June 2017

Nursing Home Workers Still Posting Nude and Vulgar Photos of Residents on Snapchat

In the last year alone, employees of at least 18 nursing homes and assisted living facilities have posted unauthorized — and in some cases, vulgar and stomach-turning — photos and videos of residents on Snapchat and other social media platforms, a ProPublica analysis has found. 

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Senior Ride Nashville One Step Closer to Launch

It's official! The Council on Aging announced last week that Senior Ride Nashville is now officially a nonprofit! This is great news for seniors in and around Nashville as well as those who care for them! Senior Ride Nashville will go a long way toward meeting the unmet need for affordable transportation for older residents.

 

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Big Social Security COLA will be offset by Medicare premiums

Retirees can look forward to the largest Social Security cost-of-living adjustment next year since 2012 - but don’t break out the champagne just yet. For many, higher Medicare premiums will take a big bite out of their raise. If you help look after elderly loved ones, you'll want to know more about this. 

 

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What's It Like to Have The Conversation?

A small group of people volunteered to try “having the conversation” about end-of-life care with a loved one. In an initial small group meeting, each person developed a plan to talk — including who they wanted to talk to, when, and what they wanted to say. A few weeks later, they came together again to share their experiences. 

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Resources Assessment & Snapshot Date

If a loved one is applying for Institutional Medicaid and he or she has a legal spouse in the community, a resource assessment is required. Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains the basics of this complicated topic.

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Surviving Spouses Group Meets June 27

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the upcoming Surviving Spouse Group on June 27, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Scams." ​A light lunch will be provided.

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Surviving Spouses Group Meets June 27

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the upcoming Surviving Spouse Group on June 27, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Scams." ​A light lunch will be provided.

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New Transportation Options on the Horizon for Middle Tennessee Seniors

For many older adults, giving up the car keys is the beginning of a more isolated life. A group of visionaries in Middle Tennessee are working to change that. Their brainchild--Senior Ride--promises to make getting around a lot easier for the growing number of elderly in and around Middle Tennessee.

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Boomers Urged to Get Tested for Hepatitis C

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends being tested for hepatitis C.

 

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Medical Marijuana Use in Older Adults

In addition to being used in hospice settings, medical marijuana is sometimes used in older adults to treat the agitation created by Alzheimer’s disease or the tremors created by Parkinson's disease.

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Communicating witih Dementia Patients

When loved ones have dementia, the way they communicate changes. Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains how to make the most of your interactions throughout the progression of the disease.

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2017 Time Out Workshop Draws 200 Long-Term Care Professionals

Valerie Votaw from Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital explains why she loves attending the Time Out Workshop.


The amphitheater at One Century Place Conference Center in Nashville was filled to capacity on June 8 as more than 200 professionals who serve the long-term care community gathered for the Time Out Workshop, a professional education event sponsored by Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, PLLC. The event drew social workers, case managers, nurses, discharge planners, nursing home administrators and other geriatric care professionals from throughout Middle Tennessee.

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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Each June 15th, communities in the U.S. and all over the world sponsor events to highlight the growing problem of elder abuse. The U.S. Administration on Aging estimates that as many as 5 millions seniors are abused or neglected each year in the United States. 

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Avoiding Scams While on Vacation

Vacation means we can let our guard down and be carefree, right? Unfortunately, in this technological age, you simply cannot afford to do that. Scammers are everywhere and very good at what they do. Remember Benjamin Franklin's words of wisdom, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee has compiled these tips to keep you, your family and identity safe while enjoying your vacation.

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“Just Let Me Go” Isn’t Enough: Talking About Death vs. Having The Conversation

If you have “a pretty good idea” about the kind of care your elderly relatives want at the end of life but you've not seen their advance directives or health care proxy forms, can you really carry out their wishes? 

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The Executor Role

What does it mean to be an executor of an estate? Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains.  

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IRS Offers Tips for Disaster Preparedness

Natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. If you're responsible for the care of an elderly loved one, how will you respond if a tornado, flood, hurricane, or other catastrophic event happens? These useful tips will help you prepare.

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Dental hygiene tips for people with Alzheimer’s

When it comes to caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, dental hygiene doesn't get a lot of attention. If you're a caregiver, you need to know that dental hygiene practices can help a person with Alzheimer’s feel more like themselves.  

 

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Questions & Answers about Estate Planning

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis answers questions about probate, living trusts, executors, inheriting debt, and the risks of do-it-yourself online legal documents.

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Basics of the VA Fiduciary Program

What is the VA Fiduciary Program? What is it necessary? Public Benefit Specialist Berkley Crain explains the purpose of the program and the process of fiduciary appointment. The second video Berkley mentions in the video will be published on the blog on Monday, July 10.

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June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

If you're caring for an elderly loved one, June is a good time to brush up on your knowledge about brain health. 

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It's not too late to catch the May episode of Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour

Did you miss the May episode of Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour when it premiered on May 12? You can catch it tomorrow at 9 am on Nashville Channel 5+ or view the complete episode here. 

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