Category Archives: Consumer education

Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

Funeral director Jan Smith of Flanner Buchanan in Indianapolis guides a casket into a hearse. [Photo credit: courtesy of Jan Smith]

By Kevyn Burger for Next Avenue

Jan Smith was in the final semester of her training to be a funeral director when her 8-year-old nephew died after a heart transplant.

Her family’s heartbreak deepened her understanding of the value of the work READ MORE

5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave

On the federal law’s 25th anniversary, who can’t take the leave and what lies ahead? [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Diane Harris for Next Avenue

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to care for a new child or sick relative or to READ MORE

Will New Design Trends Lessen the Stigma of Hearing Aids?

Photo of new hearing aid

More wireless devices and new looks are changing the world of hearing aids [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Steve Outing for Next Avenue

Have you noticed that more people are putting wireless electronic devices in, or on, their ears? This significant trend has grown, in part, by Apple’s decision to make its latest iPhones without headphone jacks. READ MORE

Medicare, Medicaid and Long-Term Care: Your Questions Answered

A senior woman and a healthcare professional have a pleasant conversation in a senior living setting

Long-term care costs the federal programs do and don’t pay for [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

Next Avenue recently asked readers to send us their questions about Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care coverage. The most popular ones:

  • What is offered by Medicare and Medicaid for long-term care?
  • If my assets are too high, should I forget about Medicaid?
  • Why does Medicare coverage only pay for skilled care?

Today, we’ll answer those questions.

This topic is weighing heavily READ MORE

Do You Really Need a Will?

“Prince Needed a Will, But Maybe You Don’t.” Is this New York Times headline accurate? (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Though some advisers pooh-pooh it, a will can avoid big problems

By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next Avenue

You might have heard that Prince died without a will, which has already led to a flurry of legal maneuverings over his estate. But do mere mortals like the rest of us, with far smaller net worths, really need a will?

Traditionally, the answer to that READ MORE

Why You Need the Shingles, Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines

Close up view of a healthcare professional injecting another person's shoulder with a vaccine

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane? (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

The diseases can be a serious threat to older adults’ health

By Leah Ingram for Next Avenue

Did you know that as you age, your immunity to the diseases you’ve been vaccinated against as a child starts to wane?

So says Dr. Dana Hawkinson, infectious disease specialist at READ MORE