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Are So-Called “Free” Elder Care Referral Agencies Really Free?

By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder AdvocateSince My Elder Advocate is compensated only by the families we represent, we are not obligated or interested in protecting the needs or interests of the hospital, insurance companies, private healthcare service providers, or government agencies. My Elder Advocate, however, is the exception in a world of allegedly free services that continually put elders …

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Are There Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Nursing Home Treatment?

By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate Betty Washington*, an elderly African American woman, recently broke her hip. Betty has lived, for all of her 85 years, in Brooklyn, but she is poor and living on a fixed income. While attending her great-granddaughter’s birthday party, she stood up from her chair, felt dizzy, and fell. She was rushed to the …