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Alzheimer's and Vision Changes

Did you know that Alzheimer's disease leads to vision problems, including problems with peripheral vision and depth perception? If you have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer's, understanding the vision problems caused by Alzheimer's can help you become a better caregiver. Watch the video.

How Likely Are You to Need Long Term Care?

Is it likely that you will ever need Long Term Care? If you do need Long Term Care, how much care are you likely to need? While no one can predict exactly what their future will hold, you can make reasonable assumptions about your future care needs by taking into account: (i) statistics about the types and length of care needed by today's seniors; and (ii) personal information unique to you, such as your family medical history.  Read more . . . 

Paying for Memory Care

Memory Care Units, most often found in Assisted Living Facilities, can be a great alternative to Nursing Home placement for individuals in the early or middle stages of dementia. Memory Care does tend to be expensive, though, so it is important to understand exactly what services are included in the monthly fee and to learn the various ways that families are finding to pay for Memory Care.  Read More . . .

Safe Return Bracelet

The Alzheimer's Association Safe Return Bracelet provides access to a local network of local law enforcement, first responders and Alzheimer's Association chapters to search for a loved one with dementia who has wandered off. The Safe Return bracelet also contains an emergency phone number that can be called by anyone who finds the wanderer so that his or her emergency contacts can be notified. Read more . . . 

Ultrasound for Alzheimer's

A new Australian study finds that ultrasound treatments may help treat Alzheimer's symptoms. The Australian researchers have not yet tested their ultrasound treatment on human subjects, but their study found significant improvements in mice. Read more . . .

What's Next? Creating a Care Plan for Aging Parents

The day you've been dreading has arrived. Your aging parents can no longer function independently and are going to need additional help. You must figure out what type of additional care they need and how to find it. Perhaps you also need to convince your parents that they need additional help. It's easy to become overwhelmed, but there are steps you can take to prioritize tasks and create a plan that will minimize stress for both you and your parents. Read more . . . 

Elder Law Mediation

Elder Law mediation can be very helpful to families who are in disagreement about the best way to care for an aging loved one. Elder Law mediators are neutral third parties who are trained in dispute resolution. Read more . . .

Alzheimer's Caregiver Center

Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia? The Alzheimer's Association has a wonderful online Caregiver Center with a variety of information and resources for caregivers. Help and support are also available from their 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Create an Online Social Security Account

Workers and retirees of any age can set up an online My Social Security account to verify earnings, get an estimate of future benefits, request proof of current benefits, and more. A My Social Security online account gives you access to your Social Security information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alzheimer's: What Does Medicare Cover?

If you have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, Medicare will cover some of your medical costs but not all of them. Most importantly, Medicare generally does not cover much of the long term care needed by those suffering from Alzheimer's.   More . . .

Hiring a Home Care Provider

Hiring a home care provider?  Here's a helpful checklist to get you started. More    

How to Talk to Your Aging Parent About Those Difficult Issues

Do you need to have a difficult conversation with your parents? Is it perhaps time for them to stop driving or to begin to accept more help? Here are some suggestions to get you started and to help your conversation go more smoothly.  More. . .