Monthly Archives: July 2011

Featured Link — National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

This is not a pleasant subject to consider, but each of us will eventually pass away, and some of us will require hospice or palliative care in our final days. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has an excellent … Continue reading

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Featured Link – Caregivers Glossary

If you have been recently placed in the role of caregiver to a disabled or elderly family member, you may need some help with common terminology. There is an excellent glossary at CareGiversLibrary. Check it out.

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Where is Your Nearest Social Security Office?

I mentioned yesterday that Social Security field offices would be open one half hour less, due to budget constraints. But do you know where your nearest field office is located? If not, the Social Security Administration has a very handy office … Continue reading

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Social Security Field Offices to Begin Closing a Half Hour Early

Federal budget cuts are causing the Social Security Administration to reduce the hours field offices are open to the public. Here is the official press release from the Social Security Administration: Effective August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices nationwide will … Continue reading

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Deficit-Reduction Proposal Aims to Repeal CLASS Act

Politico reports, “The deficit-reduction proposal released Tuesday by the reconvened Gang of Six would repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, a move that would be a major setback to advocates for improving access to long-term care.” The … Continue reading

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Checklists and Forms for Caregivers

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post for caregivers, CaregiversLibrary offers some terrific checklists and forms for caregivers in all types of situations. This is a good spot to go to think about the questions you should ask a nursing home, … Continue reading

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Featured Link —Medicare Offers Information for Caregivers

Medicare has a good site devoted to information for caregivers. Here are some of the topics discussed: Recognizing that taking care of a seriously ill, aged or disabled friend or family member can be emotionally and physically exhausting, Ask Medicare is … Continue reading

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Seroquel Antipsychotic Drug to Carry New Heart Warning

The New York Times reports that “AstraZeneca is adding a new heart warning to the labels of Seroquel [quetiapine], its blockbuster antipsychotic drug, at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, company and agency officials said on Monday.” The … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up If Health Insurance Claim Is Denied

Columnist Pamela Yip of the Dallas Morning News is a wonderful source for information about all aspects of personal finance. I highly recommend you read her regular column, as she covers many topics of special interest to senior citizens. One … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat with Red Cross Safety Tips

Today will be the 17th in a row with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher in Dallas. The heat index on some of those days has been as much as 110 degrees. Exposure to temperatures such as this is … Continue reading

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