Critter Corner: Can an Eye Exam Predict Alzheimer’s?

Dear Ernie and Janette, I read somewhere that a simple eye exam can predict whether or not someone will get Alzheimer’s. Is this true? Thanks! Cici Cleary --- Dear Cici, You are correct. It may be possible to … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Has Mom’s Social Security Number Been Suspended or Cancelled?

Dear Magic, The phone rings a lot at my mother’s house (she has quite the social life for a 90-year old woman!) One call she received the other day sounded official to her, she explained to me, but she couldn’t get to the phone … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Happens When a Person with Autism Becomes an Adult?

Dear Bebe,   My niece, Amelia, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but is high-functioning. What happens to most children with ASD when they transition to adulthood?   Thanks! Will … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can You Get Social Security Benefits if You Never Worked?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, I am a recent divorcee who is getting ready to drop my last kid off at college next year, which, in essence, means that I am retired. The thing is, as a lifelong homemaker who raised five children, I never … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud

Dear Magic, Our neighbor was a victim of Medicare Fraud. I would hate for the same thing to happen to me or a loved one. What should I look out for and how can I protect myself? Pratekt Yorselff --- Dear Pratekt, Even … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: End-of-Life Conversation Resources

Dear Angel, I was hoping to talk about end-of-life wishes with my parents over the holidays. Do you know of any resources that would be helpful to guide me in starting the conversation? Thanks for your help! Weir … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should new Virginia residents Update their Out-of-State Estate Planning Documents?

Dear Ernie and Janette, I recently moved to Northern Virginia from Florida to be near my children and grandchildren. Although I really miss the warmer weather, I adore having family close by. I went to an estate planning … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Taxes in the DMV Area For Retirees

Dear Bebe, My husband and I live in our family home in Northern Virginia, and are both recently retired. What state exemptions and deductions are available for retirees? Could you also tell me about Maryland and DC, since we … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Ted Turner has Lewy Body Dementia. What is it?

Dear Bebe, I recently read that Ted Turner announced that he has been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. I’ve never heard of this. Can you tell me something about it and how common it is? Thanks! Louie … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Scams Targeting Veterans and What to Do

Dear Magic, I have read that scams targeting veterans are pretty prevalent, and that is so unfortunate. Can you tell me what types of scams they are, so I can warn my dad? Thanks for your help! Nomar Scamms --- Dear … [Read more...]