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  • June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    Every year, on June 15 th , the world recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). As its name implies, it’s not a day of celebration. Rather, it’s a day to bring awareness to a growing and concerning worldwide problem. We strongly believe that we ALL have an obligation to care for our elders. Here, we’ll highlight the issue of elder abuse , discuss what it means, and offer safeguards and ...
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  • Older American's Month

    May was a busy month for us as we moved our office and added new team members to our Goldfarb & Luu family. However, it was also an important month for seniors, as it was Older American's Month . So here is our post, albeit a little late. May has long been set aside as a time to celebrate senior citizens and focus on their unique needs, which becomes increasingly relevant as the Baby Boomers take ...
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  • Helping from a Distance

    June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month so I have been spending time reading Alz blogs. Today I came across this one from our neighbors, here in Los Angeles (Alzheimer's LA). The "Ask Miriam" column is always a quick read, but filled with insightful tips and heartfelt advice. This month's entry is no exception! Her reader is asking how to help a loved one from afar and the response came with ...
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  • Consider the Conversation...

    Having tough discussions is something that many of us avoid. I mean, of course! No one likes to talk about becoming ill and the fragility of life. It's scary to ponder our mortality. But what about letting a loved one know that you've noticed they may have a problem? That their memory seems to be failing or that they are mixing up their words when they talk? This article posted by the Alzheimer's ...
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  • Your Family Deserves Better Than This...

    If you have been following entertainment news recently you probably know that John Singleton passed away, at the very young age of 51, in late April. He’s celebrated a long list of achievements since his Academy Award nomination for best director, Boyz n the Hood , in 1991. Sadly, an accomplishment that never made it to the list was AN UPDATED ESTATE PLAN ! Singleton suffered a massive stroke ...
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  • How Much Do You Love Mom?

    Mother's Day is here and you’re probably still looking for the perfect gift. Flowers and cards are always appreciated, but maybe this year, you can get her something different: the peace of mind that comes with an estate plan . Wait, what? We know it’s not pretty or poetic but hear us out. An estate plan can be the perfect gift for mothers of any age or stage of life. For Moms with Grown Kids If ...
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  • Reclaim the Art of Letter Writing

    Letter writing has been described as an art form of the past. A personal touch that future generations will never know. Can we change that? Letters are therapy. They are a way to communicate your feelings along with the ability to edit yourself in the process. Letters offer the opportunity to pour our feelings, needs and desires onto a page. And then go back to read and reread our words to make ...
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  • When hospice care goes wrong, where can you turn?

    As the Nation's largest living adult population, Baby Boomers, age, how prepared are they for the final chapter? According to AARP , Boomers will turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day over the next 18 years. Is the country ready for this? Are the systems we have in place for aging and end of life care working and can it support such an influx? It is definitely cause for concern according to some ...
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  • National Healthcare Decision Day – Even Young People Have Accidents and Unexpected Illnesses

    National Healthcare Decision Day – Even Young People Have Accidents and Unexpected Illnesses Estate planning is for rich old people, right? Wrong! (I mean, we get it but you’re still wrong.) Everyone over 18 needs some level of estate planning. That magical age when your parents are no longer allowed to make your doctor appointments or handle your savings account for you because you’re legally ...
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  • If we can humanely euthanize our pets, why can’t we do it for ourselves?

    If we can humanely euthanize our pets, why can’t we do it for ourselves? CA passed a death with dignity bill as of 2015 called the California End of Life Option Act. Every client who wants to be able to end their life should they get dementia learns of the limitations of this Act, namely, you must have mental capacity and be expected to die within 6 months in order for it to work. Until our laws ...
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  • Women's History Month: Make Your Own Legacy

    An Advance Health Care Directive , like other estate planning documents, is like Imodium: by the time you need one, it’s already too late to run out and get it. Planning for the unexpected (and sometimes unpleasant) is important! As women, we are all too often called upon to be the ones to plan ahead. Why should what happens to us when we are no longer able to care for ourselves or after we leave ...
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  • A "Happi" Hospice Story

    We have been following LA Times writer, Steve Lopez as he journals his encounter and research through the hospice system. Last week we posted about his regrets with the hospice care his mother, Grace received in her final days. Both that experience and this uplifting story serve as a good reminder to plan ahead for aging loved ones before it is too late. Know your resources and what may be ...
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  • To Grace Lopez with love — and apologies that your end wasn’t better - by Steve Lopez

    "In our rapidly aging country, more than a million older Americans receive hospice care each year. It’s covered by Medicare, and hospitals often recommend it when they know death is near and have nothing left to offer. In retrospect, we could have done some advance research, but like a lot of families, we hadn’t and so had to scramble, making quick decisions at a time we were already overwhelmed ...
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  • RIP Luke Perry

    Rest in Peace Luke Perry. WAKE UP GEN X. Planning for the inevitable isn't just for your Grandparents. https://www.today.com/health/luke-perry-s-death-generation-x-s-wake-call-t149917
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  • When Grandma falls... is it the beginning of the end?

    When Grandma falls… is it the beginning of the end? Did you know that according to studies, 25% of seniors who fall and break a hip typically pass away within 6 months? This is a shocking but true statistic. We don’t like to think of our incapacity or death, but when something as simple as a slip can become fatal, it’s vital for you and your family to have an up-to-date estate plan in place. A ...
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