December 2015

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a prosperous new year from all of us at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs. 

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Goodbye, 2015!

As 2015 draws to a close, the staff of Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs wishes you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year.

 

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Is your New Year's resolution to stop smoking?

If you're on Medicare and looking to make 2016 the year you quit smoking, Medicare's smoking and tobacco use cessation programs can help. 

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Online dating: the latest avenue for financial elder abuse?

The Internet is making it easier for older women to get outside their social circles for dating and romance, but it can make them more vulnerable to deception. And scammers are quite skilled at seducing.

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Managing stress

Too much stress can have serious consequences. The VA provides a number of ways to help Veterans and their caregivers better manage stress and stay healthy.

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All is calm, all is bright

During this season of reflection, we pause to send you best wishes for a joyous holiday.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs.

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What you need to know to protect your passwords

If you have the same sign-on and password for all your online accounts, you're at greater risk for identity theft. That's why the IRS, state revenue departments and the tax industry have teamed up to help get the word out about password security.

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CMS expands quality data on Physician Compare and Hospital Compare to help consumers choose health care providers

Updates provide more and better information about health care professionals and group practices.

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Celebrations and holidays: When a loved one has dementia

Dementia educator Teepa Snow weighs in on the effects that holiday celebrations can have on loved ones with dementia. This is an excellent article from one of the nation's leading dementia educators.

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Top Year-End IRA Reminders from IRS

Individual Retirement Accounts, or IRAs, are important vehicles for retirement savings. Here are the top year-end IRA reminders from the IRS.

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Look out! It's scam season!

Fraudsters seem to get more clever every year. Scams targeting the elderly are so common that the Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability now dedicates an entire page to the subject.

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Feeling overwhelmed during the holidays?

If you're caring for elderly loved ones, stress can mount during the holidays. What can you do to cope?

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Having trouble paying for your prescriptions?

If you meet certain income and resource limits, you may qualify for Extra Help from Medicare to pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. 

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Questions about filing VA claims?

Questions about filing a VA compensation or pension claim? This page on the Department of Veterans Affairs blog contains lots of great information, including several videos.

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Take control of the last chapter of your life

How can you take control of the last chapter of your life or help a loved one to do so? Cookeville family physician Chet Gentry, M.D. and Hendersonville attorney and nurse practitioner Barbara Boone McGinnis explain in this workshop recorded on December 3, 2015. 

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How to Plan a Vacation with an Aging Parent

If your holiday plans include taking a trip with an elderly loved one, you'll want to read this.

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Death as a tour guide to life

What did working in a nursing home teach this young psychotherapist about life, death and cultural values? The answers may surprise you.

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Common Elder Law Questions

Associate Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers frequently-asked questions about powers of attorney, social security, probate and more.

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It's Not Too Late!

Have you gotten your flu vaccine? It's not too late! It's National Influenza Vaccination Week.

There's still time to get your flu shot!

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Today!

This is it. If you've been putting off making your Medicare Open Enrollment choices, this article may offer the last minute push you need to get it done.

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Last Minute Tip: Compare Drug Plans

If you're on Original Medicare, you have a few more days to compare drug plans before Open Enrollment ends on Monday. The best deal last year may not be the best deal this year. Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard explains more.

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Why the New Social Media Fans Are Over 65

Older Americans are using social media in record numbers. Here's why.

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