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  • Supplements for Alzheimer’s Treatment? The FDA Says No

    Americans are an optimistic bunch. There’s nothing we love more than to try a wide variety of fringe, homeopathic, or eastern medicine to cure what ails us. Most of the time, it can have some success. Our cold can be alleviated with Zinc lozenges, our aches and pains can be help with acupuncture and so on.

    Dementia is a different type of condition altogether. There is no time-table for recovery because the disease is progressive by nature. With over 72 types of Dementia, and nearly 6 million diagnosed cases yearly across the country, it’s understandable that the ‘outlandish’ may seem perfectly plausible for treatment. Like many perennial diseases, hope will spring eternal in the quest for a cure.

    It appears the FDA has had enough. On February 11, 2019 the agency mailed letters to 17 companies it accused of illegally marketing

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  • Senior Ingenuity Meets a Growing Need

    Yesterday, we came across an article that caught our attention. The headline reads ‘ Retiree Decides to Spend Rest of Life at Holiday Inn, Since it’s Cheaper than a Senior Home’. 61-year-old Terry Robinson, a reasonably healthy and infinitely clever recent retiree has opted to invest his pension and funding into living where most of us only pass through.

    Why would he do such an outrageous thing? It’s simple, really. It’s less expensive. After crunching the numbers, Terry realized he could receive many of the same amenities at a hotel, than a far more costly nursing facility. Let’s look at the numbers: With his ‘Senior Discount’, the cost for a private room works out to less than $60 per day. On average, a daily rate for a nursing facility is $188 per day. This shift allots Terry a savings of $128.00 per day in which he can pay for

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  • Combating Senior Loneliness

    Getting older is hard enough as it is. Our bodies begin to slow down, we’re managing sometimes multiple chronic conditions, and in many cases have to surrender our drivers’ license for our own safety. All of that can leave you feeling isolated, depressed, and terribly lonely. It can be excruciating to watch the life you built slip away. Having your once robust social calendar replaced by Doctors appointments and awaiting a daily meal delivery from one of many home meal programs.

    Even though it’s only an estimated 20% of seniors who do live alone, more than 47% report feeling lonely. In addition to these findings, a study from the AARP also found that many seniors today face social issues that only add to their feelings of isolation and loneliness. This study found that 45 percent of seniors age 65 and over are separated or widowed, 42

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  • Diabetes Type ll as a Precursor for Alzheimer’s Disease?

    America seems to be in the grips of a Diabetes explosion. In 2015, over 30.3 million of us have been diagnosed with one form of the disease. Another 84.1 million Americans are considered ‘Pre-diabetic’, and left untreated, have a likelihood of progressing to a confirmed Diabetic diagnosis. Some positive news does exist for millions who make lifestyle modifications to stave off becoming medication dependent. Increasing your activity levels, fine-tuning your diet, and a set sleep schedule have proven to be incredibly effective for many people spurred to action by a pre-diabetic confirmation.

    In some cases, however, a full Diabetic diagnosis can be inevitable. When that happens, patients can be prescribed Insulin to help control their blood sugar. Insulin works in tandem with the pancreas and the liver to moderate the amount of sugar in

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  • Read this before you hire a Craigslist private caregiver!
    5 year lookback

    This past week I attended a seminar held by our local Chamber of Commerce. The guest speaker is a well known RI Gerontologist and Ombudsman, Deb Burton. The presentation was very insightful, and while I took many notes, one piece of information was a bit startling: The Medicaid 5 year look back period.

    Why should we care about this? Isn’t it true that once you spend your ‘un-allocated’ assets, Medicaid automatically kicks in? The answer is not necessarily. Depending on how you spent your assets can have a profound impact on your eligibility and penalties which may be assessed.

    We’ll give you an example: You and your family determine you need home care to begin. Rather than call an agency, you place an advertisement on a site like Craigslist. Naturally, you’ll get a lot of responses, because most private care positions can ‘pay under

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