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Changes to Social Security Will Smooth Out the Process for Disability Benefits Recipients

Changes to Social Security Will Smooth Out the Process for Disability Benefits Recipients

By Paisley Hansen on July 11th, 2014

During the past year, there have been changes to Social Security that will affect current and future recipients of social security disability benefits. Many of those changes are administrative, and some may alter the process of applying for benefits. Still other changes are intended to improve the process of securing employment for persons with documented disabilities. To avoid unexpected interruptions in benefit payments and to learn about new resources available to them, all disability benefits recipients or their advocates are encouraged to read about these changes in detail.

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Assisted Living Costs – 10 Things Seniors Need to Know

Assisted Living Costs – 10 Things Seniors Need to Know

By Christina Morales on July 10th, 2014

I once heard a joke that it is cheaper to take a cruise than to live in an assisted living facility. Out of curiosity, I had to look it up. Are you ready for the answer? It’s not true! The average per passenger per day cruise for 2013 is projected to be $200.85 while the average assisted living costs across the nation is $110 per day. (Now a single occupancy room for one person in a nursing home averages $222 per day, so book that cruise… just kidding!) All joking aside, [assisted living facilities](https://www.openplacement.com/assisted-living-facilities) are quite steep and cause much anxiety among seniors.

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Alzheimers Caregiving - There's An App For That

Alzheimers Caregiving - There's An App For That

By Alzheimer's Association on July 9th, 2014

Alzheimers Caregiving is very important and there are hundreds of applications available to help both those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregiving community. The trick is to wade through them all! But help is on the way. Here’s a list of some apps that have either received high ratings from users, or have been positively referenced on Alzheimer’s or other caregiving-focused sites. We haven’t personally evaluated any of these, nor can we formally recommend them.  Many are free, however, so worth exploring. Some will be more appropriate in certain stages of the disease. Most are available on the iPad; all are available through the iTunes apps store.

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Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC)

Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Lara Baez on July 7th, 2014

The Senior Care Scorecard aka "The Long Term Scorecard" is a collaborative study done by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Scan Foundation. Its results form multidimensional state scorecards on long-term services and supports for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and family caregivers. California has the 8th largest economy in the world–but you might be surprised how it measures up against the top states for Long Term Care.

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Andy Cohen of Caring.com, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer

Andy Cohen of Caring.com, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer

By Lara Baez on July 1st, 2014

Caring.com was founded in 2007, and quickly became a leading online destination for those seeking information and support as they are caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones.  On their site, they provide extensive information on various health conditions, advice on handling money issues, and tips on caregiver wellness. They also have caregiver support groups, a senior care option database, and personalized help from trained Family Advisors. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Caring.com President and CEO Andy Cohen to gain insight into the Caring.com mission, and find out the latest on their acquisition by Bankrate, a personal finance content aggregator and distributor.

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Keeping Seniors Active (INFOGRAPHIC)

Keeping Seniors Active (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Lara Baez on June 18th, 2014

Keeping seniors active is often difficult. However, we can’t deny the fact that exercise is the key to healthy aging. Aside from preventing the side effects of being overweight, exercise can improve balance (preventing falls), and increase flexibility (keeping the body limber). Encourage any seniors you might know (no matter their age!) to stay active. Only 22% of seniors report regular physical activity and the average senior spends 17 minutes per day engaging in physical activity.

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Expert Opinion Interview: A Conversation with Dan Trigub

Expert Opinion Interview: A Conversation with Dan Trigub

By Lara Baez on June 12th, 2014

OpenPlacement co-founder Dan Trigub sat down with Steve Monroe from Irving Levin Associates on Monday to discuss the company's progress. Irving Levin Associates specialize in publishing business intelligence on merging and acquisitions, and finance in healthcare and senior housing.  Dan gives an overview of the OpenPlacement concept, describes the benefits of subscribing, and poses OpenPlacement's advantages over its competitors. He also expands on OpenPlacement's exciting future, including intentions to expand to the South and to the East Coast.

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Demystifying Home Care

Demystifying Home Care

By Mary Ann Barton, BA, CNA on June 10th, 2014

My hope in this essay is to demystify home-care by telling you something about it from my point of view as a practitioner with eight years of experience in the field. This work is by its very nature private, yet as the baby-boomer generation ages, there will be more and more elders who need the assistance of direct-care workers in order to live safely at home. That's why I write about my experiences -- taking care, of course, to preserve client confidentiality by changing any identifying details about my clients and their families.

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Malnutrition In The Elderly Population (INFOGRAPHIC)

Malnutrition In The Elderly Population (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Lara Baez on June 4th, 2014

Malnutrition is a widespread and largely preventable issue for America's elderly population. It can be found in care facilities, hospitals, and independent living alike. With over 15% of the elderly population facing the threat of hunger, we need to raise awareness by spreading the word about the issue, and do what we can to reduce its reach.

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5 Tips to Delay Aging

5 Tips to Delay Aging

By Kristy Jones on May 27th, 2014

Even though aging is a natural development, its effects on your mind and body are going to rely on the choices of your lifestyle. The body is self-sufficient. It's the wrong diets and thoughts which compromise its capability of aging gracefully. When you begin eating in consideration to your specific body demands, you are going to create less stress and fewer toxins to your body system. The following are some 5 tips to delay aging.

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