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Dear OT: Caregiving from a distance has always been a challenge but like everything related to caregiving, it’s now even harder. Getting the help that is needed for older adults at home could remain spotty for some time, depending on people’s locations and the amount of COVID-19 infection present in that locale, but there is hope. Read more →

As people age, they are likely to find that balance issues, arthritis, neurological diseases, and other health problems become a threat to their quality of life. People facing these problems Read more →

Dear Carol: My 93-year-old mother lives alone with significant help from my youngest sister and me but her worsening cognitive ability is dictating changes. We found an assisted living facility (ALF) with memory care near our brother’s home, which is one county over, Read more →

This is the third in an ongoing series of informative Medicare posts courtesy of MedicareFAQ. Did you know that Plan F will go away for new enrollees in 2020 - and premiums skyrocket for those can stay on it? I didn't. I'd suggest reading this article closely before deciding which type of Medicare is right for your parents, your spouse, or you. You will then be able to make an educated decision. - Carol Read more →

Q.What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?  A. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one type of dementia among many, though it is considered to be the most common type. Others include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, Parkinson’s dementia and normal pressure hydrocephalus. People can actually have more than one type of dementia. Read more →

2019 starts a new enrollment period for Medicare Beneficiaries that are currently using Medicare Advantage plans, Open Enrollment Period. This new enrollment period is replacing the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment period that used to run from January 1st to February 14th annually. This new period will give additional freedom to Medicare Beneficiaries that are on Medicare Advantage plans. Read more →

The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) is from October 15th through December 7th, every year. This is the time of year that Medicare Beneficiaries can compare or switch certain Medicare coverage without penalty. During AEP approximately 1 in 5 people with a Medicare Advantage plan will change plans during this time. Plan benefits and costs change annually, so making sure your plan is still the best plan is a smart move. Read more →

Dear Carol: My dad has been in the hospital for open-heart surgery. He's now being discharged and will come home with me until he recovers enough to go back to his home where he lives alone. Long-term, his heart problem should be taken care of, and other than that he’s healthy for his age. What I’m worried about is the discharge process and taking care of him after he comes home. People aren't kept in the hospital very long now so families often have more caregiving to provide than in the past. What questions do I ask when Dad's discharged? How do I make certain that I don’t forget to ask something important? – HF Read more →