When Mom and Dad Both Have Dementia

Q. My mother, Mary, is in a world of her own. I call it “Mary-land.” She often walks around in circles fussing about the “people who are breaking into the house." We live in a quiet safe neighborhood, which hasn’t had a break-in … [Read more...]

How to Attend Your Own Funeral

In Diana Gabaldon’s book, “A Breath of Snow and Ashes,” one of the character’s mothers awoke at her own wake. She took notice of her uncomfortable coffin, lack of brooch that she hoped to wear when she was buried, and lack of food … [Read more...]

A Moon Landing, an Anniversary, and a Reconciliation

Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, and lunar module pilots Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin to the first lunar orbit. Many of us remember Armstrong describing the event … [Read more...]

The State of Long-Term Care

Susan and Joe never thought that they would need long-term care. They were both healthy eaters, marathon runners, and world travelers. To their surprise, when Joe was 67 years old, he developed Parkinson’s. At first, it wasn’t too … [Read more...]

Is Alzheimer’s Linked to Gum Disease?

Barbara recently went for her semi-annual dental cleaning and check-up and was told she has gingivitis (gum disease). She wasn’t surprised, as she has had a history of tooth decay and gum disease since she was a child. She always … [Read more...]

Can Dementia Symptoms Come and Go?

Q. My husband, my kids, and I visited my mother this year for the holidays. Mom was diagnosed with dementia last year, so I took some of Magic the bunny’s advice from Critter Corner on how best to celebrate the holiday with her. … [Read more...]

Family Feuding Over the Power of Attorney Decision

Maddie was asked by her mother to assume the role of agent under her Power of Attorney, entrusting her to act on her mother's behalf and to place her mother's interests ahead of her own when the time comes. Maddie lives the … [Read more...]

2019 Medicare Changes: New Elder Care Services May Be Added to Some Medicare Advantage Plans

Q. I read somewhere that lots of changes are on the horizon for Medicare Advantage plans in 2019. What are some of the new services being added, and when will I have an opportunity to change to a different plan that has more of … [Read more...]

How Can You Reduce Your Capital Gains Taxes?

Diane, at age 80, resides in the home she has lived in for nearly 40 years. When she initially purchased the home after her husband’s death, it cost only $25,000 (and she since put in $45,000 in improvements); today it’s worth at … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should new Virginia residents Update their Out-of-State Estate Planning Documents?

Dear Ernie and Janette, I recently moved to Northern Virginia from Florida to be near my children and grandchildren. Although I really miss the warmer weather, I adore having family close by. I went to an estate planning … [Read more...]