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Aging Well – “Old Gray Hair Mary”

Aging Well Old Gray Hair Mary By Guest Blogger Valerie Hopson-Bell What’s wrong with gray hair, wrinkles and the presence of “crow’s feet”? Nothing! These are signs of aging, but also a sign of living. Nowadays people are choosing to use plastic surgery and treatments like Botox and Human Growth Hormone Replacement therapy to […]
March 13, 2019 |

Long-Term Care: What is it Really?

Long-Term Care: What is it Really? By Guest Blogger Valerie Hopson-Bell For many years when the term long-term care was mentioned, it referred to placing your loved one in a nursing home.  Not anymore.  Long-term care refers to a “lifestyle” of sorts for those needing more assistance.  It still means living indefinitely […]
January 11, 2019 |

When You Can’t Go It Alone, Try a Geriatric Care Manager

When You Can’t Go It Alone, Try a Geriatric Care Manager By Guest Blogger, Valerie Hopson-Bell Every year, May is “Older Americans Month” and now, also “Geriatric Care Management Month”.  It only makes sense that the two would fall together. A good geriatric care manager can help seniors through every aspect of the […]
December 11, 2018 |

Navigating The Medicare Maze

Navigating Through the Maze of Medicare By Guest Blogger, Valerie Hopson-Bell Oftentimes I am asked, “Why did they make Medicare so difficult to understand?”  My set answer is, “I don’t know, they (the government) have never asked my opinion in developing these policies.”  I have concentrated my time on trying to understand […]
November 11, 2018 |

What Kind of Boomer Are You?

The Boomers … Baby boomers, or those born between 1946 and 1964, make up nearly 30% of the U.S. population. With this group reaching retirement age, new concerns are emerging when it comes to planning for retirement and long-term care. What kind of Baby Boomer are you? Recently, 3,300 respondents participated in […]
October 13, 2018 |

Medicare’s “Extra Help Program” May Provide as Much as $4,000 to Assist With Prescription Drug Costs

As health care costs continue to rise, many individuals wonder if they will be able to buy groceries and get the prescriptions they need. Thankfully, Medicare understands this is a problem facing many seniors in our country today and has created the Extra Help program. This program doesn’t replace Medicare prescription drug coverage, but supplements it and covers costs associated with monthly premiums for this coverage, the annual deductibles and any co-payments required for the prescriptions. It is estimated that the program is worth approximately $4,000 each year.
September 11, 2018 |

Considering A Move To Assisted Living?

Ask a senior citizen what they want most, and many will state they wish to make their own decisions concerning every aspect of their life. Allowing them to do so can be hard on children, especially when the children see their parents need extra help. If you find your parent wishes to stay in their own home, but you are worried about their safety, assisted living may be a compromise you can agree on. With this option, your parent retains some independence, yet can have assistance when needed.
August 14, 2018 |

Questions To Ask When Comparing In-Home Care Agencies

Many companies now claim they offer in-home care for seniors. Turn on the TV and you’ll likely see an ad for one of these agencies. It’s easy to pick up the phone and call a company that advertises on TV, but is this the right choice for your loved one? Don’t assume these companies are reputable simply because they are everywhere you turn. Following are seven questions you should ask of any company you or a loved one are considering using for in-home care.
July 16, 2018 |

Senior Moments and Alzheimer’s: Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

senior-moment Everyone forgets something at times. It may be where they put their car keys, a phone number they have known for years or what time an appointment is. This happens to people of all ages, not simply seniors. The elderly, however, often worry when this occurs and wonder if they are showing the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Here are five questions to ask your doctor if you are concerned about forgetfulness.
June 16, 2018 |
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