Help! I Woke up a Senior Citizen and Don't Know What to Do: An Information and Reference Guide for Everyone

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This book is for - Active Agers...Sedentary Seniors...the Disabled...the Homebound...Baby Boomers...Children of Aging Parents...Caretakers - and anyone interested in geriatrics...anyone interested in living long enough to become a Senior, and to the Businesses and Service Providers catering to Seniors.

You will find in this book things you didn't even know you didn't know (or possibly care to). You will learn where to go for the information, ...

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Overview

This book is for - Active Agers...Sedentary Seniors...the Disabled...the Homebound...Baby Boomers...Children of Aging Parents...Caretakers - and anyone interested in geriatrics...anyone interested in living long enough to become a Senior, and to the Businesses and Service Providers catering to Seniors.

You will find in this book things you didn't even know you didn't know (or possibly care to). You will learn where to go for the information, reference, guidance or counsel, when the need arises.

Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population - 35 million strong now, double that number by the year 2020. Yet it is appalling how ignorant they, and the public-at-large are when it comes to knowing the answers to Seniors' retirement years' needs, among other things. This book then is an attempt to lift that veil of ignorance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588205698
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Social Security--Social it Ain't--Gimme Security 1
Eligibility
Spouses Benefits
Divorcee Benefit
Other Family Member Benefits
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Those in Financial Need
For Citizens
For Non-Citizens
Information Please
Current Changes in the Law
Pro's and Cons of Taking Early Benefits at Age 62
Work After 65? Effect on Benefits
Status Changes You Must Report to S. S.
2. Medicare--Gotta Have it 7
Eligibility
Part A Covers Hospital Costs--Pay No Premiums
Part B Covers Doctors Visits, et al--Pay Premiums
What Medicare Pays
What Medicare Does Not Pay
Special Services Now Covered
3. Buying Medigap (Supplemental) Insurance 17
What Is It
The 10 Standardized Plans
Insurance Information Sources
4. Health Care's Last Resort but you Shouldn't Know from it 23
How Medicaid Differs from Medicare
Eligibility Requirements
Resources at Risk
What They Can't Take Away from You
5. HMO's--Managed Care--Good or Bad for you? 27
What Is It
How It Works
Pros & Cons
Types of Plans
How to Enroll
How to Dis-enroll
6. Long Term Care--Something to Care About 33
Custodial Versus Skilled Nursing Home Care
Alternatives to Nursing Home Care
Finding Caregivers
Insurance Plans
7. Hospice Care for the Terminally Ill it's a Bummer no Matter What 45
What Is It
When Applicable
Care Options
8. Blame it on Old Age 49
Your Aging Eyes
Your Aging Hearing
Your Aging Skin
Your Aging Teeth
9. "Why Me" Illnesses 65
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Heart Disease
Stroke
High Blood Pressure
Diabetes
Alzheimer's Disease
10. Housing 83
Assisted Living
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)
Continuum of Care Residences (CCR)
Independent Housing
Nursing Homes
Respite Care
Shared Housing
Subsidized Housing
11. Pension Plans - Where's the Money? 87
Protection Under the Law
Types of Plans
Common Problems & Questions
Sources of Help
Other Sources of Help
Legal Service Programs
12. Health and Fitness--Go for It 93
You're Never Too Old
Programs for the Fit, Frail, & Elderly
Nutrition & Exercise Go Hand In Hand
a. Nutrition Pyramid
b. Activity Pyramid
13. Hitting the Road - Travel for Seniors 105
Deals, Discounts
Traveling Abroad, Things to Know
Travel Agencies for Disabled
Special Vacations
14. Elder Law 113
Legal Assistance Programs
Wills, Trusts
Living Wills
Power of Attorney
15. Appendix 119
Primary Information Sources
Toll-Free Numbers
The Internet
Medicare Resources Directories
State Insurance Departments Directory
2000 Changes in Social Security, Medicare, SSI
Medicare Changes in the Year 2000
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