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How Your Home Can Help Pay for Long-Term Care [Video]

How Your Home Can Help Pay for Long-Term Care [Video]

 

The majority (76%) of those over 50 say they would prefer to continue living in their own home as long as they can. However, this is not always possible, and other senior living options like assisted living may need to be considered. Yet, such long-term care options can be costly. For instance, one year of assisted living can cost over $50,000. If memory care or skilled nursing is required, the annual cost can be twice as much.

Unless one has long-term care insurance or can qualify for Medicaid, most people will need to tap all their assets, to pay for long-term care. This may include the equity in one's home.

There are four ways to leverage home equity to finance long term care:

8 Reasons To Join a Book Club

8 Reasons To Join a Book Club

When you have spent your entire life working, it can be hard to spend the day doing nothing. This is why it is crucial for older adults to get involved in activities that keep the mind active and fresh. One of the things you can do in retirement is to join a book club. Book clubs provide an opportunity to socialize with friends and discuss your favorite books. Continue reading to learn more about why joining a book club might be right for you!

Using a Health Savings Account to Pay for Long-Term Care [Video]

Using a Health Savings Account to Pay for Long-Term Care [Video]

 

Most of us have heard of a Health Savings Account (HSA), but many don't understand the important details about these accounts.

HSAs were intended to provide a way for Americans to save money for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses before meeting the deductible of a high deductible health plan (HDHP). In fact, an individual or family must have an HDHP to open an HSA.

HSAs were primarily intended to soften the financial burden of healthcare expenses for HDHP account holders of all age groups. However, an HSA can be particularly advantageous in paying for long-term care expenses at age 65 or over.

8 Ways To Express Creativity in Retirement

8 Ways To Express Creativity in Retirement

Are you looking for fun and creative ways to spend your leisure time? Starting a journal, music, painting, knitting, woodworking, and scrapbooking are just a few examples of creative pursuits. There are plenty of methods to have fun while keeping your hands active and your creativity thriving, regardless of your interests or skill level.

Creative activities can help older adults develop motor skills, build social relationships, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety. In addition, both physical and mental health have been demonstrated to benefit from creative hobbies. Being creative can benefit seniors in a variety of ways. Researchers have discovered six characteristics of successful aging.

6 Benefits of Staying Busy in Retirement

6 Benefits of Staying Busy in Retirement

As we age, there are added benefits of staying busy. Remaining active and engaged during the day can improve sleep, increase energy, boost memory and brain health, improve productivity, and help to boost moods. In addition, anxiety and depression are less likely to occur in those who are busy interacting with others around them.

Finding a balance between being busy and socializing as well as getting enough sleep and having time to rest and recharge, is a key component of healthy aging. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of staying busy!

6 Benefits of Working Out With a Partner

6 Benefits of Working Out With a Partner

Staying physically fit throughout life is essential for wellness and becomes even more so as we get older. Strength, flexibility, and stamina can decrease faster after 30, even more so after 60.

One of the significant issues is that we fall out of workout routines, and the longer we wait to pick them back up, the more challenging it becomes.

If it has been some time since you've worked out or you feel like your workouts are boring, and you want to stop, a great option is working out with a partner, which provides a range of benefits to improve your life.

10 Signs It Is Time to Declutter Your Home

10 Signs It Is Time to Declutter Your Home

Many people think of clutter as trash lying around the home. However, clutter is not just trash that needs to be thrown out. Clutter can be articles of clothing, toys, paper, and anything lying around in inappropriate places. If you look around your home, you will probably find plenty of clutter that needs to find a home. By learning a few simple decluttering tips, you can win the fight against your growing clutter. 

7 Tips To Pick the Right Mattress for You

7 Tips To Pick the Right Mattress for You

Aging tends to be challenging for the body, as there are many pains and aches you have to deal with. However, taking the attitude that this is just part of the aging process doesn't help. Instead, you should take actionable steps that will help you improve your well-being.

Of course, our sleep quality is one of the top factors that determine how well we do in other areas of our life. That is why it is crucial to select the right mattress to enhance your sleep quality.

Here are the top mattress shopping tips for older adults to help you make the right decision and sleep better.

13 Warning Signs Your Older Loved One Needs Help at Home

13 Warning Signs Your Older Loved One Needs Help at Home

Planning for in-home care is often the last thing many people want to think about. However, having a basic plan in place can help alleviate unpleasant surprises down the road. One way to prepare for a loved one's care is by making yourself aware of the signs and symptoms of challenges that come with aging. Everyday activities that were once routine may be neglected due to poor memory or simply because it's too difficult. 

How to Settle Into Your Golden Years in a New Marriage

How to Settle Into Your Golden Years in a New Marriage

Now that you've found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you can confidently settle into enjoying your "golden years" together in your new marriage. There may, however, be a few rough patches that you need to work through. This can be tricky, but you can do well if you communicate and keep a positive attitude. Read on for some tips and tricks for navigating your new married life.