Planning for Life

Low Dementia Growth Predicted for Massachusetts

Posted by Anthony Bushu on May 3, 2017

older coupleBy Jamie Marshall

The Alzheimer’s Association has released its annual report of facts and figures about the disease, reporting that 5.5 million Americans suffer from the disease, 200,000 of whom are below age 65.

Most of those with Alzheimer’s, 82 percent, are 75 or older, with more of these between 75 and 84 than those 85 and older. This contrasts with a similar article I wrote six years ago, when most people with Alzheimer's were 85 and over. I assume this has to do with changing demographics: there are relatively few Americans in the older cohort because they were born during the baby bust of the Depression -- 85 years ago was 1932. This trend will continue for another decade and a half, and then the "older old" population will skyrocket as the oldest Baby Boomers start reaching the 85 year old threshold beginning in 2031.

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Topics: baby boomers, dementia, Massachusetts

Demented Patient Liable for Injuries He Causes

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on November 15, 2016

By Harry S. Margolis

In Mary Ellen Gioia v. Richard D. and Ann L. Ratner, the Essex County superior court in Massachusetts refuses to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a registered nurse who claims she was injured by a patient in her care. She brought the suit against the patient, Richard Ratner, and his wife and health care agent, Ann Ratner. Judge Diane M. Kottmyer rules that the suit against Mr. Ratner can move forward but dismisses the claim against his wife.

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Topics: caregiving, dementia, incapacity, seniors, deficit, hospital care, elder law

Is Alzheimer's Disease Another Type of Diabetes?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on September 27, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: dementia

5 Guidelines for Caring for the Caregiver - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on July 10, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: long-term care planning, caregiving, dementia, seniors

6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Nursing Home - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on May 15, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: nursing homes, dementia

Should I Hire Home Care Through an Agency? - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on April 5, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: MassHealth planning, long-term care planning, dementia

Modern Marriage for Seniors and Soon-to-be-Seniors (Baby Boomers)

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on February 9, 2011

boomer weddingBy Harry S. Margolis

My client’s wife, a retired attorney and business owner, unfortunately suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. He visits her almost every day in the special assisted living dementia unit where she lives.

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Topics: MassHealth planning, baby boomers, dementia, seniors, Estate Planning, divorce

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