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Good News; Alzheimer's Disease Preventable With Healthy Lifestyle.

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Jul 25, 2014 9:43:22 AM


With over 5,000,000 Americans living with Alzheimer's Disease, we always welcome hopeful news when it comes to the subject. Last week at the  Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, research was presented that demonstrated a brain-healthy lifestyle could prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

The study showed individuals could prevent Alzheimer's through lifestyle interventions including:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Social activities
  • Brain training
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Cholesterol monitoring


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Topics: Alzheimer Disease, Healthy Aging

Aging In Place; New Technologies That Can Help

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Jul 22, 2014 10:13:35 AM


As discussed in previous posts, falls are a serious problem as we age and one of the main reasons people lose their independence.

Since most of us desire to remain in our homes and communities as we age (known as aging in place), it is important to address the issue of falling from both a prevention and treatment standpoint.

Today, we take a look at a video that explores the newest technologies aimed at keeping seniors safe at home.



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Topics: Aging in Place, Technology and Long Term Care

Helping More People Age In Place; The CARE Act

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Jul 18, 2014 8:56:03 AM

 


Caregiving is often described as the most rewarding experience a person can have. But along with the rewards are challenges that AARP is attempting to address through the CARE Act.

The CARE (Caregiver Advice, Record, Enable) Act aims to assist the millions of Americans currently caring for loved ones.

The Act's main goal is to help caregivers keep those loved ones out of hospitals or nursing facilities and safe in their homes so that they can age in place for as long as possible.



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Topics: Caregivers, Aging in Place

Should You Buy Long Term Care Insurance ?

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Jul 15, 2014 9:48:37 AM


Our final post in our series on how to pay for long term care (LTC) will focus on the topic of whether or not to buy long term care insurance (LTCI).

If you found in reading the previous posts that neither of the first two options, relying on Medicaid or self-insuring, were right for your circumstances, LTCI might fit your long term care planning needs.



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Topics: Long Term Care Insurance, Long Term Care Planning

How To Pay For Long Term Care; Self-Insuring

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Jul 11, 2014 10:14:15 AM


Today, we will continue our series on how to pay for long term care (LTC) by looking at the option of self-insuring.

If, after reading our last postyou have determined that you are among the majority who will not financially qualify for Medicaid, you will need to decide whether it makes sense to pay for your care, should you need it, out of pocket.

There are some simple questions that can help you determine if you are financially able to cover the cost of care on your own.



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Topics: Long Term Care Planning, Cost of LTC

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