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Pet and animal assisted therapy

Pet and animal assisted therapy

By Miles Hurley | September 27, 2022

As we close out September and World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we will discuss a subject that will bring a smile to your face, pets. For those of us who have dogs as pets, there is no secret as to why they are often referred to as man’s (or woman’s) best friend. In addition to their…

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music therapy

Benefits of music therapy

By Miles Hurley | September 20, 2022

September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Hurley Elder Care Law works with many families with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, and we have heard uplifting stories of therapies which have worked to comfort and help trigger happy memories for these clients. This week’s blog will examine the benefits of music therapy. Cognitive Benefits of Music…

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NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

NEW Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive

By Miles Hurley | August 9, 2022

Recently a new and important bill was signed into law. Georgia House Bill 752, also known as the Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD), is a forward-thinking law that empowers individuals to take control of their lives and health care through proactive decision-making to address their unique mental health needs and situations. Why is this important?…

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preparing for an emergency

Preparing for an emergency

By Miles Hurley | December 21, 2021

Last week’s deadly tornadoes are a somber reminder of how weather emergencies can impact us all at any time. Being prepared can be the difference of life and death in natural disaster situations. Older adults are especially vulnerable during and after disasters, often due to having chronic health conditions or mobility challenges. Are you and…

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Unexpected diagnosis

Facing an unexpected diagnosis?

By Miles Hurley | December 14, 2021

Unfortunately, health and cognitive related diagnoses do not stop just because we are in the holiday season. Our clients and their families continue to face unexpected and worrisome news even during this supposedly happy time of the year. How can you support a loved one facing an unexpected diagnosis? At Hurley Elder Care Law, our…

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Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship and Conservatorship

By Miles Hurley | July 13, 2021

“Guardianship” and “Conservatorship” …. We’ve all heard these terms but what do they really mean? What is the difference between these words? How, and why would you seek them for a loved one? Are they court proceedings; or can an attorney draw up the legal documents? Unfortunately, many people don’t learn the answers to these…

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Traveling as an older adult

Traveling as an older adult

By Miles Hurley | June 22, 2021

Summer is here, and the travel and hospitality industries are reporting record numbers of vacation reservations. Many families are reuniting after time apart and traveling together to vacation destinations to spend quality time together and have some fun. There are several things to consider when traveling as an older adult. Even if you are only traveling…

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Increasing Social Interaction for Seniors and Offsetting Cognitive Decline During COVID-19

By Miles Hurley | August 19, 2020

Professionals who work with seniors have long realized that social isolation leads to cognitive decline. Widespread awareness of this significant healthcare issue has increased due to COVID-19.  Our clients are noticing it with their loved ones, and here at Hurley Elder Care Law, we are noticing it with our own families. What are the options…

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Complete Estate Planning: Advance Directives for People with Dementia

By Miles Hurley | February 13, 2020

In November of last year, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece by an ER doctor titled “Doctors are torturing dementia patients at the end of their life”.  Read the article here The doctor’s experience and perspective are not unusual. As Jane Brody of the New York Times summarized “Advanced dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the…

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Alzheimer’s Diagnosis? First Things First

By Miles Hurley | April 23, 2018

Your mom got the dreaded diagnosis! What do you do first? Start by contacting your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; ask for guidance and use their printed information. Locate a geriatric care manager, doctors specializing in dementia, adult day care services and respite care services. Eventually you will want to investigate memory care facilities…

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