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Why Social Workers Can Be Your Friend

  You and your social worker can be friends. If you are elderly, a caregiver, or just a concerned family member, It is extremely important to understand why social workers in hospitals and other facilities (like nursing homes) can be your friend. The term social worker often leads to misunderstanding about their purpose in the […]

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Your Loved One IS Not A Commodity

Is healthcare a commodity? As much as some of us do not like to admit it, when something like healthcare is a quarter of the U.S. economic output, it certainly is a commodity. Services are exchanged for money. Some services cost more than others and at times costs can be prohibitive to treatment. Health care […]

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Caregivers and Balance

Caregivers and Balance Caregivers face an overwhelming challenge in life, whether they know it or not. They have given themselves the challenge of balancing their own life with taking care of a loved one.  Caregivers sacrifice so much of their own time to help loved ones in need that they forget to take care of […]

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Can Your Loved Ones Live Independently?

Recently we posted to the Facebook page asking our subscribers what their biggest concern was with their elderly family members living independently. The responses we got took two basic forms: one was from the perspective of a caregiver, and one was from the perspective of the senior or loved one themselves. Both of them are […]

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Caregivers: You Need Balance

It’s been a couple of weeks without some fresh content. Sorry about that. There’ll be more where this comes from next week.   I saw a commercial not that long ago that talked about a squeaking fan in a warehouse. The voiceover explained that a bearing needed to be repaired, because it was causing the […]

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This May Shock You, But Seniors Pay High Taxes in NJ

I will admit this is not one of the most shocking headlines to find its way out of the media in the last week: New Jersey isn’t ‘tax friendly’ for retirees, study shows   In other news, nobody has built a shrine to Alex Rodriguez in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium, either. There’s an awfully […]

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NJ Medicaid Paying for Home Care? Not So Fast

I talk a lot about Medicaid in New Jersey. I could probably continue to talk about it for the rest of my natural born life, such are the complications and red tape that are involved in administering the program. The State has managed to take a program that thousands of seniors rely on and turn […]

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Parent Can’t Find Their Way Home? You Need an Elder Law Attorney

I came across this article in the news yesterday. It’s scary stuff. A man in northern New Jersey went missing on Wednesday, wandering out of his home. He was found, thank goodness, save and alive (if hungry and dehydrated) on Sunday. How could this happen?   People who have cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s or other […]

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Special Needs Trusts for Children with Divorcing Parents

This is really important. The Supreme Court, for the first time, set forth guidelines under which special needs trusts set up in lieu of a child support award would be acceptable. Child support belongs by law to the child, and normally it would have the tendency to jeopardize governmental benefits. The new decision means that […]

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Convenience Store Wills, or “National Make a Will Month”

My wife told me that August is “National Make a Will Month” according to a DIY document preparation website I’m not going to name. How cute.   If you’re even a casual reader of my blog you have an idea how ridiculous it is to market estate planning documents to the casual consumer. They’re selling […]

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