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Best Gadgets for Older Adults

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We found low and high technology products that users swear by, whether for convenience or because they’ve completely altered the way an older adult lives. Tech products for seniors abound, but how do you find the best for your needs? Figuring out how they work and what they really cost can be a tedious process, […]

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Will Medicaid Take Away Your Home?

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Description of Medicaid Estate Recovery Federal law allows states to recover money spent on behalf of the Medicaid beneficiary after that beneficiary’s death. Recovery concentrates on what Medicaid considers an “estate.” For most purposes, the only estate asset remaining at death is the personal residence. Each state approaches recovery differently. In some states, recovery is […]

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Researchers Find That If You Think You’re Old, You’ll Age Faster

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Researchers Find That If You Think You’re Old, You’ll Age Faster Your attitude towards something can directly affect the outcome. This is known as the self-fulfilling prophecy, where you unknowingly cause an event or outcome to come true simply by expecting or believing that it will happen. If you think you are old, chances are you will […]

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The Portion of Our Lifetime Where the Final Years Are in Sight

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This article uses the term “aging seniors” and “final years of life” frequently. For our purposes, an aging senior is someone who is facing his or her remaining years of life. Perhaps because of frailty or poor health or simply advanced age, this person is anticipating the end-of-life. An aging senior is no longer climbing […]

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Recommended Reading February 2018

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Recommended Reading: Surviving Alzheimers:  Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers By:  Paula Spencer Scott The book recommended by dementia experts and family caregivers as the most complete, practical guide to Alzheimer’s and other dementias—now updated and expanded through end-of-life care. This new edition of Surviving Alzheimer’s offers the best, most current thinking on how to help […]

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How to Solve Hygiene Problems Common to People With Dementia

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How to Solve Hygiene Problems Common to People With Dementia  Odd or frustrating behaviors around clean clothes, bathing, oral care, hairstyling, and shaving seldom come “out of nowhere.” Usually, there’s a trigger, and ways to work around it. Here is some information about possible causes and strategies to overcome common problems. Problem: Wears Same Dirty […]

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6 Things to Consider Getting Rid of Before They Become a Burden for Your Kids

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  After my mother died, it took me nearly two years to clean out her house. Deciding what to let go of was a tedious, sometimes tearful, process. Her Depression-era childhood, nostalgia, and love of pretty things fueled her hoarding and collecting. I experienced a mild sense of guilt about not keeping some items and a […]

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Face the Facts: Topics to Discuss Now with Your Aging Parents (Part 2 of 2)

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As we age and live longer, financial, legal, healthcare and long-term care issues affect families, not just individuals. This guide was created to help families “face the facts” about these important topics. This overview addresses some key areas of concern, suggested questions to ask, and ways in which families might initiate conversations about these often difficult […]

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Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids

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Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids Hearing aids that can cost more than $2,000 apiece are only slightly more effective than some over-the-counter sound-amplification devices that sell for just a few hundred dollars, according to a recent study. The study bolsters legislation pending in Congress, which would have the Food and Drug Administration set regulations for […]

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How to balance your career with the needs of an aging family member

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How to balance your career with the needs of an aging family member Holding a job and caring for a frail or ill older family member at home can be a huge challenge as you attempt to balance competing demands on your time and energy. As our population ages, more families than ever are providing […]

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