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Senior Poverty: Many Older Americans Are Struggling to Meet Basic Needs

It is nothing short of a national tragedy; 45 percent of aging Americans are not making it financially to meet their most basic needs. Many of these older adults must routinely shuffle their available resources in an attempt to keep quality health ca… Read More
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Hearing Loss Can Lead to Other Health Problems

According to the ten-year study done by the Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA), a strong link between hearing loss and health risks exists. The risks include a 50 % greater risk of dementia, a 40 % greater risk of developing depression… Read More
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What is the Role of a Probate Attorney?

Whether you are the executor or an heir of the probate estate, knowing the lawyer’s role is one of the first steps you should take at the beginning of the probate process. One of the biggest sources of conflict in probating the estate is understand… Read More
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How Elder Law Attorneys Can Benefit Seniors and Their Family

Elder law encompasses a wide range of legal matters affecting an older or disabled person. An elder law attorney specializes as a legal advocate for aging adults and their loved ones. Issues related to guardianship; retirement; health care including… Read More
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And YOU Get a Check. And YOU Get a Check: Medicaid and Gifting Under the $15,000 Exclusion Amount

Can you give away $15,000 each year to your children, grandchildren, or others? Sure, if you have the money to give, you certainly can. But beware: there may be consequences should you apply for Medicaid long-term care coverage within five years afte… Read More
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Caregiver Appreciation: Compensating an Adult Child Caregiver

Caregiver Appreciation: Compensating an Adult Child Caregiver

March 3 is Caregiver Appreciation Day, which is a specific day to express your appreciation to those who care for someone who is ill, disabled, or elderly. As noted on Holiday Insights, caregivers, who are often family members, “give their time… Read More
Elder Care

Understanding Medicare’s Hospice Benefit

Medicare’s hospice benefit covers any care that is reasonable and necessary for easing the course of a terminal illness. It is one of Medicare’s most comprehensive benefits and can be extremely helpful to both the terminally ill individua… Read More
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Rising Nursing Home Cost

Nursing Home Cost: Median for Private Rooms Hits Six Figures

The median private-room nursing home cost in the United States increased to $100,375 a year in 2018, up 3 percent from 2017, according to Genworth’s Cost of Care survey, which the insurer conducts annually. At the same time, Genworth reports th… Read More
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Keys to Hiring a Caregiver

Six Keys to Hiring a Home Caregiver

Most people prefer to be cared for in their home rather than a nursing home, but finding a home care provider for you or a loved one can be daunting. The following are some things to keep in mind when looking for a caregiver. 1. Consider level of car… Read More
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Filial & Responsible Parties: When Can an Adult Child Be Liable for a Parent's Nursing Home Bill?

Although a nursing home cannot require a child to be personally liable for their parent’s nursing home bill, there are circumstances in which children can end up having to pay. This is a major reason why it is important to read any admission ag… Read More

Attorney Jana McCreary

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Houston Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Jana R. McCreary has been an attorney for over eighteen years, a career move she made after working for over a decade with adults and children with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Graduatin… Read More

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