Posts tagged "Elder Law"

The importance of health care planning in retirement

Many Georgia residents have spent a lot of time planning and saving for retirement. However, they may not necessarily think about how health care costs could impact their ability to live comfortably after they leave the workforce. The average American will need to spend $260,000 on out-of-pocket care costs during their retirement years, according to Fidelity Investments. Long-term care costs may cause that number to increase.

Benefits to long-term care planning today

Georgia residents may benefit from thinking about long-term care planning years before they need it. This may make it possible to limit the impact of rising health care costs that could prevent an individual from enjoying his or her retirement. In some cases, health issues may appear without warning, and it is also possible that a spouse's health issues could derail long-term financial plans.

Financial strategies to cover long-term care expenses

Many Georgia residents will need to pay for some form of long-term care when they are elderly. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 70 percent of people will eventually need to enter a nursing home, move into an assisted-living facility or require in-home health care. The Cost of Care Survey conducted by Genworth Financial for 2016 showed that the median monthly cost of a private room at a nursing home was $7,698. People who can stay home but need support from a home health aide pay about $3,861 per month.

The value of a power of attorney

Georgia residents are likely aware of the benefits of saving for retirement. However, it is also important that they take steps to protect the money that they have accrued. Roughly 20 percent of older adults will be the victim of a scam, and the average victim loses $120,000. This amount is equal to the average life savings of a 50-year-old. One way people can protect themselves is with the creation of power of attorney.

Managing the finances of an elderly relative

Georgia residents who have elderly parents should discuss their parents' wishes with them regarding how they want to live and the critical care options they want to be carried out should they no longer be able to make decisions for themselves. It's important to have this conversation early on. Doing so could avoid the conflict and stress that could result when their parents are ailing and they aren't sure what course of action to take.

Protecting your parents from becoming financial fraud victims

As our parents get older, we can find it increasingly important to check in with them and make sure they are doing well. If there is cause for concern, like a decline in their health, children will often do whatever they can to help them cope and/or recover. However, because they are our parents, it can be difficult for them to reach out for this help.

Planning Caregiving for Seniors

There are a number of reasons that conflicts occur when multiple family members are involved in caregiving. Hopefully, there is a common goal of meeting a senior's physical, emotional and spiritual needs in a dignified manner and within a safe environment. How to meet this goal is where the situation can quickly deteriorate. Each family member will approach a caregiving situation with a unique viewpoint, based on personal beliefs and experience, past and present roles within the family, and current life situation. Even families who have always had strong relationships can experience tension when faced with the responsibilities of caregiving. 

Happy Birthday! So, How Well Are You Driving Lately?

Every day in America, roughly 10,000 people turn age 65. To help keep roadways safe as America grays and to help preserve the freedom of mobility of older drivers, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are training law enforcement officers to recognize warning signs of impaired driving skills and to take appropriate, compassionate action. They are also training doctors to think more about their patients' ability to drive safely with age. 

For Gwinnett and Johns Creek readers: How to Care for Aging Parents

Dealing with aging parents is not only tough emotionally, but financially. A report found that nearly half of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 a year on caregiving, and 30 percent spend more than $10,000. Your parents may need help. Are you ready? 

Save Your Results ... Now!

In life as in computing, a little planning now prevents a lot of pain down the road. Goodbyes are never easy, particularly if the relationship was a cherished one. Such was the case for me and my beloved hard drive. Its capacity for capturing great conversations, thoughts, and images felt irreplaceable. My heart sank as the computer technician conducted its last rites. But thanks to technological advances, a mirror image of my hard drive's legacy resided only a download away. The online backup reduced my anxiety and helped me resume my daily activities. Preparing for the inevitable allowed me and my hard drive to appreciate our time together and live life with no residual regrets. 

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