Archive for the ‘Aging Parents’ Category

Caregiving Affects Work and Finances

Although caregiving has a big impact on work and life, most caregivers are also feeling financially burdened.  Almost one-quarter of households in the United States contain a caregiver, and most of those households provide care for someone who is age 50 or older. Most caregivers are financially burdened by their caregiving duties.  Caregivers with more caregiving responsibilities and those who did not feel they had a choice in becoming a caregiver reported greater financial hardship. While caregiving creates a financial burden, caregiving has a big impact on work and life.  Caregivers provide care an average of 21 hours per week….

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Driving Seminar

A big thanks to Sue Paul for talking about Senior Driving. Plus the update for the Dementia Park in Frederick, Maryland. If you would like a copy of our Driving Brochure please email our office at  

Seniors Aging in Place Turn to Devices and Helpers, But Unmet Needs Are Common

  About 25 million Americans who are aging in place rely on help from other people and devices such as canes, raised toilets or shower seats to perform essential daily activities, according to a new study documenting how older adults adapt to their changing physical abilities. But a substantial number don’t get adequate assistance. Source/more: Kaiser Health News   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit David…

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Medicare’s hospice benefit for beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease.

What is hospice care? Hospice care is a special way of caring for individuals in the last stages of terminal illness and their families. Hospice includes palliative care, which focuses on improving quality of life, as well as physical care and counseling. The primary purpose of hospice care is to manage the pain and other symptoms of the terminal illness, rather than provide treatment.   How does someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia become eligible to receive hospice under Medicare? Medicare covers hospice care if: The person has Medicare Part A. The person’s physician and a hospice medical director certify…

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Women and Aging

Women whose mothers lived a long and healthy life have a good chance of doing the same, a new study suggests. A long-term study of about 22,000 postmenopausal women in the United States found that those whose mothers had lived to age 90 were 25 percent more likely to reach that milestone without suffering serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and hip fractures. If both parents reached age 90, women were 38 percent more likely to live a long and healthy life, the findings showed. The study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego…

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What Can an Elder Law Attorney Do For Me?

Elder law attorneys serve as advocates for elderly or disabled clients and their families, providing counsel on a wide range of topics including health care, guardianship, and estate planning. Though it may seem that elder law attorneys are meant to handle extreme or unusual cases, everyone can benefit from the services of an elder law attorney. Here are four things an elder law attorney can do for you: Estate Planning Making sure your affairs are in order is essential, and having an experienced elder law attorney to guide you through the process makes everything easier. Because there are strict guidelines…

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Maintain Your Independence

How do we maintain our independence? We have to plan for the future. Legal and financial planning are the keys. The old saying” If you have money you have options, if no money no options.” Unfortunately, we are seeing a number of people with no money and thus no options. They are sick and want to stay at home, but have no money to pay for care. What are their options?   David Wingate is an elder law attorney at the Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC. The elder law office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills,…

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Caregiver Contracts: A Growing Planning Trend for Families

Many people are willing to voluntarily care for a parent or loved one without any promise of compensation. Even so, a growing number of people are entering into caregiver contracts (also called personal service or personal care agreements) with their family members. Having such a contract has many benefits. It rewards the family member doing the work. It can help alleviate tension between family members by making sure the work is fairly compensated. In addition, it can be a be a key part of Medicaid planning, helping to spend down savings so that the elder might more easily be able…

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David Wingate focuses his legal practice on finding asset protection and estate planning solutions to assist with the rising cost of long term care, in a nursing home, assisted living or at home. For more information please contact David at 301 663 9230.


Consider the following before making a decision: ____    Motivation ____          Financial ____          Relationship ____          Beneficial to both parties ____          Guilt   ____    Maintaining your outside friendships   ____    Staying active with age appropriate activities   ____    Maintaining a level of independence   ____    What will happen if you need additional care?   ____    Withstanding pressure of being in some else’s home   ____    Can your child’s marriage and relationship with you be maintained?   ____    Will you have your own room?   ____    Where will you bathe?   ____    Who will look after you if your family is on vacation…

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