October 2018

Understanding Yourself as a Caregiver

If you're caring for an elderly loved one, it's easy to overlook your own needs. That's why planning for your own care is as important as planning for the care of someone you love. 

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Medicare Monday: Medicare Horror Stories

Ghost and goblins aren't the only things that can be scary this Halloween season. Medicare scams are as common as trick-or-treaters and jack-o-lanterns. In this video, Medicare Specialist Joshua Hunter talks about two particularly frightening scams involving new Medicare cards.

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Voting Rights and the Elderly - Part

In this second video in a two-part series on voting rights and the elderly, Associate Attorney Chris Johnson explains what family caregivers can do to help elderly loved ones exercise their right to vote. 

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Voting Rights and the Elderly - Part 1

It's election season. How do long-term care facilities make sure residents are able to exercise their right to vote? In this video, the first in a two-part series, Associate Attorney Chris Johnson explains what the law says about older adults and their voting rights.

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Residents' Rights - Part 4

In this final video in our four-part series spotlighting National Residents’ Rights Month, Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the rights residents of nursing facilities have during transfers and discharges, and the rights residents have to present grievances.

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Medicare Monday: Enrollment Periods

Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period is in full swing. But that's not the only enrollment period during the year that Medicare beneficiaries need to know about. What are the others? Medicare Specialist Joshua Hunter explains.

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Meeting the Spiritual Needs of a Person Living with Dementia

If you're caring for a loved one with dementia, don't forget to attend to his or her spiritual needs. This article offers a few helpful tips.

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What's New in Medicare Advantage and Part D

Medicare Open Enrollment is now in full swing. What's new this year? This special report from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains. It found that people on Medicare will be able to choose from among an average of 24 Medicare Advantage Plans and 27 Medicare Part D Drug Plans. That's a dizzying array of choices.

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Residents' Rights - Part 3

In honor of Residents' Rights Month this October, we've produced a four-part weekly video series where Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains the basics of residents' rights. If someone you love is living in a nursing home, you'll want to catch all the videos in the series. In this third video in the series, Pati takes a look at the first six rights on the list of residents' rights guaranteed under the 1987 federal Nursing Home Reform Law.

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Medicare Monday: Annual Open Enrollment

Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period is happening now. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, what do you need to do? Medicare Specialist Joshua Hunter offers tips.

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What Law Enforcement Officials Need to Know About Dementia

Do the police officers in your community know how to deal with people who have dementia? It's worth posing the question to your local law enforcement agency, especially if someone you love is affected by the disease.

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What is Lewy Body Dementia?

What is Lewy Body dementia? How is it different from other types of dementia? This article explains. 

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Residents' Rights - Part 2

In honor of Residents' Rights Month this October, we've produced a four-part weekly video series where Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains the basics of residents' rights. If someone you love is living in a nursing home, you'll want to catch all the videos in the series. In this video, Pati explains how residents' rights came to be.

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Beware of Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction

Have you ever heard of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, also known as POCD? Most people haven’t. It’s a little-known condition that affects a substantial number of older adults after surgery. Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about how she learned about POCD.

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Residents' Rights - Part 1

In honor of Residents' Rights Month this October, we've produced a four-part weekly video series where Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains the basics of residents' rights. If someone you love is living in a nursing home, you'll want to catch all the videos in the series, including this one, which introduces the concept of residents' rights.

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