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Medical/Medicare Resources

(See also: Elder Care Resources - Alzheimer & Dementia, Senior living transition, care giving, family involvement, more ...)

  • Should Veterans Enroll in Medicare? The world of veteran’s benefits can be confusing, and it can be difficult to know how much coverage you really have. Supplementing your veteran’s healthcare coverage with a Medicare plan may be a good idea, especially because Veteran’s Administration (VA) healthcare coverage can vary drastically from person to person and over time. Here, we will look at the different Medicare plans, TRICARE, and VA Medical Benefits and how they all work together.

  • Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7, but did you know you can get an early look at next year’s health plans and prescription drug plans starting on October 1? Premiums for Medicare Advantage Plans are dropping to historic lows for 2021. This type of Medicare health plan, offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare, is an all-in-one alternative to Original Medicare. These "bundled" plans include Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance), and usually Part D (prescription drug coverage). Most plans offer extra benefits—like vision, hearing, dental, and more.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Medicare Enrollment - This guide will give you all the information you need to gain a greater understanding of what Medicare is, how it works and what your options are  –  so you’re ready to enroll in a plan that fits your needs and budget. As it is challenging to understand what Medicare covers and which is the best plan for your needs, The Ultimate Guide to Medicare Enrollment and the links and resources below are provided to educate us on the available Medicare options.

  • Compare Medicare Advantage Plans Medicare Advantage plans are a popular private insurance alternative to Medicare. However, there are some pros and cons to Medicare Advantage. While some Medicare Advantage plans offer long-term savings, plan flexibility, and better care, others can lead to fewer provider options, additional costs, and lifestyle challenges. In this article, we’ll explore some advantages and disadvantages of Medicare Advantage plans, as well as how to enroll yourself or a loved one in Medicare.

  • Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans When you buy a Medicare Supplement insurance plan, you are still enrolled in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. Medicare pays for your health-care bills primarily, while the Medigap plan simply covers certain cost-sharing expenses required by Medicare, such as copayments or deductibles. In addition, Medigap insurance plans may help with other costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, such as Medicare Part B excess charges or emergency medical coverage when you’re traveling outside of the country. Keep in mind that Medicare Supplement insurance plans can only be used to pay for Original Medicare costs; they can’t be used with Medicare Advantage plans. In contrast, Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to Original Medicare. If you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you’re still in the Medicare program. However, you’ll get your Medicare benefits through your Medicare Advantage plan, instead of through the federally administered program, and the Medicare Advantage plan replaces your Original Medicare coverage.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Medicare Supplement Plans - The health insurance coverage provided by Medicare only covers 80% of the costs of your care. There are still healthcare costs that you are responsible for. In order to help defray these uncovered expenses, the federal government authorizes private companies to sell Medicare Supplement Insurance plans, also known as Medigap.

  • 12 Facts All Seniors Should Know About Medicare Medicare provides insurance coverage to 56 million Americans, yet many people don't know everything they should know about this valuable program. Here are 12 important facts about Medicare that can help you make the most of your Medicare benefits.

  • What Is Medicare? (RetireGuide.com) - Medicare is the federal government’s health insurance program that primarily covers people 65 and older. Original Medicare plans do not cover all medical costs, but you can buy other plans that help offset those expenses, including Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap). The guide includes: Types of Plans - Who Is Eligible? - How to Apply - Costs and Fees - What Is Not Covered? - Medicare FAQs

  • How Much Does Medicare Cost? (Provided by Insurance Professionals of Arizona) - Medicare Part A : If you (or your spouse) have worked in the U.S. for at least 10 years, then Part A does not have a monthly premium. But you will have deductibles and other costs if you end up in the hospital. Part B, however, does have a monthly premium. Higher income earners will have an income-related monthly adjustment. Part D plan is a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) and will also have deductibles and co-pays. With Original Medicare you might purchase a Medicare Supplement with a stand-along Prescription Drug Plan. With Medicare Advantage you may not have a monthly premium and most plans include your drug coverage as well. You will be responsible for co-pays as you use services. If you are super healthy, and never end up using services on a Medicare Advantage plan, then you will not have any out-of-pocket costs. Locate a licensed Medicare agent in your zip code area to help you decide which plan might best fit your situation. These costs can be confusing. Licensed agents will be able to unwind the complexities of Medicare and can explain things in an easy to understand way. 

