Critter Corner: Celebrate World Grandparents Day this Weekend

Dear Angel, I just saw that the Pope named this Sunday, July 25, as World Grandparent’s Day. I’m not Catholic, but like the sentiment. What is the day all about and how can we celebrate? Thanks! Graham Pah --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Teaching Grandchildren about Finances

Dear Oakley,   I’ve been thinking about gifting money to my grandchildren. Before I do so though, I’d like to teach them about financial responsibility. As a financial planner who works with seniors and their loved ones, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Smithsonian Program Brings Art to Seniors with Dementia

Dear Angel, I am a caregiver for my mother, Carrie, who has dementia. She has always loved art and I have noticed that when she looks at a painting, she starts expressing herself. Are there any art programs in the area that I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Aging Technology in Long-Term Care Facilities

Dear Oakley,   The pandemic is hopefully over and things are getting back to normal. I remember how long-term care facilities were affected by the pandemic. Is there any new technology to help provide more protections … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Do I Properly Revoke a Power of Attorney?

Dear Hayek, I appointed my son to be my agent under my Power of Attorney five years ago. Since then, he has shown his true colors as a spendthrift with massive credit card debt. I don’t think I can trust him to handle my … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is there a Link Between Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome?

Dear Oakley, My neighbor has Down Syndrome. I read somewhere that there is a link between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Is this true and if so, what research is being done? Thanks! Khan Nexion --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Early Detection and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Possible Before Symptoms Arise?

Dear Angel, There’s been so much talk about the new Alzheimer’s drug that was just approved by the FDA. I’m wondering-- what progress has been made when it comes to early detection of Alzheimer’s, before symptoms … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Much Compensation is a Fair Amount for an Executor of an Estate in Virginia?

Dear Oakley, My mother passed away last March in Fairfax. My brother, the estate executor, has been the one to navigate the estate administration process. The estate is still not completely settled 15 months later because of a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Spending Memorial Day with Senior Loved Ones

Dear Hayek, My dad, an Army veteran, comes from a long line of US military veterans from all branches. He is in the early stages of dementia, but Memorial Day has always been important to him. Since we’re all vaccinated, we can … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Navigating the New Social Norms After Getting Vaccinated

Dear Oakley, I am fully vaccinated and am trying to follow the new norms and get used to not wearing a mask or physically distancing myself. I disliked wearing a mask the past year because my glasses would always fog up, so I’m … [Read more...]