November 20, 2019

In the 1990 comedy movie Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin plays the role of Kevin McAllister, a young boy mistakenly left behind while his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. While the movie was a huge success, such is not the case for seniors who are remain...

October 23, 2019

   

 The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) ordinarily releases updated figures for Medicaid qualification. Typically these updates are released in late summer and most importantly, they reflect the cost of living increases that all of us exp...

September 17, 2019

   

 The elderly are increasingly relying on their families to provide care.  Unfortunately, as the growth of the elderly population outpaces the younger generation, there will be fewer available caregivers. This will cause significant stress on caregivers as they...

August 5, 2019

A durable power of attorney - where an agent is appointed to handle the financial affairs for a principal - has been used for decades. Until recently, it was unusual for these documents to ever be challenged or exploited. Unfortunately, with the rise of elder abuse, ba...

July 30, 2019

    

As we have discussed in previous newsletters, one of the best kept secrets of the Department of Veterans Affairs is the veteran’s pension for a non-service connected disability.  This benefit – a pension program – does not require a wartime injury.  It is...

April 30, 2019

   Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Yet in spite of everyone having an expiration date, many people live as if they have endless tomorrows. When the inevitable happens, it commonly causes serious consequences part...

April 5, 2019

Kaiser Health News recently published a story, Frail Seniors Find Ways to Live Independently which detailed the positive impact of a program for frail low-income seniors called: “Community Aging in Place - Advancing Better Living for Elders” (CAPABLE).  According to a...

January 13, 2019

Every January, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) releases updated figures for Medicaid qualification. Occasionally, there are not any increases in the Medicaid figures just as in some years there is not a cost of living increase for Social Se...

January 10, 2019

While the use of opioid pain killers has generated a lot of attention lately, little attention has been given the over use of drugs by the elderly.  Nearly 46 percent of people between the ages of 70 and 79 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditi...

December 21, 2018

It may be hard to believe, but once again the Christmas season is upon us.  Along with the joy of celebrating the birth of Christ come stressors such as shopping, decorating, baking and possibly traveling.  For those who also care for a loved one suffering from dementi...

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