But I’m NOT Sick!

Q. Sometimes when I walk my dogs, I see my neighbor Adam swinging on the swing his parents installed on their front porch. I am a pretty friendly person and usually greet all of my neighbors when I see them outside, and make small … [Read more...]

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Becomes Law

Carolyn is physically disabled, but has full mental capacity. Her parents and grandparents are no longer around. She would like to set up a Special Needs Trust for herself, to ensure that she is protected against the risk of … [Read more...]

Setting up an ABLE Account and New Legislation

Q. Our son, Isaiah, has high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, and we are thrilled to say that he was recently accepted into trade school. I heard from a friend at work about the ABLE Act. I don’t know much about it, but I've … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Federal Initiatives for Autism

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My son has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I know there are lots of private initiatives out there to raise money and awareness. What I don't know is whether there are any federal initiatives that may be in … [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...]

Help! My Husband Was Recently Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Q. I was 25 years old when I met my now husband, Elliot. We became best friends and two years later, then we got married and had a baby. Fifteen years and three children later, I began to notice lots of changes in his personality … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Mental Health Bill Introduced in Congress

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I am a caregiver for my brother, who has schizophrenia. I heard something about a bill to help caregivers like myself and those with mental illnesses. Do you know anything about it, and if so, can you … [Read more...]

Being Her Brother’s Caregiver

A year ago, Helen Ries’s mother died unexpectedly, and she became the primary caregiver of her brother, Paul Knoll. Knoll has Down syndrome and had lived with his parents most of his life. Ries admits that her first year as a … [Read more...]

Is it Dementia or Adult ADHD?

Ginny is a 58-year-old widow who struggles each day with where she puts her keys, her cell phone, her purse, and even sometimes her coffee cup after she fills it with coffee. She often has trouble following conversations, and … [Read more...]

On Pins and Needles: Caring for Those with Mental Illness

As many as 8.4 million Americans are providing care to an adult with an emotional or mental health issue. Often, these family caregivers feel the impact of the disease as they struggle to care for their loved ones and to bridge … [Read more...]