Veterans May Be at Higher Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

A group called Veterans Against Alzheimers recently released a report indicating that Post-Traumatic … [Read more...]

Another Wake-up Call to Document End of Life Care Decisions

A couple of weeks ago, our extended family came together to celebrate my mother's 95th birthday.  My … [Read more...]

Hospitals Must Keep Patients Informed About Observation Status

I've written before about making sure you have been "admitted" when you have been in the hospital … [Read more...]

VA Acknowledges Presumption of Illness from Camp Lejeune Water Exposure

In the early 1980s, chemicals that are used in dry cleaning and metal  degreasing, along with … [Read more...]

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Reconfirms Guidelines for Skilled Care

In a previous post, I have described the 2014 settlement in the case of  Jimmo v. Sebelius, in which … [Read more...]

Whose In Charge When You are in the Hospital?

My 94 year old mother was just released from the hospital following a 13-day stay, precipitated by a … [Read more...]

When Screening Tests are No Longer Called For

The guidelines for when women should have screening mammograms was recently in the news again, when … [Read more...]

What to do When Dad Shouldn’t Drive

One of the toughest conversations we have - or dread having - when someone we love has been … [Read more...]

Is Dementia a Service-Connected Injury for Gulf-Region Veterans?

  As an Elder Law attorney, I don't see as many WWII veterans as I used to, since fewer and … [Read more...]

Should Medicare Coverage Start Sooner?

Mark Miller, a columnist for Reuters (, suggested in a column posted on June 18 that … [Read more...]

Meeting the Person With Dementia Where She Is

Those of us who work with seniors experiencing dementia have long been counseled to meet our … [Read more...]

Draft Bill Would Allow Hospital Observation Stays to Count Toward Medicare Eligibility

As I have described in this blog before, simply being in a hospital, even for several days, does not … [Read more...]

A Good Timeline for Planning

I feel so fortunate to be advocating for seniors in Phoenix, Arizona, where we have an outstanding … [Read more...]

Knowing Your Medicare Rights

My new client was distraught.  His wife had been hospitalized, and then moved to a skilled nursing … [Read more...]