September 2019

Lessons from Teepa Snow: Part 1

What is dementia? Outreach Coordinator Dana Hentschel explains in this video, the first in Lessons from Teepa Snow, a ten-video training series that will help you better relate to loved ones who are living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

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Types of Dementias and How They Differ

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are two terms that are often used interchangeably. But do they mean the same thing? Or is there a difference? This article offers some insight.

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Medicare Plan Finder

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period starts on October 15, just over two weeks from now. There are a few changes to the process that have the potential to make this year's enrollment a bit more challenging, including the fact that Medicare is rolling out a new website. Medicare Specialist Joshua Hunter explains. 

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Successful VA Applications - Part 1

How do you create a successful application for VA pension benefits? In this video, the first in a three-part series, Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Hunter talks about the steps you should take before you start filling out forms.

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Joshua Bey's Elder Care Story

Though Public Benefit Specialist Joshua Bey hasn't had the experience of helping older relatives navigate the long-term care maze, he has walked the journey alongside thousands of families, before and after joining the Takacs McGinnis team. 

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Older and Getting Around: Seniors and Ride-Hailing Apps

Could apps like Uber and Lyft be the transportation solution for seniors who no longer drive? What sounds great in theory doesn't always work out all that well in practice. This article explains more.

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Joshua Hunter's Elder Care Story

Medicare Specialist Joshua Hunter helped care for his grandmother during her later years, and the experience was a major motivator for him to choose a career serving the elderly.

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Using Online Ratings to Choose a Nursing Home

If you're faced with the prospect of placing an elderly relative in a nursing home, how can you be sure you're choosing the right facility? Checking out ratings and reviews is one way. This article offers some tips.

 

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You're Wanting to Know Who I Am

In her August newsletter, dementia educator Teepa Snow included an excellent article that offers detailed advice about how to respond when a person with dementia doesn't recognize you. It's counterintuitive...and it's brilliant. 

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Pati Bedwell's Elder Care Story

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell is currently navigating a parent's elder care journey. She hasn't just walked in your shoes in the past--she's wearing them now!

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Survival Tips for Caregiver Spouses

There’s a lot of attention paid to adult children who are caregivers to their parents. But what about the spouse of someone who has had a stroke or develops dementia? Spouses are often the overlooked caregivers in our communities. After all, they agreed to in sickness and in health, right?

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Things Not to Hide from Your Doctor

Everyone tells the whole truth to their doctor, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case, especially when it comes to older adults.

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A Trust Isn't a One-Size-Fits-All Document

When it comes to trusts, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all. No matter what the internet says. Partner Barbara McGinnis explains more.

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Caregiving is Work

This Labor Day, don’t forget about the contributions of the men and women who are caring for elderly family members. Their work is unpaid, unseen, and often unacknowledged—but it’s every bit as valuable.

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