Ben A. Neiburger, JD, CPA
Neiburger Law, Ltd.
Estate planning helps ensure your assets go to your desired beneficiaries after you pass away. This article describes the tools, such as gifts, wills, beneficiary designations, trusts, and strategies that elder law attorneys use to create an estate plan. (more…)
By Sanford J. Mall, JD, CELA
Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C.
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Michigan chapter
Elder law is a specialized area of law that focuses on assisting older individuals and those with disabilities preserve their dignity, protect their assets, and make good decisions despite increasingly complicated laws. This specialty encompasses such areas as planning and paying for long-term care, asset preservation, housing options, disability planning, estate planning (including the use of financial and health care durable powers of attorney), and when necessary, the involvement of the probate court.
By John Stewart
Director of Estate and Asset Services
American Cancer Society
An estate plan aims to preserve the maximum wealth possible for the intended beneficiaries, while providing financial flexibility for the plan’s owners throughout their lives.
Most Americans can benefit from estate plans, but more than half don’t have one in place.
Shay Jacobson, RN, MA
Life Care Innovations
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Long term care has evolved into a “catch all” phrase that is confusing to the lay as well as the professional community. The boundaries among primary, acute, and long term care have blurred. Instead of concentrating on acute care in hospitals, our health care system’s focus has switched to managing chronic conditions in a variety of settings from home to rehabilitation hospitals. The long term care goal switches from curing illness to helping individuals function as well as possible while maintaining dignity and independence. Individuals that require long term care have a compromised ability to live on their own due to their condition. Long term care encompasses help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting. (more…)
By Philip C. Benedict, CFP
Benedict Financial Advisors
Over the years, I have brought up the topic of long-term care insurance with my clients and friends. Some got coverage, but many did nothing. So, I asked a few of the “do nothings” why they took no action.
By Jeff Bernier, CFP, ChFC, CFS
TandemGrowth Financial Advisors, LLC
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance,
In the face of volatile investment markets, rising medical costs, increased taxes, and uncertain social security benefits, many retirees are looking for solutions.
This article is designed to assist retirees in planning for retirement while taking a critical look at the financial services industry’s packaged solutions. (more…)
By Mandy Merkel, MMSc, CCC-SLP
Senior Resource Consulting
After my parents retired to Florida, we thought things would be fine; if something happened to them, we could hop on a plane and take care of things.
Unfortunately, it was not that simple. Dad broke his hip and needed short term rehab – unbeknownst to us, he had been taking care of Mom as her dementia advanced.
Like many parents, he had kept us in the dark about how much she depended on him and like many children, we chose not to see the realities of her decline.
Now we were in a crisis: (more…)
By Gary Figiel, MD
Southeastern Geriatric Healthcare Group
Depression is a serious life threatening illness, which without question increases the risk of mortality in elderly patients and is linked with increased mortality of residents in nursing and assisted living homes, along with other long-term care facilities.
By Tom Olsen
St. George Village
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Georgia chapter
What is a CCRC?
A “CCRC” is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, the most comprehensive retirement living option available to seniors in America today.
A CCRC combines the services of an independent living retirement community with an assisted-living facility and a nursing home at a single location. (more…)
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