Critter Corner: What to Bring to A Nursing Home

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I have been a caregiver for my mother for more than a decade. She is ready to move into a skilled nursing facility. She would like to make her room feel like home, and I’d like to help her do so. Do you … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How You Can Help Prevent Wandering and Wandering-Related Tragedies

Dear Angel, My grandmother, who has dementia, lives with our family. She seems disoriented a lot, and I am afraid she might wander from the house. What are some things we can put in place in our home to stop her from wandering … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Sharing Stories about Mom

Dear Ribbit, My mother is a fascinating woman. She grew up in five different countries, traveled the world, held many jobs, had six children, and was an amazing cook. She told me so many stories about her childhood and her … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Advice for Male Caregivers

  Dear Angel, I am a caregiver for my dad and I am a man. When I tell people about it, they seem surprised. But, times have changed and I've read there are more male caregivers out there than people think. Sometimes, my role … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips to Ease the Transition

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My mother will be downsizing and moving soon. She has lived in the same home for 40 years, and does not do well with change. Do you have any tips for how we can ease her transition?  Lee … [Read more...]

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...]