News and Views from LTC Connects

Home Design And Modifications For Aging In Place

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Aug 29, 2014 8:48:39 AM

Andrea and Ted Heid were ready for a change. Seeing visiting family members unable to negotiate their multilevel home in Eugene, Oregon, due to aging-related limitations was the catalyst.

The couple decided to build a home that would not only accommodate their senior relatives, but also serve as a home in which they could age in place as the years passed.

With our country’s population greying rapidly, and the desire of most to remain in their own homes and communities as they age, it is important to address design and home modifications for aging in place before the need arises.

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Topics: Aging in Place

The Seven Stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Aug 27, 2014 9:01:09 AM

Alzheimer’s Disease is progressive with symptoms increasing in number and severity over time. For those who have been diagnosed with the disease or have loved ones who have, it is important to be able to anticipate the changes that lie ahead.

Knowing what to expect can help in not only the acceptance of the disease but can also help in the planning process. Questions an understanding of the seven stages can help answer include:

  • What behavior changes can we expect?
  • When will family need to step in to help in daily activities?
  • When will outside help and long term care (LTC) likely be needed?

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Topics: Alzheimer Disease, Long Term Care Planning

Turning 65? What You Need To Know About Medicare And Long Term Care.

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Aug 25, 2014 10:28:12 AM

There are 8,000 Americans who become eligible for Medicare every day. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the program.

So, for our readers who will be blowing out 65 candles in the near future (or for those who want to plan ahead), here’s a great slideshow you need to see.

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Topics: Medicare, Long Term Care Planning

Aging In Place; Innovative Housing Arrangements

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Aug 21, 2014 9:43:00 AM

Remember the Golden Girls? Well, that living arrangement of single or widowed people living in a home, sharing a kitchen and common areas, was not only a great premise for a sit-com, it is increasingly happening in real-life.

Most seniors want to remain independent, socially engaged, and out of nursing homes. In an effort to realize this goal, innovative housing solutions are becoming more common including:

  • Co-housing.
  • Home sharing.
  • The village model.

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Topics: Aging in Place

Updated! Rating The Best Long Term Care Insurance Companies

Posted by Linda Horowitz on Aug 19, 2014 9:07:00 AM

We are often asked what the best long term care insurance companies are. When choosing the long term care insurance companies we recommend we take several factors into consideration including:

  • Ratings
  • Underwriting
  • Claims performance
  • Years selling long term care insurance (LTCI)

We’ve discussed these factors in previous posts (see here, here, and here). Today, we will look at the most-current ratings (as of August 2014) of the insurance companies we recommend.

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Topics: Long Term Care Insurance

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