What is the Difference Between a NORC and a NOSS? 

Q. My parents are deciding whether to stay in their home or to downsize to an apartment. Currently, they live in a single-family home in an established neighborhood, where most of their neighbors are original owners who have lived … [Read more...]

Reverse Mortgages: Yes or No?

Q. I retired last year at the age of 64, and my wife has been a homemaker for quite a while. We are glad that I am retired and we are free to do what we want (we have quite a lengthy bucket list!), but we came to realize that, … [Read more...]

What’s Your Secret, Michael J. Fox?

Michael J. Fox has had Parkinson’s Disease for 26 years. Yet, he is still smiling. At 55, the father of four is happily married to actress Tracy Pollan, and his mind is still as sharp as a tack. Against all odds, he has continued … [Read more...]

Overcoming the Fear of Death

Q. My mother always said that there are two topics to avoid in conversation, whenever possible: religion and politics. Unlike some of my Facebook friends and others I have known, I took this advice to heart and don’t have many … [Read more...]

New Technology for Better Aging

GPS SmartSole Many of us want to age-in-place as we get older. Unfortunately, in most cases, safety, health issues, and social isolation can interfere with that plan. This is why a growing number of seniors and their … [Read more...]

How to Minimize Family Conflict Over Your Estate Planning Wishes

Q. My children are very different, and sadly they don’t get along. My son, John, has been a PhD student for more than 10 years now. He insists that his research is going well and that he will be done soon.  At the age of 45, he … [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...]

Part 2 of 2: Natural Remedies for Dementia

Dementia is a devastating disease. Most of us have seen or experienced the toll on families that comes with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Currently, there are an estimated 8.5 million … [Read more...]

When They Ask if You Can Hear Them, Say “No!”

Q. I think my mother was the victim of a scam. She had some suspect charges on her credit card last month for more than $500, and was quite upset when the bank called and told her that her bank card was compromised, as well. I … [Read more...]

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...]