Video games, hospice, home care agencies, and caregivers


Can video games be good for you?

The best question to ask when faced with deciding on hospice for a loved one: What would make his/her last days most comfortable?

Not all states require home care agencies to be licensed.  Check your state for specifics.

If you have specific opinions about the kind of care that you want at the end of your life, you’d better let your family members know.  A new study shows that most seniors don’t receive care based on what caregivers think is best for them.

tex playing video games” © 2005 RebeccaPollard, Attribution 3.0 Generic



Finishing school at 99, home care agencies, Parkinson’s patients & spoons, and brain exercises


It’s never to late to finish school.

California is taking steps to regulate its home care agencies.

There’s a new spoon for Parkinson’s patients.

Brain exercises are effective ways of improving memory and concentration.

Diploma” © 2004 Jeff Meyer, Attribution 3.0 Generic

Getting better at getting older, taxes & CCRCs, Medicare denials, and brain changes


A new study shows that the older we get, the better we get at getting older. (More on this subject.)

There are tax implications of moving to a CCRC.  Here’s a primer on them (it’s sort of complicated, so I’d suggest taking it to your accountant.)

If you’ve had a claim denied by Medicare, don’t give up; here are some tips to help you win your appeal.

Brain changes in seniors might explain why scams are more common in the elderly. (Here’s more.)

“swim meet” © 2004 jonfeinstein, Attribution 3.0 Generic


Age & creativity, getting the best care, and nursing home mistakes


Your brain changes as you age; you might get more creative as a result!

How to get the best care from your physician.

An 87-year old nursing home resident got left in an elevator for over 24 hours during the Christmas holidays.

Not all Florida nursing homes are doing a great job for their patients.

Paintbrushes” © 2008 John-Morgan, Attribution 3.0 Generic

Assisted living & medication, scam prevention, home safety, and brain pacemakers

There’s a free scam prevention book online.

Want to make your home safer?  Here are a few tips.

Scientists are testing brain “pacemakers” for Alzheimer’s patients.