Protecting Older Adults from Coronavirus Covid-19

The coronavirus outbreak is all over the news and there are no signs the outbreak is letting up anytime soon. Just the opposite, actually. All indications are it’s just getting started. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that our seniors, older adults, are in the highest risk category along with people who have underlying conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease). Older adults with underlying health conditions are particularly at-risk if they contract Covid-19. There is no guaranteed approach to staying safe from the virus, but there are…

Ten Brain Exercises for Dementia

Dementia is a type of brain disorder that mostly affects older adults. While its causes are still unknown, brain exercises can help keep an older adult sharp and wise. The rate of dementia increases with age, and there are no medical treatments that can cure it completely. In addition to decreased memory capacity, dementia comes with many different issues that include Sundowners Syndrome, delusions, and hallucinations. But, if you do some physical and mental exercises, this could help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, or at least delay or reduce…

7 Ways to Keep Your Old House Warm this Winter

Heating costs are a serious concern for many elders living in cooler climates. Couple high heating costs with older homes, and you have an expensive heating season. As winter approaches, you start to feel the temperature taking a dip. An obvious solution is to crank up the heating, but that takes a toll on costs. There are plenty of ways to stay warm in your home while lowering power costs. So before you dial up the switch and plug-in extra heaters, here are seven affordable ways to keep your house…

Seniors Wellness and the Technology to Improve It

Senior Wellness and Technology For many seniors, it can be difficult to find ways to stay healthy and active. A tight budget, health or mobility issues, and lack of access to the right nutrition or exercise are all factors. Fortunately, there are many ways older adults can utilize technology in order to boost their physical and mental wellness, and even combat senior loneliness. These days, there are so many options out there for those who want to focus on their well-being, and they don’t have to bust their budget. From…

Download the SLUMS Alzheimer’s Test in Spanish

Looking for the SLUMS exam in Spanish? Hispanic and Latino Americans are the second-largest ethnic group in the United States. As that population ages, the incidences of Alzheimer’s Disease among the population will increase as well. The SLUMS exam is available to assist in diagnosing the disease within Spanish-speaking populations. We have received a copy of the SLUMS exam in Spanish directly from the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Luis University. If you are unfamiliar with the SLUMS test, or you want to download it in English, go to…

How Much do Meals on Wheels Cost?

Have questions about Meals on Wheels? How much do Meals on Wheels cost? What it is, how it’s funded, and who is eligible? Your questions are answered below. What is Meals on Wheels? Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to the homes of seniors who are homebound and unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. It is a nationwide program made up of over 5,000 local community-run programs. The meals are typically hot meals delivered by volunteer drivers. Meals are often delivered five times a week.…

Panama Eldercare and Senior Care for Expats

Panama eldercare and senior care is a topic that might cross the mind of retirees looking to become expats in popular places like Boquete, Panama or other spots in this retirement-friendly country. According to one source, between 20,000 and 30,000 Americans and Canadians live in Panama. If you’re hoping to be one of them, you might be wondering about eldercare should you need it, whether for yourself or any loved ones going with you. Related article: Eldercare and Assisted Living in Mexico for Expats It’s one thing to retiree abroad, and…

Will Medicaid or Medicare Cover Tattoo Removal?

Medicare covered tattoo removal? Medicaid covered tattoo removal? Are these covered services? Dermatologists offer laser removal, but will your insurance cover it? Have a tattoo you want removed? Perhaps you have the name of a now ex-husband or wife tattooed on your arm. Maybe you had a few post-apocalyptic tattoos that now don’t look so good. Maybe you’re just tired of them. Either way, you’ve decided you want them gone. Then you found out that the average cost for laser tattoo removal is $250-$500 per treatment. The price depends on…

Senior Loneliness Helplines to Combat Isolation

Senior loneliness helplines in the United States seem to be non-existent, but there are alternative helplines that can help. Senior Loneliness is a Problem According to the Administration on Aging’s 2017 Profile of Older Americans, around 28 percent of older adults in the United States, or 13.8 million people, live alone. Remember, loneliness and isolation are two different things. One person can be surrounded by others and feel lonely, while another could be physically isolated and not feel lonely at all. Loneliness and isolation are often linked, however. Heath Effects…

An Estate Plan Attorney Advises on What Seniors Should Tell Loved Ones

Wondering what an estate plan attorney advises his/her clients to say to their families about the plan? Read on in this guest post from Blake Harris, Managing Attorney at Mile High Estate Planning. Estate Plan Attorney’s Advice The details of your estate plan should not come as a surprise to a loved one after you pass away. This creates conditions that have the potential to destroy family harmony during what is already a difficult time. Knowing what the estate plan holds can help your family resolve issues in a more…

Staying Home: A Caregiver’s Guide to Making Your Home Alzheimer’s Safe

Staying Home: A Caregiver’s Guide to Making Your Home Alzheimer’s Safe by ElderGuru founder and author Derrick Grant is now available on Amazon. This easy-to-read book is written for families and caregivers who provide in-home care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. There are many things to consider when caring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and home safety is one of them. Staying Home offers easy, low-cost suggestions for improving home safety and the comfort of individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Following these suggestions may help the person…

The Arizona Long Term Care System Explained – ALTCS

When it comes to knowing everything possible about your medical aid options, many systems seem exceptionally confusing to navigate. Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) is one of the many systems available to elders in Arizona, but not at all unreasonable. Many people qualify for the program, but not everyone understands its purpose. ALTCS is a resource that could impact your financial stability as well as your level of care. What is the Arizona Long-Term Care System? Starting from the top, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, is…