  • Medicare Health Insurance for Senior Citizens - "Medicare is a government program that provides health insurance coverage for senior citizens age 65 years and older, the disabled of any age, and to anyone suffering from end-stage renal disease."

  • How and When to Enroll in Medicare - Learn the ins and outs of enrolling in a Medicare plan.

  • My Medicare Matters - Put together by the National Council on Aging, My Medicare Matters aims to teach people about the Medicare system, including when to enroll, how much you’ll pay, and what to expect when coverage begins.

  • Your Medicare Coverage Choices - Before you choose your coverage, learn about the different parts of Medicare and steps to get you started with Medicare.

  • Medicare.gov User Guide - Navigating the Federal Government Website for Medicare

  • Understanding Medicare - Medicare is a valuable source of health insurance for people 65 and older and for some younger adults with permanent disabilities. Understanding Medicare enables you to make well-informed health care decisions and to avoid getting lost in the maze of the plan’s options. 

  • What Medicare Doesn’t Cover - Medicare pays for many — but not all — of the health care services you need. When you review your quarterly Part A or Part B Medicare Summary Notice, you may see claims made by a provider, facility or supplier that Medicare did not pay. Learn what Medicare generally does not cover.

  • Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage Guide - Pros & Cons of Medicare Advantage Plans Vs Original Medicare Insurance. Seniors today have more Medicare options than ever before. In addition to Original Medicare, there are many different Medicare Advantage plans to choose from.

  • MedicareAdvantage.com - This site provides a helpful breakdown of drug assistance programs by state for people who are and are not enrolled in Medicare.

  • Medicare Rights Center - Established in 1989, the Medicare Rights Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring people living with disabilities and older adults have access to affordable health care that they require.

  • What You Need To Know About Medicare Part C - Medicare Part C is often referred to as a Medicare Advantage Plan. Every Medicare Plan features different benefits and pays for different services, whether you live in an independent living senior apartment, retirement community, assisted living or memory care facility or receive other senior care services. Learn about Medicare Part C, the costs, what it covers and how you or your loved one enrolls to receive Medicare Part C benefits.

  • See also: Low-Cost Healthcare Resources for People on Limited Budgets



Services: Government & Private Resources - Benefits, Financial, Online Security

     (See also Elder Care Resources below for Senior living transition, care giving, family involvement, Alzheimer & Dementia resources...)

  • Basic Internet Safety Tips for Seniors to Stay Connected Online Internet Safety 101 for Seniors While it’s important for seniors to remain connected, entertained and active through the use of technology, it is equally important for them to exercise caution and interest safety. None of us are exempt from Internet scams, but unfortunately, many scammers specifically target senior citizens. Senior citizens are often at an increased risk for Internet scams and fraud due to a variety of unique vulnerabilities. Lack of computer skills, limited Internet skills, and being more trusting and generous are just a few of the factors that put seniors at risk of falling victim to elaborate online scams. Here are some helpful tips for ensuring you practice Internet Safety 101:

  • Inheritance planning Guide - Unfortunately, when it comes to inheritance and IRAs, nothing is straightforward. Even though the inheritance rules are the same regardless of account type (Roth IRA, traditional IRA, SEP IRA, etc), each inheritance case is unique. This guide will give you a comprehensive overview of the implications of inheritance planning for IRAs while also giving you the tools to better handle your personal inheritance situation.
        Inheritance planning takes time and energy but is a critical aspect of making sure the people you love are taken care of for years after you pass away. As for beneficiaries, understanding the inheritance process’s ins-and-outs is crucial to ensuring the deceased has their wishes honored and that you are not taken advantage of during the process. When it comes to inheritance, you can never be too prepared. Use these resources to help guide you along the way to anticipate and resolve any questions or disputes that could arise among your beneficiaries.
       By the end of this guide, you will understand:
    o The importance of having a will
    o The tax implications of inheritance for spouses and other beneficiaries
    o The different scenarios that can occur in inheritance planning
    o The rights spouses and beneficiaries have in the process
    o Extenuating circumstances that could change the outcome of an inheritance
    o How inheritance works for different types of assets outside of an IRA.

