July 2017

Five Sweet Gifts: Unexpected Blessings from Caregiving

If you're caring for an elderly loved one, there are often blessings embedded in the experience. Dementia educator Rosanne Burke offers five to look for.

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5 Tips for Caring for Someone You Don't Like

Caring for a loved one is difficult. Caring for someone you don’t like is an even greater challenge. Now the person is sick and you feel like you can’t abandon them despite the feelings you have toward them. How do you spend so much time in the company of a person you don’t like let alone care for them and help meet their basic needs during this difficult time?

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How Does Tennessee Rank for Senior Care?

How does Tennessee stack up against other states when it comes to caring for elders? The findings might surprise you.

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Transferring Assets for Less Than Market Value

In order to be eligible for Medicaid, there are rules about when and how you can transfer assets for less than fair market value. Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains. 

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Two out of three U.S. adults have not completed an advance directive

Advance directives are the primary tool for individuals to communicate their wishes if they become incapacitated and are unable to make their own health care decisions, particularly near the end of life. Despite this, 63 percent of American adults have not completed one, reports the most comprehensive study to date on the subject.

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Watch Out for Gift Card Scams

Just when you thought criminals couldn't come up with any more scams, they invent a new way to bilk people out of their hard-earned money. Be on the lookout for the gift card scam, especially if elderly loved ones give these popular gifts.

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Learning Cafe Set for July 20

Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey talks about the upcoming client education event Learning Cafe for All, which will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The discussion topic will be "How to Get the Most Out of Your Life Care Plan." ​

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Caregiver Children Group Meets July 18

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the Caregiver Children Group that will be meeting on July 18, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Family Caregiver Balance." ​A light supper will be provided.

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Five Signs that it’s Time to Step Up and Help Your Parents

If your gut tells you that your parents could use some help, how can you know for sure? This article offers a few tips.

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When You and Your Siblings Can’t Agree on an Elderly Parent’s Care

If you and your siblings are at odds about the care of your elderly parents, what are your options?

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VA Fiduciary Responsibilities

If you're a VA fiduciary agent, what are your responsibilities? Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain explains. To learn more about the VA Fiduciary Program, watch Berkley's video that appeared on the blog on June 5, 2017.

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3 Misconceptions about Capacity

Do you have concerns about bad decisions made by elderly loved ones? If so, the first step is to assess whether the person has the “capacity” to make good decisions. Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis talks about three common misconceptions about capacity. 

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Takacs McGinnis Hosts Professional Education Webinar

If you're a social worker, discharge planner, case manager, or other professional who serves the elderly and their families, you won't want to miss The Basics of Conservatorships and Alternatives, a free 30-minute educational webinar from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017. 

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Watch for Summertime Scams

Tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. If you're caring for elderly loved ones, please keep your eyes open for new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims.

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7 questions to ask about end-of-life healthcare decisions

It can be overwhelming to make healthcare decisions for someone who is no longer able to make his or her own decisions. What issues might you face? What questions should you ask medical staff about end-of-life healthcare decisions? This article explains.

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Caregiver Spouses Group Meets July 6

Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain talks about the upcoming Caregiver Spouse Group on July 6, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Non-Dementia-Related Care." ​Dessert and coffee will be served. 

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What Does Independence Day Mean to You?

How difficult was it for the fledgling United States to gain our freedom 241 years ago? It wasn't easy. The Revolutionary War was long and costly. So while you're hosting that barbecue, sipping those beers, reminiscing with elderly loved ones about holiday's past, or setting of those fireworks, take a moment to reflect on what we're celebrating. Here are some thoughts from a few famous thinkers to get you started. 

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Finding Balance as a Caregiver

If you're a caregiver, it's easy to be overwhelmed by competing demands. Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about her own caregiving journey and shares her favorite tips for achieving balance.

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