Generations columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Q: Why is it illegal to give my grandchild some money for their graduation to help pay for college if I want to apply for Medicaid? I thought you could make a gift of $15,000 a year without any penalty?

A: Medicaid eligibility can be complicated, especially when an individual has had adequate financial means all their life but now is facing the cost of long-term care.

Sara Duris is community information liaison of Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Michigan. Questions on age or independence services? Call the Info-Line for Aging & Disability at 800-654-2810 or visit www.areaagencyonaging.org. The Generations column appears each Saturday in The Herald-Palladium.