  • Benefits & Discounts for Seniors (RetireGuide.com) - Senior benefits and discounts can help you make the most of your retirement dollars. Knowing what’s available to you can help you plan your retirement finances more effectively and efficiently. And it can ease some of the stress of transitioning to retirement. Includes: Health Care Benefits - Tax Relief - Financial Assistance - Travel Discounts - Dining Discounts - Shopping Discounts - Veterans - Resources

  • Common Online Scams Targeting Seniors – Tips To Protect You From Online Scams - Millions of the senior citizens fall for online swindles each year according to some reports, over thirty six billion dollars is lost every year to online con artists. Also, this article has been created in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which allows those with impairments to easily access the content through means that work for them.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Spending and Saving Wisely During Retirement - In This Guide: Creating a Post-Retirement Budget, Taking Simple Side Gigs and Senior-Friendly Jobs, Important Senior Memberships and Clubs, A Brief (Senior Discounts List), Being Wary of Scams Targeting Retired and Elderly People, Spending Money Wisely on Fun Things to Do After Retirement

  • Financial Assistance for Senior Citizens - "...you are never too old or wise for some frugal financial advice..."

  • Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse - "Senior financial abuse is estimated to have cost victims at least $2.9 billion last year alone."

  • Elder Freedom is an organization of advocates working for the older adults of our community. It is our mission to help locate resources, events, and engagement opportunities to help enrich the lives of seniors. Tips for downsizing, selling your home, Medicare Coverage, LTC, more.

  • Benefits.gov - As the official benefits website of the U.S. government, our mission is to increase citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government.

  • Benefits Checkup - National Council on Aging (NCOA) - There are over 2,500 benefits programs available nationwide. Find out what benefits may be available in your area.

  • Financial Tips for Seniors - Every adult has to attend to financial matters, but seniors have special considerations to keep in mind. When retirement is approaching, priorities tend to shift. This usually means a change in both spending and saving activities. To ensure that you have adequately planned for your future, assess your finances and money management as you approach your senior years. The better you plan, the more enjoyable your retirement and golden years can be.

  • Rebuilding Your Financial Health in Recovery - These tips are educational in nature and can help anyone rebuild their financial health during hard times. We may know of someone that has succumbed to financial pressures and are now suffering from severe or long term stress. To make things worse this pandemic happened and some in our community have turned to prescription meds, drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their financial hardships. Assessing your financial habits and rebuilding your finances in recovery is a vital part of regaining your life. Tackling this part of your life can alleviate deep-seated anxiety and make you excited about what the future holds. These tips can help you rebuild your financial health.

  • 27 Tips for Saving Money After Retirement - Published by Senior Lifestyle. The piece organizes money savings tips into three categories: last-minute saving tips, how to cut lifestyle costs during retirement, and how to handle your money during retirement. Some topics covered include planning for taxes, investing, and guaranteed income. With increasing life expectancies and financial uncertainties leading up to retirement, here’s how to get on track once you’re retired.

  • 25 Financial Resources for Seniors in Debt - A comprehensive guide designed to help seniors in debt find financial assistance in many different forms, including: Direct cash grants for food, housing, and other necessities - Charitable low- or no-interest loans - Free financial counseling and education - Free employment counseling for seniors seeking work

  • The Young Adult’s Guide to Managing an Aging Parent’s Money - Discussion topics and warning signs they may need help, as well as how to become their power of attorney and keep track of their important financial documents. Understand the most effective ways to assist your parents to avoid setting back your own finances or going into debt. Use this guide to organize you and your parents’ financial journeys and get ahead of any potential issues before they arise.

  • Best Home Modifications for Senior Citizens - A comprehensive research/evidence based guide on Home Modifications for Senior Citizens. By following these suggestions, homeowners will create a safe and comfortable environment for senior citizens to thrive in.

  • Amazing Ways to Remodel Your Bathroom for Seniors - Using a bathroom may become fairly difficult for us at times for us to continue our elderly life. We all love a spacious bathroom which will fulfill our daily needs and will give us the best results of showcasing our bathroom. But to make this happen, we often miss out the space management and keeping the most important needs. As we grow old, we find it fairly difficult to use the same bathroom because of the absence of such needs. Thus, bathroom remodeling is very important and thus, it is one of the most important things that you need to concentrate upon. There are several factors like clearance, utensils, shelves which you need to consider.  

