Keeping the elderly at home

A number of private firms are getting into the business of keeping older Americans in their homes and out of nursing homes. Until recently, only non-profits were allowed to run programs aimed at doing this. But a year ago the government opened a little known Medicare program up to private for-profit firms. The question is… Read More »

Home Health Care Pay to Rise

The Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case that challenged a new Labor Department rule that requires higher wages for many home health care workers. It means the rule will stay in place, says a story on The case centered on whether the new rule should be allowed to require third party… Read More »

Social Security Myths

There are a number of misconceptions about Social Security. An article on clarifies four of them.  They are: You should start collecting early. This is wrong. If you take benefits starting at age 62 or anytime before 66, your benefits will be permanently reduced. Best to wait until 66 if you can. Your money… Read More »

Older Diabetics Living Longer

A study shows that older Americans with diabetes who were born in the 1940s are living longer and with less disability than those born ten years earlier. The study, published in the Lancet and reported in, found that adults with diabetes born in the 1940s generally become disabled later and were living more years… Read More »

Long-term Care Rates Rising

This is a story out of Massachusetts, but it may well be appearing in other states as well. John Hancock has increased its premiums for long-term care insurance, leaving thousands in the Bay State with sticker shock, says a story in the Boston Globe. The company sent notices to its policyholders informing them of the… Read More »

Assisted Suicide Now The Law in California

California now has a law in effect allowing assisted suicide for the terminally ill. The law is strict, intended to ensure that patients have thought through the decision and are making it voluntarily, says a story in the New York Times. Patients must make multiple requests for the medication that hastens their dying and have… Read More »

Children as Caregivers

In more than one million American families, children — as young as 8 years old — are partly or fully responsible for caring for adults or siblings they live with. These children have to shop, cook meals, clean, do laundry and are responsible for the hygiene of those they care for. They also have to… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Due to Infections?

A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may stem from the brain fighting off infections. The disease may be the result of a byproduct that builds up in the brain when it fights infections, says the study, reported on in Time magazine. If it turns out to be true it could change the way the… Read More »

Trapped in Nursing Homes But Wanting Out

Many Americans who could be living elsewhere are trapped in nursing homes against their will. The Supreme Court ruled 20 years ago that disabled people needing public support are entitled to live in their communities rather than in institutions unless medically necessary. But because of budget cuts, inflexible rules and too few alternatives, many people… Read More »

Elder Abuse On The Rise

Reports of elder abuse are on the rise — and part of it may be due to the opiate crisis. A story in the Boston Globe says reports of suspected elder abuse in Massachusetts have risen nearly 40 percent over the past few years and elder advocates say it is fueled in part by the… Read More »

Boomers Redefining Suburbia

Half a century ago, suburbs were frantically building schools to keep up with all the newly born baby boomers. Today, suburbs are redefining themselves as boomers age, and want to stay in their communities, but continue to live full lives. A story in the Boston Globe says these aging boomers are wanting new experiences even… Read More »

Is Your Power of Attorney Powerless?

Some people who have given power of attorney to a loved one to help them managed their business in the case of incapacity are finding that their banks are not honoring the documents. These banks are insisting that the owners of the bank accounts at their institutions sign the institutions’ own power of attorney forms,… Read More »