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The costs of long-term care continue to rise.  The average cost of one month in a nursing home, according to the State of Michigan, is now at $6816 per month or almost $82,000 per year.  The hourly cost of home care is $20 or more per hour.  This is more than most people can afford.  A recent Harvard study noted that 69% of single individuals and 34% of married couples would use up their life’s savings after paying for a nursing home for less than a year.  In addition, these same individuals also cannot afford the high cost of long-term care insurance.

Therefore, getting funding to pay for the high cost of long term care is very important.  The government program that provides help in paying for the cost of long-term care is Medicaid.  Unfortunately, the government has very strict rules about assets that must be met before it will pay for these high costs.  The rules are very different depending upon whether the person is pre-planning or crisis planning. (more…)

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A new study released by Oxford University in September, 2010 found that approximately one out of every six persons over the age of seventy suffer from some form of “mild cognitive impairment”.  Unfortunately, fifty percent of those persons will also develop Alzheimer’s disease (named after the German scientist Alois Alzheimer who first described it in 1906).   This form of dementia is a brain disorder that causes destruction of brain cells, progressive memory loss and other behavioral disorders and eventually leads to death.   It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.   Is there anything that can be done to prevent this disease?

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  However, the new Oxford study suggests that there is a treatment that can slow the disease or possibly prevent it altogether.   The study found that a vitamin B complex containing extremely high doses of vitamins B6, 9 and 12 taken regularly can slow the process of brain shrinkage by five hundred percent. (more…)

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