Veterans Benefits for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Q. I read that Veterans who experienced brain trauma in the course of their service are at a 60% higher risk for developing dementia, while those who have experienced PTSD are twice as likely. My father is a Vietnam Veteran who … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Avoid Being a Victim of a Social Security Scam

Dear Ribbit, I heard that there has been an upsurge in Social Security scams lately. What are they about and how can I avoid them?  Thanks! Lee Vameealone --- Dear Lee, You are correct. The Social Security … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: The Power of the Purr

  Dear BeBe,   I am completely stressed out caregiving for my father who has Alzheimer's, although I admit it's a labor of love. I think my lack of life balance is affecting my health. My brother told me that the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Dealing with the Emotions of Caregiving

Dear Ribbit, I recently became a caregiver for my mother after she had a stroke. I am completely new at this, being a single woman in my 40's. Many emotions are beginning to surface, such as anger, anxiety, irritability, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Does the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report Say About Social Security?

Dear Magic, I read that the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report was recently released. There have been some alarming headlines about the future of Medicare, but I haven't seen anything about Social Security. Based on the findings in … [Read more...]

Am I a Helicopter Child, and If So, Why is That a Bad Thing?

Q. I heard my sister and brother talking about my mother's care the other day when they thought I couldn't hear them. I distinctly remember them mentioning the term "helicopter child," and they were referring to me! I have … [Read more...]

Evan Farr Speaks at NARFE Luncheon

This was excerpted from the June 2018 National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association, Dulles Chapter 1241, newsletter: "Evan Farr, nationally known expert on estate planning gave an interesting and informative … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Resources for Millennial Caregivers 

Dear Angel,  I am 22 years old and I am a caregiver for my 80 year old grandmother. It is both challenging and rewarding. She is in a wheelchair and needs help cooking, dressing, and shopping for groceries. I am often concerned … [Read more...]

Are you Ready for Retirement? Advice from Warren Buffett

Mike has worked for the federal government since he graduated from college. He estimates that he will retire in ten years, and he wants to make sure he is prepared when he does. His wife, Lily, is a consultant, who does not have … [Read more...]

How to Stay Safe on Facebook

Q. I recently went to my 50th high school reunion, and it seemed like many of the people there still knew each other -- even those who lived on different sides of the country and hadn't seen each other in years. I was excited to … [Read more...]