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Compassion Isn’t Enough For Family Caregivers. They Need Training Too.

Family members and friends are the bedrock of our system of personal care for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. Without their support, the nation’s hospitals and nursing homes would be filled to the rafters with very sick, frail seniors. And many of those older adults would die before their time. Those family caregivers often provide assistance with [...]

By |2020-01-14T10:05:45-05:00January 14th, 2020|family caregivers|0 Comments

Why Won’t Congress Ease Medicare Enrollment For Those Not Yet Taking Social Security?

You are turning 65. But-- like 40 percent of other 65-year-olds-- you have not yet claimed your Social Security benefits. For many older adults, that choice makes good financial sense. Except for one problem: You may find yourself getting hit with big penalties for failing to enroll in Medicare.  Why? Because you probably didn’t know you had to. Congress could [...]

By |2020-01-10T09:36:19-05:00January 10th, 2020|Medicare|0 Comments

The 2020s Will Be A Tipping Point For Elder Care In The US

As 2020 dawns, the US is about to reach a critical, historic tipping point in its need to care for frail older adults. And we are tragically unprepared. In just five years, the first of the 77-million strong Baby Boom generation will reach age 80—the time when people’s frailty increases dramatically and they begin to need high levels of long-term [...]

By |2020-01-01T16:03:19-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Aging, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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