New Law Helps Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

Q. Last summer, you wrote about a veteran named Larry Cook who was a victim of financial exploitation. He was scammed out of millions of dollars in Virginia before he died. Mr. Cook was very careful with his money and would never … [Read more...]

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Important Client Update About Medicaid Redeterminations

Enacted soon after the beginning of the pandemic, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act included a requirement that Medicaid programs in every state, in order to receive enhanced federal funding, keep people on Medicaid who … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Maryland Officially Launches State-Run Retirement Program

Dear Angel,My husband and I live in Maryland and are both still working. We are doing the best we can when it comes to saving for retirement. His work doesn’t have a program in place at this time. I heard something about a new … [Read more...]

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Maryland Medicaid Waivers Have a Wait-List of 21,000 Names — Is That Ever Going to Change?

Q. My sister, Freda, age 70, resides in Rockville, Maryland, and is physically disabled. Due to her disability, has been cared for in her home by nursing aides 24/7 for the past several years. Luckily, our parents had amassed … [Read more...]

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Medicaid-Covered Home Health Care in Maryland — Reality or Illusion?

Q. For years, my Aunt Linda, 80, who lives in Rockville, Maryland, has had trouble walking or standing for long periods and trouble getting in and out of her favorite chair. She also needs help dressing and bathing, and she has … [Read more...]

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Maryland Repealed Filial Responsibility Laws. What’s Going on in Virginia?

----Q. My mother has had dementia for the past three years. As her condition is getting worse, we’re having trouble caring for her at home. I heard recently that if she goes into a nursing home and she can’t pay, then the … [Read more...]

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Virginia, Maryland, and DC Now Allow Visitors in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Q. Last month, we had a scare when the nursing home where my mother, Marcia (85), who has dementia, resides called and said that she stopped eating and seems depressed and withdrawn. Although she doesn’t quite know who we are, my … [Read more...]

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Will Getting a REAL ID be a REAL problem for Seniors Who Can’t Make it to the DMV?

Q. My mother is 73, lives in Virginia and doesn’t have any immediate travel plans, but her driver’s license has expired. She is housebound for the most part due to physical ailments and doesn’t drive. I have been hearing a lot … [Read more...]

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Alexandria, VA becomes Fifth Dementia Friendly Community in Virginia

Every day, Nico Bins goes to his favorite newsstand to buy a newspaper. The owner greets him with a smile as he scrambles for change to pay. They make conversation about the escalating cost of newspapers, and then Nico goes about … [Read more...]

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Where Not to Die This Year

Q. I own a home in Bethesda, MD, but was told I should sell it and move to another state. My 96-year old best friend Sheila insists that “it is expensive to die in Maryland” and I'm beginning to think she is right. Sheila lives in … [Read more...]

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