Jacqueline Marcell cared for her aging parents and struggled until she finally found a diagnosis that made sense. You can read a short excerpt of her story in this article and you can find her full story in the book "Elder Rage" here.
This is an excerpt from Amazon:
"If you're caring for an elderly loved one and find the task daunting, you're in the same position Jacqueline Marcell found herself. She gave up her career as a television executive, went through 40 caregivers and cried rivers for a year before solving the endless crisis medically, behaviorally, socially, legally, financially and emotionally. Passion to save others from a similar experience resulted in her first book, "Elder Rage", a Book-of-the-Month Club selection receiving 50 prestigious endorsements, over 300 5-Star Amazon reviews, is required reading for courses in geriatric assessment and management, and being considered for a film."
"Plyometrics, also known as jump or reactive training, is a concept that fights gravity with positive motion. Together, motion and balance are brought into the mix to prevent injury." Many Boomers complain about losing their ability to balance. Plyometrics may be able to help with balance. For more, you can read the article here.
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The Age of Love is a new documentary about dating over the age of 70. The film is being screened across the country, but I have no seen any dates in Indiana.
Here is a note from the creator of the documentary on his inspiration for the film:
"While the world’s fastest-growing age group is 65 and over, when we consider love and desire, our youth-obsessed media still embrace the clichés. Rarely in our culture are older adults given voice as emotionally intricate individuals.
My desire to explore this issue began when my dad’s death ended an intense half-century love affair, leaving my still-vibrant mother struggling to face a new life alone. That same year, a 78-year-old uncle who’d never even dated suddenly met a woman, and they fell madly, adolescently in love. Trying to understand the needs of those closest to me, I searched the media for stories where seniors spoke openly about their intimate, emotional lives, but found very few.
And so, when a ‘healthy aging’ coalition in Rochester, NY announced a speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds (at which many chuckled), it struck me as both iconoclastic and obvious. Here was a unique chance to discover how age affects our desire to start over, to be held once again in someone’s arms, to seek new companionship and affection. And so I set out with one question: Do decades of life and loss constrict our hearts, or might time develop them in unexpected ways?
Unlike other recent documentaries on aging, I saw an opportunity to break social and generational barriers by looking at seniors not in terms of specific talents or communities, but through shared, human desires. By telling a story involving a universal quest, I could connect older adults directly to the mainstream through situations to which all can relate. Regardless of age, I thought, who doesn’t understand loneliness, or intimacy, or the search for love?
Gaining exclusive rights to the dating event and its participants, I filmed without a crew, aiming to develop easygoing, personal relationships with the speed daters and allow candid stories to emerge by following their everyday routines. I listened both for humor and confessional poignance, and discovered a wide-ranging story by piecing together this ensemble of voices. In the end, I was amazed by how these outwardly unremarkable 70- to 90-year-olds, from the generation before baby boomers, opened up so willingly.
By attracting a wide audience with the humorous premise of ‘grandparents going speed dating’, THE AGE OF LOVE becomes a provocative entertainment that also addresses our society’s most insidious preconception of aging—that the emotional needs of anyone over 65 are similar and self-evident, limited to health and financial concerns and largely unrelated to those of younger generations.
On the contrary, as we watch these seniors navigate the comedy and drama of dating, their actions and emotions combine into something much deeper—revealing how the desire to love and be loved not only connects hearts of young and old, but, more unexpectedly, remains just as confounding, nerve-wracking and rewarding at any stage in life.
We’re all destined to age, and the aged were all once young. As an unmarried filmmaker somewhere in the middle, this project represents, in many ways, my own journey to understanding love and relationships. The key for me, and, hopefully for all audiences, is that this story lets us meet characters we thought we knew, but in their own space and in their own words, without assumption or judgment—introducing new voices to mainstream media that cannot be easily categorized or dismissed."
Other studies have shown that certain computer games improve memory. However, the article cautioned consumers to be careful when purchasing games and suggested asking the following questions:
There are many other ways to improve memory, including physical exercise, heating a health-healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, etc.
As more and more Americans age and develop memory problems, including Alzheimer's and dementia, more and more memory solutions will hit the market. If you or a loved one is going to be spending a lot of money on such a program, carefully consider the three questions above and determine whether it is worth it for your family. And if you have found something that works for you, share it in the comments.
Recently, the Washington Post published an article, The Painful Price of Aging in Prison, which discusses the high cost of the United States' aging prison population. The article reported that "[t]oday, prisoners 50 and older represent the fastest-growing population in crowded federal correctional facilities, their ranks having swelled by 25 percent to nearly 31,000 from 2009 to 2013."
The article goes on to explain that most prisons have to be renovated to allow wheelchair access and to have safe showers, which is costly. Additionally, it's harder for inmates with dementia to follow instructions, climb onto the top bunk and to receive proper healthcare. According to the article, aging inmates cost taxpayers $58,956 per year while inmates in the general population cost $27,549 per year.
This is a huge and growing problem that doesn't seem to have an easy answer.
