Monthly Archives: November 2013

Smoking — It’s Never Too Late to Stop

Studies illustrate dangers of smoking. The Los Angeles Times reported that a four-year study of 200,000 Australians’ health records shows cigarettes were related “to the cause of death of more than 60% of smokers” and cut their lifespans by some 10 years, … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re reading the elder law blog you’ve probably lived a long life. I hope it’s been filled with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving!  

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Are You Prepared for What You’ll Find When You Visit Your Parents this Holiday Season?

Warning Signs that a Person Needs Daily Assistance & Tips for Planning for It The holidays and their aftermath are the busiest time of year for long-term care admissions, says expert Chris Orestis. “Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, families get together … Continue reading

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Elder Abuse — A Growing Problem

This guest post is from Sophia Marie Francis, who recently graduated from law school and has an interest in personal injury law. She currently writes for the law firm of Welebir, Tierney, and Weck. Respect your elders. We’re all taught … Continue reading

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Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn’t Save Much

National Public Radio recently ran a good article about Medicare and age eligibility. Here are excerpts: Medicare is big. And as America gets grayer, the health insurance program for seniors and the disabled is going to get a lot bigger … Continue reading

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Remaining Inhalers Containing CFCs Will Be Phased Out By 2014

The Los Angeles Times reports the Food and Drug Administration announced the remaining inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are to “be phased out by the end of the year to comply with international treaties intended to protect the ozone layer.” According to the … Continue reading

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Federal Oversight of Compounding Pharmacies Coming More Slowly Than Expected

The Wall Street Journal reports on its front page that greater regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies has not been coming as quickly as expected. Product recalls are up at 14 so far this year from two in 2012, according to the US … Continue reading

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Who Will Speak Up For Our Aging Population in Dallas County?

That was the provocative headline of an article in the Dallas Morning News by Molly Bogen of the Senior Source. Here are excerpts: The Senior Source averages more than 400 complaints a month from residents of the 70 nursing homes … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson to Settle Hip Implant Lawsuits for $4 Billion

The New York Times reports Johnson & Johnson has “tentatively agreed to a settlement” that could see the company making up to $4 billion payments “to resolve thousands of lawsuits filed by patients injured by a flawed all-metal replacement hip,” according to … Continue reading

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Increase in Alzheimer’s Creates Strain On Caregivers

Here’s a subject I’ve written about before — the increasing number of seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia is going to put a huge burden on caregivers over the next 20 years or so. The topic was covered … Continue reading

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