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What happens when a guardianship gets contentious?

An estimated 1.3 million adults are under guardianship in this country, perhaps 85 percent of them over 65.  Click the link to read the article from AARP Magazine and learn about what happens when a court-ordered guardianship in the Davis family leads to isolation and exploitation in the article “What Happens When a Guardianship Gets

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Without Safety Net Of Kids Or Spouse, ‘Elder Orphans’ Need Fearless Fallback Plan

About 22 percent of older adults in the U.S fall into the category of “elder orphans” or are at risk of doing so.  Click the link to read the article from Kaiser Health News and learn more about the rising issue of ‘Elder Orphans’ in the article “Without Safety Net of Kids or Spouse, ‘Elder

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BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONALS WORKING TOGETHER

There are often situations in which an older person needs the services of an attorney and medical professionals. A recent article in Bifocal, a publication of the American Bar Association, highlighted six scenarios in which such a collaboration would be beneficial to the older patient-client’s well-being, as well as the professionals. This issue of ElderCounselor

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REASONS EVERYONE NEEDS A POWER OF ATTORNEY

The benefits of a highly detailed, comprehensive power of attorney are numerous. Unfortunately, many powers of attorney are more general in nature and can actually cause more problems than they solve, especially for our senior population. This issue of the ElderCounselor highlights the benefits of a comprehensive, detailed power of attorney, including some of the

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WHY WE FAIL TO PLAN FOR LONG-TERM CARE

INTRODUCTION Most Americans do not know, or refuse to accept, the facts surrounding their potential need for long-term care and the costs associated with it. This was reconfirmed recently in a telephone survey of 1,735 Americans over the age of 40, funded by the SCAN Foundation and conducted by the Associated Press (AP) – NORC

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WHAT WILL 2017 BRING TO SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES?

Donald Trump’s election and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress surprised much of the nation. With control of legislative and executive branches of government, the expectation is Republicans will finally be able to push through long-awaited legislation, as well as follow through on promises made by candidate Trump. And they are expected to move

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THE COSTS OF DEMENTIA: FOR THE PATIENT AND THE FAMILY

A recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association states that one in nine Americans age 65 or older currently have Alzheimer’s. With the baby boomer generation aging and people living longer, that number may nearly triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s, of course, is just one cause of dementia—mini-strokes (TIAs) are also to blame—so the number of those

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