When Medical Aid in Dying is Legal, But Still Not Accessible

Q. I recently attended my 50th high school reunion and connected with several teammates with whom I played varsity basketball. I heard about a teammate who had terminal cancer who wanted to die on his own terms. Although death … [Read more...]

Bait and Switch: When You’re Not Getting the Care You Were Promised in Assisted Living

Q. When my friend, Vicki, was shopping around for assisted living facilities for her mother, one in particular stood out to her. The lovely marketing materials showed beautiful landscaping, rooms that resemble those at a classy … [Read more...]

Part D Donut Hole is Closed, But Does That Mean It’s Going Away?

Rosanna (68) takes more than a dozen medications regularly to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, acid reflux, and other chronic problems. She signed up for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage a few years ago, hoping … [Read more...]

A Major Change to Therapy/Rehabilitation Coverage for Medicare Patients

Q. At age 62, my father, Paul, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He can’t walk, get out of bed, or breathe on his own (he’s on a ventilator). He can’t use the toilet, bathe, or dress himself, either. After a … [Read more...]

What the ACA Verdict Means for Seniors

Q. I recently read that a federal court ruled to strike down the Affordable Care Act? Sounds kind of scary if you ask me. How is this going to affect seniors and people with disabilities? A.You are correct. US District Court … [Read more...]

2019 Medicare Changes: New Elder Care Services May Be Added to Some Medicare Advantage Plans

Q. I read somewhere that lots of changes are on the horizon for Medicare Advantage plans in 2019. What are some of the new services being added, and when will I have an opportunity to change to a different plan that has more of … [Read more...]

Should I Hire a Geriatric Care Manager or a Patient Advocate?

by Carol Marak, Seniorcare.com A Patient Advocate can assist anyone of any age – not limited to someone who is elderly, or at least over a ‘certain age,’ as a geriatric case manager would be. A Geriatric Care Manager does … [Read more...]

Will You be a Financial Burden to Your Adult Children?

Lois has a long history of money mismanagement, but she’s gotten much better about saving money as she’s gotten older. When her mother died, Lois inherited a modest sum, and was quite disciplined with the money. She didn’t buy the … [Read more...]

Yikes! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2018

Believe it or not, in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs Planning, there are some news stories that sound more like the scary plots of horror movies than real life. The topics can be so horrifying that suddenly, you … [Read more...]

The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s

Q. I recently heard that Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, announced that she has Alzheimer's disease. Her son explained how she overcame so many obstacles in her life that she was convinced that she … [Read more...]