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The Looming Retirement Crisis for Baby Boomers

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Aug 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

A study conducted by The Blackstone Group, an independent research firm, on behalf of Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement outlines some very unsettling data regarding middle-income baby boomer retirement care preparedness. According to the survey above, the bleak financial reality of th...

Dementia Diagnosis is a Significant Health Challenge

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Aug 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Somewhere in the world, every three seconds, someone is being diagnosed with dementia. Dementia is a catchall phrase that refers to many types of neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases bring about the onset of dementia including but not limited to: Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body...

Determine Where to Retire With a Crowdsourcing Site

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Aug 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

While aging in place is very popular among the baby boomer generation, about one-third of those retirees would choose to live elsewhere. The family remains the most significant factor when deciding where retirees live, followed by the general livability of an area and desirable weather conditio...

Experience the Many Benefits of Walking

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jul 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Walking is one of the most effective ways to maintain your overall health as you age. It provides a myriad of benefits both physical and mental. Grab a buddy and walk. It can be your spouse, your neighbor, your children, a friend, your dog or any combination of these. If you don't have a dog co...

Understanding Hospice Care for the Terminally Ill

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jul 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

What is Hospice care? Hospice care can be very difficult for families to come to terms with, but can be a beneficial care option for those caring for a terminally ill loved one. The purpose of hospice care is to provide comfort and quality of life for a terminally ill person. Hospice care can ...

When Caregivers Need a Break Too

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jul 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Respite care is substitute care when a caregiver needs a break. If possible, these breaks should be scheduled regularly, giving the caregiver time to rest. It can be for a short period like a day or a few hours or for the purpose of giving the caregiver a vacation. Respite care is often overloo...

How Emotional Support Animals Can Help Seniors

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jul 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most of us know what a service animal is, but the use of emotional support animals is becoming more common. An emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides benefits to a person who has an emotional or mental health disorder. In order to be characterized as an emotional support a...

America is Facing a Shortage of Home Caregivers

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

The aging population of the United States is widely reported as the bulk of the baby boomer generation is already retired or nearing retirement. However, what has not been widely reported is how the rest of the nation will provide care for this large, aging population. According to a 2017 Merri...

Long Term Care Planning for the Aging Middle Class

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

As we age, simple things we took for granted as kids become more difficult -- and more expensive. That's a truth all of us know. What you may not realize is that the aging middle class will face unique difficulties going forward. The private market offers options for assisted living, but at a p...

The Health Risks of Hearing Loss

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

The findings from a 10 year study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have reported a link between hearing loss and health risks. The risks include a 50% greater risk of dementia, a 40% greater risk of developing depression and a nearly 30% higher risk of accidental falls....

How Elder Law Attorneys Can Help

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many aging Americans depend on family members or friends to help manage their financial, health, and other affairs during retirement and beyond. They often believe that their family members will be able to take care of any issues that arise. While consulting with loved ones about plans and wish...

Planning for Children with Special Needs

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Estate planning requires specialized planning when you have a child with special needs. Looking to the future as to how your child will be able to function in the world as they age is particularly tricky to assess. What is the child's long term prognosis and what type of care is anticipated to ...

Medicaid and the Risk of Gift Giving

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many seniors enjoy the opportunity to be generous to their children by gifting them monetarily. In certain circumstances, however, there is a real concern that people who may be in need of long-term nursing care in the near future should not give gifts. It can be complicated trying to adequatel...

The Revolution of the Smart Personal Assistant

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

The smart personal assistant revolution is moving forward at a breakneck pace. It took approximately 30 years for the cellular telephone to begin outnumbering people on the planet, but smart personal assistants are projected to outnumber humans in half that time by 2021. The technology-research...

Autism in America

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

The prevalence of autism is on the rise in the US. Because the condition first manifests itself before the age of 3, the majority of people receiving new diagnoses are under the age of 6. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of behavioral conditions that include challenges wit...

The Success of Aging

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Aging is the sign of a successful life. After all, when you think about the alternative to aging your perspective about getting older shifts. You should start seeking self-sufficiency for your retirement years well before the age of sixty-five. But, even if you have not done so, don’t shun the planning stages. You need to address planning no matter what your age.

Planning for End-of-Life Care Decisions

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may think your living will is in order, including instructions regarding resuscitation commonly referred to as a DNR (do not resuscitate). While your wishes in a living will may be appropriately documented, that does not guarantee the instructions will be carried out as you stated.

How to Choose the Right Nursing Home

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is an important decision and should be carefully considered. It is important for families to take the time to explore nursing home options and to carefully assess the nursing home facilities in order to choose the best care for the loved one.

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