12 WAYS TO HELP AN ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVER

One in 10 Americans over age 65 years and almost half of those over age 85 years have Alzheimer’s disease or a related type of dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, involves a gradual breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Affected persons lose the ability to interpret information and send messages to their bodies to behave in certain ways. Over time they experience mental, emotional, behavioral and physical changes, necessitating increasing amounts of….

PROBATE BASICS

Probate is the legal process of transferring ownership of property from the decedent to his or her heirs either by accepting the validity of their last will and testament or by following the Kentucky laws of intestacy.  For a will to be valid, it must be “self-proven” or proven as valid in court by at least one of the witnesses.  A valid will can also be holographic: written entirely in the handwriting of the decedent, signed, and dated.

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CONTAINER GARDENING

Gardens are great, but they require a lot of time, labor and money. They also require land space and good soil. Container gardening skirts all these obstacles, offering reduced time, effort and costs, and can be enjoyed in an apartment or other home lacking a yard. Vegetables and herbs can be grown in containers on a balcony, patio or walkway.

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The U.S. Census Bureau reports over the past decade the number of unmarried senior partners has increased by 70 percent. Seniors cohabit for many reasons. These include love and friendship, inheritance concerns and an anti-marriage attitude because of a previous unhappy marital experience.


For many seniors, finances are the biggest issue precluding matrimony. Married people usually receive legal rights and protections and have certain obligations that unmarried people don’t get automatically. When it comes to issues such as hospital visitation, inheritance, immigration, owning property, taxes, survivors’ benefits and Social Security, marital status matters.


Seniors need to know how matrimony may affect pensions and Social Security. The Social Security Administration says you cannot receive survivor’s benefits if you remarry before the age of 60 unless the later marriage ends, whether by death, divorce or annulment. If you remarry after age 60 (50 if disabled), you can still collect benefits on your former spouse’s record. When you reach age 62 or older, you may get the retirement benefits of your new spouse. But if you were in a long-term marriage that ended in divorce and you are receiving alimony, you would most likely have to give it up when you remarry.  

LEGAL ISSUES FOR UNMARRIED SENIORS LIVING TOGETHER

If you’re considering cohabitation as a senior, here are some tips:


HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer and blogger who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She can be approached through her blog (www.aha-now.com) and Web site, www.harleenasingh.com. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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