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Retirement Mistakes

retirement-150x150 Don’t make mistakes regarding your retirement. Your senior years should be enjoyable, relaxed and stimulating. They should not be frustrating and worrisome times.

Have Sufficient Assets and Cash Flow

You should not retire unless you have enough savings, pension, funds or 401K funds to support your lifestyle. Social Security alone will not be sufficient to fund your retirement goals. Social Security pays approximately $14,000 a year to retirees. This is simply not enough money to live on!

Be Active In Your Retirement

Researchers show that retirees who maintain an active lifestyle have a longer life expectancy. Exercise is important to seniors. Stimulating your body and your mind will keep you healthy, happy and extend your life.

Stay Close With Friends and Family Members

Don’t retire to your room. Have an outgoing social life and lifestyle. Stay in touch with the people you love and whose company you enjoy.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Studies indicate that approximately 14% of all Americans over the age of sixty-five suffer from some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In the long run. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia negatively impact your brain, which in turn has a negative impact on your life and may land you in a nursing home. Medicare will not cover nursing home stays. Nursing homes can cost as much as ten to twelve-thousand dollars per month. To avoid the potential of an uncovered stay at a nursing home from impoverishing you, you should consult with an attorney who handles elder care work.

Elder Care Lawyer

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo provides elder care legal services to our clients. We draft wills and trusts. We probate wills. We deal with Medicaid planning issues. We assist our clients with nursing home issues. We provide all types of elder care legal representation. We also draft special needs trusts and supplemental needs trustsfor our clients. Should you need a will, trust or an elder care attorney, call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Divorce

alz-150x150Pat Robinson has suggested that a man whose wife has Alzheimer’s disease should obtain a divorce. He takes the position that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer’s is a better solution than committing adultery with a new companion. Pat made these comments in response to a question submitted to him on his television program, “The 700 Club.” He had taken a call from a man who asked a question regarding a friend of his. The friend’s wife had a serious case of dementia and no longer knew who he was. Pat stated, “I hate Alzheimer’s. It is one of the most awful things, because here’s the loved one – this is the woman or man that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years and suddenly that person is gone.”

Pat suggested he should divorce his wife and start all over again. He also suggested that even after divorcing his wife, he should make sure she has the appropriate medical support necessary to deal with her condition.

Criticism of Pat Robinson’s Position

Pat Robinson has received a lot of criticism for his position on this issue. There are those who believe life long traditional marriage is what keeps our society together, and it is each spouse’s obligation to stay true to his or her marriage and help their spouse in times of illness.

Beth Kallmyer, a senior director of the Constituent Services at the Alzheimer’s Association, stated, referring the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, that “this is a challenging, devastating and eventually fatal illness and it affects everybody differently.” The most important thing is for families to get help. She further stated that it was rare for couples to get divorced because one of them has come down with a severe case of Alzheimer’s disease. She did point out that Alzheimer’s disease can go on for many years or even decades. This can put enormous stress on family life.

New York Divorce Lawyers

For more than thirty three years, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo has litigated all aspects of divorce, including child custody, visitation, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony)and equitable distribution of property. We also represent fathers with regard to proceedings in family court. We litigate issues involving paternity, downward modifications of child support, relocation problems, parental alienation cases and issues involving parental alienation syndrome. We also negotiate separation agreements for our clients. Feel free to call us for a free consultation.

Hearing Loss may be Related to Dementia

Dementia is a disease that effects senior citizens. It is a terrible disease that literally fries the human brain. Recent studies have shown that a gradual hearing loss is one of the early symptoms of alzheimer’s disease, as well as other types of dementia.

Hearing impairments prevent seniors from following conversations. The loss of hearing also leads to seniors becoming confused. Some researchers believe that the loss of hearing and mental facilities are both factors in the development of dementia. Although brain abnormalities are a contributing factor to dementia, recent studies indicate that the hearing can be a cause of dementia. One of the theories is that the hearing loss interferes with the brains division of labor.

