Is the Charitable Tax Deduction Gone for 2018?

Q. I give to charities every year during the holiday season. However, I’m concerned about the ramifications of doing so this year with the new tax law. Can I give as I usually do and take tax deductions, or is there something … [Read more...]

What Older Voters are Focusing on in the Midterm Elections

Q. I've been voting since I was able to do so, which is more decades ago than I'd like to mention. After all, voting is a responsibility! I know that seniors like me care about a broad range of issues, not just those commonly … [Read more...]

Internet Scams Targeting the Elderly

Q. My Aunt Julie was recently the victim of tax-related fraud. She explained what happened and I knew right away that it was a scam targeting the elderly. Someone claiming to be from the IRS called her and told her that she owed … [Read more...]

These are Responsible for 40% of All Injury Deaths

Q. Recently, we got a call from the emergency room that my husband’s grandmother fell outside of a store and fractured her wrist. It was a rainy night and she slipped on the ramp walking out of the store. Typically, when you … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Are Ticks Especially Dangerous for Seniors?

Dear Baxter, My grandfather insists on taking my brother and me camping every year. My mother has Lyme Disease, so she is very aware of how it spreads, and protects us with natural repellants. My grandfather throws caution to … [Read more...]

Some Amazing Apps Moms (and Everyone Else) Need in Their Lives

  Q. My mother has had the same outdated phone for five years now. It is small and slow, and she squints when she tries to read emails, articles, or books on it. She has been learning a lot about technology and things she can do … [Read more...]

This Virginia Law Makes It A MUST to Do Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

Louise and Mark were married 50 years when Mark fell and broke his hip. Following hip surgery, Mark went to a nursing home for routine therapy. A previous stroke a few years before this had significantly weakened his body; thus, … [Read more...]

When They Ask if You Can Hear Them, Say “No!”

Q. I think my mother was the victim of a scam. She had some suspect charges on her credit card last month for more than $500, and was quite upset when the bank called and told her that her bank card was compromised, as well. I … [Read more...]

Massive Amount of Romance Scams Target Older Victims

Q. My brother is a disabled older adult living in a group home. He has no assets thathe can access himself, but does have significant assets in a special needs trust with me as the trustee. Recently, he has been asking me for … [Read more...]

One Typo Could Cost You Your Computer

Q. My sister-in-law Janet is always on Facebook. She loves seeing what her children and grandchildren are up to, catching up with old friends, and playing Scrabble. She is a quick typist, and one day, in her haste, she recalls … [Read more...]