Critter Corner: Social Security Strategies for Solo Agers

Dear Angel, I am 61 and considering whether to take my Social Security benefits next year or to wait. I am single and don’t have any children. Do you have any tips for someone in my situation? Thanks for your help! Earl … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Grandparents Are Experiencing Better Emotional Well-Being Than Others During The Pandemic

Dear Magic, My grandmother lives alone in a rural part of Virginia. We are concerned about her emotional well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, but don’t want to visit in fear of bringing germs to her home. I hear that … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Became a Caregiver

Dear Hayek, My mother, who has dementia, is moving in with me. Is there anything I should know before I embark upon this new role? Thanks for your help! Thanks! Juana Knowe —- Dear Juana, It is very kind of you to care … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should We Leave Our Money to Our Children Outright?

Dear Magic, My wife and I are planning to do our estate planning soon. We want to leave our money, property and valuables to our children. They are teenagers now. What’s the best way to do so? Should we leave our money to our … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Virginia’s Nursing Homes Prepare for New Testing Requirement

Dear Angel, My father is in a nursing home in Spotsylvania County. I am concerned about his safety during the coronavirus pandemic. One concern is staff coming to work sick or asymptomatic, which happened in a nursing home … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Extra Financial Assistance for Caregivers at This Time

Dear Oakley, I am a caregiver for my aunt who has dementia, and who is also a veteran. I used to work part-time in addition to caregiving, but lost my job during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you know of any extra financial … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Protecting Our Daughter’s Inheritance If She Gets Divorced

Dear Magic, Our daughter got married a couple years ago, but she doesn’t seem happy. Her husband goes out a lot, drinks too much, and gambles regularly. He also spends nearly every dollar he brings in. We have a sizable … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are Teachers and Other Frontline Workers Rushing to Do Estate Planning?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, I recently saw in many publications, including CNN and Newsweek, that teachers and other frontline workers (including dental hygienists, flight attendants, and others) are rushing to do estate planning. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Keeping Your Brain Healthy

Dear Magic, I have read that early-onset dementia has become a lot more prevalent. I am concerned because I am 52 and very forgetful. I know there is no known way to prevent dementia from happening, if it’s going to happen. But … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When a Loved One or Pet is Distressed by Fireworks

Dear Hayek, Tomorrow is the 4th of July and despite the coronavirus, I heard that our new neighbors will be putting on a big fireworks display. I'm concerned about my husband, who has dementia, and our senior dog, Hodge. What … [Read more...]