June 2016

Beat the Heat

Summertime heat in Tennessee can be brutal for elderly loved ones. Adults aged 65 years and older are more prone to heat stress than younger people. Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat, and they are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration. What can you do to help?

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Can you keep a woman from courting your elderly dad?

How many adult children of elderly parents have asked this question?

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Check out the Family Education Center

If you’re assisting an aging loved one, locating information about services and resources can be time consuming. Fortunately, two helpful resources make the job easier. The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors and the Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill cover all the bases. 

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Even though they can occur at any age, cataracts are most common later in life--so common that they're considered part of the aging process. 

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Is the aging brain more vulnerable to scams?

Science is just figuring out what scammers have known for a long time. There’s a physiological reason that seniors fall victim to financial scams. 

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Potentially abusive behavior may be common among family caregivers

When elderly people are dependent on family caregivers, potentially abusive carer behaviors are common and need to be detected early, before the situation deteriorates into elder abuse, researchers warn.

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CMS Updates Fire Safety Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire.

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IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Orlando Mass-Shooting

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a consumer alert about possible fake charity scams emerging due to last weekend’s mass-shooting in Orlando, Fla., and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups.

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How does Life Care Planning help families?

This short video explains how Life Care Planning makes it easier for families to manage a loved one's care during a long-term illness or disability. Click READ MORE to see the rest of the videos in the series.

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When the father figure has dementia

What happens when the father figure in a family begins to experience the changes that come with dementia? This thoughtful article by dementia educator Teepa Snow, offers poignant insight as Father's Day approaches.

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5 Social Security Gotchas That Can Cut Your Benefits

Hidden deep within Social Security’s Handbook and Program Operations Manual are lots of “gotchas” that can reduce your Social Security benefits. And some of the “gotchas” have only gotten worse since new rules for married couples went into effect.

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Do you know about the 2-1-1 help lines?

If you're in need of services or resources but you aren't sure where to turn, the national and state 2-1-1 referral services can help. 

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Is it possible to spend less on your Medicare coverage?

If you’re enrolled in Medicare, there are ways to save money on your coverage if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

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Do all assets have to be counted in a Medicaid application?

Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains which assets are excluded when applying for Medicaid CHOICES 1 and CHOICES 2 when a community spouse is involved.

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Pati Bedwell Earns Certificate in Elder Care Coordination

Pati Bedwell, Elder Care Coordinator at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs, was awarded a Certificate in Elder Care Coordination in May after completing a program offered by The Life Care Planning Law Firms Association in collaboration with The Stockton Center on Successful Aging at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. 

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VA Benefits Seminar Draws Families to Gordon Jewish Community Center

A panel of experts, including Samuel Riley with the Nashville Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, helped demystify veterans’ benefits for approximately 50 veterans, family members and long-term care professionals at a free educational seminar at Gordon Jewish Community Center on May 25, 2016. The seminar was co-sponsored by Gordon Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service and Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs. 

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New Presentations Added to Speakers Bureau Lineup

Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis has developed two new presentations that you'll want your group to see: Six Common Myths about Wills, and You Have a Durable Power of Attorney: What Now? To request a free presentation, contact Elder Law Practice at (615) 824-2571 or email Bonnie Woodard at bwoodard@tn-elderlaw.com.  

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Could a geriatric care manager help you?

Elder Care Coordinator Debra King explains how geriatric care managers make life easier for families caring for elderly loved ones.

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Understanding and Using Powers of Attorney

Questions about Powers of Attorney? Certified Elder Law Attorney Timothy L. Takacs explains the basics.

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Tips to Avoid Fake Caller ID Scams

Remember these tips next time a caller is claiming to be from a government agency and asking you for personal information.

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Got Medicare? See how to save money on your coverage.

If you’re enrolled in Medicare, there are ways to save money on your coverage if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

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