“Mom fell and is in the hospital” or “Dad got lost driving home from the store”; these are common events that few are prepared for. Often the family has no idea what to do. While people commonly plan for retirement, pre-pay their funeral and prepare a will or trust and powers of attorney for health care and finance, they fail to address their long-term care needs if they should experience health related issues that impacts their independence. According to a recent article from the Kaiser Health News (“A Playbook for Managing Problems In The Last Chapter Of Your Life”), a new approach is being developed by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University to help seniors plan for the last chapter of their life – roughly beginning at age 75 – when health problems become more common. Their website, www.planyourlifespan.org is designed to help older adults plan for predictable problems commonly experienced in the last chapter of their life. Let’s hope this approach compels seniors to think these issues and take action so their long term care wishes aren’t just wishes, but rather are actual plans.
A study released last month from Merrill Lynch and AgeWave (“The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility and Financial Complexity”) examines the emotional, functional and financial implications of caregiving. While 7 out of 10 Americans turning age 65 today will need “care for prolonged periods” and 1 out of 5 likely to need care for more […]
I’m often asked if I specialize in elder law. Not only do I answer “yes”, I typically try to explain the reason for my answer. While there are many attorneys who claim to be elder law attorneys, certainly not all specialize in it. I believe an attorney who claims to specialize in elder law should […]
Alzheimer’s is a devastating chronic neurodegenerative disease. The progressive mental deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s impacts basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing and eventually leads to death. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s can be a challenge due to the lack of a specific test to identify it and also because many other diseases have similar symptoms including […]