The Little-Known Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans

Author Wendell Potter’s mother had a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, with premiums that increased significantly over the years. Despite the increasing premiums, she didn’t feel she had any real motivation to disenroll. This was … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Meditation and Alzheimer’s

Dear Baxter, My sister meditates daily. She told me that, among other benefits, it helps prevent Alzheimer’s. Is this true? Do you know of any research about this? Thanks for your help! Maddy Tayshun --- Dear … [Read more...]

How Can I Reduce My Risk of Alzheimer’s?

Q. Several of my relatives on my mother’s side of the family have had Alzheimer’s, including my aunt, my uncle, and both my grandparents. My father’s sister currently has it too. I am concerned for myself and my own children, and … [Read more...]

What if Everyone in Your Town Had Dementia?

Grocery store in Hogeweyk, Amsterdam Imagine this . . . you have a friend named Sally who is in the advanced stages of dementia. She getsup in the morning, and wanders out to the supermarket in her nightgown. She passes others … [Read more...]

Medicare Recipients Will Be Less Vulnerable to Sticker Shock in Hospitals

Over the course of a day or so, Karen’s right arm began feeling weak and her speech began to slur. She was convinced she was having a stroke, so she called 911 and was rushed to the nearest emergency room. She remained in the … [Read more...]

Overcoming Emotions: Moving Mom to a Nursing Home

Q. My aging mother has lived in her home since I was a child. My family loved the neighborhood so much that we never moved, and when I got married and had my own family, we bought a house a few blocks away. Now, dad's been gone … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Nursing Home Preparation

Dear Baxter, My father will be moving to a nursing home next month. What do you suggest we do to prepare for this big move? Thanks! Bea Forehegos ------ Dear Bea, The move to a nursing home is more like a journey … [Read more...]

Does Medicare Pay for Hearing Aids?

Sid watches the baseball game with the television turned really high. His wife has been noticing that it is getting louder and louder. In fact, she can hear it outside the house in her garden and the neighbor said he can even hear … [Read more...]

Attitudes Are Changing About Reverse Mortgages

Q. My mother-in-law, Rita, owns a home in Vienna that is valued at $675,000 and the amount owed on her mortgage is still around $300,000. When she retires next year, the monthly mortgage payment will be unaffordable for her, but … [Read more...]

A Parent has Alzheimer’s and a Gun. What Do You Do?

Ever since Gregg Schnepp retired, his favorite activity has been gathering with his friends at the shooting range. According to his wife, Joanne, who is a strong believer in the right to bear arms, “shooting is about his only … [Read more...]