August 2017

Beware of Fake Charity Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey

Natural disasters are seen by fraudsters as the perfect opportunity to commit elder financial abuse while playing on the sympathies of older people. If you're caring for elderly loved ones with big hearts and a tendency to open their wallets to assist those in need, you'll want to make sure they heed these tips from the IRS.

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When You Don't Like the Person You're Caring For

If you're called upon to provide care for someone you don't particularly like, what are your options? This article offers five helpful tips.

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Looking for Advance Care Planning Resources?

The folks who organize National Healthcare Decisions Day each April have compiled a list of helpful websites that cover all aspects of end-of-life planning, from how to talk to your loved ones to how to complete an advance directive. If you're thinking about having "the talk" with someone, these resources will give you a good place to start. 

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Coping with Rummaging

If you're providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you may notice that the person rummages through cabinets, drawers, and other storage spots, or hides things. What can you do to help cope with these behaviors?

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Surviving Spouses Group Meets August 22

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the upcoming Surviving Spouse Group on August 22, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Moving and Downsizing." ​A light lunch will be provided.

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Are you doing eldercare the old way?

Are you managing the care of an elderly loved one the way your parents or grandparents did it? If you are, you owe it to yourself to learn about a new approach that can make the long-term care journey much easier for everyone involved.

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FAQ about TennCare Choices

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers frequently-asked questions about TennCare's CHOICES program.

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Trust School Set for August 17

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis talks about the upcoming client education event Learning Cafe for All, which will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Irrevocable Trusts."

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Protecting Loved Ones from Elder Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse and fraud costs older Americans $36.5 billion per year. It's a frightening reality. That's why this Friday's episode of Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour is all about scams. If you are responsible for the care of an elderly loved one, tune in to the show at 9 am on Friday, August 11 on Nashville's Channel 5+. Tim and Barbara talk to a number of guests including Jamie Owens from Hendersonville Police Department, Grace Smith from Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee, Renee Bouchillon from Adult Protective Services, Ray Whitley, District Attorney General, Sumner County, Honorable Allegra Walker, General Sessions Court Judge, Daisy Casey of First Tennessee State Bank, and Amy Heaslet from the Tennessee Bankers Association. If you miss the broadcast on Friday, view the show here after August 14. In the meantime, read on to brush up on ways to avoid tax-related identity theft and find out about the latest Social Security scam. 

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It's not too early to start thinking about Medicare Open Enrollment

It's just around the corner. Between October 15 and December 7, 2017, Medicare beneficiaries can decide whether to stay in their existing Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Advantage plan for 2018, or switch to a different plan. In mid-September, the 2018 plans will be released, including their premiums, drug costs, and plan ratings. CMS has announced that the average premium for a Part D plan in 2018 will be $33.50 per month, approximately $1.20 less than the average premium of $34.70 in 2017. We encourage our clients to contact our office for assistance in reviewing their Medicare coverage during Open Enrollment.

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Avoid Caregiver Burnout--Make Yourself a Priority, Too!

If you're a caregiver, making your health a priority is one of the best ways to prevent burnout. Not sure whether you're suffering from caregiver burnout? This article explains. 

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