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Transitions

When I was at the entry station for basic training we saw a group of soldiers who were leaving basic training.  Their uniforms were a little worn, they had some extra gear and accouterments, and they seemed pretty tough and rugged. Wow, I thought, will I ever be that experienced and tough-looking. Well eight weeks…

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MOLST & POLST

A new model for end-of-life care issues, called MOLST, is now in use in Massachusetts. Around the nation, and in New Hampshire where it is also being used, the system is called Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (or POLST). In Massachusetts the first word is changed to “Medical” thus giving us MOLST. The point of the…

201505.13
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Veteran’s Benefits

Few people seem to understand VA benefits very well. There is a whole host of programs. It is often best to start with your local Veteran’s Agent or service agency (the VFW or American Legion). They have volunteers who can give you information and advice without charge. You may think about hiring an attorney or another…

201505.13
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Medicare Issues

Those under age 65 (unless you have been on SSDI for two or more years) need to purchase regular health insurance coverage (either through an employer, on the open market, or through a state or the Federal ACA exchanges).  Those 65 and over who have worked and paid into the Medicare system can get their primary…

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Winter Planning Tips for Elders

Everyone needs to plan for Winter and severe storms. Elders may need a little extra planning to ensure they are safe in an inhospitable environment. Exposure to cold and lack of power for essential medical equipment can be life threatening. Here are some tips for Elders to get ready for Winter. You should have an…

201305.31
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New Handicapped Logo

New York City, among other places, has begun using a new logo for handicapped parking and accessibility. The logo is a variation of the old familiar one but is changed to give the impression of action rather than passivity. The goal is to show that persons with disabilities are not static and move around and…

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Reverse Mortgage Changes

Harry and Regina are both in their 80s and still in pretty good health. They live in their own home in Dunstable, but they keep coming up short on their bills every month. Their income is a couple of hundred dollars less than their expenses. They wonder if they will be forced to sell their…