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How To Master Growing Old

Growing old is not easy. And it also is not simple. There is a lot of learn about how you can care for your changing body, how to keep and grow social connections, and how to manage your legal and financial life. But where can an older adult learn these things? The Woodbury Senior Community Center in  Litchfield County Connecticut, [...]

By |2019-12-09T19:26:20-05:00December 10th, 2019|Aging|0 Comments

The House Democrats’ Far-Reaching Medicare Drug Bill Is About More Than Lowering Drug Prices

Timed to show that they are not just about impeaching President Trump, House Democrats released a far-reaching plan to redesign the Medicare drug benefit. But the measure, which the House plans to vote on next week, goes well beyond an attempt lower drug prices. It would redesign Medicare Part D cost-sharing and add key core benefits to fee-for-service Medicare Part [...]

By |2019-12-06T12:28:44-05:00December 6th, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

Buttigieg Proposes An Ambitious—And Much Needed— Long-Term Care Reform Plan

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has proposed an ambitious plan to reform long-term care finance and delivery in the US. It includes a public catastrophic long-term care benefit, enhancements to the private long-term care insurance market, reform to Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS), and higher wages and benefits for direct care workers. Buttigieg, who says he learned about the [...]

By |2019-11-25T15:14:02-05:00November 25th, 2019|long term care reform|0 Comments

Policymakers Still Are Not Paying Attention To The Needs Of Frail Elders And Their Families

Nearly all of the Democratic presidential hopefuls have proposed or supported plans to create a federal family leave program that would include those who are caring for frail parents or other relatives. That’s gratifying. It’s too bad that in this week’s debate, all but Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) appear to have forgotten the fact. They were happy to chime in [...]

By |2019-11-22T11:10:22-05:00November 22nd, 2019|family caregivers|0 Comments

Even If You Have Medicare, You’ll Still Pay Thousands Out-Of-Pocket For Health Care

One of the biggest misconceptions seniors have about health care is this: I have Medicare so don’t need to worry about medical costs in old age.  It is a dangerous mistake. Not only does traditional Medicare generally not pay for long-term supports and services (either at home or in a nursing home), but it doesn’t pay for a significant chunk [...]

By |2019-11-08T09:36:33-05:00November 8th, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

The Special Challenges Of Nearly 11 Million Seniors Who Live In Rural Communities

When we think about older adults in the US, we usually focus on those living in cities or suburbs. By doing so, we forget about the rural elderly, who represent an outsized share of people living in these communities and who have very special challenges. According to a new report by the US Census bureau, about 10.6 million older adults [...]

By |2019-10-28T10:33:36-04:00October 28th, 2019|aging in place|0 Comments

A Shortage Of Paid Caregivers Is Raising The Cost Of Home Care

The growing shortage of paid caregivers has become increasingly apparent over the past several months.  Now, we are seeing evidence of the most direct consequence of that scarcity: The cost of care, especially for those living at home, is rising faster than it has in years. According to the newly released Genworth cost of care survey, the cost of homemaking [...]

By |2019-10-18T13:38:07-04:00October 18th, 2019|long-term care workers|0 Comments

Medicare Advantage Plans Are Expanding Personal Supports and Services For 2020

In 2020, Medicare beneficiaries will have more opportunities to join Medicare Advantage (MA) managed care plans that offer limited personal supports and services such as home care, non-medical transportation, nutrition programs, and home modifications. The benefits, first allowed by the federal government for 2019, are not full-blown long-term care, but they do provide critical services and supports that may make [...]

By |2019-10-07T16:49:44-04:00October 7th, 2019|Medicare|0 Comments

Urging Doctors and Health Systems To Recognize The Importance Of Social Supports To Patients 

The influential National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) has called for a major initiative to better integrate heath care and social supports. The group, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, has published a white paper on the subject that should encourage both policymakers and medical practitioners to pay more attention to the importance of social supports to [...]

By |2019-10-02T10:56:00-04:00October 2nd, 2019|social determinants of health|0 Comments

Psychedelics and Seniors: Can Drugs Such As Marijuana and Psilocybin Improve Their Quality of Life?

OK, let’s get past all the jokes about aging Baby Boomers revisiting their youth and getting stoned.  As the medical and recreational use of marijuana grows across the country, older adults are increasingly either smoking cannabis or taking it in the form of cannabidiol (CBD).  Yet we know remarkably little about how CBD or its close relative  tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) affects [...]

By |2019-09-18T12:40:55-04:00September 18th, 2019|Health Care|0 Comments