  • How to Care for a Loved One Without Breaking the Bank: The Complete Guide - This guide will provide you with the tips and information you need to help make a decision on what kind of care is best for your family, options to help you afford that care and how to take care of yourself throughout the process. Table of Contents: How to Begin the Conversation - Budgeting & Saving for End-of-Life Care - Long-Term Care Living Options - Long-Term Care Insurance - Other Things to Consider - Additional Resources

  • End-of-Life Planning for Families and Seniors: How to Start the Conversation by Bestow Team - A guide that aims to help seniors and parents discuss end-of-life issues by walking them through important topics, like preparing a living will, estate planning, and more. For aging seniors, it can be equally difficult to broach the topic to their children. For instance, they may have noticed a gradual decline in their health, but don’t want to burden their children with sorting out long-term care options. It’s also possible that they’re waiting on a physician to initiate the conversation for them. Wherever you are in life, end-of-life conversations aren’t easy — but they’re necessary. Like many things, successful end of life planning is all about communication. To make the topic less stressful, here’s a guide to help both parents and seniors when they finally decide to initiate the conversation.

  • How to Make Money in Retirement: A Guide to Turning a Hobby into a Side Business (Business.com) Retiring doesn’t mean losing your entrepreneurial spirit. The guide includes information on which hobbies can become profitable, how to determine if a hobby will make a successful business, ideas for financing, how a side business will affect your taxes and more. Many retirees have turned side interests into income. Learn how to make money in retirement, including getting started, getting funding and what it means for taxes.

  • Make Sure You Plan For Alzheimer's Care (Elmer George) The time to plan for your Alzheimer’s care is now. Whether you have a family history of the disease or a long line of relatives that remained spry and spunky to triple digits, failure to plan is a mistake that can lead to financial ruin for yourself and your adult children.

  • American Retirement Assistance Corporation The safety net of Social Security didn't do what it was supposed to do. In urban areas, there are all kinds of programs, but out in our rural area, no such animal." The experience prompted Plack and his brother Phil to form a charity to help and honor the nation's elderly. Today, their American Retirement Assistance Corporation gives nearly 100 percent of the funds it raises directly to senior citizens tax-free, with the goal of lifting them from mere Social Security existence to over the poverty line. (See WND article: Would you believe 1 million to attend Christian concert? Doubling the size of Woodstock, organizers say, 'can't be ignored' )

  • FirstGov for Seniors - Website for Seniors

  • Council for Government reform, Inc. (RetireSafe.org) a grassroots action network promoting dynamic, pro-growth solutions to America's retirement security challenges. Dedicated to preserving the options and benefits of older Americans through advocacy, education, and the power of free markets. We believe in a government that is limited in both size and scope, keeps the promises made to its citizens, lowers the tax and regulatory burden, and allows older Americans to obtain true retirement security.

  • Retail Savings Guide for Baby Boomers  (CouponChief.com ) - Learn about all the special discounts, benefits, and programs freely available. Lists SeniorDiscounts.com, AARP, Association of Mature American Citizens , American Seniors Association (Note: Since the discounts available from AMAC are similar to those AARP members enjoy, we won’t list them again. For many people, the choice is political. AMAC is among several AARP competitors that positions itself as more conservative than AARP.)

  • Find All Retirement Facilities Near You Complete list of all retirement homes in the U.S. A free service that allows older adults to find retirement communities and homes in their area. Featuring more than 40,000 communities and homes, it is one of the largest retirement resources online.

  • Retirees Can Use This Simple Guide to Buy a Vacation Property Buying a vacation home can certainly be a good investment, but from deciding who will maintain it to taking steps to keep insurance costs down, it’s important to follow certain steps to ensure that’s the case.

  • The Wisdom of America's Elders - Links to Info for Seniors - The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of links to websites for seniors. It is only offered to provide various resources that we think may be interesting or helpful. Additional links will be added from time to time, when we become aware of a website that we think may be useful for seniors.


Staying Healthy

  • How to Talk to Your Doctor: A Guide for Caregivers and Elders - "The tips and guidelines listed below will help you team up with your loved one and their doctor to yield the best possible outcome for their health care."

  • A Haven of Healing: The Benefits of Church Membership for Seniors (Elmer George) Spiritual growth and fellowship are two of the most common reasons people give for attending church regularly. Church is a haven, a communal home where people find comfort,  emotional support and companionship among those they know well. That’s particularly important for seniors, who often suffer from isolation and depression. Older adults benefit emotionally and psychologically from the opportunity to worship with others and share common interests. The companionate aspect of the social interaction seniors get from attending church boosts seniors’ mental health and lowers serum cortisol levels, which is elevated in individuals who experience feelings of loneliness. 

  • Healthy Eating for Older Adults - "Eating a variety of foods from all food groups can help supply the nutrients a person needs as they age."

