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Denton, Texas 76203-1070
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High cost of care
who talks with people every day about caregiving, I strongly support
your recommendation that children begin addressing the possibility
of care for their parents now instead of waiting until the time
of needing care (Trading Places, spring 2001).
area your article did not discuss was the high cost associated with
caregiving. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the average cost for
a semiprivate room in a nursing home is approximately $100 a day,
$36,000 a year. Assisted living facilities can cost $80 a day or
$29,000 a year. Average cost for a home health aid is approximately
$15 an hour and many have four-hour minimums. As you can imagine,
it would not take long for a family to go through a substantial
amount of their assets in paying for long-term care.
assume that if they ever need special care, Medicare or a Medicare
supplement policy will see them through. That is a common assumption.
But, unfortunately, it is inaccurate. Medicare only pays for a short
period of time. The only government program that pays for long-term
care is Medicaid, but Medicaid is a welfare program for the poor
and needy. To qualify for Medicaid, a person must become virtually
impoverished. That may mean spending down their lifes savings
and getting rid of what they have worked hard for all their lives.
have the foresight to address the possibility of an aging relative
needing care at some point in the future, they must also plan on
how they will pay for the care. A very logical solution is long-term
care insurance. The long-term care insurance plans today are very
good and the cost is extremely low in comparison to the payback.
by Shannon Mooney ('94)
your great article Accents Speak Louder Than Words (winter
2000) brought a flood of memories.
I was transported
to the speech (was it called 101?) class of Mrs. Myrtle Hardy (I
think that was her name.) I was a freshman in the fall of 1946 and
thought I was a speech major.
I have a
clear vision of the Six Texas Dialect Errors written
on the board. It was Mrs. Hardys dedication in life that no
one leave that class sounding like a Texan. To sound like a Texan
meant that you would never succeed in life, never get a decent job,
never be accepted in polite society.
I am glad
that times have changed, but I still wince when I hear one of the
Six (even though I can no longer write them phonetically
nor can I pronounce them right now).
was not, as I recall, a native Texan.
away as a junior and later did graduate work at the University of
Michigan and Claremont Graduate School. I have always been grateful
for the happy, friendly, family-like two years in Denton.
Santa Paula, Calif.
the letter in the winter 2000 North Texan about stories of
ordinary alumni: Yep, there are bunches of us out here. I began
North Texas in 1950, just days after my 17th birthday. And I lived
in Bruce Hall, the newest dorm at the time. I recall vividly the
wearing of the freshman green beanies and that we had to say hello
to everyone we passed. Kinda scary for such a young kid with not
too much self-confidence. But one thing I did decide to do was to
become a more confident person. I talked to the people who were
in the cafeteria line and visited with the students while we were
eating, and I soon became comfortable with a large number
of new friends.
I met my
husband my sophomore year and was determined to graduate as quickly
as possible so we could marry. I did my student teaching during
that summer session of 53 and was a distinct failure, passing
with a C, but I discovered during that time that I loved it.
20 years in the Dallas classrooms, teaching kindergarten, first
and second grades. My NT husband was a physics major but converted
his math and science background into a career in computer programming
and system analysis. And we have a daughter who graduated from North
Texas with a history degree.
We are ordinary
people, but North Texas gave us solid footing and a legacy