Medicare Enrollment – What to Think About

Medicare’s open enrollment season will close on December 7th. You still have time to make several changes. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage; you can shift from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare; you can trade...

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Seniors Can Prepare to Age at Home

Re-posting a blog which sights a few easy tips to improve elder home safety... A few simple changes around the home can make it much easier for older adults to live independently for longer. -- Handrails: Installing a ramp to...

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Cost of Living Benefits to Increase in 2019

The Social Security Administration announced that benefits will increase by 2.8% in 2019. That is the largest cost-of-living adjustment since 2012. The estimated average monthly Social Security benefit payable in January 2019 will increase from $1,422 in 2018 to $1,461....

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Seniorities and guest, Emmett Schmarsow from MA Elder Affairs

“Seniorities” is a bi-monthly cable TV program discussing/highlighting issues of importance to our aging population. As Chairman of the Board, Scituate Council on Aging, I co-host with Linda Hayes, Executive Director of the Council on Aging. Our guest this week,...

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Signs that Elderly Parents Need Help

Whether you live nearby and visit often, or faraway and occasionally visit, there are signals to alert you to aging issues with elderly parents. Stay observant for any of the following: -- Out-of-character behavior. Have your elderly parents started skipping...

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Dangers of Heat Stroke for Seniors

Hot weather can be dangerous for anyone, but seniors are more likely to be affected by heat than other adults. In fact, a recent study found that of all the heat-related fatalities in the United States, 40% were among...

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Elderly at Risk with Summer Temperatures

Results from a recent health study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, found that even a 1 degree Celsius increase, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, in temperature during the summer can increase death rates for elderly people who...

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Facts on Alzheimer’s…Part 2

Researchers are constantly learning more about Alzheimer’s dementia every year. However, some of these current statistics are staggering... -- The disease is the 6th-leading cause of death in the U.S. Alzheimer’s is becoming a more common cause of death as...

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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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