Making Connections at a Local Cafe

I have previously described my experience three years ago visiting the groundbreaking concept known as a “dementia village” in the Netherlands.  Another wonderful concept introduced in the Netherlands in 1997 is the “Memory Café”.  The Memory Cafe offers social activities for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia — and their caregivers. Activities include art, music, poetry, presentations and social interaction. While a Memory Cafe is beneficial for those living with dementia, it is also beneficial for their caregivers as well. It is not a place to “drop off” your [...]

By |2020-02-21T09:24:06-05:00February 17th, 2020|Blog, Family|

Enjoying the Holidays With a Loved One With Dementia

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, clients and their families.  The holiday season can be an anxious time of year for many.  It can be especially anxious time if a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.  Your loved one who’s now living with dementia may have formerly been the cornerstone of family holidays and traditions. In order to cope with the changing family dynamics and still celebrate special times, sculpt new traditions and activities that include the old and familiar, while adjusting to your loved one’s [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:50:11-05:00November 25th, 2019|Blog, Family|

I Am Just The Kid

Several years ago, my parents were planning an overseas trip to Israel.  A month or so prior to their anticipated departure, my dad mentioned in passing that my parents needed to update their Wills; having not done so in 20 years.  I imagined that, in the back of their minds, the fear of an accident while abroad triggered this discussion. Bearing in mind that I am a nationally recognized expert in elder law, a practice area that encompasses estate planning, I offered my services free of charge.  I would [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:00:51-05:00June 17th, 2019|Blog, Family|

How to Properly Designate an Agent Under a Financial Power of Attorney on a Bank Account

It is very common for our office to draft and supervise the signing of a financial power of attorney for a client.  In many cases, the client names a child as his or her “agent” to assist due to the declining health of the parent.  The child is then required to take the document to the bank to be named as the agent on the parent’s bank account.  It is extremely important that the agent be designated properly.  The agent should be designated as “POA” in order it be [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:03:43-05:00June 10th, 2019|Blog, Family|

Enjoying the Holidays With a Loved One With Dementia

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, clients and their families.  The holiday season can be an anxious time of year for many.  It can be especially anxious time if a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.  Your loved one who’s now living with dementia may have formerly been the cornerstone of family holidays and traditions. In order to cope with the changing family dynamics and still celebrate special times, sculpt new traditions and activities that include the old and familiar, while adjusting to your loved one’s [...]

By |2020-02-07T11:59:34-05:00November 19th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Health & Well Being Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

It's hard enough for patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's to deal with the fact that they're slowly losing their memory and full cognitive functions. But it can be just as hard - if not harder - for children of Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers to watch their beloved parents endure these troubling diseases. Yet as difficult as this situation may be, it can be improved with the inclusion of specific activities for seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia that continue to keep patients engaged, both mentally and physically. Why Are [...]

By |2019-10-03T13:40:29-04:00September 15th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Older Adult Children Caring For Aging Parents

An analysis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is the first study to document how often older adult children care for an aging parent.  The study found that 10 percent of adults ages 60 to 69 whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, as do 12 percent of adults age 70 and older.  The study’s finding include: While many formal long-term care services are available, cost concerns and personal preferences lead many to rely on informal care from adult children. At any given point, 6 percent [...]

By |2020-02-21T12:01:35-05:00August 27th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Grandparents Day – Making Lasting Memories

Grandparents should always be celebrated. They bring so much joy to our lives and enrich the experiences of children across the country. There's a lot to be said about extended families and the value that grandparents give to families. That's exactly why Grandparents Day was created. On September 9, National Grandparents Day will be celebrated in the US this year. Originally instituted back in 1978, Grandparents Day was passed by Congress proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as the day the nation would celebrate Grandparents Day every year. [...]

By |2018-09-17T11:54:12-04:00August 15th, 2018|Blog, Family|

“Trusted Contact” Appointment Helps Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse

Amid growing concerns about the financial exploitation of seniors, industry regulators have put an emphasis on protecting seniors.   As a result, firms including financial institutions, including all banks are now required to request that clients provide a “trusted contact” whom the bank or firm can contact for several reasons, including but not limited to possible fraud or if an account holder appears to be incapacitated. The rule—which was proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and became effective February [...]

By |2018-06-25T07:56:22-04:00June 25th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Multigenerational Vacations This Summer

We are at the start of summer vacation season.  Thousands of families in our area will be planning their last trip to the Jersey shore. This year’s trip may include grandparents, aunts, and uncles in the family getaway. Multigenerational travel has recently become one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry. According to the Travel Industry Association, each year more than 5 million family vacations include three generations.  As a result, many families now face the challenge of finding a vacation that is suitable for everyone from [...]

By |2019-06-18T08:14:49-04:00May 29th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Learn More About Your Family History with DNA Testing

Have you ever seen the TV commercials about DNA tests?   For many people in the United States, where they come from can be a bit of mystery.  Whether it is because of adoption, a family that has moved around a lot, or not having a well-documented family tree, the lack of knowledge has increased the popularity of mail-in DNA tests to shed light on one’s heritage. They can do more than just finding out where you are from, they can help with understanding your genetic make-up.    Below [...]

By |2018-04-25T14:43:41-04:00April 25th, 2018|Blog, Family|

Are Family Reunions Making a Comeback

  When I was seven years old, I remember my parents receiving an invitation via mail cordially inviting our family to an extended family reunion for my mother's side of the family at a local reception venue.  Although too young to appreciate it then, I remember the curiosity and excitement my mother had in the weeks leading up to the event.  I overheard her on the phone with her mom and siblings discussing if "aunt so-and-so" would be there or if "cousin what’s-his-name" would make the trip. It is [...]

By |2017-04-07T10:52:52-04:00May 26th, 2017|Blog, Family|

Rothkoff Law Group Pet Month Reveal

April is National Pet Month, and we celebrated by playing a fun pet matching game on our company Facebook page with a teaser on Instagram.  You can see by the number of photos, our Rothkoff employees love pets. Below are the answers to your burning questions of which pet belongs to which team member. Enjoy the pick me up with our furry friends! Want to take a guess before you see the results?  Check out our Facebook album here, before scrolling down.       A. Jennifer Cohen  B. [...]

By |2017-05-01T17:45:13-04:00April 30th, 2017|Blog, Family|

Random Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way

A few years ago, I noticed a woman at church who greatly resembled my Aunt Jean.  I never seemed to have the chance to meet or speak with her and one day, I came upon her obituary in the newspaper.  She had passed suddenly and my first reaction was that I was sorry I hadn’t taken the time to get to know her.  How ironic it was to discover that her name was also Jean, the same as my aunt. Jean always attended church with another woman, who now [...]

By |2017-01-12T15:29:07-05:00February 24th, 2017|Blog, Family|

Remembering Loved Ones During the Holidays

The upcoming holiday season after experiencing the loss of a loved one can be difficult, especially for the first few years.  It is important to honor the memory of your lost family member while also still enjoying the holidays with your family and friends.  In my family, we keep these memories alive through simple traditions that remind us of the good times we shared. Christmas Cookies My grandmother made Christmas Butter Cookies each holiday season using a favorite recipe that was passed down from her grandmother.  Now that she [...]

By |2017-01-25T11:56:46-05:00December 23rd, 2016|Blog, Family|
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