More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. This video by the Alzheimer's Association offers the most up to date facts and figures about this chronic disease. The statistics are chilling, especially when you factor in the emotional and economic impact. These facts drive home the need to start planning for future care needs immediately after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
Beginning April 2018, Medicare will begin the year-long process of issuing new Medicare cards. The new card will have a unique Medicare number listed, not your social security number. You will NOT have to do anything to receive this new card. This change will encourage scammers to try new tactics. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from Medicare asking you to confirm your social security number for the new card, it is a scam. If you receive a call telling you
We're excited to announce that Kim Kimbrough and Bayli Fields have co-authored a book that shows families how to protect family assets from devastating nursing home costs. Medicaid Secrets costs $49 and is available from Kimbrough Law. The new book addresses the sobering reality that aging, disability, or chronic illness often creates the need for long-term care that can lead to a family’s financial ruin. “Nursing home expenses—which now average nearly $100,000 per year—have
As you and those you love get older, changes in health—including vision, hearing, and reflexes—may affect driving skills. If you are worried about a family member or friend putting themselves or others at risk on the road, this infographic from the National Institute on Aging will offer some useful tips.
“This is no ordinary yellow pie plate. This actually belonged to my great-grandmother who spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her daughters baking pies. The tradition of baking pies has continued on through the generations and the yellow pie plate is always on the table at family gatherings. The pie plate holds a lot of special memories for my family. Who gets Grandma’s yellow pie plate when she dies?” - Andrea Most people have personal belongings such as wedding photogra
Your dad is ill and no longer drives so you assume that he doesn’t need to renew his driver’s license. That may be true, but you may want to make sure that he still has some form of identification. There may be several reasons why you will want your parent to have a valid ID. Identification is required just about everywhere you go these days. It will be required at the airport, and although you may think it unlikely that your parent will travel anywhere again, you just never
National Sleep Awareness Month is a good time to think about the sleep deprivation that so many caregivers experience. Elder Care Coordinator Bre Simmons offers some sobering facts about caregiver sleep deprivation and offers tips that may help you get a better night's rest.
Is it time to have “the talk” with dad? The one you’ve been putting off for months because you know it will erupt into an argument? Explaining to a parent that you think he or she should no longer drive is one of the most difficult topics you will ever have to tackle. The topic of driving is often not addressed by family members because they don’t want to have a battle and create bad feelings with their loved one. They may not know how to address it, and sometimes not all fam