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Estate Planning 101

Posted on: August 21 2013

Here is a very useful article about the basics of estate planning. Launa Hooper, the author,  is with the legal firm Elder Law and Trust Group, Aaron J. Goldberg, PLC. Let me know if you have any questions and if you would like to connect with Launa. Estate Planning 101 Nearly everyone has an estate. Your estate is comprised of everything you own – your car, real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, and personal possessions. No matter how large or modest, everyone with an estate has something in common – you can’t take...

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On Grief

Posted on: August 16 2013

Here is a really beautiful piece written by a long-time colleague, Scott Funk. Scott is also known as the "Reverse Mortgage Guy" and has helped many people age in place. You can find his column, Aging in Place, in over 2 dozen newspapers across the state. Grief Driving on VT RT 103, I was passing the Laurel Glen Mausoleum in Shrewsbury when something caught my eye. The contrast of bright red against the stark, grey granite was out of place. Although I’d driven by this spot countless times, I’d never noticed the statue of Mr. Bowman, stricken...

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High Blood Sugar LInked to Dementia

Posted on: August 10 2013

I'm just back from vacation but read this article which I thought you would find interesting. http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/high-blood-sugar-linked-to-dementia/?ref=health&_r=0

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Travel

Posted on: July 29 2013

Traveling if you are older and or have a disability can take extra planning. There are great options available to you to visit the world and travel agencies to help you plan and manage a great adventure. Today’s Washington Post has an article by Bert Archer who decided to take his 75-year-old widowed father on a river cruise on the Danube. His father, although a seasoned traveler, has diabetes and is waiting for a knee replacement. The cruise was well designed for someone with a disability. As Mr. Archer writes, I booked a river cruise so that...

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A Different Way to Talk about End-of-Life Preferences

Posted on: July 26 2013

Here’s a great New York Times article about an experiment to increase discussion and planning about end-of-life care. We usually approach these kinds of conversations within the family, trying to get elders and their children to bring up the difficult topic of end-of-life. There are numerous websites, how-to books and articles but it doesn’t seem to be working and we are still woefully unprepared. In 2005, only about 29{12470e0fe01d1e6fcc7df4df95300bd13a27d9338be1c3cc41e39732a8d70917} of us had a living will. Dr. Larkin of The University of...

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Staying Cool and Safe in a Heat Wave

Posted on: July 15 2013

The weatherman on WCAX Channel 3 News says that we are in for a possible heat wave this week. A heat wave means we can expect temperatures to be in the 90’s for the next three or more days. At my house we only have fans to keep cool. I make sure to blow in nice, cool morning air and then draw all the shades closed to keep my upstairs cool and dark. This makes for a more bearable day if we need to be upstairs. Since I have young children, I also stock up on popsicles and insist...

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Reflections on being 80 by Oliver Sachs

Posted on: July 08 2013

Oliver Sachs recently wrote a lovely opinion piece in the New York Times Called “The Joy of Old Age (No Kidding)”. As you may know, he is a professor of neurology at N.Y.U. School of Medicine. Dr. Sachs is the author of several award-winning books including “Musical Minds” and “Awakenings”. “Awakenings” was later adapted into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams and was nominated for an Academy Award. Here is a link to the essay. I hope you enjoy it. I know I did. http://www.nytimes...

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