with elderly parents are likely to be emotional for all concerned, including family members. However, this meeting/discussion should not be put off. Here are some suggestions on the process: - Be prepared...

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Home Care Partners Joins Seniors First Collaborative

Seniors First is launched and includes a full range of legal, financial, housing and lifestyle solutions. Aging may bring wisdom, but it also creates new challenges and unanswered questions. - How can I structure my retirement to avoid outliving my savings? -...

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Telling Elderly Parent to Stop Driving

Truthfully, a difficult decision and discussion. There is no universal approach for family members and parents on this issue. It is normal and natural to question how best to broach conversation with Mom and Dad. Families are not sure...

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Changes to Medical Definition of High Blood Pressure

The data that characterizes the definition of high blood pressure is changing. Now, the upper limit has been lowered. Which means many, many more Americans and older adults will now be diagnosed with medically defined "high blood...

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Seniorities: Scituate Non-Profit Community Organizations

Co-host, “Seniorities” As Chairman of the Board, Scituate Council on Aging, I co-host a regular Scituate cable tv program with Linda Hayes, Executive Director of the COA. Kim Stewart was recently named Scituate's Citizen of the Year, and is very active...

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