Tag Archive: Seniors

Elderlaw & Disability Conference

On friday march 4 I attended the ninth annual elder law & disability conference. Lots of good info on medicaid, healthcare, and other important topics.

Article illustrates the danger of joint ownership: son’s creditors took his mother’s life savings

Many, many people use joint ownership as a cheap, do-it-yourself method to avoid probate or hiring an attorney to draft an estate plan. Unfortunately, it often has consequences that may not be apparent until it’s too late. For example, joint ownership can expose both parties to claims from one of the owner’s creditors, which is…

Elderlaw & disability conference

Am attending the State Bar of Michigan’s Elder Law & Disability conference at Crystal Mountain, Michigan today through Friday.

Medicare Expands Coverage To Help Seniors Quit Smoking

“Medicare coverage for seniors trying to quit smoking has been expanded to include those who have not already been diagnosed with a tobacco-related disease, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.” Full article here.

Cuts in Home Care Put Elderly and Disabled at Risk

Everyone agrees that an elderly or disabled indivdual receiving proper care in his or her home  is preferable to a nursing home stay.  There are programs that help transition these folks into the community and help them stay there.  These programs also save vast amounts of money compared to the state’s Medicaid program paying for…

Guns in Frail Hands

“You can’t take it away from me,” she told him recently. “It’s all I’ve got.” This may sound like a classic confrontation with an elderly mother who won’t give up her car. But it’s in fact about a loaded .38-caliber handgun that she keeps wrapped in a scarf in her top dresser drawer in a…

Help prevent elder abuse

July is Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Illinois, but the principles outlined should be followed everywhere, especially since the U.S. Administration on Aging estimates that 700,000 to 3.5 million older Americans are abused each year nationwide. Some of the steps you can take to prevent abuse include calling or visiting an elderly loved one and…

More with dementia wander from home

The thought of a search and rescue party conjures images of lost hikers or children.  But more and more frequently, the rescuers are looking for confused older adults who’ve wandered away from home. “Ms. Machett, 60, suffers from a form of dementia that attacks the brain like Alzheimer’s disease and imposes on many of its…

Despite volume, elder abuse bills are needed

The elderly are particularly at risk for abuse and exploitation. A flurry of new bills are making their way through the Michigan legislature. Among them: “Require training for financial institution staff on financial exploitation, how to spot suspicious activity and how to report suspicious activity when detected; Expand the definition of abuse of vulnerable adults…

1 in 4 elderly need care decisions made for them

By STEPHANIE NANO (AP) NEW YORK — A significant number of the elderly — more than one in four — will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions about their medical care, a new study suggests. The results illustrate the value of people making their wishes known in a living will and designating someone to…

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