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Depression’s Link to Hearing Loss

The findings from a ten-year study by the Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA) reports of a link between hearing loss and health risks. The risks include a 50 percent greater risk of dementia, a 40 percent greater risk of developing depression and nearly a 30 percent higher risk for unintended falls. Reuters Health […]

The Age of the Smart Personal Assistant

The smart personal assistant revolution is moving forward at a breakneck pace. It took approximately 30 years for the cellular telephone to begin outnumbering people on the planet, but smart personal assistants are projected to outnumber humans in half of that amount of time by 2021. The technology-research firm Canalys expects 100 million smart speakers […]

Seniors Should Be Mindful Before Marrying

When people marry for the second time (or more), losing assets to pay for their new spouse’s serious illness is probably the last thing on their minds when they say “I do.” But that could happen. Current costs for long-term care facilities can run between $70,000 – $150,000 annually. Studies show that 70% of Americans […]

Draft a Powerful Power of Attorney

Powerful “power of attorney” (POA) documents are essential, if there ever comes a time when you or your elder become unable to manage your finances or make health-care decisions. Beware if you rely only on POAs that hospitals provide, or that you have pulled off the Internet, or that you have got from other attorneys […]

The Current State of Retirement Savings

It is all over the media that nearly half of Americans aged 55 and older have no retirement savings in an individual retirement account (IRA) or 401(k) according to the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO). Also, while two out of five households do have a defined benefit plan (traditional pension), a full 29 percent of […]

Comparison of Estate Planning vs. Elder Law

The short answer: Both share similar concerns. The longer answer? The differences make all the difference. The Concerns are Similar No matter what age we’re in, life can deliver some hard knocks. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. We can get into accidents, especially when we’re young and under the impression that […]

Assisted Living Evolving for the Future

With changes in medicine, technology, and socioeconomics, it’s no surprise that assisted living is changing, too. The rising cost of assisted living means that some families are looking to new alternatives, while those who consider traditional assisted living have new options to consider. Alternatives to assisted living include multigenerational housing and in-home care. As these […]

Prenups Are Not Just for the Wealthy

George and Ginny had a great marriage, with an extended family to whom they wanted to leave everything when they passed. Unfortunately, Ginny was then diagnosed with cancer. She began to worry: What could happen if she died before George did, and George remarried? Or vice versa? What if the second spouse started pushing to […]

How to Appeal a Child Custody Decision in Court

When a judge makes a child custody decision, it is most often a final determination that is in the best interest of the child. However, these decisions can be appealed in certain circumstances if an error was made and you disagree with the final custody order after a trial. Here is some information about how […]

Can a Child Decide Who to Live with in Parental Custody Cases?

In child custody cases, the court makes a determination about who children will live with after their parents divorce or legally separate, and for what percentage of the time. The judge’s foremost concern is making a decision in the best interest of the child. However, judges are often interested in using as many factors as […]