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Monday, January 29, 2018

Aging is a Success Story

Aging is the sign of a successful life. After all, when you think about the alternative to aging your perspective about getting older shifts.



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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Memory Care Innovations

Within the next 20 years, there will be an increased need for memory care housing options as the Baby Boomers continue to age. In 2016 alone, more than 2.5 million Baby Boomers turned 70 years old, the youngest boomers hitting age 52. With advancing age comes an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Recent estimates state that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease could potentially triple from the 5 million sufferers in 2013 to around 14 million by the year 2050.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Changes to Social Security in 2018


There is good news! Social Security payments will increase by 2% in 2018. The bad news? It’s not enough to keep up with inflation.

Many senior citizens will be happy to learn that the amount of money they will receive in their social security checks will increase two percent in 2018. This averages about $27.38 per month, or $329 per year under a new Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Need Help Understanding Medicare?

Here are tips and resources for assistance with Medicare.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What is Daily Money Management?

With our rapidly growing population of seniors, more and more families will be dealing with loved ones who will face trouble managing their daily finances. Being unable to fully manage financial matters puts the elderly at risk of financial insecurity, debt problems or serious paying for long-term care down the road.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Probate Problems: How to Steer Clear of Probate Court

Many people have been told that it is important for people to “avoid probate.”
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Monday, October 16, 2017

It’s Almost National Estate Planning Awareness Week 2017


Because Congress found that over 120,000,000 Americans did not have an up-to-date estate plan, they voted in 2008 to declare the third week in October each year as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. In the resolution, the House cited a 2004 Roper poll commissioned by the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants which stated that two-thirds of Americans over age 65 believe they lack the knowledge necessary to adequately plan for retirement and that almost one half of all Americans are not knowledgeable about basic retirement tools, like 401ks.

Almost a decade later, studies have found that over 64% of Americans still don’t have an estate plan.

If you don’t have a proper plan in place, or if your plan is decades old, don’t hesitate to contact a local estate planning attorney to start the process of protecting your loved ones’ futures. Here are a few quick estate planning tips that will help you learn more about this important area of law.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Changes to Long Term Care Insurance

Over recent years, many people have purchased long term care (LTC) insurance to protect themselves against the rising costs of care in their final years. But lately, policy holders have seen their premiums rise and/or benefits decrease. Two of the largest LTC insurance companies, MetLife and Unum, recently appeared before the Florida insurance commissioner to explain why they asked some of their policy holders to pay double what they paid in premiums the previous year.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Is There a Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s?

One in three Americans do not get enough sleep, and 45% of the remaining world’s population doesn't either. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls that a "public health problem," because disrupted sleep is associated with a higher risk of physical and mental conditions including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. There is evidence suggesting that there is a link between lack of sleep, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seniors and the Fear of Falling


As an elder law attorney, I frequently meet with the spouse or middle-aged, adult children of an elderly person who is hospitalized or in a nursing home due to the effects of a fall. The injuries sustained in the fall are often a main factor that results in a senior having to move to long-term care and then their family meets with me to help determine how to pay for it and to make sure the estate plan is in order.

Fear of falling can take a toll when your sense of balance is fading. Some seniors avoid walking and even moving due to a fear of falling and the possibility of injury. However, being sedentary is bad for your health, too.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Alzheimer's Stigmas

When a loved one starts to lose his or her memory, it can be a struggle for the entire family.

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