“I’m too young for these documents!” This statement was overheard recently at a Health Fair at one of the local senior centers. The statement caught me by surprise but also sparked a thought. When we, as lawyers, tell people to get their documents in order they do not understand why these specific documents are so […]
It has been years since Ohio has seen the significant Elder law changes as it is seeing right now. There are changes to Medicaid and Veteran benefits all at once. The Veterans changes are fairly drastic. The law has only been out for comment and the effective date is only in the rumor stages. The […]
I frequently see veterans who have returned from tours of duty with a variety of medical and emotional issues that interfere with their ability to enjoy a productive and happy life. Entitlement to financial help from the Veterans Benefits Administration can be difficult to establish without legal assistance. The process can take years, with multiple […]
Ah – it’s February. The month of love. The month of Valentine’s Day with its pink and red heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, pink and red greeting cards, pink and red flowers, and everywhere hearts, hearts, and more hearts. February is also Heart Disease Awareness Month – the month to seriously consider the healthiness of your […]
We often think of our weight as indicators of how healthy we are. “I need to lose ten pounds,” or “my daughter’s so thin, she needs to stop starving herself.” These are very real issues that we are faced with often, but we need to realize that weight issues are important health indicators among our […]
What do you think of when you think about the holidays? Most of us think of good times with family and friends, parties, great food, lots of fun and general happiness. Rarely does the word holiday conjure up visions of loneliness and depression. But, for many of our elders, that’s exactly what it means. Aging […]
Everyone seems to know when the flu season arrives, but does everyone realize how important flus shots are for the elders in our community? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established NIVW in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. This is because, traditionally, influenza […]
It is time to dispel all myths and misconceptions about lung cancer with some little known facts. The first fact is that each year more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths. It is the leading cause of cancer death […]
Today is almost a flashback to the 40’s and early 50’s in that there are more intergenerational households than there have been in a long time. According to a recent survey, 43% of adult caregivers in the USA that are between the ages of 35 and 62 either reside with a parent, stepparent, or an […]
It is often surprising to young people how often a new retiree becomes anxious or depressed. As the young see it, after working hard all their adult lives, retirement should be a happy goal achieved. Unfortunately, the reality is that when that retirement day does finally arrive, the retiree looks at his situation and asks, “Who am I, and what do I do with the rest of my life?”
It is so easy to slip into sadness and seclusion when a spouse, close friend or pet dies. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. It isn’t impossible to build a new and fulfilling social life. Begin with a new attitude and follow these seven tips.
It is almost Autumn and soon the smell of fresh fallen leaves, campfires, and pumpkin spice will be filling the air. The Fall season also brings with it the onset of tricky weather – especially if you walk with some assistance such as a cane or a walker.
The risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer can be lowered by eating a healthy balanced diet.
Another summer is almost behind us and Labor Day is fast approaching. While thousands of people in Northeast Ohio will be heading to the backyard for a late-summer BBQ
In a good news/bad news scenario, our average life spans are longer than ever before, but the longer we live, the more likely it is that we will need extended medical care. This could be in the realm of rehabilitation after a broken hip, or the management of ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease. While we […]
What is a wellness visit or an annual physical with the doctor? How do I prepare for it? What should I bring to maximize the short time that I will spend with the doctor? Two essential things to bring on your appointment are (1) pen and paper to write down your questions in advance, and […]
Pets can be very helpful for the elderly. They lower anxiety in people and offer the comfort of companionship. Any person who has seen the love in a dog’s eyes while it is getting it’s belly rubbed, or listening to the gentle purr from a content cat will know that they pass that solace onto […]
As we get older, our failing health requires us to have to take more and more medication. All of these changes can be confusing and can result in missing regular dosage which can cause serious problems with a person’s health. Combine this with the challenge of vision or memory problems and the situation can become […]
I hear this phrase after nearly every new appointment. Maybe it’s the home-like feel of the office; maybe it’s the casual, friendly staff; maybe it’s the wet nose marks on the front door from the dog Jake; maybe it’s the friendly greeting by the staff, happy to come to work most days. Whatever it is, […]
POSTED IN MEDICARE & MEDICAID BY LAWYERS.COM Despite what many people think, the government health care program for the elderly, Medicare, covers very few nursing home costs. Medicaid is the largest source of government funding for nursing home care. But getting Medicaid benefits isn’t always easy because the rules can be complicated. So, there are […]