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I have a new logo, and I’m pleased to say that the day I purchased it and printed it out, I was able to ask a client what he thought about it, and he immediately recognized it as a tree

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Dementia, Music, Identity and Memory

    Recently my colleague Kristin D. mentioned an NPR story about the Sundance award-winning documentary film “Alive Inside” – she knew I would be interested in it and I did get a chance to see the film at Chez

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Conscious Aging, Memory and Longing

The theme of this post is about remembering and forgetting, for a number of reasons I suppose.  I didn’t forget to publish a post last week, but was absent, away from my everyday for several days, remembering how to ride

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August 6th Interactive Gathering on The Conversation Project

    I recently received an invitation for an event at The Denver Hospice (at their corporate headquarters) and wanted to share it with the community.  I have blogged previously about the importance of having a conversation about end of

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The Insurance Industry’s Response to our Unprecedented Longevity

  This post is about the insurance industry’s response to our unprecedented longevity.  Hmmm. . . . puzzling over the title of this one?  Well, a couple interesting insurance developments have made it onto my radar screen recently and so

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The Colorado Probate Code: Compensation and Cost Recovery Act

  Last week I attended the quarterly meeting of the Colorado Guardianship Association, of which I am a member. The CGA is a nonprofit that is a multidisciplinary group of attorneys, professional fiduciaries (like the folks who serve as trustee,

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Elderhood as a Life Stage: The Power of Naming (part 3)

Elderhood and naming, misnaming and un-naming. This will most likely be the last installment on this philosophical theme.  In thinking about how to prevent elder abuse and exploitation as well as the new mandatory reporting effective July 1, 2014 in

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Will I Inherit My Parent’s Debts?

  Here’s a picture from a bird walk I did with a group at Hudson Gardens last weekend.  No there aren’t any birds in this one, so don’t look for the red-winged blackbird that was nearby.  On that beautiful summer

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Elderhood as a Life Stage: The Power of Naming (part 2)

Where is this place – old age?  In the first post I looked at the power of naming and how we often use and misuse it in the context of challenges presented by aging.  Here in the second post I

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Inherited IRAs in light of last week’s US Supreme Court decision (Clark v. Rameker)

Everyone knows what an IRA is – right?  We think IRAs have been around a really long time, but they only came into being in 1975 with ERISA legislation, and Roth IRAs came in 1997.  IRAs are classic nonprobate property

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Elderhood as a Life Stage: The Power of Naming (part I)

    In this first post I look at the power of naming and how we often use and misuse it in the context of challenges presented by aging.  In the second post I will explore a collective means of

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