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Alzheimer's Awareness
September 21, 2018

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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If you had to name one disease that we fear most as we age, it would have to be Alzheimer’s.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month – the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia – with September 21st recognized as International Alzheimer’s Day.

EVERY 3 SECONDS someone in the world develops dementia.

Dementia is one of the most significant health crises of the 21st century.

Alzheimer’s affects our friends and family, our community and our country – on a massive scale. Its impact will dramatically increase in the U.S. as baby boomers age.

EVERY 65 SECONDS someone in the United States develops the disease.

According to Alzheimer’s Association statistics:

  • 5.7 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s (projected to rise to nearly 14 Million by 2050)
  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Between 2000 and 2015 deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 123%
  • Michigan can expect a 22% increase from 2018 – 2025 in dementia cases for those 65 and older

THE FINANCIAL BURDEN

  • In 2018 Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost our country $277 BILLION – and costs could rise as high as $1.1 TRILLION by 2050.

THE BURDEN ON FAMILIES

  • 16.1 MILLION AMERICANS currently provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

The toll on both the patients and their families is devastating. I personally know of situations where people have lost all their cognitive ability and quality of life but linger, often for years, in assisted living facilities.

A few years ago, a very prominent family law attorney in the Detroit Metropolitan area was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was in his mid-sixties at the time and had to close his practice. He and his wife divorced. He ended up in assisted living and died after a few years of fighting the disease. In a more recent situation, an attorney who just turned 70 has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to give up his law practice. He has long-term memory but is losing more and more of his short-term memory. He is now divorced and living in an assisted living facility. I have a relative who has been fighting Alzheimer’s for several years. She has just turned 89 and has completely lost touch with the outside world.

These are all tragic situations. Everyone I know has similar situations with friends or relatives who are being stricken by this terrible disease.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Know the Signs
If you, or a loved one, is experiencing early warning signs, act now. Learn the difference between normal age-related changes and Alzheimer’s symptoms. Watch for 10 Early Warning Signs.

Reduce the Risk
According to the CDC, Controlling high blood pressure, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Be Aware
For detailed information, read this report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Spread the Word!
This tool kit from ADI offers materials and resources to help you promote awareness.


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Gracefully Greying - Seuss for Seniors
September 14, 2018

Seuss for Seniors

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This Dr. Seuss parody (author unknown) tells it like it really is!

The Golden Years have come at last
I cannot see
I cannot pee
I cannot chew
I cannot screw
Oh, my God, what can I do?
My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
No sense of smell
I look like hell
My mood is bad – – can you tell?
My body’s drooping
Have trouble pooping
The Golden Years have come at last
The Golden Years can kiss my ass

On “Gracefully Greying,” our goal is to explore and understand why the Golden Years should not kick our asses. Every week, I talk with experts about all the aspects of aging.

I cannot see: a discussion with an ophthalmologist
I cannot pee: we will have a urologist discuss this issue
I cannot chew: a dentist will offer advice
I cannot screw: sex after sixty will be a future topic
My memory shrinks: we’ll talk about memory loss and cognitive issues with experts
My hearing stinks: watch Episode 19 with two audiologists. Hearing aids are a critical tool.
No sense of smell: another issue we will discuss with an expert in the field.
I look like hell: view Episode 1 with dermatologist, Dr. Wendy Sadoff on how to look younger.
My mood is bad – – can you tell? Loneliness, depression, and insecurity are topics we cover.
My body’s drooping: Plastic surgery, Botox and other issues. If we do not like how we look in the mirror we can do something about it!
Have trouble pooping: Diet, exercise and medical advice are answers.

We are an aging populace. Baby Boomers are the largest demographics in the United States. My goal on “Gracefully Greying” is to help the Golden Years be a time of growth and richness, and not a kick in the ass. Join me, and my guests, as we show how we can all age gracefully.

These are my thoughts, please share yours with me.  Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
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Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Gracefully Greying - Life is Great at 98
September 10, 2018

Life is Great at 98!

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My step-mother, Reva Gornbein (seated at the right in the picture above) was one of my first guests on Gracefully GreyingWatch Episode 2 to hear amazing stories about her life. Reva turns 98 on September 10, 2018 and she still walks two miles every day!

Gracefully Greying - Reva GornbeinReva is a dynamo. Not only is she still active and driving, but she still teaches and plays bridge on a regular basis. She did not want anything for her 90th birthday, but we got her a Fitbit! She loves it, and keeps track of her steps every day. She was concerned that she only did 10,000 steps in a day! Last December (at the age of 97!), Reva went on a trip to Antarctica and it was quite rugged, but she’s rugged too!

She has been in my life for 45 years. My mother passed away when she was 49 years old and three years later my father married Reva. They had a wonderful 30-year marriage together until my father passed away shortly before his 91st birthday.

