“Aging Well” Blog

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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Alternative Living Arrangements – How? (Part 2)

Last week, we discussed when is a good time to talk with our loved ones about alternative living arrangements. This week, we’ll discuss how to go about broaching the subject in a way that facilitates receptiveness to the idea. Next week, we’ll talk about the different types of alternative living arrangements. The subject of alternative living arrangements is [..]

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Alternative Living Arrangements – When? (Part 1)

As our loved ones age, it is often necessary to begin thinking about the possibility of an alternative living arrangement. It’s admittedly a tough topic to talk or think about; an aging person, who may feel as though he or she has already had to give up some degree of independence and control, may not [..]

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Covering All Your Bases: Planning for Incapacity

Today Shannon here at Carney Dye offers some good pointers for planning for incapacity.  Maybe not the most fun topic to think about, but one that is vitally important as we continue to age.  Most folks of all demographics are much more likely to become incapacitated than we are to die suddenly, and it is crucial [..]

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