Critter Corner: Mistakes Adult Siblings Make When Caregiving for a Parent

Dear Bebe, When I was growing up, I was the organized one who was responsible and did what he was told, and my sister was also pretty on-top of things. My brother--not so much. Now, we are at a point where we need to work … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Make Changes to My Incapacity Plan?

Dear Ribbit, I saw the unthinkable happen to a friend of mine in college, and like most college students, he didn't have incapacity planning in place. I saw it as a sign and got my own planning in order. Now that I graduated, I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Driving Safely with Hearing Loss

Dear Ribbit, My father has hearing loss and I fear that it's affecting his driving. He gave me a ride to the airport yesterday, and we almost got into two accidents. Are their things that can be done to help someone with … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Last Minute Tech Gifts for Mother’s Day

Dear Magic, It's Mother's Day on Sunday, and I want to get something extra special for my mother. She is pretty tech savvy and enjoys the newest technology. I really don't know what the newest technology is for seniors who … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Explaining Death and Dying to Grandchildren 

Dear Bebe, My mother has a terminal illness and won't be around much longer. I have yet to tell my children, because I don't know the best way to explain it. Do you have any recommendations on how to tell children that their … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Scam Targeting Tax Refunds

Dear Bebe, I read something about a scam where computers belonging to tax preparers are being breached, people are getting fake refunds deposited into their accounts, and then being asked to return the money to scam artists. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Questions to Ask When Hiring a Home Health Agency

Dear Angel, Our mom had a pretty bad stroke recently, but fortunately it was not a massive stroke, and we will be able to bring her home soon. We're looking for a home health agency to assist her when she comes home from the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What If I Claimed Social Security Too Early?

Dear Magic, In June of 2010, when I was 62 years old, I decided to quit working and take Social Security. I was afraid Social Security might go away before my full retirement age, or that I might die before that time, so I went … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Replacing Om with Haha

Dear Magic, A good belly laugh feels great sometimes. And, I heard laughing can be therapeutic and can even help stave off chronic pain, stress, depression, and diabetes. A friend of mine who lives in a retirement community … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Take my Guns and my Home, but NOT MY CAR KEYS

Dear Bebe, When my father reached his 75th birthday, he had made quite a few concessions to age. He willingly gave up his guns and hunting, a passion he had since his childhood. He no longer mowed his own yard or cleaned his … [Read more...]