Lessons from the Eco Challenge

By Rachel Kabb-Effron

Like many, the pandemic has led to a lot of TV watching for our family.  One of our favorites has been World’s Toughest Race – Fiji. It documents 66 teams in their desire to compete or merely finish a grueling 417-mile course over eleven days. My husband and I sit and watch in awe as the participants do this for their strange idea of “fun.”  We also ponder whether we would be strong enough in our relationship to be on a team together.

Journey to Life Care Planning - Jason Penrod

Every attorney who finds their way Life Care Planning has a different story to tell.

For some, the journey starts when they realize that clients need more help than they can provide. That’s how it was for Jason Penrod, attorney and founder of Family Elder Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Lakeland, Florida.

Care Coordination in the Age of COVID

How has COVID-19 changed things for older adults and the families who love and care for them? We posed this question to Kyra Clements, one of the elder care coordinators at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee.

Kyra says that lockdowns have created some of the biggest problems. “One of the hardest things has been helping people feel connected,” Kyra said. “Many seniors are feeling the effects of isolation, including depression and weight loss. It’s hard on everyone.”

What’s in Your Go Bag?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one in seven Americans age 65 or older will need to spend at least one night in the hospital each year. Some of these hospital stays are planned in advance, but many are not. If you’re a family caregiver, you’ve probably already experienced the chaos associated with unplanned trips to the ER.

Tales from the Community Spouse

What is a Community Spouse in Medicaid world? We posed this question to Hailey Michel-Evleth, one of the public benefits specialists at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee.

The concept of a Community Spouse applies to married couples where one spouse needs Medicaid to pay for nursing home care and the other one doesn’t. “You're considered part of their household and referred to as the Community Spouse during the application process,” Hailey said.

Older Adults and Opioid Abuse – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the scope of the opioid problem among America’s senior population. Read Part 1 here.  In Part 2, Elder Care Coordinator Claire Merendino explains how to tell if a loved one is abusing opioids and how family caregivers can confront the issue. For the last 3.5 years, Claire has worked as an Elder Care Coordinator at Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Older Adults and Opioid Abuse - Part 1

Think drug addict and what comes to mind? Young people shooting up heroin? Stoners smoking weed?

What about your 80-year-old mother? What about your 90-year-old grandpa?

Just because older adults don’t fit the common stereotype of a drug abuser, it doesn’t mean that your elderly parents or grandparents are immune from a secret (or not-so secret) addiction.

Filing VA Pension Claims

If you’re caring for an older relative who happens to be a veteran, the VA offers several benefit programs that could help you pay for your loved one’s long-term care. How can you access these benefits? We posed this question to Steven Rubin, a Certified Elder Law Attorney and a VA accredited attorney at Drazen Rubin Law, LLC., a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Milford, Connecticut. Steven has been advising clients on VA-related issues for more than eight years.

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