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Ten Important Questions About Advance Health Care Directives

— April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a time to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care, and to encourage families and doctors to know and respect those wishes. Have you created health care directives? If you haven’t, or you aren’t sure your documents are up to date, here some questions you might... Read More

Legal Issues Related With Alzheimer’s Disease

— In the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a senior and their family may be in denial, chalking up memory lapses and personality changes to “just getting older.” A recent study from Johns Hopkins Medicine revealed that over half of people with dementia have never been diagnosed, or told about their diagnosis! But we shouldn’t bury... Read More

Organizing Your Important Records in the Digital Age

— Too often we need a piece of information when we are least able to access it—during a medical emergency, at a doctor’s appointment, when meeting with a lawyer, or during a hospital admission. So, it makes sense to get organized ahead of time by pulling the information you may need into a convenient inventory. Here... Read More

October 15 – December 7 Is Medicare Open Enrollment

— The National Council on Aging offers a checklist of five steps to help people with Medicare evaluate their coverage It’s that time of year again. Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Across the country, individuals with Medicare already have been bombarded with paperwork, sales pitches, and reminders, leaving many wondering where... Read More

Don’t Fall for “Disaster Fraud”

— Steve saw Mom at her computer with her credit card out. “What are you doing?” he asked. Mom had a sad look on her face. “I’m making a donation to a charity that’s helping the Christians who are being persecuted by ISIS,” she said. Steve looked at the email Mom had received; the sender had... Read More

“Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill…”

— An expert says a decline in financial management skills might be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, and family may need to step in. What’s the most challenging topic to discuss with older loved ones? Family caregivers often name end-of-life wishes, driving safety and incontinence as tough-to-talk-about subjects—but according to many experts, money management is... Read More

Warning: Fake IRS Calls Target Seniors

— An older loved one receives a threatening phone call, voice mail, or official-looking letter that that claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The agent says that your loved one owes back taxes, and must pay right away or go to jail.  These types of senior scams are growing each day. That can... Read More

Can You Find Your “Stuff” Today?

— Too often we need some pieces of information when we are least able to think clearly—during an emergency, a doctor’s appointment, at the lawyer’s office, or at the hospital admitting desk, for example. To avoid confusion and a time-consuming search in situations like that, it’s a good idea to get organized ahead of time when... Read More