While most Americans over the age of 40 say they would prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible, a recent AP-NORC poll reveals that roughly 60 percent of them admit they haven’t discussed their preferences for future living assistance with relatives. Here’s a guide to help you get the conversation started in your own family — and connect with the proper resources. Continue reading
Finding additional care for aging loved ones can be a daunting task for many families, but there are resources that can help. Here’s where to start. Continue reading
Many of us find that as our parents age, they’re more likely to need assistance to carry out everyday activities. Many people’s first instinct is to move their parents into their own homes. And while this is often a first–and sometimes the best–solution, it’s one that needs careful thought and planning. Continue reading
Providing long term care at a reasonable cost — especially for low-income Americans who are elderly or have disabilities — has long been a challenge in the U.S. In California, long term care providers are coordinating in order to tackle the special challenges faced by those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports. Continue reading
Everybody needs someone to look after them at some point in their lives. For the millions of Americans at or approaching retirement age, the chances are they will need some type of assistance, either from friends or family, a hired caregiver or a nursing home. Continue reading
A computer programmer and a kid in a Batman suit walk into a pancake house…it sounds like a joke, but it really happened, and now the programmer, Dave Vockell, has a new product to bring to market. It’s an app to help seniors talk to their doctors about medical care.
“Like all great health care breakthroughs, it happened at the International House of Pancakes,” he says, half-jokingly. Continue reading
More than 18,000 seniors died as the result of falls in 2010, and thousands more are injured every year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nation’s largest and most intensive study of how to best prevent seniors’ injuries from falling will begin next year under a $30 million grant announced Wednesday by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
For the second year in a row, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs conducted a survey of attitudes towards long-term care among those over age 40. The survey, funded by a grant from The SCAN Foundation which is also a PBS NewsHour underwriter, found that 58% – a 7% increase from last year – now favor a government-administered long-term care insurance program and 81% favor tax breaks to encourage saving for long-term care. Continue reading