  • The aging mouth - and how to keep it younger - Today, three-quarters of people over 65 retain at least some of their natural teeth, but older people still suffer higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, oral cancer, mouth infections, and tooth loss. While these problems are nothing to smile about, you can still do a lot to keep your mouth looking and feeling younger than its years.

  • 11 Things Seniors Should Look for in a Health Provider - You're more than just a patient in a higher age bracket. As you reach your mid-60s and beyond, you need a primary health provider who's attuned to changes in your body, mind and life. If it's time to find a specialist focused on older patients, whether for yourself or a family member, here's what to check for in your next clinician.

  • The Health Tests Seniors Need - Blood pressure, Lipids, Colonoscopy, Vaccines, Eye, Periodontal, Hearing, Bone density, Vitamin D, TSH, Skin, Diabetes test, Mammogram, Pap smear, Prostrate cancer screening

  • Cancer Care Decisions for Older Adults - Cancer treatment can be more challenging and complicated for older adults. This is because older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Even when you are healthy, your body will most likely respond differently to treatment than a younger person’s body. For example, older adults are more likely to have serious side effects from chemotherapy. But age should not be the only factor in your treatment decisions. Cancer treatment can help people of any age. This article helps you think about making treatment decisions.

  • 8 Things to Have the Doctor Check After an Aging Person Falls - In this post, eight key items that you can make sure the doctors check on, after a fall. This will help you make sure your loved one has had a thorough work-up, and can reduce the chance of future serious falls. This list is partly based on the American Geriatrics Society’s Clinical Practice Guidelines on Preventing Falls.

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Staying Safe & Active and Enjoying the Golden Years - Learning new skills, new business or home-based business considerations, and a community for women over sixty.

Senior Fall Prevention - Consult Your Physician, Stay Physically Active, Remove Fall Hazards at Home. (Provided by ElderFreedom.net) Before proceeding through this guide, it’s important to consult your doctor and get their professional advice on what’s best for you. Notice: The information in this guide is not meant to treat, diagnose, or offer medical advice. Please consult your primary care doctor before engaging in any lifestyle changes. As we get older, physical changes, emerging health conditions, and occasionally the medications used to treat those conditions all make falls more likely. In fact, falls are one of the leading causes of injury among older adults. Even so, the fear of falling shouldn't affect our lives. Read our simple fall-prevention strategies below to put your mind at ease.

Aging at home, Relocating, Assisted Living, Long Term Care, or Nursing Homes

  • Senior Guidance - An organization dedicated to providing senior living assistance to the elderly, to help senior citizens during their most difficult times. Providing comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia. In addition, we enable seniors and caregivers to search and find 50,000+ assisted living facilities across every city, town, and county in the United States.

  • Bedroom Accessibility Modifications for People With Disabilities: Change Amid COVID  - Which types of disabilities have the biggest impact on your quality of sleep How to create a safe and healthy sleep space for a person with a disability A comprehensive list of grants and financial support to modify a bedroom.

  • A Comprehensive Guide to Financial Assistance for Senior Care and Living Expenses - Senior Living Options - Facility Costs - Personal Finance Options - Bills & Records - Financial Plans - Insurance Plans - LTC Reform - Medicaid - Medicare - Pensions - Reverse Mortgages - Social Security - Taxes - VA Benefits - Government Services - Affordable Living Programs

  • How Much Does a Senior Home Cost? - Costs by Type of Care - 55 and older communities - Independent Living Communities - Assisted Living - Nursing Home - Continuing Care Retirement Communities

  • Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home - Sometimes it’s easy to know when your older parent needs home care services; after a stroke or surgery, it’s pretty obvious that assistance will be needed with daily activities and hygiene. It’s more difficult when the need isn’t so prominent. People are notorious for being independent and stubborn about asking for help well past the point of their own comfort and safety, so it may be up to their family and friends to bring up the subject.

  • List of Common Diagnoses of Elderly - This list briefly describes a myriad of common diagnoses that you may need to learn about for yourself or a loved one. StarLight CareGivers does not provide medical care, but we do focus on aiding the client and supporting third-party medical staff. We recommend that you get educated with more detail on these issues by reading from the renowned Mayo Clinic Website by clicking the link after each description.

