Is “Aging in Place” Right for Me?
Most older adults want to remain in their homes and communities as they age rather than move into assisted living facilities or nursing homes. For those who wish to maintain their independence and continue living at home as they grow older, taking certain steps to protect their physical, mental, and financial welfare is essential. What […]
Affordable Housing Options for Low-Income Older Adults
Safe housing that meets older adults’ needs is essential to healthy aging in communities. Many seniors with low, fixed incomes struggle to balance housing expenses with the costs of health care, transportation, and groceries. Finding inexpensive, safe, and accessible housing can be challenging. However, several affordable housing options are available for low-income older people. […]
Older Adults Lack Information in Search for Long-Term Care
According to a recent national study, nearly a quarter of Americans aged 50 and older say they – or a loved one – needed long-term care in 2022. The findings further suggest that seniors and their caregivers could benefit from more consumer-friendly information and guidance about long-term care services, a need researchers say will grow exponentially […]
Highlights of How the Omnibus Bill Will Benefit Older Adults
The Senate and House have cleared the passage of a year-end $1.7 trillion appropriations bill that will benefit older adults on a number of fronts. The bill, which runs more than 4,000 pages and includes a wide variety of legislation, heads to President Biden next for his signoff. Here is a breakdown of some […]
What Does ‘Geriatric’ Mean, and What Is Geriatric Care?
Long-term care for seniors is always evolving. Geriatric care may be a possible next step for you or your loved one. You may be wondering: What does this type of care entail? Is it any different from the arrangements I have previously made for my aging family member? What does ‘geriatric’ even mean? Keep […]
Do I Need a Professional Patient Advocate?
Individuals experiencing illnesses can benefit from having someone attend appointments with them and support their best interests. Often, close friends or family take on this role. Professional patient advocates, however, can step in when friends or family cannot be at the hospital or a patient prefers having the help of a qualified professional who […]
Keeping Your Emergency Contacts and Medical Information Updated for First Responders
If medical personnel are able to access your medical history during an emergency, it could mean the difference between life and death. But if, for example, you are injured, in shock, suffering from dementia, or are otherwise incapacitated, you may not be able to provide that information yourself. There are several systems readily available […]
Is a Pre Paid Funeral Plan Right for You?
As we get older, and perhaps have to plan a funeral for a loved one ourselves, many people are thinking far ahead and planning and pre-paying for their own funerals. If you have had to go through the process of planning a funeral for a loved one that has passed, you know how difficult it […]
Have you Planned Your Celebration of Life?
Okay so we’re happy you are reading this- we understand there are a million things out there you’d instead be reading- heck doing- other than reading about the importance of planning your funeral. First of all, calling it a “Celebration of Life” makes it less morbid and more comfortable for people to relate to (think […]
The Survivor Assistance Handbook- A Book Review
This compact guide was written by Certified Financial Planner Mark R. Colgan out of his personal experience. He was overwhelmed by a “mountain of financial details” following his own wife’s passing and felt that if he as a financial expert was having difficulty, then other people surely would be as well. While he admits it […]