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Mindfulness Training Helps Alzheimer's Patients and Caregivers

Alzheimer's disease takes a psychological and physical toll not only on the affected patients, but also on their caregivers. Now, a new study has shown that training in mindfulness-- learning how to focus on the present moment -- may help improve the emotional well-being of people with early-stage dementia due to Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

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What Role do Medicare Advantage Plans Play?

This Visualizing Health Policy infographic shows the proportion of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, geographic differences in Medicare Advantage penetration, the trend of increasing enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans, and the concentration of enrollment within a small number of firms and affiliates. It also shows the extent to which Medicare has been paying more for beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage plans than for those in traditional Medicare, although that payment differential is projected to decline.

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Why the Elderly Decline after the Loss of a Partner

Bereavement can have a devastating impact on the immune systems of older people and may explain why many elderly spouses die soon after the loss of their loved ones, scientists have said.

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Medicare’s Observation Status is a Financial Black Hole for Families

Not getting Medicare’s status determination exactly right upon arriving at a care center can drain family resources.

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Medicare 101

Every once in awhile it's good to go back and review the basics. Medicare is the federal health insurance program created in 1965 for all people ages 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history, and expanded in 1972 to cover people under age 65 with permanent disabilities.  Now covering 54 million Americans, Medicare plays a vital role in providing financial security to older people and those with disabilities.  Medicare spending accounted for 14% of total federal spending in 2013 and 20% of national personal health spending in 2012. MORE

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Press Releases

March 3, 2014: Free Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors Now Available 

November 19, 2013: Geriatric Professionals Gather for 2013 Time Out Workshop

July 15, 2013: 75 Professionals Attend Lipscomb Conference

June 25, 2013: Tim Takacs Named to Best Lawyers List 2013

May 29, 2013: Long-Term Healthcare Costs for Older Adults Topic of June 20 Conference at Lipscomb University    

Citizens Encouraged to Unleash the Power of Age during Older Americans Month

April 14, 2013: National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 Urges Americans to Make Their Wishes Known 

March 13, 2013: Local Social Worker Promotes Resilience and Advocacy

December 5, 2012: Takacs Receives Multiple Honors from Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine

November 27, 2012: Time Out Workshop Draws Geriatric Professionals from throughout Tennessee

November 14, 2012: 20 Topics to Discuss with Your Health Care Agent

November 6, 2012: November is National Family Caregivers Month

October 18, 2012: Timothy L. Takacs Celebrates 20 Years in Private Practice

October 2, 2012: Long-term Care Residents Honored During Residents’ Rights Month, October 2012

September 20, 2012: First Day of Fall Brings Renewed Emphasis on Fall Prevention

August 23, 2012: McCord Earns Certificate in Elder Care Coordination

August 7, 2012: Elder Law Practice Adds LegalVault to Service Lineup

June 26, 2012: Elder Law Practice Hosts Ethics Conference

May 30, 2012: Takacs Named to 2012 Best Lawyers List

May 11, 2012: Elder Law Practice Marks National Elder Law Month with Free Community Presentations

November 15, 2011: Takacs Named to 2012 U.S. News Best Lawyers List

September 12, 2011: Barbara Boone McGinnis joins Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs

June 23, 2011: Government Benefits Workshop Draws Geriatric Professionals

May 6, 2011: Elder Law Practice Works to Raises Heart Attack Awareness in Elderly Women

December 3, 2010: Elder Law Practice sponsors professional education workshop

December 1, 2010: Tim Takacs recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine for fifth consecutive year

August 13, 2010: Medicare & Medicaid Turn 45

June 25, 2010: Takacs Named to 2010 Best Lawyers List

May 26, 2010: Health Care Reform Offers Hope for Seniors

November 21, 2009: Middle Tennessee Geriatric Professionals Gather for Time Out Workshop

September 29, 2009: Takacs to Deliver VA Benefit Accreditation Course

August 19, 2009: Takacs Recognized in 2009 Super Lawyers Magazine

July 23, 2009: Dementia Conference Draws Professional and Family Caregivers

April 19, 2009: Takacs Presents 20th Educational Program

December 22, 2008: Takacs Profiled in Legal Journal

December 19, 2008: Tim Takacs Recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine

October 7, 2008: Takacs Named to Best Lawyers List 2009

Fall 2008: "Tim Takacs: The Man Behind the Bow Tie" a profile of Tim that appeared in NAELA News, the professional journal of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Also in this issue: "The Veterans Affairs Benefit Nobody Knows About: Copayments for Extended Care Services," an article written by Tim.

August 2008: An article by Tim Takacs on his innovative elder-centered approach to the practice of elder law appeared in the August 2008 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal.

June 2008: Tim Takacs was profiled in the summer 2008 issue of Vanderbilt Lawyer.

November 1, 2007: Medicare Drug Plan: Important Deadline Looming

October 29, 2007: Takacs Authors Guide to Elder Law Practice

September 21, 2007: Takacs Receives National & Regional Honors

August 8, 2007: Local Elder Law Attorney Leads in Life Care Plan Movement

May 16, 2007: Timothy L. Takacs Receives Recognition at 2007 NAELA Symposium

May 15, 2007: Alzheimer's Support Group Hosts Elder Law Speaker

September 18, 2006: Elder Law Practice Launches Professional Education Website

October 9, 2006: Takacs Named to 2007 Best Lawyers List