Do You Need a Representative Payee for Social Security if You Have a Financial Power of Attorney?

Q1. My long-time friend, Ellie, is a widow who lives alone and never had children. Without family members to help, and dealing with her own dementia-related challenges, she’s finding it more and more difficult to manage her … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Replacing Om with Haha

Dear Magic, A good belly laugh feels great sometimes. And, I heard laughing can be therapeutic and can even help stave off chronic pain, stress, depression, and diabetes. A friend of mine who lives in a retirement community … [Read more...]

Are Filial Responsibility Laws Preempted by the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act?

In October 2010, Doris Pike was admitted to Corry Manor, a nursing home in Pennsylvania. At that time, her husband, Levere, signed an agreement with the facility, promising to use his wife's assets to pay for nursing home care … [Read more...]

Should Dad Give Up His Guns?

Q. My father loves three things most in life: his antique cars, his dogs, and his guns. The shooting range has been like a second home to him since mom died. It's the place he gathers with buddies to socialize and let off … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Take my Guns and my Home, but NOT MY CAR KEYS

Dear Bebe, When my father reached his 75th birthday, he had made quite a few concessions to age. He willingly gave up his guns and hunting, a passion he had since his childhood. He no longer mowed his own yard or cleaned his … [Read more...]

Those Late-Night Golden Girls Reruns Could Be Bad for Your Health

Joan is tired all the time. It could be because she's a night owl who reads books and doesn't like putting them down, or because she watches reruns of the Golden Girls and Frasier late at night. Joan's daughter began noticing … [Read more...]

You May Not Have Known About These VA Home Care Options for Vets!

Jane and Ron are both veterans in their 70's who live at home, and unfortunately, both are experiencing serious health issues. In addition to their health problems, Jane and Ron are struggling financially and contemplating … [Read more...]