Resources for ALFs

Record The Story Of Your Life. Start Here.

Family / Caregiver Issues, Resources for ALFs
Free online site allows you to record your life events and your end-of-life plans for your loved ones.

Free online site allows you to record your life events and your end-of-life plans for your loved ones.

Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered upon your passing? What memories, photos and video you’d most like your loved ones to recollect? Letters, thoughts, messages you’d like to leave behind? Maybe even write your own biography for your family and friends to read? You can do all that and have it stored in an online site for free.

BeRemembered is a free online social networking service, where you can record how you want to be remembered by your family, friends and loved ones, even after you leave this life. You can record stories of your life, add pictures and video, describe how you want your end-of-life funeral event to be, even store private messages that are delivered to loved ones after you leave this life. It’s a great project for hospices and assisted living facilities, places of worship and other senior centers to help seniors (or people of any age) get started on telling their story and leave a loving legacy for their families.

The site is designed to be a vehicle for you to gradually collect, organize and archive your finest memories and thoughts. Also reflect on, and plan, your end-of-life celebration. Membership is free.

There’s a section on the site, My Bucket List, where you can set goals and track them. Maybe it’s taking a dream vacation or trying an adventure like skydiving. There’s Timeline, where you can capture your life’s events by uploading the stories, images and video that define the way you’ve lived your life. Say your last goodbyes here too in the section titled My Plan. This is where you plan for what comes after your life ends.

First step is to choose a guardian who will co-manage your account and the accounts of others you select to share all this with.

Check out these frequently asked questions.


Does Selling House Affect Eligibility for Assisted Living?

Resources for ALFs

It's common to sell a home to finance care.

It’s common to sell a home to finance care.

Q. I’m a realtor who’s listing a client’s home. She is on Social Security and is moving into assisted-living housing. Will the proceeds from the sale of her home affect her eligibility for housing, which is based on her income? [Question and answer courtesy of Kaiser Health News]

A. This is an unusual question because assisted-living facilities typically do not have special eligibility criteria for low-income residents, experts say.

In general, assisted living is privately funded, paid for by people with their Social Security benefits and other income, supplemented when necessary by other resources.

“It’s common to sell your home to finance your care,” says Maribeth Bersani, senior vice president of public policy at the Assisted Living Federation of America, a trade group.


Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors

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More than 90 percent of all reported elder abuse is committed by an older person’s own family members.

More than 90 percent of all reported elder abuse is committed by an older person’s own family members.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) published its list of the top 10 scams that target seniors, explaining that financial scams targeting seniors are so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.”

Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts.

Financial scams also often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they’re devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses, reports the NCOA.

It’s not just wealthy seniors who are targeted. Low-income older adults are also at risk of financial abuse.

And it’s not always strangers who perpetrate these crimes. Over 90 percent of all reported elder abuse is committed by an older person’s own family members, most often their adult children, followed by grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and others, the NCOA found.

Top 10 Scams

1. Health Care/Medicare/Health Insurance Fraud

Every U.S. citizen or permanent resident over age 65 qualifies for Medicare, so there is rarely any need for a scam artist to research what private health insurance company older people have in order to scam them out of some money.

In these types of scams, perpetrators may pose as a Medicare representative to get older people to give them their personal information, or they will provide bogus services for elderly people at makeshift mobile clinics, then use the personal information they provide to bill Medicare and pocket the money.