• Survey Uncovers Caregiver Support Needs, Possible Solutions

    Many family caregivers are working caregivers; that is, they have a primary occupation in addition to caring for an aging loved one. Choosing to work while also providing care for an older person in their life comes with specific downsides, as a recent survey of 1,000 working caregivers shows.

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  • What Is the Difference Between Palliative and Hospice Care?

    Palliative care and hospice care can provide comfort to seriously ill patients and patients who have received a prognosis of imminent death. Each type of care is intended to improve the quality of life among patients who receive it. Many people use the terms hospice care and palliative care interchangeably, but there are important distinctions.

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  • 2024 Standard Protections for Spouses of Medicaid Applicants

    Each fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) renews the federal guidelines that seek to protect individuals whose spouses are applying for or receiving Medicaid long-term care benefits.

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  • Deceptive Ads Are Affecting Seniors Seeking Medicare Plans

    Each fall, Medicare advertising intensifies as the open enrollment period for coverage takes place. From October 15 to December 7, seniors nationwide have the option to sign up for a new Medicare plan. With dozens of plan choices available, shopping for Medicare can be overwhelming. 

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  • 10 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Retirement Benefits

    Social Security wasn’t meant to be a primary source of income for retirees when it was first created in 1935. It sought to provide an umbrella of protection for people who couldn’t save enough for retirement. 

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  • Instacart to Help Older Adults Address Food Insecurity

    As of 2021, 5.5 million people aged 60 and older – or about one in 14 older Americans – were struggling with hunger. Instacart plans to start addressing some of the major barriers that seniors face in accessing healthy food.

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  • What Is the Lifeline Program?

    The Lifeline Program is a federal program that works to lower the cost of phone and internet services for low-income American households. With the reduced costs that Lifeline provides its customers, seniors can stay connected on a budget.

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  • When Can Mom Qualify for Medicaid If She Gifts Her Property?

    My brother and I own a property jointly with my elderly mother. She cannot qualify for Medicaid because of it. How long will it take to be able to qualify, if she gifts the property to me (my brother doesn’t have an issue with this), for her to be able to receive skilled nursing home benefits? She has been diagnosed with failure to thrive and cannot perform activities of daily living (ADLs). She lives alone and has a fractured shoulder and peripheral neuropathy.

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