More Untrained Caregivers Performing Medical Tasks

At 49 years old, Emily is an accomplished accountant. She worked her way up in a prominent firm, but recently took a leave of absence to care for her father, Sid. She is married to her college sweetheart but doesn’t have any … [Read more...]

When Your Adult Child Distances Themselves

Carla, age 38, is a helpful and caring adult daughter. She lives five miles from her parents and assists her mother with caregiving for her father, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She scaled back her hours at … [Read more...]

A CAPABLE Program for Aging-in-Place

Q. With a bad back and arthritis in her knees, my 76-year-old mother, Gwen, struggles to walk down the steps outside her home to go out. Afraid of falling, she often opts to stay inside rather than brave the loose railings out … [Read more...]

Top 18 Articles of 2018

From consequences related to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to changes in Veterans’ Pension Laws, we covered a lot of ground in 2018. It was a year that marked the passage of the CHRONIC Care Act, the ACA being struck … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Seniors Should Consider Making New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Ernie and Jannette, Happy New Year! I typically don’t make New Year’s resolutions, because I know I won’t keep them. But, this year, I want things to be different. I read somewhere that setting resolutions has practical … [Read more...]

Is the Charitable Tax Deduction Gone for 2018?

Q. I give to charities every year during the holiday season. However, I’m concerned about the ramifications of doing so this year with the new tax law. Can I give as I usually do and take tax deductions, or is there something … [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...]

Is Suicide a “Rational” Option for Seniors?

Robert Shoots was a retired house painter who was happily remarried and enjoyed good health. He went fishing and played golf often, showing no signs of depression or other mental illness. Yet, Shoots took his own life, and he … [Read more...]

Do You Have an Advocate to Speak on Your Behalf?

Q. My sister, Penny, has advanced Parkinson’s and is beginning to experience symptoms of dementia. She’s been in the hospital several times over the past year for aspiration pneumonia, falls, and urinary tract infections. Although … [Read more...]