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NCDHHS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Order as State Has Stabilizing Metrics

NCDHHS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Order as State Has Stabilizing Metrics, Mandated Testing and Strict Infection Control Measures FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 28, 2020Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov 919-855-4840 RALEIGH — As North Carolina’s key metrics continue to remain stable and strong infection prevention and control requirements remain in place, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Secretarial Order updating visitation guidelines for nursing homes to allow indoor visitation. “We have focused on protecting the health of nursing home residents since the start of this crisis. Our progress in testing, infection control and slowing the spread of COVID-19

Happy National Tune-Up Day!

Did you know September 25th of every year signifies National Tune-Up Day? In the spirit of Tune Up Day, which we are applying to estate planning, we’re reaching out to you with some information we think you’ll find important to tune-up your estate plan. We know you’ve got a great foundation in place now but every few years, we like to reach back out to families with whom we’ve gotten to know well through our Elder Law Estate Planning process to check in and check up with what’s changed! CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO VIEW A SPECIAL VIDEO MESSAGE FROM HELAYNE.

9 Tips for Family Caregivers Managing Medical Matters

Communicating with doctors and managing medical care is among the most stressful aspects of caring for loved ones — but also among the most rewarding. All we can do is make, or help our loved ones make, the best decisions we can with the most thorough information available. That's why communication is crucial. Here are some tips for communicating with your loved ones’ health care team. #1: Get legal authority to coordinate care Make sure your loved ones have advance directives in place. A power of attorney (POA) for health care gives you or someone else on the caregiving team the legal right to talk with practitioners, manage your family member's health care and make decisions if the person

Dementia Alliance of North Carolina is pleased to announce two winners of the 2020 Lina Mae Edwards

Dementia Alliance of North Carolina is pleased to announce two winners of the 2020 Lina Mae Edwards Young Investigator Research Grants.  The grantees, from Duke University and Wake Forest University, will both receive $100,000 over the next two years. The purpose of Dementia Alliance’s research program is to address important issues ranging across a broad spectrum of concerns in the field of dementia science and caregiver support. The program seeks to discover the basic causes, prevention and cure of these diseases, as well as the most effective approaches to family support and the enrichment of the lives of those who suffer from dementia. This award was made possible with the support of Gua

A Conversation with Dr. Ritz, M.D., Ph.D. About Parkinson's Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, & Autism

A Conversation With Dr. Beate Ritz, M.D, Ph.D. About Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia and Autism (Sept. 1, 2020) From ElderLaw Report: Article Authored By Jane M. Fearn-Zimmer, Esq. Recently, I spoke with Dr. Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D, who is currently Professor of Epidemiology at the University of California at Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, with a co-appointment in Neurology. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research. In 2011, she was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field by the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA). She has spent more than a decade as the co-director of the University of California at

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