Did You Know…

New studies have linked prolonged hearing loss with cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s. It makes sense when you consider these facts: 1 in 10 Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages — varying from mild to profound. By the age of 65, 1 out of 3 people has a hearing loss. Hearing loss may be mistaken for aloofness, confusion, personality changes or dementia. Hearing loss is the

Macular Degeneration and Important Information

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an acquired disease of the retina that can cause significant visual impairment. Approximately 11 million people are affected with AMD in the US alone. The prevalence is similar to that of all invasive cancers combined, and more than double Alzheimer’s Disease. The risk for AMD increases more than three-fold in patients older than 75 years of age compared to individuals between 65-74 years of age. The diagnosis of ARMD is

When is it Time for a Change?

“My mom had a stroke, she lives in an apartment with stairs.  She calls me at all hours of the day and night to come help her, I am frazzled trying to make sure her needs are getting met.  Help.”  “My dad passed a year ago, he was our mom’s primary caregiver, us girls have been taking care of her full time since he passed.  We have families, we have jobs, we just can’t do

What Are My Options?

No one plans when sickness, disability or other common challenges in life will happen. Many plan for retirement but few adequately plan ahead for the issues facing millions of people across the U.S. every day.  Anyone who has navigated through the healthcare landscape knows that it can be challenging. When a challenge occurs, patients are potentially left to navigate through: Hospitals, short-term rehabilitation, home health care, and skilled nursing facilities. Those are only a few

Peace of Mind Starts with a Plan

It can be overwhelming to think about your preferred final wishes. Funeral professionals can help make this experience positive and manageable. To begin, consider just the major decisions. From there, the details naturally follow. Here are the top five: Would you prefer for your body to be cremated, buried, or donated for research? Will any of your family or friends wish to view and spend time with your body? Should there be a celebration of

Making Your Home Improvement Dollars Count

To update, or not to update: that is the question. The question real estate agents repeatedly hear from homeowners is, “Why would I do anything to my house if I’m going to sell it anyway?” Conventional wisdom tells us that we should avoid doing anything to our homes that the new owners may not like and will change the moment they move in. The reality is much different, however. Because home prices have risen so