October 2019

Tips for Halloween and Dementia Patients

If you’re caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the holidays can be a stressful time. While it’s easy to find articles about handling the holiday season in November and December, what about other holidays? Halloween, for instance.

 

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Disability Benefits Available to Blue Water Navy Veterans Starting 1/1/20

Blue Water Navy Veterans are now entitled to a presumption of service connection for conditions related to Agent Orange exposure. This extension of the presumption is a result of Public Law 116-23, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, signed into law on June 25, 2019. The law, which takes effect January 1, 2020, will be welcome news to Vietnam Veterans and those who love and care for them.

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Estate Planning Misconception #3: I'll get a conservatorship

If there's no Power of Attorney, you can always get a conservatorship, right? In this installment of the Estate Planning Misconceptions video series, Associate Attorney Chris Johnson explains why a conservatorship should always be the last resort.

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Lessons from Teepa Snow: Part 5

If a person with dementia doesn't understand what you're saying, what's really going on? In this installment of the Lessons from Teepa Snow series, Outreach Coordinator Dana Hentschel explains how dementia affects a person's ability to take in data.

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It's Time for Medicare Scams!

Open enrollment is here. So are the thieves. This article from the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee explains how scammers are trying to bilk older adults this year. 

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VA’s Tablet Program Puts a Positive Spin on Telehealth Expansion

A review of the Department of Veterans Affairs' mHealth tablet initiative finds that the organization's efforts to improve healthcare access for underserved veterans through telehealth is working, which may improve access for older veterans, too. This article, excerpted from a longer piece on mHealthIntelligence.com, explains.

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Estate Planning Misconception #2: I don’t need a power of attorney yet

It's Pro-Tip Tuesday and time for the second installment of our seven-part Estate Planning Misconceptions video series. In this video, Certified Elder Law Attorney Tim Takacs talks about the common misconception that a healthy person doesn't need to have a Durable General Power of Attorney or a Health Care Power of Attorney.

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Lessons from Teepa Snow: Part 4

How do you test for cognitive impairment? In this video, the fourth installment in the Lessons from Teepa Snow series, Outreach Coordinator Dana Hentschel talks about screening tools and the importance of setting a baseline.

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The Power of Charitable Remainder Trusts

In honor of National Estate Planning Awareness Month, a number of blog articles this month will focus on estate planning-related topics. Today, we look at the Charitable Remainder Trust. 

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The Risk of Not Knowing

During National Estate Planning Awareness month, we pause to acknowledge this sobering fact: financial turmoil often awaits a woman who turns a blind eye to family finances. If you're a woman and you pay no mind to financial matters, we're rerunning this blog article just for you. 

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Estate Planning Misconception #1: A Will is All You Need

It's Pro-Tip Tuesday! Welcome to the Estate Planning Misconceptions video series. In this video, Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara McGinnis talks about the common misconception that if you have a will, you don't need anything else. 

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Lessons from Teepa Snow: Part 3

If a loved one has dementia, what do you need to know? Outreach Coordinator Dana Hentschel outlines four important things to keep in mind in this third installment of Lessons from Teepa Snow, a ten-video training series that will help you better relate to loved ones who are living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

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Why Put Off Creating an Estate Plan

During National Estate Planning Awareness Month, let's pause to consider why an estate plan is so important to have--and why so many people put off creating one. 

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October is Residents' Rights Month - Part 3

What rights do people have if they live in a nursing home? This article, the last in a series of three, wraps up our discussion of the rights guaranteed by law to residents of long-term care facilities.

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Successful VA Applications - Part 3

How do you create a successful application for VA pension benefits? In this video, the third in a three-part series, Associate Attorney Chris Johnson talks about the VA application process explains what separates successful claims from those that get stuck in the system.

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Lessons from Teepa Snow: Part 2

What happens in the brain of a person with dementia? Outreach Coordinator Dana Hentschel explains in this video, the second in Lessons from Teepa Snow, a ten-video training series that will help you better relate to loved ones who are living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

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October is Residents' Rights Month - Part 2

Do a person’s rights change when they’re no longer completely independent? What rights do people have if they live in a nursing home? This article, the second in a series of three, explains this important topic.

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October is Residents' Rights Month - Part 1

Do a person’s rights change when they’re no longer completely independent? What rights do people have if they live in a nursing home? This article, the first in a series of three, explains this important topic.

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Successful VA Applications - Part 2

How do you create a successful application for VA pension benefits? In this video, the second in a three-part series, Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Hunter explains the VA application process and talks about things you can do to submit an application that has the best possible chance of being approved.

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