Elder Care

How To Pay For Long Term and Nursing Home Care

Paying For Long Term Care Through Medicaid and VA Pensions There are two primary public benefits programs that can help pay for nursing home or long-term care:  VA Pension and Medicaid (there is another VA program for veterans with a service-connected disability).  Both programs have strict requirements for qualification and they are, to put it mildly, complicated. What is a VA Pension and How Is A Veteran Eligible? VA Pension is a federal...

10 Early Warning Signs of Dementia

Ready or Not, Here it May Come  Your Cheat Sheet for Dementia “Dementia” is a global medical term used to describe different conditions and diseases that share common symptoms such as impaired memory, performance of daily activities and the ability to communicate.    Some common types of these conditions or diseases are Alzheimer Disease, Vascular disorders, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.   About 20% of the causes of...

For the Love of Mom and Dad: Family Day Imagined

President Wilson declared Mother’s Day a national holiday in 1914. Celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May, Mother’s Day has blossomed into a $23 billion/yr industry. President Nixon declared Father’s Day a national holiday in 1972 to be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June.  Annual spending for Father’s Day is a comparatively paltry $12.7 billion. No president has ever declared a Children’s Day as a national holiday.   Internationally, there have been...

Guardianship: Abuse or Protection? Buzz Aldrin’s Dilemma

The rich and famous are not immune from guardianship, and neither are you. Take, for example, Buzz Aldrin. His guardianship case was in the news in 2018 not only because of his fame but also because of the unusual counteraction that he took:  he sued back. The contretemps started in a Florida court when two of Aldrin’s three children and his business manager filed a guardianship action against Aldrin.  Aldrin, age 88, responded...

Seniors Driving Safely – Knowing When To Hand Over The Keys

Next time you pull out into traffic, consider this: there are more than 40 million licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the United States. Texas drivers who are at least 79 years old must renew their driver’s license in person at a local Department of Transportation office. Once a person reaches 85, the renewal period is cut from 6 years to 2 years.       Most senior drivers have to take a...

Elder Abuse and Polyvictimization

It’s time to learn a new buzzword.  “Polyvictimization” means two or more forms of elder abuse occurring at the same time. Elder abuse is: A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, Occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, Which causes harm or distress to an older person. It encompasses financial abuse, physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and abandonment. A nationally representative study...
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