“Mom fell and is in the hospital” or “Dad got lost driving home from the store”; these are common events that few are prepared for. Often the family has no idea what to do. While people commonly plan for retirement, pre-pay their funeral and prepare a will or trust and powers of attorney for health care and finance, they fail to address their long-term care needs if they should experience health related issues that impacts their independence. According to a recent article from the Kaiser Health News (“A Playbook for Managing Problems In The Last Chapter Of Your Life”), a new approach is being developed by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University to help seniors plan for the last chapter of their life – roughly beginning at age 75 – when health problems become more common. Their website, www.planyourlifespan.org is designed to help older adults plan for predictable problems commonly experienced in the last chapter of their life. Let’s hope this approach compels seniors to think these issues and take action so their long term care wishes aren’t just wishes, but rather are actual plans.
Nearly every week brings another diet, superfood, or some other advice to lose weight or feel 20 years younger. While some of these promotions may offer some good ideas, many do not and can leave people confused and frustrated. Furthermore, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other serious health issues seem to […]
An 84 year old man who had suffered a stroke was adamant upon being discharged from the hospital that he did not want anyone coming into his home and could take care of himself just fine. Unbeknownst to his daughter, the social worker cancelled his order for home help services and discharged him to his […]
The cost estimating website “Howmuch” has released estimates for the cost of long term care in each state. The report examines costs for adult day care, home health aides, assisted living and nursing home care. Michigan while expensive, is fortunately is not at the top of the list for any category. For a month in […]