When Your Loved One is in a Nursing Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Q. My husband, Bill, is currently in a nursing home with frontotemporal dementia. We are not able to visit him at this time, which is especially difficult for him and for us. He is declining quickly, so I was trying to visit at … [Read more...]

The Five Biggest Things to Know About Medicare

Q. I am turning 65 this year and will qualify for Medicare. I want to make sure I do things properly when it comes to applying. For instance, do I have to wait until I'm actually 65 to start the process, or can I start ahead of … [Read more...]

Can You Still Live Alone if You Have Early-Stage Alzheimer’s?

When Kimberly was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she took it as a devastating blow. She experienced the gamut of emotions anyone would feel after such a shocking discovery about oneself, including shock, denial, and … [Read more...]

2020 Key Elder Law Dollar Amounts

Every year we release the key dollar amounts that are frequently used in elder law, including Medicaid figures, Medicare premiums, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income. Since most of these figures have been … [Read more...]

Mission Accomplished or Mission Impossible: Is the MISSION Act Really Benefitting Veterans?

Q. As a veteran, my father used to have to wait weeks to see a VA doctor, and that doctor was more than 35 minutes away. I heard about the MISSION Act, where he will have access to community care and can find a doctor who is … [Read more...]

When Your Aging Parent Is Running Out of Money

Q. My mother, Rosie, is 97 years old. She is still mentally sharp and she pays her bills on time. She does need some help physically, ever since she broke her hip from a fall a few years ago. Besides the broken hip, she has … [Read more...]

Why Do People with Alzheimer’s Remember Old Memories While New Memories Fade?

  Q. I recently went to visit my father, Paul, who has Alzheimer’s. I posted a picture of us on Facebook, which prompted several cousins who lived nearby who I rarely see to visit while I was there. His first cousin, … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Joint Bank Accounts

Emily, 67, is seriously thinking about adding her adult daughter, Katie, as joint owner of her bank account. She is considering this because she wants to ensure that Katie would have easy access to her money in case of an … [Read more...]

Open Enrollment is Now Much Easier

  Nancy had been counting down the days to her retirement for a couple of years now. As the day got closer, she turned in her retirement paperwork to human resources, enjoyed the party her co-workers threw for her, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Virginia Law Removes Age Cap on Autism Coverage

Dear Magic, Our daughter, Rachael, has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since she was a toddler, we have been taking her for every early intervention therapy there is, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), speech, and … [Read more...]