Category: Elder Law

Nearly 1/3 of New Jersey Nursing Homes Have A Low Rating

Finding a stellar nursing home for your loved ones is incredibly important, but it’s also extremely difficult. Great nursing homes are simply hard to come by, and that’s particularly true here in New Jersey. View image | gettyimages.com According to U.S. News & World Report, nearly a third (32%) of New Jersey’s nursing homes have[...]

When Young and Old Live Together, They Make Beautiful Music

Think back to college, when many of us lived in a dormitory full of our peers on the brink of life’s horizon. People say the “best years of your life” are in high school and college — days spent being social with fellow youngsters, living the high life under the same roof. But as we[...]

Sweet Tooth Linked to Alzheimer’s, Dementia

A growing body of scientific evidence is illuminating ways in which we might all be able to prevent Alzheimer’s — even if we’re predisposed toward dementia. Until now, most of those efforts have focused on physical activity and mental strengthening. Now there’s a whole new frontier in the battle against Alzheimer’s, but this particular vice might[...]

May is National Elder Law Month

As The Byrds once sang, “To every thing, there is a season.” Even to elder law! For the last few years, the month of May has officially served as National Elder Law Month, a chance for elder law attorneys all around the country to raise awareness about what we do, why it matters, and how[...]

What Does “Elder Law” Mean, Anyway?

Ever wonder what “elder law” really means? I suspect you’re not alone. Elder law is one of those terms that we all hear a lot but which rarely get defined... maybe because there isn’t any single definition that would work. Elder law is so many things. View image | gettyimages.com As an elder law attorney,[...]

Medicaid Facilities Are Like Hotels in More Ways Than One

Sometimes elder care feels a little bit like booking a hotel room. https://gty.im/467305389 As one of the world’s most widely recognized travel organizations, AAA offers discounted rates at big-name hotels all across the U.S. If you’re a member, you might be able to knock 10 to 15% off the rack rate. But those savings aren’t[...]

What Do Nursing Homes Actually Cost?

What Do Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Actually Cost? Most of the planning we do in the elder law area is to help seniors afford the care they need so they don’t run out of money or options before they run out of breath. One of the common questions is: What does long-term care[...]

Reverse Mortgages Doing Damage From Beyond the Grave

Reverse Mortgages Doing Damage From Beyond the Grave Here is an article from the New York Times on reverse mortgages. The article focuses on the damage done to children after elderly parents take out reverse mortgages so they (the parents) can stay in the home as medical care costs begin to increase. Many times, the[...]

Seniors Leveraging More Debt In Retirement

Here is another post discussing how seniors are handling finances. I’m not a financial advisor (nor do I play one on TV), but I know enough to be dangerous. This article from USA Today talks about how more seniors are using debt to finances their retirement. Whether it is an additional mortgage or credit cards,[...]

Financial Elder Abuse Is Growing

I am encountering more and more situations in which elders are the victims of financial fraud and abuse. Sometimes the attack comes from the outside (like hackers) and just as often the attack comes from family members and trusted friends. It’s a disgusting act, filled with cowardice on the part of the perpetrators. I came[...]