November is National Alzheimer's Month. This blog will be dedicated to topics that illuminate research, knowledge, strategies and stories related to Alzheimer's, both those who lives with it and those who care them.
Each year, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, the 64 million Americans enrolled in Medicare can change their Medicare plans, and while doing so can save seniors hundreds or even thousands of dollars, only 10-15 percent do so.
Did you know that one in ten American seniors lost money in a phone scam in the last twelve months? The average amount lost was $430. Furthermore, 954,000 seniors are currently skipping meals as a result of financial abuse.
It is so easy, almost reflexive, to be kind to a lost child, a new mother, or a baby who will not stop crying. What is rarer to see, but more touching these days to me, are those individuals who take the time to be kind to a struggling elder.
End-of-life decisions can be fraught if one doesn't know their parent's wishes are or if there is disagreement among siblings. A letter, such as the one shared here written by a wisened physician, can help.
Did you know that if you are over 62, divorced, were married for more than ten years, and not currently married to someone else, you may be eligible to receive up to half the amount your ex-spouse receives in Social Security?
I love a wedding between young, first-time initiates. (I do.) But I have to say, I've come to especially appreciate the love stories that bloom in spite of the more challenging and complicated soil they are rooted in. Or maybe they bloom because through hardship, they have come to understand that there is...
We never could have done this without you. We appreciate all the time, research, and AMAZING report and the wise guidance on moving forward!
Because of Aging Advisors NC, we were able to make an informed, compassionate decision under true crisis. We will not forget Liisa’s caring diligence during stressful times. - P. Barbour
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After another fall, I knew I had to move mom from independent to assisted fast. Liisa made it so much easier by quickly providing a report which compared three great options that met her needs with immediate availability. - R. Landers
Liisa enabled us to strategize ways to reduce private agency care for our dad, while also keeping him safe, saving our family $65,000/year. -MH
The hospital gave us 24 hours to identify which of six rehabs I should move mom to. Within two hours, Liisa identified the top three and outlined pros and cons for each. What a relief! - C. Rheams
Mom’s dementia took a sudden downturn. She was living with me, but I needed to keep working. Liisa identified two affordable options and walked me through what we needed to do to get Mom there. - K. Roche
I was in search of an assisted living facility for my 91-year-old mother, and I did not know where to begin or how I would have any confidence in my findings. Liisa Ogburn listened to my story, did the research, found a number of facilities that fit my parameters, and provided a clearly written multi-page report that answered all of my questions and included her findings, opinions, and recommendations. -P. Jones