News and Views from LTC Connects

Addressing The Long Term Care Crisis; The Village Movement

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Oct 22, 2014 9:57:00 AM


Take a look at some of the statistics and you will realize that long term care has the potential to become a true crisis in our country:

  • There are approximately 40 million Americans over the age of 65.
  • The current estimate is that almost 75% of those people will require long term care at some point.
  • Few Americans have planned for long term care; only 7% own a long term care insurance policy, and few can afford to self-insure.
  • Medicare does not cover long term care (LTC) services excepted in very limited circumstances and time frames.
  • Medicaid, which does cover LTC, is for the poor, and most do not qualify for it.

The good news, there are solutions to the long term care crisis, and grassroots activists are leading the way.



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Topics: Caregivers, Long Term Care Planning, Aging in Place

Buying Long Term Care Insurance; Forgo Your Latte For Coverage?

Posted by Curt Horowitz on Oct 18, 2014 9:57:00 AM


Would you trade your morning Starbuck’s latte for the opportunity to secure long term care insurance (LTCI) coverage?

A study released last month suggests almost 3 out of 4 American would take that deal. 

The question's premise is the average cost of a month of daily lattes ($130) over a year ($1,560); enough to fund a "meaningful LTCI policy" (Source: Genworth).

Put that way, to many who in the past have disregarded coverage due to cost, addressing the risk of long term care through insurance seems within reach.



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Topics: Long Term Care Insurance, Long Term Care Planning

National Aging In Place Week; Free E-book

Posted by Curt Horowitz on Oct 15, 2014 9:43:00 AM


In honor of National Aging In Place Week, we are releasing our updated version of our popular e-book, "Aging in Place." 

Our ebook is one of our contributions to the effort to assist more seniors to remain in their homes as they age.

We have added a chapter on universal design principles in order to assist you as you create your aging in place plan.



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Topics: LTCI Resources, Aging in Place

National Aging In Place Week 2014

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Oct 13, 2014 9:39:00 AM


October 13-19 is National Aging in Place Week; a week to celebrate seniors and those who support them.

National Aging in Place Week is an annual event aimed at expanding awareness of the Aging in Place movement; collective efforts at helping seniors remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

Today, about events in your area and read more on the topics surrounding Aging in Place.



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Topics: Aging in Place, Aging in Place Technology

Technologies For Aging In Place; Trends And Advancements

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Oct 9, 2014 9:45:00 AM


In 2010, on the eve of the first of the baby boomers turning 65, the number of U.S. residents over 65 was 13% of the population.Flash forward 20-40 years; in 2030 more than 20 percent of U.S. residents are projected to be age 65 or older, and 2050, that number is expected to almost double.

Add a longer life span to the rapid aging of America and the demand for supports in the areas of healthcare and daily living will also continue to rise. One trend addressing this coming need is in the field of aging in place technology.

Technical advances are enabling more devices aimed at helping seniors age in place including:

  •     PERS (personal emergency response systems).
  •     Medication management.
  •     Home sensors.
  •     GPS locators.

Let’s take a look at each of these technologies for aging in place and see how they can help you stay independent and safely in your home and community for as long as possible. 



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Topics: Alzheimer Disease, Aging in Place, Aging in Place Technology

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