Each time my family returns home from vacation, my wife typically says, “I love my home.”  That may be partly due to a little too much family bonding among our seven immediate family members during our week vacation.  However, my wife is like most people who love their home and would like to remain in […]

For the fourth time this year the Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning seniors about fraudulent Social Security and Medicare communications targeting their benefits and their wallets.  Jim Borland, acting deputy commissioner for communications at the SSA said in a recent blog post titled Don’t Be Misled by False Medicare or Social Security Ads that […]

An analysis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is the first study to document how often older adult children care for an aging parent.  The study found that 10 percent of adults ages 60 to 69 whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, as do 12 percent of adults age 70 and […]

Medicare has started mailing new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries in New Jersey.  The new cards wills contain: New number called MEDICARE BENEFICIARY IDENTIFIER (MBI) 11 characters, mix of letters and numbers Random number  – not associated with SSA number, or how collecting benefits IMPORTANT REMINDERS: New cards are FREE. Beware of scams asking for […]

Grandparents should always be celebrated. They bring so much joy to our lives and enrich the experiences of children across the country. There’s a lot to be said about extended families and the value that grandparents give to families. That’s exactly why Grandparents Day was created. On September 9, National Grandparents Day will be celebrated […]

According to the Kaiser Health News, Medicare has recently lowered its star ratings for staffing levels in 1 in 11 of the nation’s nursing homes — almost 1,400 of them — because they either had inadequate numbers of registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage. Medicare […]

Billionaire Bill Gates and Estée Lauder Cos chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder last week said they will award $30 million over three years to encourage development of new tests for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.   For Microsoft co-founder Gates, launch of the Diagnostics Accelerator program follows an announcement in November of a personal investment of $50 […]

Managing Attorney Jerry Rothkoff has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Artz Philadelphia, a nonprofit founded on the belief that people living with dementia should be accorded the benefits of well-being and quality of life that others enjoy. Artz Philly offers opportunities for interactions around arts and culture that turn this belief into […]

As your Mom or Dad gets older and starts facing certain health-related issues, you’ll want to ensure that they receive the best care possible. Even if you have the drive and the availability to care for your parents yourself, you may quickly realize that caring for ailing parents can be extremely challenging and stressful. That’s […]

Recent data from a review of nursing home payroll records by Kaiser Health News reveals frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing of nursing homes nationwide, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. On the worst staffed days at an average facility, the new data show, on-duty personnel cared for nearly twice as many residents as they did […]

Amid growing concerns about the financial exploitation of seniors, industry regulators have put an emphasis on protecting seniors.   As a result, firms including financial institutions, including all banks are now required to request that clients provide a “trusted contact” whom the bank or firm can contact for several reasons, including but not limited to possible […]