Increasing Long-Term Care Costs

Findings of a new report, the Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey, was just released by Genworth Financial. The findings: the median annual cost of a private room in a nursing home is $97,455 ($8,121/month); a semi-private room is $85,775 per year ($7,148/month); a home…

Top 4 Myths about POAs

We highly recommend that individuals complete a Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters (or a POA for short). This important document is priceless in the unfortunate event of incapacity and is relatively painless to put in place. Despite its usefulness, many are still wary…

Social Security Increase

A cost-of-living increase of 2 percent has been announced by the Social Security Administration. Approximately one in five Americans will receive the cost of living benefit in 2018 which is more than 70 million U. S. residents; these include Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and…

Labor Day – Then and Now

  Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job. In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average. Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average manufacturing worker…

Webpage Launched: Jimmo Settlement Agreement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds the Medicare community of the Jimmo Settlement Agreement (January 2013), which clarified that the Medicare program covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services under Medicare’s skilled nursing facility, home health, and outpatient therapy benefits when…

Non-Medicinal Help for Acid Reflux

For the 50 million Americans who suffer from acid reflux, recommendations include non-medicinal remedies for alleviating heartburn, eliminating the dangerous side effects of proton pump inhibitors and antacids. While the solution includes modifying your lifestyle, eating to avoid reflux and reducing your medication, Dr. Jorge…

Eye Scan Indicates Alzheimer’s

  Early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease exist within our eyes, according to researchers, meaning a non-invasive eye scan could tip us off to Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms occur. Alzheimer’s affects the retina — the back of the eye — similarly to how it affects the brain, notes neuroscience investigators at Cedars-Sinai…