Senior Lifestyles Podcast

Senior Lifestyles Podcast

“Are you hitting a new phase in your life and starting to again wonder, “What’s next?”. As we reach the age of retirement and beyond, it calls for answers to new questions in our lives, such as, “What’s the deal with senior living?”, “How does Medicare work”, and “How can I live my best life in my retirement?”. In this podcast, we explore the answers to these questions and much more. The Senior Lifestyles Podcast is brought to you by Cantissimo Senior Living. Cantissimo Senior Living understands the anxiety in choosing a senior lifestyle. We’re trusted advisors providing free information resources in simple, straightforward language to help individuals discover vibrant, worry-free lifestyles. The next phase of life is a gift, and Cantissimo Senior Living seeks to make that experience one beyond measure.


January 31, 2023 9 min

Unless one has long-term care insurance or can qualify for Medicaid, most people will need to tap all their assets to pay for long-term care. This may include the equity in one's home. In this episode, Pete Keers explains the four ways one can leverage home equity to finance long-term care.

To learn more, download our complimentary eBook, "Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care: What Are My Options?"

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HSAs were primarily intended to soften the financial burden of healthcare expenses for HDHP account holders of all age groups. However, an HSA can be particularly advantageous in paying for long-term care expenses at age 65 or over. Is an HSA the right option for you to afford long-term care?

In this episode, Pete Keers explains why HSAs might be a good choice.

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One popular option for those looking to pay for long-term care costs is existing savings, often in the form of pensions, IRAs, and 401(k)s. All financial resources available to potential recipients must be considered for long-term care planning. Knowing the details about subjects like tax treatment and other factors is essential to build a solid plan for handling these significant costs. This episode dives into the pros and cons of...

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January 11, 2023 7 min

Regardless of how long-term care costs are covered, planning for these expenses is essential.  In this episode, Pete Keers breaks down why it is essential to create a plan for affording long-term care and the categories of options to consider.

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When Medicare was introduced in 1965, prescription drugs were not covered. However, in December 2003, Medicare Part D was signed into law to cover the cost of medications. Unlike Medicare Part A and Part B, however, Part D is optional.

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Some Medicare beneficiaries want more healthcare benefits than Original Medicare can offer, even with Medigap supplemental policies. Medicare Advantage Plans (sometimes known as Medicare Part C) fill this need by providing more benefits for beneficiaries who agree to extra costs and less flexibility.

Pete Keers breaks down Medicare Advantage's benefits, trade-offs, costs, and more.

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December 15, 2022 5 min

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) offers many benefits, but it has some "gaps." The most prominent gap is there is no limit on out-of-pocket expenses, which encompass deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

One way to fill many of these gaps is through a Medicare Supplement Insurance policy (also known as Medigap) sold by private insurers. Medigap policies come in several different versions but must adhere to strict go...

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December 6, 2022 7 min

Along with Medicare Part A, Part B is the other part of Original Medicare. Our last episode described Medicare Part A coverage for inpatient care (hospital and skilled nursing), hospice care, and home healthcare.

Medicare Part B covers medically necessary costs for:

  • Doctors
  • Outpatient care
  • Home health services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • In this episode, Pete Keers breaks down these items, Part B costs, what's not covered, and more.

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    December 1, 2022 8 min

    As noted in a previous episode, "Preparing for Medicare: Part 1 - What is Medicare?", Original Medicare consists of Part A and Part B. This episode focuses on Part A, which covers inpatient hospital stays and some other services.

    Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover:

  • Inpatient care in a hospital
  • Inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility (not custodial or long-term care)
  • Hospice care
  • Home health care
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    Most Americans reaching age 65 achieve a significant milestone: Medicare eligibility. Launched in 1965, Medicare is a national health insurance program created and administered by the U.S. government and funded primarily via payroll taxes.

    Do you understand the various Medicare parts? In this episode, Pete Keers breaks down the components of Medicare and explains how and when to sign up.

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