Seniors | Loss of Income and Elder Care

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I was sitting in the office when a call came in for a medical alert unit.  Debbie, an elder care provider was very concerned about one of the seniors she cared for.  She explained the situation to me. Mrs. Smith (named changed) is 59 years old and suffered a massive stroke 6 months ago.  The only income she had coming in was $2,400 a month from her deceased husbands social security.  She could not take social security herself because she would ...
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Will Assisted Living Facilities Become the Next Dinosaur?

I’m concerned about what will happen when the aging population runs out of money to pay for these expensive assisted living homes. At between $ 50,000 and $90,000 per year, who will be able to live there long? Our elders were a little more prepared but I don’t believe that the baby boomer generation has prepared themselves well enough to be able to cover even a year of living there. And now that many boomers are upside down on their mortgages, ...
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Supporting Your Elderly Parent’s Autonomy

One of the most difficult things you're likely to have to do as an adult is to learn to support your parents, to some degree, as they age. They've loved, nurtured, and supported you. It is now your turn to return the favor. One way to do that is to assist your elderly parent in maintaining his or her independence. Make Home a Safe Haven Install grab or pull bars in the bathrooms so your parent has additional support to avoid sips and falls. ...
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Caring For Elderly Parents

Caring for elderly parents may feel like being stuck between a rock and a hard place sometimes. On the one hand this is the person you love who has loved you through thick and thin throughout your life. On the other hand the care giver from your childhood is now in the position of the one being cared for. It's a type of role reversal that may be met with more than a little bit of unhappiness on the part of the parent who is frustrated with new ...
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Being a Family Caregiver for an Elderly Parent

This may be one of the most difficult roles you'll ever play in life. It will be difficult for both of you because in some ways your roles are reversed in a physical capacity but there remains the fact that you are the child and your parent is the parent. It makes for some interesting times that may be emotionally trying but are almost guaranteed to be emotionally rewarding as these are moments you'll never get back if you miss out on ...
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