Archive for February, 2012

Writing Workshops Offered To U.S. Veterans

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The Veterans Writing Workshop gives veterans the tools and confidence they need to bring their stories to life. Veterans meet once a week for peer support and feedback on their writing. These workshops are free of charge to all U.S. Veterans. The workshops will conclude with the publication of a print anthology of veterans’ writing and public readings.

The first workshop series starts February 23 from 6-8PM and concludes on May 3 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus,  Room 703, 113 West 60th Street, NY, NY.  The second workshop series begins February 27 from 6-8PM at Fordham University’s Westchester Campus, Room 120, 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY.

For more information or to register, please click here or email

How Could The New Alzheimer’s Criteria Affect My Care And Access To Services

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Proposed new criteria to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease could affect how many people have the condition and their access to services and government benefits. Individuals with mild and very mild Alzheimer’s disease could be categorized as having mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which doctors say is the stage between loss of mental function and dementia.

The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association proposed the new criteria. If an individual can still do everyday activities, independently function, but has mild activity problems, they would have MCI. Currently, more than five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s or related dementias. By 2050, these numbers are expected to double. But if the classification changes, millions of Americans could lose out on critical care in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration announced plans to spend $50 million on Alzheimer’s research and develop a National Alzheimer’s Plan under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds will promote more Alzheimer’s research, treatment, and caregiver support. Alzheimer’s disease costs $180 billion annually for medical and nursing home care.

Opponents of the proposed diagnosis say that more than 90 percent of people would have their diagnosis downgraded. Some medical experts say that more effort should be done to help patients who have MCI to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. They hope that the proposed criteria will be modified and discussed more to help the aging population.

Checklist to ensure you are proactive as you receive a diagnosis of cognitive impairment:

  • See a doctor early on to get answers and treatment options
  • Meet with an elder law attorney to review what health services and government benefits you are eligible for
  • Create documents for advance health care directives, power of attorney, and living will
  • Work with an elder law attorney to create an asset protection plan, estate plan, and appropriate trusts
  • Stay aware of changes that could occur due to the National Alzheimer’s Plan
  • Stay updated with Alzheimer’s Association proposal for condition re-categorization

An appropriate diagnosis can help an aging individual and their loved ones plan for the future. Being proactive in the early stages can allow a person a chance to make long-term decisions about their care, living arrangements, finances, and legal concerns. This allows a person more opportunity to benefit from advanced medical care and support services so that the aging process and effects of the disease are managed better. To learn more about New York elder law or New York estate planning, visit

Medicaid Offers Home Attendant Services For Eligible Individuals

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

New Yorkers who have Medicaid and need home attendant services can have this type of care covered. Approval is granted when financial and medical criteria are met, and an individual submits an M11q form that his or her doctor has thoroughly completed. These services can offer substantial savings for an individual and their family, and helps to provide for daily care.

Personal care services, which are also called home attendant services, can greatly assist individuals affected by physical or mental impairments. Individuals who have excess resources or income can get the skilled advice of a New York Medicaid planning lawyer to access benefits and preserve assets. Once home care is authorized, an attendant can assist from 12 hours a week to around-the-clock care.

It is also important for people who have been denied benefits to have their case reviewed. An experienced Medicaid planning attorney can uphold an individual’s rights and ensure that the medical and financial information is complete when a hearing is needed to seek benefits the second time around. Hearings can also be expedited in certain circumstances.

Littman Krooks LLP counsels individuals and families on how to access Medicaid benefits and plan for comprehensive care and estate matters. Our New York City, White Plains and Fishkill Medicaid planning attorneys are well versed in state regulations, benefits, and asset protection. To learn more, visit