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...]

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...]

Critter Corner: Two New Virginia Resources for Loved Ones with Dementia

Dear Angel,My father was just diagnosed with dementia. He will be moving in with my family and me in our Northern Virginia home. What are some resources that are available in the area and/or state to help us as caregivers, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Virginia GrandDriver Resource Available Just in Time for the Holidays

Dear Hayek, My dad is in the early stages of dementia and I’m concerned about him driving. He’s gotten lost several times because he forgets where he is going. Is there a resource that can help me talk to him and offer … [Read more...]

How Do Directed Trusts Work?

Q. I recently read about what is called a directed trust, where an individual has power to direct the trustee on some aspect of the trust, such as investment management, administration, and distribution decisions, powers usually … [Read more...]

Maryland Repealed Filial Responsibility Laws.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...]

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where my mother, Marcia (85), who has dementia, resides called and said that she stopped eating and seems depressed and withdrawn.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...]

Virginia Allocates $246 million to Help Long-term Care Facilities After COVID-19 Pandemic

At a retirement community in Springfield, the last scheduled event that Lea (88) attended was a Valentine’s Day dance in February. Since then, there have been no more potluck dinners, card games, special outings, or other social … [Read more...]

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...]

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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