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Medicare Open Enrollment for 2020: What's New, What's Not

It’s September, and that means that the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP), also called the annual enrollment period, is almost upon us. Open enrollment begins on October 15, 2019 and closes on December 7, 2019, for plans that take effect on Jan… Read More
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Categories: Medicare

What is Sundowner's Syndrome?

You may have heard the term “sundowning” or “sundowner’s syndrome” in connection with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, you may be f… Read More
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Are “Sole Benefit” Trusts Countable Assets for Medicaid?

Having to put a spouse in a nursing home can be devastating enough. Worrying about whether you will have enough assets left to provide for yourself after paying for your spouse’s care adds another layer of worry and stress to an already difficult s… Read More
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Categories: Medicaid Planning

The Top Ten Scams Targeting Seniors in 2019

Older adults have always been a popular target for con artists and scammers. They tend to be well-mannered, hesitant to shut the door in someone’s face or hang up the phone on a persistent caller. And there is a reason that those trying to part sen… Read More
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The Medicaid Child Caretaker Exception

As you age, there’s an increasing chance that you may need long-term care in a nursing home or other facility. When you do, there’s also a chance you may need the help of Medicaid to pay for it; most people can’t afford to bear the high cost of… Read More
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Elder Law Month 2019

It’s May! The snow has finally melted away, spring has well and truly sprung, and, of course, it’s National Elder Law Month. We don’t mark Elder Law Month with pageants and parades, but we do mark it—and we hope you will, too. As always, a br… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Surprising Facts About Aging in America

“Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” -Maurice Chevalier Most of us have heard, or made, jokes to this effect: that aging is awful, but at least it’s better than being dead. And The Who (most of whom didn’t get their wis… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

What is Cognitive Screening, and Who Needs It?

What would you say if you found out that your doctor completely skipped a recommended part of your annual wellness visit? If you’re over 65, there’s a pretty good chance that she did. And chances are, you didn’t even notice, much less say anyth… Read More
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The Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Every person with Alzheimer’s is unique, and each person has their own experience of this disease. That said, most people progress through seven stages, and it can be helpful for loved ones to understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Un… Read More
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Choosing an Agent for a Power of Attorney

There’s a fun new game on the market that involves teams of players pretending to be spies, trying to guess the code names of “secret agents” via clues given by a teammate. The players need to pay close attention; choosing the wrong agent could… Read More
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