Critter Corner: A New Docubank Feature — My Medical Snapshot

Dear Bebe, I carry around my DocuBank Card, and love the peace of mind of having it in my wallet. I have one concern, however. What if I was too incapacitated and in the emergency room. How would doctors know about my medical … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

Dear Angel, Every year when I go for my annual checkup or a sick visit, I leave feeling uninformed. Maybe I don't ask the right questions. What are some things that you recommend that seniors ask their … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Using Telehealth to Age-in-Place

Dear Ribbit, I am interested in possibly using telehealth instead of visiting the doctor's office. What are the advantages of doing so? Thanks, Em Helth --- Dear Em, Telehealth (sometimes also known as mHealth), is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Having a Furry Friend May Extend Your Life

Dear Bebe, I am considering getting a cat similar to you for my mother, who lives alone and doesn't get much exercise. I heard pets have been known to promote longevity and social interaction. If it's okay with her and her … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Plan for Long-Term Care?

Dear Angel, I read somewhere that I should start planning for long-term care now. I am only 40. That seems young. Is this correct and why? Thanks! Jus Fortee --- Dear Jus, What you read is correct. Advisors … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Does the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report Say About Social Security?

Dear Magic, I read that the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report was recently released. There have been some alarming headlines about the future of Medicare, but I haven't seen anything about Social Security. Based on the findings in … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Mistakes Adult Siblings Make When Caregiving for a Parent

Dear Bebe, When I was growing up, I was the organized one who was responsible and did what he was told, and my sister was also pretty on-top of things. My brother--not so much. Now, we are at a point where we need to work … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Make Changes to My Incapacity Plan?

Dear Ribbit, I saw the unthinkable happen to a friend of mine in college, and like most college students, he didn't have incapacity planning in place. I saw it as a sign and got my own planning in order. Now that I graduated, I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Including Grandchildren in Caregiving

Dear Magic, My mother moved close by after my father passed away. She suffers from diabetes and has hip problems. My 13-year-old daughter, Bella, and my 9 year old, Rex, want to visit to help with grandmother's caregiving and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Resources for Millennial Caregivers 

Dear Angel,  I am 22 years old and I am a caregiver for my 80 year old grandmother. It is both challenging and rewarding. She is in a wheelchair and needs help cooking, dressing, and shopping for groceries. I am often concerned … [Read more...]