Medicaid: It’s Not Blanket Coverage!

  People tend to think of Medicare and Medicaid in a single breath, like peanut butter and jelly. But the two programs, while complementary, address distinct aspects of senior health care and finances. And neither of them offers blanket coverage for assisted living, despite this common misconception. Medicare, examined in detail in a previous post, …

Senior Finance Tips: 16 Experts Share Tips On The Biggest Financial Mistakes Families Make When Planning For Elder Care

When it comes to making financial plans for elder care, the unfortunate truth is that the vast majority of families are extremely unprepared. Whether it’s because many families are too preoccupied with the emotional changes that come with preparing for elder care to then make sufficient financial plans, or because many families’ need for senior …

Misconceptions About Aging: 4 Important Issues

Don’t let incorrect assumptions hinder the help you offer to aging relatives in their emotional and financial affairs. As family members age – whether they are spouses, partners, parents or other relatives — those who help manage their affairs want to act with their best interests in mind. But even with the greatest of intentions, …

Train your brain to combat stress

by Gina Roberts-Grey You know that feeling when you’re too mentally exhausted to think straight? Not only can it be problematic because it leaves you feeling frazzled and unable to remember what you need at the grocery store or where you left the car keys, mental exhaustion is toxic, too. A tired, overwrought brain can …

The Most Popular Home Improvements Among Seniors and Retirees

According to a 2012 AARP report, nearly 90% of people aged 65 and older wish to remain in their own homes as long as they are able. The report also showed that 80% of older Americans are committed to staying in place while they age. Finally, about 25% of the respondents plan to make modifications to …

The Older Americans Act: How It Serves Seniors Today

For most of human history, “aging” wasn’t a hot topic. In the Iron and Bronze Ages, people didn’t live past their twenties. By 1900, the average lifespan was still under 50 years in the United States. We worked, raised a family, and died. Over the past century, a combination of sanitation, improved living conditions and …

Adult Foster Care, Perhaps a Good Option for Your Loved Ones

Is Adult Foster Care a Humane Option? First you need to know what it is. Adult foster care (AFC) is the equivalent of you caring for and engaging your loved one, except with AFC, professionals are doing it. Often, children find it is difficult to fully care for their parents or their grandparents due to …

What Are IADLs or the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living?

IADLs or the Instrument Activities of Daily Living are more complex than the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) needed for basic unassisted living and go a long way in improving the quality of life in elders. Definition of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) The Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs or the Instrumental ADLs) …

Assisted Living with Pets: A Doggone Purrrfect Match!

Seniors who have pets may think of Fluffy or Fido as another grandchild, and treat their cat or dog accordingly. So while a move to assisted living may be warranted in terms of health or mobility, they may balk if it means saying farewell to their beloved canine or feline friend. Unless they can make …

The Walpan Residence: Refined Retirement Living

  What could be finer than retiring to a charming, turn-of-the-century colonial on a quiet, residential street? Not having to worry about the upkeep — or preparing your own meals! Since 1963, The Walpan Residence in Montclair, New Jersey, has offered seniors elegant independent living in a luxurious, family-like atmosphere designed to provide all the …

Caregivers and Finances: How to Make Ends Meet While Providing Care for a Loved One

Caregivers want their loved ones to be as comfortable, happy, and healthy as possible. That’s why, when people decide to provide care for a family member, they find themselves putting their loved one’s needs ahead of their own. This often means that caregivers make professional and personal sacrifices while providing attentive, loving support for others. In …

The Plaza at Clover Lake Assisted Living Facility in Carmel, NY

Imagine living in lush grandeur, with acres of beautiful gardens that someone else lovingly tends for you — even your own private lake! You’ve just described The Plaza at Clover Lake, a deluxe senior living community that offers both independent and assisted living with superb quality of life. Located on 135 acres in scenic Carmel, …

How to Choose Assisted Living for Someone with Disabilities

Here’s a startling statistic: by 2020, the number of seniors is projected to outnumber children worldwide. By 2050, one-fifth of the total U.S. population will be 65+. Those 85 or older will be the fastest-growing segment over the next few decades. For many elders, life on a day-to-day basis is challenging. More than half of …

5 Tips for Downsizing in Your 50s, 60s, and Beyond

This article is a contribution from our friends at ABODO.  Retired Americans are downsizing. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, 27% of all American renters are over 55, and they accounted for 44% of renter growth from 2005 to 2016. Whether you’re moving closer to the city, switching to a smaller, easier-to-maintain house, …

4 Decorating Tips for Assisted Living Apartments: Family Photos, Hobbies, and More

This is a guest contribution from our friends at ABODO.  As Americans age, maintaining a home can be a burden, especially if you have health issues. That’s why many people choose assisted living communities for their retirement years. Such facilities help seniors maintain independence while also lessening the burdens of maintaining a household. They also …