Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

This week at the Aging Well Conference in Arlington, I was invited to speak on the critical topic, The Decisions A Health Care Proxy May Make On Your Behalf. I've written several times about legal documents and selecting an executor and agent. While researching for the presentation, I came across valuable information on the American Bar Association website and want to share with readers. Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical The decisions a healthcare proxy will make on your behalf Choices about medical care, including medical tests, medicine, or surgery The right to request or decline life-support treatments such

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Home Care Options

Caregiving After a Stroke

Study Finds Seniors Need In-Home Medical Care — But Face Few Options At Visiting Angels, we know the importance of in-home care, and we know that for millions of American seniors, it is important that care comes to them and not the other way around. Thankfully, the market for non-medical in-home care is bigger than ever. Now, housebound or mobility-limited seniors are able to get much of the support and care they need in the comfort of their own homes. But when it comes to doctor’s visits, it’s a completely different story. These days, it’s almost impossible for seniors to

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How Covid-19 Will Change Aging and Retirement

Senior Man Writing at Home

There is not one person on the planet who hasn’t been affected by the Coronavirus. The virus started spreading in 2019 and continued to affect people globally throughout the year 2020. Traveling was halted, lockdowns prevailed, and the economy was disrupted as the world faced an unprecedented situation throughout the globe. Not only has the pandemic caused people to stay at home throughout the year, but it has also affected our lifestyle, changing it forever. Some people are referring to the current situation as “the new normal,” indicating that we will have to adapt to this situation as this might

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What Happens If You Delay Medicare Coverage? 

What Happens If You Delay Medicare Coverage? ‎

When most people start Medicare, it begins on the 1st day of the month of their 65th Birthday. Of course, this is not what is the best for everyone. Frequently,  people are choosing to continue working later into life. What Happens If You Delay Medicare Coverage?  In many cases with group insurance there is no need to start their Medicare Part B coverage. These Medicare Beneficiaries have a few options, and can delay their Part B enrollment with no penalty. If you do not have creditable coverage and you decide to delay your Part B enrollment, you will have to wait

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Diabetic Wound Management in Long-Term Care

Senior man looking at doctor adjusting bed while sitting on wheelchair

Caring for a wound is important for people of any age, but for diabetics, and especially seniors it’s crucial. Older patients living in long term care facilities are often not physically active, and some are completely bed bound. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), long term care facilities are host to a larger number of seniors dealing with diabetes. For these patients, the risk for developing pressure ulcers or bed sores, and diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) is much higher than the general public. Since many are not up and moving around regularly, blood flow is decreased. Remaining prone or

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Difference between Medigap Plans and Medicare Advantage

When it comes to insurance, it would be fair to say you either pay now or pay later. If you pay now, you are choosing to pay a higher premium with the expectation your insurance plan will pay more when you file a claim. The pay later option means a lower monthly premium and leaves the Medicare Beneficiary with a greater out of pocket expense when seeking medical treatment. Difference between Medigap Plans and Medicare Advantage There are several reasons to choose a Medigap Plan over Medicare Advantage Plans. The comprehensive benefits provided by a Medigap, as known as Supplement Plans

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Elderly Mental Health Statistics

Like every population, there is a lot of variety among older adults. But it can be helpful to talk about elderly mental health statistics so we know when to take notice. Because while many have good mental health, others are vulnerable to mental health issues and cognitive deterioration. A Growing Population The world population is aging. It is estimated about 8.5 percent of people worldwide are aged 65 and over and this percentage is expected to rise to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050. It is common for mental health issues to be ignored or misdiagnosed by

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CBD Sleep Benefits

Sleep is an important part of your overall health! According to National Sleep Foundation, it was reported in 2014 that 45% of Americans sleep poorly or not enough. Many sleepless users are looking for a natural alternative for sleeping issues and The Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus has shared the calming and sleep promoting benefits of cannabidiol in this post. What is Cannabidiol (CBD)? Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It can be extracted from marijuana or industrial hemp. It is a major cannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract. You may

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World Hearing Day 2019: ‘Check Your Hearing’ for free with the hearScreen USA app

Sunday, March 3 marks World Hearing Day 2019 in partnership with the World Health Organisation. “Check Your Hearing” is this year’s theme with the purpose of drawing attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss.   Hearing loss is an often-overlooked condition. Lead inventor of hearZA, Professor De Wet Swanepoel emphasizes the far-reaching effects of hearing loss on various developmental milestones in children. He explains that it affects language, speech, socio-emotional well-being and cognitive processes that can pose threats to educational success. Furthermore, social isolation, depression and cognitive decline are often evident among adults suffering from

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