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...

February 22, 2019

Probate is the legal process by which the estate of a deceased person is settled. Regardless if someone dies with or without a will, probate is generally required when a person dies owning assets that do not have either a co-owner or a named beneficiary.  Probate admin...

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...

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...

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