AARP’s Health Benefits Navigator: A New Tool for Veterans and Caregivers

Dear Oakley, My father is a veteran and I am his caregiver. All of the benefit options seem really confusing.  Is there an easy place to review and obtain all the available healthcare benefits without all the confusion and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Changed With the Social Security Statement?

Dear Hayek, I heard that the Social Security Benefits Statement has undergone a visual overhaul.  What can I expect to see on the newly designed statement? Will the new format be mailed to current and former beneficiaries or … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Long-Term Care Planning Month — Can the Terms “Long-Term Care” and “Nursing Home Care” Be Used Synonymously?

Dear Oakley, I read somewhere that October is Long-Term Care (LTC) planning month. I heard that 70% of seniors will need long-term care in their lifetimes. I’m a little confused though. Is “long-term care” another way of saying … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Top 7 Apps for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

Dear Angel, My father, Bill, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I was wondering if you knew of any apps that would be beneficial and/or enjoyable for him to use. Thanks so much in advance! Al Zimerapps --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Dad is a Risk Taker

Dear Oakley, My dad has Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s dementia (very mild right now) and we care for him in our home. Recently, after a nap, he forgot that he can no longer walk and tried to escape from his bed. He has also tried … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Would You Revoke a Revocable Trust?

Dear Hayek, This question is more for curiosity than anything. I know that revocable living trusts can be revoked. How would someone go about doing so and why would they ever want to? Thanks! Reva Cabull --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Helping Mamma Get Rid of Stuff

Dear Oakley, When my mom was doing her estate planning, she realized how much stuff she has that has no monetary value, but lots of sentimental value to her. Upon speaking with her children and grandchildren, she realized that … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are Military Retirees and Disabled Veterans Getting a Raise Next Year?

Dear Oakley, I heard a rumor that military retirees and disabled veterans are getting a hefty raise next year. Is this true? Thanks for your help. Mo Money --- Dear Mo, According to the Defense Department, there are … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Estate Planning for Cryptocurrency

Dear Angel, A couple years ago, I started investing in Bitcoin. It’s value has increased a lot and I want to include it in my estate planning. What should I know when it comes to developing an estate plan for … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Could Canine Life-Extension Research Lead to Breakthroughs for Pets and Humans?

Dear Hayek, There is a lot of research out there about longevity in humans. Unfortunately, pets don’t live long enough. Is there any research being conducted about longevity and pets? I’d love for my best friend, Kirby the … [Read more...]