Lifestyles over 50 Finance & Money
Is the Grass Always Greener?
Call it wanderlust, call it an itch, call it boredom, call it “This house is too big / too small for us!” — You’re thinking of moving. Maybe it’s across the street or across the globe; you are seriously thinking of pulling up roots and being repotted elsewhere. There are a lot of reasons for moving elsewhere, and a lot of things to consider when deciding if moving is right for you.
“Do you have Medicare? Do you have aches and pains? We can provide braces that Medicare will cover! How about a genetic testing kit to see if you are predisposed to getting cancer?” If you are like most Medicare beneficiaries, you or someone you know has received phone calls or other solicitations for these items, often several times a day. TV ads are also very effective at soliciting these products.
A crucial part of a house transaction is the inspection. There are a number of standard issues to review. Using a certified inspector will help ensure the property is cleared of any problems. Knowing that the home has been inspected and cleared of any of these issues will ensure a smooth sales transactions and give the homeowner peace of mind that their home is safe and protected.
Nursing homes cost over $125,000 a year. Medicare and health insurance don’t pay for this. Fortunately, Medicaid does. But impoverishment is the price of admission into the Medicaid program. While most spend themselves broke, a savvy few manage to qualify for Medicaid without forfeiting their estate. One way for single clients to do that is with the “gift & annuity” strategy.
Under gift & annuity, a person gifts a substantial portion of their estate – typically about half of their assets - outright or into a trust. At the same time, the remaining assets are converted into an income stream via purchase of a Single Premium Immediate Annuity, or “SPIA.”
Wed. Mar. 13, Apr. 10 at 12 pm. Traditions of Hanover Bethlehem, 5300 Northgate Dr., Bethlehem. Monthly networking group for professionals hosted monthly and features a speaker and time for networking - $5.
Lehigh Valley Aging in Place Mixers
Wed. Mar. 20 Westminster Adult Day Services Mixer 4-6PM, 803 N Wahneta St, Allentown, PA 18109
Wed. Apr. 17 Fox Rehabilitation, 1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown 18103, PA
Aging in Place Coalition (LVAIP) provides an ongoing forum for professionals from private, public and non-profit business sectors to inform, educate and help older adults age in place. lehighvalleyaginginplace.org
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As the frozen ground relinquishes its grip on budding tulips, we take note of the regeneration around us. Spring represents a rebirth and renewed vitality and stimulates a re-assessment of our lives. For some this is manifested in a physical sense with purging of clutter and spring-cleaning, for others it is the planning of activities and goals during the summer months. I would challenge readers to ask themselves a more fundamental question about their home – is this where I need to be? Below are five considerations to help you: