Long Term Care Educational Series to be Held in Houston

Long Term Care Educational Series to be Held in Houston

As we age, we are constantly faced with change, but possibly none as overwhelming as the change that comes with waning health. Long term care is a common part of retirement and considering 7 in 10 American seniors will need long term care at one point, you’d think it would be a common part of retirement planning, too. Sadly, it is not.

Long Term Care Education

The decisions that come along with aging, retirement, and long term care can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure where to …

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Finding the Best Nursing Homes in Texas

Finding the Best Nursing Homes in Texas

Long term care often brings about many difficult decisions that families must make. Along with the already stressful emotional aspects of dealing with a loved one who needs care, finding a good facility is at the top of the list of things families struggle with when faced with this kind of situation.

Fortunately, US News & World Report has compiled a resource to help families searching for information on nursing homes in their state.

Nursing Home Rankings

Best Nursing Homes 2014 was published recently to help make the …

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Betting on Your House for Retirement? Bet Again.

Betting on Your House for Retirement? Bet Again.

I’ve noticed talk lately about the different ways people plan to use their assets to fund their retirement. Some of the ideas are great and some are a stretch.

One of these ideas that seems to be pushing the limits of realistic possibilities is that of using your housing assets as your main retirement plan.

Using Your House as a Financial Plan

Betting on the value of your house for your retirement income might sound tempting, but it’s probably not the soundest …

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Long Term Care Is a Women’s Issue

Long Term Care Is a Women’s Issue

Long term care is a tough subject that many people are afraid to discuss or look into because thinking about ourselves as old and frail isn’t fun. It is necessary, though. When we begin to look at long term care and the risk that is poses to us in the future, it becomes clear that long term care is overwhelmingly a women’s issue.

Life Expectancy in Texas

The life expectancy of a male in Texas is currently 75.7 years of age. Women in Texas, on the other …

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North Texas Ombudsman Speaks to Area Seniors

North Texas Ombudsman Speaks to Area Seniors

As long term care becomes a more pressing issue across the country, it becomes even more important to raise awareness and encourage education about the subject.

Area volunteers help improve the level of awareness throughout the community and provide crucial information to those who can benefit. A recent speaker in Texas helped do just that.

Long Term Care Ombudsman

Tina Rider, the North Texas Long Term Care Ombudsman Coordinator, spoke last week to the monthly luncheon for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees on a variety of …

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Ombudsman Programs Help Long Term Care Residents

Ombudsman Programs Help Long Term Care Residents

When the time comes for someone to need long term care, it is typically because they are unable to perform some daily tasks on their own. Bathing, dressing, cooking, food preparation, and getting around with ease are some of the activities that people are likely to need help with when they are in a long term care setting.

Nursing Homes

For those individuals who need more supervised care, nursing homes are often the choice. Medical assistance is provided more readily at nursing homes, so the patients tend …

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Medicare Won’t Pay for Long Term Care

Medicare Won’t Pay for Long Term Care

Most of us know someone who has needed long term care services at one point or another. Whether it was a grandparent, friend, or simply an acquaintance, it isn’t hard to recognize that long term care often has emotionally and financially devastating effects on families.

Too often, people assume that Medicare will pay for their long term care if something ever happens. When a real medical emergency arises, they find themselves scrambling to find a new plan after being told the truth: Medicare won’t pay for …

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Austin Home to Fastest Growing “Pre-Senior” Population

A study released by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Bookings Institute in Washington, DC highlights the extreme growth that is happening in the aging senior population across the United States, specifically in Texas.

The report compiled by the Bookings Institute drew from data released in the 1990, 2000, and 2010 US censuses. The age classifications according to the study are as follows: “younger population” (under age 45), “older population” (age 45 and above), “pre-senior population” (age 55-64), and “senior population” (age 65 and above).

According to the data released, Austin, Texas is …

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Randy Travis to Receive Long Term Care After Heart Failure

Randy Travis to Receive Long Term Care After Heart Failure

Famous country singer Randy Travis has been through a rash of medical disasters this month, necessitating months of rehabilitation and long term care.

Hospitalization and Stroke

After suffering from viral cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure earlier this month, Randy Travis was hospitalized at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Plano, Texas. Just a couple days later, after being weaned off of life support, Travis suffered a stroke, requiring immediate brain surgery to relieve inter cranial pressure.

The congestive heart failure that Travis suffered was due to viral cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a condition …

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