January 2016

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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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor and health care team is by asking questions. Because time is limited during medical appointments, you will feel less rushed if you prepare your questions before your appointment. What questions should you ask?

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A New Breed of Con Artists

According to a survey by True Link Financial, older Americans are criminally defrauded of $12.76 billion annually. This includes identity theft and all those crazy scams you hear about but smugly think will never work on you. 

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TennCare Eligibility Redetermination Has Resumed

If a loved one lives in a nursing home and is a TennCare CHOICES member, be aware that  eligibility redetermination (also known as reverification or renewal) for TennCare members has resumed and will continue over the next several months. 

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When older adults stop driving, they may experience health declines

In older adults, declining health is a major reason they stop driving. But when they stop driving, what impact does this have on their subsequent health and well-being? 

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Wintertime tips for protecting loved ones

In the aftermath of the first big snowstorm of the season (and the biggest storm in the last 13 years), the Tennessee Department of Health offers a few reminders about the need to look in on friends and family, especially the elderly.

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Tips to Keep Your Tax Records Secure

If you’re caring for an elderly loved one whose tax recordkeeping strategy involves unmarke shoe boxes shoved in the back of a closet, these tips will help.

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Atul Gawande’s 5 Questions to Ask at Life’s End

Everyone deserves to be asked five questions as they face life’s end, Dr. Atul Gawande says. And if families and doctors learn to ask and then really listen to the answers, he believes, care in this country will radically change.

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Financial Q&A

Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers common questions about funding retirement. 

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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Protect yourself from identity theft with these simple tips offered by the IRS. These are especially good to share with elderly loved ones who may be victimized by identity thieves.

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Barbara Boone McGinnis named partner at Elder Law Practice

Barbara Boone McGinnis was named partner at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs on January 4, 2016. She joins founder Timothy L. Takacs at the helm of the Hendersonville-based elder law firm.

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2016 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

Here's an overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement about 2016 premiums and deductibles for the Medicare inpatient hospital (Part A) and physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs.

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Poll: What Stops You From Talking End-of-Life Care With Your Doctor?

New reimbursement for doctors opens a door to advance care planning

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Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period

What is the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period? Bonnie Woodard explains in today's Medicare Minute.

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What no one tells you about living trusts

 

There are a few things that people selling living trusts hope you don't find out. Certified Elder Law Attorney Timothy L. Takacs explains more.

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Wife makes heartbreaking decision in caregiving documentary

'Nine to Ninety' will air on about 70 PBS stations in January.

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Advice for long-distance caregivers

If you're caring for a loved one who lives far away, check out these tips.

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What prompts elder abuse?

A new study looked into criminal case files to uncover common triggers.

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Pitfalls of Giving Away Your Home

If you're getting older and thinking about giving your home to one of your children, a relative or someone else, it's always a good idea to get legal advice. Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs explains why.

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