  • A Senior Citizen's Guide To Aging At Home Safely And With Dignity - More and more seniors are choosing to age in place. The decision to do so is often about safety and comfort as it allows seniors to stay within the home and community they're familiar with. And in fact, there are many benefits to aging in place—keeping one's independence, staying in familiar surroundings, and avoiding the expense of a full-time care facility are just a few. But it's important for seniors aging in place to know what factors can affect them. With a large number of senior citizens choosing to age at home, it is imperative that they have the resources and information to do so safely and with dignity.

  • The Importance of Home Inspections for Seniors Looking to Age in Place - Many senior citizens wish to stay independent in their homes for as long as possible. An aging-in-place home inspection makes this possible by accounting for safety hazards and mobility challenges that seniors may encounter 5, 10, or even 20 years down the line. One of the best ways to ensure you remain independent is to avoid injuries, as these can severely limit future mobility and necessitate a permanent move to assisted living. Home inspections are critical for identifying unseen risks for trips, falls, and bumps, allowing you or your loved ones to safely age in place.

  • At Home Long Term Care - The Senior's Guide to Paying for At-Home Long-Term Care: How Your Home Can be a Great Asset

  • Aging in Place: What Every Senior Should Know - Until recently, senior citizens would typically go into an assisted living facility when they became too infirm to care for themselves or an aging partner. But there’s a growing trend for older Americans to stay in their homes throughout the aging process, known as “aging in place.” Included: * What Is Aging in Place? * How to Grow Older at Home * Home Renovations to Age in Place (free project cost guides) * Home Maintenance to Keep You and Your Home Safe * Choose the Right Home Security System * In-Home Services and Assistance * Home Insurance for Aging in Place * Is Aging in Place Right for You?

  • Aging in Place Design Checklist: How to Design Safe & Accessible Homes - We’ve prepared an aging in place design checklist to make sure you cover all the most important design rules when pitching your ideas to a potential client. You need to make your client feel at ease and that the layouts and designs you’re proposing are meant to help them live in their homes for as long as possible. Subscribe to 2020 Blog

  • The Checklist for Aging in Place Included: * Evaluate: Assessing a senior’s needs * Safety & tech: Modifying a home * Transportation: Ensure driving safety or alternatives

  • How to Make Your House Handicap Accessible - An infographic on how to make your house handicap accessible. Having a handicap accessible home is important because everyone can easily maneuver within it and appreciate its functionality.

  • Home Modifications Increase Senior Safety - Home modifications that will help you or your loved one stay safe fall under three categories: • Safety: Anything that presents a fall or other safety hazard should be taken care of immediately. • Accessibility: Those modifications that enhance accessibility should be done as soon as possible. • Convenience: Modifications that are primarily for convenience can be delayed if there are budgetary concerns.

  • How To Downsize Your Home: 10+ Tips To Help You Declutter And Simplify - Since there are so many reasons to downsize, this guide, with over 10 tips, was created to help to downsize your home efficiently and live clutter-free, plus tips specifically for seniors, even after your move. 

  • A Guide to Smart Home Tech for the Disabled and Elderly - Smart home devices are made to be more accessible and simpler to use. These can work for those who have mobility issues as well, what with many things being automated. You can control some of these devices on a mobile device depending on what you find as well. The simple arrangement of these items should make for a useful way for you to keep your home comfortable while being fully accessible and functional for your regular use.

  • Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Ensure Your Loved Ones are Safe at Home - How to Ensure Your Loved Ones are Safe at Home

  • Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent Into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know - Why you need to weigh options and considerations when an elderly parent moves in with you. Though there might be heavy emotions surrounding the decision, it could still be the right choice. This guide will help you make that decision by giving you some insight on: * Understanding how to give the right kind of care. * Estimating the costs associated with assisted living facilities versus in-home care. * Making your home elderly-friendly. * Adjusting the whole household to the lifestyle changes.

  • Moving for Seniors: The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Move - Tips and guidance in order to make this process much less stressful. A major move is an incredibly stressful endeavor. Whether you’re downsizing, moving into a new home closer to friends and loved ones, moving into a senior living community, or even moving in with a family member, you can find yourself struggling to handle the move. These moving tips for seniors can make the process much easier.

  • Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home for Seniors - For seniors and disabled adults who want to remain in their homes, a decluttered and well-organized living space is essential to personal safety and wellbeing. This guide was designed for seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers, to offer a room-by-room decluttering and organizing resource. Review the recommendations and best practices in this guide, and plan your own home organization project. By taking a proactive approach to maintaining a clean and tidy home, you and your loved one can live with confidence for as long as possible in home sweet home.

