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...

December 1, 2018

By announcing that she has dementia, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor joined a growing number of public figures who have chosen to share their dementia diagnosis.  Dementia of course, can strike anyone at anytime, regardless of fame or fortune. What is...

November 7, 2018

Americans are pack rats – we have too much stuff and we refuse to get rid of it.  When we die, our loved ones are left to deal with our junk. Some people simply can’t stomach the thought of getting rid of their stuff (i.e. hoarders), while others actually believe their...

October 26, 2018

Over three and a half years ago on January 23, 2015, the Veterans Administration (VA) proposed significant rule changes regarding eligibility  requirements for the Aid and Attendance pension.  Since that time, we have been waiting (and waiting) for the VA to release it...

October 5, 2018

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) recently released new rules regarding eligibility for the VA pension benefit.  These new rules will go into effect on October 18, 2018 and will significantly change common strategies used for qualifying for benefits.  The new rule...

October 3, 2018

Following the death of Aretha Franklin, it was reported that she did not have a will or trust.  Although the Queen of Soul’s estate has been estimated to be worth $80 million, she never took the time to plan her estate.  Don Wilson, her attorney for nearly three decade...

May 18, 2018

A recent Bloomberg View article explores the implications of General Electric’s multi-billion dollar losses from its long term care insurance unit and the challenge of caring for an aging population.  In “What’s Bad for GE Will Be Worse for America”, the article opines...

May 18, 2018

Despite the use of health care services remaining constant or even declining, spending on health care by Americans who get insurance through work accelerated in 2016. According to the Wall Street Journal, this increase is likely due to rising prices. Research conducted...

May 1, 2018

Scam artists never stop trying to think of ways to take advantage of others.  Unfortunately, because the elderly tend to be more trusting, they often are a prime target.  To help protect seniors, The Senate Committee on Aging has released its report identifying the 10...

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