Frightening Superbug Data

A superbug is defined as a pathogenic microorganism, especially a bacterium, that has developed resistance to the medications normally used against it. Hospitals and nursing homes are able to keep lethal superbug outbreaks a secret, due to vague rules that give healthcare providers great leeway in deciding when or whether to report unusual clusters of…

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Retirees Going to College

Retirees have a variety of options to take college-level classes at affordable prices and sometimes even for free. Here are some ways to increase your knowledge in retirement, without straining your bank account. Audit classes for free. Retirees who audit college classes get to attend interesting lectures, but no grades or credits are provided. For example, Florida residents…

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Lifelong Learning and Living

There are many advantages for older Americans to seek out a college community as their new place of residence. They might be looking for intellectual stimulation, cultural amenities and sports offerings without high urban price tags. They may either want a return to their college roots, their alma mater, or perhaps a place they imagine…

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Nursing Home Medicaid–What About IRAs?

For many individuals, retirement savings are their largest asset. And when facing nursing home care, the rules about Medicaid and IRAs can be very confusing. So, how do IRAs (and pensions, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, etc.) affect Medicaid eligibility? Will a large IRA disqualify a nursing home resident for Medicaid? For those who are receiving payments from…

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Traveling with an Older Person

An article from Travel Channel by By: Meredith Rosenberg has great tips for traveling with the elderly. Following these suggestions can help provide a stress-free trip for the older person and the entire family. Consider stairs and walking distances. Know the layout of your hotel and check on the availability of a wheelchair. Check out, prior…

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Nursing Home Medicaid for Married Couples—What if we already get VA Benefits?

The Aid and Attendance Benefit offered to wartime veterans is often used to pay for assisted living care or home care (https://hurleylaw.wpengine.com/practice-areas/veterans-aid-attendance/). What if a couple is living in an assisted living community and receiving the VA Aid and Attendance Benefits when nursing home care is needed for the wartime veteran? In a situation like…

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