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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

For Love's Sake

91-year-old Real L'Heureux broke out of the dementia care facility he resides in to be with his girlfriend.

Maine Center for Elder Law attorney Barbara Schlichtman was interviewed for this recent Portland Press Herald story written by staff writer Matt Byrne. The story is a bittersweet one of aging, love and decision-making. The article brings up many important issues families have to consider when faced with a decline in a loved one's abilities. Senior's Daring Escape Raises Troubling Question.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Boomers reinvent themselves in retirement

The Baby Boomers who grew up during the hippie counterculture movement are unlikely to follow in their parents' footsteps as they approach retirement.

But Boomers, many of whom are turning 65, have no road maps. They not only have to figure out how to make their money last, but they need to reinvent themselves in the second act of life.

"Before, retirement was a destination," says Dorian Mintzer, a therapist and board-certified retirement transition coach based in Boston."You had your retirement party and bought your condo in Florida. Now it's a process. It's a journey that can be daunting but can be very exciting, too."

Full story, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2013/01/15/preparing-for-retirement-baby-boomers/1823723/


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Researchers find 10 best technologies for older drivers

The result is 10 items that mature drivers can look for when shopping for a new vehicle that will likely make their driving experience safer and less stressful.

"Our primary interest was equipping consumers to have this info so when they go shopping they can bring our list and talk to the salesman and use it in the decision-making process," Olshevski said.

While the list includes some technologies like lane-departure warning or parking assist systems that may only be available on more expensive vehicles, others are more common: electronic stability control is now mandatory for all passenger vehicles made after 2011.

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-mo-autos-hartford-10-technologies-mature-drivers-20121030,0,7744146.story


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Video describes elder law practice

This video is created by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Stetson University College of Law, which offers a master's of law in Elder Law.  The video is targeted toward upcoming attorneys to explain "What is Elder Law?"  However, it is a good explanation of issues that an elder law attorney can address.

This video could also be useful for caregivers trying to decide what issues they face.  In our office, we often see adult children who want to take care of their parents, but don't know where to begin.  This video is a good resource.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/46297718


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

President Lincoln's Proclamation Creating Thanksgiving Holiday

From an e-mail today from From Rose Mary Zapor, Esq. of The Zapor Law Office, P.C. in Denver.

The quote below is the last part of President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued in 1863.  Since we continue in war and have been in an era of political division, I thought the sentiments expressed by our 16th President are appropriate to the season.  May we all experience a season of peace and harmony during this Thanksgiving Season.


I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.


In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

By The President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward, Secretary of State



 


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Life Legacy Cards will change what happens this Thanksgiving

http://www.personallegacyadvisors.com/store/lifelegacy-cards/

LifeLegacy Cards

Take a Moment to Share a Lifetime

A boxed set of elegant, durable cards inviting reflection on some of the essential elements in a person’s life. Use to jump-start fresh and meaningful conversations or as prompts for thoughtful writing. These handsome and stimulating cards are guaranteed to trigger rich and memorable responses.

An effective tool and a wonderful gift for parents and grandparents, clients, donors and friends:

  • Tangible expression of your respect and gratitude for them
  • Comfortable invitation to share history and values
  • Succinct structure for seeing the journey of life
  • Natural way to to deepen personal connections
  • Ready-made outline for an ethical will or recorded interview

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