5 Medicare Tips to Remember Before Moving Your Parents

The decision to move a loved one cross-country can happen quickly. As I learned when moving my father from Missouri to Massachusetts, understanding the possible Medicare implications of an interstate relocation should be at the top of your to-do list. Dad wanted to maintain his Medicare Advantage coverage. These private plans are an alternative to the combination of standard Medicare and Medigap coverage, and include Part D drug plans. Many operate as HMOs, so all care is coordinated through a …

Caregiving: A Professional Hazard?

News flash: caregiving can be hazardous to your professional life. This may not come as much of a surprise to any working caregivers out there, but now, at least, there’s documentation in an AARP Fact Sheet to back up what many caregivers already know from our daily lives. The fact sheet, recently summarized by fellow blogger Sally Abrahms, brings together research from a range of studies to make the point that the demands of parental caregiving are becoming increasingly expensive …

Hi There – Great to Meet You!

As a new contributor to AARP’s “Take Care” blog, I’ve been thinking my first post should provide a bit of an introduction. I’m one of the 33 -40 percent  (depending on the survey) of U.S. caregivers who are men. My caregiving began with a phone call about 10 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2008 (one remembers these things). The caller ID showed “St. Jos. Hospital,” and a St. Louis area code. St. Louis had been my then-86-year-old father’s home for most …