Elder care costs are a major concern in the United States. According to the National Health Policy Forum, spending for long-term services and supports reached $219.9 billion in 2012,which translates to 9.3 percent of all health care spending in the U.S. These costs will only rise as the American population ages, especially considering the first wave of baby boomers are now older than 70.
One reason why Alzheimer’s is so insidious is that it has no cure nor practical effective treatment. Every patient eventually succumbs to the disease. Progress toward learning more about the nuts and bolts of the disease has been slow, even asmore Americans are diagnosed with the condition.
After those questions are answered, families can go about the task of finding the ideal community and then preparing for the move to senior living. At this point, the challenges continue, and perhaps even become more challenging …
Moving into an assisted living community is an exciting adventure. However, you may feel overwhelmed as you attempt to pack what you need for your new apartment. When it comes to smaller items, you always have the opportunity to re-evaluate your list as the move begins. With larger items, such as furniture, a more methodical approach is best. This attention to detail before the move ensures you aren’t stuck in a new apartment cluttered with too-big furniture pieces.
As Father’s Day approaches, you may find yourself struggling to connect with your aging dad or find a gift that makes him realize how special he is. Aging males can be notoriously difficult to shop for, but by shifting your thoughts to experiences, you can plan a day that puts a smile on your dad’s face for weeks to come. Here are a few of our favorite ideas that can get your planning process started on the right foot.
As your friends and relatives grow older, you may begin to wonder if home is the safest place for them to live. You may notice small issues that cause you concern, there may be a major medical emergency that makes living without assistance impossible, or your aging relative may express a desire to live with more senior-focused amenities. In any case, if you are searching for the best care for your loved one, you may be feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start.
Fortunately, doing your research step-by-step can help you make the best decision possible as you search for senior living that suits your loved one’s needs and lifestyle. Here are a few steps to get you started.
As few as 44 percent of Americans have a will, and just 68 percent of seniors older than 65 one have a will, a Gallup poll found. Whether it’s because of a lack of time, lack of money, or the belief that things will sort themselves out, the vast majority of older Americans have not taken all legal planning steps that are needed. In fact, many haven’t even completed the first step: gather important legal documents.
Organizing estate planning, medical, and financial legal documents is an easy way to ensure that you or your loved one’s wishes are honored, and that surviving family members won’t be left with hefty legal bills and disputes to untangle.
Links between diet and dementia have been crystallizing for years, but until recently, there’s been little understanding about why, exactly, the risk of dementia increases with a poor diet.
Better understanding of the links between diet and dementia could help millions of Americans reduce their risk of developing dementia. And these breakthroughs can also help slow the progression of cognitive decline in those who already have dementia.
The concept of assisted living sometimes conjures up negative misconceptions of loved ones suffering through a reduced quality of life, disinterested staffers and boredom, but these stereotypes can actually prevent seniors and their families from truly understanding assisted living and confidently making the decisions that are best for their loved ones’ well-being.
The fear of boredom is especially vexing—the idea that once a senior enters assisted living, life becomes dull. For the best senior living communities, this is anything but the case. Understanding senior living is understanding that quality of life, including events, social life and amenities, should be the primary focus of communities and their staff. Here is how this goal is accomplished: