Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

elderly coupleWhen the Person with a Disability Outlives the Caregiver

It’s a sobering thought, yet, according to, 30% of caregivers do not live longer than the person they are caring for. There are many diseases, injuries or illnesses that may not result in early death, thus causing a potential quandary. In conversation the other day, a person told me that they are about ten years older than their spouse. Generally people in his family have died in their 60’s or 70’s, however, their spouses’ family commonly live into their 90’s. If statistics hold firm, the possibility is there for the spouse with the disability to live as much as 30 years longer than the care-giving spouse.

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currency reader-250Can't See Your Money?

As United States currency metal coins were produced in recent years they have been designed to help visually impaired people determine the denoted value of each coin. For instance, a dime is smaller and thinner than other coins. Dimes also have a rough edge while pennies have a smooth edge.

Paper currency denominations for a visually disabled person is anybody's guess. Until recently the visually impaired person was left to hope that the person they were handing money to was honest and would take or return the correct amount. Some people expressed dismay when the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) introduced new paper money recently that did not include a way for a blind person to determine a note’s value.

Help is Here

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hand holding pillStill No Medicine

In 2013 I blogged about the difficulty patients were having in getting legitimate prescriptions filled. I wish I could tell you that this problem has gotten better, but unfortunately it has only gotten worse since my last writing and is destined to continue for the foreseeable future. (Found HERE)

During the 1990’s a major push was implemented that people should not have to live with pain. One of the first things a hospital would ask on admitting someone is what level of pain they were in and respond with the appropriate level of pain medication. Some professionals believe the anti-pain policy opened the door to more people being prescribed anti-pain medications than should be. The government is also constantly sending blasts to the media of how many thousands of people have died by drug overdose. As a result it seems like the average person believes that people are dying from drug overdose like flies.

The Facts

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wallet in viseSocial Security Disability Fund Running Out of Money

By now you have probably heard that the Social Security disability trust fund is predicted to become insolvent (run out of money) as early as late this year or sometime in 2016. How will this affect you if you are receiving disability benefits?

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greeting cardsDon’t Send Just a Card. Send…

Throughout the years we’ve blogged several times about depression and provided suggestions on how to help overcome its repressive feelings. Most, if not every article, encouraged the reader to focus on other people. Moving your thoughts away from yourself and your situation toward other people can help lift your own dour mood. Of course, a person with disabilities may find it difficult to get outside their home to do things for someone else.  So here’s another idea. Send cards.  But when you send a thoughtful card to someone else you don’t just send a card. You send a part of you as your depression lifts.


Below are some organizations and people you might consider sending a card through or to, but a more thorough internet search will connect you with people of common interests that you might actually be able to develop a friendly relationship with for ongoing support. 

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