Aging

With the astounding level of focus and attention given the medical interventions to slow, reverse or prevent dementia and age-related disease, and the equally astounding lack of progress, I find too little attention is given to innovations and advances made by individuals and corporations worldwide.  Many people are familiar with the Dementia Village concept originating […]

Medical Aid in Dying will be legal in New Jersey this week.  Here is what you need to know. On Aug. 1, New Jersey officially becomes the eighth state in the nation to allow its terminally ill residents to hasten their death with prescribed medications. Patients must find two physicians to certify that they are […]

Last week, on NPR’s program, Fresh Air With Terri Gross, the topic was “Dementia Reimagined: Can There be Happiness for Those With Memory Loss”,  A New Approach To Dementia.  Without a cure for dementia, it is important to provide meaningful interactions for those with dementia and their caregivers.   My wife and I recently hosted […]

In his poignant essay, “How Much a Dementia Patient Needs to Know”,  Dr. Oliver Sacks asks, “[s]hould we have told Mr. Q. that he was no longer a janitor but a declining and demented patient in a nursing home?” Through portraits of former dementia patients, Dr. M. and Mr. Q., Dr. Sacks shows how they flourished […]

The Food and Drug Administration last week warned 12 sellers of dietary supplements to stop claiming their products can cure diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancer to diabetes.  The FDA is concerned that consumers are receiving false messages about the curative effects of dietary supplements. Supplement Makers Touting Cures for Alzheimer’s and Other Diseases Get […]

As today’s article in the Philadelphia Inquirer details, traditional long-term care insurance policies are in disfavor.  The primary factor is due to unexpected substantial increases in insurance premiums. As a result, it is incumbent upon both the public and private sectors to be innovative in offering alternatives to traditional LTC insurance.  The State of Minnesota […]

Each time my family returns home from vacation, my wife typically says, “I love my home.”  That may be partly due to a little too much family bonding among our seven immediate family members during our week vacation.  However, my wife is like most people who love their home and would like to remain in […]

As an elder care law firm, many people think to contact us on behalf of themselves or a loved one when an individual’s health care needs becomes a crisis.  In many cases, this means an individual needing care is age 75 plus and receiving care at home, in an assisted living community, or a nursing […]

I recently returned from a tour of aging services in Israel led by Rabbi Dayle Friedman.  I was the only attorney on the tour.  The vast majority of the 17 other tour participants work as professionals in pastoral care.  I witnessed the beauty of how the pastoral care professionals interacted with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian seniors, many whom were in […]

For those over 90,  a recent study has concluded alcohol to be better than exercise for longevity.  The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity. Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two […]

My wife, a very intelligent women, is not a big fan of sports. She intends to go out for dinner during the Super Bowl and could care less about watching our hometown Eagles hopefully beat the Patriots to win their first Super Bowl.  However, for many others, the Super Bowl or other big sporting events […]

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 […]