Post same-sex marriage, elderly gay Americans still face challenges

When the Supreme Court decision affirming gay marriage extended rights to all married couples, it seemed there had never been a better time to be gay in America. In practical terms, spouses can now review each other’s hospital treatment and medical decisions, ask medical professionals for information and visit hospital treatment environments typically restricted to[…]

National poll reveals that doctors need help with end-of-life conversations with clients

Medicare is now covering end-of-life conversations between doctors and patients but there have been a few wrinkles. A news story I read about a national poll reveals doctors are finding it difficult to initiate such conversations as well as what to say when they do. The poll of 736 primary care doctors and specialists included[…]

Recent study shows private nursing home care approaching $100k per annum

As an elder law attorney, I advise my clients about the wisdom of planning for their post-retirement years. A recent study by Genworth Financial underlines the wisdom of that strategy. Their research tags the cost of a private nursing home room at almost $100,000. That’s an increase of 1.2 percent from 2015 and close to[…]