When a Loved One with Dementia is Violent

Q. My uncle Ed recently died in New York, and I got a ride to the funeral with my aunt and my other uncle from South Carolina, who were passing through our area. I hadn’t seen or spoken to them in a while. I knew from my mother … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: The High Stakes of Caregiver Stress

Dear Ribbit, My father has dementia, and right now, my mother is his primary caregiver. I could tell that she is extremely stressed in her role. I know that can’t be good for my father. Have there been any studies about how … [Read more...]

When a Loved One is Alone and in Danger

Last weekend, Randy was walking his dog, when he ran into his friend, Jenny. Jenny seemed really nervous and upset. She explained how her father with dementia was living in a nursing home in Florida, and how he was located in an … [Read more...]

Mastering the Non-Financial Aspects of Retirement

Q. My husband and I are close to retirement age. The life we’ve known so far has included working at our full-time jobs, occasional social events with friends, visits and holidays with family, and the every-day things associated … [Read more...]

Surprising New Evidence About the Incredible Benefits of Coffee!

Every morning, when Michael rolls out of bed, he has one thing on his mind. It’s the one thing that he believes helps him stay awake and alert, and enables him to function at his best all day. It’s not a prescription or … [Read more...]

575,000 People Are Using This Medicare Benefit. Are You?

Q. My friend Kate’s 93-year-old mother, Sue, was recently in palliative care. Sue had her Advance Medical Directive in place and the doctor had access to them. The documents clearly conveyed that she didn’t want aggressive … [Read more...]

Family Caregiving is NOT Cheaper Than Professional Care. Here’s Why!

Five years ago, Karen got her PhD to teach at the college level. Upon graduating, she began her dream job, but she only was able to teach for about a year, when her mother’s Alzheimer’s began getting worse. Karen quit her job and … [Read more...]

When Caregiving Makes You Crazy

Q. My mother passed away six months ago, and my father is living alone in our family home, about a mile away from me. He is in the early stages of dementia, and has gotten quite forgetful lately. I have been a caregiver for him … [Read more...]

Oscar the Cat and Other Incredible Therapy Animals

Oscar is a cat who was adopted as a kitten from an animal hospital. Sounds pretty typical, huh? Well, when it comes to cats, Oscar is anything BUT typical. What makes Oscar so extraordinary is that he is a cat with a … [Read more...]

What Happens When a Long-Term Care Insurer Goes Belly Up?

Q. My husband and I are seriously considering long-term care insurance. I read recently, however, that Penn Treaty is facing liquidation, and health insurers across the country are on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars … [Read more...]