May 2016

He Broke the Law to Build a Better Nursing Home

Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard-trained physician, has a message he’d like to share with the world: Growing older is a good thing.

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Do nursing home residents have rights?

If a loved one is in a nursing home, what rights does he or she have? Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell explains.

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Happy Memorial Day 2016

Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs salutes the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country. 

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

The surgeon and writer wants to guide a new kind of care in America.

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Down the River and Through the Woods - A Family Care Partner's Journey

This poignant story outlines the challenges one woman, Linda Arndt, faced when navigating the long-term care maze during her mother's dementia journey. The experience motivated Linda to reach out to state officials to suggest policy changes to make the dementia caregiving journey easier for others. If you're caring for a loved one with dementia, you will identify with this powerful story, which originally appeared in the Positive Approach Online Dementia Journal and is reprinted with permission here. 

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Everyone needs an Advance Directive

May is National Elder Law Month which makes it a great time to finalize those advance care planning documents you've been putting off. Several staff members at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs completed their Advance Directives this month, including Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell, (above right) who signed documents in the presence of Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis (center) and Legal Assistant Chelle Guidry (left). Read on for information about do-it-yourself resources that can help you get started on your own planning.  

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Is There a Better Way to Grow Old?

By 2030, 27 million people in America will need long-term care. But is our nation ready? One activist says we need to change how we think about long-term care.

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What is a Medicare Benefit Period?

Bonnie Woodard explains this important concept in this edition of Medicare Minute. 

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Costs for most long-term care keep climbing

A new survey from Genworth Financial shows that long-term care costs continue to rise, with the price tag for a private room in a nursing home soaring to nearly $100,000 per year.

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Protecting elders from financial exploitation

How can you protect elderly loved ones from financial exploitation? Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis offers a few tips. 

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Schedule a free community presentation during Older Americans Month

In honor of Older American's Month and National Elder Law Month this May, Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs is offering the services of the firm's speakers bureau to any civic, community, school, neighborhood, or professional organization interested in learning more about topics related to aging, caregiving, or long-term care. Read on for a list of presentation topics and information about presenters. 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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It's Older Americans Month & National Elder Law Month

Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs is joining hundreds of organizations nationwide that are recognizing the contributions of senior citizens during Older Americans Month and National Elder Law Month this May.

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Have you discussed your end-of-life wishes with your doctor?

Earlier this year, one major obstacle to discussing end-of-life wishes with doctors disappeared. Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains more.

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SSA's Representative Payee Program

Did you know that the Social Security Administration has the authority to appoint third parties, known as representative payees, to receive and manage payments when a beneficiary is unable to do so? A new series of Fact Sheets on the subject offers an overview of the basics for beneficiaries and their family caregivers. 

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Is There Gunk On Your Greens? 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

Frozen vegetables are a staple in many diets, so a huge recall of them has us peering at the packages in our freezers. Due to an outbreak of Listeria, more than 350 products like green beans, broccoli, peas and blueberries sold under 42 brands at U.S. and Canadian grocers including Safeway, Costco and Trader Joe’s have now been recalled. If you're caring for elderly loved ones, this article explains what you need to know.

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Shred Event a Success

At Elder Law Practice, we believe in doing our part to help protect our clients from identity theft. That's why we collected and destroyed nearly 1,600 lbs of personal documents that clients dropped off during our firm's "Shred Day" on April 21.

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May is National Elder Law Month

With the number of older individuals in the population projected to increase to 71.5 million in 2030, representing nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population, the need is growing for specialized legal advice about aging-related issues. During National Elder Law Month this May, Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs is offering free presentations to community groups interested in learning more about elder care law. Call the office at 615.824.2571 to arrange for a presentation to your civic or community group.

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Do you understand what it takes to create a will?

Creating a will involves more than just writing down who gets what. Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs explains more. 

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Celebrating Mothers Everywhere

Mother's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the special women who've made an impact on our lives. And with more than 3 million mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters in the United States living with Alzheimer's, fighting this disease has never been more important. This Mother’s Day, the Alzheimer's Association celebrates mother-daughter relationships with a series of videos featuring women with Alzheimer’s in conversation with their daughters.

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Why Is My Mother With Dementia So Difficult?

Hostility, anger and public outbursts are par for the course. How can you cope?

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What is Living Trust?

What do you need to know about Living Trusts? Certified Elder Law Attorney Timothy L. Takacs explains the basics.

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What should your Medicaid Life Insurance Policy Summary Cover?

Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey outlines the things that need to be on every Life Insurance Policy Summary in order to expedite applications for Medicaid CHOICES 1 or CHOICES 2.

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