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...]

Critter Corner: Social Security Ends Annual Mailings

Dear Commander Bun Bun,   I heard that Social Security will no longer be sending statements in the mail? Is that true, and if so, how can we find out about our benefits?   Thanks!   Nomar Statemenz ----Dear Nomar, As … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Technology for Seniors Who Are Aging-in-Place

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My mother insists on staying in her home as long as she can. I live 100 miles away, and can’t be there as often as I would like, and I worry about her safety and security. Is there any new technology out … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet

Dear Baxter, I am getting older, and so is my dog, Brutus. In his old age, he is overweight and very lazy. What are some resolutions I can make that will help make me a better pet owner, and to make my pet … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Gift and Estate Tax Exclusion Amounts for 2017

Dear Angel, I noticed you sent out the new key elder law numbers last week, but I did not see anything about gift and estate tax exclusion amounts for 2017. What are the new gift and estate tax exclusion numbers for 2017, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Are Some Holiday Gifts That My Grandparents Would Enjoy?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, Every year, I find it hard to find gifts for my grandparents. I used to buy books for them, but their eyesight is declining. Do you have any suggestions you can share? Thanks! Chris … [Read more...]

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...]