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| We Help You With These Challenges:

• Is remaining in their current home the best option? We work with Non-Medical companies that will assist with cooking cleaning or bathing.

• Are your elderly loved ones trying to downsize their home to move to an apartment, community assistance living, or nursing home? We work with moving and storage professionals in the area.

• Does your loved one need skilled nursing, nursing home or an assisted living community? We can show you the best options available.

| Who We Are & What We Do

We are a care resource and advisory service for you,
the family member(s) charged with the responsibility,
and seeing to, the well-being of your elder loved one(s).

We help you to know the best place for your loved
ones – whether at home, a planned community, or in a
care facility. The focus is on helping you and your
family understand the different options available to
your loved one(s). We offer peace of mind.

Davis: Challenge is to ensure veterans get earned benefits

The challenge is ensuring the eligible person know where to go to receive help in applying for their benefits by these free services. Click here to read full ...

Bipartisan bill seeks criminal penalties for benefits advisers who scam veterans

Congress is finally stepping up to the plate to help our aging veterans not get bamboozled when trying to claim their benefits. Click here to read full ...

Debunking 7 common misconceptions about reverse mortgages

Some of the things said about reverse mortgages that you may want to reconsider. Check it

Changes in HUD regulations inject new life into reverse mortgages

Reverse mortgages were not seen as a good thing for borrowers shortly after the general public started taking advantage of these financial products. Thus, the government enacted changes to HUD to fix this issue and they may be more useful to an individual’s situation. Check it ...

Newly red state of Pennsylvania seeks to maintain Medicaid expansion

This article explains what Pennsylvania is doing to maintain Medicaid expansion. Click here to read full

How Would Republican Plans for Medicaid Block Grants Actually Work?

This article discusses the issues with making changes to Medicare and how they would possibly work. Click here to read full ...

AARP lays down marker on Medicare

Protect your Medicare. Click here to read full

How A Simple Fix For Medicare Prescribing Problems Got Complicated

Government thought they could help protect patients with once simple fix. After some time they found it was not simple after all. Click here to read full ...

Fit & Proper: How to prevent the onset of arthritis

This article offers simple and effective ways to put off the onset of arthritis and lessen the impact of arthritis. Click here to read full ...

Bacteria links Crohn’s disease to arthritis

A new study shows the correlation between Crohn’s disease and Arthritis, which leads to better treatment programs. Click here to read full ...

Air Pollution May Contribute to Dementia

A new study, which shows the correlation between: pollution micro-partials and an increased risk of dementia. Click here to read full ...

Neuroscientists clarify role of controversial immune system protein in Alzheimer’s disease

This article indicates that there are conflicting results in test studies based on the stages of the disease. Also, that when one treatment works in this stage that will not be the case when the next stage appears. Then, a new treatment strategy needs moved onto. Click here to read full ...

Risky drug: Antipsychotics can prove unsafe on dementia patients

This article details the risk of antipsychotic drugs in patients with dementia related diseases. Detailing how they can be used in difficult patients with deadly results. Click here to read full ...

Multiple sclerosis: ‘Resetting’ immune system may achieve long-term remission

This article goes into Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis is about eighty-five percent of new cases is relapsing patients. This study is going into testing if a hard reset to the immune system could be way to lessen or even stop relapses in the future. Click here to read full ...

First blood biomarker for multiple sclerosis discovered

This article speaks to a study that claims an eighty-five to ninety percent success rate, in identifying the type of Multiple Sclerosis. Currently, the patient undergoes treatment that is not targeting their type of MS, as it’s not easily identified until now. The research team is hoping to have a kit ready to deploy to the market ...

After many disappointments, the search for Alzheimer’s drugs is more urgent than ever

This article goes into how new drugs being researched are not yielding many positive results. Most of the news with drugs it at best it may slow the progression of the disease. The article indicates certain areas of focus in drug development and repurposing of already approved drugs. Click here to read full ...

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Stoping falls is good elder care

Tips for fall proofing a house and general guidelines to avoiding issues with aged loved ones. Click here to read full ...

5 insider tips for finding affordable long-term care insurance

Use these tips to find the best long-term care policies for your situation. Click here to read full

Veterans Denied Millions in Benefits by VA

This article shows some of the errors in the Veterans Administration computer system and indicates some over and under payments. Also get goes into what will be done in the future to correct their past mistakes. Click here to read full ...

3 Smart Reverse-Mortgage Moves

This article explains some of the details about reverse mortgages to consider and it also gets into some other options to consider. Click here to read full ...

Elder care attorneys can help with long-term care, Medicaid

This article explains how intergal understanding Medicaid is when planning an estate, as a lot of things done with an elder attorney can affect other areas of the needed care and the law. Click here to read full ...

IED detection technique could be potential diagnostic tool for dementia

This article shows how an Australian research team has converted a process for detecting IED residue to detect levels of B12 (a key indicator) for dementia diagonosis. Also they hope to alter their process to test for other disease with their low cost and faster method to encourage doctors to test and treat patient ...

