The downside of living longer is that some of those extra years will come with extra difficulty. We are likely to have trouble getting around, whether that means trouble operating the car safely, needing a walker or a wheelchair. We are likely to have trouble doing the laundry and the housework. Grocery shopping and cooking will become too burdensome. Even bathing, dressing and grooming; using the toilet and maintaining continence may well become a problem. You may be wondering, do I need long-term care insurance? Nearly 70% of us will need some form of long-term care.read more
Perhaps your situation is simple. You have no spouse. You have no children. You have no house, no car and no more than $2,000 in the bank. Your memory is intact and your mind is sharp: you can complete the Medicaid application all on your own.
But, what if your situation is less simple? You may need an elder lawyer’s help to get things done.read more
Although in Texas probate can be relatively straight-forward, fast and cheap, who can be blamed for wanting to cut expenses further by doing it themselves?
Can you DIY probate in Texas? Maybe.read more
For years, companies have maintained low expectations about hiring people with disabilities. Most of these companies believed that employees with disabilities could not perform well in the workplace and that actively hiring them would drag company performance and profits down.
Thankfully, over time, many employers have come to understand that these perceptions are untrue. And new research strongly suggests that the opposite — that hiring people with disabilities is good for business.read more
While many of us do not plan to borrow during retirement and so are comfortable opting out of credit card offers and putting a freeze on our accounts at the major credit reporting agencies, we may not even be aware of the potential for telecom and utility fraud. How can we attempt to prevent someone from installing Dish TV or a phone at our expense?read more
Knowing the right thing to say to someone who is grieving doesn’t come naturally. In this article, David Pogue asked a group of people to recount some helpful things people said or did when they were in mourning – and to share some things that were decidedly unhelpful.read more
Many children promise never to put their parents in a nursing home. Unlicensed board and care homes are the 21st century equivalent of poor farms. Nursing homes are often little better: underfunded, understaffed with no privacy, they offer almost no autonomy or attention to personal preferences. Medication errors abound. Even dentures go missing. Can children keep elderly parents out of a nursing home?read more
Texas is one of 14 states that has not expanded Medicaid. Some legislators want to take it to the people for a vote. Should Texans be allowed to vote on Medicaid expansion? Read more in this article by Julie Chang.read more
In 2002 a new medical condition was recognized, Minimally Conscious State. In one study, 41% of people receiving chronic care due to traumatic brain injury were found to be in a Minimally Conscious State. What if your loved one, diagnosed as permanent vegetative state, is actually in a minimally conscious state?read more
Even though “Jenny” exhibited many of the established elder abuse risk factors, she did not become a victim of elder abuse herself. She possessed four qualities that helped her live at home alone, thrive despite disability, and remain abuse-free. Read more for how she was able to live life on her terms.read more