July 2020

8 in 10 People Who Have Died of COVID-19 Were Age 65 or Older

In today’s highly polarized environment, just about everything is subject to debate. The COVID-19 situation is no exception. Is COVID-19 real? Do masks really work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus? Can science be trusted? Is Dr. Fauci telling the truth? How you answer these questions may depend on your political inclinations.

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Mythbusters: They Wanted Me to Have It

If Mom or Dad wanted me to have a certain family asset, I automatically get it, right? Certified Elder Law Attorney and Partner Barbara McGinnis addresses a common estate planning misconception in this latest installment of the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law's Mythbusters series.

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What is a Special Needs Trust?

Attorney and Partner Chris Johnson explains the important role that Special Needs Trusts play in the estate planning process for older adults and people with disabilities.

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Caregiving During a Pandemic

There's no end in sight for the COVID-19 situation. Everyone is feeling the strain, especially those caring for elderly loved ones. Try these tips to make the caregiving journey a little easier. 

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Help Elderly Loved Ones Exercise Their Right to Vote

Tennessee’s next statewide election is coming up on August 6. Early voting starts this Friday. If you're caring for an elderly loved one who lives at home, with relatives, or in a long-term care facility, why not do everything you can to make sure that he or she can vote? Here's where to start.

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Mythbusters: We Keep Our Finances Separate

If you and your spouse keep your finances separate, you're not responsible for his or her long-term care costs, right? Certified Elder Law Attorney and Partner Barbara McGinnis addresses this common misconception in the latest installment in Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law's Mythbusters series.

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Understanding Care Plan Meetings

If your loved one is a resident of a nursing home, you may hear the terms “Plan of Care” and “Care Plan Meetings.” What do these terms mean and why do they matter? This article explains.

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Mythbusters: Does Being "Grandfathered" Keep Things the Same?

Medicare has decided to remove supplement Plan C and Plan F from the market this year, which means that people who were already enrolled are grandfathered. Things will stay the same for them, right? Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Hunter addresses this common misconception in the latest installment of the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law's Mythbusters series.

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Conflicting COVID Messages Create Cloud Of Confusion

When it comes to COVID-19, misinformation is rampant. This article, which appeared on Kaiser Health News earlier this week, does a good job of outlining what can happen a health condition that can be deadly for older adults becomes a political football.

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Caregiving Tip #6: Forget about Perfection

When you're looking after an elderly loved one, it's easy to hold yourself to unrealistic standards. In this final installment of Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law's Caregiving Tips Series, Certified Elder Law Attorney and Partner Barbara McGinnis suggests practicing a little self-compassion.

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