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Seniors' Rights: Your Legal Guide to Living Life to the Fullest Paperback – July, 2004
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The author endeavors to help seniors understand their rights involving medical care, bank accounts, retirement accounts, housing, and discrimination. She explains health insurance options and how to choose health-care providers. Also discussed are financial matters, such as applying for and receiving benefits and pensions as well as bank accounts and investments. A chapter examines options on where seniors can live: nursing homes, assisted living arrangements, continuing care communities, in-home care, staying with a family member, or hospice care for seniors with a life-ending illness. Sember, a lawyer, offers advice on ways to deal with and protect yourself from nursing-home problems, elder abuse, scams, home dangers, predatory mortgage lenders, credit card theft, and dishonest telemarketers. The first step to protecting your rights, as she indicates, is understanding them, and this book will help seniors achieve that goal. George Cohen
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Seniors' Rights provides the information needed to not only recognize your rights, but use them effectively. -- M-Widow(er)s Newsletter, Oct 2005
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The chapters are as follows:
Chapter 1: Finances
Chapter 2: Health Insurance
Chapter 3: Health Care
Chapter 4: Lifestyle
Chapter 5: Housing
Chapter 6: Safety
Chapter 7: Family Issues
I found this chapter especially useful. The topics covered are rarely covered in other books about the retirement years. These topics include: grandparents' visitation rights, raising grandchildren, divorce, remarriage, cohabitation, and stepfamily issues.
Chapter 8: Planning for the Future
Chapter 9: Loss of a Spouse
Chapter 10: Discrimination and Disabilities
Chapter 11: Veterans' Rights
Chapter 12: Legal Assistance
Appendix A: Organizations
Includes resources from AARP to Visiting Nurses Association of America.
Appendix B: Websites
Gives web resources on topics from driving to nursing homes.
Appendix C: Senior Legal Hotline Directory
Provides the hotline contact information for each of the 50 states.
Appendix D: State-Specific Resources
Resources from Agency on Aging to Elder Abuse Hotline Numbers are given and broken-down by state.
Appendix E: Nursing Home Residents' Rights in the U.S.
A quick 8-page guide to rights for nursing home residents.
Appendix F: Nursing Home Checklist
A ten-page checklist to help you evaluate nursing homes.
Appendix G: Forms
Includes: medical authorization, permission to release medical information and basic information organization sheet forms.
In addition to the resources provided in the appendixes, "Senior Tip" boxes are sprinkled throughout the book. The under $15 price tag can easily be recouped by implementing just one of the tips in this book. But, more importantly, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have taken the steps to protect your future no matter what life has in store for you - that is priceless.