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Friday, September 7, 2018

Spousal Dementia and its Effect on a Marriage

When someone you love, in particular, your spouse, becomes ill you want to help them get well. But what happens when the illness is dementia?


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Long-term Care Insruance


Long-term care insurance is very beneficial for the elderly or disabled person who need will services or support to meet their personal care or health needs. However, it is important to understand long-term care insurance before the time comes when the benefits are needed. Unfortunately, many people wait and then miss out on what long-term care insurance can offer.

Should I get long-term care insurance?

There are a few things to consider before you go out and purchase long-term care insurance. First, consider your age.
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hospice Care

Hospice care can be very difficult for families to come to terms with, but can be a beneficial care option for those caring for a terminally ill loved one.
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Monday, July 23, 2018

What to Do After a Dementia Diagnosis

Many elderly people who are diagnosed with dementia are unprepared for future care. Once this type of diagnosis is received, preparing for the future can no longer be avoided. If you or someone you love has received a dementia diagnosis, begin immediately to discuss and seek guidance for future care.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Making Sure Your Wishes are Carried Out

The importance of making end of life preparations cannot be stressed enough. Many put off making these plans thinking there is always time to do it later. 



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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Challenges of Placing a Parent in Long Term Care

Long term care (LTC) is a term that has many parts to its definition. It is comprised of a variety of services that meet medical and non-medical requirements for people who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. It is a highly individualized care system which can be formally or informally provided.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Moving from the Family Home: How to Start the Conversation

Jane lived alone in her home in Troy after her husband died and the kids moved away. A few years later, she started to forget things, like putting the kettle on to boil and coming back to find the stove on fire.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Making Sure Your Estate Plan Reflects Your Wishes


Jack and Doris wanted to divide their property equally between their three children. The house should to go to daughter Mary who loved it, and the rest of their estate should be apportioned equally between sons Bob and Frank.

Jack and Doris’s attorney drafted a will distributing the modest remainder to the sons and the attorney filed a ladybird deed leaving the house to Mary. In the right circumstances, a ladybird deed can be a useful and efficient way to leave real estate to heirs without going through expensive and protracted probate proceedings.

Years passed.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Medicaid Divorce: Maybe . . . Maybe Not.


Harry and Wanda got married late in life. This was their second marriage, and both had children from the prior marriages. The couple wanted their children to inherit from their respective parents, so Harry and Wanda signed a prenuptial agreement to keep their property clearly separated.

Unfortunately, several years after the marriage, Harry was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Medical bills piled up, his condition worsened, and soon Wanda was no longer able to care for him at home.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

When Keeping Care in the Family, Put it in Writing


Ruth lived alone after her husband died. Soon her son Ted noticed that she didn’t have enough clean clothes, her fridge was empty, and she had fallen a few times.

Clearly if Ruth were going to stay at home – and who wouldn’t rather do that, if possible – she would need help. Ted was willing to move in and care for Ruth, but he would have to sell his house and quit his job, losing employment benefits and putting his career on hold. However, if he could be paid for Ruth’s care, that would ease the sacrifice considerably.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Medicare and Medicaid: Unlocking the Mystery

Medicare and Medicaid have long been a mystery to many consumers. In fact, it can baffle and confuse even some of the smartest citizens.
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