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Savvy Seniors: June 2017

Planning for care in the event of a serious illness is an important topic to discuss with your doctor and your loved ones. These plans usually include advanced directives—written instructions letting others know the type of care you want if you are seriously ill or dying. Experts recommend preparing now for aging at home.

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This comprehensive guide gives you questions to ask yourself and others about how best to achieve your goals, whether you have immediate needs or can take some time to sort out the possibilities.  Covers home modifications so that you can stay at home safely for as long as you like.  Lays out the opportunities and costs associated with independent living, assisted living, and other options. Gives you a range of driving and transportation alternatives. Sorts out the various sources of care at home. Helps you navigate the healthcare system Reviews the legal documents you should prepare and update. Helps you determine whether you need long-term care insurance. Offers checklists and other resources to help you make decisions. Gives you guidance on how to talk to your family about sensitive issues. If you're looking for trusted information on how to prepare for the future care needs for yourself or a relative, this sensitive, realistic, and authoritative guide will start you on the right road.

Get the best care, in the right place, at the right price To find the right kind of long-term care, you may need to make difficult personal, medical, and financial decisions during emotionally tough times. Long-Term Care helps you and your family understand the range of available choices. Even more important, it guides you toward the best care you can afford. You'll learn how to: explore your options for home care, assisted living and nursing homes get the most out of Medicaid, Medicare and veterans' programs evaluate long-term care insurance consider the special needs of people with dementia or Alzheimer's, and protect your loved ones from elder fraud. This completely updated edition includes an expanded discussion of Medicaid coverage, special long-term care insurance, assisted living, and long-term care. Plus, you'll get up-to-date benefit numbers, laws and taxes, and revised information on veterans' benefits.

The 'AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home' helps you assess your current home to determine how universal design solutions can transform it into a home for a lifetime and offers solutions and inspiration to make those changes.

For the first time in American history, "the old old"-- those over 85--are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. But for millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care. And just as more care is needed, fewer caregivers are available to provide it..

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