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...]

Critter Corner: What Veterans Aid and Attendance Will and Won’t Cover

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My grandfather is a veteran who may be eligible for Veterans Aid and Attendance. What does it cover and what is not covered by it? Thanks for your help! Aidan Atendans ---- Dear Aidan, The … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Meditation and Alzheimer’s

Dear Baxter, My sister meditates daily. She told me that, among other benefits, it helps prevent Alzheimer’s. Is this true? Do you know of any research about this? Thanks for your help! Maddy Tayshun --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Scams to Watch Out For

Dear Angel, As my father is getting older and his dementia is getting worse, I am concerned that he is more susceptible to getting taken advantage of by scammers and con artists. Can you tell me about some of the more recent … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: The Lapsing of Long-Term Care Insurance Policies and Dementia

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My grandmother had a long-term care insurance policy, which I know she was paying a lot for. However, she has dementia, and let it lapse. I’m sure this happens all the time, and it’s scary because now is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: I Am Nearing Retirement- What to Consider

Dear Angel, The day I have been dreaming about for most of my adult life is almost here. In fact, at work yesterday, I met with human resources and my boss and started planning for my last days at work. With all this excitement … [Read more...]