Want to better understand confusing legal issues when caregiving? Your no-jargon guide is finally here! – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Several months ago I ran into Jamie, an old friend who is an engineer. She’s super-smart, has a big important job and went to a very prestigious university.  Once we reconnected and she realized that I work often with caregivers, she shared her frustration with the Medicaid system.  Jamie’s father was currently taking care of her mom who was eventually going to need nursing home care.  Jamie went on to tell me that her father couldn’t believe that he had to sell their house, their cars and everything they own to make sure his wife could get care.  Quickly I explained to Jamie that he does not—and that he should immediately consult an elder law attorney to discuss how to apply for Medicaid without going bankrupt.

This incident reminded me how many educated, intelligent Americans still don’t understand the basics of how to pay for care without going broke.  When I heard about Jamie and her dad struggling, I wish  Protecting Your Assets from Probate and Long-Term Care had been available.  Fortunately it is now!

Launched just this week, Protecting Your Assets from Probate and Long-Term Care by Evan H. Farr, CELA, finally explains everything one needs to know about complex legal and financial information in plain English.  If you or your loved one own a home or have any assets whatsoever, this book will help you avoid common costly mistakes paying for elder care for yourself or a loved one.

While every individual facing paying for long term care for self or others still should consider an individual consultation with an elder law attorney, reading Protecting Your Assets from Probate and Long-Term Care ahead of time will help caregivers prepare for the meeting, which will ultimately save money, energy and time.

To buy a copy of this new book or find out more information, check out:  https://www.amazon.com/Protecting-Your-Assets-Probate-Long-Term/dp/1621535533/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1495643340&sr=8-2&keywords=evan+farr

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Why We Need To Stop Thinking It’s OK To Bash Millennials – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Author Jennifer FitzPatrick and her husband Sean (Generation X) and Jen’s fabulous Millennial cousins and their Millennial significant others.

Can you imagine bashing someone of another race, religion or sexual orientation at work?  I sure hope not.  So why do some organizations sit by and allow their employees to bash persons based on their age?

Recently a team of Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers told me about a “problem employee” in their workplace.  They went on to describe this employee’s behavior as unprofessional, overly emotional, reactive, and self-centered.  When they offered examples to support these claims, I couldn’t help but agree that they certainly had a problem on their hands.  But I was floored when one member of this team said, “You know, he’s the typical Millennial.”  And then her boss nodded in agreement.

Huh?

The behavior the team described was certainly concerning.  Frankly, it sounded to me like the employee likely had traits consistent with an untreated personality disorder.  But typical of a Millennial?  No.

Millennials are simply a generation.  Sure, as a demographic they may seek work-life balance, telecommuting options and change jobs more frequently than other generations.  But they are most certainly not known to be destructive in the workplace.

If your organization is age-stereotyping—or worse, generation-bashing, what steps can you take today to be more inclusive?  Better understanding generations at work offers many benefits including increased productivity, profits and morale.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Eighty Never Looked So Good: 5 Ways George Takei Continues To Inspire – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Today, on George Takei’s 80th birthday, here are 5 ways the man best known for Star Trek and LGBT activism shows us that age is just a number:

1. Takei keeps intellectually active.  Not only does he still work but he recently taped his Broadway show Allegiance, bringing it to movie theaters, breaking a film screening record:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-george-takei-screening-breaks-records-20170106-story.html

2. He defies age stereotypes.  With over 10 million followers on Facebook, 2 million on Twitter and 1 million on Instagram, Takei demonstrates that social media is most certainly not only for the young.

3. The Howard Stern Show announcer believes in moderation.  Takei enjoys wine, meat and even the occasional Taco Bell meal.

4. The former Heroes star is physically active.  100 pushups and 50 sit-ups daily isn’t bad for a person of any age!  Plus, he talks openly about how he and husband Brad Altman are still intimate even as they get older (which most older adults can be if they want).

5. He’s got a positive outlook.  While Takei admits he has “bad feet” and some aches and pains, he is grateful for a healthy body.

So if you ever think you (or a colleague or family member) is just “too old,” consider George Takei.  Are you judging yourself, a coworker or a family member on only chronological age?  Activities, interests, work and habits say much more about people of all generations than the dates on their birth certificates.

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Why Sensitivity to Diversity Needs to Include Generational Awareness – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Age diversity in today’s workplace is a reality that many of us find uncomfortable.

If you are a Baby Boomer, you may find yourself complaining about younger colleagues who insist on texting you when you prefer to talk the issue out.  If you are a Millennial you may be tired of the older generations at work underestimating you, their constant need to meet in person and their reluctance to embrace working from home.  We have more age diversity in the workplace than ever before. Lots of people in their seventies and even eighties (Traditionalists) are still employed; some because they enjoy their jobs while others can’t afford to retire quite yet.  But mostly we have a mix of Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers dominating the workforce.  Generation Y, the generation younger than Millennials, have just begun their careers.

People are often more comfortable relating to and working with those who are similar. But welcoming age diversity offers us access to different opinions, new problem-solving techniques and perspectives we may never before have considered.  Since most organizations also serve persons of different age groups, embracing age diversity in our colleagues will help us understand and meet the needs our customers, clients and patients better.

If you need help with understanding and embracing age diversity in your organization, check out Jennifer FitzPatrick’s workshop and keynote programs focused on generational awareness:  http://jenerationshealth.com/keynotes/.  We’d love to work with you!

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Should You Consult An Elder Law Attorney? By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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If you are aging and have any assets whatsoever, the answer is probably yes.  Elder law attorneys specialize in issues that pertain to older adults and their families such as estate planning, Veteran benefit applications, Medicaid applications and advance directives.  While many attorneys can offer these services, it is beneficial to work with lawyers who enjoy and best understand working with seniors and their families.  The following are sites that offer more information on elder law attorneys, questions to ask when choosing one, and how to find them:

www.nelf.org National Elder Law Foundation
www.lcplfa.org Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
www.naela.org The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick
MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.