New Developments on the Elder Law Front - Hammerle Finley

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					12E     Tuesday, February 12, 2013                                                                                       The Dallas Morning News

Aging in place
Upgrades make current home a “staycation”                                                                                     HEALTH &                         Baptist Church, 1330 E.
                                                                                                                              WELLNESS                         Centerville Rd., Garland.
                                                                                                                                                               The speech therapy and

M     ore than 13 percent of
      the American
                               Boomers want to stay in
                               their homes as long as
                                                                                                                                                               group exercise classes are
                                                                                                                                                               sponsored by the Dallas
population is over 65,         possible. They are                        Baby Boomers                                         Jan. 4 through March
                                                                                                                              15 (M, W, F) from 8 to 9
                                                                                                                                                               Area Parkinsonism Society.
according to the U.S.          embarking on projects to
Census Bureau. By 2030,        remodel their homes to
                                                                         will turn the                                        a.m. and 9:30 to 10:30
                                                                                                                                                               Call 972-620-7600 for
                                                                                                                                                               more information.
that number will grow to       accommodate their                         suburbs gray                                         a.m., Lovers Lane United
                                                                                                                              Methodist Church, Family         SILVER SNEAKERS
nearly 20 percent.             changing lifestyle.                                                                                                             FITNESS
                                                                                                                              Center, 9200 Inwood Rd.,
   With the changes in             “The primary reason is                                                                     Dallas. $1 per class. Call       PROGRAM
healthcare and lifestyle,      they want to be near          recent survey by AARP         injury from falling in the         Susan or Charlie Arnett          M, W, F at 9:15 a.m.,
Baby Boomers are living        friends and family,” says     shows they turn into          bathroom, install grab bars        at 972-991-3720 for more         Medical City Natatorium,
better and longer than         Nancy Thompson, spokes-       retirement homes in the       and slip-free and step-free        information.                     Jewish Community
their predecessors. They       woman for the AARP. “The      future.”                      showers, says Stephen                                               Center fitness center
                                                                                                                              DANCE FOR                        and the Finley Ewing
are active and involved in     image that people move           Here are a few things to   Melman, director of                MOVEMENT                         Cardiovascular & Fitness
their communities. Many        when they retire to Florida   keep in mind when             economic services at               DISORDERS                        Center. Free with most
continue to work past their    and Arizona are inaccur-      shopping for a retirement     National Association for           Tuesdays and Thursdays           Medicare policies. Call
retirement. And as they        ate. Some people do that,     home or upgrading your        Homebuilders. Install              from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and          Jann at 469-644-2230 for
age, they are choosing to      but for the most part,        current home to fit your      rounded corners in the             the first Saturday of each       more times and locations.
do so in their homes.          Baby Boomers will turn        needs. Accessibility and      vanity and lever faucets.          month from 11 a.m. to
                                                                                                                              12:15 p.m., Finley Ewing         TREASURED
   It’s a trend that will      the suburbs gray.”            openness, or “universal       Clear up enough space so
                                                                                                                              Cardiovascular and Fitness       TIMES
likely continue in the near        According to the          design,” are the key          you have plenty of room to                                          Wednesdays and
                                                                                                                              Center, Studio 3, 5721
future, says Deborah           National Association for      elements, experts say.        move between the tub and                                            Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to
                                                                                                                              Phoenix Dr., Dallas. Free.
Pierce, architect and          Realtors, seniors who            • Make entrances           the toilet. The doorway            RSVP to 214-345-4224.            1:30 p.m., Custer Road
author of The Accessible       decide to move do so          accessible: Install ramps     should be wide enough to                                            United Methodist Church,
Home: Designing for All        when their existing home      and grab bars leading into    allow a wheelchair to pass         LINE DANCING 101                 6601 Custer Rd., Plano.
                                                                                                                              Wednesdays from noon to          Respite care is offered to
Ages and Abilities.            becomes a liability           the home. Get rid of steps    through.
                                                                                                                              1 p.m., Thurgood Marshall        those in the early stages
   “Nursing homes are no       because of size and           where you can. Install           • Bring everything
                                                                                                                              Recreation Center, 5150          of Alzheimer’s Disease
longer a viable option like    accessibility issues.         security features, such as    down to one level. If your         Mark Trail Way, Dallas. $3.      and related dementia,
they were a few decades            “They move into a         intercoms.                    home has multiple levels,
                                                                                                                              PARKINSON’S                      providing caregivers free
ago,” Pierce says. “People     smaller home – single-level      • Widen the doorways:      make sure that you at
                                                                                                                              DISEASE THERAPY                  time from responsibility.
are more fit, and there’s a    living – which is easier to   Doorways and hallways         least have a bedroom,                                               $10. 972-618-3450.
                                                                                                                              AND EXERCISE
growing interest in aging in   maintain,” says Walter        should be wide enough to      bathroom, study, laundry           Mondays and Thursdays
place.”                        Molony, spokesman for         accommodate                   room and kitchen on the            from 9:30 to 11:30
   A recent survey by          NAR. “What we see is          wheelchairs. Replace          same level as the                  a.m., South Garland
AARP shows that nine out       some people buy vacation      doorknobs with handles.       entrance.
of 10 older people and         homes and condos in              • Remodel your                Madhusmita Bora/CTW
eight out of 10 Baby           warmer climates, which A      bathroom: To prevent          Features                           EMAIL ITEMS TO SENIORS@DALLASNEWS.COM

                                                                                                                      LEGAL TALK   by Virginia Hammerle

                                                                                                  NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON THE
                                                                                                      ELDER LAW FRONT
                                                                                             Medicare must provide coverage of skilled care and therapy services to beneficiaries,
                                                                                             even if the beneficiary cannot show a likelihood of improvement. This change to
                                                                                             Medicare’s long-standing practice came as a result of a class action settlement in a
                                                                                             Federal court in Vermont.

                                                                                             President Obama signed the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers
                                                                                             (SMART) Act, intended to streamline the Medicare Secondary Payer Process. This
                                                                                             impacts cases where Medicare is entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses it
                                                                                             paid while a personal injury lawsuit is pending.

                                                                                             A Massachusetts Court reaffirmed the Doctrine of Necessaries, which holds that a
                                                                                             person is liable for his or her spouse’s medical expenses. Texas also follows the
                                                                                             Doctrine of Necessaries.

                                                                                             And, finally, Seniors have developed their own texting codes. Here’s a brief guide.

                                                                                             * ATD- At the Doctor’s                                 * BFF - Best Friends Funeral
                                                                                             * BTW- Bring the Wheelchair                            * CBM- Covered by Medicare
                                                                                             * CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center                 * FWIW - Forgot Where I Was
                                                                                             * GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low               * LOL- Living on Lipitor
                                                                                             * LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out                       * WAIT - Who Am I Talking To?

                                                                                             Virginia Hammerle is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Texas Board of Legal
                                                                                             Specialization and an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners
                                                                                             & Councils. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not
                                                                                             constitute legal advice.

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