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Can Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Prevent Dementia?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hearing loss affects one-third of older adults. As difficulty hearing can lead to communication challenges and social withdrawal, it can also increase the risk of dementia. Dementia includes diseases affecting memory, thinking, and the ability to perform daily activities and affects 55 million people worldwide, per the World Health Organization.

Is an Independent Living Facility Right for Me?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Housing options and the associated costs are among the top priorities for many seniors. Today, the housing market is unpredictable, while many seniors currently living independently may also have concerns about continuing their lifestyles. Moving to an independent living facility may be the best choice to accomplish your financial goals and maintain your way of life.

PACE Program Helps Seniors Remain at Home

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

Most seniors want to stay at home as long as they can instead of moving into a nursing home. The little-known Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) provides care and services to some nursing home-eligible seniors and disabled individuals, enabling them to remain in their home far longer than they might otherwise be able to do.

Should My End-of-Life Care Plan Include a Death Doula?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

Death doulas are available for people who are approaching the ends of their lives, whether it is because of advanced age or illness. The service these professionals provide can help families and individuals who need additional supportive care. Adding a death doula to your end-of-life care plan may help you and your family feel like someone has your back as you face this trying time.

Using a QTIP Trust in Estate Planning

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Estate planning is crucial when managing valuable assets and ensuring the smooth transfer of wealth to future generations. There are various types of estate planning tools available, some of which may be more useful depending on your circumstances. For some, a qualified terminable interest prop...

Should a POLST Be Part of Your Care Plan?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

The American Hospital Association estimates that half of Americans suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Following a diagnosis, many experience concerns about the kind of care they will receive. They may worry about how invasive it will be, and how it will affect their quality of life. Fortunately, you can proactively decide what treatments would – or would not – suit your preferences.

What to Know About Creating a Living Will

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

Creating a living will ensures your future health care decisions and plans are respected. A living will, or advance directive, is a legal document outlining medical treatment preferences and end-of-life care if you can’t communicate or make decisions for yourself. Everyone should have an advance directive, as end-of-life situations can happen at any age due to accident or illness.

6 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Plan for The Future

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Anyone experiencing the struggle of simultaneously caring for children and aging parents is part of the sandwich generation. Although “generation” is part of the phrase, it doesn’t refer to people born at a specific time. Typically, these family caregivers will be in the 30- to 40-year-old age range, providing for their families and balancing care duties between the needs of children and parents.

SNAP Benefits for Older Adults With Limited Income

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Increasing food prices have become a concern for many Americans. If you are a senior on a fixed income, you may worry that you will not have the money to fill your fridge. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) exists to help people make ends meet. It is a food stamp program that supplies enrollees with a monthly allotment that they can use for groceries.

IRA and 401k Beneficiary Designations for Married Couples

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

I get a lot of questions about how to fill out beneficiary designation forms for IRAs, 401Ks, 403Bs and other similar tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts. My purpose in writing this particular post is to handle one and only one frequently asked question, which is how do joint revocable living trusts fit into the picture for a married couple?

What to Do If You Lose Your Medicaid Coverage

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states could not take away Medicaid coverage from any residents enrolled in this program. In recent months, however, this has been changing. If you are on Medicaid, be sure to take some time to understand whether your coverage may be at risk.

How No Surprises Act May Help With Unexpected Medical Bills

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

The No Surprises Act is a federal law enacted to protect patients from unexpected medical bills incurred on or after January 1, 2022. It aims to address the issue of surprise medical billing, which can occur when patients receive unexpected charges for their medical care. The Act applies to out-of-network emergency services, out-of-network air ambulance services, and certain out-of-network care received at in-network facilities.

Is Your Financial Information in Order?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

Preparing and organizing your financial information for when you are no longer capable will bring peace of mind to you today. At the same time, it may relieve your loved ones’ burden in the future. You’ll ensure proper management of your financial situation and remain in control over your end-of-life care and legacy. The goal is to make and maintain accurate financial records.

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