Spooky or Reassuring? Posthumous Messages from Loved Ones

Image from express.co.uk Imagine you had a letter from someone who was likely to pass away – could you resist reading it?  Morgan received a letter from her cancer-stricken brother-in-law, Jack, to be opened after his … [Read more...]

“Life Reimagined”- Guidance for Retirement Planning

Are you at a point in your life where you’re asking, “What’s next?” You’ve finished one chapter and you have yet to write the next one, and this one involves an empty nest, no more commuting to the office,  lots more time for … [Read more...]

Are they Senior Moments or is it Dementia?

Can you remember the great meal you had last weekend, but can’t remember the name of the restaurant? Have you ever frantically called your cell phone in an effort to find it, only to realize it was in your pocket the whole time, … [Read more...]

Secrets of Centenarians

Q. The other day, I was reading about Susannah Mushatt Jones, who turned 116 last month in New York. She was born in 1899 and retired in 1965. She never smoked or drank, and says lots of sleep is the secret to her longevity. I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: I Am Single With No Children. Why Should I Bother Planning?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I am a free-spirited single person who has never been married or had any children. I don't even have brothers or sisters. Yesterday, my neighbor told me about her estate planning during our morning walk. … [Read more...]

What Happens When Caregivers Are Too Sick To Perform Their Duties?

Q. I am a caregiver for my husband, Ed, who has had Parkinson’s disease for fifteen years. While fully coherent, his physical capabilities have been greatly reduced. Confined mainly to a wheelchair, he requires my help to dress, … [Read more...]

Tom Brokaw Doesn’t Know Where His Living Will Is. Do You Know Where Yours Is?

Tom Brokaw and his daughter Jennifer appeared at the TEDx Stanford conference, speaking on the subject of end-of-life health care options. Brokaw began the dialogue, framed as a conversation between father and daughter, by asking … [Read more...]

PBS Releases “Caring for Mom and Dad” Documentary

Graphic from pbs.org. Chris Olson was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and her husband, Brent, has prostate cancer.  They lived alone, 300 miles away from their nearest daughter, and needed assistance. Their daughter, … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: I Am Young and in Good Health. Why Plan Now When I Can Probably Wait?

Q. I am in my 40's and run marathons. I am in better health now than I have been in my entire life. My family eats only organic foods, and we are hardly ever sick. My grandparents are still alive, and they are in their 90's, and … [Read more...]

Estate Planning for Childless Couples

When many people think of estate planning, they assume that a person’s heirs are his or her children. But what happens when a couple has no children? Do they need to plan too? The answer is yes. At the very least, they should … [Read more...]