APFM's "Exceptional Caregivers"
Look around and you’re bound to find a caregiver. These special people are everywhere. You may run into them at school, the store or work. You might even find them on your Facebook or Twitter feed. These exceptional caregivers are everywhere, and yet they’re rarely seen.
MyHeritage.com's "Generational Tag Team"
Genealogical projects are a great way to bring older adults and youth together. Genealogy does more than offer an additional topic of conversation or shared point of interest for grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren. Sharing the challenge of unearthing your family roots together forces your family to work as a team – and working together gives you the benefits of a team experience: a sense of camaraderie, the highs of a “win” when you find another piece of your shared puzzle, and a sense of accomplishment when you overcome roadblocks together. In fact, other than a tragic event, not much will bring your family closer, or challenge your family in the same way as a genealogical project.
APFM's "Boomers Don’t Settle, But Do They Want to Age in Place?"
For the silent generation (born before 1945), aging in place — or staying in the family home — is extremely important. Whether it’s being close to where they raised their children, the desire to stay in the neighborhood that they’re familiar with, or simply an aversion to change, data shows that 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age.
APFM's "Sandwiched Grandparents"
With the rise of baby boomers and the increasing number of caregivers in America, it’s easy to lose sight of caregivers who are outliers. In the world of caregiving, where everyone needs some form of support, it’s the seniors who are the sole providers and caregivers of their grandchildren who are experiencing the greatest need.
APFM's "Google’s Walk Through Dementia"
What is it like to have dementia? Living with someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia gives a caregiver some insight into these diseases, but unless you have it, can you ever know what it’s truly like?
APFM's "Communicating with Your Parent's Doctor"
Despite the several checks and balances that are in place across our healthcare system, the fact remains that ensuring a strong continuum of care for your family member, parent or spouse is an important responsibility for every caregiver. Learn more about being involved with your loved one’s healthcare in a compassionate and loving way.
APFM's "Tips to Better Understand Your Aging Parents"
Although it goes by at the same pace it always has, as we age, time feels more fleeting. That’s why, when it comes to your aging parents, it’s important to take the necessary time to really understand them, not as your parents, but as the person they are and the person they have become.
APFM's "SB833 and Medi-Cal – What You Need to Know"
In June 2016, California Governor Brown set major reforms to California’s Medi-Cal Estate Recovery into motion when he signed the SB833 legislation. This legislation reduces the scope of Medi-Cal recovery against the estate of deceased Medi-Cal beneficiaries who die on or after January 1, 2017.
APFM's "Is Medicaid’s PACE Program Too Good to Be True?"
Family caregivers who are looking to keep their parent, spouse or senior loved ones out of a nursing home for as long as possible may find relief with the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, better known as PACE.
APFM's "5 Reasons It’s Worth the Travel"
When a major milestone happens in your family like a graduation, new baby or wedding, it’s important to include everyone in the celebration. But, for family caregivers responsible for an elderly family member, these important family events can seem too daunting to attend, especially if travel is involved.
APFM's "Intergenerational Writing Classes"
When you put seniors and youth together, amazing things happen! That’s why intergenerational writing classes, which have existed since the 1970’s, continue to be an effective platform to help writers of all ages find their voice.
APFM's "Shared Housing for Seniors"
A well-known show, “The Golden Girls” showcased four aging women who took a creative approach to senior living — shared housing. But does the reality of home sharing for seniors actually compare to the situational sitcom many Americans know and love?
APFM's "Genealogy and Seniors"
Retirees across America are leaving their families an unconventional legacy — knowledge of their family’s ancestral roots. In the age of the internet, ancestry and genealogy research has increased with additional access to online historical records.
APFM's "Why Senior Men Need a Hobby"
The New Year is the perfect time to try something new, especially for senior men. Although studies show that having a hobby is important for people of all ages and genders, men in particular have the most to gain from picking up a new hobby this year.
APFM's "Benefits of Moving into Assisted Living Early"
When choosing a retirement community for yourself or your loved one, there are a lot of factors to think about. Ensuring current health needs are met is an important consideration, but traditionally families have also been advised to look ahead at what the future might hold. Will the retirement community be able to meet future health needs as well?
APFM's "Amazing Women Over 55"
Older women are showing off their accomplishments and contributions to society — defying outdated notions about aging. For some women over 55, life includes pushing the boundaries of age and gender altogether.
APFM's "Transferring a Power of Attorney"
Having a power of attorney is an important part of your estate planning. Frighteningly, most Americans don’t have the health care type of power of attorney ( “Advance Health Care Directive” in California) and “only about a quarter of Americans currently have an advance directive — like a living will,” The American College of Emergency Physicians reports.
