It is perfectly normal to dislike the idea of aging no matter who you are. Many of us fear aging, but for different reasons. The following is a list of the top 5 reasons why men fear aging (and what they can do about it). [Read more…]
There is always a great deal of planning that goes into retirement. If you or a loved one are considering retirement you have to think not only about finances, but also about the emotional aspects of no longer working and deciding where you want to live. Many older Americans choose to move to a retirement community because of the amenities and lifestyle that these facilities offer. There is a wide range of options to consider when looking at potential communities. Because you are choosing a place where you will likely be living for an extended time, it is important to be sure you select a community that fits your life and expectations. [Read more…]
When caring for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s, it is important to anticipate potential hazards and to adjust his or her environment to minimize risks. Especially in the case of a loved one who is remaining at home, steps should be taken to make everyday tasks safer.
Tips for promoting safety: [Read more…]
Helping a person with dementia often requires a caregiver to alter his or her response to the person’s behavior and make adjustments in the person’s environment. Caregiving options will change as the disease progresses, and how you take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease should be specific to the stage they are at.
Typically an individual with Alzheimer’s may not understand as well as he or she used to, so one of the first adaptations to make as a caregiver is in how you communicate.
Alzheimer’s disease is a gradual degenerative brain disease. Typically, it changes an individual’s:
- Personality and behavior
- Ability to manage daily activities and learn new things
- Capacity to remember, think, and use language appropriately
Some people may worry that if they lose their keys or forget someone’s name, that this may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. [Read more…]
Have an appropriate level of health insurance. If you are planning to retire prior to becoming eligible for Medicare, investigate what health insurance may be available to you to help with the rising cost of medical care.
When creating a power of attorney, be sure to choose an estate planning attorney who uses the highest quality, most complete documents so your decisions will be protected and things will go as smoothly as possible when the power of attorney is needed. [Read more…]
The 16th president of the United States was arguably one of the greatest leaders in American history. However, when he died in April of 1865, Abraham Lincoln had no will and his estate became entangled in a court process that was made simple only because of his Presidential status. [Read more…]
Responsible estate planning is essential in assuring that your property is appropriately organized and distributed according to your wishes. When describing property in legal terms, there are two types: real property and personal property. Personal property can also be divided into two categories: tangible and intangible, but we will discuss those in a later blog. [Read more…]
The purpose of an Advanced Health Care Directives is to make it easier and more practical for you to state your medical care wishes in a legally binding format.
Which matters are covered by an AHCD? [Read more…]