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The 5 “Ws” of Long-Term Care Insurance

Published: 04/13/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Challenging Topics

Long term care insurance is probably not a household name, but if you are a caregiver for a senior, you’ve probably heard it mentioned. Even still, there is quite a knowledge gap among consumers about this special coverage, coverage that is becoming all the more necessary as public funds dwindle.

Arguing About Senior Care? Tips for Keeping the Peace

Published: 03/06/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Sausage or bacon? Cash or credit? Retire or keep working? Move out of state or settle in your hometown? Life is full of decisions: some by nature carry more weight than others, and require more thought, planning and preparation.

Preparing for the Senior Care Conversation

Published: 08/17/2011 by Senior Care Society in Caregiving

A conversation with your loved one about his or her long term care, financial affairs, and end of life records may well be the hardest conversation you’ll ever have. Unlike the sex talk you had with your parents when you were in school, the number one rule about this conversation is to introduce the conversation slowly and tactfully, not blind side them and corner them.

Don’t Ignore Hearing Loss When Caring for Elders

Published: 09/17/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Challenging Topics

When you think about the health issues affecting older adults, do you think of hearing loss? If not, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is under recognized and undertreated in the older population. Tragically, it’s often misdiagnosed as a medical problem such as dementia. Imagine if your loved one stopped responding to people and it was assumed it was due to dementia when, in fact, she simply could not hear as well anymore.

Living with an Elderly Family Member

Published: 09/05/2011 by Senior Care Society in Challenging Topics

The decision to take an aging family member or friend into your home can be a true gift, but many considerations need to be included into the decision to ensure you’re making the correct decision for your loved one, your family, and yourself.

Medicare and Medicaid: Four Key Distinctions

Published: 08/31/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

If you’re over 65, chances are you’re familiar with Medicare – most seniors rely on Medicare to cover a sizable portion of their medical costs. But if you’re younger than 65 and caring for an aging parent, Medicare might be difficult to understand in the context of managing your loved one’s finances.

Tips for Approaching Difficult Conversations with Parents

Published: 04/29/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Maybe you’ve been there as a parent: that moment when you realize you must have a very difficult conversation with your child. If you don’t have children, at some point you’ve likely had to approach dear friends or other family members about a sensitive issue.