Any person can be the victim of a scam. Older adults, however, may be more susceptible to this type of abuse. Seniors tend to be retired and are more often at home when scammers call. Seniors may also be lonely and are more apt to talk to a stranger on the phone and eventually trust that stranger. They tend to have a large amount of liquid assets. They may be suffering from dementia or another mental illness and are more easily persuaded to send their money.
Scams usually begin when a scammer purchases your contact information from a third party. Have you ever filled out a form at a tradeshow? Do you have magazine subscriptions? Are you listed in the phone book? Some companies are willing to sell their customers' information for $5-7 per person. The scammers use this information to make to call, send an email, or send a letter.
Here is a list of typical scams:
You can find a more comprehensive list of common scams here.
How To Protect Yourself from Scams
It is important for you to educate yourself, loved ones, and clients on ways to prevent scams. Here are some common tools to use to prevent the scams.
You can sign up to receive alerts regarding scams here.
Make sure you educate your clients and your family members on ways they can protect themselves from these scams. The Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s office is always willing to answer questions and provide guidance.
The holiday season is upon us. While the holidays usually mean eating too much and spending quality time with family, for some it may be the first time you notice that your mother, aunt, or grandfather is showing signs of aging, and perhaps, dementia. This article is not meant to scare you, it is intended to provide resources if you have questions about the health of a loved one.
Dementia is not a disease, it is a set of symptoms that can be caused by any number of diseases. Simple memory loss is not necessarily dementia, but if a loved one is exhibiting symptoms that interfere with their daily life, they might have dementia (remember, only a doctor can make a diagnosis). The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s includes the following:
Note, that some of the symptoms mentioned above can be common symptoms associated with aging, including slower thinking and problem solving, decreased attention and concentration, and slower recall. This article contains a helpful guide to distinguish between normal memory changes and symptoms of dementia. But remember, if you have any questions please seek the advice of a physician.
If you suspect your loved one has dementia, it is important to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician immediately. An appointment with a doctor can rule out other causes of the symptoms mentioned above - such as a stroke, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, depression, and alcohol or drug abuse. If your relative does have dementia, it is best to get it diagnosed early so they can get treatment sooner and you can start to plan for long-term care.
As always, if you have questions do not hesitate to contact us.
The attorneys at Bennett & McClammer want to wish you and your family the best this holiday season. Have a great Thanksgiving!
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"Palliative care is a specialized form of medical care intended for people with serious illness. The focus of palliative care is to clarify the goals of a patient's care while helping to alleviate the pain and discomfort that follows life-altering conditions by providing effective symptom management." [Source]
Recently, WFYI's Sound Medicine program hosted a conversation about palliative care featuring Dr. Rich Frankel, Director of the IU Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program as co- host and three guests, Gail Sheehy, author of “Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence”; Mark Nepo, a cancer survivor and New York Times best-selling author and poet; and Dr. Timothy Quill, the Director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
You can listen to the conversation here.
Almost everyone can benefit from estate planning. But what exactly is an estate plan and why should you spend money to get one? This article will answer those basic questions.
The term “estate plan” is used to generally describe the process which people use to plan for their long-term financial future. An estate plan can include a number of different tools including insurance (for example, short- and long-term disability insurance and life insurance), investments, retirement accounts, wills, trusts, advanced directives, and powers of attorney. Some of these require a certified financial planner and others require an attorney.
At Bennett & McClammer, our attorneys include the following documents in a basic estate plan: last will and testament, financial power of attorney, and living will/healthcare directive. Of course, each estate plan is carefully crafted to an individual’s needs so every plan will vary and some plans require the use of more complex tools.
A last will and testament is a document that dictates how your estate is administered after your death. A will allows parents to dictate who will serve as guardian of their children in the event of the death of both parents. It allows you to list who will receive your property. It also tells the Court who you would like to serve as your personal representative and whether that representative can administer the estate without court supervision. This document can even contain instructions for your funeral.
A financial power of attorney gives another person the power to handle your finances. The general powers granted under a power of attorney allow your attorney-in-fact to file tax returns, buy and sell personal property, conduct banking transactions, and to communicate with your attorney. Importantly, an attorney-in-fact can access your bank account and pay your bills if you are unable to do so yourself.
A living will and healthcare directive serve two purposes. First, a healthcare directive allows you to appoint a person to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to do so. Second, a living will allows you to make decisions regarding the level of care you will receive, including receiving electrical or mechanical resuscitation, artificial nutrition and hydration, and/or pain medication
An estate planning attorney will also assist in the management of assets and will develop a plan to help maximize the value of those assets. For example, it may make sense to transfer some assets during your life as opposed to after your death. This type of planning is very specific and must be tailored to each client’s needs.
Even if you do not have a large amount of assets, estate planning tools are still very valuable. For example, if you do not have a will your family may fight over the custody of your children, over who should serve as personal representative, and who should receive your property. A properly drafted will covers all of these issues and eliminates or reduces the cost your family might spend to find out the answers.
Everyone can benefit from an estate plan, even if you do not have many assets, are single, widowed, or married. The attorneys Bennett & McClammer LLP will craft a carefully tailored estate plan to meet your needs. Questions? You can reach us at 317-931-0944 or email@example.com.
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