Critter Corner: Can Dogs Get Dementia?

Dear Baxter, My Shih Tzu, Morty, is getting up there in age. I recently saw him exhibiting some rather odd behaviors. For instance, he spins in circles, performs repetitive behaviors, and often appears completely lost or … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Driver Cessation and the Advance Driving Directive

Dear Angel, My mother has had Parkinson’s for 5 years and is a little shaky, but her doctor says she can still drive for the time being. Unfortunately, when the time comes for her to give up the car keys, I see it being a very … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Medicaid and Prepaid Funerals

Dear Angel, We are considering whether to prepay for my husband’s funeral to lock in prices, to relieve the burden of family members during what will surely be a stressful time, and to ensure his personal wishes are carried … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are Estate Planning Services Tax Deductible?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, Every year, at around this time, I begin paying close attention to tax deductions, as the end of the year is drawing near. I was wondering, if someone has used your firm to do estate planning in 2016 or … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Federal Initiatives for Autism

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My son has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I know there are lots of private initiatives out there to raise money and awareness. What I don't know is whether there are any federal initiatives that may be in … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Questions to Ask at a Nursing Home Interview

Dear Baxter, My husband and I are evaluating nursing homes for his mother. We set up several tours. We are wondering if you could suggest questions to ask at these meetings? Thanks for your help! Wanda … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Who Are the Oldest Living Man, Woman, and Pet Bunny?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I have read that it has become more common for people to live to be over 100. I am just curious -- do you know who the oldest living man and woman are, what they say their secret is, and who the world’s … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Helpful Advice for Seniors Living Alone

Dear Angel, My father lives in our family home in Southwest Virginia, all by himself. My mother is deceased and I am an only child. He doesn’t have any family around and not too many friends. I visit him whenever I can, but … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Homecare Will Create the Most New Jobs in the Next Decade. But Who Will Fill Them?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, It wasn’t easy, but we found a good, reliable home health aide that has been caring for my mother at her home for a year. This was after two other ones left the industry due to low wages and no … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Can Caregivers Help Protect Loved Ones Against Scams?

Dear Angel, I am a caregiver for my father, but not always around. I have a feeling he is being targeted by scammers. How can I know for sure? Also, do you have any tips for me on how I can help protect him against fraud and … [Read more...]