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Opportunities in Affordable Seniors Housing

Daryl Carter recently published an interesting article in Seniors Housing Business regarding what he sees as opportunities for addressing “the overwhelming need for affordable seniors housing in today’s market."...more

A Year Into the Elder Justice Task Force: Is Your Community a Target?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 30, 2016, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing its launch of ten Elder Justice Task Forces in the Northern District of California, Northern District of Georgia, District of Kansas, Western...more

Minnesota AG Sues Lending Firms for Scamming Seniors and Veterans

by Goodwin on

On August 17, 2017, the Associated Press announced that Minnesota’s Attorney General is suing two lending firms (with the same Nevada address) for allegedly pressuring veterans and senior citizens into signing over large...more

Privacy Tip #101 - A Recap of our Top 10 Privacy Tips

Last week, our Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider reached a milestone—we hit our 100th privacy tip! This week, we mark that milestone with a special edition Privacy Tip: the top 10 most-viewed privacy tips. Our readers can...more

Trends in Senior Living

Baby Boomers have changed the course of marketing and products throughout their lives, and ALFs are proving no different. The days of uniform ALFs is passing, and those on the leading edge of the market are looking to...more

How Medicare and Employer Coverage Coordinate

Medicare benefits start at age 65, but many people continue working past that age, either by choice or need. It is important to understand how Medicare and employer coverage work together....more

Owe Back Taxes? The IRS May Grant You Uncollectible Status

Sometimes seniors find themselves owing past-due federal taxes they cannot afford to pay. Although notices from the IRS can be especially frightening, there are solutions. ...more

Are Trusts Still Useful If the Estate Tax Is Repealed?

With Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of Americans,...more

Relief From Medicare's Part B Late-Enrollment Penalty Offered to Some

Medicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time, these individuals will be able to enroll in...more

California Professional Fiduciaries Help Elders and Resolve Conflicts

by Downey Brand LLP on

California trust and estate disputes may be avoided or resolved with the appointment of a private professional fiduciary to act in an oversight role with respect to an elder’s care and/or finances.  In a recent post, we...more

FINRA Moves to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

by Carlton Fields on

FINRA has taken another step to protect against what it calls "financial exploitation of vulnerable individuals or individuals with diminished capacity." These include seniors (at least age 65) and persons (at least age 18)...more

FTC enforcement under new leadership to focus on consumer harm, fraud

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Based on a Law360 article reporting on an interview with Thomas Paul, the Acting Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, it appears that under its new leadership, the FTC will take a less aggressive approach to...more

Elder Abuse: Caregivers are susceptible to the stress

Dealing with an aging parent brings about an emotional anguish that is as sad as it is stressful. Depending on the level of care a loved one requires – does he or she need help doing the laundry and preparing a meal or...more

Elder Abuse: Who is doing it?

When the time comes that an aging family member needs full-time care, or more care than he or she is receiving, most eyes turn to a daughter or a son, or depending on the circumstances, a grandchild. Often, employment...more

Elder Abuse: Signs, Symptoms You Can Identify

The mistreatment of the aged is a societal ill that, sadly, is unlikely to be cured soon. The statistics tell the story. By 2025, the global population of seniors (defined as those age 60 and older) will reach 1.2 billion....more

HUD Regulatory Reform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The new HUD administration has been pretty quiet on the regulatory front, with only a handful of regulations and notices issued since January. That may change soon. HUD is hard at work identifying regulatory changes that...more

CFPB May 2017 complaint report highlights complaints from older consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its May 2017 complaint report highlighting complaints from “older consumers,” who the CFPB defines as consumers who voluntarily reported their age as 62 or older.  The CFPB reports that consumers...more

Elder Abuse: Awareness Day Aims To End It

Neglect of the elderly, an all-too-often occurrence in nursing homes and other community settings, will take center stage June 15, 2017, during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day....more

Interior Design for Alzheimer’s

When building and furnishing a memory care facility, it is important to understand the impact of colors and furnishings on people with Alzheimer’s disease. ...more

Ransomware Attack Hits Dallas Senior Living Community

No industry is immune from ransomware attacks—including senior living communities. Senior living communities have exploded now that baby boomers are selling homes, down-sizing and getting ready for that stage of life....more

Privacy Tip #89 - 10 Tips to Help Protect Your Senior Loved Ones’ Privacy

It is hard enough for middle agers like me to stay up on all the ways our personal information can be collected, accessed, used, disclosed, sold or stolen. It is even harder for our loved ones who are older, but not...more

Growing Older — Safety Resources & Information

Children and the elderly are most often hurt in avoidable accidents in and around the home. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that about 1.4 million Americans age 65 years and older are treated in...more

Tennessee Is Protecting Grandma with New Legislation

Tennessee is protecting Grandma! Two pieces of legislation were approved this year: the Elder and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, which is on its way to Gov. Haslam to be signed into law, and the Elderly and Vulnerable Adult...more

Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families to come up with a long-term care plan before an emergency strikes. The case involves two brothers who got into a fight over whether to place...more

Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety

A little-known insurance option can be an answer for some people who might need care but are unable to buy long-term care insurance. Short-term care insurance provides coverage for nursing home or home care for one year or...more

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