What to Do if your Spouse needs Long Term Care

If your spouse is losing the ability to care for himself / herself and needs long term care, in a nursing home, assisted living facility or with home care aides, there are a lot of steps to take, like Medicaid planning and changing your estate plan.  We’ve written extensively about … Continue reading

Women Bear Majority of Costs for Alzheimer’s, Study Finds

Women bear the majority of costs for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from researchers at Emory University.  As reported by Pacific Standard, women bear six times as much of the cost for caring for Alzheimer’s patients. The study’s authors look at direct costs – spending money on fees … Continue reading

Hearing Loss Affects Longevity for Seniors

On Oct.1, 2015, Reuters reported that a recent study involving researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland shows that older people with significant hearing loss are at risk to die sooner than people with normal hearing.  While researchers haven’t determined the cause of the connection, the study points to hearing impairment as at … Continue reading

Medicaid and Elective Share Claims in New Jersey

In New Jersey, if your spouse dies, you have a legal right to take what is called an “elective share” from his estate. The elective share is the minimal amount that a spouse is entitled to by law.  It’s meant to prevent someone from disinheriting his or her spouse and … Continue reading

Medicaid Repayment: All Good Things come at a Price

We have written a lot on this blog about the benefits of the Medicaid program, which is a lifeline for many poor families and people with disabilities and is the only program that pays for long term care, in a nursing home, assisted living facility, etc. But all things come … Continue reading

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