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SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING AGREEMENTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA            The Brittany Spears case focused the attention of the nation on limitations of the Guardianship system in the United States.  While Guardianships serve a worthwhile purpose, they are often unnecessarily restrictive.  The goal of a Guardianship is to embrace the least restrictive alternative to allow individuals to maintain…

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SPECIAL PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE ELDERLY – PART 2

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA This article continues the discussion of special problems for the elderly.  (Here is a link to Part 1.) Long-Term Care. About 70% of Americans will require some form of long-term care be it home care at $28 to $30 per hour, assisted living at $6,000 to $12,000 per month,…

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New Study Reveals Medical Dangers of Isolation

[Originally published in the NAELA eBulletin] Those who are socially isolated are over 40% more likely to have a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, than those who were socially integrated, new research has shown.  The German study, presented May 23, 2020 at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Virtual Congress, found…

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Do You Have a Living Will, Do Your Parents, Do Your Adult Children?

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA What is a Living Will and why has the need become so urgent?  A Living Will is a legal/medical document also known as an Advance Health Care Directive.  It allows an individual to clearly and formally communicate his or her end-of-life wishes to loved ones and to care providers.  The individual…

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