What’s in a Will?

Thinking about creating a Will, but not sure what that really means? The structure of an Estate Plan will vary from person to person, but a comprehensive Will should include the following documents: 1. Last Will and Testament 2. Financial Power of Attorney 3. Healthcare Directives A Comprehensive Estate Plan Your Last Will and Testament is a legal document that …

The Dos and Don’ts of Elder Care Planning

When it comes to preparing for old age, there is so much to consider and decide that the mere thought of it can feel overwhelming. It’s no wonder so many people delay the inevitable — though they end up wishing they hadn’t. View image | gettyimages.com To make life easier, Pennsylvania’s Sentinel recently published a list of general dos and …

There Is No Manual for Being the Child of Aging Parents

First-time parents often lament the challenges of rearing a child. “Being a parent doesn’t come with an instruction manual,” we often hear. How true that is. Eventually, though, it’s the kids who find themselves looking for manuals of their own — navigating adolescence, landing a job, finding love, and all of life’s other dilemmas. Eventually, the quest for instructions comes …

35 Million Seniors Have Lung Disease and Don’t Know It

Shocking but apparently true: in America alone, there may be as many as 35 million Americans with undiagnosed lung disease. The findings are detailed in a new report from Reuters. View image | gettyimages.com For the most part, these are former smokers who don’t yet meet the diagnosis criteria for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or cancer. Nevertheless, they’re already …

Alzheimer’s, Oscars, and Grammys: The Glen Campbell Story

For families facing a recent diagnosis of dementia, it’s helpful to hear that it isn’t always the end of the world. In fact, there are a number of encouraging successful stories out there — people who’ve found a way to make the most of life in the face of Alzheimer’s and more. Just ask Glen Campbell. View image | gettyimages.com …

Google Says It’s Possible to Live to Be 500 Years Old

Life keeps getting longer. We routinely hear that the next generation can expect to see more than a century’s worth of life. But that’s not enough for Google. They want to get in a good five centuries’ worth, at least. That’s not just a pipe dream, Bill Maris says. It’s reality. Maris is the president and managing partner of Google …

Will Crowdfunding Pay Your Long Term Care Costs?

  We all know that the cost of medical care and long term care can be expensive. And at current rates, there isn’t likely to be a decrease in price any time soon. There has been an increase in people gaining medical coverage with the help of Obama’s Affordable Care Act. However, this does not mean that these people or …

How Does That Nursing Home Grade?

Nursing Home Grades After Changes to the Federal Grading Scale By the end of 2014, federal programs Medicare and Medicaid implemented a new grading scale to rate nursing home facilities. The new scale makes it harder for nursing homes to achieve more stars on a 5 star grading scale. With the latest report, more homes than ever before have received …

Dementia Is Now Our Biggest Fear

What do stroke, cancer, and heart disease have in common? They’re all less frightening than dementia. View image | gettyimages.com A new survey finds that more people consider dementia to be their biggest fear, surpassing any other disease — including stroke, heart disease, and cancer — even though those conditions have a much higher rate of death. A full third of …