The number of older, wealthier people is increasing and sadly, so is the number of elderly persons who are financially exploited. Despite the widespread nature of such abuse, many states still do not have specific laws criminalizing such behavior – thankfully Michigan is not one of them. Yet despite the growing recognition of financial exploitation, it is routinely overlooked and unreported which some attribute to the belief that it remains a family matter. A recent New York Times article, “Declaring War on Financial Abuse of Older People” details one woman’s efforts to become an activist after her grandmother was swindled out of her life savings. With states and the federal government trying to increase public awareness, hopefully we achieve greater protection for our most vulnerable – the elderly.
Medicaid was originally designed to provide health insurance for disabled people. However, the Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”) significantly expanded the program to include able-bodied adults. According to the current Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, Seema Verma the expansion jeopardizes medical care for the “individuals the program was originally intended for.”
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 […]