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Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 5

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the fifth in our series on caregivers. In our previous posts, we discussed the different legal documents that can assist a caregiver before the person being cared for becomes incapacitated. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when the person being … Continue reading Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 5

Red heart decoration.

National Wear Red Day

by Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist When you go to the store during the month of February, you will see lots of red and pink decorations for Valentine’s Day. However, the red decorations can be used for another special event. That special event is American Heart Health Month. During the month of February, the American Heart Association raises awareness throughout the whole month to express … Continue reading National Wear Red Day

Smiling couple.

Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 4

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the fourth in our series on caregivers. In our previous post, we discussed the Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, Power of Attorney for Health Care, and the Representative Payee designation forms that can assist a caregiver with his/her duties. In this post, we will discuss the Living Trust, which can also assist a caregiver with handling … Continue reading Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 4

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Back to School Season

by Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member In this “day and age,” many grandparents are raising their grandchildren, for a number of reasons. Through past experience, grandparents do quite well for the most part, for some things never go out of style.  However, some things do. Day-to-day life can be very demanding on an older parent who has total care of his or her grandchildren. It’s … Continue reading Back to School Season

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Avoiding Overmedication and Harmful Medication Interactions 

by Gay Nell Jenkins, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison Many older people have a higher risk of overmedication and medication interactions which are very harmful and deadly to them. Anytime a senior takes more than one medication, the medications can interact with each other. Most seniors do not ask questions regarding new medications prescribed or a change of dosage of the current medication because they trust the doctor, or feel … Continue reading Avoiding Overmedication and Harmful Medication Interactions 

Senior man and granddaughter.

Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 3

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the third in our series on caregivers. In our previous posts, we discussed the resources that are available to help make caregiving manageable. In addition to gathering information regarding doctors, medications, and billing information, there are also legal considerations and documents that can assist the caregiver in performing his/her day to day duties. In this post, we … Continue reading Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 3

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“I think I’ll take a trip around the world”

By Ellen Mason, Hotline Attorney Betty Williams worked her entire adult life. She has some savings but, at 73, she’s going blind. She’s worried that her savings won’t cover the cost of a nursing home for very long. Betty has Medicare, and she wants to know if she qualifies for Medicaid. Medicaid rules vary from state to state. In Michigan, to qualify for Medicaid, a … Continue reading “I think I’ll take a trip around the world”