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Side Effects or Aging? When the Caregiver Knows Better Than the Doctor

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Happy Halloween week! One of the scariest things you can face as a caregiver is a new, devastating symptom in your parent—that seems to make no sense. At AARP.org, blogger Amy Goyer says that sometimes, it’s the problem solvers that cause these problems. And it’s often up to the caregiver to figure that out. When... Read more

How Switching Medicare Plans Could Save You $368—More or Less

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Could you use an extra 400 bucks? That’s almost how much people with Medicare Part D overspent on drug coverage in 2009, according to a new study. Perhaps it’s not surprising when you consider what we talked about last week—that switching plans is such a daunting prospect. But if saving money is important to you,... Read more

Can’t See to Take Your Blood Sugar? The $13 Solution

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I recently met Robert, who shared a home with a caregiver but was home alone most of the day. He wasn’t taking his blood sugar regularly due to some vision problems related to diabetic retinopathy. Monitoring your own blood sugars can involve a number of tasks requiring good fine motor skills and vision. You need... Read more

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins: The Pros of Advantage Plans

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It’s time once again for Medicare recipients to wade through their options and pick their plan for next year—or just sigh and hope their current one will still work well because there’s no way they’re venturing into that murky swamp of overwhelming details. Yes, Medicare open enrollment began Monday. And if it feels daunting to... Read more

A Pet for Mom? 3 Issues to Consider

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The other day I was walking my dogs, Calvin and Clive, with my senior neighbor, Pam,* and her fluffy dog, Zoe. (You know, the one who loves to pole walk.) My dogs absolutely love Pam and Zoe, and as soon as I leave my house with them they drag me to Pam and Zoe’s house... Read more

Signs You Shouldn’t Go Home From the Hospital

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Hospitals have been dreading it for a while now—studying and preparing and experimenting. But the time has finally come. This month, Medicare started penalizing them for high readmission rates, hoping to force improved care. The thing is, hospitals have been working on this issue for a while now, and preventable readmissions are still happening. But... Read more

New YouTube Drama Delves Into Family Caregiving

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A new YouTube video series is making a bit of a splash in the caregiving world. It may hit home with you if you have elderly parents. It’s about a woman, played by Maura Tierney (of ER fame), who’s dealing with her aging parents and their increasing frailty. As Mary Gustafson at McKnight’s Long-Term Care... Read more

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