Elder Orphans: How to Plan Aging Without a Family

Posted February 28, 2019
Elder Orphans: How to Plan Aging Without a Family
This week, for the first time, I heard the term, “Elder Orphan”. Of course, as a Senior Living Advisor with Senior Living Experts for twelve years, I have come across dozens of seniors who have no children, and no extended family members. Just the term, “Elder orphan” pulled at my heart strings. To navigate aging on your own, has got to be a lonely and frightening road to experience. According to CNN, about 22% of seniors over 65 years old are Elder Orphans, having no family in their lives. Some say being alone in life is not something to be ...
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How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Chicago Illinois?

Posted November 13, 2015
How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Chicago Illinois?
This is the number one question we get asked about assisted living every day. And if you are NOT asking this question and are assuming the government will pay for your parents stay at an assisted living, then we need to have a frank talk! Every year, Genworth Life publishes the average costs for senior care and elder care across the country.  These reports include the cost for not only assisted living but also nursing home care, home health aides & homemaker services as well as adult day care. On average across the country assisted living runs $43,200 a year. ...
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The Week: Why dementia costs the U.S. more than heart disease or cancer

Posted April 24, 2013
Here's an article worth sharing from The Week:  a look at the extensive costs of dementia... A new study says the U.S. could be spending $511 billion on dementia by 2040  By Keith Wagstaff | April 4, 2013  Dementia costs the United States $109 billion in direct care, according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. To put that in perspective, caring for heart disease costs about $102 billion and cancer $77 billion.   To continue reading their article click HERE  SOURCE
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Mayo Clinic: Long term care: Early planning pays off

Posted April 1, 2013
Unsure of what type of environment would best suit your loved one?  The Mayo Clinic can help... It's best to talk about long term care early — before the need for medical or personal care is imminent. Here's help understanding, choosing and financing long term care. By Mayo Clinic staff Long term care is a general term used to describe various home and community-based services for adults who need help taking care of themselves. If you're considering long term care options for yourself, a parent or another loved one, start the research and discussions early. To continue reading the entire ...
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Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help

Posted December 24, 2012
I'll be back on Wednesday with regularly scheduled posts.  Merry Christmas Eve!   Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help By JANE E. BRODY My 92-year-old aunt, who is cognitively impaired and requires a walker or wheelchair to get around, still lives in her own apartment, where round-the-clock home health aides help her get to and from the bathroom, bathe, dress and undress, and go outside each day for some fresh air...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Caregiving Fact Sheet: Issues and Strategies

Posted November 16, 2012
This is a great overview of Caregiving!  As a matter of fact, the Family Caregiver Alliance is full of great overviews, so check them out.   Have a great weekend!   Introduction Caregiving takes many forms. Many of us help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends every day. We know we are helping, but we don't think of ourselves as caregivers. We are glad to do this and feel rewarded by it, but if the demands are heavy, over time we can also become exhausted and stressed...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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AARP: Health Care Reform: Myths vs. Facts

Posted September 21, 2012
Have you also been confused about Health Care Reform?  You are not alone.   Here, the AARP gives it to us straight: 11 Myths About Health Care Reform The hype about the law, including its impact on Medicare, is confusing — and scary.  Here’s the truth: by: Beth Howard | from: AARP The Magazine | September 2012 The looming presidential election is heating up the rhetoric on health care reform. But how much of it is true?   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Cost-Cutting Tips for Seniors

Posted May 11, 2012
I found a ton of money saving tips on Health.com; I hope you are able to take a few & apply to your life!  If there are any tips you have that aren't listed below, please share.  Have a wonderful weekend! It's no secret that medical costs are rising. Here's how to fight back: Order medication in bulk Ordering a 90-day supply of medication by mail often costs less than hitting up your local pharmacy once a month. When you use this method for long-term meds (generally what these mail-orders are designed for—check for restrictions), you can also get automatic ...
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How Health Care Reform Affects Seniors a free guide

Posted March 26, 2011
Recently the The Society of Certified Senior Advisors published a new about the new health care reform bill and its affect on our seniors. This guide was created in order to answer some of the most often-asked questions about the new health care reform bill, titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law last t year. Each year the bill is slated to roll out new provisions that affect individuals, businesses, insurance companies, health care providers, and the government. While it is possible that the bill will be modified over the years, whether by lawmakers or ...
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Congress Passes National Alzheimer’s Project Act

Posted December 21, 2010
  Congress on Wednesday (12/16/10) passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (N.A.P.A.), which would create the National Alzheimer’s Project for the coordination of government efforts in preventing and treating the disease, along with establishing a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer's. President Obama is expected to sign off on the law. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America called the law’s passage a “victory both for families struggling with this disease each day and for organizations striving to make a difference.” “The disease currently afflicts more than five million Americans, and that number is likely to double in the coming years,” said Kathleen ...
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