HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

….FULL ARTICLE

WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

….FULL ARTICLE

….FULL ARTICLE

Use the buttons below to scroll through more great articles from Living Well 60 + Magazine

MORE ARTICLES

Be Sociable, Share!

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Bookmarks Share on LinkedIn Share on LiveJournal Share on Newsvine Share on Reddit Share on Stumble Upon Share on Tumblr

MORE ARTICLES

CONTACT INFORMATION

© Living Well 60+ Magazine - All rights reserved | Design by PurplePatch Innovations

MORE FROM ROCKPOINT PUBLISHING

LIVING WELL 60+ MAGAZINE

HOME | FEATURE ARTICLES | COLUMN ARTICLES | DIGITAL ISSUES | CALENDAR | DIRECTORY | ABOUT | CONTACT

subscribe to living Well 60+


We are a small local law firm that focuses our practice on assisting elderly clients. This includes making Long-Term Care Medicaid applications. When applications are made by family members or someone unfamiliar with the technical ins-and-outs of Kentucky Medicaid law, problems are likely to occur. We’ve recently had an abundance of phone calls and new clients who tried to apply for Medicaid on their own and ended up with long delays, no coverage and generally huge Medicaid messes. This leaves people in need of full-time skilled nursing care and their family members in a frightening spot.


Our firm has a great relationship with the local Medicaid office staff, local Medicaid supervisors and contacts in Frankfort. We also have experience with the hearing officers. We are able to use our in-depth knowledge of Kentucky Medicaid law, which has significant differences from other states, to devise a plan that is best for the patient and his or her family and make concise, complete, timely Medicaid applications. Because we tailor our plan to the individual client, we are frequently able to retain additional funds for the family to use for the patient.


What does this mean? It allows the family to cover some of the costs Medicaid will not and provide better quality of life inside the nursing facility: funds for additional private caregivers, personal care items, haircuts, dental work, hearing aids and eyeglasses. These amenities also relieve some of the stressors facility staff and caregivers run

HELPING CLIENTS  WITH LONG-TERM CARE MEDICAID APPLICATIONS

into when all of someone’s needs are not being met.


Medicaid is a complex set of rules and regulations that can be very difficult to navigate. There are specific eligibility requirements and burdens of proof that have to be met on a tight deadline in order for coverage to begin, assuming the person is eligible. Eligibility is determined by looking at the income, assets and other factors based on each individual’s personal situation.


Our attorneys frequently do speaking engagements to help increase awareness of how the Long-Term Care Medicaid application process works, what to expect if you or a loved one has to move into a nursing home and why it is better to plan in advance rather than in crisis mode. They also discuss the importance of having well-drafted estate- planning documents and a clear understanding of exactly what you own and how you own it.


If your business, church, organization, etc. would be interested in having us speak, please call Bluegrass ElderLaw, PLLC, at (859) 281-0048.    

120 N. Mill St., Ste. 201 Lexington, KY 40507

Call Today: 859-281-0048 www.bgelderlaw.com

Amy E. Dougherty

PARTNER

Carolyn L. Kenton

MANAGING PARTNER

Mary Ellis Patton

SR. ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Katherine E. Finnell

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY