Elder Law

“No One Dies Alone” Programs Offer Comfort at Life's End

Posted on: April 24th, 2017
Millions of older Americans live out their final hours alone in a hospital bed. But at some hospitals, a comforting presence at a patient's bedside is considered essential end-of-life medicine. So, if there are no friends or loved ones to keep vigil, a volunteer might fill the void....

IRS Warns of New Tax Season Scams

Posted on: April 17th, 2017
The IRS wants taxpayers and tax professionals alike to be vigilant about potential tax scams as tax season winds down. The IRS noticed a spike in phishing (a form of internet fraud) email scams Thursday and Friday that sought to steal the usernames and passwords for IRS e-Services of tax professionals. ...

Labor Department Proposes 60-day Delay of Retirement Savings Rule

Posted on: April 3rd, 2017
The Labor Department recently announced a proposal to push back the implementation of a controversial retirement savings rule by 60 days, giving officials more time to determine whether the rule should be revised or eliminated. Without a delay, the fiduciary rule would take full effect April 10. But under the proposal, the rule would not take full effect until June 9....

Taking Care of YOU - Self Care for Family Caregivers

Posted on: March 20th, 2017
On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too....

Making the Transition to Assisted Living

Posted on: March 13th, 2017
If you’re having more and more difficulty with everyday activities such as showering, dressing, getting around the house, and running errands, an assisted living facility may be the answer. You can get the daily support you need, while remaining as independent as possible. Making the decision to leave your home can be difficult, but by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs and concerns, you can you can make the choice that’s right for you and ensure your senior years are happy and fulfilling....

Medicaid Reform: Are Block Grants Coming

Posted on: March 6th, 2017
Medicaid is a federal program, but it is administered by the states. To participate in Medicaid, federal law requires states to cover certain groups of individuals, such as low income families and individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). States may choose to cover other groups, such as individuals receiving home- and community-based services....
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