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Critter Corner: Help for Depression in Seniors During Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear Angel, I have been home since the Coronavirus pandemic began and still haven’t ventured out. Recently, I’ve been feeling sad and withdrawn. Things that used to interest me don’t anymore and I can’t sleep at night. Is this a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Taxes Do We Need to Pay for an Independent Caregiver?

Dear Oakley, We are hiring an independent caregiver, meaning she is not from an agency. My understanding is that we are responsible for paying taxes for her, since she is considered to be a household employee. What taxes are we … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips for Decluttering and Downsizing When You Don’t Want to Get Rid of Stuff

Dear Hayek, When my sister and I were over for Easter, my mom asked us if we wanted anything. She has a lot of “treasures” that she’d love for my sister and I to claim. These aren’t the valuables I’m talking about ... they are … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Do Veterans Benefits Cover Hospice and Palliative Care?

Dear Oakley, My uncle, who is a U.S. Navy veteran, has a chronic illness. His family is considering hospice or palliative care. I am wondering if either of these are covered by the VA. Thanks for your help! Pali … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Could the COVID-19 Vaccine Negatively Affect Someone with Parkinson’s or Dementia?

Dear Angel, Q1. My father is hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine because he has Parkinson’s. My friend is experiencing the same hesitancy with her mother, who is in the early stages of dementia. Have you heard anything … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips for Seniors for Financial Literacy Month

Dear Hayek, I am a caregiver for my 82-year-old mother. Sometimes she could use help with making financial decisions. What tips can you offer to me as a caregiver and to her as someone who still handles her own finances? Also, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: FEMA will Offer Funeral Assistance for People Who Have Died of COVID-19

Dear Oakley, My friend’s dad recently died of COVID-19. Funerals are so expensive. Does the government provide any relief to help pay for them? Burr Yinghim --- Dear Burr, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Should I keep in Mind When it Comes to Incapacity Planning?

Dear Hayek, I am planning on doing my incapacity planning soon.  I always like to plan ahead for everything. What are the varied medical issues and methods of intervention that a person should keep in mind in order to be … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Can Seniors Best Adjust to Daylight Savings Time?

Dear Oakley, This Sunday is Pi Day. It’s also daylight savings day, where we move the clocks forward an hour. Every year, I have the hardest time adjusting,and as I’m getting older, it’s gotten more difficult. Do you have any … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Celebrating Senior Nutrition Month – Eating Healthy on a Budget

Dear Angel, I just read somewhere that March is National Senior Nutrition Month. I have gained 15 lbs during the COVID-19 pandemic from sitting in my house and doing way too much eating. I want to get healthy, but I don’t know … [Read more...]