Reva has led a rich and fascinating life. She was in the army during World War II. She visited Hitler’s bunker within weeks of his suicide. She was at Dachau shortly after it was liberated, and also flew with one of Hitler’s personal secretaries. She escorted him from Berlin to Nuremberg where he was put on trial for the crimes against humanity by the Nazi regime. He was literally her prisoner!

As many seniors do, Reva has decided to relocate from Michigan to North Carolina, to escape some of the extremes of our climate and be closer to her son. Unlike most people who are much younger, Reva values her independence. She turned down the opportunity to live in a special suite at her son’s home and does not want to be in a group situation. Instead, she has rented an apartment that is right on the Inter-Coastal off of Wright Way Beach in North Carolina. She decided to make the move because she wanted to make her own decisions while she still can, and not have someone be deciding important issues for her.

When we had dinner this past weekend we talked about the future and the fact that we don’t know what the it holds. The key is to live each day to its fullest. Reva certainly continues to do that! She has led a fascinating life that was highlighted during her appearance on my show.

As part of my Gracefully Greying series on New Radio Media, I will be sharing human interest stories such as Reva’s, along with the many issues that we face as we grow older or have aging parents. I welcome your comments, feedback and suggestions for future topics and guests. Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
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Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Why You Need a Will
August 27, 2018

Why You Need a Will

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Aretha Franklin passed away this past week after a long struggle with cancer. She was 71 years of age and died without a will. She leaves behind four children and a substantial estate consisting of several homes, as well as an invaluable musical empire.

When Prince passed away suddenly, he had no will or estate plan and, over two years later, his heirs have not received one penny of his estate. Elvis had no will. What does all this mean? Aretha Franklin is a rare musical genius. Even though she is gone her music will live on. Elvis brings in more royalties from his music now than when he was still alive. This could happen to Aretha Franklin’s legacy as well.

If the rich and famous do not have a will or estate plan why should you and I?  In the first place, having a simple will and or a trust can, if properly done, avoid probate. Probate is a court that specializes in the handling of the estates of the decedents, as well as other functions.

If Aretha’s children agree on how things are to be handled then things should go smoothly. If not, then there will be problems. The purpose of a will is to make sure that when a person passes away, his or her wishes are followed.

Let me give you some examples:

  • If you want to give more to one child than another, you can through a will.
  • If you want to disinherit a child, you can through a will or trust agreement.
  • If you set up a trust that handles everything, you can avoid probate and stay completely out of court. Probate courts are public which means that everything can be scrutinized by the public. You or I can look at what Aretha Franklin’s estate consists of.
  • Privacy and making sure that your wishes are properly handled are good reasons for an estate plan. In addition, you can control your money long after you are gone through the appropriate trust documents.

Don’t be like Aretha, Elvis or Prince. Talk to an attorney at once and find out what you can do to have your wishes properly handled. You want to gracefully grey, but also want to make sure that everything is covered when the grim reaper arrives.

These are my thoughts, please share yours with me.  Go to Ask Henry at Lippittokeefe.com to send me input, ideas and comments.

Henry S. Gornbein


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
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Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.

Gracefully Greying on New Radio Media
August 29, 2018

Gracefully Greying – Your Guide to Aging

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Several months ago, I started thinking about the fact that the majority of our population are baby boomers who are aging. I thought about the fact that, as we age, we need help with many issues that we have never encountered before. The old saying that getting old is not for sissies is true.

As we age and start facing our mortality, there are a myriad of issues that we all face. We have more medical issues. Many seniors go from doctor to doctor. Financial issues become more important especially as we approach and enter our retirement years. Legal issues, such as estate plans and plans for possible guardianships can become critical. Think of the recent death of Aretha Franklin and the fact that she left no will or estate plan at all! What have previously been private matters will now be scrutinized by everyone.

While contemplating all these issues, I decided that I wanted to start a series of shows looking at what we face as we gracefully grey – or have aging parents. In May, after meeting with Paul Bensman at New Radio Media, I found the perfect platform for my new series, “Gracefully Greying.”

Each week, as the series progresses, I will be interviewing experts in many fields that impact upon us, as well as sharing human interest stories and case histories. I welcome comments and suggestions from you, our viewers, for future shows and guests. I will be sharing ideas with you on a regular basis and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with you, my audience!


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact info@NewRadioMedia.com for details.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store

Gracefully Greying explores aging issues that are as inevitable as death and taxes.
If you are over 50 – or have parents over 50 – this show is for you!
We’ll help you navigate the many challenges of aging. Each show will focus on a single topic, such as, financial issues, legal issues, medical issues and psychological issues, with a guest who is an expert in that field.