By elderlaw and estate planning attorney Rick Law. Rick is founder and managing partner at the multi-generation Estate, Asset, and Retirement Tax Law firm of Law Elder Law in Aurora, Illinois. One of my friends is suffering from long term nerve pain, which is one of the most common complications caused by Shingles. Although Shingles can occur at any age, seniors and baby boomers are the primary groups seriously affected by it. Once upbeat and positive, my friend’s voice was filled with anguish and despair as she said, “I just had another nerve block treatment to try to stop this never-ending, excruciating pain—and I’m still in torment. In the blink of an eye, this disease totally changed my life. I feel like life as I knew it is over. I just want the old me back!” Most of us are only vaguely aware of this disease, nevertheless, I’m convinced everyone over the age 60 should rush to get a Shingles vaccine. Often underestimated, it is not a “pretty” disease and you definitely want to avoid it, and almost every adult is a “shingles carrier.” If you had Chicken Pox, then you are carrying the Shingles-producing virus. It’s probably dormant right now, lurking near your nerve cells. Over 90% of the North American population has had Chickenpox, so you stand a fair chance of developing Shingles at some time during your aging process, or any time your immune system is compromised by sickness, stress, or medications. You don’t catch Shingles; rather, the long-dormant virus wakes up angry and attacks you without warning. Painful, ugly skin rashes erupt on the face and/or other parts of the body. Unfortunately, these itchy, burning, blistering rashes hang around for about a month on the average. If you do develop such symptoms, run—don’t walk—to get treatment right away. Why risk scarring, skin infection, loss of vision or hearing, facial paralysis, and long term nerve pain? The vaccine has been proven effective in preventing horrible nerve damage for 2 out of every 3 older adults who receive it. I just spoke with my friend again recently. She is still suffering. She asked me to beg, not urge, you to call today to get the Shingles vaccine. Too many families needlessly lose everything they have. Don’t let that be you. If you need help paying the overwhelming cost of long term care, give our office a call at 800-310-3100. Your first consultation is absolutely free. We’ll let you know what steps you need to take, right now, to protect yourself and your family. Call now, because when you’re out of money, you’re out of options! Sincerely, Rick L. Law, Attorney, Estate Planner for Retirees. Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, TheStreet.com, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law Elder Law, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future. Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care. Call 800-310-3100 for your free consultation now!