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Aging—for aging parents and their adult children—sneaks up on all of us. Planning should begin early. And that includes not only the senior individual or couple, it includes the family, professional caregivers, and friends. The old African proverb tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. It is also sometimes advantageous to…

During the month of May we celebrate our mothers and recognize the many sacrifices of those who have served our country, but did you know that it’s also Older Americans Month? Older adults are an important part of our society. “Get into the Act” is the theme of this year’s celebration to focus on how…

Expect the Unexpected: Be Prepared Legally, Financially and Medically Without even a moment’s notice, you could become ill or injured and unable to take care of your own affairs. That’s why it’s so important to have all your legal, financial and medical ducks in a row—and someone ready to take care of them as soon…

According to the IRS, tax fraud can be committed in a several different ways – including using your Social Security number in order to file a tax return with the purpose of getting a fraudulent refund. Another common fraud tactic occurs when your tax return preparer can claim expenses that you are not entitled to…

A recent news story about an 89 year old female resident of a rehabilitation facility suffering sexual abuse from a 19 year old facility employee made me cringe on many levels. Even though I worked in elder care for many years, I still shuttered and asked: What kind of person would do this? How could…

A chief goal of the Affordable Care Act is to improve the quality of healthcare in the U.S. One strategy for achieving this is to pay healthcare providers based on performance rather than the traditional “fee for service” model. What does this mean for Medicare providers? Hospitals and other healthcare providers must regularly report quality…

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Accountable Care Organizations and Post Acute Care: Shaping the Future of Healthcare An aging population with increased longevity and chronic health problems, coupled with a fee-for-service model of care that rewards volume of services over outcomes, has created a perfect storm of rising healthcare costs in America that, if left unchecked, spells disaster for our…

pets

Because our pets’ lifespan is so much shorter than ours, we find ourselves adjusting to a quiet house and an empty lap again and again throughout our lives. Those are sad days! However, as melancholy as you are when your pets pass away, imagine how Fido and Fluffy, who rely on you for their every…

planning for a debt free retirement

Tips for an attainable Debt Free Retirement Everyone should work toward being debt-free by the time they retire. Freedom from all outstanding monthly payments (mortgages, car loans, or real credit card debt) will help you live comfortably in retirement and make it less likely that you will run out of money—even if you live longer…