Very interesting numbers and percentages on the subject of long-term care…

Christine Benz’ recent article in Morningstar highlights some very interesting statistics on the cost of long-term care.  For more than half of Americans turning sixty-five, Medicaid will pay a large part of the cost of their long-term care. See Eric Pullen to update or develop your estate plan. Don’t let the cost of long-term care …

How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer’s?

Jose Belardo of Lansing, Kan., spent most of his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. He worked on the front lines of disasters in such places as Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. At home with his three kids and wife, Elaine, he’d always been unfailingly reliable, so when he forgot their wedding …

No Gaps In Understanding: Here’s Your Primer On Medigap Coverage

This article from Kaiser Health Network will help you understand your options when choosing between regular Medicare plus a “Medi-Gap” Medicare supplement insurance plan or going with a Medicare Advantage Plan. If you are retired and have health coverage from a previous employer, you should request guidance from that employer’s HR/Benefits office to see if …

What is considered high blood pressure for older adults?

Recent updates to guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology changed the definition of high blood pressure or hypertension for most people. High blood pressure is now generally defined as 130 or higher for the first number, or 80 or higher for the second number (previously it was 140/90). However, …

Social Security 2018 Trustees Report

June 5, 2018 Today, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds. The combined funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as last year, with 79 percent of benefits payable after …

Barbara Bush’s End-Of-Life Decision Stirs Debate Over ‘Comfort Care’

“Comfort care” usually refers to palliative care, which focuses on managing patients’ symptoms to keep them comfortable and retain their dignity. It does not mean stopping medical care; but rather medical treatment focusing on symptomatic pain relief and comfort. This decision is more specifically defined in one of the five important documents comprising a basic …

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