Memory care and the epidemic of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease typically with a long pre-clinical phase which gradually worsens. Initial symptoms are often mistaken for normal aging and include problems with language, mood swings, disorientation, loss of motivation, poor self-care and behavioral issues. There are no treatments to stop or reverse the disease progression. Alzheimer’s accounts for 60 to 70 [...]

April 4th, 2019|

Estate Planning, Elder Law, What’s the Difference?

The short answer: Both share similar concerns. The longer answer: The differences make all the difference.   The Concerns are Similar No matter what age we’re in, life can deliver some hard knocks. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. We can get into accidents, especially when we’re young and under the impression that we’ll [...]

April 2nd, 2019|

Medicaid and Gift-Giving Can Be Risky

Mabel’s children were concerned that Mabel would need long-term nursing-home care in the near future. It was the holidays, and Mabel always got a lot of joy out of generosity. But her children had heard that people in Mabel’s circumstances should not give gifts. The concern is real. For Medi-cal to cover the huge expense of nursing-home [...]

February 1st, 2019|

The Cost of Second Wedded Bliss

When people marry for the second time (or more), losing assets to pay for their new spouse’s serious illness is probably the last thing on their minds when they say “I do.” But that could happen. Current costs for long-term care facilities can run between $70,000 – $150,000 annually. According to Longtermcare.gov, studies show that 70% [...]

January 31st, 2019|

The surprising health risks of hearing loss

The findings from a 10 year study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have reported a link between hearing loss and health risks. The risks include a 50% greater risk of dementia, a 40% greater risk of developing depression and a nearly 30% higher risk of accidental falls. While hearing loss is [...]

January 3rd, 2019|