Critter Corner: Spending Memorial Day with Senior Loved Ones

Dear Hayek, My dad, an Army veteran, comes from a long line of US military veterans from all branches. He is in the early stages of dementia, but Memorial Day has always been important to him. Since we’re all vaccinated, we can … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Help for Depression in Seniors During Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear Angel, I have been home since the Coronavirus pandemic began and still haven’t ventured out. Recently, I’ve been feeling sad and withdrawn. Things that used to interest me don’t anymore and I can’t sleep at night. Is this a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Reclaim Your Independence After a Health Crisis

Dear Oakley, In October, my mother (80) was hospitalized for a week as a result of a urinary tract infection, but she doesn’t seem to be recovering from her hospital visit.  She came home from the hospital feeling a level of … [Read more...]

There is So Much That Seniors Need to Know About the New Coronavirus Relief Package

Q. You recently published an article about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses. You mentioned that there is a second stimulus check and some new benefits for seniors, but mostly elaborated on benefits for small … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Grandparents Are Experiencing Better Emotional Well-Being Than Others During The Pandemic

Dear Magic, My grandmother lives alone in a rural part of Virginia. We are concerned about her emotional well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, but don’t want to visit in fear of bringing germs to her home. I hear that … [Read more...]

Should Nursing Homes Reopen to Visitors?

Q. My mother, Betty, is in a nursing home in Richmond. Although she has advanced dementia, I could tell that she always enjoyed our family’s visits. Her face always brightened when she saw me, my wife, and her grandchildren. She … [Read more...]

How the CARES Act Helps Older Adults

Q. My husband owns a small business and recently the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established by the CARES Act helped provide his business with funds to pay 10 weeks of payroll costs. This act pretty much saved his … [Read more...]

When a Pandemic Makes You Feel Like an Inmate

Mark, 82, moved into assisted living a month ago, just before the coronavirus pandemic. He needed more help than could be provided in his home by his daughter. He also wanted his daughter to have the opportunity to go back to work … [Read more...]

Will Getting a REAL ID be a REAL problem for Seniors Who Can’t Make it to the DMV?

Q. My mother is 73, lives in Virginia and doesn’t have any immediate travel plans, but her driver’s license has expired. She is housebound for the most part due to physical ailments and doesn’t drive. I have been hearing a lot … [Read more...]

Important Laws that Help Seniors May Soon Be Expiring

Q. I recently moved to the DC area to be closer to my children and grandchildren. I figured since I was in DC, I would follow government and public policy a little closer, mostly focusing on issues that affect seniors. I began … [Read more...]