• Music Makes Life Better for People with Dementia

    Music is an important part of life for most people.  From the time you are born, through childhood and adolescence, your adult years, and old age, music is along for the ride. Your mother sang lullabies to soothe you as an infant. You remember the band that played at your high school prom. You carefully selected the first song to dance to as a married couple. Music is the soundtrack of our lives.

  • My Elder Care Story - Lisa Titus

    Could the experience of aging and long-term illness be less traumatic?

    It’s a question that Lisa Titus has often pondered. For the last twelve years, Lisa has been working as an elder care coordinator at the Elder Law Practice of Dennison Keller, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. She now helps the firm’s many clients answer this question.

  • What Sets Life Care Planning Apart

    In the last 15 years, the number of companies offering services and support to families caring for elderly loved ones has skyrocketed. What sets Life Care Planning apart from the rest?

  • Why You Should Shop Your Medicare Drug Coverage

    Are Medicare beneficiaries paying too much for prescription drugs?

    It’s entirely possible, according to Susan Pittman, Medicare Coordinator at The Law Practice of Dennison Keller, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to guiding the firm’s many clients, Susan has also spent the last seven years as a certified counselor with Ohio’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a Medicare-sponsored program that provides free unbiased advice to Medicare beneficiaries.

  • Getting Mom and Dad to Plan: What Not to Do

    Your parents are getting up there in years. They’re still healthy—and they refuse to discuss their plans to pay for long-term care when the time comes. They’re convinced they won’t need it.

    The statistics tell a different story. Someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care in their remaining years. Who will pay for this care? Who will make decisions for the elder when he or she becomes incapacitated?

  • Is It Criminal Behavior? Or Is It Dementia?

    People with dementia committing crimes is a sensitive topic, one that doesn’t always get a lot of attention. To explore this issue, we consulted Katie Knook, an elder care coordinator at Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in the Philadelphia area. Before joining the firm, Katie worked as a community relations director at an assisted living memory care facility. She has seen it all.

  • Falls: An Elder Care Turning Point

    Each year, National Falls Prevention Day is observed on the autumn equinox, the official first day of fall. If you’re looking after elderly relatives, now is a good time to take stock of the fall risk your loved ones may be facing now.

  • Reflections on Unpaid Labor on Labor Day

    As you roll out the grill on this Labor Day holiday, don’t forget to say a silent prayer on behalf of the more than 40 million Americans who currently serve as unpaid caregivers to adults ages 65 and older in the United States. These are spouses, daughters, sons, and grandchildren working in obscurity, their contributions unseen, their burdens hidden.

  • Medicaid Planning 101: Part 2 – Married Couples

    If an elderly relative needs to qualify for Medicaid in order to pay for long-term care costs, including at an assisted living facility or nursing home, where do you start? We posed this question to Madeline Thorn, an attorney at Fendrick Morgan, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in New Jersey.

    Typically, eligibility is first determined by looking at the applicant’s marital status. If the person who needs Medicaid is married, the qualification process is less straightforward than it is for single people.