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Senior Safety In The Winter

Seniors Vulnerable During Winter Season Although winter in Florida doesn’t bring snow and ice (that’s why we live here), senior safety is still important. Seniors and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during this season and should take extra precautions to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature conjures up. Senior Safety Tips for Caregivers and Friends: Check-in on elderly family and neighbors. If you’re at all concerned about someone’s safety, don’t let him or her put you off. Stop by if...

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017

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Power of Attorney: Serve Responsibly

Help for Agents Under a Durable Power of Attorney in Florida Like many people, you may never have been an agent under a durable power of attorney before. Managing Someone Else’s Money: Help for agents under a durable power of attorney in Florida is a guide published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help you understand what you can and cannot do in your role as an agent. In that role, you are a fiduciary. For this guide, a fiduciary is anyone named to manage money or property for someone else. You’ll find...

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016

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Fraud Against Seniors: Top 10 Scams

Fighting Fraud-A Special Report For Consumers The United States Senate Special Committee On Aging presents “Fighting Fraud: The Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors” in a 44-page report for consumers.  We will highlight some sections.  For the full report, click here. Our nation’s seniors worked hard their entire lives and saved for retirement. Unfortunately, there are many criminals who target them and seek to rob them of their hard-earned savings. Far too many older Americans are being financially...

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016

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Right To Die or Right To Choose?

An Important End of Life Question A provoking conversation with NPR’s host Diane Rehm about her husband’s battle with Parkinson’s Disease. When John Rehm could not legally receive medical aid to die comfortably, he followed his doctor’s suggestion and starved himself to death. The experience set Rehm on a path to better understanding medically assisted death and the right to die, which is only legal in a handful of states. Rehm is also preparing to retire this fall, after she turns 80. Her new book is “On My...

Posted by on May 5, 2016

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Seniors: Helping Them With A Budget

The Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys publishes a monthly newsletter for consumers, ElderSmarts, to give seniors and their families tips on how to recognize and protect themselves from financial scams. It also offers budgeting tips.The Miller Elder Law Firm is a member of AFELA and would like to share this information with the seniors in our community. Why Do Seniors Need A Budget? Budgeting is often seen as a scary word and a very complicated practice. Yet budgeting is a great tool for ensuring financial stability and...

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016

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Nursing Homes: Don’t Put Me There

By Tara Bahrampour for the Washington Post Nursing Home Discussions Are Important As the population of older Americans swells, the nursing home decision becomes an inevitable part of aging. It impacts not only the elderly, but also the caregivers. Promise you won’t put me away. It is hard to say no to that request. But it often is even harder to honor it.  The author presents some very different conversations in families as they struggle to find the balance between home care and nursing home placement. For many, the idea of...

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016

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