October 2016

It's Medicare fraud season

Medicare scams abound this time of year so if you are a Medicare beneficiary, closely guard your Medicare and Social Security number. Fraudsters are especially good at making mailings and phone calls appear to be from official sources. What else can you do be safe? Read on.

 

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Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

In her monthly Online Dementia Journal, dementia educator Teepa Snow offers up several articles on the subject of at Lewy Body Dementia. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, these articles are well worth the read. 

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Social Security benefits increase in 2017

This is the time of year when beneficiaries of Social Security, Medicare and VA benefits eagerly await news about increases. On October 18, the Social Security Administration announced a 0.3 percent cost of living increase for 2017. For some beneficiaries, this increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. Information about Medicare changes for 2017, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov.  

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Dates & deadlines for 2017 health insurance

If you know someone who gets their health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplace (aka Obamacare), several key dates and deadlines are approaching. 

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Choosing the Right Medicare Plan

Many Medicare beneficiaries make costly mistakes during Open Enrollment. Will you be one of them? 

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Caregiving Is Forcing Women 50+ to Leave the Workforce

When employers force employees with caregiving duties to choose between work and family, everyone loses. 

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CMS launches Twitter account

If you're a Twitter user who happens to be a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary, you'll want to know about this.

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Are you suffering from Open Enrollment Confusion?

Are you wondering which open enrollment period applies to you? You’re not alone. With Medicare, the Health Insurance Market Place (Obamacare) and individual retiree health plans all holding open enrollment at roughly the same time each year, it’s no wonder people are confused. 

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Exercising the Right to Vote

What can you do to secure an elderly loved one's right to vote in this November’s historic election? This article explains.

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The 7 Deadly Emotions of Caregiving

Caring for an older adult can trigger intense emotions. How do you cope?

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When kids are caregivers

As the economy struggles and the ranks of baby boomers expand, increasing numbers of children are being assigned caregiving responsibilities. Being caregivers for ill adults in the home is the reality of over a million school children in America. New reserach is showing that the emotional stress faced by child caregivers can be even more harmful to them than the physical burdens.

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Questions about Medicare?

If you're new to Medicare or you need a refresher on the basics as you make decisions during Open Enrollment, this video will help clarify things. Click through to the blog entry to see Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woordard and Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain explain the basics of enrollment, the various Medicare plans, making changes, how Medicare and Medicaid work together, and more.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Tomorrow

If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, Open Enrollment starts tomorrow, October 15, and continues through December 7, 2016. Open Enrollment is the time most people can make changes to their plan, with changes taking effect on January 1, 2017. Even if you’re happy with your current coverage, you might find something that’s a better fit for your budget or your health needs. Keep in mind that if you miss an Open Enrollment deadline, you’ll most likely have to wait a full year before you can make changes to your plan.

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Have you discussed your end-of-life wishes with your doctor?

Earlier this year, one major obstacle to discussing end-of-life wishes with doctors disappeared. Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains more.

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Resolving common problems with nursing homes

The average consumer knows more about cars or their mobile phones than she knows about nursing homes and the rights residents have. A helpful guide developed by Justice in Aging explains how to resolve 20 of the most common problems confronted by families.

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Dealing with Dementia Exhaustion

When a loved one with dementia has trouble sleeping, the results for caregivers can be exhausting. What can you do? This article offers several good tips.

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October is Residents' Rights Month

If someone you love is a resident of a long-term care facility, it's vital that you understand their rights, including the right to vote and participate in the political process to the extent they are able. 

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Tips for Making Decisions during Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period

It's that time of year again! Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period is October 15 – December 7, 2016, with changes effective January 1, 2017. Medicare decisions can become complicated for seniors and those who help them. This list of basic DOs and DON’Ts can help.

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The Conflict Box

It’s an all-too-common family dynamic. When adult children looking out for their elderly parents’ well-being are met with resistance, stubbornness and outright hostility, what’s really going on? We see this dynamic so often that we’ve developed a model to explain it. We call it the Conflict Box.

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How to Improve the Stages of Dementa

If a loved one has dementia, Is it possible to make changes to his or her environment to ease the journey? This article explains how small changes can make a big difference in what your loved one experiences.

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Lewy Body Dementia - An account by the wife of the late Robin Williams

This poignant article by artist Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of actor Robin Williams, chronicles the effects that Lewy Body disease had on her husband's life.

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America's Hidden Long-Term Care Problem

A new study reinforces what millions of professional caregivers already know: workers providing long-term care face serious health and financial issues. 

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