July 2018

Pro-Tip Tuesday: Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

Is do-it-yourself estate planning ever a good idea? Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis weighs in.

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Using Music to Enhance Quality of Life When Your Parent Has Dementia

Why is music such a good way to connect with a parent who has dementia? The answer lies in the brain. This article explains more.

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Medicaid Monday: QMB, SLMB, and CHOICES

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) and Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) are two of the four Medicare Savings Programs. How do these programs affect an older adult's CHOICES eligibility? Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey explains. 

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Skimming is Out; Shimming is In

When it comes to credit card fraud, shimming is the new skimming. This article explains more.

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Long-Term Care Community Gathers for Time Out Workshop 

The amphitheater at One Century Place Conference Center in Nashville was filled to capacity on June 14, 2018 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 professionals from throughout Middle Tennessee.

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Heat Stress in the Elderly

Summer heat can cause big problems for older adults. Elder Care Coordinator Debra King talks about the two most common heat-related illnesses and how to protect elderly loved ones when temperatures rise.

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Check out the Takacs McGinnis Learning Corner

When you're caring for an elderly loved one, you don't know what you don't know. At Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, we want you to make sound decisions about the personal, financial, and legal well-being of older relatives. That's why we created the Learning Corner on our website. It's a place you can go to find videos that answer dozens of questions about caregiving, estate planning, Medicare, VA benefits, Alzheimer's care, dementia, aging in the home, choosing a long-term care facility, end-of-life decision making, and much more. About a dozen new videos were added so check it out!

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How to Talk to Loved Ones About Their Illness

Talking to a loved one about his or her illness is rarely easy. Guest blogger Rosanne Burke shares some tips to help you make the most of these delicate conversations. 

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Pet Trusts

Is it possible to make provisions for the care of your pets if you become incapacitated or die? Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis talks about things to consider if you want to create a pet trust.

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What Does Independence Day Mean to You?

How difficult was it for the fledgling United States to gain our freedom 242 years ago? It wasn't easy. While you're hosting that barbecue, sipping those beers, reminiscing with elderly loved ones about holidays past, or setting off those fireworks, take a moment to reflect on what we're celebrating. Here are some thoughts from a few famous thinkers to get you started. 

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Helping Your Parents Downsize

If your elderly parents have decided to move to a smaller home, how can you best support them during the transition? This article offers some tips. 

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