Category Archives: Health

Jimmo denied Medicare coverage despite settlement bearing her name, finally receives coverage

If the name Glenda Jimmo rings a bell for you, give yourself a pat on the back.  In 2011, Jimmo went to court seeking help from the government in paying for her care.  At issue was the need for Jimmo to receive physical therapy and other care.  Jimmo, who is legally blind needed a partial…

10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Estimates vary, but experts suggest that as many as 5 million Americans 65 and older suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Because the population of Americans over the age of 65 is growing, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow over the next 20 years unless we either find a cure or effective preventions. …

Having the conversation-living will and advanced directives

Do you ever wonder how a conversation might look if you were to talk to your parents (or your children) about a living will or advanced directive.  Here’s a TED Talk about one way that conversation could go.  The TED Talk references this video.

Long-Term Care decisions: a national crisis for the middle class

About 70 percent of Americans will need Long-Term Care at some point in their lives, yet according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation only about 7 percent of Americans have Long-Term Care insurance. A CBS News story looked at how those in the middle—not rich, not poor—find themselves without resources for providing care for their loved ones…

Is it time to adjust your driving habits?

I have older parents and they drive. I’m glad they drive because their driving allows them to continue to volunteer and be active.  And frankly because if they didn’t drive, then I would have to drive them.  It’s important that they can drive because they live in Pierce County and we don’t have a lot…

Don’t wait for a crisis before requesting a geriatric assessment

Usually, when we talk about assessments, we are referring to those that help qualify individuals for long term care either at home or in an institutional setting. The result is that we often recommend assessments for individuals because they are showing signs of cognitive or physical decline.  That kind of assessment can be triggered by…

Your parents’ health may determine the cost of you LTC plan

If you’re in your 50s, you should be considering purchasing Long-Term Care (LTC) insurance but one thing you may not have counted on is your parents’ health. Genworth, a major provider of LTC insurance announced recently that it would rate applicants based on whether their parents suffered from early onset coronary artery disease prior to…

Will you live too long?

You might have missed it. The government released new findings this month that the life expectancy of Americans at birth has reached a record high.  As we hit age 65, we now have a time horizon of 20 more years for women and 18 more years for men.  The report found that healthier lifestyles and…

2015 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles

The 2015 premiums and deductibles for Medicare Part B will remain the same as 2014 and 2013.  For specific information click on the link below. Medicare Premiums & Deductibles for 2015

Turning 65? 9 Tips For Signing Up For Medicare

By Caroline Mayer Originally printed on Oct 07, 2014,  Provided by Kaiser Health News. “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press 1 now. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you . . . .” Wait! I thought I was calling Social Security to ask a…