On May 12th I, Lois Tager, will be retiring from this wonderful Law Firm. I wanted to take this opportunity to say “Goodbye” to all our exceptional clients. Together with Roy and his superb staff, building our Geriatric Division has been one of the most rewarding endeavors of my career. Helping to service the needs of our clients has been most rewarding and I shall miss you all. The field of Geriatric Care (also known as Elder Care) associated with a Law firm was unheard of just a short … [Read more...] about A “Goodbye” Message from Our Director of Geriatric Care Management
by: Lois G. Tager, M. Ed., CSA Director of Geriatric Care Management, Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law “Nobody relishes the prospect of aging without a spouse or family member at their side, without friends to help them laugh at the ridiculous parts and support them through the difficult times.” (Senior Living Blog) Unfortunately, that is what many seniors face. Due to the lack of socialization, seniors are less able to contribute to their communities. Seniors who … [Read more...] about The Dangers of Social Isolation (An Elder Law Today Blog)
Sundown Syndrome: How to Help by: Lois G. Tager, M. Ed., CSA Director of Geriatric Care Management, Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law Sundown Syndrome, sometimes referred to as sundowning or sunsetting, describes the onset of behaviors such as agitation, confusion and irritability. These behaviors are often found in people who have cognitive losses or Alzheimer’s disease; although some research suggests that they can also be found in seniors simply because of age-related … [Read more...] about Sundown Syndrome: How to Help (an Elder Law Today blog)
When you are budgeting for the future, you should certainly set aside funds for your active retirement years. At the same time, there are additional expenses that you may encounter when you reach the twilight years. A significant percentage of senior citizens will need assistance with their activities of daily living. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of people who are attaining senior citizen status will need help with their day-to-day needs … [Read more...] about Will Medi-Cal Pay for In-Home Care?
by Lois G. Tager, M. Ed., CSA Director of Geriatric Care Management, Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law A “Quiet “change in Medicare is often one where physicians and health care providers are informed but not the general senior population. Susan Jaffe of the New York Times recently wrote about a change of which we believe seniors and all beneficiaries should be aware. Previously, a patient could be denied coverage for physical therapy and occupational therapy because … [Read more...] about A” Quiet” Change in Medicare (An Elder Law Today Blog)
When you are evaluating your potential retirement expenses, you should take the matter of long-term care very seriously. It is more likely than not that you will eventually need help with your activities of daily living. Long-term care is very expensive, and Medicare will not pay for it. Medi-Cal is a government health insurance program that will pay for long-term care if you can qualify. It is California's version of the national Medi-Cal program. Because of the exorbitant costs associated … [Read more...] about What Assets Can I Keep When My Spouse Applies for Medi-Cal?
by Lois G. Tager, M.Ed., CSA and Dedra Jize, OT, CSA At the Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law, our Professional Geriatric Care Managers serve the clients of Attorney Roy W. Litherland as well as those who may not require his legal services, but do need the help of a Geriatric Care Manager. We have vast knowledge regarding aging and issues affecting the elderly. Our backgrounds and experiences are varied academically, professionally, and personally … [Read more...] about The Triple A’s of Geriatric Care Managers: Assess, Advocate and Assist
by: Lois G. Tager, M. Ed., CSA Director of Geriatric Care Management, Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law The holiday season is fast approaching. Preparing for travel with a senior will save many anxious hours before and during your trip and allow you to enjoy your journey. Airline travel preparedness will save you many moments of anxiety and exhaustion. Wendy Perrin, Conde Nast Traveler’s Consumer Travel Expert, tells us to be sure to confirm your flights at least 72 hours … [Read more...] about Travel Tips for Seniors (An Elder Law Today Blog)
Are you thinking of downsizing and not sure where to go? Are you unsure about what type of home you would like (independent living, assisted care or skilled nursing)? Are housing choice conversations taking up a lot of time with your family? I often help clients search for the perfect living situation. Following is some basic information on the different types of senior living available in our area, and some questions to ask when thinking of downsizing. Independent living is ideal for someone … [Read more...] about Seniors – Thinking of Downsizing? Some Tips to Think About
We all want to protect our family members and keep them safe, secure and independent. Knowing how to protect older adults from falls, a leading cause of injury, is a step toward that goal. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every three adults over the age of 65 or older will fall and two million will be treated in the emergency room for a broken hip, brain injury and multiple fractures. Thankfully, many falls can be prevented. As we age, physical … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk “Falls”