It’s time to have that difficult conversation with your older parents

It’s time to have that difficult conversation with your older parents

| Written by Laurie Taylor | I moved away from my parents' home before I turned 18 years old. Whenever I would go back to visit, my mom would tell me "All our important papers are in that file cabinet." I would nod but I never walked over to that file cabinet and opened the drawer to see what she thought was important. That file cabinet represented an event that I did not want to face; that my mom would no longer be able to handle her affairs. I also never asked her any questions, such as "Where are your bank accounts? Do you have any investment accounts? Life insurance? A safety deposit box? Are your estate documents current? What are your wishes for your funeral?" It felt awkward, like I was excitedly anticipating her impending demise. However, death is inevitable and denying its existence will not stop it from occurring. Sometimes, before death occurs, there may be a period of incapacitation....
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The FAL Senior Transition Pro Team has attorneys who specialize in elder law

“Elder Law” is a legal specialty that covers a number of issues relating to senior citizens, their caretakers and family members. The Senior Transition Pro Team includes attorneys who specialize in elder law and are board certified by the Florida Bar Association. You can read about one such attorney, Ms. Wendy A. Maura, who practices in the Ormond Beach and Volusia-Flagler Counties area. Simply click on Mrs. Wendy A. Mara....
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Your Vote Counts!

No doubt, you have often heard this pious sounding advice: “You should register and vote…it’s your duty.” This is one piece of common wisdom that is quite true. Your vote does count, and if you do not use it, you are doing a disservice to your country and to yourself as well. Around Election Day, you will see, hear and read a huge wave of political ads. They are produced by very professional marketers and aimed at getting you to support some candidate or to approve or disapprove of some question on the ballot. In a presidential election year, literally billions of dollars are spent on these ads. Even in off year elections, it is difficult to escape the flood of political ads that appear on television, radio, billboards and now, the internet. Figure this out: the people who pay for those ads would not do so if they did not know that your vote is important! Obviously, it is important to...
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What is a healthcare surrogate?

A healthcare surrogate, sometimes called an “agent”, is a person appointed by you to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are not able to make or communicate them yourself. The healthcare surrogate is one form of an advance health care directive, a statement of your wishes in case you are not able to express them. Advance healthcare directives, including the healthcare surrogate, are governed by state laws so it may be wise to consult a local attorney if you have any questions. The law recognizes the right of every competent adult to make his or her own decisions about healthcare matters; this includes the right to refuse medical treatment when it is no longer wanted. As long as a person is alive, competent and able to communicate their wishes, they have the sole power to continue or stop medical treatment.  Unfortunately, there are cases in which the ill or injured person is not able to make decisions or to...
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FindingAssistedLiving.com welcomes Wendy A. Mara to its Senior Transition ProTeam

Good advice and help with family law, estate planning, and guardianship are absolutely essential. The FindingAssistedLiving.com Senior Transition Pro Team is very pleased to announce the association of a new member, Mrs. Wendy Mara. Mrs. Mara has distinguished herself in a very short time, becoming President of the Volusia County Bar Association after practicing law for only 7 years and just recently being selected as a 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Star in the areas of probate and estate planning. Along the way, she achieved an impressive record of academic, professional, community and personal accomplishments. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Stetson University, she taught high school for 13 years. While a full-time teacher, she earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida. As a student and graduate student, she was selected for membership in both the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. In law school, she was a teaching and research assistant, earned the Dean's Certificate...
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FindingAssistedLiving.com Presents Lunch and Learn on February 2nd, 2017

FindingAssistedLiving.com presents Lunch and Learn at the Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, FL, on February 2nd, 2017. Our panel of specialists will present various topics all focused on making the transition to Senior Living and a Senior Lifestyle. Among the panel of specialists that will be speaking are members of the FAL Senior Transition Pro Team like attorneys Wendy Mara and Robert Abraham and CPA John R. Dickinson. Additional speakers include senior placement advisor Sheila Mckay-Vaughn and more. This event is free to attend and lunch is included, but you must signup fast. Seating is limited. To register for this event, click Lunch and Learn Signup....
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Great News for Grace Manor of Port Orange, Florida Residents!

Great News for Grace Manor of Port Orange, Florida Residents!

The residents of Grace Manor Assisted Living Facility in Port Orange, Florida, can rest a lot easier tonight. The State of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has decided not to go ahead with the proposed suspension of the facility’s operating license. This will come as a great relief to the 50+ residents of the Assisted Living Facility, their families and loved ones. If the suspension order had remained in effect, all of the residents would have had to relocate by 5 PM on July 26. The AHCA is the division of the Florida government that is responsible for licensing and regulating assisted living facilities in the state. Because of an unfortunate series of events, the agency decided that their duty required it to issue an immediate moratorium on new admissions to the facility and to suspend its license to operate effective at 5 PM on July 26, 2016 (See Order here). However, upon further consideration, the suspension order...
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Mr. Robert Abraham & Mr. Andrew Grant Join the FindingAssistedLiving.com Senior Transition Pro Team

Mr. Robert Abraham & Mr. Andrew Grant Join the FindingAssistedLiving.com Senior Transition Pro Team

FAL ProTeam brings on board quality Professionals As our nation’s 240th Independence Day approaches, the FindingAssistedLiving’s FAL Senior Transition Pro Team continues to strive to create an Independence Day for America’s seniors, for their families and for their loved ones. The FAL Senior Transition Pro Team is dedicated to making every person’s transition to a senior lifestyle the right one for them. FindingAssistedLiving is putting together a winning team, a network of professionals who can make available information that is complete, accurate, unbiased and trustworthy. This information will enable people to choose the senior transition option that is best for them and their loved ones. Very few of us are prepared or qualified to face the challenges of senior transition alone. The questions, the options, choices and decisions are simply too varied and too important. Decisions made now will have an enormous impact on the future happiness and health of the person (or persons) involved. Is it better to remain “home instead” for...
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