August 2016

Advance Care Planning Basics

What is advance care planning? What are advance directives? Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains the basics, including what role Medicare plays in the process.

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Making Bathing Safer for Dementia Patients

The students who invented a better bathing chair are working on a prototype.

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How to disinherit a child

Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains the two most important things to keep in mind if you plan to disinherit a child. 

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New Podcast Series Talks about End-of-Life Care

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have partnered with ReachMD to broadcast a new podcast series for health care professionals based on the 2015 Institute of Medicine report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.

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Approaching 65? Get the basics on Medicare.

If you’re close to 65 or caring for someone who is, this short, easy-to-understand overview of Medicare will help you be prepared when it's time to enroll.

 

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Dementia: A Growing Epidemic

If you've ever wondered about dementia and its true impact, this infographic does a good job of hitting the high points.

Dementia
Source: MBA-Healthcare-Management.com

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Veteran Pension Benefits - Part 2

Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs talks about the three elements required to qualify for veterans pension benefits: technical, financial and medical eligibility.

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Should you buy long-term care insurance?

It depends. Certified Elder Law Attorney Timothy L. Takacs explains more.

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Social Security Data Errors Can Turn People Into The Living Dead

What happens if you're alive but you're ruled dead because of a data entry error at the Social Security Administration? You're essentially locked out of your life. 

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How to Move On From Caregiving After a Parent Dies

How do you transition back to your own life when caregiving duties end? This article offers six tips.

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Timothy L. Takacs Named to 2017 Best Lawyers List

For the eleventh year in a row, Timothy L. Takacs has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers of America ® 2017 in the field of elder law. 

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How apply for Medicaid CHOICES One

How does a person apply for Medicaid CHOICES One? Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains.

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Would you recognize elder abuse if you saw it?

If someone you love was the victim of elder abuse, would you be able to tell? If you're caring for an elderly loved one, it's important to know how to spot the warning signs of a possible problem, and to know what to do if an elder is in need of assistance.

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Dealing with an Alzheimer's patient's challenging behaviors

Unexpected and different behavior is part of the journey of living with dementia. One of the mistakes caregivers often make is to judge behavior as challenging or problematic and then attempt to "stop it" before taking the time to notice what's really going on. Dementia educator Teepa Snow offers a new way to deal with challenging behaviors. A must-see for any dementia caregiver. 

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How Identity Theft Can Affect Your Taxes

If you help an elderly loved one with their finances or their annual tax return, you'll want to keep these tips in mind.

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New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage

A new Medicare law that went into effect on August 6 requires hospitals to notify patients that they may incur huge out-of-pocket costs if they stay more than 24 hours without being formally admitted.

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How do Medicare and Medicaid Work Together?

Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain explains how these two important benefit programs coordinate to pay for needed care. 

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IRS Warns Taxpayers of Summer Surge in Automated Phone Scam Calls; Requests for Fake Tax Payments Using iTunes Gift Cards

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to stay vigilant against an increase of IRS impersonation scams in the form of automated calls and new tactics from scammers demanding tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards.

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McGinnis Tapped for Leadership Roles in State and National Professional Associations

Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis has been selected for leadership roles in the Tennessee Bar Association and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

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Is it possible for my loved one be asked to leave the nursing home?

Could your loved one be involuntarily discharged from a nursing home? Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains the six reasons this could happen. 

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