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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Critter Corner: Happy Birthday Medicare! 

Dear Kiwi and Mango, I understand that July 30 marks the 59th birthday of Medicare. I will be 65 early next year. What should I do and what resources can I count on for more information before I sign up? Thanks for your … [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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Top 10 Things Your Children Want You to Leave Them and the Top 10 Things They Don’t Want

When considering what to leave your children or grandchildren, many of you hope to pass on love, wisdom, financial abundance, and maybe a few precious family heirlooms. However, despite your best intentions, while there are some … [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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New Federal Rule Sets Minimum Staffing Requirements for Nursing Homes — the Biggest Reform in Nursing Home Policy in Decades

A federal mandate that sets minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes was finalized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week. Three final rules were issued to “fulfill President Biden’s commitment to … [Read more...]

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