Reduce Your Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs

Patients are shelling out a larger amount of their income to healthcare providers now more than ever. In fact, according to Forbes, patient payments account for over one-third (35%) of revenue for providers. This makes it the third highest revenue stream, with...

A surprisingly good place to die

A campaigning doctor has helped make Mongolia a better place to die than many much wealthier nations. Andrew North met her to find out how. What comes to mind when you think of Mongolia? My answer, probably like many people’s, was vast empty space, those signature...

Why Are Drug Prices So High? We’re Curious, Too

This much is clear: The public is angry about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Surveys have shown that high drug prices rank near the top of consumers’ health care concerns. What’s not as clear is exactly why prices have been rising, and who is to blame....

Why thank you can’t wait

Our son, Ben, is responsible for bringing the most remarkable people into our family’s life. They’ve come in the form of teachers, therapists, bus drivers and service providers – all caregivers who have shared their life with ours. I’ve learned that there’s no good...

Tips for the Sandwich Generation

The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP issued a joint report that said “a 49 year old woman caring for a 69 year old female relative” is the average caregiver. They are also women with children and a job. The majority of the estimated 40 million caregivers are...

A new age of care

Before there were nursing homes and social security legislation, the elderly lived in almshouses which also housed insane, homeless and inebriated people. Living conditions in these facilities were horrendous and dangerous. Thankfully, after some legislation passed...

Battling ALS and the ravages of time

CHARLOTTE, NC, September 10, 2017 – There comes a point in dealing with ALS that you eventually resign yourself to the fact that you will never again be independent. It's not so much a case of denial than it is the realization that someone will have to help you do...

Rediscovering your identity as a caregiver

Caregivers Rediscovering Their Identity A friend’s wife suffered through a rough couple of years with cancer, and he served as her sole caregiver. Meeting up with him one day, I asked, “How are you doing?” He quickly replied, “Well, we’re doing okay. She just got home...

How to streamline your Rx mess

There are many compelling reasons that surround my move back home to live with my elderly mother—none the least of which is the near accidental overdose from the many Rx prescriptions whose labels she can no longer read. Ask yourself these 4 questions to determine if...

Are Seniors Really At The Most Risk For Scams?

You may have heard from a friend or family member that seniors are the at the biggest risk for scams. It’s a commonly touted idea that because seniors have more economic freedom than other classes of society, because they worked more years on average, that scammers...

Work Better Together with 8 Useful Tips

For every 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain, there are that many caretakers. The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP conducted a national survey looking at family caregiving in the United States. The average caregiver renders 21 hours a week of...

The heat is on, so check on your elders

This summer has already been a scorcher, and sadly, deadly for the most vulnerable populations, including our elders. Arizona's record-breaking heat wave has already claimed lives, and the rise in heat-related deaths, especially among the older population, is expected...

Tips to Deal with a Controlling Aging Loved One

As people age, it’s not uncommon for their personalities to change and for them to become more controlling.  It’s usually the result of medication, pain, the frustrations of having difficulty doing things that were once easy and changing family dynamics.  While it can...

Cancer survivors are more likely to use opioids

A new study found that opioid prescription use is more common in cancer survivors than in individuals without a history of cancer. This was true even among survivors who were ten or more years past their cancer diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a...

Why Veterans Make Exceptional Caregivers

A great caregiver can come from almost any background. But when you’ve spent twenty years in home care, it becomes clear that some professional backgrounds do really prepare caregivers for working with seniors. At Visiting Angels, some of our most successful home care...

How to Manage the Never Ending Paper Trail

It hardly seems fair that as soon as we pay bills, review statements, manage family calendars and school cubbies for the month, all of this ironing out will inevitably become all bunched up again when next month’s paperwork requires the same attention. When it’s our...