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July 2014

Tax Credit Tips for Seniors: How to Claim Caregiver Tax Deductions Christina Morales

July 24th, 2014 | 0

Tax Credit TipsMedical bills can quickly add up, so it is important to know what financial breaks are available to you as a senior or as a caregiver to a senior. Are you making the most of the tax credits that you qualify for?

As a senior, there are a variety of medical expenses that can be claimed on your tax return for either tax deductions or credits: dental work, transportation to various doctors’ appointments, health insurance premiums, and long-term care costs should all be reported to your tax preparer.

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Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists Alzheimer's Association

July 23rd, 2014 | 0

Alzheimers AssociationThe FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true motivations, making one vulnerable to being manipulated. A 2009 study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion every year due to financial abuse and scams.

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Nursing Home for Seniors that Need 24/7 Care – 10 Must Know Facts Christina Morales

July 22nd, 2014 | 0

nursing homes for seniors that need 24/7 careFinding the right nursing home is one of the hardest decisions that you will ever have to make. It takes every ounce of energy from your heart and mind to find a place that will care for your loved one with the courtesy, respect, skill, compassion, and quality that they deserve.

You also must take into account the financial resources that you have available and the level of health that your loved one is at. Put all of that together and finding that perfect home can seem like a daunting task.

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Need In Home Care for a Senior? 10 Tips to Find the Right Caregiver Christina Morales

July 17th, 2014 | 0

In Home Care

In home care for a senior is something many of us will have to contemplate either for ourselves a friend or a loved one. We have all seen news stories that tell the horrible things that can happen to the elderly when an unkind or greedy caregiver is hired. It’s enough to make you want to lock the front door and never let your loved one out of your sight. Fortunately, those instances are by far the extreme and not the norm. However, you undoubtedly want to ensure that your loved one gets the best in home care possible. Here are 10 tips for finding the right in home caregiver.

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Diet And Nutrition In Older Adults (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

July 16th, 2014 | 0

Diet And NutritionDiet and nutrition in older adults is crucial! In one of our previous infographics, we saw the detrimental effects of malnutrition in the elderly population. That has inspired this infographic, which focuses on the components of a good diet in the over-50 population. Healthy eating keeps your mind and body strong, and greatly improves overall health… So start eating right today!

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Elderly Depression – Warning Signs and Treatments to Know About Christina Morales

July 15th, 2014 | 1

Elderly depressionElderly depression is pervasive. About 6 million Americans aged 65 and older are burdened by depression. The passing of a spouse, physical impairments, retirement, relocation, or medication side effects are just a few of the causes. It is crucial to distinguish these warning signs so that you or your loved one can get the best care possible to overcome this disabling condition.

Warning Signs – There are many indications that depression is present. Here are the most common.

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

July 11th, 2014 | 1

Changes to Social SecurityDuring 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 Christina Morales

July 10th, 2014 | 1

Assisted Living CostsI 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 are quite steep and cause much anxiety among seniors. 

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Alzheimers Caregiving – There’s An App For That Alzheimer's Association

July 9th, 2014 | 1

Alzheimers CaregivingAlzheimers 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) Lara Baez

July 7th, 2014 | 0

Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC)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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