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  • November 22, 2016

    November 22, 2016   Just for Fun

    Five Things that Elder Law Attorneys are Thankful For

    This is the time of year when we pause and reflect on all of which we are thankful. Here at ElderCounsel, we are thankful for our members, for your confidence in us and your contribution to our ever-growing community. We are also grateful and honored to assist you in serving your clients: elderly citizens, people with special needs, and our Veterans. As an elder law attorney, here are five things you may be thankful for this season—if so, share your gratitude and extend the spirit of giving thanks with your clients, referral sources, and family and friends. The ability to help clients plan before a crisis happens. Other professionals that help you serve your clients. Non-profit organizations. Trustworthy and committed family members of your clients. Your own support system:... Read More


  • April 25, 2016

    April 25, 2016   Just for Fun

    ElderCounsel Volunteers at VA Medical Center in Washington DC

    By Nicole Nixon, Marketing

    During the team retreat in Washington, DC, the ElderCounsel team had the privilege of visiting the VA Medical Center. The team spent time visiting with Veterans, serving them lunch and playing music for them. Serving Veterans and their loved ones is part of the ElderCounsel passion and purpose, so it was an honor to have the opportunity to hear their stories and show them a token of our gratitude. The Washington DC VA Medical Center, is the only health care system that specifically provides care to Veterans. The center provides care such as: invasive and noninvasive cardiology, home based primary care, women’s health, MRI, PET/CT center, interventional radiology, renal care, trauma services, nutritional services, homeless outreach, compensated work therapy, substance abuse treatme... Read More


  • September 16, 2015

    September 16, 2015   Just for Fun

    Knee Replacements for Boomers

    By Valerie Peterson

    A recent article titled, "Baby Boomers Flock to Get Knee Replacements" caught my attention as my mom, who missed the “official” baby boomer designation by 2 years, recently went through knee replacement surgery and is facing a second one in the near future.  It appears she is definitely not alone.    The article discusses a recent National Hospital Discharge Survey that reviewed knee replacements performed between 2000 and 2010, and found that knee replacement surgery nearly doubled during that time.  According to the survey, knee replacement surgery was the leading inpatient surgery performed in 2010 by people age 45 and over.   Why are the numbers increasing?  One reason is people aren’t waiting as long to get the knee replacement s... Read More


  • July 20, 2015

    July 20, 2015   Just for Fun

    Symposium 2015 Recap

    By Nicole Williams, Marketing Manager

    Symposium 2015 has come to a close and while most of us are back at the office, we're still talking about all the amazing courses and fun networking that happened in sunny San Diego. Whether it was your first time to attend or you're one of the regulars, the week was filled with rich learning that left us all inspired and excited to thrive in our practices.  We'd love to hear what you thought about Symposium! Any favorite courses or highlights from the week? Here's a preview of the week from our eyes and some of our favorite moments as a team. If you left Symposium with questions unanswered please write us at info@eldercounsel.com and we'll be happy to see how we can help you! ... Read More


  • June 11, 2015

    June 11, 2015   Just for Fun

    Is There a Connection Between Diet and Dementia?

    By Valerie Peterson

    Many experts say yes. In fact, there are many who are beginning to refer to Alzheimer’s as “Type 3 Diabetes.”   Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 5.3 million currently have the disease, and this number is expected to increase to 13.8 million by the year 2050. Next to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease.   Despite the staggering numbers, there has been no cure for dementia found through traditional medicine. However, many doctors and scientists now believe that there may be a way to prevent dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases simply by cutting out... Read More


  • May 7, 2015

    May 7, 2015   Just for Fun

    ElderCounsel Volunteer Project | 2015 New Orleans

    Last month the virtual ElderCounsel team met up in New Orleans for our annual in-person staff meeting. In addition to back-to-back meetings we make time to do a team building activity. Last year we volunteered at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas (read about that here). This year we went to New Orleans and wanted to make a difference for the people still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. It's hard to believe that 10 years later this city is still rebuilding.  On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area, leaving massive, almost indescribable, destruction in her wake. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water; nearby St. Bernard Parish was deemed 100% uninhabitable. Ten years later, an estimated 6,000 families who owned homes before Hurricane Katrina stil... Read More


  • March 12, 2015

    March 12, 2015   Just for Fun

    ElderCounsel in Our Community

    By Nicole Williams, Marketing Manager

    Each year, the virtual team of ElderCounsel comes together to meet face-to-face for a staff retreat. These retreats give us intentional time to connect and focus on building our teams and goals together. During our retreat we also make a point to carve out time to participate in a volunteer project. In 2014, we spent a day at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas and had the honor of working on some small projects with some of their members.  Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization, almost entirely self-funded that serves people in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them through vocational training, community employment, day services, arts and social recreation.  Watch the video below... Read More


  • July 23, 2014

    A Fun Legal Education Conference? The 2014 Symposium Delivered

    By Alisa Spirit of the Wind

    This past week, ElderCounsel co-hosted the annual Planning for the Generations Symposium in Denver, CO with our sister organizations WealthCounsel and Advisors Forum. This year’s Symposium was especially robust with six full length precursors geared toward intensive learning on specific topics, over 30 breakout sessions along with many opportunities for participants to meet with vendors,  network and share insights. As an event that continues to grow, we were proud to have almost 400 attendees, and continue to receive rave reviews. But can such a powerful venue specifically focused on supporting attorneys in the elder law, special needs, estate planning and business law arenas also be fun? Was there fun to be had amidst all the great learning opportunities? Here are some of the... Read More


  • January 6, 2014

    January 6, 2014   Just for Fun,   Employee Blogs

    Build a Stronger Immune System and Avoid Being Sick

    By Linda St. John

    Winter is a fun time of year with many different holidays and family gatherings but it is also the time of year for colds, flus, and many other ailments that don’t seem to be as prevalent in the warmer months.   How do we strengthen our immune systems so we can enjoy more and sneeze less?   The most common factors shown to support health from both nutritional websites and doctors are diet, sleep and of course, exercise. Eating a healthy diet rich in greens such as kale, spinach, celery and broccoli, (these support your liver and immune function, increasing your liver’s ability to flush out toxins), getting solid, quality sleep of 7-9 hours a night, and regular exercise will make your immune system stronger.   In speaking to a Naturopathic Practitioner I was told... Read More


  • May 28, 2013

    May 28, 2013   Just for Fun,   Employee Blogs

    Cheers to the practice of Elder Law!

    Cheers to the practice of Elder Law!  Cheers to the brave and caring souls who help all those in need of exactly that. There is good reason to “toast” our industry. There is also precedence for such optimism. Living in Denver I am surrounded by the splendor of the Rockies, the many forms of outside activities, a great city with even better people and… beer. Before you scoff, the craft beer industry holds striking similarities and parallels to elder law and its opportunities.  Think about the pioneers of both industries and their barriers to entry. It wasn’t easy looking at Anheuser Busch or Miller or Coors and saying “I can do that and do it better.” From garages, sheds and basements all across the country, individuals set out to provide a superior product to a specific m... Read More