APFM's "How to Prepare a “Life After Me” Document"
With their estate planning in place, many baby boomers are creating a “Life After Me” document which allows them to say goodbye to their family with a heartfelt letter that says the things that may have been too hard to say face to face.
APFM's "Ways to Keep Emotions Out of Estate Planning"
Estate planning is an emotionally charged conversation and topic, but a critical discussion to have. Here are five tips from expert, Andy Smith, CFP, to help keep emotions out of estate planning while having these tough conversations with family.
APFM's "Before You Turn 65, Here’s What You Need to Know About Medicare"
Annoying. Difficult. Frustrating. For anyone who has applied to Medicare, these are the typical words that come to mind when describing the application process. “It’s ridiculously challenging to figure all this out, like comparing apples and zebras,” 68-year-old Jean Sommerfield told Kaiser Health News.
APFM's "Do You Have the Right Long Term Care Insurance?"
Long term care is a costly expense for most families, one that is usually paid for using Medicaid, private insurance or out-of-pocket savings. The challenge is that most middle and upper-middle class families do not qualify for Medicaid. These families may find that the out-of-pocket expenses for long term care can be crippling.
APFM's "How Can You Protect Your Assets from a Medicaid Lien?"
Stuart Furman, Esq., an elder law attorney in California for over 34 years and author of the “ElderCare Ready Book” and the award winning “ElderCare Ready Pack,” has seen a lot of families with a Medi-Cal recovery lien placed on their home when they thought their home was an exempt asset.
APFM's "What to Do With Your Parent’s Pet"
We’ve shared an inexplicable bond with animals throughout our history. Whether it’s the joy, love or protection that animals offer us, the benefits of having a pet are well documented.
APFM's "Elder Suicide Intervention"
For most people, America is a great place to grow old. In fact, the University of Chicago recently found that “33% of Americans report being very happy at age 88, compared with only 24% of young adults.”
APFM's "Communicating with Your Parent’s Doctor"
Despite the several checks and balances that are in place across our healthcare system, the fact remains that ensuring a strong continuum of care for your family member, parent or spouse is an important responsibility for every caregiver.
APFM's "Generic Drugs Offer Savings for Seniors"
Many retirees who are living off pensions and their retirement savings are trying to eliminate unnecessary expenses to make their savings last as long as possible. Unfortunately, prescription drugs are one of the necessities that put a lot of pressure on a budget. In fact, The Financial Post reports that “prescription drugs make up the largest portion — 27.3% — of out-of-pocket spending for senior households.”
APFM's "Seniors Hoarding Drugs"
Have you heard of PMHBS? The term refers to Prescription Medication Hoarding and Borrowing or Sharing (PMHBS). Little research has been done on PMHBS among seniors in the United States, so it’s hard to know the extent of the problem, but there’s no doubt that the problem does exist.
APFM's "Seniors and the Benefits of Hiking"
It’s no secret that for people of all ages, regular exercise is one of the key factors to a healthy lifestyle. However, as they age, many seniors have difficulty finding a safe way to stay active, which can compound their existing health issues.
APFM's "Uber & Lyft for Seniors"
Ride-sharing technology provided by companies like Uber and Lyft have the potential to lead to vast improvements in the lives of seniors with no means of transportation. However, ride-sharing to date has focused on the Millennial market, leaving seniors who don’t have access to smart phones, or who aren’t tech savvy out of the equation completely.
APFM's "How Much Are Seniors Spending on Medical Expenses?"
When saving for retirement or trying to create a budget for yourself or your senior parents, planning for medical expenses can be a guess at best. Unfortunately, misjudging the costs of medical expenses can easily derail retirement plans and drain savings. Therefore, budgeting accurately is critical.
APFM's "Instruction Required! Training Family Caregivers"
For family caregivers, nursing a loved one isn’t easy. The long days, the cost, the split responsibilities, not to mention the stress and guilt —it all takes a toll. But for many caregivers, it’s the lack of confidence, training and nursing skills that cause the most stress —fear of not knowing what to do, what to look out for or how to provide adequate medical care to a loved one.
APFM's "Busting the Financial Independence Myth"
We like to think that by the time we retire we will have built up enough savings and investments to cover our expenses for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, this is the financial independence myth, and far too many people buy into it.
APFM's "According to Seniors, This Is the Secret to a Happy Life"
While finances are a hot senior living topic, multiple research studies have shown that financial well-being and material wealth are not the most important factors in living well. So, when the United States of Aging Survey asked seniors “what is most important to maintaining a high quality of life?” it’s no surprise that staying connected to family and friends was the most popular choice for four in 10 seniors.
