What Makes a Power of Attorney “Durable”?

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A Power of Attorney is a legal document you use to authorize another person to act on your behalf. The rules governing powers of attorney are generally a matter of state law. Many state laws are based on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. But the terminology and rules can vary substantially from state to […]

Consolidation Proposed for PA Human Services Agencies

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Governor Tom Wolf is proposing that four Pennsylvania agencies be consolidated into a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The merger would involve the current Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS). According to a press release issued by the Governor’s office: Seniors will also […]

Social Security Full Retirement Age Increases

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What is Full Retirement Age? Why is it Important? How is Full Retirement Age Changing in 2017? Were you born after January 1, 1955? If so, you should be aware that the Social Security Full Retirement Age is increasing starting this year. This impacts your benefits – and not in a good way. Full retirement […]

Nursing Home Residents Gain More Control over their Care

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Last September I wrote about the Federal Government’s update and reform of its regulation of long-term care facilities. See, “Government Updates Nursing Home Regulations.” In my prior posting I focused on the controversial sections limiting the use of arbitration agreements in nursing facility admission contracts. That aspect of the new rule is currently in limbo […]

Planning for Getting Older

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It’s 2017. Another year has disappeared into history. If you are like me, the older you get, the more quickly each year seems to pass. January is the month when people make resolutions for the New Year. If you are over age 60, and especially if you have reached age 70 (like me), consider this […]