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Massachusetts Law About Elders' Issues

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.6A, s.18L as added by St.2010, c.300. Silver Alert Community Response System.

MGL c.62, s.6(k) Real Estate Tax Credit for those 65 and older

MGL c.90, s.22I. Permits health care providers and law enforcement officers to report "cognitive or functional impairment or incapability to operate motor vehicle safely" to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Massachusetts Regulations

105 CMR 309 Safe Driving. "designate[s] for health care providers and the Registry
of Motor Vehicles cognitive or functional impairments that are likely to affect a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle."

540 CMR 24 Medical Qualifications for Operators of Motor Vehicles. "provid[es] minimum physical and mental qualification standards determined to be necessary for the safe operation of a motor vehicle."

Other Web Sources

800 Age Info: Resources for Massachusetts Elders, 800 Age Info.

Choosing the Best Long-Term Care Option, Mass. Attorney General. Outlines the options, and includes questions to ask a potential caregiver.

Complete Guide to IRAs & IRA Investing: Wealth Building Strategies Revealed, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Covers types of IRAs, putting money in, and taking money out. Requires Library Card for access.

Complete Guide to Managing Your Parents' Finances When They Cannot, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Requires Library Card for access.

Complete Guide to Medicaid & Nursing Home Costs: How to Keep Your Family Assets Protected - Up-to-Date Medicaid Secrets You Need to Know, Atlantic Publishing, 2008. Covers various asset protection strategies. Requires Library Card for access.

Divorce After 50: Your Guide to the Unique Legal and Financial Challenges, Nolo, 2013. Requires Library Card for access.

The Family Caregiver Handbook: Finding Elder Care Resources in Massachusetts, MIT Workplace Center. "The Family Caregiver Handbook is a "gateway" to key elder care organizations across the Commonwealth, providing telephone numbers, locations and website addresses so that caregivers can find the most appropriate resources closest to their own community." Topic areas include housing, health care, insurance, financial, transportation, recreation and more.

Get it Together: Organize your Records So Your Family Won't Have To, Nolo, 2012. Includes information on health care directives, durable power of attorney, organ donation, insurance, bank accounts and more. Requires Library Card for access.

How To Retire Comfortably & Happy on Less Money Than the Financial Experts Say You Need: Insider Secrets to Spending Less While Living More, Atlantic Publishing, 2008. Book covers both ways to spend less and ways to save more. Requires Library Card for access.

IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans: Taking Your Money Out, Nolo, 2013. Includes information on early distributions, periodic payments, types of retirement plans and more. Requires Library Card for access.

Long-Term Care: How to Plan and Pay for it, Nolo, 2012. Includes information on at-home care, hospice care, asset protection, long-term care insurance and more. Requires Library Card for access.

Nursing Home Consumer Information Page, Mass. Division of Health Care Quality. Includes nursing home reports, regulations, information on choosing a nursing home, and more.

POMS Manual: SSA's Program Operations Manual System, Social Security Administration.

Real Estate Tax Credit for Persons Age 65 and Older (known as the Circuit Breaker Credit), Mass. Dept. of Revenue. Detailed explanation of the property tax credit for seniors who pay more than 10% of their income in property tax, MGL c.62, s.6(k).

Retire Happy, Nolo, 2008. Steps to take to plan your retirement, both personal and financial. Requires Library Card for access.

Retire Rich With Your 401(k) Plan: A Complete Resource Guide with Hundreds of Hints, Tips & Secrets from Experts Who Do It Every Day, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Requires Library Card for access.

Retire Rich With Your Roth IRA, Roth 401k & Roth 403b: Investment Strategies for Your Roth IRA Explained Simply, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Requires Library Card for access.

Social Security and Medicare Handbook, Atlantic Pubishing, 2008. Covers how benefits work, and what to do if you are denied. Requires Library Card for access.

Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement and Medical Benefits, Nolo, 2013. Requires Library Card for access.

Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup. Mass. Bar Association, 2012. This 78-page guide covers Veteran's Benefits, Medicaid, Medicare Part D, Reverse Mortgages, Long-Term Care Insurance, Elder Abuse, Nursing Homes, Real Estate Tax Exemptions, Social Security, and Elder Driving.

Your Complete Guide to Early Retirement: A Step-by-Step Plan for Making It Happen, Atlantic Publishing, 2007. Requires Library Card for access.

Print Sources

American Bar Association Legal Guide for Americans Over 50, Random House, 2006.

The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care, Sphinx, 2008.

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: Your Practical Guide for Making the Right Decision, Sphinx, 2008.