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Ask a Care Manager: What you know, what you don’t

Bert made the phone call after copying down the 800 number shown during the commercial. He was worried about his mother since his father’s death and this might be the answer. She was elderly and lived in the family home several miles out of town. Plus, they said, “No cost, no obligation.” They could help […]

No Comment / March 13, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

How old do I have to be for someone to tell me what to do?

Why is it that adult children feel the need to “boss around” their older parents? What is going on that gives them the right and privilege to “take over?” At what point does an older adult give up the rights of self-determination and roll over to the requests and demands of their adult children? These […]

No Comment / December 15, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Leaving a skilled nursing facility

Do I have to stay in a nursing home? I broke my hip several weeks ago and was sent to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation. I have been receiving physical therapy and occupational therapy several times a week and am improving. My family is worried if I go home, I may fall and break […]

No Comment / November 12, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a Care Manager: Dependence and interdependence

Lucille, a retired woman in her 70s shared with a friend the other day that she was going to water the yard but was stymied with the sprinkler system, something her husband usually took care of. When he came home, she asked him to show her the process for turning the system on and off. […]

No Comment / October 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a Care Manager: Other insurance that can help you age in place

This three-part series began with a discussion of how the health insurance process is structured for older adults. The second column discussed the choices around Medicare, supplements and managed care encompassing Medicare. The final column in this series will focus on other types of insurance that older adults may purchase or for many, already have but […]

No Comment / August 14, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: I’m enrolled in Medicare. What comes next?

The last column introduced the types of insurance that an individual will apply for once he/she is 65 years old or has been disabled for two years. Although an individual may elect to retire and take his/her Social Security as early as 62 years old or as old as 70-plus years old, Medicare still is […]

No Comment / July 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Understanding health insurance as an older adult

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the topic of health insurance is moving from the back burner to the front. With the growing numbers of baby boomers on the cusp of Medicare eligibility, questions arise almost daily about eligibility, costs and coverage. For those older adults with existing coverage, they may be wondering […]

No Comment / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »