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Senior Care for Veterans: The Aid and Attendance Benefit

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If you think you or someone you know may be eligible for Veteran’s Benefits to pay for home care, visit this locations list to contact an Amada Senior Care advisor near you. As of 2010, the total number of Americans over the age of 65 was about 40.2 million. Of that population, more than 10 million consisted of war veterans, their surviving spouses or both. This means that 25 percent of Americans over the age of 65 may be eligible to receive a VA Pension, such as the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit. Receiving the pension ultimately depends on income,…

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Medicare: Know Your Options

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Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is October 15th through December 7th. During this window, seniors can change their existing Medicare plans and prescription drug coverage to better meet their needs for the upcoming year. It’s important for seniors to review their plans for any changes in cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. Choosing the best plan begins with understanding what is offered and finding a balance between out-of-pocket costs and an affordable monthly payment. To begin, one needs to understand the basics of Medicare and how all the parts work. (sources: Medicare.gov, cms.gov) Part A (Original…

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Avoiding Senior Identity Theft and Financial Scams

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Each year, more than 12 million Americans have their identities stolen. Of all identity theft victims, the senior population is the biggest demographic affected. According to the 2014 annual report from the Federal Trade Commission, 36 percent of all identity theft victims were 50 or older. The same report stated that 49 percent of the mature market are victims of fraud. The average cost to each identity theft victim is $1,500, but this can be much more depending on what type of theft has taken place. Victims spend an average of 12 hours per incident resolving identity fraud, and the…

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Cognitive Decline in Seniors: Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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A recent study from the Global Burden of Disease found that between 1990 and 2013, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of dementia-related deaths and years lived with disability due to dementia. Currently, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050. In 2015 Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cost the United States $226 billion. “In less than a quarter of a century we have seen a staggering increase in the number of people living with dementia globally,” said Dr. James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s…

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Resolving Sibling Disagreements over Parents’ Care

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Taking care of an aging parent alone is not an easy task for an adult child. With the amount of medical, financial and emotionally sensitive decisions that need to be made, it can be a complicated process. Having adult siblings around to help can make the situation even more complex. Even though they can be very helpful and offer much needed support, the added family dynamics can cause stress and the caregiving process will often cause riffs between siblings. Facing the reality that an aging parent needs care can be an emotionally overwhelming process, and how each sibling’s unique personality…

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