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Ask a Care Manager: Looking for help in all the right and wrong places

Linda got a telephone call late one night from her father. The call worried her because her Dad seldom called and this time He said her mother was in the hospital again. Dad reminded her forcefully that they weren’t moving. They wanted to continue living at home but Linda knew they would now need some […]

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Ask a Care Manager: The best gift

The holiday shopping season is in full swing as people rush to grab those last-minute gifts for that special someone. If the person you’re thinking of is considered an “older adult” by AARP, Medicare or some other entity responsible for the category, you may want to consider “the best gift.” If you are an older person yourself […]

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Ask a Care Manager: What questions should older adults ask the candidates?

Two-thirds of all people who are older than 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today. I am among them. According to Ken Dychtwald, PhD, Founder of Age Wave, the average life expectancy when the Constitution was written was 36 years old. Today there are more than 10,000 people a day turning 70 who […]

Comments Off on Ask a Care Manager: What questions should older adults ask the candidates? / August 17, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off on Ask a care manager: Health insurance — Do older adults take it for granted? / 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 on Ask a Care Manager: What is it you really want? / 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 on Ask a care manager: As an adult child, when Is It time? / 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 on Ask a care manager: Respect — an attribute important regardless of age / February 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »