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The True Costs of Care

Did you know that 7 in 10 caregivers report making accommodations at work because of their caregiving obligations at home? This means caregiving duties impact the ability to earn money. Not only is caregiving expensive, but there are costs that are not purely financial. This is why it’s crucial to figure out how many assets are available to help pay for caregiving help when help is required. The “financial tipping point” is the point at which help needs to be considered. The sooner you can begin the planning for caring for a loved one with dementia, the more ready you and your family will be for the progression of the disease. This video, hosted by Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Kansas City’s Thoughtful Healthcare […]
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Where to Get Prescription Drugs for $4 in Kansas City

If you’re a Kansas City senior who’s living on a fixed income (or the caregiver of one), the high cost of prescription drugs may be a burden for you, especially if you have multiple ongoing prescriptions. You may even be one of the millions of seniors who’s gone without filling your prescriptions because you just couldn’t afford them. What if I told you you might be able to get some of those expensive prescription drugs for as little as $4? Well, you can. Here’s how. Some major Kansas City retailers and grocery stores offer common generic drugs for $4 for a 30-day supply (10 for a 90-day supply). And generic drugs have the same ingredients in them as name-brand drugs; they just cost less because […]
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Where to Get Senior Discounts in Kansas City

If you’re over the age of 50 and living in Kansas city, senior discounts can save you money on things like groceries, drug store items, dining out, and so much more! Here are just some of the places where you can save: Grocery stores HyVee: If you’re 55+, you can sign up for a Senior Discount Club Card, which will get you a 5% discount on purchases every Wednesday. Drugstores Walgreens: Once a month, Walgreens runs a Seniors Day with discounts for those ages 55+ or for AARP members. Entertainment Regal Cinemas: If you’re an AARP member and a Regal Crown Club member, you’ll get a $3 discount on a popcorn and drink combo. AMC Theatres: AMC Theatres offers a $1 senior discount for matinees […]
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September is Healthy Aging Month!

Think it’s too late to “re-invent” yourself? Think again. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and executive director of Healthy Aging, it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion or hobby. Worthington is the creator of September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Now in its second decade, Worthington says September is Healthy Aging Month provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well being. Why Healthy Aging? Worthington saw a need to draw attention to the myths of aging, to let people know that it’s not too late to take control of your health […]
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Changes in the Long-Term Care Insurance Industry

Overland Park, KS – In the past year, there have been dramatic changes in the long-term care insurance landscape. Several major insurance carriers are raising their rates significantly and some are even closing this line of business altogether. Industry insiders strongly believe that the rich policies that are offered today will not be around in a couple of years. This means that unlimited benefits and indemnity policies will be a thing of the past.  What does this mean to you?  It means that there is no better time to purchase long-term care insurance than right now. Universally, insurance is our financial defense. It is our way to ensure that nothing devastating or unexpected will undo years of responsible financial planning. It only takes one major […]
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Are you the boss of your caregiver? Ask questions upfront about these financial pitfalls.

Leawood, KS – With the growing demand from baby boomers seeking help for aging parents, the in-home care industry has responded with a range of provider options, from geriatric care managers to homecare agencies. Contractual provisions and employment policies vary just as much. So if you are considering hiring help for your loved one, be sure to ask questions up front about your tax liability and insurance coverage. Some families decide to hire a private caregiver instead of hiring an outside party, such as a home care agency. But that doesn’t always mean they avoid the financial and legal tax ramifications of being an employer.  Many nurse registries and employment agencies don’t actually employ or supervise workers; they simply find them and place them in […]
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It’s almost the end of the year, so it’s a good time to give some thought to these issues

Many people focus on tax planning at the end of the year which is one important issue.  However, the end of the year is also a good time to give some thought to other planning issues. Meet with your lawyer, accountant, investment advisor, insurance agent or other similar professional to consider if your plans need updating in some of the following areas:  Estate planning – periodic review of estate plans are important to be sure changes have not been overlooked in how your estate will be handled, planning complies with current laws or your financial situation has had a dramatic change.   Are gifting programs for charities and transfers of family wealth in need of review? Should intra-family asset shifting, such as the establishment of 529 education plans for […]
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The Long Term Care Cycle in Kansas City: Plan Now

Therefore, it isn't a surprise that most Long Term Care starts at home with the help of family or friends until the caregiving burden becomes a too much of a hardship.
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Cost of Elderly Health Care in Kansas City

On average, the cost of elderly health care is $5,531 annually. Family members not only provide hands-on care but often dig into their own pockets to pay other expenses which include groceries, drugs and medicines, medical equipments such as wheelchairs, toilet seat risers and transportation.
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Prevent Senior Fraud in Kansas City

“Seniors can make easy targets for fraud, whether it’s for unbelievable investment returns or fraudulent sweepstakes prizes. Fraud on seniors can happen by phone, mail, in person, or, less commonly, the Internet (because seniors are online in smaller numbers). It can happen to wealthy seniors, and those of limited means.
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