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Two New Provisions Make Reverse Mortgages More Desirable

Q. My husband, Bob, and I have lived in Northern Virginia for nearly fifty years and we have no plans of moving. We are original owners of our home and our mortgage has been paid off for nearly two decades now. Our children all … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Wise Tips for Retirement from a 98-Year-Old

Dear Angel, I am thinking about retirement. I would love tips from someone who has “been there” for a while. Do you have any wisdom you can share from the people that you meet? I’d also like some practical tips when it comes to … [Read more...]

Leeza Gibbons — Tips for New Caregivers

“Alzheimer’s Caregivers are Heroes.” - Leeza Gibbons Leeza Gibbons is a leading TV talk show host, entertainment reporter, and best-selling author. She also has another role -- as a caregiver and founder of a non-profit to help … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Help for Depression in Seniors During Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear Angel, I have been home since the Coronavirus pandemic began and still haven’t ventured out. Recently, I’ve been feeling sad and withdrawn. Things that used to interest me don’t anymore and I can’t sleep at night. Is this a … [Read more...]

What to Do When You are Blindsided by a STUG

Q. Five years ago, my father passed away after suffering from dementia for years. The entire family was there to say goodbye to him and we felt like we had closure. He planned well, so everything was taken care of and he took the … [Read more...]

How Photographing His Mother’s Dementia Made Her Feel Alive Again

When artist Tony Luciani’s 91-year-old mother, Elia, moved in with him in 2014, he thought he was doing her a service. It turned out that it was the other way around. Elia was having issues with memory loss and having a hard … [Read more...]

What are the Medicaid, Tax, and Liability  Implications of Paying an Independent Caregiver?

Q. We are getting ready to hire a new caregiver for my mom, and she is an independent contractor. Prior to now, we have hired caregivers from an agency. The caregiver has asked about being paid in cash, which will amount to $3,000 … [Read more...]