Now, More Than Ever …

Some four years ago began the transformation of my then 26-years of civil trial practice to the burgeoning (but underserved) area of Elder Law.  In that time, we have initiated the Oklahoma Disability and Elder Law Advocates (“ODELA,” our firm’s Elder Law Section), added Dan Carsey and his commercial practice to the firm (now named… Read More »

About the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

After obtaining unanimous Senate approval and overwhelming House support, H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, including the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (“SNTFA”), was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016. A monumental and long-overdue measure, the SNTFA overcomes the false and devaluing (albeit presumably unintended) notion in American law that… Read More »

Employee Benefits and Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s for those under age 65 can be difficult. Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which can even strike people in their 30s and 40s, affects less than 5% of all Alzheimer’s patients. Because doctors don’t usually suspect Alzheimer’s at such young ages, the symptoms are often attributed to other causes, such as depression, stress,… Read More »

Can a Popular Diabetes Drug Slow Aging?

Last December, the FDA approved a clinical trial in people to determine if metformin, a popular medication used to control diabetes, might be used to slow the aging process in seniors. The trial is called Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME). Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College… Read More »

Improve Balance in the Elderly & Prevent Falls

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among seniors, and the risk increases with age. Fully one third of those over age 65 fall each year, and many suffer severe or even fatal injuries. Researchers at the Mobility and Brain Function Program at the Institute for Aging Research (Harvard Medical School) are concentrating… Read More »

Late-Life Anxiety is Common—and Treatable

Anxiety occurs in older Americans with surprising frequency. Some reports estimate between 10 and 20% of seniors have generalized anxiety. This number could be even higher, as many often deny having psychological issues when asked by their doctors, focusing more on the physical symptoms anxiety can cause. In a recent article, Hany Abdelaal, President of… Read More »

Is This the Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Researchers in Australia have been experimenting with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that is showing great promise in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It has been estimated that Alzheimer’s affects 50 million people worldwide, and those numbers are expected to rise dramatically in the near future. With no vaccine or preventative treatment, researchers have been trying… Read More »

Preventing Dehydration in the Elderly

Our bodies become dehydrated when we lose more water than we take in. Staying hydrated allows the body to regulate temperature through perspiration, maintain blood pressure and eliminate waste. Dehydration may show only small signs outwardly, but it can have dire consequences on the body, especially in the elderly. Severe dehydration can lead to confusion,… Read More »