Healthcare Information

The True Cost of Caregiving  

  A newly released poll findings suggest that caregiving is not for sissies.  Taking care of your loved one can affect your retirement egg nest, become a barrier to getting an education, and increasing your stress levels.  It’s not surprising that millennial caregivers are hit the hardest, says the researchers. One in three caregivers in…

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Social Security Beneficiaries

In 2019, Social Security and SSI Benefits to Increase by 2.18 Percent

In early December, Social Security and Social Security and Supplemental Security Income  will notify beneficiaries by mail about their new benefit amount. This year, for the first time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account. People may create or access…

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Rhode Island’s Hunger Elimination Task Force to Combat Food Insecurity

Last Thursday, the Inter-Agency Food and Nutrition Policy Council’s Rhode Island Hunger Elimination Task Force released its report to push for increasing access to healthy food for Rhode Islanders of all ages. According to the Task Force, composed of leaders from across the Ocean State and municipal government, the food and beverage industry, nonprofits, and…

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Rhode Island Health Officials and Health Executives Urge Public to Get Flu Shots

Last week, Rhode Island health officials and the state’s top health care executives kicked off the state’s 2018-2019 flu vaccination campaign to educate the Rhode to get their annual flu shots to reduce the risks of getting the infectious disease.  Although 480,000 Rhode Islanders were vaccinated last year. the event’s goal was to increase the…

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identify theft

New Federal Law Protects Seniors from ID Theft and Fraud

On May 24, 2018, President Donald Trump’s signature enacted the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, that as of September 21, 2018, allows consumers who are concerned about identity theft or data breaches to freeze their credit and place one-year fraud alerts for free.  The new law also allowed consumers in some states…

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Preventing Falls Through Raising Awareness

  National falls prevention observances are held throughout September, revolving around the first day of fall.   During this month, health care providers and senior service agencies work to raise the awareness of older adults and their families, caregivers, that falls are preventable and detail the ways one can reduce fall risk. Falling and fear of…

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Social Security

New Congressional Democratic Caucus Calls for Social Security Expansion  

Following President Donald Trump’s claims that the Democrats are trying to cut Social Security at a recent campaign rally in Montana, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Reps.  John Larson (D-CT), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), joined seniors and aging advocates at a press conference to announce the creation of the Expand…

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Covering the Costs of Alzheimer’s: Financial Planning Advice for Families

Special thanks to our good friend, Karen Weeks, of ElderWellness, for preparing this article just for our West View family and readers! What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that largely affects seniors. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s; the disease becomes progressively worse leading up to the patient’s death. Symptoms…

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Prescribing Dementia Drugs

AARP Puts the Spotlight on Prescribing of Dementia Drugs

  Seventy percent of elderly dementia patients prescribed dementia drugs are on them long-term despite the lack of evidence that they provide any benefit beyond one year, says a new report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Reducing overuse of dementia drugs could result in substantial savings, estimating $20,000 per patient, for patients insurers.…

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