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Alzheimer’s & Dementia: At the Movies and in Real Life

A number of upcoming and current films focus Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, and show how these conditions affect a person’s life and their family.  In the drama Still Alice, Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howard, a professor living with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  The film shows how this diagnosis changes her relationships with her friends,

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Representative Payee

QUESTION:  What is a Representative Payee? Answer:  A representative payee is a person selected to receive benefit checks on behalf of another.  A beneficiary of a benefit like Social Security, Supplemental Security,  Railroad Retirement may voluntarily appoint a third party to manage and control his/her monthly benefit.  In some cases, where the beneficiary is mentally

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Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document in which one person, the principle, grants specific powers to another person, the agent, to conduct their health or financial affairs.  Seeking the advice of an attorney can help you decide if it is wise for you to grant these powers over your affairs to another person. 

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