The 8 Most Disability-Friendly Countries for Vacation

At the time of this writing, with Coronavirus running rampant around the world, many people are not thinking about a vacation. But sooner or later, travel deals will be offered and many will be itching to get back on a plane to see the world. If you have mobility issues but still yearn for some international travel, then take heart. Countries around the world are making efforts to be more inclusive. Take a look at our top picks for disability-friendly countries as vacation destinations. 1. Australia and Sydney For All…

The Medicare Coverage Gap (Donut Hole) Explained

Medicare is clear that you may have a coverage gap in Part D of your plan. A coverage gap means you may end up paying out-of-pocket for your medication. The donut hole (coverage gap) is one of four phases in your Medicate Part D coverage that may result in additional out-of-pocket expenses.  With list prices for prescription medication on the rise, as much as 159 percent in 2018, it is essential that you not only understand Medicare’s coverage gap but also that you take the time to find ways to…

Elder and Long-Term Care Options in Vietnam

Vietnam has been rated as one of the top places to retire in the world. Although there are certain drawbacks to spending your golden years in this history-rich country, there are some definite benefits. Vietnamese Elder Care Overview As is common with many countries outside the United States, most senior citizens in Vietnam live with their families. The dominant philosophy is “Tu dai dong duong,” which means four generations under the same roof. Currently, people over the age of 60 make up about 10 percent of the total population, nearly…

7 Employment Opportunities Working with the Elderly

By 2060, the number of Americans that are over the age of 65 is expected to reach 95 million. The average life expectancy is now 78 years old. By 2030, approximately 1.9 million elderly will need nursing home care. The number of Americans who have Alzheimer’s could reach 13.8 million by 2050.  This shift in demographics is creating a high need for trained caregivers, both in care facilities and home care support. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the growth of senior-focused careers in the next few years to meet…

Top 3 Smart Home Technologies for Seniors

Technology has improved the lives of anybody living in the 21st century by making their lives easier and more convenient. As technology improves and evolves, it is becoming more and more abundant and crucial in people’s everyday lives. With that being said, people of all ages can utilize the copious benefits of technology; however, a particular demographic of people that should take advantage of technology in everyday life is senior citizens. Technology for Seniors to Consider Seniors should take advantage of technology and try to incorporate it into everyday life.…

Elder and Long-Term Care for Expats in Spain

Spain is a popular retirement destination for Europeans. In many areas, there are sizable English-speaking destinations, making communication easier. The warm climate means that there is a variety of fruits and vegetables available all year round. This food surplus means that the cost of living is reasonable. In many areas, you can live comfortably on $2,500 a month. Transportation Systems in Spain It’s also easy to get around in Spain. The bus system in large and medium-sized cities is extensive and inexpensive. There are also several ride-sharing options available. There…

When Should Someone with Dementia Move to Assisted Living?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, around 16 million Americans dedicate their time to taking care of a family member with dementia. While it is good for these people to devote themselves to their loved ones, it can be a burden to ensure home health care without falling sick or affecting their careers. More importantly, time will come when the increasing needs of dementia patients exceed our capabilities. Even relying on caregivers is just a temporary solution. It is the time when we have to carefully consider moving a loved one…

Expat Elder and Long-Term Care in Colombia

Want to retire long-term in Colombia and wondering what the elder care situation is like? Colombia is on International Living’s best places to retire list. The country has several fabulous things going for it. The climate is uniformly spring-like nearly year-round. A retirement visa isn’t a huge hassle for most people. Your dollar will go further with the high exchange rate.  WHO ranks its health system higher than both the U.S. and Canada. However, you may want to think again about relocating to Colombia as you age. Quality of Colombia’s…

Portugal Elder Care and Assisted Living Options

Portugal appeals to many when it’s time to think about retirement because of its lower cost of living when compared to other European nations. It has been rated one of the best places to retire in 2020 and ranks above both Canada and the United States when it comes to the quality of healthcare.  Rent, even downtown, is inexpensive comparatively. You can expect to pay about $500 per month. It’s an even better option to buy an apartment. A two-bedroom apartment can be found for $100,00 to $160,00 depending on…

Are Pets Allowed in Assisted Living Facilities?

Seniors moving into assisted living facilities often face a difficult choice if they are also pet owners – what to do with their pet. The decision is never easy as most assisted living facilities do not allow pets. Some however, do. Pet ownership for seniors as they move into an assisted living facility has apparent benefits and risks. Depending on the case and situation, as well as the existing conditions, the pros and cons may vary. But, it is worth noting first that there are facilities that allow pets upon…

Costa Rica Eldercare and Assisted Living for Expats

Are you an expat or aspiring expat in your senior years thinking about moving to Costa Rica? When planning for your golden years outside the U.S., Costa Rica is a good choice. Those over the age of 65 are given the moniker “ciudadanos de oro” (golden citizens) and are a well-respected segment of Costa Rican society.  The cost of living in many areas in Costa Rica is a fraction of the United States, while the quality of life is high. Budget-conscious ex-pats can live comfortably in Costa Rica for less…

What Happens After Senior Respite Care?

Being the primary caregiver for a loved one is a weighty responsibility. Not only are you responsible for their physical needs, but you often find yourself providing emotional support for your loved one. Although you may feel that you are capable of doing it all, you don’t have to. There are several respite care options available to help you manage all of your caregiving responsibilities. How much help you accept, or how little varies according to your situation.  What is Respite Care? Before we talk about what happens after respite…