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New Rule Enables Grandparents to Contribute More Money to 529 Plans

Q. My son, Bryan, is entering middle school. His grandfather (my dad) is coming for a barbecue for Father’s Day this weekend, and we are also celebrating Bryan’s birthday. My dad has been contributing to a 529 plan to help pay for … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Father’s Day Isn’t a Joyful Occasion

Dear Oakley, When I flip through Facebook, walk into the greeting card aisle at the store, or turn on the TV, I see advertisements and cards for a happy Father’s Day. I lost my dad a few years ago and my husband and dad of our … [Read more...]

Part 1: The Infinite Mind — Communicating Creatively with Dementia Patients with Katya De Luisa

“We never lose those we love, whether through dementia or death. They are a part of us.” – Katya De Luisa Katya De Luisa is a dementia educator, caregiver coach, and author of "Journey through the Infinite Mind--the Science and … [Read more...]

Almost All Nursing Home Beds Are Medicaid Beds

Q. My father is being cared for in our home near Old Town Alexandria but needs more care than we can provide. We are seriously considering nursing home care as the best option for him. With the incredibly high cost of care, we are … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Is Included in a Care Plan?

Dear Angel, I read somewhere that federal law requires every nursing home to create a care plan. What is included in a care plan, and shouldn’t it be something that is created before a loved one enters a nursing home? Thanks … [Read more...]

What It’s Really Like to Have Dementia: Fully Experiencing the Symptoms for Five Minutes of Your Life

Anyone who cares for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia knows that it can be a challenging experience. As the disease progresses, the symptoms can include aggression, wandering, and agitation. Changes in the … [Read more...]

Problems with Beneficiary Designations

Q. Last week, you wrote about why inheritance sometimes goes unclaimed, and how it’s a lot less likely when you have a trust in place. I read something about the downsides of beneficiary designations naming individuals and how … [Read more...]

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