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FDA Approves New Alzheimer’s Drug—But Does it Work?

Q. My family has a history of Alzheimer’s disease. We heard that a new drug for Alzheimer’s was just approved by the FDA. The process for its approval seemed kind of fast and it seems that Alzheimer’s drugs in the past have been … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Early Detection and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Possible Before Symptoms Arise?

Dear Angel, There’s been so much talk about the new Alzheimer’s drug that was just approved by the FDA. I’m wondering-- what progress has been made when it comes to early detection of Alzheimer’s, before symptoms … [Read more...]

Is it a Burden? – Caring for Parents When Your Relationship is Strained

One third of all Americans are unexpectedly caring for their senior parents. Many of these families had strained relationships before their adult children assumed the role of caregiver, yet these adult children still feel it’s … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Much Compensation is a Fair Amount for an Executor of an Estate in Virginia?

Dear Oakley, My mother passed away last March in Fairfax. My brother, the estate executor, has been the one to navigate the estate administration process. The estate is still not completely settled 15 months later because of a … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Unnecessary Pain and Expense When a Loved One Dies

Q. I recently read in a Virginia publication about a man who was grieving the loss of his mother, who died during the Coronavirus pandemic, while experiencing what he referred to as the “awful business of settling the estate.” He … [Read more...]

The Hippie Who Has Helped Thousands of Families with ALS

Ron Hoffman, 67, spent most of his life haunted by something from his childhood. When he was growing up in Richmond, VA, his father was an alcoholic and was abusive to his mother. One night, when Hoffman was 10, his father snapped … [Read more...]

Why You Don’t Want a Springing Power of Attorney

Q. My sister recently discussed the topic of power of attorney with her family at a family meeting. She is planning to use an online service (which I know is a bad idea from one of your recent articles on this subject) and is … [Read more...]