Posts Tagged ‘money’

She Thought Thomas Loved Her

Ruth is an 86 year old widow who lives alone. No longer driving, our volunteers help her by doing her grocery shopping.  Her daughter Carol lives in another state, but she is very devoted to her mom.  Carol has been trying to convince Ruth to move near her for years, but she refuses. Last week,…

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Back to the Beginning

In late-2013 I was finally able — after years of begging, okay nagging — to get my mother to realize there was a problem. Got in to see a neurologist in February of 2014 and after about a ba-zillion tests got the diagnosis — PPA. In May that same year got Mom to agree that…

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Podcast: Managing the Money Worries

How do we manage our worries about money without those worries running away with our money? Ellen Rogin, our wealthness expert, will share ways we can circle the worry wagon. You can listen to our discussion via the player, below. About Ellen Ellen Rogin, CPA, CFP® , New York Times bestselling author and Abundance Activist®,…

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Tell Us: What’s the Cost of Caregiving for You?

Caregiving costs. It costs us money, time, opportunities. It can cost us our health with the weight we gain from the stress. It can cost us relationships as we leave behind those who can’t support us. I’d love to know: What price do you pay because of your caregiving responsibilities? In our comments section, below,…

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Podcast: Greed

Ellen Rogin, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, “Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality” recently joined me on Your Caregiving Journey, our Internet podcast, to talk about greed. How do we maintain a healthy relationship without getting greedy? How do you cope with greedy family member’s interested only…

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Today on Your Caregiving Journey: Medicaid

Today on Your Caregiving Journey helps you begin your day and your week with company and conversations. Colleen Kavanaugh, Carolyn Grant and Karen Bromberg joined me to share their perspectives about Medicaid and the proposed Senate health care bill which could cause deep cuts to the program. You can listen to our discussion via the…

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Oh, Hail!

It’s funny. I tend to blog in spurts. I’m not really blogging just for the May contest, it’s just that suddenly things are happening. Along with getting Dad to his appointments, we also ran out of funds to keep renting their storage unit. During a moment of impulse (meaning – I didn’t ask permission of…

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Caring Conversations: 2016 Tax Tips for Family Caregivers

Tax tips for caregivers

You contribute time and care to your loved ones. But are you also contributing financially to their care? If so, you aren’t alone. According to a recent study published by AARP, caregivers spend an average of $7,000 in out-of-pocket costs each year. No matter what amount you’re spending out of pocket to help care for…

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You Don’t Want Me to Use My Teacher Voice!

There seems to be a bit of confusion about my parents, which we may not have noticed if we hadn’t been working on getting them back on Medicaid. This doesn’t surprise me a lot because the facility has had a lot of staff turnover in the last year. Things don’t get communicated to the new…

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In Six Words, What’s Your Story About Money?

Money has been on my mind lately. Facebook posts from family caregivers worried about poverty led me to ask you about your concerns. Yesterday, AARP released research indicating that caregiving costs family caregivers an average of $7,000 per year. The price individuals pay to care for a family member who needs help and care continue…

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Study: Many Caregivers Spend $7K Annually Out Of Pocket

By Rachel Bluth Denise Sleeper has sold her home, spent most of her retirement savings and quit her job to care for her husband since his Alzheimer’s disease struck two years ago. “It’s been like a tsunami in my life,” said Sleeper, of Gilford, N.H. She’s drained $168,000 from the couple’s retirement account since her…

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Tell Us: How Much Do You Worry About Poverty?

Last week, I posted on Facebook a reminder about our monthly call-in talk show which happened on October 30. I asked for feedback on caregiving fears you faced, which we discussed during our show. (Listen to our show, What Caregiving Fears Have You Faced?) The answers shared on Facebook included several who worried about poverty.…

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Paperwork Phobia

My Brother-in-charge-of-finances hired a Medicaid Specialist to help put everything together so my parents can go back on Medicaid. I’m grateful for this and grateful my Brother-i-c-o-f takes care of all the money stuff for my parents, at least what he can do from his home in Texas and what he can do when his…

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