Facebook Befriends Elder Orphans

There are about 5,000 elder orphans connected through a Facebook group, a group founded by Carol Marak, columnist and editor at SeniorCare.com. To belong to this group, you have to be 55 or over, living without a spouse, having no children (or having estranged children…

Cremation Rate Increasing

    Cremations are quickly becoming the choice for more and more families. For the first time, more Americans are being cremated than having traditional burials, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The cremation rate in 2016 achieved a milestone, edging past 50 percent to…

Financial Victimization of Elders

A report by the Wall Street Journal states that 43 percent of older Americans exhibit one or more signs of financial victimization. Yet, a Merrill Lynch study indicates that phone-scammers and other spammer schemes represent only about 4.5 percent of elder financial fraud. So where…

Communication with the Elderly

Several tips on communication with elderly people may be helpful in coping with family relationships. Sometimes it is difficult to talk with elderly parents, especially when roles are reversed and the adult child is providing advice. Some helpful guidelines follow. Giving advice is best avoided…

They Just Won’t Quit

Do Not Call doesn’t seem to work. Blocking doesn’t seem to work. What to do? Since January of this year, almost 6,000 scams involving phone calls have been reported to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker. As soon as one picks up the phone, their…

Medicaid is not a D-I-Y Project

Our office receives regular calls from families asking us to intervene in Medicaid cases that have been denied. Often times, family members are handed a copy of the Medicaid application from a social worker in a nursing home or the nursing home admissions director, so…