Reverse Mortgages Can Help Some Older People Afford Long-Term Care at Home A new study by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) finds that almost half of the country’s 28 million homes with somebody 62 years or older are good candidates for a reverse mortgage as a means for financing their long-term care. Under a reverse mortgage, qualifying individuals 62 or older receive cash for their home and then live in it until they are no longer able. NCOA’s report, A National Blueprint for Increasing the Use of Reverse Mortgages in Long-Term Care is available at www.ncoa.org.
AARP has a useful page on their website devoted to reverse mortgages. The page features articles describing how reverse mortgages work, a Reverse Mortgage Calculator, and other options which can provide financial assistance to older people. For more information go to www.aarp.org/revmort/.
White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) Website Now Available WHCOA has unveiled its website, which houses an array of information about the planning and progress of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. This conference “occurs once a decade to make aging policy recommendations to the President and Congress, and to assist the public and private sectors in promoting dignity, health, independence and economic security of current and future generations of older persons.” This year’s conference is scheduled for October 2005. For more information about this event go to www.whcoa.gov.
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Conferences and Educational Opportunities
Pain Management Conference
May 14 and 15, 2005
13th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Conference
July 26 - 29, 2005
Generations United 13th International Conference
September 13 - 17, 2005
The National Respite and Crisis Care Conference
September 14 - 16, 2005
Oklahoma City, OK
ASA Autumn Series on Aging
September 12 - 15, 2005
September 26 - 29, 2005
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