Persistence (or impertinence) of Memory

Ned White is a writer from Maine who decided to apply for Long-Term Care Insurance. When he found out he had to pass a memory test, he started thinking about his memory and forgetting things he shouldn't forget. He did pass, and Ned shares his experience and feelings about planning for long-term health care.

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Persistence (or impertinence) of Memory
3 Min Read February 6th, 2017 Updated:March 14th, 2022

Ned White is a writer and novelist from Maine. When he applied for Long-Term Care Insurance, he was informed he must complete a memory test as part of the underwriting process. The reason, he writes, "if you're having memory issues, they don't want to insure you because you may be getting Alzheimer's."

Long-Term Care Insurance will cover Alzheimer's and dementia, but insurance companies will not offer your coverage if you already have memory problems. 

When he found out he had to pass a memory test, he started thinking about his memory and forgetting things he shouldn't forget, like the name of the guy who played Jim in the movie "Mission: Impossible." 

Tests, Who Likes Tests?

Writing about his experience, While shared his thoughts about his memory and preparing for a test despite the fact he "swore off tests" when he graduated from college.

Then, the day before his telephone interview and memory test, he couldn't remember Jon Voight's name, something, he says, that was very disturbing - Persistence (or impertinence) of memory | Journeys Over a Hot Stove (

Long-term health care costs are rising and have a substantial financial impact on families. However, the consequences of long-term care are more than just financial. Often people fail to plan as White did. The result is their families either become their caregivers, or they pay for expensive professional care - sometimes both. 

Heath Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are Not LTC Solutions

Health insurance, including Medicare (and Supplements), pays a minimal amount of skilled care services. Medicaid will pay for long-term health care, but you must of little or no income or assets to qualify for those benefits. Many families find this out too late.

Many American families are turning to affordable Long-Term Care Insurance as a solution. Most people who obtain coverage in their 50s, some either younger. Those over age 60 are most likely required to take a memory exam as part of the application process. 

Medical underwriting is one reason why most experts recommend obtaining coverage before you retire when your health is better. LTC Insurance safeguards your future retirement income and assets from the high cost of long-term health care. 

Family Caregivers Face Many Hardships

While paying for professional care is expensive, remember, the consequences of your family can change their lives forever. Family caregivers face many hardships as they attempt to juggle being a caregiver with their other roles of spouse, parent, and employee. The physical and emotional demands are a significant hardship. Planning eases the stress otherwise placed on those you love giving them the time to be family instead of caregivers.

Long-Term Care Insurance is a way to safeguard your income and assets from future declining health and aging. Seek help from a qualified Long-Term Care Insurance specialist that works with the top companies to help you navigate the many options available and help you through the underwriting process. 

Ned did pass his memory test and now has his Long-Term Care Insurance policy. He is hoping he doesn't have to pass any other tests in the future.

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Being prepared for future declining health and aging is vital to your retirement planning. People need long-term health care due to illnesses, accidents, or the consequences of aging. The costs of long-term health care services are rising at an alarming rate due to increasing demand and high labor costs.

Part of the problem is health insurance and Medicare, including supplements, will not pay for most of these long-term care costs. While Medicaid will pay for long-term health care, you must have little or no income and assets to qualify for those benefits.

There are only a few solutions. You could depend on family caregivers (often a daughter or daughter-in-law), spend your income and savings on professional care, or add an affordable Long-Term Care Insurance policy to your retirement plan.

LTC Insurance gives you guaranteed tax-free benefits that give you access to your choice of quality care services, including in-home care. Plus, most policies include professional case management to help your family develop a plan of care and find quality care providers.

Long-term care costs are expensive, and family caregivers face physical and emotional burdens. LTC Insurance is an easy and affordable solution but don't delay since policies are medically underwritten. Most people obtain coverage in their 50s.

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You can find many tools and resources on LTC NEWS to assist you in your research for a planning solution or help your family find the appropriate care for a loved one at the time of crisis. 

To help you plan the costs and burdens of changing health and aging, LTC NEWS has put in place several resources, including:

Find all the resources on LTC NEWS - Resources for Long-Term Care Planning | LTC News.

Seek Professional Guidance

Insurance rates are regulated, so no insurance agent, agency, or financial advisor can give you special deals. However, insurance companies' premiums vary over 100% for the same coverage.

Experts suggest using a qualified Long-Term Care Insurance specialist to help you navigate the many options available to you and your family.

A specialist who works with the top companies can match your age, health, family history, and other factors and find you the best coverage at the best value. A specialist will save you money, and you will have peace of mind knowing they are making the appropriate recommendations - Work With a Specialist | LTC News.

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If they are lucky enough to own a Long-Term Care Insurance policy, be sure they use it. Sometimes families wait, thinking they can save the benefits for a rainy day. Waiting on using available Long-Term Care Insurance benefits is not a wise idea. 

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Quality care obtained early will help provide a better quality of life and reduce the risk of a deep decline and facility care. If you need help in starting the process of a Long-Term Care Insurance claim, LTC NEWS can help.

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Today's reverse mortgages for those aged 62 and older could be an ideal resource to fund a Long-Term Care Insurance policy OR even provide money to pay for care if you, or a loved one, already needs help and assistance.  

Some people have much of their savings invested in their homes. With today's reverse mortgages, you can find ways to fund care solutions, care itself, even help with cash flow during your retirement. 

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