Online Game Pitching In To Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

This is an interesting piece of research where the hypothesis is that Alzheimer’s is caused by constriction in the blood vessels near or in the brain. The researchers want help from the general public so they created a video game where the player could input issues they see onscreen to help in their research. There is a link ...

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Found To Reverse Disease’s Early Physical Symptoms

This article brings to the forefront research into a drug that can reverse some of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Bare in mind this drug is used in the case that other drug therapies are not yielding results. Click here to read full ...

Step-by-step: How to pick best Medicare Advantage plan for you

It’s that time of year again. Use this handy guide to pick the best plan for yourself but if you want help in deciding please call us at Merry Marks Senior Advisor. We are here to help. Click here to read full ...

Local health officials say Medicaid funding not enough

This article explains how the state of Pennsylvania is dealing with Medicaid, which is not very well and how things need to change to make it better for the most vulnerable among us. Click here to read full ...

How Can My Elderly Parent Qualify for Medicaid?

This article goes in to possible ways people can qualify for it both the good and the bad ways. Click here to read full ...

Medicare Is Leaving Elderly Women Behind

This article explains why Medicare is lacking in the realms of helping women as they generally live longer than their male counterparts. Click here to read full ...

What’s The Difference Between Medicare And Medicaid?

This article explains the similarities and differences of two government programs that are sometimes confused. Click here to read full ...

Arthritis

This article brings up basic information about what arthritis is and the various types. Then it goes into statistics on the disease. Click here to read full ...

What is Arthritis…and Why Does it Hurt So Much?

This article brings up points to watch out for in relation to arthritis and the various types of arthritis. Click here to read full ...

Early Symptoms of Dementia in seniors

This article explains the early symptoms affecting seniors and breaks it down into the various types cognitive and behavioral. Click here to read full ...

10 Early Symptoms of Dementia

This article talks about what to be on the look out for with possible dementia patients. Moving into when to see a doctor and what possible lifestyle changes may help avoid the disease getting a stronger foothold in the patient. Click here to read full ...

Petaluma singer advocates for seniors

This article tells the story of a person who grew up and began working with the elderly. This life path brought her closer to geriatric health care and her current goals of raising funds for Alzheimer patients. Click here for full ...

Alzheimer’s Experts Call for End to Under-Treatment of Disease

This article speaks of how there seems to be primary care physicians feel they are lacking the training and resources to properly diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease and thus the disease is going untreated in some and thus under treated in society as a whole. This in turn is stopping people from having a better quality of life. Click ...

When MS Strikes Later in Life

The article brings up points about this issues surrounding a diagnosis on late developing multiple sclerosis and what can help alleviate the disease’s hold on the body. Click here to read full ...

How Age Affects Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms and Progression

This article breaks down various age groups and shows the issues that affect how Multiple Sclerosis will effect that person’s disease progression. Click here to read full ...

Old Age and Dementia

This article explains the positive coloration between depression and the link to dementia. Click here to read full ...

A cheap way to say goodbye to pain

This article has some cool new tech that may mitigate the need for some pain medicine. The device is a small battery powered patch that can disrupt the pain network in your body with electronic pulses. Click here to read full ...

Keeping seniors safe from scams

This article reinforces what to look for when it comes to scams. Also it gives some great safety tip on what to be on the look out for otherwise. Click here to read full ...

S. Florida testing new alerts to find lost Alzheimer’s patients

This article goes into showcasing a new program for the elderly, which appears to be an Amber Alert for the elderly, a Sliver Alert. Click here to read full ...

Medicare’s Diabetes Prevention Program May Protect Elderly People With Prediabetes From Full-Blown Diagnosis

This article explains how the federal health programs are trying to help seniors lessen their changes where pre-diabetes turn into type 2. Click here to read full ...

U.S. to raise payments to insurers for Medicare Advantage 2017 plans

This article discusses the changes in Medicare reimbursement rates for 2017. Click here to read full

Getting the Right Care While Growing Old

This article goes into getting older may slow you down but why does it slow you down? Then how geriatricians can help possibly eliminate some of the slow down; for instance all your medicine prescribed may work great separately but is it conflicting when combined together? Possibly. Click Here to read full ...

Could THIS breakthrough technology help Parkinson’s sufferers walk?

This article tells of a technology company, from across the pond, which manufactures wearable technology that can guide a person and give them confidence with every step. Click here to read full ...

10 Ways to Avoid Fees on Your Social Security Debit Card

We all don’t like having our banks charges us fees on our accounts. Well today the Social Security Administration is no different. This article outlines what fees potentially will be charged to your social security benefits. Then how to circumvent those charges, rather ...

Care Transition From Hospital To Home

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anita-kamiel-rn-mps/transition-from-hospital-to-home_b_8524792.html?ir=Fifty   This article explains what happens when going from hospital to home care and what needs done to retrofit a home for your elder loved one. We here at Merry Marks Senior Advisor understand this is a daunting task but ...

