It is fascinating when traveling to other countries to witness innovative ideas, especially regarding aging issues.  An example is from a recent visit my wife and I made to Toronto, Ontario.  While traveling around Toronto, we saw artistic creations of brains scattered in different parts of the city.  We learned that these brains were created to raise awareness regarding […]

The prevalence of depression among aging seniors is an unfortunate reality.  It is estimated that about 6 million individuals over the age of 65 are suffering from the disease.  I recently read that the World Health Organization stated that, “Older people who feel they are a burden perceive their lives to be less valuable, putting […]

12 members of our office attended the 20th annual PA Elder Law Institute in Harrisburg, PA on July 20-21, 2017.  Jerry Rothkoff was a featured Institute presenter to elder law attorneys throughout Pennsylvania on topics including “Incorporating Health Care Advocacy into Your Elder Law Practice” and “The Unauthorized Practice of Law”.  Pictured are our firm team members attending […]

Summer is here and judging by the 90+ degree heatwave we just had, it is going to be a loooong three months. Back in August 2009, I wrote a blog on “Summertime Tips.” But, in doing research to write this current blog on “Heat Warnings in Seniors,” I wanted to review some points from my […]

Our daughter, Liza, entering her sophomore year at Hofstra University, is interning at our office this summer. She assists with opening files and scanning documents into our system, and is in the field with out geriatric care coordinators one day each week. After her first week, her first observation was how busy we all were […]

The State of Pennsylvania Office for Veteran’s Affairs services over 894,000.00 Veterans and offer many services available to assist our veterans.  Each county has an individual local office available to assist veterans with a variety of services from real estate tax exemptions for disabled veterans, state Veteran’s homes, educational gratuity, Veteran’s Trust Fund, as well […]

A recent study emphasizes the importance of caregivers obtaining support.  According to a recent study by UC Berkeley, patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed. From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients with neurodegenerative diseases that are corrosive to brain function. They […]

The Rothkoff  team were guests at these events around Greater Philadelphia: Gloucester County Network Connections @ Deptford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center On June 1st Jerry Rothkoff and Janie De Leon-Male attended the monthly Gloucester County Network Connections Meeting at Deptford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Jerry presented on legislative updates both on the State and Federal […]

I am not I favor of the proposed Senate healthcare bill in its current form.  However, I believe there is some good news that has come out of the debate on the healthcare bill.  The current debate has brought out the importance of Medicaid to many lower and middle class families.  It is my hope that those […]

Dementia never appears in an instant.  Rather, it is a gradual decline that families often initially attribute to “forgetfulness”.  The prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is increasing with an estimated 16 million suffering from the disease within the next 35 years.  Knowing and accepting this reality is a great first step, planning for it […]

  Philadelphia has it all: Museums, amusement parks, historical sites, opera, ballet, theatre, art galleries, music, sports, nature, and more! Who needs New York City when one can go to concerts at Mann Center for the Performing Arts, see spectacular gardens at Longwood Gardens, view the dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences, or attend […]

We insist that every client walking through our door have a standard set of documents that are needed to assist in an array of the situation.  While this is often referred to as “basic estate planning”, it is actually rather complicated.  The following is a breakdown of the three documents: 1) General Durable Power of […]

Eight months after publishing a final rule on the Revised Requirements of Participation for Nursing Facilities banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements for nursing home residents and family members, CMS is issuing new proposed regulations that rescind resident protections against these arguably unfair provisions. According to CMS, it “now believe[s] that an outright ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements […]

As a social worker, I am often asked how I stay calm and patient, when interacting with a dementia client, who presents with tear-fullness and confusion, or asks repetitive questions. Here are three tips: 1) I take a deep breath and speak with the dementia patient, slowly and calmly.  Our patients, whether they are diagnosed […]