Honoring Our Veterans: An Underused Benefit

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday where we take time to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly … [Read more...]

Non-Traditional Living Options for Seniors

Senior living has come a long way. Many Americans assume that when they grew old and frail, they will have go to an assisted-living facility or a nursing home.  But this is not always the case.  According to an AARP study, 88% of … [Read more...]

The Five Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

Q. I recently retired after 35 years as a federal employee. I funded my retirement plan, paid off my home, and amassed enough savings to cover future expenses and hopefully leave a financial legacy to my loved ones. When it comes … [Read more...]

Casey Kasem’s Daughter Was Granted Conservatorship, But Where is Casey?

When we think of legal guardianship or conservatorship, several scenarios typically come to mind: an elderly parent with dementia; an adult who has been severely injured and can no longer take care of himself; and, … [Read more...]

Yellow Dot on Car Can Save Your Life

Q. My wife, Joanne, was recently in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn't serious. What would happen if one of us were in a serious car accident? How would the emergency personnel know that she is diabetic and that I have Parkinson's … [Read more...]

Challenges Faced by the Aging LGBT Community

The Administration on Aging estimates that there are between 1.75 million and 4 million Americans over the age of 60 who are LGBT. Although many LGBT seniors are satisfied with their lives, there are still many who remain closeted … [Read more...]

Amazing Stories of Animal Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

As Lisa Abeyta’s father’s Alzheimer’s is progressing, his ability to communicate and cope with unfamiliar surroundings and noises is diminishing. Noises of laughter and happy conversation that used to make him smile now cause … [Read more...]

The Perils of Dying With No Estate Plan

Q. My lifelong friend, Bruce, is in his 70’s and has never been married and has no children.  His parents and his sister and brother have predeceased him, and he has no nieces or nephews. On his father’s side, he has a cousin, … [Read more...]

Bunny Therapy Brings Relaxation to Seniors

May is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people's lives and vice versa. It is an ideal time to celebrate the health benefits of animals for seniors, which can include relaxation, socialization, … [Read more...]

Caregiving Spouses Often Don’t Seek Help

There are more than 42 million unpaid family caregivers in the United States, including spouses, adult children, and others. A recent report, issued by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute, focuses on … [Read more...]