What is the Difference Between a NORC and a NOSS? 

Q. My parents are deciding whether to stay in their home or to downsize to an apartment. Currently, they live in a single-family home in an established neighborhood, where most of their neighbors are original owners who have lived … [Read more...]

How to Deal with a Dementia Diagnosis

  The father of one of my staff members (let’s call her “Cara”) has had Parkinson’s disease since she graduated from college twenty years ago. Recently, Cara got the call she had been dreading for years – that now, her dad also … [Read more...]

Reverse Mortgages: Yes or No?

Q. I retired last year at the age of 64, and my wife has been a homemaker for quite a while. We are glad that I am retired and we are free to do what we want (we have quite a lengthy bucket list!), but we came to realize that, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Do Reverse Mortgages Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

Dear Ribbit, My wife and I are considering a reverse mortgage, since we have a lot of equity in our home and very little cash flow. She is in the early stages of dementia. Would the reverse mortgage affect Medicaid eligibility, … [Read more...]

What’s Your Secret, Michael J. Fox?

Michael J. Fox has had Parkinson’s Disease for 26 years. Yet, he is still smiling. At 55, the father of four is happily married to actress Tracy Pollan, and his mind is still as sharp as a tack. Against all odds, he has continued … [Read more...]

New Technology for Better Aging

GPS SmartSole Many of us want to age-in-place as we get older. Unfortunately, in most cases, safety, health issues, and social isolation can interfere with that plan. This is why a growing number of seniors and their … [Read more...]

Dementia: Natural Remedies May Boost Quality of Life (Part 1 of 2)

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's dementia every 66 seconds. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds. And, because of the … [Read more...]

Dementia Therapies That Really Work

Mary’s husband passed away after 55 years of marriage. She was diagnosed with early stage dementia, and lived alone for a while. She was depressed and didn’t make much contact with others. Her daughter convinced her to move to an … [Read more...]

The Financial Problems of CCRCs

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is an age-restricted community where, in most cases, incoming residents must be at least age 55 or older. The facilities offer independent-living units, assisted living units, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Exactly is a CCRC and Is It Right for My Mom?

Dear Ribbit, We are looking for the right living arrangement for my mother. We have considered assisted living (AL), but she will likely need more care that an AL facility can provide in a couple of years. I heard about … [Read more...]