The Five Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

Q. I recently retired after 35 years as a federal employee. I funded my retirement plan, paid off my home, and amassed enough savings to cover future expenses and hopefully leave a financial legacy to my loved ones. When it comes … [Read more...]

Casey Kasem’s Daughter Was Granted Conservatorship, But Where is Casey?

When we think of legal guardianship or conservatorship, several scenarios typically come to mind: an elderly parent with dementia; an adult who has been severely injured and can no longer take care of himself; and, … [Read more...]

Yellow Dot on Car Can Save Your Life

Q. My wife, Joanne, was recently in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn't serious. What would happen if one of us were in a serious car accident? How would the emergency personnel know that she is diabetic and that I have Parkinson's … [Read more...]

Challenges Faced by the Aging LGBT Community

The Administration on Aging estimates that there are between 1.75 million and 4 million Americans over the age of 60 who are LGBT. Although many LGBT seniors are satisfied with their lives, there are still many who remain closeted … [Read more...]

Amazing Stories of Animal Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

As Lisa Abeyta’s father’s Alzheimer’s is progressing, his ability to communicate and cope with unfamiliar surroundings and noises is diminishing. Noises of laughter and happy conversation that used to make him smile now cause … [Read more...]

Bunny Therapy Brings Relaxation to Seniors

May is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people's lives and vice versa. It is an ideal time to celebrate the health benefits of animals for seniors, which can include relaxation, socialization, … [Read more...]

Caregiving Spouses Often Don’t Seek Help

There are more than 42 million unpaid family caregivers in the United States, including spouses, adult children, and others. A recent report, issued by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute, focuses on … [Read more...]

Kenny Chesney Brings Music to Those with Alzheimer’s

Music has been found to connect people with Alzheimer’s to memories, enabling them to open up to loved ones and even enhancing their quality of life. Sometimes, the response is immediate and shocking. In fact, according to Geri … [Read more...]

Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary’s Impassioned Plea

Michelle Singletary, who writes a financial column for the Washington Post, often shares personal stories to spare others from making financial mistakes. In a recent column and interview on WBUR, she wrote about the importance of … [Read more...]

Before You Choose a Nursing Home . . .

Q. I recently read a sad article in the Washington Post about an Alexandria woman named Anne Bailey Farr (not sure if she is a relative of yours?), who is facing charges in connection with the death of her 98-year-old mother, who … [Read more...]

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