Alzheimer’s disease is a frightening disease, emotionally, physically and financially – bringing a looming threat of major medical bills for around-the-clock specialty care that can’t be ignored. Many assume that Medicare will cover the expense, but like most insurance plans, it’s not intended to handle long-term care, or any kind of chronic condition that requires [...]
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For those with Alzheimer’s disease, there comes a point when caregiving services are no longer enough. As their condition deteriorates, the need for care progresses beyond the simpler tasks of daily living. Click here to learn about the seven stages of dementia’s progression. Family caregivers can’t provide the around-the-clock supervision needed, and find their loved [...]
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Our grandparents rarely thought about assisted living. Options were few, costs of care were low, insurance was less restrictive, and loved ones expected to eventually become caregivers. It was normal to rely on family. It was a different time. Today’s care environment looks nothing like the past. Costs─and expectations─have changed. In 2017, the cost of [...]
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Falls aren’t just painful; they’re scary, too. Then, before we know it, our shaken confidence and fear of falling starts to change our lifestyle. Less gardening, less shopping, less movement. Before we know it, that new “lifestyle of less” snowballs into decline. The reduced amount of activity and mobility leads to muscle weakness and more [...]
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Arizona’s luxury retirement communities are among the best in the world, offering an impressive selection of locations, amenities and lifestyles. When deciding which community to live in, it’s natural to want the best money can buy within our budget. As we look at different communities, however, it becomes quickly apparent that luxury is a subjective [...]
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Comparing CCRC options for ala carte, tiered, all-inclusive and Life Care communities   Understanding options in the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) market can be enough to make your head spin. Ala carte, discounted or all-inclusive services, Life Care communities… the differences are often bewildering, but make an immense difference in costs. Did you know CCRCs [...]
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Is Alzheimer’s disease hereditary? When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s common for other family members to worry about their own risk of inheriting the disease.  The concern is legitimate, however, there's more to the story. Both early onset and age-related Alzheimer’s diagnoses can sometimes have a genetic component, but presence of that specific [...]
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