Dementia testing covered under Medicare-and mini mental state exams
If you are facing a disease process that is likely to greatly alter your ability to help yourself, or your life in general, don't go it alone. Sure, sure, in the final analysis, whatever happens, is happening to YOU. But more likely than not there is a constellation of folks who care and who would [...]
Do you suspect that the costs of end of life care enters the minds of patients and doctors? What's your guess? Most folks would say you guessed right -- if you thought costs did enter the mind of patients or doctors. No one wants to be "cheap" when it comes to the care of our [...]
In a perfect world, I suppose, Medicare would be easy to understand, everyone would understand their coverages, and claims would always be processed so as to benefit the elderly fairly and fully and promptly. And for many many people covered by Medicare, the system actually does work fairly well. But Medicare has been getting more [...]
There must be hundreds and hundreds of songs that conjure up the passage of time, and a few handfuls, at least, that speak to aging and growing older. Can you think of any? Have any favorites? We probably all know some. Songs with lyrics that veer to the saccharine or the sardonic; gloomy or gay; trendy or traditional. [...]
This time of year we often are reminded of taxes, and April 15th as the "due date" for submitting our income tax returns. But April 16th is a day worth noting too--it is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Sure, it's not as much fun as the Fourth of July, or as warm and fuzzy as we [...]
Social Security Disability. Compassionate Allowances. Older Applicants. A Break for Some Applicants?
Applying for Social Security Disability can seem daunting. The general test requires applicants to establish that they cannot do ANY gainful employment in the national economy. Carefully making your case, and thoughtfully filling out the application and providing supportive medical information from treating health care professionals is important. Even so, many months, even a year [...]
Lots of talk about older workers continuing on into the work force beyond age 65--but really only about 20 per cent of those more than 65 years of age continue working. An article in today's New York Times, provides a snapshot: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/business/retirementspecial/the-gray-jobs-enigma.html?hpw&rref=business
Most all adults make their own decisions about medical treatment on their own--their body, their choice.
In Michigan, if you are over 18 years old, and you haven't prepared a designation of patient advocate form and/or a medical power of attorney form, all hell can break loose should you become so disabled that two doctors think you cannot effectively communicate your treatment wishes.
No one wants to be a “crybaby,” and indeed, it is not unusual to have some aches and pains that are fleeting in nature. Some of us even expect a few more aches and pains as we age–just like some college students expect wicked hangovers if they party too much. But ignoring pain is not [...]