April 2016

Family Resources Available Here

Informed families make better decisions, especially when it comes to caring for an elderly loved one. Elder Law Practice's Family Education Center gives you easy access to information that will help you throughout your loved one's long-term care journey. 

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Disagreements about end-of-life care

What happens when a doctor and a patient disagree about end-of-life care? 

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16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia

A dementia care worker uses the benefit of her experience to create a wish list for her future care.

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Social Security Q&A

Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers questions about Social Security.

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Older Americans Act Clears Congress

Congress finally just passed bipartisan legislation renewing the Older Americans Act for three years and President Obama has signed it. 

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Ten Tips for Hiring a Caregiver

If you need outside help to care for a loved one, where do you start? Elder Care Coordinator Debra King explains ten tips for hiring a caregiver. 

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Your elderly parent is home from the hospital. What happens next?

An estimated 44 million Americans serve as informal, unpaid caregivers each year, most of them aiding adults, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute.

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Aging in terms we can actually understsand

The aging of the U.S. population is a fact of life that gets mentioned often in political and economic discussions but seldom is communicated in an understandable way. A fascinating animated infographic appearing in yesterday's edition of the Los Angeles Times makes the graying of America much more understandable. 

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Are you going broke caring for a loved one with dementia?

If the 15 million Americans who provide unpaid care for relatives and friends with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias received just $12.25-an-hour for their efforts, they’d have racked up more than $221 billion in 2015, according to a new report.

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How to Be an Advocate for Your Loved One

If a loved one is living in a nursing home or assisted living center, what can you do to make sure he or she gets the best quality care? Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains how to be an advocate for your loved one.  

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Creating a Health Care Power of Attorney Doctors Will Actually Read

If you go to the trouble to create a Healthcare Power of Attorney, is there a chance that the document will be overlooked or even ignored by time-pressed healthcare professionals?

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New Resources Make It Easier to Talk about End-of-Life Preferences

Eighty percent of Americans say that if they were seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about how they would like their lives to end. Yet only 7 percent actually have the conversation. Why the disconnect? This is the third article in a four-part series on end-of-life decision making as we head to National Healthcare Decisions Day this Saturday.

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Advance Care Planning: How It Looks in Real Life

For one Elder Law Practice client, having an older brother with a mental illness drove home the need for advance care planning.This is the second article in a four-part series on end-of-life decision making as we head to National Healthcare Decisions Day this Saturday.

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How We Want to Die

It's the most important conversation America isn't having. This is the first in a series of four articles about end-of-life decision-making as we approach National Healthcare Decisions Day on Saturday, April 16. 

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A Review of Medicare Basics

Bonnie Woodard explains the basics of Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D in this Medicare Minute. 

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Preventing fall-related injuries

Each year, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries. Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths.

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Are You Your Parents' Retirement Plan?

Many adults have absolutely no idea if their parents are prepared for retirement or financially set for their final years. 

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Alzheimer's Association Releases 2016 Facts & Figures

Every 66 seconds, another person in the United States will develop Alzheimer's disease. That means that by the time you click through to read this blog post, another family's life has been changed by Alzheimer's, painting an uncertain future for their financial, physical and emotional well-being.

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10 Things You Should Bring to Every Doctor’s Appointment

An expert says proper preparation for every office visit is critical to getting the care you deserve.

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Fail to Plan - Plan to Fail

Who will make healthcare decisions for you when you're unable to make them yourself? How do you want to be taken care of at the end of your life? Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains why every estate plan should answer these questions.

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Do you and your spouse have an estate plan?

If you're married and your estate plan hasn't been updated, you could be headed for trouble. Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs explains why. 

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Coping with grief

Losing a loved one can make you feel sad, lost and alone, and it’s normal to go through a grieving period afterwards. There are many paths to healing after the loss, and support may be available until you can manage on your own.

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