Aging

With 2017 winding down, it is a good time to review your life care goals, including financial, personal, and legal. 1. Financial Review Meet with your financial advisor to review your personal finances.  The items to discuss vary depending on your age and health.  However, it is always a good idea to review the composition […]

It has become increasingly difficult to navigate the health care system.  Especially if you are older and have multiple chronic illnesses.  Specifically, it means that if you’re hospitalized, you have a good chance of being treated by a physician you’ve never met and undergoing questionable tests and treatments that might end up compromising your health.  It […]

As the internet becomes increasingly central to the lives of many Americans, seniors, too, are developing a larger presence online. Online shopping, dating, news and politics, and social media outlets are just a few of the mediums seniors are participating in via the internet. We can even grocery shop online through a growing number of […]

Life Care Planning is defined as a holistic approach to managing a loved one’s long-term care. Life Care Planning encompasses legal services, elder care coordination, and advocacy in order to better assist elderly clients and their families in response to the challenges presented by aging. Through Life Care Planning, the Elder Law team is able […]

Last week, on September 21, the world observed World Alzheimer’s Day, a day in which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s and related dementia is a world health care crisis. It has become an increasing challenge to adequately provide services to those with dementia living […]

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”  I remember this question from guidance counselors in high school, career counselors in college, and prospective employers in the real world.  In those instances, the idea was to identify educational and career goals.  However, I find myself frequently asking this of our clients. Over the past several […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The rate of deaths related to Alzheimer’s Disease jumped by 54.5 percent over 15 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 93,541 deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, a rate of 25.4 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 44,536 deaths in 1999, a rate of […]

The Alzheimer’s Association has just released it 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and figures.  The report includes the following information: In 2017, Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia cost the U.S. 259 billion; Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.; Alzheimer’s Disease kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined; Since […]

As people age, they often spend more time indoors and are challenged by weakened immune systems and vital organ function.  Aging adults are more vulnerable to health complications. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is two to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.  It is imperative that long-term care […]

Many seniors, particularly, low-income seniors, struggle to receive adequate dental care.  Traditional Medicare doesn’t usually cover dental care unless it’s related to services received in a hospital. Medicare Advantage managed care plans generally provide some dental care, but the coverage can vary, and often is minimal, dental advocates say. Senior advocates want Medicare to add a dental benefit […]

Because I Love You

October 28, 2016 Aging, Blog

How many times when you were young did you hear your parents say, “Because I said so.” as a response to your anger or frustration that they wouldn’t let you have your way with something.  As the years pass and we mature, we realize that when we heard that statement, what our parents were really saying […]