Testamentary Trust

Children came to the office because their father was in rehab with an upcoming discharge to the nursing home, and their mom was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  The children were concerned about getting their father the appropriate long term care, while also trying to protect mom so she could remain in the community until she would have to go to long term care.  Our office began preparing a MassHealth application and structuring their assets to protect them for the community spouse.  While in rehab, our client began failing and had to be rushed to the hospital.  When Continue Reading

New Medicare Rule Encourages Doctors to Test for Alzheimer’s Disease and Offer Care Planning

A new Medicare rule will promote earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Medicare will now reimburse primary care doctors who conduct an Alzheimer’s evaluation and offer information about care planning to elderly patients with cognitive impairment. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans have the disease. In addition, more than 85 percent of Alzheimer’s patients also have another chronic condition. But many are unaware that they have Alzheimer’s disease because they haven’t been diagnosed. Under the new rule, primary care doctors who test patients for cognitive impairment can bill Medicare for their services. Testing for Alzheimer’s disease can Continue Reading

Elders Keep Their Mind Active and Healthy

Stay sharp in your 70’s and later by socializing and engaging in mind-stimulating activities. The Boston Globe recently published an article discussing the benefits of an active mind for elders. Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain Boston Globe: Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including Web-surfing, playing bridge, and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says. Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with Alzheimer’s disease. But even among seniors with that trait, mental decline that sometimes precedes dementia was less common among those who engaged in Continue Reading

Living With Alzheimer’s – Ways to plan and support loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is not something that makes itself apparent right away. It moves slowly, disguising itself before showing its true nature. When planning is not enough will your family be ready? The story of Geri Taylor, aged 72 is one like any other, moving through life happily until one day she didn’t recognize the woman looking back at her. For most, Alzheimer’s will come as a shock, but with the right amount of support and the right amount of planning, it can be somewhat of an easy transition. For Geri, the support came from her husband and family, finding ways Continue Reading