What is Long Term Care Insurance?

November 9, 2017 — My parents purchased a long term care insurance policy some years back. My father is in the hospital and my mother is worried about being able to care for him. I know Medicare will help with physical therapy, nurses’ visits, occupational therapy, speech therapy and/or a social worker for several weeks after discharge but know... Read More

Unlocking Memories: The Use of Reminiscence Therapy

October 6, 2017 — Have you ever noticed that a particular scent could bring forth a rush of vivid memories? The smell of cookies baking might remind you of spending time at your grandmother’s house when you were a small child or a piece of jeweler given to you by a loved one evokes feel-good memories every time you... Read More

Starting the Conversation: Caring for Your Loved Ones

September 11, 2017 — When I was growing up my mom always said “you need to make a lot of money so you can take care of me when I’m old.” As a child, it went in one ear and out the other. I now understand and one day might be telling my children the same. Within our line... Read More

Medicaid at Risk – Should I Care?

July 26, 2017 — When Margaret fell for the second time in two years breaking her other hip, she was unable at 86 to remain at home any longer. Her ability to walk, get up or down and take care of her every day needs was so diminished that once she completed the rehabilitation in the skilled nursing facility,... Read More

Changing the Conversation: Ageism

June 27, 2017 — Free samples allure us often; it might be down the Costco aisle, a popular television commercial, an ad on social media, or at popular events. At a recent fair I attended, I received a free sample of “anti-aging” products, along with other older adults, who were hooked by the spiel. Normally I would have declined,... Read More

Alcohol & the Older Adult

June 13, 2017 — Alcohol has quite the history and not all of it is filled with kittens and puppy dog tails.  In the 1920’s Congress submitted the 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors, for state ratification.  Many citizens hated alcohol due to car accidents, addiction, using too much wheat, a decrease in... Read More

How Can An Older Adult Afford Home Care These Days?

May 12, 2017 — Mrs. Jenkins is an active older adult in the community. She volunteers at the senior center, drives her neighbors to medical appointments, and was her husband’s primary care giver until his passing. Mrs. Jenkins is on a limited income, does not have long term care insurance, and recently suffered a stroke. In order for her... Read More

Autism—The Latest Research

April 7, 2017 — Johnny has been diagnosed with autism. He is 12 years old and non-verbal. Mom and Dad are exhausted because Johnny is not sleeping at night. Johnny regularly goes to school and has one on one help with his studies because he is struggling. Paisley is also 12 years old and has been diagnosed as autistic.... Read More

A Day for Both of You – It’s Called Respite

March 10, 2017 — Your spouse has memory difficulties. It may be Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. You just know that you need some time for yourself. You feel “attached at the hip” and are feeling burdened, tired, and angry. There is little he can do on his own. What can you do? Hire someone to come... Read More

How to Choose Help When It’s Time

March 10, 2017 — Driving home after visiting her mother, Lisa knew if her mother was to continuing to live by herself, she would need some help. Fiercely independent all of her life, she’ll say she’s “just fine” but now at 82 she could see a difference. Lisa wants to honor her mother’s wishes to stay at home but... Read More