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Memory Loss: When to be Worried and How to Help

When keys are so easy to lose, there’s no need to panic when you or your elderly loved one misplaces them. The same goes for forgetting names or mixing up words. Everyone can forget an appointment, forget that one word “on the tip of their tongue” or become easily distracted. But for the 5.5 million Americans inflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, others affected by one of the 70 types of dementia and the families that love them, these signs of memory loss may trigger significant worry. There is a difference between normal age-related memory loss and serious memory impairment. As we…

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Out-of-Pocket Spending for Senior Care: The Harsh Reality

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“Three out of four Americans aged 40 years and older are not confident they will have the financial resources to pay for any needed care as they age,” according to the Scan Foundation. Up against the hundreds of thousands of dollars that long-term care can cost, it is no wonder Americans lack confidence when racking their brains for ways to pay for care. Perhaps the first solution that comes to mind is to pay for the cost of long-term care out of your own pocket. You don’t have to be a well-off, retired millionaire to consider this option. Many middle-income…

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Get to Know the Professionals in Your Senior Support Network

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Surrounding yourself with support is a no-brainer, for every person of any age. Supportive people can have roles ranging from beloved family to peers, friends, colleagues, mentors and others. But as we age, the ideal senior support network spreads even more to include important professionals who specialize in specific areas of senior service. The professionals in your senior support network include skilled and unskilled workers in healthcare, social services, elder law and insurance. This article introduces some of the important professionals from these fields that you may have to interact with regularly, and explains their role in supporting seniors. Knowing the…

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End-of-Life Peace of Mind: Family Tools for Hospice

When Juanita, an Amada Senior Care caregiver from Western Massachusetts, arrived to provide hospice care for Becky Robirds* in her family home, she could not help but notice the house’s decoration. Juanita saw rosaries everywhere, in every room of Becky’s home. She guessed that the Robirds family was devoutly Catholic. She knew upon arrival that Becky’s passing would greatly affect everyone spiritually. Sensing this, Juanita took it upon herself to become Becky’s guardian angel. “I told her family about an app I have on my phone,” Juanita remembered, “I asked if it would be ok to sit beside Becky and…

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Bridging Long-Term Care with Estate Planning: The Basics

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As senior loved ones age, many families face challenging decisions regarding care. Frequently, these decisions involve both estate planning and long-term care. This article is meant to provide a basic framework of knowledge to prepare for some of the more difficult estate planning challenges that occur in conjunction with a senior’s need for long-term care. Long-term care and estate planning are necessary for senior citizens who wish to age and pass as comfortably as possible, while minimizing the negative impact of their passing on their families. Well-planned long-term care removes the burden of caregiving from relatives and ensures seniors get…

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