Category Archives: healthcare

Questions to Ask when Enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan

By Mary Jane Stern During 2011 2.8 million baby boomers will turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare and with the different plans available this can become overwhelming when trying to make a decision. Do you just enroll in Original Medicare Part A, Part B and the Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)? Or do you…
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Home Hospice Care – the Long Goodbye

My first exposure to Home Hospice Care was back in the mid 1980’s when a neighbor of mine abandoned his painful attempts to find a cure for his liver cancer and came home to die.  He was only 59 years old and had been more a father to me than my own had ever been.…
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How to Get Organized When Your Elderly Loved Ones Need You

by: Jean Marie Herron It happens to us all; as we age so do our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and other special people in our lives. Even if your family is running smoothly right now it's never too early to plan what to do before a crisis sets in. (more…)
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Keeping Seniors Safe at Home

by: Jeremy Mervin If you have an elderly family member living with you, it is most important that you keep the house safe. The requirements are not very similar to what you will watch for when dealing with a baby, so do not apply the same rules here. Elderly people have many other problems which…
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Medicare 2011 Part D – Reducing Drug Costs

by Mary Jane Stern The 2011 Medicare plan data is now available at http://www.medicare.gov.  Even if you don’t want to change your plan(s), take a few minutes and review what changes your plan may have for 2011.  This might be your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plan - PDP).…
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Aging – Common Ailments of the Elderly

Aging can affect many of the members of the family. As a member of the family grows old, there will be lots of changes in the physical, emotional and mental health of the aging person. Most of our family members are not able to cope up with the sudden change in the behavior of the…
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Pseudodementia in Seniors

by Bob Kohut When most of us come in contact with an elderly senior who seems to be losing their memories and speaking and moving about more slowly than they used to, we often automatically assume that dementia is setting in.  Since most forms of dementia are considered untreatable, we do the best we can…
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Adult Day Care – The Compassionate and Affordable Senior Care Solution

By Inger Rarick Most of us will have to manage the care of an aging loved one at some point in our lifetime. A loved one can need additional care because of a medical condition or complication, a decline in cognitive functioning, or increasing isolation and depression. The responsibilities and challenges can be overwhelming for…
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Home Healthcare Can Help the Mentally Challenged Elderly Feel Safe in Their Own Homes

By Alice Lane Loss of mental acuity among the elderly, known as dementia, can have different symptoms and different causes. The elderly may experience difficulty in performing everyday tasks, feel disoriented and confused, suffer from recent memory loss, show poor judgment and loss of initiative, misplace things, or experience changes in mood, personality, and behavior.…
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