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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 →


An ongoing concern for many older adults, as well as their adult children, is whether they really need to pay for the services of an attorney when planning for their finances and health care in old age. This is a valid question, and people of modest means often feel that they can’t afford an attorney. However, the reality is that many elder care problems faced by families can be avoided by consulting an attorney before their loved one needs any form of care. Read more →


Many people have heard of hospice care but they mistakenly think that it’s just a way to help cancer patients be more comfortable at the end of their lives. Fewer people have heard of palliative care, and they may have no idea what it is. The truth is that hospice and palliative care are related but used for different reasons at different times, and everyone should be well-versed in what they offer. Here, we’ll clarify some points of confusion. Read more →


Dear Readers: Throughout the decade that I’ve been answering questions about aging and caregiving I’ve been continually unsatisfied with the need to refer seniors and caregivers to multiple websites when assisting them in finding resource information. The recent White House Conference on Aging has now launched a one stop link to resources Read more →


In Part 1 of this post, I'll focus on an enormously helpful new tool for caregivers and aging adults. In Part 2, I’ll give you a taste of some of the other issues related to caregiving that were discussed at the conference. Read more →