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.
You finally broke free from the 9 to 5 grind and now retirement isn’t what you thought it would be and you are bored, very bored. Or maybe you are the son, daughter, spouse of a retiree and you see that person aimlessly watching television for hours at a time. What can be done to alleviate this problem? Here are some suggestions.
Baby Boomers are known for many things, two of which will affect them as they age, namely they have the highest divorce rates and the highest rates of childless marriages. Since many boomers don’t have a spouse or children, many will face aging issues without the help of family members or close friend. In addition, many Boomers and Generation X’ers have never been married or had a companion and they too will face aging issues alone.
During winter the days get shorter and the nights get colder. Many seniors become homebound until the temperatures begin to rise into spring. It is still important for seniors to get fresh air and exercise even in the winter weather, and to find indoor activities to occupy their time.
Whether the temperatures are too cold, or the roads are too slippery, there are plenty of fun indoor winter activities for seniors. Here is a short list to get you started:
Summer has come to a close and fall is right around the corner! Fall is a great season for family activities and elder care givers should get their parents involved as well. Here is a list of senior-friendly fall activities that elders and their care givers will enjoy.
Apple Picking- Walking or wheeling through an orchid gathering crisp, sweet apples is a great way to bond and enjoy the weather on a cool autumn day. You can even take the apples home and enjoy baking warm apple pie with the apples you both handpicked!
Canning the Last of the Summer Fruits and Veggies- Gather the remaining fruits and vegetables and preserve them to enjoy until next year. You can create jam, jellies or pie fillings out of the last of your peaches and berries. Continue Reading Fall Fun for Elder Care Givers
We often talk about the legal forms and agreements we need to have. We discuss long term care insurance and how to make sure we are taken care of (or take care of ourselves) as we age. This time I’d like to talk about something else. Today let’s talk about flowers.
Everyone likes them. Every woman wants them. Most men don’t mind buying them for their wives, girlfriends, etc. On Saturday as we walked through the Philadelphia Flower Show I noted the many seniors and mature adults at the event. Wheelchairs and walkers didn’t stop them from attending to see the magnificent floral displays. This year’s British theme, BRILLIANT!, included displays of Big Ben, a monument garden with fountains and a gently moving statue (mime) as part of the imaginative display. Perhaps the show attracted these seniors because they love gardening. Perhaps they just wanted to get out of their homes for a change of atmosphere. Perhaps it was because even as we age, we remember the happy occasions when flowers were a part of our life celebrations or marked special moments with a loved one. Receiving flowers elicits fond memories for most of us. Perhaps it is simply that flowers make us happy, much like balloons and ice cream and parties. No matter how young or old we are, most of us love flowers.
According to a recent article in Elder Law Answers, 70 percent of the nation’s wealth is controlled by people age 55 and older. Of course, as people get older they need help with day to day activities and finances can be one of those activities. That’s where the potential for fraud comes in.
Many times the perpetrators are people that the victim knows, such as an adult child, grandchild or employed caregiver. Signs that fraud is taking place include: