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How Does TennCare in Tennessee Work?

How Does TennCare in Tennessee Work?

How Does TennCare Work? In Tennessee, TennCare serves as a rebranded version of Medicaid. Originally established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, Medicaid aims to offer health coverage to low-income families and individuals, encompassing children, parents,...

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Primer for a Working Parent in Tennessee

Primer for a Working Parent in Tennessee

By Barbara Moss Published June 13, 1991, The Tennessean This is the article I wish someone had written 15 years ago when I began combining career and parenthood.             I had my first child in 1977 when I was...

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Probate in Tennessee

Probate in Tennessee

Secure your future with experienced probate attorneys in Nashville, TN. Probate Solidifies The Last Will & Testament Many lay people believe that a last will and testament controls what happens from the moment the person who signed the will (“the testator”) passes...

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The Latest Scam Involves Medicaid Cards

The Latest Scam Involves Medicaid Cards

Beginning April 2018, Medicare will begin the year-long process of issuing new Medicare cards. The new card will have a unique Medicare number listed, not your social security number. You will NOT have to do anything to receive this new card. This change will...

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Avoid the Family Fight

Avoid the Family Fight

You love your family.  We all want our families to get along, grow together, and to lean on each other after we are gone. I've never had a client who wanted his or her death to cause a fight or even lasting enmity among heirs. All too often, however, that is exactly...

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Tax Season Scams

Tax Season Scams

Crimes against the elderly continue to skyrocket each year, as criminals continue to find more ways to carry out both new and old scams.  This information which we received courtesy of the Council on Aging in Nashville is particularly timely. Last month, the IRS...

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Yoga Can Prevent Falls among the Elderly

Yoga Can Prevent Falls among the Elderly

I'm a happy yoga practitioner, so I was glad to see this news: People who do hatha yoga report improved balance, but only now has yoga’s impact on falls received rigorous study. Now, University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of family medicine Irene Hamrick reports...

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Tips for Avoiding Charity Scams

Tips for Avoiding Charity Scams

(This article comes courtesy of Council on Aging, a wonderful organization in Nashville.) As people all over the world try to help survivors of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with donations of food and water, clothes, shelter and money, we want to remind you to be aware...

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Hearing Loss and Dementia

Hearing Loss and Dementia

According to the CDC, nearly 20 percent of those from ages 40 to 69, and 43 percent of those 70 and older, have some degree of hearing loss.  Yet among people over 50 with hearing loss, only one in seven uses hearing aids. Hearing loss is not just an inconsequential...

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Seniors Are Struggling with Drug Costs

Seniors Are Struggling with Drug Costs

A recent article in Consumer Reports contains disturbing information about the costs of prescription medicine for seniors. Seniors are more likely to need multiple medications.  A survey conducted by Consumer Reports found that three-fourths of Americans 65 and older...

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New Insight Into Helping the Elderly

New Insight Into Helping the Elderly

For many caregivers, one of the most difficult aspects of their seemingly thankless jobs is the ingratitude of the family members for whom they are providing care.  A friend and geriatric manager recently forwarded to me this article from The New York Times: ...

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Save the Stories of Your Relatives!

Save the Stories of Your Relatives!

This is not a post about legal issues, but rather about a hobby of mine--interviewing all the relatives in my family, my husband's family, my ex-husband's family, etc.--in an attempt to preserve the stories that family members know and that will be gone forever when...

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Seniors Need to Plan for Housing

Seniors Need to Plan for Housing

Each week I encounter someone who has promised a family member that he or she would never be placed in a nursing home.  Other than extracting and making that promise, families have often done very little planning for the housing needs of senior family members.  This...

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How Elder Law Found Me

How Elder Law Found Me

When I graduated from law school in 1977, there was no subject called "Elder Law."  To be honest, I probably would not have taken that course, anyway. I was the first woman hired by a big, downtown law firm.  I wanted to work in litigation, and  I don't believe that I...

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