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What to Know for Medicare Open Enrollment

Every year, Medicare’s Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. As a caregiver, you undoubtedly know how important insurance coverage is to securing your loved one the affordable care they need when they need it. What can be less certain, however, is knowing which exact program and options your loved one is qualified for and would most benefit from. As much as you want to help them through the process of enrolling in Medicare, you may be struggling to understand it yourself. The good news is that by learning the various benefits covered by different plans, you can put yourself in a better position to care for your loved one’s health needs and find the right plan for them.

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By Cynthia Walker | 10/16/2020

The Importance of Having a Voting Plan for the 2020 Election

The election of 2020 is quickly approaching. For some, the end of the campaign season comes as a relief, as it means the end of political ads and often divisive conversations. For others, the idea of voting during a pandemic feels scary, and conflicting information around the integrity of voting options is confusing and overwhelming. And yet, voting is a constitutional right. What can you do now to ensure that your voice is counted? The answer is simple: create a voting plan.

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By Lisa Weitzman | 10/15/2020

What Does Dementia Look Like?

"My dad had lots of good days, days filled with laughter and conversations about his favorite memories of my childhood and his, days where he remembered many of the “little things” in my life that made me feel like he wasn’t aging at all. There were other days, though, when Dad was not as sharp. In fact, there were days when Dad really wasn’t Dad."

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By Lisa Weitzman | 10/15/2020

Building and Supporting Dementia-Inclusive Communities

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 50 million people are living with dementia worldwide. To combat the impact that dementia has on people living with the disease and their caregivers, the Dementia Friendly America initiative was launched to create communities where everyone could provide support and understanding to these individuals. The initiative aids the residents who are living with dementia and their caregivers in the community by raising public knowledge about the disease, supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers and connecting health systems with community-based organizations.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 10/15/2020

Understanding and Coping with Ambiguous Grief as a Caregiver

Loss is not an unfamiliar concept, as we all experience it in some form through relationships with people and changes in our health. Grief is described as a process that we go through to cope with, move through and move on from a significant loss. However, there is a type of loss and grief that caregivers experience that has its own unique properties.

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By Lauri Scharf | 10/15/2020