Saturday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is a day created by the UN in 2012 to draw attention to the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. With increased longevity, nearly 50 million people in the US alone are age 65 and older. Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people.
Unfortunately, this also means that there is a growing need to address the issue of elder abuse as senior citizens are increasingly finding themselves prone to scammers and abuse both from within and without. According to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of the proper authorities. Read More ›
Your parents have lived in the same house for decades. They have invested time and money, not to mention the memories in making it their own, and want to live out their lives there. As time goes by, adjustments are made in the home to accommodate their physical challenges but now those accommodations are no longer sufficient to meet their level of care. They can manage for now but they are realizing that now may be the time to think about other living options. There are however many types of long term care options that are available. Read More ›
The problems that seniors face can erupt suddenly from out of nowhere or can start small and grow more serious over time. A crisis can occur when a senior family member is diagnosed with dementia, has a chronic illness or is admitted to a nursing home. Often after the crisis has already occurred is when the end-of-life documents are pulled out of the drawer and the family calls an elder law or estate planning attorney for help. Read More ›
You have elderly parents and the very mention of entering a nursing home makes them very nervous. They wish to stay in their own home for as long as possible and understandably so. It seems that as people age and everyday tasks become more difficult, that entering a nursing home or assisted living facility is the only viable solution. Fortunately there are other options available that allow people to be able to live in their homes for longer than they used to. Read More ›
Categories: Elder Law
The reversal of roles in the parent-child relationship, from the parent being the provider to the parent being dependent on his or her child, is a change that can be difficult for both. This is made even more difficult when it becomes apparent that the parent(s) can no longer live on their own, and now need around the clock care. Read More ›
You may have heard the term 'Power of Attorney' being used before, perhaps by your doctor or a close family member. That person likely emphasized how important having one is. You also may be asking yourself, do I really need one? The answer is yes. Read More ›
It is true that as we all age, our minds are not as sharp as they once were. We tend to forget minor things like where we put our keys or what level of a parking garage that we parked our car on. There is however a major difference in having small memory lapses, which even the most keen minds will have from time to time, and having a brain disease such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Read More ›
Your parents may reach a point where they can no longer live on their own. Not only that, but as we age, the costs of living increase as we seek more and more complicated medical care. Read More ›
Michigan roads are notorious for being rough, unsteady and full of potholes. Sooner or later, your car may hit one that you didn’t see coming, costing you precious time and money. However, potholes are avoidable if you know where they are. The same is true with estate planning. Read More ›
No family is perfect. Families will fight, not speak to each other for extended periods, or in some extreme cases, face each other in court.
This is especially true as parents advance in age and as they become more dependent on their children for assistance, old conflicts can come back to the forefront, leading to quarrels among siblings as well as between parents and their children.
Often these disputes begin not out of greed but for a variety of other reasons:
- Internal difficulty in coping with a parent in decline
- Conflicts, power struggles and rivalries that are dug up from the past
- Disparities and inequities in the burden of care
- Disagreements in both medical decisions and in living arrangements
- Financial concerns over the care of a parent
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