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Financing old age. Including insurance.

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Analysis & Exploration: Finances and legal

A Professional Fiduciary: What is it? Do you need one?

Wondering what a Professional Fiduciary is, when you might need one, and how you would find a good one? We asked professional fiduciary Kim Schwarcz to explain.

 

 

Private Patient Advocates

As our healthcare system becomes more complex and hard to navigate, a new profession has emerged: patient advocacy. Patient advocates are people who work to help patients navigate the healthcare system, and can in principle help save money, and help make sure one gets the best possible treatment when ill. In this article, we asked one of this new breed, Patricia Knight, to help our readers understand better: what is a patient advocate, what do they do, and do you need one?

 

 

Elder Dignity, Autonomy and the Need for Protection from Abuse

Dignity of the elder must not be disregarded in the name of protection: whether we are dealing with the difficult issues of how to convince dad to give up the car keys, mom’s need for placement in a facility, or fear of money being improperly acquired by a scammer. The question posed is how to maximize the preservation of dignity in the face of true need for protection of the elder? This article addresses the issue as it relates to financial abuse of elders, but the principles are equally applicable in other situations.

 

 

Make Your Health Care Wishes Known - Easily

The New Old Age blogger Paula Span has recetly written an immensely helpful piece on new ways each of us can make our health care advance directives known.

 

 

Breaking Down the Barriers of Communication Between the Generations. Role for technology?

Going beyond money management, part of our daily work includes having conversations about the complexities of providing care for aging family members, the range of costs for providing this care and the difficulty families have in planning around these issues. Yet, most people don’t think about such things until there is a crisis.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Finances and legal

The Conversation: End of Life Wishes, Providence

In Part 1 of our "End of Life" discussion, Beth Levow, a volunteer with the “The Conversation Project”, explains the resources this Boston-based non-profit program offers to enable conversations about one’s wishes for end-of-life care with family members, friends, physicians, and others. .........Read more

Decisions for Later in Life @SFV

The group discusses the types of decisions and documentation that tend to assure that one's desires concerning person and property are known and followed late in life. .........Read more

Internet Scams and Safety

This is a talk on Internet scams and Safety, from Capt John Alfred. Captain Alfred directs the cyber crimes and the state fusion units with the Rhode Island State Police. .........Read more

The Big Age-Related Problems we Worry About

SF Village explorers take on the task of listing challenging topics facing elders in later life. .........Read more

Access Your Medical Records in a Flash

Explorer Jan tells the group that her Book Group at SRC is promoting the idea of residents having their complete medical records on a USB 'flash' drive formatted for that purpose. .........Read more

Telephone, Cyber and Doorbell Scams Explored

Explorer Steve speaks about computer scams, including one brought to his attention by his neighbor who complained that a message would periodically appear on her computer screen telling her that her computer was infected, and to call the number in the message to get help in clearing her computer... .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Finances and legal (shared by our Explorers)

Five Wishes

 
Five Wishes
 

Five wishes is an online service that enables you to create an advance directive. 

 

PREPARE for your care

 
Prepare.org
 

PREPARETM for your care is a didactic in the form of a series of documents and film clips which are intended to instruct the viewer how to make medical decisions and document them so they can be realized at a later time.

 

Stanford Letter Project: Advance Directive

 
advance directive
 

The Stanford Letter Project - Advance Directive - is an online form in a letter template that is intended to allow persons to document what matters most to them and what treatments they want in the future.

 

Plan Your Lifespan

 

Northwestern University offers a website for people who want to anticipate health related choices in later life, to familiarize themselves with alternatives, and create a plan of action for possible eventualities.

 

The Conversation Project

 
Conversation Starter Kit, The Conversation Project
 

The Conversation Project is a website intended to evoke discussion among family or friends to facilitate talking about values and wishes that often go unsaid.

 

SilverBills

 

SilverBills is a service that offers to ease the burden of bill paying for those who find it confusing or frustrating.

 

Cake: End of Life Planning

 

End of life planning App: discover, share, and store your end of life preferences.

 

Vial of Life

 
Vial of Life
 

The vial contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment.

 

Understanding Long Term Care Insurance (from AARP)

 

Understanding Long Term Care Insurance is an article found on the AARP website which explains the types of policies paying benefits to help cover the cost of "long-term care," meaning the help that people with chronic illnesses, disabilities or other conditions need on a daily basis over an...

 

 

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