May 2017

New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans

If you're caring for an elderly loved one, you need to know that Social Security numbers are being removed from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the news last week. Look for your new cards in the mail starting in April 2018.

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Help Obtaining VA Benefits

If you're thinking of applying for veterans benefits for yourself or a loved one, there are a number of ways to go about it. Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain explains the options and the pros and cons of each.

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Today is Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, please join the staff of Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law as we pause to remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion for our great nation. It is our honor and privilege to serve and support the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our cherished way of life. Read more from the Memorial Day message from Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Feds to Phase Out Using SS Number for Medicare ID

If you're caring for an elderly loved one on Medicare, you need to know about this.

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Bonnie Woodard Retires After 17 Years of Service

Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard handled her final Medicare and VA applications yesterday and experienced a Takacs McGinnis style send-off that included a luscious strawberry cake from Chef's Market, lots of laughs, thoughtful gifts, and a few tears. Thank you for your dedication over the years, Bonnie. We love you!

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Clinical trials available

If you've ever thought about becoming involved in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s and related dementias research, there has never been a better time. Read on for a list of the latest opportunities.

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HIPAA Demystified

The health care realm is filled with confusing acronyms. Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis explains one of the most baffling acronyms of all: HIPAA.

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How Medicare Treats Observation Status in the Hospital

How does Medicare treat "observation status" in the hospital? As with just about everything dealing with Medicare, it's complicated. Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard explains what you need to know, including what Medicare will and won't pay, and the new rules that require hospitals to notify patients when they're on observation status.

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Takacs McGinnis Out in the Community

Takacs McGinnis Elder Law has a strong commitment to community education. We express that commmitment in a variety of ways, including giving free presentation on elder law, estate planning, public benefits, and other topics to civic and community groups, and by having a presence at local health fairs and community events like the Caregiver Roadmap Conference at Martin Senior Center yesterday that Elder Care Coordinator Debra King (above) attended.

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How does a brain with dementia experience time?

Here's one unscientific theory about how a person with dementia might experience time.

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Trust School Set for May 18

Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard talks about the upcoming client education event Learning Cafe for All, which will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The discussion topic will be Special Needs Trusts and Vista Points." ​

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Recent Changes to Institutional Medicaid

Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains recent changes and clarifications to institutional Medicaid. If you or someone you love relies on this important benefit or is looking to apply for CHOICES 1 or CHOICES 2, you'll want to watch this!

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Caregiver Children Group Meets May 16

Elder Care Coordinator Debra King talks about the Caregiver Children Group that will be meeting on May 16, 2017. The discussion topic will be "When Enough is Enough." ​A light supper will be provided.

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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, Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law is offering free elder law presentations to community groups. To request a presentation to your group, call 615.824.2571 or email info@tn-elderlaw.com.

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Tim Takacs takes viewer calls on OpenLine

Tim Takacs answers viewer questions about elder care, aging, and related topics on OpenLine on Newschannel 5+.

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Can Meditation Help Caregivers?

If you're caring for an elderly loved one, meditation can help you cope with the stress of being a caregiver on top of everything else in your life. If you give meditation a try this month, you'll have lots of company. May is National Meditation Month.

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Aging in Place - Renovating the Bathroom

If you want to stay in your home as you age, consider updating your bathroom. Elder Care Coordinator Debra King explains what she and her husband considered when they updated their bathroom with an eye toward their aging care needs.

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Committed to Expanding Knowledge

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law has a long history of commitment to client, community, and professional education. For more than 25 years, the firm has sponsored educational programs of its own (like the popular Time Out Workshop for social workers and others who serve elderly and disabled persons) and has been a contributor to workshops for professionals in a variety of fields. For instance, in a few weeks, Medicare Specialist Bonnie Woodard and Public Benefits Specialist Berkley Crain will both be presenters in a program for the Lincoln Financial Advisors Women’s Symposium at the Women’s Club in Nashville.

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Clients Turn Out for Shred Day

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law hosted a special "Shred Event" for clients on April 27. More than 600 pounds of unwanted documents were securely destroyed. 

 

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Caregiver Spouses Group Meets May 4

Elder Care Coordinator Pati Bedwell talks about the upcoming Caregiver Spouse Group on May 4, 2017. The discussion topic will be "Residents' Rights and Advocacy." ​Dessert and coffee will be served. 

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Pitfalls of Joint Ownership

What can go wrong if you set up joint accounts in order to bypass probate? Plenty, according to Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis. If you want to avoid unintended consequences (such as unintentionally disinheriting a loved one), you'll want to watch this.

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