Critter Corner: Do Caregivers Have a Higher Life-Expectancy?

Dear Magic, I read somewhere that caregivers have a higher life-expectancy than non-caregivers. With all of the stress that goes into caregiving, how can this be true? Thanks for your help! Liv Longer  --- Dear … [Read more...]

When Your Adult Child Distances Themselves

Carla, age 38, is a helpful and caring adult daughter. She lives five miles from her parents and assists her mother with caregiving for her father, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She scaled back her hours at … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Do I Know if Assisted Living is Right for My Dad?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, My father is considering assisted living. He wants me to help him choose a facility. I honestly don’t know where to begin or if assisted living is even right for him. How can I know? Thanks!Anita … [Read more...]

What to Do When Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums are Skyrocketing

Q. Last week my friend, Patty, received notice of a substantial increase in her long-term care insurance premiums. She was so upset that she fired off an email to the Virginia Insurance Commissioner, Scott White, exclaiming how … [Read more...]

Hospitals Must Tell Medicare Patients If Care Is ‘Observation’ Only

Q. My father was in the hospital last month due to a fall in the stairwell at my parent’s split-level home. My mother wasn't able to lift him herself, so the ambulance came to assist her. They thought he seemed weak and out of … [Read more...]

Changes to Veterans Pension Rules Are Looming — Plan Now!

Q. I’ve been an avid reader of your newsletter for many years. A couple of years ago, you published an article indicating that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was proposing significant changes to needs-based benefit … [Read more...]

Do CCRCs (Life Plan Communities) Have a Capitalization Problem?

By Jack Cumming Starting a senior housing enterprise or opening a new facility requires sizable investments in real estate, planning, building, and marketing. It is capital intensive. It is also a trust business in which aging … [Read more...]

U.S. Life Expectancy Has Declined for the First Time Since 1993

Last Wednesday, The Economist's “Business of Longevity” conference took place, attracting world-renowned experts in aging. One of the main themes of the conference was the need to change the way we think about longevity, as we are … [Read more...]

How to Survive Adult Sibling Conflict Over Elder Care, Inheritances, and More

Q. Last week, my sister, my brother, and I traveled with our families to visit our 82-year old mother for Thanksgiving (I didn't have to go too far, since she lives ten minutes away!). Although mom says she is “just fine,” we … [Read more...]