Critter Corner: How to Choose a Health Care Proxy

Dear Angel, I have an appointment to do my incapacity planning, and I'm a little indecisive about who I should choose as my health care proxy. What qualities would make someone a good choice for a health care proxy? I'm hoping … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: I Don’t Want Your Vacation Home, Mom!

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My mother just did her estate planning and she told me she will be leaving us her vacation home. My father is deceased, and I am an only child. Despite her generosity, my family doesn’t want the home, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips for Sandwiched Caregivers

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I am caring for my father, while being a working mom with a husband and three children. I am feeling overwhelmed to say the least. Do you have any tips for someone in my situation? Thanks very … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Bipartisan Efforts to Help Those with Mental Illness

Dear Angel,  My son has bipolar disorder, and he was taking advantage of mental health treatment services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the new administration took office, I know some changes will be made to mental … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Do I Pay Taxes on my Social Security Benefits?

Dear Ribbit I retired last year, and started receiving Social Security payments. Do I have to pay taxes on my Social Security benefits? Rita Iremint ------ Dear Rita, Originally, Social Security benefits weren’t … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Preparing for Death on Social Media

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I was recently on Facebook and noticed a friend who had passed away a few years ago still has an active account. Isn’t there anything family members and friends can do to memorialize a loved one on … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Exactly is a CCRC and Is It Right for My Mom?

Dear Ribbit, We are looking for the right living arrangement for my mother. We have considered assisted living (AL), but she will likely need more care that an AL facility can provide in a couple of years. I heard about … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Medicare Covers

Dear Angel, I am a little confused about what Medicare actually covers. Can you provide details for me about this? Does Medicare pay for long-term care, at all? Thanks for your help! Metta Kayer ------ Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Preparing for Your Role as a Healthcare Agent

Dear Ribbit, Welcome to the Critter Corner writing staff! My sister asked me to be her healthcare agent when she completed her Incapacity Planning documents years ago. She recently had a stroke, and I felt ill prepared if my … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Does a Doctor Test for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Dear Angel, My husband is becoming quite forgetful lately, and wants to get tested for Alzheimer’s Disease since he has a history of it in his family. He is becoming anxious about the testing, because he isn’t sure what’s … [Read more...]