Is it normal memory loss from aging or Alzheimer’s Disease?  See this Infographic for making sense of memory loss. Comparing Symptoms of Alzheimer’s versus Memory Loss from Normal Aging.  Thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association for information. Feel free to share our infographic.

social security

By Doug Callahan Still not exactly sure how Social Security works? That’s OK – it’s only been around since 1935. Just kidding … this stuff can be confusing. Let’s see if we can help a little. When President Roosevelt first signed the Social Security Act, it was a reaction to the Great Depression, and all…

social security

A Look at Social Security Benefits in 2009 By Doug Callahan Here are some interesting fact and figures, courtesy of Social Security Online. – – In 2009, $675.5 billion of Social Security benefits (SS) was paid out as part of Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance. 36.4 million Americans received Old Age Insurance as a part…

senior housing

Depending on Social Security qualifications, this may be a good way to pay for Senior Housing and Home Health Care By Doug Callahan Social Security benefits are an excellent way to supplement the cost of home health care and pay for senior housing. But unfortunately, your monthly Social Security check will probably not cover the…

By Doug Callahan Like Social Security, Medicare can be a little tricky. But it’s not surprising they’re similar – they are related, after all. Actually, Medicare is a part of Social Security. It wasn’t part of the original Social Security package, but you can thank President Johnson for adding it in 1965. But enough history…

pay for nursing home

Pay for Nursing Home Care with Medicare By Doug Callahan How will you pay for nursing home care?  In certain situations, Medicare will cover the costs of your nursing home stay, as long as you are eligible. The best resource for getting Medicare to pay for nursing home care is the Nursing Home Compare page…

medicare

Medicare Eligibility Requirements By Doug Callahan If you have a solid understanding of Medicare, let’s figure out if you’re ready to get it. And, of course, how to get it. Generally, Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, younger people with disabilities and people with End Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring…

aging

Unfortunately, life isn’t a smooth, straight road as you grow older. Your husband could break a hip without a second’s warning or your Mom might simply forget to eat one week. Events that throw you into crisis mode happen more and more frequently as you age. But by taking the proper steps and leveraging the…

hiring a home health

By Shirley Cohen Below are some mistakes that are made when hiring a home health agency or a caregiver to look over a loved one. They don’t check references. It is very common for people to believe that they are a good judge of character and fail to perform reference checks. Failure to perform these vital checks can…

apply for social security

Apply for Social Security Online The Cousins are Back and They’re Filing Online: Patty Duke Reprises Patty and Cathy Lane for new Retire Online Campaign Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, and Patty Duke, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy winning actress, today unveiled Social Security’s new online retirement application and launched the agency’s…