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Top Scams Affecting Senior Citizens

July 22, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

One of the hottest growth industries is also illegal and deeply immoral: scams targeting seniors.   People who engage in these activities typically do so from overseas where they face no penalty, nor risk of imprisonment. Here are three of the most common scams targeting elders. The Grandparent Scam You get a call from somebody claiming […]

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The Five Wishes – Important Decisions You Should Make about Your End of Life

July 6, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

As we get older and cannot care for ourselves, it’s important to think about how we want our life to end. The Five Wishes constitute a living will that sets forth your personal, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as your medical wishes. A living will lets your loved ones know how to make decisions […]

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Do I Need Long Term Care Insurance?

June 22, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

Like all insurance, you may never need it, but when you do, you’re glad that you made the investment. Long-term care insurance is one way to pay for the cost of nursing homes and in-home caregivers. It was initially introduced as nursing home insurance but now covers the cost of other facilities and caregivers at […]

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Where Do I Turn? The Orange County Department on Aging is A Safe Bet

June 12, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

With any new challenge or project, the hardest thing is getting started. If you have an aging loved one that you are starting to worry about, a good place to start is the Orange County Department on Aging (OCDOA) (http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/aging/) is the place to start. The OCDOA is an incredible resource where seniors and caregivers […]

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Should Dad Be Driving?

June 4, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

It’s a question most of us inevitably ask. If we are fortunate, dad accepts that he should no longer be at the wheel. More commonly, it’s a struggle. Driving provides such independence. It’s a big step for anyone to let it go. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean that we slow down, but we do need […]

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My Mom Has Dementia. Will I Have It, Too?

May 27, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

One of the most disquieting things a child can experience is seeing a parent decline with dementia. The only thing that might be even more troubling is the fear that you might also get it. Is this hereditary? As a general rule, if a parent has dementia, it means that you also will have a […]

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Increase in Alzheimer’s research funding is a good thing.

May 11, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

The facts around Alzheimer’s are staggering. There’s no cure for this disease which is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Care of Alzheimer’s patients currently takes 20 percent of Medicare dollars, equal to about $235 billion/year. That does not include the extra costs of caregivers paid for with families’ private funds. The […]

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7 Early Signs You Might Develop Dementia in Orange County

May 9, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

  As we age, we may show some signs of memory loss or dementia. It is normal to occasionally forget some things, but it is not normal for it to happen regularly. It is important to be aware of signs of dementia. Some of them are listed below to help you understand how you may […]

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Durham Healthcare Advice for Caregivers: Finding Joy In Caregiving

May 4, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

Caregivers often become so focused on healthcare for their loved one that they forget to appreciate the joy that can come from everyday living. Caregivers can be so overwhelmed with the stress of finances, health care and logistics that they lose the quality of life in caring for their loved one. Creating and experiencing joy […]

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Senior Care Advice for Aging Drivers in Chapel Hill

May 2, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

Driving is important aspect for senior care. It allows them to get to doctor appointments, shop for food and to be active socially. As we get older, driving can make some things more challenging. Seniors may notice their eyes  becoming weaker, their bodies becoming stiffer and their reaction time becoming slower. There are some tips […]

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