  • Peaceful Passing: How to Make a Loved One's Final Days at Home Comfortable - Bringing home a terminally ill loved one can be an emotionally charged time in both the caregiver’s life and the final days of the patient. Coming home can bring a great deal of peace and comfort to a person looking at the end of their life. Even though you may be working through a dizzying array of emotions, your focus will likely be on your loved one. One of the best ways to make these final weeks more serene — for both of you — is to try to keep the house more of a home than a hospital.

Elder Care Resources  - Alzheimer & Dementia, Senior living transition, care giving, family involvement, more ...

  • NewCaregiver.org - For the first-time caregiver, taking care of a loved one can be overwhelming. But seasoned caregivers will tell you, with a little guidance, it can also be one of the most fulfilling experiences life has to offer. We’ve compiled some of the internet’s best resources to give you a head start on your caregiver’s journey.

  • The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Since 1991, the Eldercare Locator has been linking those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction. The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

  • How to Recognize Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living - "Many families consider moving their parent into an assisted living community during this period, but how do you recognize the signs that it’s time for assisted living?"

  • How to Identify and Address Apathy Caused by Dementia - Examining how apathy can be caused by dementia present in senior adults. The resource covers the three types of apathy that may be linked to dementia: Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Apathy. It also includes info on signs to pay attention to, along with tips and strategies to help seniors through the experience. “What we see often is that apathy is a symptom that can give a lot of information about the trajectory of the disease and what’s going on with the individual,” said Brianna Garrison, an expert in mental health for older adults and professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Garrison says that apathy can cause a rapid decline in the functioning of patients and affect quality of life, resulting in older adults not being able to care for themselves. “Apathy is often misunderstood in dementia and can be mistaken for a lack of behavioral disturbance, making it easy to overlook as a warning sign of further decline,” she said. 

  • AlzheimerSupport.com. - Find Alzheimer's, Dementia and Memory Care Nationwide Facilities near you using the free search tool of more than 45,000 facilities, by entering City, Zip, or County or by browsing by State. Families who are in need of care for their loved ones are able to locate licensed care homes and communities that are best equipped to provide care for their loved ones. While most families initially try to care for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia at home, at some point it no longer becomes possible or feasible. This may be due to the fact that the stage of dementia or Alzheimer’s has progressed and you are no longer able to dedicate the required time necessary to provide proper memory care to your family member. Need help, speak to a memory care advisor, 100% free 24/7, with no obligation, for information on Alzheimer's and dementia care. (888) 595-9951

  • The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. A rich resource designed to inform and educate multiple audiences, including those living with the disease, caregivers, volunteers and professional health care providers. Our content covers everything from the basics of Alzheimer’s to support groups to global research efforts.

  • Make Sure You Plan For Alzheimer's Care (Elmer George) The time to plan for your Alzheimer’s care is now. Whether you have a family history of the disease or a long line of relatives that remained spry and spunky to triple digits, failure to plan is a mistake that can lead to financial ruin for yourself and your adult children.

  • Medicare and Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Coverage Explained - Healthline recognizes seniors face a complex Medicare system.  Our experts provide information on how to determine the best Medicare plans for your individual needs. They breakdown each part of Medicare and what is included under each such as:   Medications, Treatments, and Services.

  • Making The Transition to Senior Living - "The transition from a home you’ve lived in for many years to a new environment can trigger difficult emotions for everyone involved."

  • Memory Care Facilities: Find Dementia & Alzheimer's Facilities Near You - Search 40,000+ memory care facilities. Memory care facilities are care homes that provide the much-needed care to adults with memory care issues. Memory care facilities can be in various forms, such as: dedicated dementia care facilities or communities, dedicated Alzheimer’s care facilities, Alzheimer’s day care, Alzheimer’s nursing homes, dementia nursing homes, as well as assisted living facilities that provide memory care services. Find licensed memory care facilities by state or by entering a county, city, or zip code location.

  • The complete medication management guide for seniors - We created this guide to educate people on how to safely simplify this often complicated process. The guide offers practical advice on: How to accurately read medication labels · Ways that aging changes your responses to medications · Medication safety tips and dosage information · Tips on medication organization and storage · Downloadable medication management charts · And much more. A medication management guide will empower seniors, caregivers, and family members with helpful information about medication use, storage, organization, and more.

  • Christian Companion Senior Care began in 2002 as a intriguing idea in the mind of founder and president Gary A. Brown. He thought, since seniors frequently struggle with loneliness, family dysfunction, regrets and depression, doesn't it make sense to provide care through a caregiver capable of providing both practical care and spiritual encouragement?

