Let 2017 Be the Year of the Superagers!

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital studied the brains of 65-year-olds with the memory and attention of 25-year-olds. Their conclusion? Work hard at something. “Vigorous exercise and bouts of strenuous mental effort” may do the trick, says last week’s New York Times article (How to Become a Superager) by one of the study’s authors, Lisa Feldman Barrett. This is… Read More »

Waiting

I understand why you haven’t spoken to your parents about getting a power of attorney. It’s awkward. And you don’t want to seem greedy or controlling. Plus, parents are difficult. You have to take time off work to meet with the lawyer. And you have to pay for it! Perhaps you might find it helpful… Read More »

Our Digital Afterlife

This month we taught a class on “digital assets” at Kaunoa Senior Center. The Kaunoa seniors were interested in the question, “What happens to my digital ‘stuff’ when I die or become disabled?” View image | gettyimages.com We began thinking about our online “footprints.” Exactly how many online store accounts (Amazon, Ebay), membership programs (Netflix,… Read More »

Haven’t Had Enough Of Us Yet?

Come see us out and about in the community. May 5, 2015 – Kaunoa Senior Services Center in Paia; Meg will speak to seniors about “digital assets” and how it can tie in to their estate planning. June 2015 – By Invitation/Referral only/Limited seating available – Estate Planning and Elder Law Seminar; Meg will speak… Read More »

VA Releases 2015 Aid and Attendance Numbers

Previously we wrote about the Veteran’s Administration’s Aid and Attendance program. The VA has announced the 2015 award numbers. View image | gettyimages.com Qualifying single veterans can receive up to $1,788 per month in long term care assistance. Married veterans can receive up to $2,120 per month. Surviving spouses of deceased veterans can receive up… Read More »

Announcing Medicaid by the Numbers, 2015 Edition

View image | gettyimages.com Curious about the 2015 Medicaid allowances? Here they are from the elder law section of the Hawaii State Bar Association: The Community Spouse Resource Allowance is the amount that the spouse who is still living in the community (i.e. not in a nursing home) is allowed to own with their spouse… Read More »

Aid and Attendance for Veterans and Surviving Spouses Who Wish to Age at Home

Recently I finished reading the insightful and often hilarious memoir, Can We Please Talk About Something More Pleasant? by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. The book details Ms. Chast’s experiences supporting her parents as they aged, managed dementia, moved into assisted living, worked with caregivers, and eventually passed away. Ms. Chast’s mother was able to… Read More »