Elder Care

MyMobility Plan

February 4, 2019 Blog, Elder Care

MyMobility Plan, a new tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can help seniors and their families think about and plan for their future mobility and independence when driving a car is no longer an option. MyMobilityPlan

While depression isn’t necessarily a normal part of aging, it is a serious medical issue that afflicts many older adults. In fact, it’s a common issue among the elderly. According to the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, about one-quarter of older adults assessed by healthcare providers suffer from some level of depression. That said, depression […]

As today’s article in the Philadelphia Inquirer details, traditional long-term care insurance policies are in disfavor.  The primary factor is due to unexpected substantial increases in insurance premiums. As a result, it is incumbent upon both the public and private sectors to be innovative in offering alternatives to traditional LTC insurance.  The State of Minnesota […]

The Alzheimer’s Association recently published its 2018 Alzheimer’s Association facts and figures. Among the updated findings include the following: Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding at the federal government is $1.8 billion An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including nearly 300,000 in the Delaware Valley, are living with Alzheimer’s disease 16 million professionals are providing care for those […]

An article appeared in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times entitled Single? No Kids? Don’t Fret: How to Plan Care in Your Later Years.  The article is about unsupported elders and how they are making plans for the future since they have no network of support.  In essence, this is what we do & why […]

The Academy Awards will be handed out this evening.  You  probably have heard about or scene all of the movies nominated for best picture, best actor and actress, and best director.  However, you are less likely to have heard about a film nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short subject, Edith + Eddie. The short […]

Long-Term Care in the US, especially home and community based services, is a patch work of funding and staffing.  Public benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid, although state services vary, do not provide 24 hour round the clock care at home.  Our current financing system to pay for services for ill seniors is not adequately prepared to tackle […]

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I saw the new Pixar movie, Coco.  The result of which is now I recall crying watching two animated Pixar films.  Up, my all-time favorite Pixar movie, and now Coco.  Like so many Pixar films before it, Coco indulges the belief that kids know best, while it’s up to adults to come […]

Lost amid the uproar following recent news reports that GOP lawmakers are considering capping pretax 401(k) contributions at $2,400 annually — compared with $18,000 currently — was some good news from the IRS, of all places. The tax agency has announced new, higher contribution limits in 2018 for various retirement savings accounts. Individuals who participate […]

The availability of care in a home and community setting is of the upmost importance for seniors and those with disabilities.  However, in many states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there are serious barriers to accessing the needed community services. As a result, Consumer Voice has created a new guide – “Understanding and Advocating for […]

As one of the five Elder Care Coordinators with Rothkoff Law Group, it is my role to help identify appropriate resources available for our clients. Fortunately, for the aging population in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, there are many resources available to them to ensure their long-term care needs continue are sufficiently met. For those […]

According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial, long-term care costs are surging and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year on average nationally.  However, in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas, average annual nursing home costs already exceed $100,000 up to at least $150,000 […]

In the wake of the recent hurricanes that have devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and several other Caribbean islands, emergency preparedness, especially for the vulnerable adult population, has become a priority. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care has put together a list of resources relating to emergency preparedness and the vulnerable adult […]

Due to the current economic, political and clinical climate, the need to advocate for quality of care and quality of life for long-term care residents is growing. The best way to accomplish this goal is through education. Long-term care is a broad term that encompasses a variety of social services and is geared to support […]