March 2016

VA Identifies Additional Beneficiaries in Need of Fiduciary Assistance

New technologies aid VA in identifying 14,000 beneficiaries delayed for fiduciary appointments due to claims processing errors. 

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Hoarder or Pack Rat?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins found 6.2 percent of people ages 55 to 94 years old were hoarders. This need to accumulate among some older adults may be due to the rations and deprivations they experienced during the Great Depression or WWII. 

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Life Lessons from a Nursing Home

What happens when a young clinical psychologist goes to work in a nursing home to learn about dying? This essay explains.

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Vendor Registration Continues for Time Out Workshop

If your business wants to reach professionals who serve the elderly and disabled, consider becoming a vendor at our annual Time Out Workshop. Vendor registration continues through April 30. Vendor spots go quickly so reserve your space soon.

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Rising obesity in seniors burdens caregiver systems

Putting a loved one in senior living can be challenging, but finding care for family members who are obese is time-consuming and costly. 

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Social Media Abuse: Nursing Home Edition

This latest horrifying form of elder abuse involves nursing home and assisted living workers taking inappropriate pictures of residents and then posting those pictures on social media sites. 

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What you need to know about the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

If you're caring for an elderly loved one at home, the Dependent Care Tax Credit may apply to you. 

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Defend your smartphone from scammers

The scammers keep thinking of new schemes to separate you from your money--and more.

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March is National Social Worker Month

National Social Worker Month is the ideal time to pause and reflect on the many contributions social workers make in our world. Elder Law Practice is blessed to have Debra King, a Licensed Master Social Worker, on staff.

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Dementia changes everthing

Dementia educator Teepa Snow offers an interesting take on the inevitable changes brought about by a loved one's dementia diagnosis.

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March is National Nutrition Month

During National Nutrition Month, savor the flavor of eating right. Choosing the right foods in the right season makes a difference, especially for elderly loved ones. 

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How does Life Care Planning help families?

How can Life Care Planning help a family dealing with an elderly loved one's long-term illness or disability? This video explains. 

 

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Claiming a tax deduction for medical and dental expenses

Your medical expenses may save you money at tax time, but a few key rules apply. 

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Find comfort in structure

Daily routines can be helpful for both caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's disease. A planned day allows you to spend less time trying to figure out what to do and more time on activities that provide meaning and enjoyment. 

 

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What is the additional Medicare tax and who pays it?

Some taxpayers may be required to pay an Additional Medicare Tax if their income exceeds certain limits. Will this apply to you? 

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What is the Medicare General Enrollment Period?

Most people understand that Medicare has several enrollment periods, but there is one enrollment period--the General Enrollment Period--that is less well known.

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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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Vendor Registration Opens Today for Annual Time Out Workshop

If your business wants to reach professionals who serve the elderly and disabled, consider becoming a vendor at our annual Time Out Workshop. Vendor registration opens today and runs through April 30. Vendor spots go quickly so reserve your space soon.

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Veterans Benefits Fact Sheets

Questions about Veterans benefits? The Department of Veterans Affairs offers helpful fact sheets on a variety of benefit-related topics.

 

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Know the 10 Signs

If someone  you love was showing signs of Alzheimer's disease, would you be able to tell? 

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Medicare News

Wondering about Medicare's prescription drug "donut hole" and preventive service coverage? Here's a brief overview and links to state-by-state details.

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Pivotal Nursing Home Suit Raises a Simple Question: Who Signed the Contract?

A Massachussets case stemming the death of a resident is testing the legality of arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts with residents. State regulators are concerned because the secretive nature of arbitration can obscure patterns of wrongdoing from prospective residents and their families.

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Alzheimer's Association license plate now available

Demonstrate your support of the Alzheimer's Association's efforts by purchasing an Alzheimer's Association State of Tennessee specialty license plate. 

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