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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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Friday, March 24, 2017

Senior Financial Abuse Costs are Up with No End in Sight


We have written here many times about financial elder abuse focusing on both the emotional and financial implications. Unfortunately, financial elder abuse is not abating. In fact, it is growing.

In only the last two years financial elder abuse in the United States has grown by 20 percent, according to the recently published 2016 Safeguarding Our Seniors Study from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America.

The findings of the study show that the average cost per victim of elder financial abuse has risen from $30,000 in 2014 to $36,000.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Retiring in 2017? It’s Best to Have a Plan


So some time ago, you may have circled 2017 on a calendar and said this is the retirement year. And you did the best you could in terms of saving to prepare for this special year.

The good news is research is showing that people are doing a much better job saving for retirement. A USA Today article published in early February cited multiple studies indicating that 401 (k) plan assets were hitting record highs, people were borrowing from them less and that people were saving more for retirement.

If you are part of that trend, keep it up.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Do You Have a Will?


 

We have asked that question many times here in these articles, and it’s a common query whenever we have the opportunity to speak to local groups.

It is startling to hear the response. Most of the people we talk to don’t have a will. And that corresponds with a number of national surveys, including one report released in the last few days by California-based Caring.com.
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Testing Special Needs Children


If you have a child with intellectual disabilities, it is extremely important that you have your child IQ tested before age 18.

This is not suggested for any frivolous reason. If your child has a recognized intellectual disability, he or she may be eligible for a Medicaid waiver. That would allow your special-needs child to receive community-based assistance and likely avoid institutional living. But securing that waiver is not easy because there is a long waiting list, and it could take several years to get to the top unless there is a crisis.
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