  • Administration on Aging For over 35 years, the AoA has provided home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act. You may have heard about our home-delivered meals programs or nutrition services in congregate settings, or transportation, adult day care, legal assistance or health promotion programs. If you have visited a nursing home, you may have talked to one of our Ombudsmen, who provide an on-going presence in long-term care facilities, monitoring care and conditions and providing a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves.

  • Elderly Care: A Guide for Families New to Caring - Offering plenty of valuable information such as: Getting started on finding care, understanding different and varied care options available, as well as costs and legal considerations when planning for elderly care. Home modifications and assistive technologies that can improve the daily living of elderly family members. Support networks and charities that offer help and support for both people in need of elderly care and their families. Other helpful resources and tools to help family members begin to find the best possible care option for their elderly.

  • Emergency Preparedness Guide for the Elderly and Disabled

  • Assistive Technology Buying Guide for Seniors and their Caregivers 

  • Substance Abuse and Caregiving: When to Ask for Help for Your Own Health and Well-Being 

  • See also: Rehabilitation & Recovery resources on EarsToHear.net

Elder Abuse Resources

  • A Guide to Spotting and Preventing Elder Abuse - An elder abuse research project with compiled findings and support resources into this expert-driven guidebook. Even though elder abuse has been a topic of discussion and legislation for decades, it continues to be misunderstood and underreported. That is why updated guides like this one are so important. This resource provides updated statistics (including the limitations of these stats), along with the different types of abuse, the signs, and how to prevent abuse. Stephanie Erickson, a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Treatment Specialist, provides detailed advice for loved ones on how to choose a caregiver or caregiving facility. 

  • Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse - "Senior financial abuse is estimated to have cost victims at least $2.9 billion last year alone."

  • 25 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them - "Knowing your rights and having the tools to force or push nursing home staff and management to follow the law can make all the difference."

  • Nursing Home Abuse Support - Our goal is to educate the American public with factual and current information relating to elder abuse and neglect within the United States. Each year tens of thousands of seniors are abused and neglected and our mission is to help spread awareness on this very sensitive issue. Nursing Home Abuse Support is not a referral service and we do not accept advertising offers. We work hard to provide free resources and support for seniors and family members who have been affected by senior abuse. NHAS has no affiliation with any legal team or law firm. Our Community Advocacy team is here to serve you!

  • The Nursing Home Abuse Center was founded in 2014 to shed light on a dark and horrifying happening in our culture — the abuse of our seniors. Many seniors move to elder care and nursing home facilities expecting to be treated with dignity and respect, only to find mistreatment in a variety of forms. Our team, made up of healthcare professionals and advocacy communicators, was disgusted by this growing trend. Our purpose is to create the top online resource for exposing senior abuse.

  • Nursing Home Abuse Justice - Exposing Nursing Home Abuse and Helping Seniors Get Justice - Nursing Home Abuse Justice was founded to expose the epidemic of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Each year, tens of thousands of nursing home residents are seriously injured or die in facilities that promise to care for them. Some statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 3 senior residents have been victims of nursing home abuse. Our mission is to educate seniors and their loved ones of these horrors so that we can work together to stop the abuse and end the cycle driven by negligence and greed. Anyone who abuses a senior citizen in a nursing home or assisted living facility needs to be held accountable for their sinister actions.

  • Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes: The Essential Guide to Legal Action - "Learn to spot signs of nursing home abuse and how to get fair compensation for your elderly loved one."

  • Guide to Taking Legal Action for Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes - (Injury Claim Coach) - Access to elder abuse resource page which provides legal guidance to victims. In addition to the general advice provided on the page, we also have a free Q&A feature which provides direct access to a retired judge who can provide specific guidance on issues. If you scroll to the end of the page there is the option to add a question and review other previous questions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States there are more than a half a million reported cases of elder abuse. Because thousands of cases go undiscovered and unreported, the actual number is considerably higher. While elder abuse in nursing homes is pandemic, there are even more ca

  • Senior Citizens Resources: Helping Protect Our Elderly With Resources On Money, Housing, Health, and More Financial elder abuse is a horrible thing to witness, but thankfully it can be prevented with a few easy steps. We show readers 5 common senior citizen scams and give them many legitimate resources in 15 different categories including elder abuse, Medicaid, and care giving resources.

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