Chris Hawkins

Senior Care & Assisted Living
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Chris has written, edited and researched for a number of national and regional publications and websites on stories ranging from raptor migration to the Civil War to exploring New Orleans by bicycle.

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Medicare, Prescription Drugs & The Healthcare Law
Come January 1, 2014, all U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to buy health insurance. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...

Senior Depression: Overlooked, Different and Not Normal
So what do we mean by all that? Depression in seniors is not a normal part of aging. But it affects over 6 million Americans 65 and older. It often ...

Caring for Alzheimer's Seniors: Incontinence
Incontinence—complete loss of bladder or bowel control—is one of the more unpleasant aspects of Alzheimer’s disease for patient and ...

Caring for Alzheimer’s Seniors: Safety
If you’re a homecare provider for someone with Alzheimer’s, safety should be on the top of your list—safety for the individual and ...

Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s: Dealing with Difficult Behaviors
The behaviors of seniors with Alzheimer’s are often unpredictable. You may have already experienced a wide swing in your loved one from ...

The VA and Senior Living
The support arm of the government for our 22 million military veterans is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is charged with ...

Senior Housing for Veterans
One of the advantages of having served your country is the availability of special ex-military senior living options. While many veterans choose to ...

The Senior Veterans Handbook
You’ve served your country and now it’s time for your country to serve you. Welcome to the SeniorLiving.org Veterans Handbook! Here ...

Paying for Veterans Housing: Pension, Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefit
Are you or your loved one leaving valuable VA benefits on the table? As a Veteran, you may qualify for money that can help pay the cost of a senior ...

Health Care Tax Deductions
For most retirees, tax time is akin to having your teeth pulled. It’s not fun but certainly needs to be done. Fortunately, seniors in nursing ...

Caregivers and Tax Credits
A senior caregiver can be any number of professionals from registered nurses to speech pathologists to home aides. But the majority of caregivers in ...

Top Senior Tax Deductions
Seniors living on tight budgets can use every advantage they can get, especially when it comes to taxes. So don’t leave this money on the table. ...

Senior Cooperative Housing
In senior cooperative housing, active 55 and older residents own a share of the community with an equal voice in how it’s run. The tax benefits ...

Fighting Senior Depression: 3 Ways to Get Over the Hump
We all feel “blue” every now and then. Depression, however, is feeling consistently sad, discouraged and lacking self-worth for a ...

How the Healthcare Law Changes Medicare: Part 1
One of the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to slow the growth rate of spending for Medicare by $450 billion over a 10-year ...

HUD-Sponsored Senior Housing Programs
The first wave of baby boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—made it to age 65 in 2011. Now a person turns 65 every 10 seconds. By ...

Resources for Seniors Surviving on Social Security
THE GOLDEN YEARS MIRAGE  For many seniors, the “Golden Years” is just a mirage. In your working life, the idea of retiring, living ...

Adult Day Care for Seniors
Adult day care centers have filled a crucial gap in the senior living care market, allowing seniors to delay the need for an assisted living facility ...

How Obamacare Affects Seniors
The full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare”, won’t happen until January 2014. ...

Buying Medigap, Medicare’s Supplement Insurance
For many seniors, Medicare’s out-of-pocket expenses in the form of copayments, coinsurance and deductibles are financially smothering. Enter ...

Senior Move Managers
When Nana decided to move from her Arizona home of 35 years to be closer to my parents in Florida, it wasn’t a quick decision. It took several ...

Help Paying for Senior Home Care
If you’re like the majority of seniors, you want to stay in your home as long as possible. Home care allows you to do this. It’s less ...

3 Ways Seniors Can Save Money Right Now
Now that you’re retired, you have more time. So why not take the time to do things that will save you the thing you likely have less ...

Mortgage Options for Seniors in Financial Trouble
Medical bills piling up? Need to lower your mortgage payment? Want to avoid foreclosure? You may find yourself in any one of these financial ...

The Internet can save you money, increase your confidence and improve your health
Are you still on the fence about the Internet? Don’t be. Embrace it. It’s educational. It’s fun. It will save you money. It’s ...

The Importance of Senior Dental Care
With all the talk of affordable health care in this country, do you ever hear dental care mentioned? Little if ever, especially when it comes to ...

10 Free and Low Cost Dental Care Options for Seniors
How essential is having a healthy mouth to your physical health? According to medical experts, it would be very difficult to be in peak physical ...

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