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We recently made time to talk with the representatives with Amada Senior Care to learn what makes their approach to care unique. Amada Senior Care of Central Indiana is family owned and operated. They are experts in navigating and obtaining funding sources for seniors to pay for home care including:... Continue reading
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The prevalence of autism is on the rise in the US. Because the condition first manifests itself before the age of 3, the majority of people receiving new diagnoses are under the age of 6. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of behavioral conditions that include challenges... Continue reading
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What is a Special Needs Trust? In general, a trust is created when property or assets are managed by a person or firm for another person’s benefit. The person or entity who manages the trust is known as the trustee and will be responsible for making decisions in the best... Continue reading
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30 years ago, Congress put in place protections for the savings of married couples using Medicaid. These protections prevent husbands and wives from bankrupting themselves trying to fund care for their loved ones. They originally required states to allow spouses of nursing home residents to maintain a certain amount of... Continue reading
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The silver tsunami of Americans has inspired the technology industry. There are continuous developments and implementations of inventive digital Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that transform the lives of aging adults as well as their caregivers. Each new tech development cycle strives to provide a product that is more robust... Continue reading
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We recently visited with Downsizing Indy to talk about what makes them unique. Here is what they had to say: Downsizing Indy, in operation since 2007, is a division of Indy Real Estate Experts at Century 21 Scheetz that serves Central Indiana. About 90% of their real estate clients are... Continue reading
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With changes in medicine, technology, and socioeconomics, it’s no surprise that assisted living is changing, too. The rising cost of assisted living means that some families are looking to new alternatives, while those who consider traditional assisted living have new options to consider. In-Home Care Alternatives to assisted living include... Continue reading
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become an unlikely and innovative pioneer in the quest to provide cost-effective, quality in-home care for Veterans. Although the agency has long been mired in controversies surrounding its programs, particularly arbitrary caregiver dismissals, the home health services sector of the VA has long... Continue reading
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According to NerdWallet, more than half of Americans apply for social security before reaching their full retirement age, and more than 30 percent of those apply for benefits at 62 years of age. Americans file early for benefits even though researchers claim it would be better to wait to claim... Continue reading
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It is projected by the US Census Bureau that in the year 2050 there will be 458 million Americans of which 92.1 million will be 65 or older. Senior Americans will constitute slightly over 20 percent of the population as a whole if these projections are accurate. By the year... Continue reading
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You have been appointed to help your nephew, Robert, manage his Social Security benefits. In the Social Security system, you’ll be called Robert’s “representative payee.” The situation is similar if you’re appointed to help your elderly father, who has dementia, manage his Veteran’s benefit checks. In the Veterans Administration system,... Continue reading
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There are federal regulatory standards that nursing homes must meet for providing qualified registered nursing staff. According to McKnight’s.com, fully three-quarters of nursing homes seldom meet the federally registered nurse (RN) staffing level guidelines. In particular, on the weekends, nursing homes are often understaffed, or staff is not there at... Continue reading
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Powerful “power of attorney” (POA) documents are essential, if there ever comes a time when you or your elder become unable to manage your finances or make health-care decisions. Beware of Hospital and Internet POAs Beware if you rely only on POAs that hospitals provide, or that you have pulled... Continue reading
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Age comes with wisdom. Unfortunately, it also comes with some forgetfulness. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep the brain sharp, small daily habits which can reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Four key factors in staying mentally sharp are explained below. Exercise Exercise is one such daily... Continue reading
We recently visited with Meadow Brook Senior Living, a Spectrum Retirement Community, to talk about what makes them unique. Here's what they had to say: Meadow Brook Senior Living is a private-pay, all-inclusive facility. They offer assisted living, patient support with daily activities, transitional memory care, and memory care services... Continue reading
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Alzheimer's disease is becoming more prevalent among aging Americans, and there are more aging Americans than ever before. Alzheimer’s disease has three typical biomarkers: plaques of beta-amyloid protein, tangles of tau protein, and loss of connections in the synapses that communicate information between brain cells. Now a simple blood test... Continue reading
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The findings from a ten-year study by the Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA) reports of a link between hearing loss and health risks. The risks include a 50 percent greater risk of dementia, a 40 percent greater risk of developing depression and nearly a 30 percent higher risk... Continue reading
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We recently visited with Senior Check-In to talk about what makes them unique. Here's what they had to say: Senior Check-In is a privately owned senior care company that takes a modern approach to in-home care. When a care team member “checks-in” at a client’s home, the family will receive... Continue reading
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In June, The Hill hosted a Future of Healthcare Summit to address critical issues in healthcare, from the Medicare for All proposals made by Democratic presidential hopefuls to the opioid crisis. Speakers included policymakers, health officials, and industry leaders, on both sides of the aisle. Below are five issues in... Continue reading
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When people marry for the second time (or more), losing assets to pay for their new spouse’s serious illness is probably the last thing on their minds when they say “I do.” But that could happen. Current costs for long-term care facilities can run between $70,000 – $150,000 annually. Studies... Continue reading
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When a family has a child with special needs, the care of that child eventually falls on the shoulders of the entire family. The parents generally care for the child for as long as they are able. However, when the parents begin to age and are unable to care for... Continue reading
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Technology is providing seniors with a multitude of applications to improve their health, lifestyle, safety, and entertainment. While the younger generations may think these older Americans are the equivalent of technology dinosaurs, the truth is mid-life, and older Americans are becoming more digitally connected than ever before. The largest tech... Continue reading
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We recently visited with Caring Transitions, to talk about what makes them unique, this is what they had to say: Caring Transitions is the oldest and most recognized National Franchise in America in their industry. In an unregulated industry, Caring Transitions makes sure anyone who works for them goes through... Continue reading
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It is easy to succumb to the clutches of depression at any stage of life. Life is full of surprises and twists, and not all of them have a positive effect on the psyche. However, once a senior is in the grasp of depression, it is often difficult to find... Continue reading
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The smart personal assistant revolution is moving forward at a breakneck pace. It took approximately 30 years for the cellular telephone to begin outnumbering people on the planet, but smart personal assistants are projected to outnumber humans in half that time by 2021. The technology-research firm Canalys expects 100 million... Continue reading