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How to Communicate with an Alzheimer’s Patient

I work with many clients whose spouses suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, and I have several friends and colleagues who do an excellent job taking care of individuals with these issues. I have witnessed family members who bring their parents into my office talk to their parent who is suffering from this condition, and I can immediately tell that they have not received counseling
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What Government Benefits Are Available To Help Pay For Senior Housing?

As an elder law attorney, I help people understand what government benefits are available to help pay for senior housing.  Many times, people are confused about whether they can qualify for any help to pay for their living expenses.  As part of the series for Older American’s Month, this article focuses on the benefits that are available to seniors, depending on the type of
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What Is The Cost Of Senior Housing?

Last week, we discussed the different types of senior housing options that are available – Senior Housing Options Blog.  This week, I wanted to focus on the money.  You may be wondering what is the cost of senior housing? In my experience, most people do not know what to expect when it comes to cost.  You have to keep in mind that the cost
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Senior Housing Options

Wondering about senior housing options?  I’ve been hearing this set of circumstances a lot lately:  Mom is not doing too well and really cannot continue to live on her own.  We think she needs to be in assisted living.  Where is a good place for her that is within her budget and that she will like?  While I can discuss the facilities in my
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Older Americans Month 2015: “Get Into The Act”

Older adults are a vital part of our society. Since 1963, the United States has celebrated Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme also reflects on
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How Accurate is Medicare’s Rating System for Nursing Homes

Contemplated how accurate is Medicare’s rating system for nursing homes? The NY Times recently published an article discussing the fact that Medicare’s ratings of nursing homes cannot be trusted to give accurate information – NY Times Article. Medicare has a rating system (the highest being 5 stars) that it assigns to nursing homes around the country which assess a facility’s staffing, health inspection and quality
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Let’s Talk About Sex…..

I know, talking about grandma and grandpa having sex makes you want to say….eeeewwww, but face it, it is not uncommon for older Americans to engage in sex. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study about the percentages of older Americans who regularly have sex and 53% of age 65 – 74, and 26% of age 75 – 85 say they
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Do your kids know about your finances? Let’s talk MONEY!

I recently read an article in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance entitled “The Money Talk You Must Have” (November, 2013) written by Jessica Anderson.  In this article, she discusses the fact that, as you age, and your children age, it is important to discuss the issues of inheritance, estate planning and long-term care.  I most definitely agree.  I am amazed by the number of clients who
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Estate Planning Tampa: Do I need Liability Insurance?

I have discussed, on many occasions, what is estate planning.  Part of estate planning is to ensure that your assets are protected.  How do we protect assets?  One way is to make sure you have enough insurance in place. There are many ways to protect assets through insurance and these include purchasing life insurance (which could help to pay off a mortgage or other
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Home improvement Grant available to low income seniors

$7,500 Home Improvement Grant Available to Low Income Seniors! Rural Development makes loans for repairs to improve or modernize a home for families and individuals with very low incomes. These improvements are intended to make it safer or more sanitary, and/or even to remove health hazards. For seniors 62 and older who cannot afford a loan, grant funds many be available for these necessary repairs.
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