Lifecare Innovations Newsletter
December 2011

Posted: December 1, 2011 11:06 pm

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events and Engagements

Date: 12/09/2011
Topic: Family Conflict Around Parent Care in The Aging Population: From Mediation to Litigation 
Speaker: Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG, President of Lifecare Innovations, Inc., Kerry R. Peck, Principal Partner, Peck Bloom LLC., Patricia Cline, Expert Lifecare Manager   
Sponsor: Illinois Governor’s Conference On Aging 
Location/Time: North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, 10:30am-11:15am  
Contact/Registration: email or email
CEU: 1 
Topic: The Hoarding Dilemma  
Speaker: Martha Kern, Director of Marketing   
Sponsor: County of Dupage
Location/Time: 421 County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 4:30pm-6:00pm
Contact/Registration: Andra Hu, (630) 434 0071×227 or email
CEU: 1

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Hoarding: When is an Alternate Decision Maker a Prudent Choice?

By: Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG
Lauren Sherman, LCSW, NMG

The prevalence of hoarding is underestimated in our society, as is the impact to the person, their families, and the community. Recent studies show that the current prevalence is estimated at 5% of the US population; 15 million people (Samuels et. al., 2008). This is three times more common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorders. Is hoarding an illness? (Extended Article)

Custodial Claims: Compensation for Family Caregivers

By Margot Gordon

It has been Lifecare Innovations’ distinct honor and privilege to work alongside Attorney Margot Gordon of Monahan and Cohen on custodial claims cases in which a family caregiver has sought remuneration from the estates of their loved ones for care services rendered. In some cases, these family members have let careers languish and have otherwise lost income-producing opportunities to offer care to family members.

The following article was originally published last year in the ISBA Journal and is reprinted with permission of the Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 98 #5, May 2010. Copyright by the Illinois State Bar Association.
Thank you to the Journal, and to Margot Gordon, as well, for their kind permission to share this material in our newsletter. (Extended Article)

The Value of Care: A Daughter’s Custodial Claim

Related to Margot Gordon’s insightful article above, we offer the following case study from our own files. This story illustrates the sacrifices made by the adult daughter of a man afflicted with progressive dementia, and the legal course she pursued after his death to seek compensation for the services she offered during his life. (Extended Article)

Patterns In Elder Abuse: Key Findings From the MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse

The approach of the holidays signals an excellent time to examine the facts and figures surrounding exploitation and abuse of our elder population. Not surprisingly, abuse of elders increases around the holidays, believed to be due to the increased proximity of family and friends and the disruption of familiar routines in day-to-day life. The MetLife Mature Market Institute, in collaboration with researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky, and in consultation with the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, studied the issue of elder abuse in both 2009 and 2010. They analyzed newsfeed articles concerning exploitation of elders and compiled the findings found below:(Extended Article)

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