Category Archives: Disability
How to Be an Effective Advocate for Elderly Parents
Family caregivers must also understand their loved one’s wishes for care and quality of life. They must also be sure those wishes are respected. Further, it means helping them manage financial and legal matters, and making sure they receive appropriate services and treatments when they need them. AARP’s recent article entitled “How to Be… Read More »
How to Help Care for Yourself when Caring for Dad
More than a third of family caregivers rate their job as highly stressful emotionally, and almost 20% report a high level of physical strain, according to the “Caregiving in the U.S. 2020” report from AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC). According to AARP’s recent article entitled “Respite Care: Create… Read More »
Which Medicare Expenses will Increase in Cost Next Year?
Several premiums and deductibles for those seniors with the traditional Medicare health insurance are increasing for the new year, the federal government announced in early November. Money Talks News’s recent article entitled “These Medicare Expenses Will Jump in January” reported that the rising costs include the following: The 2021 Medicare Part B standard premium… Read More »
Can I Afford In-Home Elderly Care?
Staying at home isn’t always affordable, according to a recent US News and World Report article. The article, entitled “Can You Afford In-Home Elderly Care?”, says about 80% of seniors are concerned about being able to afford home health care costs, based on a 2019 SCAN Health Plan survey. Paying for personalized in-home senior… Read More »
Do I Qualify as an Eligible Designated Beneficiary under the SECURE Act?
An eligible designated beneficiary (EDB) is a person included in a unique classification of retirement account beneficiaries. A person may be classified as an EDB, if they are classified as fitting into one of five categories of individuals identified in the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The bill passed in… Read More »
Does Sense of Smell Impact the Onset of Dementia?
In a study by the University of California-San Francisco, researchers monitored about 1, 800 participants in their 70s for a period of up to 10 years to determine, if their sensory functioning could be linked with the development of dementia. At the time of enrollment, all participants were dementia-free, but 328 participants (18%) developed… Read More »
What Is Congress Doing to Address Affordable Senior Housing and Elder Abuse?
Representatives Katie Porter (D-CA) and Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) have introduced legislation that would provide $1.2 billion of relief to the 1.6 million older adults who live in affordable senior housing communities and the providers serving them. McKnight Senior Living’s recent article entitled “Federal legislation tackles affordable senior housing, elder abuse”… Read More »
How Does Planning for a Special Needs Child Work?
Funding a Special Needs Trust is just the start of the planning process for families with a family member who has special needs. Strategically planning how to fund the trust, so the parents and child’s needs are met, is as important as the creation of the SNT, says the article “Funding Strategies for Special… Read More »
New Blood Test May Make Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Easier
Researchers at the University of California – UC San Francisco have analyzed the blood test in more than 300 patients and believe that they will see such a test available in doctor’s offices within five years, according to a press release from The University of California- San Francisco’s entitled “New Blood Test Could Make… Read More »
When Is It Time For My Dad To Give Up The Car Keys?
Because the odds of a fatal crash go up significantly at 70, adult children want to make sure their elderly parents do not become part of those unfortunate statistics. Taking a proactive approach to making certain that a parent or other vulnerable adult is still fit to drive is the key, says AARP in… Read More »