Many elderly people who are diagnosed with dementia are unprepared for future care. Once this type of diagnosis is received, preparing for the future can no longer be avoided. If you or someone you love has received a dementia diagnosis, begin immediately to discuss and seek guidance for future care. For help in implementing the steps that need to be taken and for developing a plan, seek the guidance of an elder law attorney. 1.
There are demographic and cultural shifts occurring in the United States. As the baby boomer generation continues to “gray” the country is changing the way individual states set budgets and health care policies. More attention will be paid to the needs of the post age 50 generation(s). Changing attitudes towards working past the age of 65 has taken root in this country and “retirement age” does not necessarily mean a senior is leaving the workforce. 
Recently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released new Program Operating Manual System (POMS) provisions, which are essentially a set of guidelines utilized by eligibility workers processing claims for Social Security benefits that directly relate to special needs trusts. Although we received a peek into what the POMS might look like at the Special Needs Trust Conference last October, advocates were uncertain what the final provisions would be. Much to our delight, the new POMS promote flexibility. Understanding that there
President Trump signed legislation Wednesday paving the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs and expanded access for veterans to VA-funded care in the private sector. The bill will expand long-term and post-acute care (LT/PAC) options. Known as S2373, the VA Mission Act of 2018, it includes a provision authorizing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into provider agreements with extended care providers. This would include nursing care centers. The bill, having
Norma and her constant companion, Roxie. Pictured here is my mother Norma with her bests friend Roxie. She rescued her from a local shelter in 2005. One of the most difficult parts of saying goodbye to my mother in 2016 was watching Roxie and how she reacted to her owner’s passing.  Roxie is now the house dog at Dream Catcher Assisted Living in Scottsdale, AZ. I still get photos of her after her grooming and

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