When Your Parents Refuse Caregiving Help

When you were at your folks' house for the holiday, did you see red flags that indicate your parents aren’t doing as well at home as they used to? Are they falling behind on housekeeping tasks? Is it difficult for them to get to appointments or run errands? Are you afraid they’ll fall in the bathroom? If this is the case, it seems logical that the next step is to suggest they need help. There are several companies available that can assist with a variety of household tasks. You tell your parents that you’ll make some phone calls and will arrange to have caregivers come in three times a week. They can sit back in their golden years and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything is take

Will You End Up an Elder Orphan?

Have you heard the term elder orphan? It’s a term that’s been coined in recent years to describe the growing number of older Americans who don’t have a spouse or children. Some people may be an elder orphan because their spouse has died, or they may have been single all their life. According to a study conducted in 2016, about 22% of people in the United States fall into this category or are at risk of doing so in the future. Elder orphans may have a range of concerns and unique needs as they age. Some of these may include finding appropriate housing, struggling with medical conditions, maintaining financial independence, meeting basic needs, dealing with depression and anxiety, and combatti

Preparing for the Financial Reality of Widowhood

It’s a well-known fact that women outlive men. According to the National Center for Life Expectancy, women live an average of 81.1 years while men live an average of 76.1 years. Married women, therefore, can expect to live a full five years longer than their spouse. What happens financially during the five years of widowhood? Many women will be in for a financial shock because they are not involved in their household finances during the time that they are married. Money can be a touchy subject for many couples especially for older generations where men have traditionally “provided for the family” and women stayed at home. A survey by Merrill Lynch and Wave Age found that only 14% of women we

2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part A. Each year the Medicare premiums, deductibles, and copayment rates are adjusted according to the Social Security Act. For 2020, the Medicare Part B monthly premiums and the annual deductible are higher than the 2019 amounts. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B

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