December 2016

Trending Now: Client-Centric Elder Law

What happens when an entrepreneur breaks with convention and starts listening to—and solving—clients’ real problems? 

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Welcome to Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, it's official. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs Unveils New Name

Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs has a new name. Starting January 1, 2017, the firm will be known as Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law. The firm’s website can still be found at www.tn-elderlaw.com. 

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Elder Care Law Q & A

Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers questions about a number of elder care law-related topics, including the difference between a guardianship and a conservatorship, how to avoid a court-appointed conservatorship, when to establish advance directives, the costs of long-term care, and more. 

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What the Trump tax proposals mean for retirees

What do the president-elect's proposals mean for the financial well-being of retirees?

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Opioid addiction affects the elderly

If you're keeping an eye on elderly loved ones who take pain medication on a regular basis, be on the lookout for signs of opioid addiction. It's not just a young person's thing anymore.

 

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Using Your Five Senses to Choose a Nursing Home

If you're in the market for a nursing home for a loved one, what's the best way to make your decision? Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains how your five senses can be invaluable in choosing the right facility. 

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Merry Christmas

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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Connecting with Your Parents During the Holiday

This holiday season, when many of us are spending time with our parents or other older loved ones, why not take this opportunity to learn more about their lives?

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Keeping elderly loved ones safe in winter weather

You can't control Mother Nature, but certain precautions are important, especially if you look after elderly loved ones.

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Patients Cared For By Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated By Men

In a study that is sure to rile male doctors, Harvard researchers have found that female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results. Patients cared for by women were less likely to die or return to the hospital after discharge.

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Create Person-Centered Holidays: What Works Best for You?

What is a person-centered holiday? How do you create one? Elder care consultant, author and blogger Frances Shani Parker offers some insights.

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Helping Elderly Loved Ones Enjoy the Holidays

What can you do to keep the holiday hustle and bustle from being overwhelming for elderly loved ones? Elder Care Coordinator Debra King explains. 

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Social Security announces 2017 COLA

For most Americans, the 0.3% cost-of-living adjustment will net an additional $4 to $5 per month in 2017.

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IRS Warns Taxpayers of Numerous Tax Scams Nationwide; Provides Summary of Most Recent Schemes

If you help elderly loved ones with their finances, be on the lookout for these scams. 

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Medicare Special Enrollment Period for Residents Impacted by Recent Fire and Tornadoes in East Tennessee

If someone you love is on Medicare and lives in East Tennessee, you'll want to make sure they know about this. 

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Check out the Family Education Center

Every once in awhile we like to remind people about our Family Education Center, a place where you can learn about the many things you'll need to know during a loved one's long-term care journey.

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60 Minutes investigates Alzheimer's Disease

On a recent episode of 60 Minutes, correspondent Lesley Stahl reported on a community in and around Medellin, Colombia, where residents may be the key to figuring out if Alzheimer’s might someday be preventable. 

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How to Title Your Assets

Certified Elder Law Attorney explains why proper titling of assets is a vital step in the estate planning process.

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Scam Alert

There is a growing awareness of a common scam where someone claiming to be from the IRS calls, issues a threat and demands payment. A new twist on this scam is coming through the US Postal Service.  

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Seniors Increasingly Getting High, Study Shows

Baby boomers are getting high in increasing numbers, reflecting growing acceptance of the drug as treatment for various medical conditions, according to a study published Monday in the journal Addiction.

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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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Protect Yourself While Online

Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal taxpayers’ personal information and ultimately their money. But, there are simple steps taxpayers can take to help protect themselves, like keeping computer software up-to-date and being cautious about giving out their personal information.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Tips & FAQs

Medicare Open Enrollment ends in on December 7, just two days from today. If you or someone you love is on Medicare and confused about which type of Medicare plan to choose, Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain's simple explanation of the difference may help.  

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Find a Memory Cafe Near You

If a loved one is dealing with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, Memory Cafes are an excellent way to connect with others in a safe and supportive environment. It's now easier than ever to find a Memory Cafe near you with this new nationwide Memory Cafe directory.

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Dementia & Caring For Pets - Is It A Good Fit?

This is a fascinating conversation with those diagnosed with dementia who share their thoughts about the effects of pets on their care journey.  

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