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What’s my REAL Risk of Needing Long-term Care?

Q. I just turned 65, but I don't feel a day over 50! Although I feel much younger than I am, I decided not to fight everything that comes with aging, but to embrace it and plan for it, so I am ready for whatever life has in store … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Having a Furry Friend May Extend Your Life

Dear Bebe, I am considering getting a cat similar to you for my mother, who lives alone and doesn't get much exercise. I heard pets have been known to promote longevity and social interaction. If it's okay with her and her … [Read more...]

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Penny's father was being discharged from the hospital after his latest fainting spell from low blood pressure. Having suffered from Parkinson's for more than 20 years, he regressed during his stay, and he was having serious … [Read more...]

When Caregiver Stress Becomes Extreme

Q. My aunt Rae, 84, was the primary caregiver for my Uncle Leo, who suffers from dementia. Leo would wander, so Rae couldn't leave him alone, and she missed the conversations she and Leo used to have. Rae became resentful and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Dealing with the Emotions of Caregiving

Dear Ribbit, I recently became a caregiver for my mother after she had a stroke. I am completely new at this, being a single woman in my 40's. Many emotions are beginning to surface, such as anger, anxiety, irritability, … [Read more...]

I’m Finally Taking a Vacation — What to Do About Caregiving Duties

Caroline's sister and her family live in sunny Tampa, Florida. She's been wanting to visit for three years now, ever since her sister's family bought their house near the beach. But it has been tough to get away, since Caroline is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Plan for Long-Term Care?

Dear Angel, I read somewhere that I should start planning for long-term care now. I am only 40. That seems young. Is this correct and why? Thanks! Jus Fortee --- Dear Jus, What you read is correct. Advisors … [Read more...]