Critter Corner: When a Loved One or Pet is Distressed by Fireworks

Dear Hayek, Tomorrow is the 4th of July and despite the coronavirus, I heard that our new neighbors will be putting on a big fireworks display. I'm concerned about my husband, who has dementia, and our senior dog, Hodge. What … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Charitable Giving During the 2020 Tax Season

Dear Ernie and Jannette, We want to support our favorite local charities and small businesses as much as we can while they are reviving themselves from all the changes in their business environments. We would like to give now, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Futuristic Post-Pandemic Changes Coming to Senior Living?

Dear Angel, With the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the danger it poses to residents, some things need to change now and for the future. What changes are being implemented and/or … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: “Grandkids on Demand” Help with Loneliness

Dear Magic, Maury, a man I used to work with, is in his 90’s and lives alone. I touched base with him recently over the phone, and I can tell he has been lonely during the pandemic. He always told me how he wished he had gotten … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Resources for Veterans (and others) with PTSD During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Hayek, My father is a veteran with PTSD who is being cared for at home by my mother. I know the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy on them, having to stay at home all time and not being able to see their grandchildren in … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Fairfax County Grocery Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-up Service for Older Adults

Dear Magic, My 85-year-old neighbor, Ruth, goes to the supermarket, but not often. Even with her facemask and rubber gloves, she doesn’t want to risk anything. She is not technologically savvy, so she cannot order online. I’ve … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Helps Feed Seniors in Need

Dear Angel, I heard about the CARES Act and how it helps seniors, as well as small businesses, and others during the coronavirus pandemic. Are there any other laws to help seniors with nutrition services? They are needed now … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should I Update My Incapacity Planning Preferences Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, I have seen friends and family fall ill with coronavirus. Luckily, they all survived. It got me to thinking that I need to review and update my advance directives at this time to make sure what I wanted … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Relieve Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Oakley, We’ve been home for a month now and every day is the same. I honestly don’t know what day it is anymore, and I’ve lost that excitement that usually came with Fridays or the anxiety when Monday comes again. It feels … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can Coronavirus Affect Pets?

Dear Angel, I am the proud mom of three dogs, who are getting lots of attention with my husband and I working from home, and with the kids here too. They mostly stay in the house but enjoy long exercise walks around dinner … [Read more...]