Senior housing: More than just a baby boomer generation concern

http://www.swnewsmedia.com/chanhassen_villager/news/opinion/columnists/senior-housing-more-than-just-a-baby-boomer-generation-concern/article_5431f4c9-5672-5893-84fc-5b956cd1fb91.html   This article explains how all persons need to rethink how transportation and housing is done. Especially how we need more senior friendly ...

Inmate-Run Program Helps Vets Behind Bars Navigate VA Maze

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/28/464478334/inmate-run-program-helps-vets-behind-bars-navigate-va-maze   The article explains how our armed service community members are still entitled to their benefits regardless of their circumstances. Then because of peoples unique circumstance a unique program spawned to help our veterans ...

Learn The Reverse Mortgage Basics

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-lazar/learn-the-reverse-mortgag_b_9067916.html   The article goes into listing the basics of a Reverse Mortgage and how they came ...

Does Medicaid pay enough for common surgeries?

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-surgery-medicaid-idUSKCN0V72D7   The article cites examples of reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare, which leads to the stark difference in ...

CBO: Medicare’s hospital trust fund will be exhausted in 2026

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cbo-medicare-s-hospital-trust-fund-will-be-exhausted-in-2026.html   This article shows some important facts in regards to the trust funds that help medicare survive. You may want to contact your senators and legislators after reading this. Also Merry Marks Senior Advisor can ...

How To Put Rheumatoid Arthritis Into Remission

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/01/26/how-to-put-rheumatoid-arthritis-into-remission/   The article explains what RA is and some treatment options to help the patient better coop with the ...

Is Dementia Risk Falling?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-dementia-risk-falling/   The article explores some of the reasons why dementia cases are falling in some ...

Blood pressure drug may treat early Alzheimer’s disease

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/01/29/Blood-pressure-drug-may-treat-early-Alzheimers-disease/8991454098975/   This article shows a new treatment with blood pressure medication and Alzheimer’s disease. The treatment will at the very least slow the progression of the ...

New Evidence That Alzheimer’s Is Transmissible

http://www.popsci.com/more-evidence-that-alzheimers-is-transmissible The article goes into pointing out some similarities between a number of studies; where there is evidence that Alzheimer’s is transmissible when infected person’s tissue is used in an otherwise healthy ...

14 Therapies and New Decisions in Multiple Sclerosis

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/857622   The article goes into explaining the predicaments doctors face when trying to decide the best course of action when treating ...

New treatment used to fight multiple sclerosis

This article explains a new way of treating Multiple Sclerosis from New England. The treatment is Lemtrada, which is an IV infusion ...

Controversial Intravascular Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Moves from Cath Lab to the OR

This article entails how a doctor is having success with balloon angioplasty of neck veins. It goes in to great detail of his treatment of patients and who can benefit from surgery. Click here to read full ...

Medicaid vies for attention in physician payment reform

The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) will in the future launch a program to study cost and associated benefits to patients. Thus, they will be able to establish merit based pay potentially. Then they can see where money is best being spent and mimic those processes throughout other areas. Click here to read full ...

5 Common Misconceptions About Medicaid

The writer goes into some common misconceptions in regards to Medicaid. Also how to obtain services and guidance from your local office. Click here to read full ...

What Medicare covers for diabetes

What can be done for patients of Diabetes and potential patients? This article goes into how Medicare patients can get started in the process of screening and what Medicare can do when being treated for the disease. Also explains some of the potential secondary issues that may arise. Click here to read full ...

How States Are Using Medicaid Funds to Help the Homeless

This is heartwarming, it goes on to explain what some cities are doing with extra Medicaid funding; in certain cities with expansive homeless populations. Where they are using the funds to house and treat the less fortunate, which is quite wonderful. Click here to read full ...

MS two takes on same research

This posting is about great strides in research in limiting and reversing the degeneration of a person’s body; under goes in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Right now it is being tested in a lab on a very similar disease in mice. The article is ending explaining how they hope to move to clinical trials on MS patients. Hopefully the ...

CBO report: Feds can’t sustain Medicare spending

The article explains some necessary changes in regards to potential policy in regards to Medicare, as the pool of recipients grows. Click here to read full ...

Seniors and taxpayers facing higher costs in Medicare’s popular prescription drug plan

This article shows countering points in regards to Medicare prescription drug plans. Then goes into potentially what may happen in the upcoming year when using them. Click here to read full ...

Senior Safety Tips

The article goes into what are some cost effective alternatives to keep home more usable as aging occurs. A few key ones are better lighting, training pets and tidying up things. Click here to read full ...

5 Inexpensive Ways to Elder Proof Your Home

The premise of this article is that there are things we can all do in the short term, which can avoid longer term costs. Also it goes into if that may not be in the budget there are some inexpensive things that can be done to keep the elderly in their homes for longer periods and avoid long term care for a bit longer. Click Here ...