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New Law Encourages Reporting of Elder Financial Abuse

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act into law on May 24, 2018. The Act contains a section that was once a stand-alone bill from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) which is designed to encourage the reporting of elder (age 65 and older) financial...

The Challenges of Placing a Parent in Long Term Care

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Long term care (LTC) is a term that has many facets to its definition. It is comprised of a variety of services that meet medical and non-medical requirements for people who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. It is a highly individualized care system which can be formally or...

States Brace for Baby Boomer Retirement Age Challenges

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

There are demographic and cultural shifts occurring in the United States. The baby boomer generation continues to “gray” the country and is changing the way individual states set budgets and health care policies. More attention will be paid to the needs of the post age 50 generation(s) . Chan...

Solo Aging and the Challenges it Brings

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

For some seniors in the baby boomer generation aging brings with it new challenges in the form of solo aging. Solo aging is a senior who has no children and no younger (or healthier) family members to assist them as they age. As in generations before, baby boomers are living longer and health...

Respite Care Options for Caregivers

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

Respite care is substitute care when a caregiver needs a break. If possible, these breaks should be scheduled regularly, giving the caregiver time to rest. It can be for a short period like a day or a few hours or for the purpose of giving the caregiver a vacation. Respite care is often overl...

Always Put Caregiver Contracts in Writing

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

When hiring a caregiver, it is important to put the contract in writing. Courts can be especially strict about requiring contracts when caregivers are relatives, but a formal agreement is still necessary even if the caregiver is not a relative.  A recent Michigan court ruling illustrates how fail...

New Federal Law Puts Focus on Preventing Elder Abuse

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

A new federal law is designed to address the growing problem of elder abuse. The law supports efforts to better understand, prevent, and combat both financial and physical elder abuse. The prevalence of elder abuse is hard to calculate because it is underreported, but according to the National C...

What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Americans are living longer than they did in years past, including those with disabilities. Planning by parents can make all the difference in the life of a child with a disability, as well as that of his or her siblings who may be left with the responsibility for caretaking (on top of their own ...

Alzheimer’s 101 – Understanding the Basics

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is Alzheimers Disease? Alzheimers disease is defined as an irreversible, progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age. It is the most common form of dementia. What causes Alzheimers Disease? Alzheimers disease is caused by a generalized deterioration of the b...

Selling The Family Home - Come See Us First

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

After Marias husband died, Marias daughter Debby persuaded her to sell the family home and move into Debbys mother-in-law  cottage.  That  way  they  could  stay  close, and  Maria  could  invest  the money  from  the  sale  so that she  could  live comfortably. The house sold for a handsome s...

Decisions to Make for Your Power of Attorney

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Mar 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

A power of attorney may seem like a simple document, but there are several important decisions that need to be made when creating one. From whom to appoint to what powers to grant, care and consideration should be put into each choice. A power of attorney is one of the most important estate plan...

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