Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: Everything you need to know to receive the funds

The first wave of coronavirus stimulus payments of up to $1,200 apiece are on their way, arriving in bank accounts through set up direct deposit with the IRS.  Up to 150 million US residents may qualify for a payment. If you haven't yet received your one-time payment and haven't set up electronic funds transfer with the government, setting up direct deposit may help you get your money faster. Otherwise, you can expect a paper check in the mail. Is the money yours, free and clear? Yes. You don't have [...]

By |2020-04-20T18:50:27-04:00April 20th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Law Update, Medicaid|

Early-onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Increases

We think of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia as a disease effecting older individuals. However, diagnosis rates of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease tripled between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study.  Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease jumped 200% among commercially insured Americans between the ages of 30 and 64 over a recent five-year period, a new analysis of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer claims shows. “The increase in early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnoses among a generation who typically wouldn’t expect to encounter these conditions for several decades is [...]

By |2020-03-10T09:31:19-04:00March 9th, 2020|Aging, Blog|

Parenting Your Aging Parents

It is commonplace for an adult child to come to our elder care office feeling exasperated due to the perceived stubbornness of his/her parent.  The adult child is attempting to help the parent receive needed care at home or attempting to convince the parent to transition to an assisted living community.  The parent feels he/she is fine on their own, demands the home health aid to leave the home, and/or refuses to go to an assisted living community.  What can the adult child do under these circumstances? Kaiser Health [...]

By |2020-05-14T11:09:43-04:00January 13th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Caregiver|

Canada Develops Charter of Rights for People with Dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Canada’s Advisory Group of People with Dementia have published a Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia. It is interesting because it pushes the reader to think about the societal assumptions and presumptions that flow from a diagnosis of dementia.  It is worth a read.  Thank you to my elder law colleague Linda S. Ershow-Levenberg for bringing this to my attention.  Canadian charter of rights for people with dementia

By |2020-02-07T09:44:05-05:00January 6th, 2020|Aging, Blog|

Innovations in Dementia & Senior Care

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 in the Netherlands, but organizations around the globe are developing their own innovative care concepts.  IKEA – the provider of flat pack everything, including affordable housing units called BoKlok – plans to offer a [...]

By |2020-02-07T10:00:51-05:00September 2nd, 2019|Aging, Blog|

Medical Aid in Dying in NJ

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 within six months of death, and also must be capable of taking the medications themselves.  That may sound fairly straightforward, but it may not be easy to immediately take advantage of the new law, [...]

By |2020-02-21T10:36:34-05:00July 31st, 2019|Aging, Blog|

The Struggles of LGBT Seniors: Eyes Opened Wide

When I first began practicing law in 2007, only one state permitted same-sex marriage – Massachusetts. Estate plans were indispensable for same-sex couples. Hospitals prohibited same-sex partners from making end-of-life treatment decisions for one another.

By |2020-02-21T10:23:58-05:00June 24th, 2019|Aging, Blog|

Yes, There Can Be Happiness for Those with Memory Loss

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 a meet and greet at our home for Artz Philadelphia, a nonprofit which provides interactions  around arts and culture for people living with dementia and their caregivers.  Artz Philadelphia permits those with dementia and [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:18:21-05:00May 28th, 2019|Aging, Blog|

Tethering Dementia Patients to their Former Selves

A Patients Understanding of Dementia 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 (at times) when given the freedom to be who they knew best -- themselves. When admitted as a long-term resident of a hospital where he formerly served as the [...]

By |2020-07-24T15:20:04-04:00March 18th, 2019|Aging, Blog|

FDA Warning About Dietary Supplements

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 F.D.A. Warning

By |2020-02-07T11:48:25-05:00February 18th, 2019|Aging, Blog|

Innovative Ways to Pay for Long-Term Care

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 has been a leader in long-term care delivery reform.  Minnesota may soon experiment with two ideas.  The first is allowing an individual to buy a term life insurance policy that automatically converts to long-term [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:51:32-05:00January 7th, 2019|Aging, Blog, Elder Care|

There’s No Place Like Home

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 their own home for the remainder of their life.  Unfortunately, the problem is that most of the nation’s housing is not designed to accommodate physical and cognitive challenges that come with aging. According to [...]

By |2020-04-07T14:30:47-04:00September 10th, 2018|Aging, Blog|

Planning for a Pre-Medicare Eligible Beneficiary

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 home.  There is certainly much we can offer in a moment of crisis.  However, we wish to encourage individuals to plan for future needs before a health care crisis arises.  As the below article [...]

By |2018-05-21T14:19:48-04:00May 21st, 2018|Aging, Blog|

Consider Your Pets When Discussing Long-Term Care Placement Options

My family recently lost our Pug, Gigi, who we adopted 6 years ago from an animal shelter in the Poconos.  If you are a dog or pet lover like our family is, you understand  how pets bring joy to people and why they are important.  A pet can provide companionship, especially after the loss of a spouse or a senior who would otherwise be alone.  Sometimes it s especially difficult for a senior contemplating an independent or assisted living move to leave their home because the senior believes that [...]

By |2020-07-08T15:18:25-04:00May 14th, 2018|Aging, Blog|

The Power of Spirituality for Older Adults

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 need of long-term care.  I saw the love in their eyes and the positive response from those they comforted and brought meaning to.  We, as attorneys, are trained to solve problems our clients present to us.  Sometimes, we [...]

By |2018-03-10T10:57:52-05:00March 10th, 2018|Aging, Blog|
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