May is National Elder Law Month, as designated by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. It is a way to acknowledge the profession that supports seniors and their families with all of their planning needs. And while that sounds great, many people still ask, “What do elder law attorneys do?” Part 1 of this series, “Why May is Special for Elder Law Attorneys” will explore several ways elder law attorneys help seniors and their loved ones.
As we get older, summer’s heat and sun can make life difficult. While summer weather can pose health risks for everyone, senior citizens and their caregivers need to take extra precautions.
Here are a few summer safety tips for seniors to consider during the hot weather months:
As we age, we lose our ability to conserve water. Be sure to drink at least eight 8-ounce classes of water and/or fruit juice each day. And avoid caffeine and alcohol. Coffee, tea, soda and alcoholic drinks can leave you dehydrated quickly.
As the agent of a Health Care Power of Attorney, you are given the authority to make health care decisions for the grantor when he or she is unable to do so. The authority to make health care decisions on behalf of a loved one can be mentally and emotionally difficult. A health care agent may be required to make critical health care decisions including choosing medical treatments and end-of-life wishes and care. To help individuals serve as the agent for a Health Care Power of Attorney, we have outlined some helpful tips below.
Family caregivers often overlook the benefits and peace of mind that a geriatric care manager can provide. Caregivers may feel that they know how to care for their loved one in the best way possible. But very few caregivers can manage caring for themselves, their families and elderly loved ones without feeling anxious and overwhelmed at times.
A geriatric care manager is trained and experienced in any of several fields related to long-term care including: nursing, gerontology, social work, psychology, or case management, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.
The hot summer months can be hard for everyone, but especially seniors. Often it is advisable to stay indoors and keep cool in order to avoid heat related illnesses. Nevertheless, summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather and the activities that come with it.
How can you and your caregiver stay active and enjoy your summer while staying cool and healthy? Here are some tips and examples of senior friendly summer activities.
If your parent loses a mate, spouse or life partner, he or she may need a good deal of emotional and practical support. If you are close to your parent’s mate you may need support too. Family members, friends, neighbors and even grief groups are all good places to turn to for comfort during this time. Here are some tasks and decisions you may need to help your parent face.
Dealing with Property
In some circumstances, your parent will have to act as executor in dealing with their mate’s estate and there may be a lot to do. You may need to help with such things as sorting through their records for a will or collecting insurance and other benefits. Take it one step at time and know that there are always resources to help you and your parent out. Continue Reading How to Help When Your Parents Lose a Life Partner
Many baby boomers find themselves caring for an aging parent or parents. If you have a large family, the responsibility can be shared among your siblings and other family members. Unfortunately, some family members do not make themselves available to assist nor do they have concern for the aging adult, so often the elder care falls on only one or two children. These individuals then shoulder the entire responsibility for the care of the aging parent(s) – often at great personal sacrifice – including loss or decrease in income, additional financial burden, and loss of many hours of personal time.
If you are currently juggling your own home and family care and are now adding the care of an aging parent or relative, there may be some financial help available to you. Monetary compensation may be available in certain circumstances.
Before contacting any of these organizations or departments it is best to have the individuals’ financial records and also their medical records and history.