February 2016

Other Medicare Open Enrollment Periods

How does cognitive decline affect an older person's ability to make decisions about his or healthcare? Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs explains. 

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IRS Phone Scam Caught Live - Playing Along with Scammers

This video shows how scammers attempt to terrify victims into paying money they don't owe. In this video, one would-be victim decides to play along with the scammers to see what they do.

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Are you laboring under misconceptions about long-term care?

If you believe that 1) very few people end up using long-term care, or 2) that Medicare pays for all long-term care needs, you could be in for a rude awakening.

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Need a program for your next event? Our Speakers Bureau can help.

If your civic, community or professional organization is in need of speakers, Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs can help. Our staff members are experienced presenters who can address many topics related to the challenges of aging, long-term illness and disability. Read on for a list of presentation topics.

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Scam Calls and Emails Using IRS as Bait Persist

If you're looking out for the financial health of elderly loved ones, make sure they don't fall for these schemes.

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Common Nursing Home Questions

Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers frequently-asked questions about nursing homes.

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The VA appeals process

Most Veterans are aware that claims are rated at the VA regional office (RO), usually in their state. However, a lot of Veterans are not aware that appeals are also reviewed at the regional office before they go to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board). 

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He Broke the Law to Build a Better Nursing Home

One doctor's radical crusade seeks to change the way we think about aging. 

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How to Hire a Caregiver

Do you need help caring for an elderly loved one? Maybe it's time to hire a caregiver. This multi-part series explains the basics. 

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'Seeing' older patients is about more than seeing age

As the U.S. welcomes its largest and most diverse group of older residents, insights from ethnogeriatrics specialists at the American Geriatrics Society shed light on health disparities and the importance of embracing culture as a critical facet of care.

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How we used to die: how we die now

We can prolong life indefinitely, but is it really living?

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Like apples and oranges

The VA says that appeals and claims are as different as apples and oranges in a new blog post designed to clarify the difference between the two. 

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Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

Watch out for fake emails or websites sent by scammers hoping to steal your personal information.

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Patient Liability & Item D Expenses

Do you understand the rules regarding patient liability and Item D expenses? If you or your loved one receives CHOICES (i.e. Medicaid) benefits in a nursing facility, you should. Elder Law Practice public benefits specialists Joshua Bey and Berkley Crain explain more. 

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Today is National Wear Red Day

Heart disease isn't just an older man's disease. It's the number one killer of women, more deadly than all the cancers combined. The American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day aims to change that.

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The Conflict Box

Caregivers looking out for their parents' well being are often met with resistance and sometimes even outright hostility. What's at the root of this conflict? Tim Takacs explains. 

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CMS Releases First Ever Home Health Patient Experience of Care Star Ratings

The comparison ratings will help patients compare and choose among home health agencies. This is especially good news for anyone caring for elderly loved ones.

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Five Easy Ways to Spot a Scam Phone Call

As tax filing season begins, make sure you keep an eye (or ear) out for the latest phone scams. Someone claiming to be from the IRS may call you and demand money to pay taxes, or trick you into thinking that you’re owed a refund. Whatever a scammer says, their goal is always the same: to pressure you into giving them money or personal information. These five IRS tips will help you spot a scam phone call.

 

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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. 

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