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Hearing Loss and the Brain

Frank R. Lynn, M.D., an ear surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, located in Baltimore, Maryland, recently stated “the brain might have to reallocate resources to help with hearing at the expense of cognition.” George Gates, M.D., a hearing loss specialist affiliated with the University of Washington, stated that hearing loss is a “harborer of impending dementia.” Studies conducted by Dr. Gates have proved the link between hearing loss and early stages of dementia and alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Gates stated that we listen with our ears but hear with our brains. It is simply not possible to separate hearing loss and cognition.

Individuals with hearing problems have difficulty communicating. When there is background noise, such as in public places, the hearing loss contributes to confusion and isolation of seniors. Hearing loss has a significant impact on senior citizens. It places a barrier between seniors and their loved ones. Dr. Lynn stated that ” because it is such a slow and insidious process, it is often ignored and untreated.” It is currently unclear as to whether hearing aides utilized at the early signs of hearing loss will reduce the development of dementia in aging Americans.

Dementia Is Incurable

Dementia is a horrible incurable disease. Modern medicine does not know how to prevent it. When diagnosed, all that can be done is to slow the progress of the dementia. Even the restoration of hearing loss issues may not slow the progress. Hearing loss should be taken seriously. It destroys an individual’s quality of life!!

Elder Law Attorneys

Elliot S. Schlissel is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. His law office assists clients in Medicaid planning. They draft wills and trusts for their clients. They assist executors of estates in probating wills. Should issues occur among beneficiaries, they represent clients in will contests in the Surrogate Court. They can advise their clients regarding estate planning and issues involving estate taxes under the current legislation for the years 2011 and 2012.

They draft both revocable and irrevocable living trusts. The offices’ elder care legal practice deals with issues concerning nursing home abuse. They assist clients with issues involving special children and they assist families with long-term planning for special children. They also draft special needs trusts. Call for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 and 718-350-2802.

Alzheimer’s Disease: What are the Symptoms?

alz-121x150 Are you concerned that either you, a close friend or a loved one has the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease?  What are the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? Are your parents just becoming forgetful or do they  have the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? Should you believe that yourself, a friend, a family member  or a loved one is developing Alzheimer’s disease, then you should go to a physician that deals with this  disorder. There are very specific tests a physician can perform to determine whether Alzheimer’s disease is in  its early stages.

The following are a list of symptoms you should look for concerning Alzheimer’s disease:

Memory lapses -Does the senior repeat himself or herself or tell the same story again and again? Are they forgetful concerning names and acquaintances? Is this a problem that is getting worse? Memory problems are one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Confusion – Has this individual’s speech patterns changed? Does he or she stumble over their words? Instead of using specific terms, do they instead use terms such as “whatchamacallit”?

Mood changes – Is this individual subject to certain mood changes? Where they were normally assertive, are they now reflective? Is this individual becoming withdrawn or depressed?

Difficulty with common activities – Does this individual seem to have difficulty doing normal daily activities such as cooking, washing, bathing and playing games? Does this individual start projects and fail to complete them?

Disorientation – Does this individual become disoriented in situations where they never had difficulty before? Do they get lost easily or wander around aimlessly?

Misplacing items – Has the individual suddenly started to lose things or misplace items? Does he or she lose track of things such as keys, glasses or telephones?

The aforementioned provides you an overview of many of the problems experienced by individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease. Should you see these problems in a friend, family member or loved one, have them a see a physician to look into whether they are developing Alzheimer’s disease. There are medications that can slow the onslaught of this horrendous disease.

Wills and Trusts Attorneys

trust-150x1501The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo drafts wills and trusts for our clients. We probate wills and trusts. We litigate contested wills and estate proceedings. We help our clients deal with Medicaid planning and issues involving nursing homes. We deal with estate administration and estate taxation issues. We also draft special needs and trusts, as well as supplemental needs trusts, for our clients. Feel free to call us at 1-800-344-6431; 516-561- 6645 or 718-350-2802 should you need legal assistance.

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