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New Law Authorizes PA ABLE Savings Accounts

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Act 17 of 2016 – The Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PA ABLE) – became law on April 18th. The new law authorizes the creation of special tax free savings accounts for individuals who became severely disabled before they reached age 26. In December 2014, the Federal government first authorized states to create […]

CARE Act: Some Help for Family Caregivers

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Our health and long term care support systems rely heavily on family caregivers who provide unpaid home care to their loved ones. According to a June 2015 report, 44 million adults in the US provide personal care assistance for family members. 34 million of them care for frail elders. Being a caregiver can be really […]

Alzheimer’s Report Documents Financial Difficulties Faced by Caregivers.

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The Alzheimer’s Association has released the 2016 edition of its Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures report. The Report is a comprehensive compilation of information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It sheds light on the impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals, families, government and the nation’s health care system. In 2016 an estimated 5.4 million Americans have […]

Cutting-edge Technology for the Visually Impaired Comes to Central PA

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By North Central Sight Services, Inc. With the help of technology, North Central Sight Services, Inc. is expanding capabilities of the visually impaired in our region. In January, North Central Sight Services, Inc. launched a campaign to raise funds for eSight eyewear. These enhanced eyeglasses use an ultra-high definition video stream through a camera to […]

Honor Thy Mother and Father

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My flight landed in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  I had planned a week’s vacation to spend time with my parents.  On the agenda, was an appointment with an elder law attorney to get their estate planning documents in order.  Dad is 84 and has multiple chronic illnesses.  Mom is 74 and in […]

Finding a Nursing Home

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Millions of older Americans need help meeting their care needs. This may include assistance with fundamental tasks like bathing, dressing, using the toilet, incontinence, transferring to or from a bed or chair, and eating. These tasks are commonly referred to as “activities of daily living.” Many people who need help with activities of daily living […]