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Monday, June 12, 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


This Thursday, June 15, marks another of those days that as a people we wish we did not have to recognize – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. But unfortunately with a growing older population, we are experiencing an increase in elder abuse.

Organized by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, there will be a special recognition of the day at the United Nations. The theme of this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue.

This abuse manifests itself in many ways – physical, emotional, financial and more.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Honoring Patient’s Wishes


A recent lawsuit settlement in Augusta, GA has shed new light on an often emotionally challenging problem.

Staff at Doctors Hospital in 2012 failed to follow an advance directive signed by Bucilla Stephenson when she entered the medical facility. Four days later, Stephenson, who was 91, went into respiratory failure. One of the doctors ordered nurses to intubate her and hook her to a ventilator. She later had a feeding tube inserted, underwent multiple blood transfusions and had other procedures done.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Retirees Caring for Their Parents is Becoming More Common


If you’re a baby boomer, you have recently hit retirement age, or it is right on the horizon.

After working all those years, you are now looking forward to a life where you remain active but are free from the daily grind of work. But you may be in for a little surprise. You may be taking care of your parents.

As a result of better health, people are living longer.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How to Talk to Parents About the Future


 

Talking to parents about the future and how to plan for it may be one of the most challenging but necessary conversations you will ever have. This conversation should include discussion about all the necessary legal documents that need to be in place as people age, as well as how they want to deal with their own aging and any medical ailments that go with it.

You will be rebuffed. When you are, there’s only one thing to do – keep trying. However, I was pleased when my children recently talked with me about this sometimes sensitive topic.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

May is National Elder Law Month


Last week we wrote here about May being Older Americans Month. It may be fitting and it’s not a coincidence that it is also National Elder Law Month.

National Elder Law Month was originally created through a declaration by Pres. John F. Kennedy in 1963 to honor those who are 65 or older.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Is Older Americans Month


As we all know you are only as old as you feel. So with May being Older Americans Month, we wanted to acknowledge our older Americans and remind them about how important they are to us.

Recognition of Older Americans Month is led by the Administration for Community Living, and this year’s theme is Age Out Loud.

First created in 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law, this legislation was created to recognize the need for and fund some of the vital critical services designed to keep older adults healthy and independent. These services include meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, benefits enrollment and much more.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Proposed Health Care Law Makes Victims of Older Americans


 

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote today on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican legislation designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If this legislation becomes law as it currently stands, 24 million Americans are in danger of losing their health coverage, according to the national organization Justice In Aging.

Here are four things the AHCA would do to impact older Americans.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Estate planning for your pet: Who will take care of her when you pass away?


 

Some people love their pets as much as they love their human family. While we take the time and effort to create estate plans that protect our family members, how often do we do the same thing to protect our furry loved ones? In our practice, we are seeing more and more of our clients who want to be sure that their pets are properly provided for in their estate planning. If you have concerns about your pet’s treatment after you pass away, we can help you make proper arrangements and to be sure your estate plan considers your pets.

I recently attended a seminar called Creating Estate Plans That Work for Pets and Their People. The presenter was my friend and colleague Peggy Hoyt who practices law in Central Florida.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

An End-of Life Letter


Talking about the end of life is arguably the most difficult challenge for any family. As a result, some never have the discussion, and the result is surviving family members are left making challenging decisions without any guidance.

For those who feel that having the conversation is impossible, there is an alternative – write a letter.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A New Focus on Preventing Alzheimer’s


For the longest time the treatment focus on Alzheimer’s has been to find ways to treat it effectively. But in the last year or so, there has been an increased effort on preventing Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.

While there was much media coverage in 2016 about a highly touted experimental drug that failed in its effort to prevent the disease, that has not changed the current push to find a cure.

The Alzheimer’s Association launched a campaign last year to promote the concept of the first Alzheimer’s survivor.

And while the results of the recent drug testing were disappointing, that has not deterred other scientists from finding a medicine that can slow or stop the progress of brain degeneration.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Learning from Those with Experience


We all know that most young people believe in living in the now and not worrying about what the future might bring. But interaction between five journalism students and five retirees changed the students’ perspective, as reported in a recent New York Times article.

The students’ assignment was to find out from five retirees what they wished they knew when they were the ages of the students. The retirees ranged in age from 58 to 93.


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