Critter Corner: VA Launches New Health Care Website and Other Resources

Dear Oakley, My father is a Veteran, and I am his caregiver. I help make appointments for his health care and could certainly use information about what’s out there to help him. The VA website is so cumbersome with so much … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Make Siblings Feel Equal in Estate Planning

Dear Angel, Our adult children don’t get along very well. When we do estate planning, we want them to feel like they are equal, so more unnecessary strife does not occur when we are no longer around. What can we do to make them … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Am I Financially Liable If I Sign a Nursing Home Agreement for Someone Else?

Dear Oakley, When a loved one enters a nursing home, who is the person who signs the legal documents? Would it be the individual themselves, the spouse, or the children? Does signing the papers make the person who signed … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Do You Do if You Are Threatened with Eviction from a Nursing Home?

Dear Hayek, I heard about a court case involving a woman with dementia who was evicted from a nursing home. I worry this could happen with my sister, as she has dementia and can become angry and aggressive. What does someone do … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Live Comfortably Off Just a Social Security Check During Inflation

Dear Angel, My mother is considering whether to take Social Security or to delay doing so, and if she does, she hopes to be able to live comfortably off it during inflation. Is this even possible and if so, how? Thanks for your … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Technology Can Make Life Easier for Those with Autism

Dear Oakley, Our son was just diagnosed with autism and is nonverbal. What types of technology can help make life easier for him and for us? Thanks for your help, Hal Pinhimm --- Dear Hal, For people on the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Travel Can Be a Form of Therapy for People with Dementia

Dear Hayek, I read that people with dementia have a hard time with change of location and routine. But I have also heard that travel can be a good form of therapy for someone with dementia. How can both of these things be … [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...]

Critter Corner: How to Find Unclaimed Inheritance from Deceased Relatives

Dear Oakley, I was told of the possibility that there could be some unclaimed inheritance that my father may have meant to leave to my sister and me. Where are some places I can look to see if this is the case? Thanks for your … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips for Seniors on Coping with Inflation

Dear Angel, Everything is so expensive these days. It seems like most items in the grocery store are up by at least 10% in price, and gas seems to have gone up 30% or more. As someone who lives on Social Security, I’m having … [Read more...]

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