Aging Well Blog

You like being in the driver’s seat. It’s your life and you want to be sure you get to live it your way.

Perhaps you cared for your parents and want things handled differently when you reach your own elderhood. Maybe you do not have children and wonder who will help you when you need it. Perhaps you do have children and want to have your independence, make your own decisions.

This blog is for those who want to proactively plan for their later years. Check out our monthly posts for thoughts that can help you decide what will work best for you in terms of housing, paying for care, and meeting life’s challenges as you age.

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Adding smart home safety features

Adding smart home safety featuresYou probably already have some "smart" features in your home. For instance, a thermostat you can program for a higher temp during the day and lower at night. Perhaps it has remote capabilities, so you can make changes from afar. Or sensors, such as garden sprinklers that shut off when it's raining, or outdoor lights...

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Is cohousing for you?

Is cohousing for you?Cohousing is like a retirement community in that it is a group of residents in individual, private domiciles. Plus, there are shared facilities for group activities. What's different is that retirement communities are created and run by a developer. Cohousing communities are created by the people who will live in the buildings. All members hold...

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Should you change to Medicare Advantage?

Should you change to Medicare Advantage?October 15–December 7 is Medicare's annual "open enrollment" period. This is when you can switch plans. Are you getting a lot of mail about the cost savings of Medicare Advantage (MA)? The initial outlay may seem less than your current plan. And if you have "original Medicare," plus a supplemental plan for the 20% Medicare...

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Long-distance grandparenting: Toddlers and kids

Long-distance grandparenting: Toddlers and kidsIf you are like 68% of grandparents, you live too far away for regular interactions with your grandchildren. No reading bedtime stories or soothing little tears. No ticklefests or hands-on projects. These casual yet meaningful activities just aren't an option. Video visiting helps. But according to Kerry Byrne of The Long-Distance Grandparent, you can count...

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Aging in place: Pros and cons

Aging in place: Pros and consA vast majority of older adults (77%) say they want to remain in their own homes as they age. Of course! Home is comfortable: We know where everything is—in the house, and also in the neighborhood and town. Friends, doctors, grocery store. We know how to get around quickly and easily. Plus, the emotional benefits...

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Smartwatches as medical alerts

Smartwatches as medical alertsEspecially for older adults living alone, the ability to summon help in the event of an emergency—such as a fall—is a very real concern. With a cell phone in your purse or pocket, it's easy to feel well set. Think again. The bathroom is where most falls occur. Do you take your cell phone in...

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Decluttering: Why is it so hard?

Decluttering: Why is it so hard?Three out of five (61%) of adults over 60 feel they have more stuff than they need. And yet many of us find it emotionally painful to cull our belongings. While the physical labor of "right-sizing" is daunting, perhaps more powerful—and surprising—is the emotional challenge. For instance, you may feel that letting go of grandmother's...

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How to pay for long-term care

Most people are surprised to learn that Medicare pays for only a limited amount of the daily care you are likely to need in your lifetime (about 14%). Medicare covers only services delivered by medically trained professionals. That means you need to have savings or insurance and rely on a collection of local programs. Or...

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Choosing a home care provider

Frank knows they need help at home. His wife's dementia is getting worse, and he has his own health problems. She can't be left alone anymore. Doing all the cooking and cleaning, and now helping her with bathing ... it's just too much. Frank needs to take breaks. But a Google search reveals a dizzying...

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Choosing a long-term care facility

Judy had an emergency hip replacement after a fall. She needs to be discharged tomorrow to a skilled nursing facility for several weeks of intensive physical therapy so she can walk again. And after that she may need to move into an assisted living. The discharge planner has a list of options. But Judy and...

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