Benjamin Franklin said "nothing is certain except death and taxes." Unfortunately, these are not mutually exclusive.
Many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic have created controversy, and nursing home visitation rules have been no exception.
"Family caregiving will become more common. Consider whether your family is prepared for the legal and financial aspects of providing care."
National Family Caregivers Month is an excellent time to recognize the contributions of family caregivers, offer them support and educate society about the unique challenges faced by these caregivers.
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"Around the holiday dinner table we see the faces of people who carried us during difficult times and the people we supported along the way."
"Every now and then, we see a family in our office that is a bit like the family of the guy who did not replace his dry-rotted tires."
"Introspection is an important first step. The parent’s words and actions during an attempt to reestablish contact will be key to the child’s potential acceptance of an olive branch."
"An understanding of this growing social phenomenon is important as our population ages and families struggle with rifts in their relationships."
From Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, Medicare recipients are able to change from Original Medicare (administered by the federal government) to a Medicare Advantage Plan (administered by a private insurance company) or vice versa, switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage …
"Medicare has protections in place to make sure that your OOP costs don’t get out of hand. They’re in the form of a little category in your plan called MOOP."
"People who own savings bonds often ask about how the bonds affect income taxes, the administration of their estate, and public benefits for long-term care."
Whether they’re concerned with affording retirement or love their job, Americans are working later in life. In fact, the percentage of older adults working today is the largest since the creation of Medicare in the 1960s.
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"While a sense of discomfort about death may prevent some people from considering funeral pre-planning, concerns about the cost may be a deterrent to others."
"Pre-planning allows for decisions to be made without the stress of grief and with plenty of time to consider choices."
The latest installment of an elder care journey looks at finances and payments ahead of a parent's death.
"Reading about Bill and Sue’s experiences gives good insight about not only the challenges that regularly occur along an elder care journey, but also what little-known tools and opportunities are sometimes available."
Initiating a conversation with an older driver about his/her driving safety can create feelings of dread for family members.
According to AAA, a typical driver makes 20 decisions per mile and has less than half of a second to respond to changes in the road.
"Age alone cannot be used to determine one’s fitness to drive, since the ability to drive safely is dependent upon cognitive and physical skills, which vary greatly among older adults."
Is it time to step in and take a more active role in your parents’ daily lives?
"There is something like fast food when it comes to legal planning for yourself and your family. There are shortcuts that are convenient but come with undesirable consequences."
This week's column contains a summary of residential care options.
When it comes to care at home, services for individuals living at home differ in scope and cost.