The Debt Ceiling Deal At-A-Glance

Here is an analysis of the bill that became law this past Tuesday is by two of the top Elderlaw Attorneys in the country, Brian Lindberg and Fay Gordon, who conduct research on behalf of the National Association of Elderlaw Attorneys (NAELA): The Basics: A two installment agreement with a down payment, congressional committee and a sequester:…

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A Quality of Life Perspective

 Nurses and Therapists Collaborate to Help Mrs. Wilson Manage Her Illnesses, Avoid Institutional Care and Live Independently at Home with Her Husband The Patient: Grace Wilson (not her real name) is in her late 70s and lives in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District. She suffered from multiple medical complications, including encephalopathy (brain dysfunction) and diabetes. She was…

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Caregiving With Your Siblings

I remember a classic Smothers Brothers comedy  bit from their TV show in the 60’s (uhh, yes…that would be the 1960’s) when I was a teen,  in which Tommy turns to his brother Dick and utters what came to be one of those ubiquitous catch-phrases of the era… “Mom always liked you best…”  Now  that I, and…

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Concerns About Costs Rise With Hospices’ Use

Over the 28 years that Medicare has reimbursed providers for hospice services, it has been praised for giving critical medical and emotional support to dying patients and their families. When properly used — that is, at the very end of life — hospice care also has saved the government money. Providing dying patients with palliative…

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Beware "Living Trust" Scams

Around this time of year, unscrupulous companies step up their efforts to market costly living trusts to older Americans — arrangements that may actually undermine the buyer’s economic security. According to the AARP, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and a number of state attorneys general, these high-pressure con artists have built an industry around older…

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