Preparing for the Financial Reality of Widowhood

It’s a well-known fact that women outlive men. According to the National Center for Life Expectancy, women live an average of 81.1 years while men live an average of 76.1 years. Married women, therefore, can expect to live a full five years longer than their spouse.

Timing is Everything with a Life Care Plan

If your parents are getting older, what will you do when their health declines. How will you know when to step in and help?

One of the best forms of help available today is Life Care Planning, an approach to elder law that does far more than just qualify older adults for public benefits to pay for nursing home care. Life Care Planning guides families through the entire elder care journey.

Ten Tips to Reduce Readmission

Fall. Hospital. Rehab. Repeat. Sound familiar? Fifteen percent of older adults who spent time in a hospital will be readmitted within a month of their discharge—and the percentage is growing. Keeping seniors safe at home, particularly during a pandemic, is of the utmost importance to everyone involved. 

Rethinking New Year's Resolutions

As the new year approaches, are you finding yourself in the same old resolution rut?

How can things be different? We posed this question to Jill Shoffner. A social worker with nearly 20 years of experience, Jill has spent the last decade working with older adults. Today, she is elder care coordinator manager at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Holiday Gift Ideas: What Your Elderly Relatives REALLY Want This Year

Most everyone loves giving (and getting) gifts during the holidays. If an older loved one is on your shopping list, it’s easy to fall into a gift giving rut. What do you get for loved ones who already have everything? How do you buy for people who may tell you they don’t need anything?

Gift shopping for older relatives becomes much easier when you focus on simplicity and practicality. When you’re scouring the stores (or the internet) for gifts this year, try these ideas:

Caring for Elderly Relatives - Comparing the Options

With an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day, the market for eldercare-related services is growing. If you’re caring for an aging loved one and you need help, how do you choose when there are so many options?

We posed this question to Chris Bratton, an attorney and the founder of Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in the South Jersey area. Chris has been in practice for nearly two decades and began offering Life Care Planning just over five years ago.

Behind the Scenes: Medicare Annual Enrollment

For most Life Care Planning Law Firms, things can get pretty crazy during Medicare's annual open enrollment, which happens between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 every year. During this hectic time, public benefits specialists are on the front lines helping clients make the most of Medicare and other senior health benefits.

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