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As you spend time with family members during this holiday season, you may want to consider: might they be easy prey to scammers and swindlers? If the answer is “yes” or even “maybe” or “I’m not sure,” please take a moment to consider these important points:

When someone needs long term care, a change in their abilities can happen quickly. Someone who for years has always written their own checks may, overnight, be unable to pay their own bills or coordinate the preparation of taxes. Anticipate this likely scenario.

For seniors who have been especially private about finances, this can be a difficult and delicate topic to bring up, but one way to approach it is to encourage them to introduce you to their attorney, their bank manager, their tax preparer. Realize that changes in mobility or cognition may make this difficult or impossible in the future.

We sing this – about “the olden days” – on New Years’ Eve.

However, in the world of long term care planning, honestly, there’s not too much to reminisce about. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Here’s the way I see it.

Old people need care. Sometimes extensive care (not to mention expensive care).

Unfortunately, either through denial or ignorance, few want to admit to this fact. They also don’t want to pay for the care…especially not in advance.

So, as the saying goes, Houston, we have a problem!

The prevailing wisdom is that long term care insurance claims don’t happen until well after traditional retirement age. Say, age 80+, or even 90+ if you’re lucky. And that’s true— usually. But let’s consider the exceptions. Imagine you’re 45, 55, or 65, and you just bought a long term care insurance policy.

I find that the greater a person’s understanding is about exactly what long term care insurance can and cannot do, the more likely they are to clearly see its benefits.

Long term care (LTC) insurance pays a monetary amount for covered care when the insured either needs assistance with defined activities of daily living and/or has met the policy’s definition of cognitive impairment.

If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic we’re all living through, it’s the spotlight on long term care. Families with loved ones in senior care homes, whether assisted living units, nursing homes, or other facilities, were confronted right from the start with difficulties previously not considered.

Large File FoldersOnce a year I report highlights from the annual “Milliman Long Term Care Insurance Survey”—and right on schedule, the latest survey has just been published in the July 2021

 

"Summer" Written Out in Scrabble Tiles in the SandPerhaps because this year our summer holidays have coincided with a marked reduction in the number of pandemic cases and deaths, those special days now seem more celebratory than ever:  

Mother’s Day

Memorial Day

Woman having difficulty on the phoneThere’s a reason why most purchasers of long term care insurance are individuals who’ve gone through a caregiving experience.

In addition to keeping on top of developments in long term care insurance, an insurance agent must keep abreast of care options. After all, most people who engage in long term care planning have at least some kind of care in mind when they consider long term care insurance.

The birds are chirping and spring is in the air. Time for a deep clean, and let the sun shine in!

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