Preparing for getting older requires some time spent creating appropriate legal documents. Louisiana residents preparing their estate plans may want to include a living will to ensure a well-rounded plan. A living will is important for many reasons, primarily since it conveys wishes for medical care when the individual making the document is not able to make those decisions due to incapacitation.
Baby boomers are fast reaching retirement age in Louisiana. As that occurs, many of them may not yet have addressed end-of-life issues with their loved ones. No one knows the number of their days on earth, but everyone knows the number is finite. If one were to suddenly become unable to communicate, is there a person who has been empowered to communicate one's final wishes? A health care directive empowers a person to communicate wishes regarding health care and end-of-life care for a person who is no longer able to.
There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing an elderly loved one get taken advantage of. It's especially disconcerting when the senior has dementia. But there are some unscrupulous types in Louisiana who wouldn't bat an eye scamming an elderly person out of his or her money. It is one of the worst and most prevalent forms of elder abuse today.
Getting older is an inevitability and planning for a time when extra help may be needed is definitely something that should be done before the time comes. Although many Louisiana residents may need help, Medicaid planning isn't always that straightforward and there may be some hurdles to overcome in the qualification process. After all, Medicaid eligibility is dependent on a number of things and one of the most important involves finances.
Being able to document incidents in which the elderly have been abused may make those incidents less likely to happen. Louisiana senior citizens are some of the most vulnerable in society. Elder abuse can take many forms -- physical, emotional and financial. A new tool called the Geriatric Injury Documentation Tool (Geri-IDT) aims to standardize the process for documenting elderly patients' physical injuries.
Those who have been abusive to the elderly in nursing homes better smile because they may be on camera. Louisiana nursing homes now have to tell their residents that they are allowed to install security cameras in their rooms. Elder law in the state tries to ensure the well-being of senior citizens, and advocates of the move say this is a step in the right direction.
Growing old is something most of us don't escape -- if we're lucky. Getting older doesn't have to mean losing out on many of life's adventures, especially for those Louisiana residents who have peace of mind having an advance health care directive in place. It's comforting for people to know that they have something in place that allows someone to make health care decisions for them if they can't. No one knows what life has in store and it's better to be prepared.
When it comes to abuse of the elderly, seniors can be both on the receiving and giving ends of things. Some Louisiana seniors in care who struggle with dementia display outbursts of anger and can be guilty of physical abuse of other elders. Dementia can change once placid people into those with violent tempers.
An already-incarcerated 50-year-old woman serving time for aggravated robbery has had her sentence reduced from life to 30 years. The abuse the Louisiana inmate inflicted upon her elderly victims included pistol-whipping them prior to stealing their valuables. The woman has been behind bars for 22 years.
Seniors are among the most vulnerable individuals in society. Elder law aims to protect these older Louisiana residents. There are things that have been working, but there are other areas that still need work. The abuse and neglect of older people is unacceptable and unwarranted. A United Nations International Plan of Action agrees that elder abuse is both a human rights and a public health issue.