Critter Corner: How Can You Get a Professional Evaluation of a Senior Loved One’s Driving?

Dear Hayek, My mother and I are concerned about my father's ability to continue driving. He is confident, however, that he should still be on the road. He even offered to be evaluated by a professional. How do you go about … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Virginia and Washington, DC Both Earn ‘A’ on National Palliative Care Report Card

Dear Magic, I recently read that the state of Virginia and Washington, DC both received an ‘A’ grade for their palliative care offerings. Can you explain the difference between palliative care, hospice care, and end-of-life … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Happens to Adults with Autism Who “Age Out”?

Dear Bebe, There is a lot of funding for research about early diagnosis and early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, there doesn’t seem to be much attention paid to adults with ASD. My … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: A Friendship Line for Lonely Seniors

Dear Ernie and Janette, My father died earlier this year and my mom lives alone. She has friends she sees sometimes, but I can tell she is lonely. I talk to her as much as my schedule allows, but unfortunately, that’s not … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips for Seniors Who are Downsizing

Dear Magic, My parents are downsizing and don’t know where to begin. You seem like a neat bunny without a lot of stuff. What advice can you give seniors who are downsizing? Dawn Sizing --- Dear Dawn, World-renowned … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are We Nearing the End of Medicare’s Three-Day Rule?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, I recently saw a tweet from Seema Verma, the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She made it sound like an end is in sight for Medicare’s Three-Day Rule. Do you … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Supported Decision-Making Instead of Guardianship in DC

  Dear Hayek, I read that once a senior is declared incapacitated and has a guardian placed on him or her, it is really hard to terminate the situation. Is that really the case? I heard about some positive change … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Virginia Law Removes Age Cap on Autism Coverage

Dear Magic, Our daughter, Rachael, has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since she was a toddler, we have been taking her for every early intervention therapy there is, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), speech, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Tips and Resources for Fall Prevention

Dear Hayek, My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's a few years ago. I know that loss of mobility is one of the unfortunate symptoms of the debilitating disease, which often results in falls. Do you have any tips and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Making Your Legacy Letter Meaningful

Dear Magic, I hope to pass down my values and beliefs to future generations as part of my Estate Planning documents. I heard about a Legacy Letter as a way to do so. I want to be prepared before I embark on my planning and I … [Read more...]