Beware of “Forgotten Assets” When Applying for Medicaid. And Beware of Bankers Trying to be Helpful.

We received two similar questions this week and will address them both.Q1. My aunt opened a savings account at her local bank for her son (my cousin) in the late 1980’s when my cousin was in college. When she opened the … [Read more...]

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A Screening Tool Exists that Accurately Predicts End-of-Life

Q. I read somewhere that there is a screening tool that was developed to more accurately predict someone’s risk of dying based on different factors. Do you know more about this or other screening tools that are out there and how … [Read more...]

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Misinformation about Medicaid in Popular Media and Journalists Getting Legal Information from Non-Lawyers

Medicaid turns 59 in July 2024! In the summer of 1965, President Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress asking that we honor a basic commitment to our seniors. He asked that the later years of their lives not be filled with … [Read more...]

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Prescribing Art: Can Art Be Used to Treat Conditions Affecting Seniors?

Two years ago, I wrote a three-part series that shared the wisdom of Katya De Luisa, a dementia educator and author of “Journey through the Infinite Mind–the Science and Spirituality of Dementia.” Besides being a dementia … [Read more...]

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Are You a Super-Ager?

Are you someone in your 80s or older whose memory recall seems to be as good or even better than people decades younger than you? If you are, you're in a relatively rare category of people known as “super-agers” — people who can … [Read more...]

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Comparing a Certified Medicaid Planner with a Certified Elder Law Attorney

Q. My sister-in-law and my husband have recently been discussing Medicaid Planning for my husband’s mother, who is in an early stage of dementia. You and your law firm represented my parents several years ago when we needed to … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Can Alzheimer’s Symptoms Be Reversed? Sanjay Gupta Explains in Newest Documentary

Dear Angel,I recently read about “The Last Alzheimer’s Patient,” starring Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The documentary describes Alzheimer’s patient Cici Zerbe, who claims that her early Alzheimer’s symptoms have been reversed. This was … [Read more...]

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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic?  

Years of research has found that the most common gene linked to Alzheimer's disease is a risk gene called apolipoprotein E (APOE). Recent research built upon what was already known about APOE, finding that people with two copies … [Read more...]

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Comparing Financial Powers of Attorney: Badly Drafted DIY vs. Well-Drafted Documents

Q. My husband is a handy DIYer, and it has saved us lots money, in many instances. Now, he is insisting on doing our Estate Planning documents, including our Wills and our Financial Powers of Attorney, on his own. I am glad he … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: How Can Seniors Make the Most of Financial Literacy Month?

Dear Angel,I just read that April is Financial Literacy Month. What are some things I should think about when it comes to Estate Planning and retirement planning this month? Thanks for your help!Fi Nanshill--Dear … [Read more...]

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