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Did you know that 22 Americans die each day waiting for organ transplants, most of them for kidneys? The good news is that MatchingDonors.com is helping to change that. MatchingDonors.com is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that links organ donors with people in desperate need of kidneys and other...
Pooled Trusts are supplemental needs trusts administered by a nonprofit for the benefit of disabled individuals on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a (d)(A) trust, and those over age 65, a (d)(4)(C) trust. Federal Medicaid and MassHealth regulations permit a deposit of any excess funds that...
According to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) website, the “Senior Circuit Breaker Credit,” for tax year 2016, this credit (or refund if no taxes are due) could be up to $1,070 for eligible taxpayers. You may qualify if: • You are 65 or older on or before Dec. 31, 2016 • You own...
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard are in their late 80s. Thanks to help from their retired son, Jack, and support from LifePath, they still live in their own home. Mrs. Bernard has dementia and needs a caregiver, but she only wants Jack in her home. Through the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) program at LifePath...
Q: What’s the difference between hard of hearing and deaf? A: Hard of hearing (HOH) refers to people who still have some useful hearing, and can understand spoken language in some situations, with or without amplification. Most people who are HOH can use the phone and use hearing aids. People...
Saturday, Feb. 4, was World Cancer Day. It is recognized internationally each year. Globally, 14.1 million people are diagnosed with some form of cancer and 8.2 million people, 4 million of them aged 30 to 69 years, lose their lives to cancer each year. By 2025, that number is expected to rise to...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed changes for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Programs in 2018 that will, if finalized, provide stable and fair payments to plans. “Medicare Advantage is an essential, growing part of the Medicare...
Prescription costs are going up. Older adults may feel they have to choose between paying for important medications and buying groceries, heating their homes, or affording other necessities, which could place their health at risk. If you have a Medicare prescription drug plan, you may be able to...
According to research from the University of California San Francisco, 18 percent of elders live alone, and 43 percent feel lonely on a regular basis. The winter months can be an especially difficult time, with problems like freezing temperatures, limited transportation, and a lack of regular...
In a 2014 Huffington Post article entitled, “It’s time to retire our definition of retirement,” Arianna Huffington wrote: “The same principles that allow us to thrive in our daily work lives can also help us thrive in retirement, or whatever we call it. Just as a productive workday depends on...

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