Category Archives: Elder Law

What do you and your doctors know about palliative and hospice care? Probably not enough, and that needs to change.

In March, I took a trip to Washington, D.C. with close to 1300 other people. The purpose of our trip was to take part in the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum, which is an event where participants are educated about important legislative … Continue reading

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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign? “Signs”  by Five Man Band This weekend I placed signs in my yard. Signs for the Walk to … Continue reading

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On The Longest Day, and in Alzheimer’s caregiving, many hands make lighter work.

In just two days from now, on June 20, 2016  Team Valkyrie will complete its second year of participating in The Longest Day, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. The Longest Day is an annual fundraising effort held on the … Continue reading

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A recent change in Family Care policies can make a BIG difference for married couples – read on…

On June 10, 2016, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services updated its Medicaid Eligibility Handbook (called the “MEH” for short, and that is a pretty good description of how it usually makes me feel to read it.) This update changes the … Continue reading

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“You don’t have to be rich…” to have a will.

Say it ain’t so, Prince. The Morning Papers said that probate documents recently filed in Minnesota claim His Royal Badness did not have a will. With all the effort the man went to over the years to retain control of … Continue reading

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Death and Dying

Nobody really wants to spend time talking about death and dying. But inevitably we must. Usually, we don’t spend enough time on the subject. It’s been a year since my mother, Velma,  died last January. I think of her every … Continue reading

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The Father I Lost

I write this on June 21, 2015. Today is Father’s Day. It is also the day that the Team I created in memory of my mother, Velma ,is taking part in The Longest Day, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.  It … Continue reading

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What’s Really Wrong with Family Care

These days we have shared  a lot of concern over Governor Walker’s attempt to make sweeping changes to Family Care and Aging and Disability Resource Centers without consulting any citizen stakeholders. (See the article I wrote on that issue.) We don’t … Continue reading

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What Governor Walker’s Proposed Change to Promissory Notes Means

Governor Walker’s 2015-2017 budget proposal contains a change to one particular area of Medicaid planning involving the use of promissory notes. While this is relatively minor compared to the chaos of the 2013-15 budget, it is worth a passing comment. … Continue reading

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Governor Walker’s Budget Proposal Contains Radical Change to Family Care Without Input From Consumers (And Provides Another Glimpse Into Walker’s Way of Doing Business)

Or, Thompson and Walker approach long term care redesign in entirely different ways – A tale of then vs now. Governor Walker’s proposed Wisconsin budget for the 2015-2017 biennium contains a major overhaul of the Family Care System. This proposal … Continue reading

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