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California passed a type of “Right to Die” law in 2016, becoming the 5th state in the nation to allow terminally ill patients the right to end their own lives with doctor-prescribed drugs. However, many conditions must be met before a terminally ill patient is prescribed the lethal drugs to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“Doctor may contact social services or Adult Protective Services for evaluation.” The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index© (EASI) is a copyrighted tool developed for family doctors to quickly evaluate possible elder abuse or neglect among their aging patients. The entire process takes only about 2 minutes. The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“There are no consistent standards for Memory Care communities. It is up to the appointed advocate, typically an adult son or daughter, to ensure the facility is the correct choice. Alzheimer disease and other dementia’s take their toll on its victims and their families. Most seniors afflicted with this disease... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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by Izabella Ellis, Elder Care Coordinator; the McNamara Law Firm, PC Many seniors have high medical care costs (such as Assisted Living facility charges or private caregivers), but cannot afford the care on a long-term basis. Many seniors spend their life savings on care, and lose their house when skilled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“The Residents’ Bill of Rights provides eight fundamental protections and rights for nursing home residents.” Before 1987, many residents of American nursing homes did not receive adequate care. Many were the victims of neglect and abuse. Congress created the Nursing Home Reform Act to address these issues. If you have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“Every person’s dementia is unique, but there are many common behaviors associated with the illness. You need to recognize these behaviors and have a plan.” If your parent is a victim of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you must know your options. Options vary with each situation, and are often based... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“The Funeral Rule is a Federal Law Designed to Protect Consumers From Funeral Home Fraud.” Older Americans are the targets of many con artists and financial frauds. Funeral and burial schemes are big business in our country. The mortuary industry has been so fraught with scams, that the Federal Trade... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“If your elderly loved one is not careful, a predatory lender may lock her into a financially abusive loan that can be devastating.” What are predatory housing schemes? Predatory lending schemes target the elderly with loans that have unreasonable terms or conditions. The security for the loan is the elderly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“The Medicare Donut Hole is really a second deductible for prescription costs.” The Medicare “Donut Hole” is a gap in Medicare Part D coverage for prescription medications. The Donut Hole, deductibles and other terms can change every year. The question is, what is the Medicare “Donut Hole” for the year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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“With proper advice and planning, you can maximize your Social Security benefits and financial security during retirement.” Some people start saving for their retirement the day they start their first job. They stay married to one person, and they never take money out of their retirement account or switch jobs.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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QUESTION: My husband has dementia, and I am his full time caregiver. I know he will need a nursing home in the future. I hear nursing home care is very expensive. I’m hearing conflicting information, and want to avoid mistakes. Can you give me some guidance? ANSWER: You are right.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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by Jane M. McNamara, Elder Law Attorney Many well known senior celebrities often tout the benefits of reverse mortgages during their daily TV commercials. The advertisements target those who are at least 62 years old, and have equity in their home. The commercials sound too good to be true, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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By Jane M. McNamara, Elder Rights Attorney The Medicare system can be very complicated. It can become even more complicated when seniors are hospitalized, and then need care in a skilled nursing facility. If you are elderly, have a history of hospitalizations, have Alzheimer’s/dementia, or stroke related issues, you may... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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by Jane M. McNamara, Elder Law Attorney Dementia in the elderly population is an epidemic. Dementia is not actually a specified disease. Rather, dementia describes a progressive decline in memory and thinking skills, and is identified through a variety of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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By Jane McNamara, Elder Law Attorney As a pre-teen in the early 1970’s, I remember my mother crying about my grandmother’s health issues. My grandmother had many falls in her later years, resulting in broken hips, repeated admissions to the hospital, rehabilitation and therapies in facilities, discharges back home, only... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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By the McNamara Law Firm, P.C. For many elderly people, it is very important to have a Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as well as an Advanced Health Care Directive (AHCD). A Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment aka “POLST” is a physicians order based on the patient’s current medical... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
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Jane M. McNamara, Elder Law Attorney It is well known that our elderly population is rapidly increasing. The fastest growing segment of the United States population is those over 80 years of age. However, most people over 80 have multiple chronic long-term medical conditions. Their required prescriptions read like a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
The McNamara Law Firm, PC – An Elder Law and Life Care Planning Law Firm A recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association states that one in nine Americans age 65 or older currently have Alzheimer’s disease. With the baby boomer generation aging and people living longer, that number is increasing... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
Parents and their children have far different expectations about how much the children will inherit. Adult children typically do not know the important details of their parents’ finances. They do not how many assets their parents’ have, or how much their parents’ have saved for their retirement, if at all.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
A Colorado town created a festival to celebrate a frozen grandfather. Bredo Morstoel is not your average dead body. For many years, he was frozen in liquid nitrogen in California. However, in 1993, his wife and son moved to a small town in Colorado, ostensibly to open a cryonic facility.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
A hospital employee offers a free and unique service for dying patients and their families. She will cast the patient's hand, often entwined with the hand of a loved one. When a family member passes away, it is natural to look for some way to preserve his or her memory.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
The increasing costs of Alzheimer's treatment presents a very real threat to both Medicaid and Medicare. Alzheimer’s is an extremely expensive disease. Medications, repeated doctors visits, hospitalizations, long-term nursing home care – these all very common with Alzheimer’s patients, and take a financial toll on our health care programs. A... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
If the federal government decides to crackdown and enforce laws prohibiting marijuana, even in states where it is legal, it could have a negative impact on a group of people that are not often associated with the drug: the elderly. If you were asked to form a mental image of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
People make all kinds of mistakes in planning for retirement. One of the most common is something that some do not often think of as a retirement issue. It is not having an estate plan. You have probably seen so many commercials about retirement that you are almost immune to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog
A notorious serial killer in the U.K., who has been behind bars for decades, presents an unusual challenge for advocates of right to die laws. The name Ian Brady does not mean very much to most people in the U.S. However, in the U.K., the name is as notorious, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at McNamara Law Firm, PC Blog