12 WAYS TO HELP AN ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVER

One in 10 Americans over age 65 years and almost half of those over age 85 years have Alzheimer’s disease or a related type of dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, involves a gradual breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Affected persons lose the ability to interpret information and send messages to their bodies to behave in certain ways. Over time they experience mental, emotional, behavioral and physical changes, necessitating increasing amounts of….

PROBATE BASICS

Probate is the legal process of transferring ownership of property from the decedent to his or her heirs either by accepting the validity of their last will and testament or by following the Kentucky laws of intestacy.  For a will to be valid, it must be “self-proven” or proven as valid in court by at least one of the witnesses.  A valid will can also be holographic: written entirely in the handwriting of the decedent, signed, and dated.

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CONTAINER GARDENING

Gardens are great, but they require a lot of time, labor and money. They also require land space and good soil. Container gardening skirts all these obstacles, offering reduced time, effort and costs, and can be enjoyed in an apartment or other home lacking a yard. Vegetables and herbs can be grown in containers on a balcony, patio or walkway.

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headstone and dirty the interior of the casket. Average cost of a vault is $1,300. The average cost for a hearse or funeral coach and any other cars is $300.


There are ways to cut funeral and burial costs:


According to the National Funeral Directors and numerous other sources, the average cost of a traditional burial is presently $7,000 to $10,000.


Traditional funeral services typically include embalming and dressing the body, renting the funeral home, holding a viewing, transporting the body via a hearse to the funeral site and purchasing the casket, a cemetery plot or crypt and a headstone or tombstone. Direct burials involve a simple burial container, no viewing or visitation and no embalming, but a memorial service can still be held graveside.


Funeral homes charge basic service fees. These include consultations, preparation and filing of permits, coordinating arrangements and third-party overhead costs. Fees vary among funeral service providers but average to $2,000, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.


Body delivery costs $125 to $500, depending on the distance it must travel to the funeral home. Funeral homes charge a daily fee, ranging from $35 to $100, for storing a body, even if it is embalmed.


Embalming came into popular- ity during the Civil War when bodies needed to be transported long distances. Embalming is not legally

BURIAL COSTS COVER A WIDE SPECTRUM

required and many environmentally conscious individuals are opting against it. Costs range from $225 to $1,200, according to the National Care Planning Council. Average cost to prepare the body for viewing and visitation is $200. The viewing can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,200. Funeral ceremony staff coordinate and supervise the funeral arrangements and assist with the ceremony for $500 to $800.


Casket options range from cardboard ($50) to metal and fine wood. Funeral industry studies have found the average person buys one of the first three models shown, and their choice is generally mid range. Pine caskets are less expensive, but funeral homes rarely display them. The average cost of a casket is about $2,200.


Many cemeteries require caskets to be placed inside an outer container called a grave liner or burial vault. These rectangular boxes are made of concrete, metal or composite plastic. They are made to last forever and will preserve the cemetery’s lawn and grounds. A casket buried without a vault or liner will eventually deteriorate and collapse, resulting in uneven ground. This can tilt a

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela S. Hoover is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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