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...]

Not Alone: A Daughter and Her Dad Battle Parkinson’s Together

When Kelly's dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 20 years ago, she researched the disease and the best treatment options for him. Little did she know that she too would be diagnosed with the same devastating disease four … [Read more...]

Am I a Helicopter Child, and If So, Why is That a Bad Thing?

Q. I heard my sister and brother talking about my mother's care the other day when they thought I couldn't hear them. I distinctly remember them mentioning the term "helicopter child," and they were referring to me! I have … [Read more...]

Depression and Suicide Prevention: What to Do When a Loved One is Depressed

The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade last week left most people in shock. Two exceptionally creative talents, who shared their passions with the world and seemed to have it all, took their own lives. Their untimely … [Read more...]

The Graduation Gift Every 18-year-old Really Needs

Q. My daughter, Becca, is graduating from high school next week and attending college in Richmond in the fall. We couldn't be more proud of all of her accomplishments. We are thrilled that she is just a little over two hours away, … [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...]

Medicaid Expansion Passed – What it Means for Healthcare in Virginia

It's true! After years of advocacy and a long-delayed budget, the Virginia General Assembly passed a state budget that includes the Medicaid expansion coverage created under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. … [Read more...]

The Ecosystem of Family Caregiving

Q. My family is new to caregiving, and we're trying to figure out how to best support each other, but it seems like a tangled web. For instance, I am divorced, but I have a son who can help with practical responsibilities as I … [Read more...]

How to Maintain an Emotional Connection to Someone with Alzheimer’s

Geri Taylor (69) had recently retired from her job in health administration, when she started noticing changes in herself. For some time, she had experienced forgetfulness at work. For instance, when she was leading a staff … [Read more...]

Millennials are Emerging as a Generation of Caregivers

Q. My name is Kelsey, and I'm a junior in college. I lived on campus my first year but ended up moving back home when I learned that my mother needed caregiving help. College tuition is costly and so is caregiving, so I figured … [Read more...]