Making Your List and Checking It Twice

Did you know 64% of American adults don’t have a will, including 55% of those with children? As you read that statistic, I bet you’re telling yourself it’s time to write my will. But end-of-life planning is more than that. There are questions that you need to answer and other documents that need to be prepared, including health care and general arrangements. Having a plan ready is for your benefit and for the benefit of your loved ones.

Forms 101: Mary Winners on Important Documents

Gerontologist Mary Winners outlines how to prepare critical documents that provide guidelines for the care of an aging family member. Winners uses the acronym GIFT as a simple way to trach the process. “G” is for gathering information. The “I” is for involving everyone – professionals, family members and so on. The “F” is for follow through on everything, especially all document requirements. Lastly, “T” is a reminder that family members need to tell everyone where all the documents are kept, as well as any other pertinent information.
To watch Forms 101: Mary Winners on Important Documents, click here.

5 Ways to Cut Elder Costs

The so-called sandwich generation– those caring for their children and their aging parents — are being squeezed more than ever these days.
The retirement savings their parents were depending on are being decimated, while health care and other costs associated with caring for them skyrocket. Add to that steep college tuition bills and the strain on the family budget is, well…overwhelming. According to a 2005 Pew Research Center report, 13% of baby boomers (about 9.75 million) are in such a situation.

How to Identify Senior Needs – Knowing When It’s Time for Additional Help

It’s the holiday season again and you haven’t seen your parents face-to-face since this time last year– has it been that long already? You are looking forward to a visit with your whole family: your mom, dad, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins and everyone else in between. Although you’ve kept in touch over the phone, you worry about your parents since it’s hard to tell if everything is going smoothly for them.

Countdown to a Food Coma

You have seconds on turkey and thirds on stuffing. The top button is unfastened to make room for the pumpkin pie. It is time to step away from the table.

This post-meal recovery period is being studied by scientists who are increasingly finding that what happens in the body after eating a big meal doesn’t just bring on sleepiness, commonly known as food coma. It can also increase the risk of later health problems.

More ‘Black Friday’ Sales Expected Around Halloween and in Early November

If you want to reduce stress and stretch your tight budget dollars this holiday shopping season, skip Black Friday and start hunting for bargains when black cats are still in vogue.As we’ve previously reported, the annual doorbuster ritual that has traditionally taken place on the Friday after Thanksgiving to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season has already lost a lot of its luster in recent years, thanks to overhyped bargains and sometimes surly crowds.