APFM's "Inspirational Grandmothers"
The love that a grandmother has for her grandchildren is pure and unconditional. She delights in spoiling them, and always has their best interests at heart. As well, grandmothers hold a special place in the hearts of their grandchildren, an imprint that can be replaced by no one else.
APFM's "Spring Maintenance for Senior Safety"
After a long winter, the signs of spring bring an unmistakable sense of energy and excitement. Neighborhoods become a flurry of activity, and almost everyone is out doing yard work.
APFM's "Canadian Pension Plan: Maximizing the Return on Your Investment"
After a lifetime of juggling work and family, and scrimping and saving for retirement, many seniors find that the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) isn’t paying out as much as they thought it would. According to the Toronto Star, as of 2015 only 6% of CPP pensioners received the full amount of $1038 per month, with the average payout at about $537 per month.
APFM's "Light Therapy for Alzheimer’s"
Alzheimer’s disease is devastating for a person and their family to experience. This disease, which is the most common form of dementia, is responsible for destroying brain cells and robbing individuals of their memories, thinking abilities and identity.
APFM's "Variety is the Spice of Life"
Retirement communities across the country are acting as frontline advocates in the battle for better senior health, creating new and innovate programs aimed at fostering wellness. The holistic approach that these programs are taking focuses on the bigger picture of health, rather that exercise alone.
APFM's "Innovative Senior Health and Fitness Programs"
Despite an increased emphasis on personal health and fitness, a 2016 report by the United Health Foundation found that America’s baby boomers are actually unhealthier than their predecessors. Adults between the ages of 50 and 64 in 1999 were healthier than those in that age group in 2014. Although these new seniors smoke less, they will be “entering their senior years with higher rates of obesity and diabetes, and lower rates of very good or excellent health,” the report concludes.
APFM's "10 Heroes in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s"
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is a devastating diagnosis for a person and their family to receive. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a fitting time to honor those individuals who have committed their lives to Alzheimer’s advocacy and research.
APFM's "Seniors Still Prefer Brand-Name Drugs"
Brand-name medications are expensive, but many seniors still refuse to opt for their cheaper generic equivalents. Tragically the people who are most affected by high brand-name drug costs are low-income seniors. According to a 2009 study, approved by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Institutional Review Board, 20% of low-income seniors use brand-name drugs even when the identical generic drug is available at a lower cost.
APFM's "Opioid Abuse Among Seniors"
The opioid abuse epidemic in America is only now getting the media attention that it warrants, but it has been a growing issue for decades. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance-use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.
APFM's "How to Manage Hoarding Behaviors in a Person With Dementia"
Caring for someone with dementia comes with daily challenges. Whether they are living on their own, with family members, or in an assisted living facility, it is difficult to watch a loved one struggle with the characteristics of this complex disease. Collecting clutter is common in people with dementia, however for some, parting with what are deemed as precious possessions can cross the threshold into hoarding behavior.
APFM's "Gardening in Retirement Communities"
Living in a retirement community offers the perfect opportunity to embrace your interests and try new hobbies. With a variety of clubs and leagues available to join, chances are, you will meet a group of like-minded people with whom to experience your favorite activities or try something new.
APFM's "Making Family Gatherings Easier for Seniors Who Can’t Hear"
Family gatherings are a wonderful opportunity to come together with the people you love, however, for someone with hearing loss, large gatherings can be overwhelming. One-third of people over the age of 70 have a form of hearing loss, and some members of your family may not be open to sharing their struggle.
APFM's "Ontario Canada Care Community Coverage: Know the Rules"
The Ontario government strictly regulates all care communities, including privately run retirement communities and publicly funded nursing homes. This has some major benefits. For one, no matter where in Ontario you or your loved ones live, you can expect the same standard of treatment, at the same price. But regulations can also be difficult to navigate. You might have a few questions about cost, access to healthcare, levels of service and how to get help with financing.
APFM's "Navigating Medicaid"
When it comes to navigating Medicaid’s rules and regulations, many seniors and their families find the process confusing, frustrating and stressful. The application process is one of the biggest hurdles that families face, and with regulations varying by state, it can be difficult to even know if you’re eligible.
APFM's "Movies From the 30s, 40s and 50s"
Going to the movies has been an enjoyable pastime since the establishment of the first contemporary-style movie theater in 1905. Back at the turn of the century, people would pay a hefty, five-cent admission fee to escape their everyday lives and watch as dramatic, silent tales unfolded on the big screen.