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We had the opportunity to speak with representatives from Heartland Home Health and Hospice, the Indiana affiliate, to learn more about the clients they serve and services they provide. The mission of Heartland Home Health and Hospice is: "Our Heart Stretches Across the Nation." Their goal? To provide comfort care... Continue reading
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We recently met with Ryan Keys, Executive Director of Epilepsy Foundation Indiana, the local chapter headquartered in Indianapolis, to learn more about the organization. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures,... Continue reading
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We recently visited with Linda’s Daughter, an Indianapolis-based service offering end-to-end senior moving management and aging-in-place services. Linda’s Daughter takes an empathetic approach while working with seniors. Understanding the client’s goals and fears is their top priority. Once the client's goals are known, the team at Linda's Daughter works to... Continue reading
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JDog Junk Removal & Hauling recently sat down with our Medicaid Paralegal, Lisa Burris to share about their business and how their services may still be utilized - even during a current global pandemic. This junk removal and hauling company specializes in estate clean outs, clean outs due to hoarding,... Continue reading
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Photograph by Drew Angerer/Getty Images If you haven’t heard of the Secure Act, you may want to sit down, and don’t worry about stretching first, because you aren’t allowed to "stretch" anymore. As of January 1, 2020, the Secure Act has drastically changed the way your Qualified Retirement Plans (think... Continue reading
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Congress has passed a bipartisan appropriations bill. In the contents of this spending bill is a piece of legislation known as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE), the first significant change in retirement legislation since the Pension Protection Act in 2006. The President signed the Act... Continue reading
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Caring for a seriously ill spouse can trigger relationship challenges. In the process of change, you can lose your best friend, your love, and your future as you both had imagined it. Promises will change from words spoken in oath on your wedding day to deeds of care in your... Continue reading
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Although it can be useful to have another party available to keep track of bills when you’re sick or away, adding a child’s name to a bank account may be more of a hassle than it’s worth. Doing so may have unintended consequences for both you and the child. First... Continue reading
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The internet of things (IoT) is responsible for many conveniences via embedded electronic devices, and many seniors are making use of these technologies. It is becoming increasingly common for everyday items like refrigerators, thermostats, and doorbells to be internet-connected making our homes and personal information subject to hacking. A hacker... Continue reading
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Federal spousal impoverishment protections were set to lapse in March 2019. Two bills were proposed to deal with that issue. H.R. 1343 is still sitting in the House, but H.R. 3253 was enacted on August 6, 2019. H.R. 1343, or the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act, would have made... Continue reading
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In the United States, turning 65 years of age is a milestone on many levels, but before this birthday, there is a hefty checklist that you need to address to continue aging successfully. Overall the most crucial thing to do before turning 65 is to invest your time wisely crafting... Continue reading
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As Gen Xers enter into their 40s and 50s, it is time for them to become active in the creation and execution of their retirement planning. There are many things to consider, including finances, investments, insurance policies, legal documents, living arrangements, and healthcare. It is advisable to make a detailed... Continue reading
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Health experts have been advising people for years about unhealthy habits being the cause of "lifestyle" diseases that are increasing across the US. These lifestyle diseases become more common with age and include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and Alzheimer's disease. Around the globe, these diseases account for... Continue reading
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It is essential to bring up a parent's aging expectations and set goals together even though initial discussions may be uncomfortable. Often, an exploration into a parent’s future thoughts about health, finances, and residential plans can make the difference between reacting to a crisis or following an established plan that... Continue reading
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When the US federal government established its social insurance program on August 14, 1935, its purpose was to provide retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. Since that time, in part due to the disappearance of extended family networks, an increase in population, and a profound increase in life expectancy, it has... Continue reading
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Wait, what's going on? Late last year, an alert was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. This alert was about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. The scam is perpetrated on the Medicare system at large and individual level. The warning? Medicare... Continue reading
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For care providers and aging seniors in the information age, the future is now. Although not perfect, the adoption of virtual care as a standard in senior living and aging services is growing. For more than a decade virtual care techniques have been in use in senior living care. While... Continue reading
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Concerns about your memory or that of a loved one should never be ignored. There are many resources available through a simple internet search, and professional associations that provide education and guidance through a maze of questions you may have regarding how to approach someone you suspect may be experiencing... Continue reading
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When we think of shopping, there are certain risks that are always a possibility. Unfortunately, seniors are often more vulnerable to these risks. The holiday season often brings with it criminals who are targeting shoppers, both in stores and online. Below are some tips to help senior shoppers stay safe... Continue reading
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During the Vietnam War (1962-1975), the United States military, as well as the Republic of Vietnam, used defoliants for tactical purposes to reduce cover for enemy forces, improve perimeter visibility of military installations, and even to kill enemy food crops. Agent Orange is the most infamous of the tactical herbicides... Continue reading
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If you have an elderly family member or friend living in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, it is imperative that you stay attuned to the signs of abuse to your loved one. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports the most common types of abuse include physical (29%),... Continue reading
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Kiplinger.com is suggesting it is time to rethink your financial retirement portfolio. You may have built up a significant nest egg in a 401(k) plan, but it does come with serious baggage during your golden years. It is impossible to argue against the early stages of a 401(k) when employers... Continue reading
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Suppose your mother can no longer make decisions for herself and she now needs nursing-home care. You are stressed and anxious. The nursing home puts a twenty-page, single-spaced contract in front of you. You wish you could flip straight to the last page and sign then and there, just to... Continue reading
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Master plans for inter-generational community living models are changing the shape of the aging experience from the ages of 8 up to 80 years of age and beyond. Dubbed “new urbanism” it is the belief that a living environment with high standards can have a positive effect on the quality... Continue reading
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Jerry’s mother Jane decided, on her own, that it was time to move into an assisted-living facility. Jane’s arthritis had worsened to the point where she couldn’t dress herself, she struggled to get in and out of the shower, and she was lonely living by herself. Jane did very well... Continue reading