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Ask a care manager: Health insurance — Do older adults take it for granted?

The spirited debates surrounding some aspects of the Affordable Care Act made me think about Medicare, health insurance for adults older than 65. Open enrollment, an annual time period whereby an individual can review and change Medicare plans, Medicare supplement policies (Medigap) and prescriptions drug plans (Medicare Part D), opens each year in November. I thought it might be […]

No Comment / October 25, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a Care Manager: What is it you really want?

Lisa was worried about her parents who at 90 years old still lived in their own home. They admitted to slowing down and to Lisa and her sisters it was obvious. Mom no longer did much cooking. They admitted that they often only ate twice a day. They went to bed earlier and got up late. Dad’s personal care had […]

Comments Off / September 14, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: As an adult child, when Is It time?

Lucille lived alone and had since her husband had died 10 years before. After going through the grieving and getting accustomed to living alone, she adapted. Her children didn’t live close by but regularly checked in. She did fine for some time, but a telephone call from Lucille’s neighbor to the adult children revealed Mom was doing some strange things. […]

Comments Off / March 13, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Respect — an attribute important regardless of age

It all started with shoes. For this woman, shoes keep her feet warm and dry but they must be stylish. At the beginning of her working career, the style centered on high heels for work, the higher the better. No one ever expected them to be comfortable, but matching the outfit of the day with […]

Comments Off / February 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Giving yourself the gift of not falling

It happened so quickly I almost can’t remember how. What makes me remember is the soreness in a shoulder that lingers six weeks after the incident. It was getting dark as I stepped out the door of the fifth wheel. We were in an Arkansas KOA that had very large rocks just outside the door. As […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Are you ready for a trip?

After much talking, planning and decisions galore, my husband and I, along with another couple, started out on a cross-country trip. We pulled a fifth-wheel trailer, called a “rig” by those in the know, and stayed in campgrounds across the country and back. This trip was our second cross-country, the first being 30 years ago pulling a tent trailer […]

Comments Off / November 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Housing choices for older adults

Irene has been alone for a number of years after her husband passed away unexpectedly in his early 70s. Although she struggled the first few years getting used to being by herself, she managed and became more independent in the process. She is now in her mid-80s, her health is declining and her family is […]

Comments Off / September 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »