Seniors’ Rights: Your Legal Guide to Living Life to the Fullest

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Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. They are continually facing serious legal issues concerning health, work, home and family. Seniors’ Rights reminds all of us that seniors have rights-from age discrimination in employment to disability rights, Medicare benefits to estate planning, retirement income to reverse mortgages.

Frequent “tip boxes” and thorough appendices of resources, websites, checklists and agency contacts makes this book a useful and user-friendly reference.

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  1. C. Mulder-Seward "wsumba1999"
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A fabulous book that offers advice for all aspects of senior life., October 7, 2005
    C. Mulder-Seward “wsumba1999” (Dexter, MI USA) –

    This review is from: Seniors’ Rights: Your Legal Guide to Living Life to the Fullest (Paperback)

    I am the Editor In Chief of the Retirement Intelligence Information Services newsletter available at This book is a great resource for those who are entering their senior years or those of you with parents who are seniors. Brette McWhorter Sember, the book’s author, is a retired Attorney. The book is well-written in easy to understand terms. All legal and technical terms are clearly explained. It is obvious that Ms. Sember is passionate about helping senior’s put the information in her book to use: practical and useful information are the foundation of this book.

    The chapters are as follows:

    Chapter 1: Finances

    Chapter 2: Health Insurance

    Chapter 3: Health Care

    Chapter 4: Lifestyle

    Chapter 5: Housing

    Chapter 6: Safety

    Chapter 7: Family Issues

    I found this chapter especially useful. The topics covered are rarely covered in other books about the retirement years. These topics include: grandparents’ visitation rights, raising grandchildren, divorce, remarriage, cohabitation, and stepfamily issues.

    Chapter 8: Planning for the Future

    Chapter 9: Loss of a Spouse

    Chapter 10: Discrimination and Disabilities

    Chapter 11: Veterans’ Rights

    Chapter 12: Legal Assistance

    Appendix A: Organizations

    Includes resources from AARP to Visiting Nurses Association of America.

    Appendix B: Websites

    Gives web resources on topics from driving to nursing homes.

    Appendix C: Senior Legal Hotline Directory

    Provides the hotline contact information for each of the 50 states.

    Appendix D: State-Specific Resources

    Resources from Agency on Aging to Elder Abuse Hotline Numbers are given and broken-down by state.

    Appendix E: Nursing Home Residents’ Rights in the U.S.

    A quick 8-page guide to rights for nursing home residents.

    Appendix F: Nursing Home Checklist

    A ten-page checklist to help you evaluate nursing homes.

    Appendix G: Forms

    Includes: medical authorization, permission to release medical information and basic information organization sheet forms.

    In addition to the resources provided in the appendixes, “Senior Tip” boxes are sprinkled throughout the book. The under $15 price tag can easily be recouped by implementing just one of the tips in this book. But, more importantly, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have taken the steps to protect your future no matter what life has in store for you – that is priceless.

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