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Older Adults and Income Tax
Usually, people who retire earn less income and therefore owe less income tax. However, individuals with a generous retirement income may still owe significant taxes. If you are required to file an income tax return and fail to do so, the IRS may add penalty and interest charges on any tax you owe. Exemptions ... READ MORE

The IRA: A Useful Retirement Savings Tool
America is facing a “retirement savings crisis.” Among working-age Americans, 45 percent have saved no money at all for retirement. This includes nearly a third of those between the ages of 55 and 64. Among those with some savings, 75 percent have less than $30,000. One way to avert your own savings ... READ MORE

10 Things Funeral Directors Won't Mention
It's very difficult to lose a loved one. You're in a state of grief, and maybe a state of shock. The last thing you want to think about is planning the funeral. Funeral directors are used to help grieving families handle all the details of a funeral. They have many responsibilities in a short span of ... READ MORE

Are Senior Citizen Discounts Legal?
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21 as "National Senior Citizens Day." It's a day meant to honor and celebrate our senior citizens for the many contributions they made and continue to make to our society. For years before the proclamation all the way today, stores, restaurants, and ... READ MORE

Checklist: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Choices
Acting on the realization that your aging parent or loved one can't live alone anymore can be among the hardest life events you'll face. Finding and choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility means choosing a new lifestyle, and big decisions on finances and health. Keep the following factors ... READ MORE

Driver's Licenses and the Elderly
Few adults enjoy seeing the signs of aging. Our vision and hearing weakens and reflexes slow. Coping and correcting problems, by using glasses or contacts, can help. However, many drivers reach an age and condition where it isn't safe to keep driving. This age and stage is different for everyone. There's ... READ MORE

Elder Care: Nutrition and Feeding at Nursing Homes
In addition to receiving nutritious meals at nursing facilities, residents may be surprised to find that some of their favorite foods are served. Nursing facilities try to accommodate residents' food preferences and give feeding assistance to those residents who suffer from nutrition, dietary or eating ... READ MORE

Getting Credit After 62
Getting credit after you have retired from work may be more difficult than you expect even if you have an excellent credit score. The reason for this may be that your income is lower than it was when you were working or it may be that you do not have a sufficient credit history to get credit. You may ... READ MORE

Health Care Power of Attorney
A medical care power of attorney is a document that appoints someone else to make decisions regarding your medical care. Another name for this document is called durable power of attorney for health care. You should know the law regarding this document because of its importance. Reasons for a Medical ... READ MORE

State Inspections and Licensing of Nursing Homes
Your mother is a resident in a nursing facility and you want the comfort of knowing that the facility is adequately providing for her care and needs. All nursing facilities must meet certain criteria and standards to be licensed and certified under state and federal regulations. And, the facility will ... READ MORE

 

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I'm not quite sure what you're asking here. If you're looking for a name badge or something like that, I'm certain there is no law that speaks to this issue.  Sounds like an internal procedure ma ...Read more

You're right to be concerned about her care.  You might consider contacting a local area agency on aging to request that she be assessed for her needs.  that would be step one.  As for ...Read more

He can try to file to obtain an injunction but I think that the chances of him obtaining one is slim to none.

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Where to start in a suspected case of fraud for elderly parent?

Q: Mother is elderly living in a nursing home. Severe dementia, however not ruled as incompetent by a court (because it was never an issue before…). Relative in another state passes and evidentl ... Read more

Can I sign my father out? What are my rights as POA?

Q: My father was hospitalized at a local hospital for pneumonia and a urinary tract infection and insomnia. He was taken off his dementia and depression medication and all his meds. They gave him slee ... Read more

Should I have my father as POA taken off my accounts?

Q: I’m 53 years-old and live in Pittsburgh PA and have recently had my 87-year-old father listed as POA on both of my investment accts (Roth IRA and TOD) at NY Life Securities so he can buy and ... Read more

Elder neglect penalties?

Q: What is the penalty for someone who didn’t take care of their elder spouse such as withholding nourishment, and not properly helping like withholding hygiene for the person? This was the main ... Read more

How do get mom’s house changed to my name?

Q: She is elderly. We can’t qualify for needed services because of the house. I can’t afford to pay for a nurse or provider. I am barely making ends meet with medical bills and all the ess ... Read more

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