A company has produced four videos to help aging Americans and those who care for them sort through the bewildering choices about insurance and health care.
Jeanette Vaughan studied health care in college, but couldn't think of a way to market her research. After seeing "L.A. Law" character Arnold Becker peddle a video of himself giving advice on divorce, Vaughn plunged in.She made the videos "All About Aging" and created AgeView Inc., which distributes them. The series sells for $195, and is marketed to hospitals, nursing homes and health care agencies. While the public can buy the series, Vaughan hopes agencies will buy it to show consumers for free.
By 2030, 21 percent of Americans will be over 65. But Vaughan said most of the country hasn't considered the idea of an older America.
Among the topics on the tapes are how to obtain Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and home health care; the psycho-social views of aging and how to relate to older relatives; and details on nutrition, safety and equipment use for elderly patients cared for at home. Vaughan said she plans to develop additional tapes.