Every fall, Medicare designates October 15 through December 7 as an open enrollment period. This is the time of year when Medicare recipients are encouraged to take a look at their health care coverage, evaluate how satisfied they are with their current health care and prescription plans, review other options, and make changes. For seniors and their caregivers, it can be an overwhelming process. It is especially difficult if you opt for a plan other than traditional Medicare.
Adult children may find themselves wondering if it is time for an older parent to have a little extra help. It might be a concern that arises about their safety after a fall or a worry about how well they are eating. For seniors who remain in their own home, the time will come when they need to accept some form of assistance. Recognizing the warning signs that can indicate they are struggling will help you know when it is time to talk with your parent.
Many families struggle to accept that a loved one is nearing the end of their life. Putting off necessary conversations is often just fear and denial. If your family has a senior who has declining health or a loved one who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, talking about their wishes is important. We understand that sometimes just getting the conversation going is the hardest part.
If you are a caregiver of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, you know firsthand the debilitating impact caused by this disease.
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it leaves families struggling to find ways to manage both the physical and emotional tolls. As the number of people living with this disease climbs higher every day, it is important for family caregivers to know about hospice and when someone with Alzheimer’s might be eligible.