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The Health Risks of Hearing Loss

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

The findings from a 10 year study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have reported a link between hearing loss and health risks. The risks include a 50% greater risk of dementia, a 40% greater risk of developing depression and a nearly 30% higher risk of accidental falls....

How Elder Law Attorneys Can Help

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many aging Americans depend on family members or friends to help manage their financial, health, and other affairs during retirement and beyond. They often believe that their family members will be able to take care of any issues that arise. While consulting with loved ones about plans and wish...

Planning for Children with Special Needs

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Estate planning requires specialized planning when you have a child with special needs. Looking to the future as to how your child will be able to function in the world as they age is particularly tricky to assess. What is the child's long term prognosis and what type of care is anticipated to ...

Medicaid and the Risk of Gift Giving

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many seniors enjoy the opportunity to be generous to their children by gifting them monetarily. In certain circumstances, however, there is a real concern that people who may be in need of long-term nursing care in the near future should not give gifts. It can be complicated trying to adequatel...

The Revolution of the Smart Personal Assistant

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

The smart personal assistant revolution is moving forward at a breakneck pace. It took approximately 30 years for the cellular telephone to begin outnumbering people on the planet, but smart personal assistants are projected to outnumber humans in half that time by 2021. The technology-research...

Autism in America

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

The prevalence of autism is on the rise in the US. Because the condition first manifests itself before the age of 3, the majority of people receiving new diagnoses are under the age of 6. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of behavioral conditions that include challenges wit...

The Success of Aging

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Aging is the sign of a successful life. After all, when you think about the alternative to aging your perspective about getting older shifts. You should start seeking self-sufficiency for your retirement years well before the age of sixty-five. But, even if you have not done so, don’t shun the planning stages. You need to address planning no matter what your age.

Planning for End-of-Life Care Decisions

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may think your living will is in order, including instructions regarding resuscitation commonly referred to as a DNR (do not resuscitate). While your wishes in a living will may be appropriately documented, that does not guarantee the instructions will be carried out as you stated.

How to Choose the Right Nursing Home

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is an important decision and should be carefully considered. It is important for families to take the time to explore nursing home options and to carefully assess the nursing home facilities in order to choose the best care for the loved one.

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...

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