Is Medicare and/or Medicaid Paying for Unnecessary Care?

An article in the New Yorker recently discussed studies indicating widespread recommendations by physicians of care that studies show to be of little or no use to the patient.  In addition to the other ways in which we need to act to bring the cost of care under control, might this not be a cultural issue to address?

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Early Stage Memory Loss Seminar

The Alzheimer’s Association is holding an Early Stage Memory Loss Seminar on April 18th, at St. Luke’s Meridian.  This seminar is a new and vital resource in the Treasure Valley for those who are experiencing the initial stages of what may be dementia or Alzheimer’s and their families.  Please consider attending.  RSVP is very important, see the linked flyer for more information.

http://www.alz.org/documents/idaho/Caregiver_Support_Groups_4.1.2015.pdf

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The Tricks Scammers Use to Steal from Seniors

Scammers put a lot of work into making their scams believable and workable. They want to sell their story with urgency and the aim is to make you feel that the situation is real. The end result they seek is your money. Usually you may be able to sniff out a scam, but elderly folks are targeted far more often and may not be able to sniff out all of the scams they face. Paying attention and knowing some of the tricks scammers use can help your older loved ones to stay safe from scammers. Read more here.

Shark fin

 

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Planning Ahead to Pass Your Estate

There was a time in America when children took over the home of their parents after they passed. They simply moved in and took over, and the torch was passed with little more than a simple move-in. Back then, things were simpler: no Internet, no 24-hour news, and some would say a more reasonable approach to passing your home on to your kids. Today, there are a number of ways to pass on your home to the kids and some of them make for sensible estate-planning strategies too. The good thing is they can also be tax free. Read more here.

3 generations

 

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Finding Value in New Housing for Seniors

After the kids have moved away, the space you own feels like it just got a whole lot bigger. And that’s great for a time. Then it might feel too big. Then you retire and it becomes clear that the time to move has arrived. Looking for housing that fits your needs, has the amenities you want and is in a location you like may seem like a lot to ask, but preparing for the home search can help. Dealing with someone specifically tuned in to the needs and concerns of seniors may be the right move, with many agencies providing Senior Real Estate Specialists. Read more about affordable senior housing options here.

elderly woman gardening

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10 Things Older Investors Should Remember to Avoid Scams

Doing your homework before you invest goes without saying.  Getting trusted and knowledgeable advice from people you know, not acting under pressure, and learning as much as possible are all sound methods.  As a senior citizen, you may also need to consider ulterior and unscrupulous motives as well. Fraud is increasingly directed at seniors as they become a bigger and more lucrative target for scammers and con artists.  Read more about 10 signals that indicate something doesn’t add up here.

Hacker

 

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Best Choices for Leaving Your Assets

As you progress through retirement, which investments you should access first is a decision that will require a clear view of your finances and your goals.  It can be a tricky decision to start tapping into your 401(k) or Roth IRA depending on your strategy and desired outcome. Your estate planning should take into account if you want to leave money in an account to your heirs and how much.  Find out more about what information you should consider and how it affects this decision here.

Grandfather and Grandson looking at tablet

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Don’t Chase The Yield

Baby Boomers are heading towards retirement in increasing numbers. Along with this migration from the work force to the retirement force is a lot of discussion on how to best use retirement savings. The result is that some risky investment strategies are starting to get some attention that they may not deserve. While any investment carries an inherent amount of risk, some investment goals may put you at more risk than they can reward. Caution may be the better part of valor. Read more here.

Cartoon Man Chasing Coin

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Good Investment Portfolio Tips for Seniors

Choosing a smart investment plan can be difficult for anyone, let alone for an older family member. As your loved ones get older, they need to consider many additional conditions and needs, like budgeting for everyday living, managing savings to provide for the years ahead and ensuring a rate of return. Other considerations like limiting the impact of taxes need to be considered. Creating a solid investment portfolio for your elderly family members requires a good strategy and an attention to unique details. Read more about what to look for and what to consider here.

Elderly woman and daughter

 

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Planning Tips for Assisted Living

The search for assisted living can be a new and sometimes difficult path to travel. The primary concern is that the choice of living situation offers as much comfort and enjoyment as possible, while also marking all the appropriate tick boxes, like location, cleanliness, facilities, staff expertise, and more. By having solid and well defined expectations, you can direct your search effectively. Whether you are planning for your loved ones, planning with your parents or if you are considering assisted living for yourself, this article may be a great help.

Seniors in a nursing home

 

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