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Tips to See Better and Keep Up Your Hobbies

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I frequently encounter older adults sitting in a dark room, trying to read by a lamp that’s on an end table.  Most of the light is directed onto the table—very little toward the book. Eye diseases like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration become more common as we age. They affect our quality of life... Read more

VA Website “Misleading” About Veterans Long-Term Care Benefits

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We’ve been writing about Aid and Attendance for a few years. It was a little-known veterans benefit when we started talking about it, and it remains little-known today, reports The New Old Age . Offering up to $2,019 a month for veterans and $1,094 for widows, the pension can be of significant help to vets who... Read more

What to Do When Hospice Refuses Your Doctor’s Orders

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If you’re on Medicare, just because your doctor orders something doesn’t mean all hospices will always give it to you, says The New Old Age. So if your hospice refuses to provide, say, a certain kind of pain medicine, what can you do? Appeal. The New Old Age reports on a court ruling that cleared... Read more

Transition Care: Do You Understand Your New Care Plan?

For many seniors, transitions from hospital stays to rehab facilities to home or assisted living facilities can be an overwhelming and confusing ordeal. There are new doctors’ orders and prescriptions, and instructions for physical therapy, occupational therapy and follow-up visits. All this often brings more questions than answers. Have you experienced something like this? In... Read more

Early Alzheimer’s: Is It OK for Your Parent to Keep Paying Bills?

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When your parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you want to help preserve as much independence as possible for as long as possible. But when it comes to finances, the time to step in may be earlier than you think, says elder-care consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt. She writes at Forbes.com that vulnerability to scams sets in... Read more

5 Ways for Seniors to Foster a Love of Reading

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! I love to read; I always have. Even as a young child you could find me with my nose buried in a book. I love... Read more

Could Compliments Calm Curmudgeons?

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by Leigh Ann Otte Do you know some elderly people—perhaps your own parents—who are just plain argumentative or curmudgeonly? The author of the Help! Aging Parents blog—a counselor who identifies herself as Susan—has an interesting theory about this. Maybe sometimes, they’re negative in part because they rarely hear anything positive themselves. In a post about... Read more

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