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The Joys of Having My Mom Live with Us Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn To Suicide In Long-Term Care Poll: Pets Help Us Cope With Health and Emotional Issues Unpartnered With No Heirs: Estate Planning Still Important Medicare’s Uncapped Drug Costs Still Bite Into Budgets States Push For Caregiver Tax Credits Beware Of Scammers Pretending To Be From Social Security Medicare’s Wellness Visit Isn’t The Same As An Annual Physical
 
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The Joys of Having My Mom Live with Us

I love having her here. I haven’t lived with my mom in 40 years. At first we were out of practice, but now it feels like we picked right up where we left off in 1978.

(Darren Hauck for KHN)

Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn To Suicide In Long-Term Care

When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long.

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Poll: Pets Help Us Cope With Health and Emotional Issues

A curled-up cat, a tail-wagging dog, a chirping parakeet or even a serene goldfish may help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues.

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Unpartnered With No Heirs: Estate Planning Still Important

Even if you do not have a partner, children or any living relatives, an estate plan makes sense.

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Medicare’s Uncapped Drug Costs Still Bite Into Budgets

Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit.

Gloria Brown is the primary caregiver for her husband, Arthur, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease four years ago. (Emma Marie Chiang for Kaiser Health News)

States Push For Caregiver Tax Credits

The price of paying for help isn’t cheap: The going rate in the San Francisco Bay Area ranges from $25 to $35 an hour.

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Beware Of Scammers Pretending To Be From Social Security

Last week I received six recorded calls purportedly from the Social Security Administration (SSA) informing me that my Social Security number was being deactivated.

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Medicare’s Wellness Visit Isn’t The Same As An Annual Physical

The annual wellness visit generally doesn’t include a physical exam, except to check routine measurements such as height, weight and blood pressure.

Grandparents find challenges, rewards raising grandkids

20 January 2011

The three sets of grandparents who turned out on a January evening while the region prepared for a blizzard were already experts in thawing out chilly conditions.

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Seniors may have to pay for Medicare home health

14 January 2011

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 — Medicare recipients could see a sizable new out-of-pocket charge for home health visits if Congress follows through on a recommendation issued Thursday by its own advisory panel. Until now, home health visits from nurses and other providers have been free of charge to patients. But the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission says […]

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Gov. Patrick cuts $15.5 million from elderly services

12 January 2011

“Cutting community based services for the elderly is fiscally wrong-headed,” said Mass Home Care Executive Director Al Norman. “Day care and foster care programs keep seniors out of more expensive institutions. At a time when revenues are limited, it makes sense to invest in programs that save taxpayer’s money.”

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Avoiding mismanagement of inheritances by your grandchildren

09 January 2011

By Linda T. Cammuso With the economic challenges families face today, grandparents are increasingly looking to leave an inheritance for their grandchildren — whether to help pay for education, or just to alleviate their children’s financial burdens. You may have thought about leaving something to your grandchildren, but are concerned about how they will use […]

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Raising your grandchildren? Estate planning a must

08 January 2011

By Linda T. Cammuso Today, more grandchildren are living with grandparents than ever before. According to data collected over the past 40 years, the number of children in the United States being raised by their grandparents has climbed steadily, more than doubling from 3 percent in 1970 to 7 percent in 2010. There are many […]

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What you pay for Medicare won’t cover your costs

31 December 2010

Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll that they paid into the system so they deserve their full benefits — no cuts.

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