How to Care for a Loved One When You Are Sick Yourself

Q. I am a new caregiver for my mother, who has had Parkinson's for nearly a decade.  My father passed away recently, so now it's just me, my mom, my two children, and my husband, who travels frequently for work. We have no other … [Read more...]

Family Caregivers in 35 States Now Get More Support from Hospital to Home

A few years ago, Gwen’s mother, Emily, was discharged from the hospital after a short stay. When Emily was ready to go home, Gwen arrived to find her mother dressed and sitting in a wheelchair with a list of medications on her … [Read more...]

But I’m NOT Sick!

Q. Sometimes when I walk my dogs, I see my neighbor Adam swinging on the swing his parents installed on their front porch. I am a pretty friendly person and usually greet all of my neighbors when I see them outside, and make small … [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...]

Dementia Therapies That Really Work

Mary’s husband passed away after 55 years of marriage. She was diagnosed with early stage dementia, and lived alone for a while. She was depressed and didn’t make much contact with others. Her daughter convinced her to move to an … [Read more...]

Tax Advantages and Overlooked Deductions for Retirees 

Q. April 15 is quickly approaching, and my husband and I are planning on doing our taxes soon. As retirees, I know that there must be some deductions that we may be overlooking. Of course, similar to most seniors on a fixed … [Read more...]

The Financial Problems of CCRCs

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is an age-restricted community where, in most cases, incoming residents must be at least age 55 or older. The facilities offer independent-living units, assisted living units, and … [Read more...]

Have You Prepared for Your Digital Afterlife? Most People Haven’t.

Q. My mother is very tech savvy. She is always on Facebook posting pictures, articles, and recipes.  She uses online bill pay to pay most of her bills, and Microsoft Office 365 to keep a daily diary in Word and her monthly budget … [Read more...]

Military Families Feeling Financially Stretched by Elder Care

Captain David Steere’s father was a Class of 1931 Naval Academy Graduate. At the end of his life, he was living in assisted care and having trouble making ends meet. David is now retired from the Navy himself, and is concerned … [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...]