Critter Corner: Are Cats a Good Idea for Families with Children Who Have Autism? And is it Good for the Cat?

Dear Angel, My son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and we are thinking of getting a family pet. I read somewhere that adding a cat to the family might be good for a child with autism. This is making us think of adopting a cat … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: SAGE Test Helps Families Test Senior Cognitive Ability

Dear Oakley, I heard that there is a test where you can identify early signs of dementia at home. Can you tell me more about it? Thanks for your help! Tess Tatthome --- Dear Tess, The SAGE test (Self-Administered … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Changed With the Social Security Statement?

Dear Hayek, I heard that the Social Security Benefits Statement has undergone a visual overhaul.  What can I expect to see on the newly designed statement? Will the new format be mailed to current and former beneficiaries or … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Long-Term Care Planning Month — Can the Terms “Long-Term Care” and “Nursing Home Care” Be Used Synonymously?

Dear Oakley, I read somewhere that October is Long-Term Care (LTC) planning month. I heard that 70% of seniors will need long-term care in their lifetimes. I’m a little confused though. Is “long-term care” another way of saying … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Dad is a Risk Taker

Dear Oakley, My dad has Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s dementia (very mild right now) and we care for him in our home. Recently, after a nap, he forgot that he can no longer walk and tried to escape from his bed. He has also tried … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Would You Revoke a Revocable Trust?

Dear Hayek, This question is more for curiosity than anything. I know that revocable living trusts can be revoked. How would someone go about doing so and why would they ever want to? Thanks! Reva Cabull --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Helping Mamma Get Rid of Stuff

Dear Oakley, When my mom was doing her estate planning, she realized how much stuff she has that has no monetary value, but lots of sentimental value to her. Upon speaking with her children and grandchildren, she realized that … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Could Canine Life-Extension Research Lead to Breakthroughs for Pets and Humans?

Dear Hayek, There is a lot of research out there about longevity in humans. Unfortunately, pets don’t live long enough. Is there any research being conducted about longevity and pets? I’d love for my best friend, Kirby the … [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: 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...]

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