Critter Corner: Amazon Introduces Care Hub to Aid in Caring for Aging Loved Ones

Dear Magic, I am a long-distance caregiver for my Aunt Fran. She wants to maintain her independence, but I get worried sometimes about her since I am not there. I could use all the help I could get in finding ways to ensure she … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How do Medicare and Social Security Work Together?

Dear Oakley, My husband will soon be retiring and is curious about Social Security and Medicare and how the two programs work together. Can you help explain this to him? Thanks for your help! Tu Gether --- Dear Tu, Social … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How is it Possible for People with Alzheimer’s to Remember Their Past So Well?

Dear Magic,   My grandpa, Steve, is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Recently a friend that he grew up with came to visit. They told stories and shared memories of when my grandpa was a teenager. He remembered some of them … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What New Technology Can Help My Mother Age-in-Place Safely?

Dear Magic, In the past, you’ve published lots of articles on aging-in-place technology. My mother is aging-in-place and I worry about her, since we try not to visit her due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Are there any new … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Does COVID-19 Have Any Connection to Parkinson’s Disease?

Dear Hayek, My uncle, Ronnie, died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease last year. He suffered for a long time with deteriorating mobility, speech issues, and inability to swallow. Eventually, he was diagnosed with … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Social Security Strategies for Solo Agers

Dear Angel, I am 61 and considering whether to take my Social Security benefits next year or to wait. I am single and don’t have any children. Do you have any tips for someone in my situation? Thanks for your help! Earl … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can You Inherit Debt from your Parents?

Dear Oakley, My mother recently told me that she charges everything and has lots of credit card debt and other debt. I’m an only child and she is widowed. If something happens to her, would I inherit her debt? Also, she lives … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Became a Caregiver

Dear Hayek, My mother, who has dementia, is moving in with me. Is there anything I should know before I embark upon this new role? Thanks for your help! Thanks! Juana Knowe —- Dear Juana, It is very kind of you to care … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Virginia’s Nursing Homes Prepare for New Testing Requirement

Dear Angel, My father is in a nursing home in Spotsylvania County. I am concerned about his safety during the coronavirus pandemic. One concern is staff coming to work sick or asymptomatic, which happened in a nursing home … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Extra Financial Assistance for Caregivers at This Time

Dear Oakley, I am a caregiver for my aunt who has dementia, and who is also a veteran. I used to work part-time in addition to caregiving, but lost my job during the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you know of any extra financial … [Read more...]