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Middle Stage Dementia

By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator Dementia is a syndrome or disease, which includes a deterioration of memory, cognitive skills, and the ability to perform everyday activities.   While dementia often has a flux of symptoms, it generally has seven stages, often broken down into mild (early-stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage). The stages range from no cognitive decline to very severe cognitive decline. The personal and financial toll it can cause is often devastating. … Continue reading Middle Stage Dementia

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Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one or friend who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. Yet, there are billions of dollars that are inappropriately taken from vulnerable seniors and veterans. To help you know your rights and responsibilities as a conservator, trustee, power of attorney, or veterans’ affairs fiduciary/ representative payee, … Continue reading Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

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Winter Protection Plan

By Julia Miller, Legal Intern Michigan is well known for its cold, snowy winters, so it is no surprise that energy and heating bills can skyrocket during this time. For low income households these high costs can put them in danger of having their utilities shut off. In Michigan, not having heat during the winter months is incredibly unsafe, which is why the State of Michigan, through … Continue reading Winter Protection Plan

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Homestead Property Tax Credit

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas,, Hotline Managing Attorney For many, living in Michigan is a dream come true. It has the perfect mix of recreation and industry, you get a beautiful blend of all four seasons, and wherever you are you are never far from a beautiful freshwater coastline. However, for many low income households, simply paying property taxes to live here can become an overwhelming financial burden. It is for this reason that … Continue reading Homestead Property Tax Credit

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August is Medic Alert Month!

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney Did you know that August is Medic Alert Awareness Month? MedicAlert Foundation is a nonprofit organization that started 60 years ago with the mission to alert first responders to medical conditions that could affect a person’s treatment. A medic alert is a simple bracelet or necklace that is worn by a person with certain medical conditions such as severe allergies, asthma, … Continue reading August is Medic Alert Month!

Be Thrifty: Donate Your Body to a Medical School

by Ellen Mason, Hotline Attorney We’re the “do-good generation.” The generation that grew up in the 60’s. The generation whose mantra was “peace and love.” No wonder you’ve intended to donate your organs since you were in your 20’s. But let’s face it: nobody wants a 75-year-old heart; 72-year-old cataract-surgery eyes; a hip that’s been replaced twice; and on-and-on. (We have more rusty parts than a … Continue reading Be Thrifty: Donate Your Body to a Medical School

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Building Partnerships – MiCAFE and MiDHHS

by Natalie Pearce, Director of Economic Security This summer, MiCAFE (Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) entered into a partnership to house a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan’s Lansing office. Filling this role is Jody Anderson, who has worked at DHHS since 2011 as an Eligibility Specialist. In her role, Jody determines client … Continue reading Building Partnerships – MiCAFE and MiDHHS