“Aging Well” Blog

Light Bulbs, Ice Cream Cones, and Lunch

I attended a presentation last week given by a financial advisor on planning to maximize quality  of life.  They used a publication by Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, Director of the MIT AgeLab to focus their presentation:  “Three Questions that Predict Future Quality of Life.” Coughlin submits three questions as predictors of future quality of life in retirement: [..]

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Communicating with a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

After a short hiatus, we at the Aging Well Blog are back! Just a quick post today.  George, our associate who also wears the hat of a speech-language pathologist, came across an excellent list of 10 tips for communicating with a person with Alzheimer’s disease (“AD”).  This comes from Relias Learning’s continuing education course entitled [..]

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Depression and Aging (Part 1): Why Talk About Depression?

Depression is a mental health disease that can touch any of us at all stages of life.  However, it is particularly prevalent in the elderly, and is in fact the most common psychological disorder late in life.  Depression affects over 6 million older adults.  And yet, in this population, depression is often ignored or overlooked, [..]

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VA Benefits: A Primer

Today we’re looking at two types of VA benefits:  (1) the VA Pension program, and (2) the VA Aid & Attendance program. Sadly, many veterans and their families who would otherwise qualify for VA benefits never realize they are eligible, fail to apply, and miss out on participating in these programs.  Today, we’re going to [..]

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Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Today we want to discuss Activities of Daily Living, more commonly referred to in the healthcare world as “ADLs.”  Changes in a person’s ability to handle ADLs independently can be a key indicator of a need for increased support or a change in living environment. When folks talk about ADLs, they are generally referring to 2 different [..]

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How to Prepare in Advance for a Medicaid Application

As many of us age, it becomes appropriate to consider the possibility for alternative living arrangements at some point down the road.  Alternative living arrangements have been the topic of discussion on this blog for the past few weeks.  Folks who are considering alternative living arrangements have to consider how they will pay the costs [..]

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Alternative Living Arrangements – Types (Part 3)

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed when is a good time to talk with our loved ones about alternative living arrangements. Next we talked about how to broach the subject in a way that facilitates receptiveness to the idea. Today, to wrap up our three-part series, we’ll talk about the different types of alternative living arrangements. If it [..]

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