Monday, December 30, 2013

Invitation to Readers: How Are We Doing? Your Thoughts, Please

SnowflakesKim Dayton invited Becky Morgan and me to join her on the Elder Law Prof Blog, with our collaboration first appearing in mid-August.  I've been surprised by how much I've enjoyed this opportunity.  Behind the scenes, it has been great to get to know Becky and Kim better.  For example, Becky and I often "chat" on weekends about upcoming events or topics. 

Perhaps more importantly, I have found that the act of writing regular posts requires me to read both more broadly and more carefully. I'm encouraged to pursue those tantalizing leads I hear or read about (and I'm getting comfortable navigating state court websites from Maine to Washington!)  The downside, of course, is that blogging is time consuming, particularly as we do write original material. 

We're always pleased to hear from readers (and the numbers seem to be growing, with recent daily visits averaging above 1,000 in number).  I find that most comments come via email, rather than the comment function on the Blog. That's fine, of course, as long as readers realize it is probably easier for us to miss an email than a posted comment on the Blog itself.

At the end of the year, it would be fun for the three of us to hear what you, as readers find most interesting and/or useful in the Blog these last four months. For example,

  • Are there topics we're missing?
  • How useful is it for us to summarize news stories from media sources? 
  • Do you like links to faculty-authored articles?
  • Are individual case reports interesting or useful?
  • Are we too opinionated -- or not enough? 
  • Elder law is full of acronyms -- LTC, MA, CCRCs, ALF, and so on.  Is it okay to use them (or rather, are we remembering to provide appropriate definitions)?
  • What topics do you find most interesting?

Let us know what you think!  Our New Years' Resolutions will include efforts to do a better job!  And thank you for all of your suggestions, encouragement, corrections and comments these last four months! 

Happy 2014, folks!  We hope you have a healthy, happy start to the new year.

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Katherine, I'm so pleased to learn that you feel you benefit from writing these frequent columns. I'll speak for myself... though I suspect that others may agree... and say that I look forward every day to the valuable information that you send our way. I can't imagine how you keep up with all you do. You are a rich blessing to all of us. Happy New Year and all the best for 2014 and beyond.

Posted by: Jack Cumming | Dec 30, 2013 11:44:07 AM

I am a CCRC resident. I like the process of seeing what the blog has; i.e., the e-mails that provide the topics. If a topic looks good to me, I’ll click on it and read. There are acknowledged technical problems with providing comments and being able to edit those comments prior to “Submit.” Right now I am typing this in Word and will copy/paste into the Comment box on the blog. This procedure has worked for me in the past. Others wanting to leave a comment may have had problems doing so, possibly causing those writers to resort to the e-mails mentioned by Katherine in her post here. I think the blog’s range of topics is good. I like opinions and will occasionally provide my own opinion, however humble it is in this group of learned law professors. I am a leading edge baby boomer who is about to enter my third year of experiencing Medicare and Medigap coverage. I chose the CCRC life early on, two years ago after considerable research. (I was ready to leave home ownership in my rear view mirror, and I saw the benefits of CCRC living with my parents’ experience.) I had a brief time in my working life when I sold Long Term Care insurance, hearing people say things like, “I’ve paid so many taxes over my lifetime, I’ll just let the State take care of me” and “My kids have told me they’d never put me in a nursing home.” Not having any children, I wanted to be in control of my destiny. It’s my opinion that PRIORITY ACCESS for custodial care will be a huge issue as the “pig in the python” (baby boomer) generation reaches senior citizenship. So I got myself in line and got situated. Now that I’m in the CCRC culture, I’m seeing things from the inside. By becoming a member of NaCCRA (National Continuing Care Residents Association), I’ve getting exposure to many issues and concerns. My research could have been better, but what I did was far and away more than my fellow residents here. There is a need for regulation and more sound financial management in the CCRC industry. Gone are the days when mission-based CCRCs can just pray over their problems. If regulation is entirely left to the states, I’ve got a long wait. Texas is not known for its regulatory environment. You’ve seen what our politicians think – just look at the ones who attained a national podium for their views. Thank you for this educational tool. I’m a fan.

Posted by: Jennifer Young | Dec 30, 2013 8:53:43 PM

I like your selectivity. Each blog has just a few useful items of interest - not overwhelming for those of us with too many things going on. Many items are things I would have otherwise overlooked. And yes, I do like to hear your opinions, too.

Posted by: Charlie Sabatino | Dec 31, 2013 12:38:28 PM

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