A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that "people who reach age 65 will likely have a 40 percent chance of entering a nursing home. About 10 percent of the people who enter a nursing home will stay there five years or more. This year, about nine million men and[...]
An article in USA Today reports that on a given night, more than 75,000 veterans (male and female) are living homeless on the streets of their cities. Nearly half (40%) of all homeless males are veterans. The homeless are often looked down upon in American society. They are often seen as lowly [...]
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population, not only in the United States but in the world. Currently, individuals age 65 and over represent 13% of the U. S. population – about 41 million people– but this will grow to 20% -- 88 million -- in just a matter of 38 [...]
According to a survey released in May 2013 by The Senior Citizens League, seniors have lost 31% of their buying power since 2000. Larry Hyland, president of the organization, explains that "this survey illustrates why budget proposals that would cut the growth of Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) [...]
There are so many moments when you think about what you want for your final years in life. It’s never too late and never too early to prepare yourself and those around you for your final wishes.
This article provides an outline of the documents you should gather and distribute amongst your [...]
Understanding the differences between Alzheimer's and dementia can be confusing. The terms and definitions of these conditions are frequently thought to be interchangeable as patients, families, and caregivers come to believe that one simply means the other. Doctors and other healthcare [...]
Most of those receiving long-term care and most caregivers prefer a home environment. Out of an estimated 10 million older Americans receiving care, about 7 million are in their own home or the home of a family member or friend. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice reports that over [...]
If and when my parent passes away (which will likely take place in my own home), I wouldn't know what to do. Most people don't know what to do. The process itself is overwhelming to think about. Take a deep breath, the next few moments maybe may be a little hectic.
Things to consider just after [...]
You've heard people say it and maybe you have even said it yourself. "Don’t worry Mom or Dad, I’ll take care of you in your old age."
This always seems to be a simple loving gesture on your part as you see them beginning to age and settle into retirement. The thought of their[...]
Why do you need to know about mesothelioma?
The incidence of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) in elderly patients is increasing. Owing to the long latent period following asbestos exposure, MPM is often diagnosed late in life. A high rate of diagnosis in elderly patients is reported by several [...]