Medicare, with its many programs and options, can be confusing – especially if you are new to the program or are trying to help a loved one. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, referred to as SHIP, can help you navigate the Medicare waters. SHIP offers free one-on-one, personalized counseling and local workshops. It helps […]
Many times our parents don’t need (or want!) someone to completely take over their checkbook. Sometimes all they need is a little help. If they are willing to share information with you, here are five ways you can provide assistance while helping your senior maintain independence. Review the incoming mail with your parents. Many times […]
Rita’s mother was living independently until she had a stroke. Her mother could no longer communicate, and it was unsafe for her to live at home. Rita had no choice but to move her mother to a nursing home against her wishes. To pay for her care, Rita scrambled to gather her mother’s financial information […]
Sheri Samotin’s book, Facing the Finish, A Road Map for Aging Parents and Adult Children, is an essential guide to end of life planning. “One of the biggest mistakes I see is folks who wait too long,” says Samotin. “By the time they decide what they want to do, their choices are more limited and […]
Brenda, a Vermonter in her mid-50’s, was secure and happy. She and her husband were healthy and had good jobs. Ken paid all the bills, balanced the checkbook, and took care of the family finances. Last fall Ken was in a fatal accident. Unexpectedly, Brenda was a widow. Although Brenda was grieving, the bills still […]
“The interest level from patients is incredible,” Dan Cunningham wrote to me in an e-mail, commenting on my recent blog post about concierge medicine. Dan is the manager of a concierge medical practice that he and his wife, an internist, opened earlier this year. Concierge medicine is an alternative approach to providing primary care. Patients […]
If you are not familiar with it, Medicare can seem like a different language. In “Medicare-speak” you hear “Medicare A,” “Part B,” “Part D,” “Medicare Advantage,” “Medigap,” “Medicaid,” . . . What does all this mean?
Here is an overview of the program.
Effective March 1, 2013, Social Security benefits will no longer be paid with paper checks. Beneficiaries currently receiving checks will need to switch to electronic payments by either direct deposit into a bank account or by the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® program.
Senior citizens need to keep their government-issued photo IDs up-to-date. They need IDs for more than just voting. Many need help to overcome the obstacles of getting and keeping a photo ID.