Month: December 2016

Social Security COLA 2017 and Medicare Part B Premiums

Most retirees receive some level of Social Security benefits, depending on age and the amounts paid into this federal system of benefits. In some years,...

Why You Should Talk to Your Parents About Long-Term Care

The aging process demands that you make a number of decisions about your future that are extremely important. While many think of taking legal steps...

Why Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney?

Elder law is a very specialized area of the law, since it deals with a wide variety of legal issues and factors that predominantly affect...

Senior Citizens and Their Dental Care Needs

A recent NPR story chronicles the fact that senior citizens are often in need of dental care, but rarely have any sort of insurance that...

Advance Care Planning in Nursing Homes

The OPTIMIST project is an initiative developed by a team of researchers from the Indiana University Schools of Nursing and Medicine, and the Regenstrief Institute,...

Do I Really Need a Health Care Directive or Living Will?

No one likes to think about being unable to consent to medical treatment or being otherwise unable to communicate with your health care providers about...

What is the Difference Between Healthcare and Financial Durable Powers of Attorney?

Powers of attorney allow you to appoint a spouse, relative, or trusted friend as your “agent” or “attorney-in-fact” in order to make decisions about healthcare...

Is a Revocable Living Trust Right for Me?

A revocable living trust is a written agreement in which an individual, known as the trustor, appoints a trustee and sets forth how the assets...

What is the COPES Program and How Can It Help Me?

The Community Options Program Entry System (COPES) is a Washington state Medicaid program. COPES is designed to allow individuals who require Long-Term Care to receive...

My Spouse Needs to Enter a Nursing Home. How Can I Pay for Her Care and Still Keep My Home?

The costs of nursing home care are extremely high, and it can be difficult to finance nursing home care for a spouse for any length...