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Will Your Children be Required to Pay for Your Long-Term Care?

August 24, 2016

The cost of not planning for your long-term care could affect others. Your estate or children might be required to pay for your long-term care. Some little-used laws make this situation possible. Use of these laws increased the last few years, and they are likely to be used more in the future. Either the government or […]

The Prescription Epidemic

August 16, 2016

A growing concern about the health of today’s older Americans is the consequences that flow from having a  lot of prescription medications. It’s not unusual for older people to see several different doctors in different specialties. This article explains that this is leading to severe health problems. The patients don’t have a central listing of […]

Building Your Long-Term Care Plan

May 19, 2016

The cost of long-term care is one of the major retirement financial worries. Survey after survey confirms that. The data also confirm that few people do anything about long-term care, other than worry. One survey even found that many people would rather go to the dentist than talk to someone about LTC. That needn’t be […]

Health Links

April 29, 2016

Medicare: Includes nursing home grades and other information. Check how the new Medicare prescription drug plan will affect you. Medicaid assesses a person’s needs then lists available sources of help. ElderWeb:  Links, data, and more. Caregiver help: Help and advice are available here, here, and here. Health care facilities: Get reports and information on […]


What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here today for free access.

Separating the Myths and Facts of Long-Term Care

April 3, 2016

Long-term care is a great American paradox. On the one hand, most people don’t want to talk about it. A recent survey found that 25% of adults would rather go to the dentist than discuss LTC. Fewer than 30% of adults have had a conversation about long-term care planning. Yet, paying for LTC and the […]

Closing the Door to Your Greatest Fraud Risk

April 3, 2016

The recent headlines about the theft of tens of millions of personal information from health insurer Anthem shouldn’t have been a surprise, and it is the type of action you should expect to hear about regularly. Your greatest risk of being scammed or having your identity stolen might be one you don’t suspect. The big […]

A Peak Behind Diet Research

January 8, 2016

The federal government is releasing its latest five-year revision of the healthy eating guidelines. It’s based on the latest research, of course. I know people who periodically overhaul their eating habits based on what appears to be the latest research. The first problem with this is that they often rely on mainstream media presentations of […]

Retirees Saved from Sharp Medicare Premium Increases

December 1, 2015

You might have seen reports over the summer and fall that Medicare premiums for about 30% of beneficiaries would increase 50% or more in 2016. No one has to worry about such substantial increases now, though they will pay the increases over time. The potential increases were due to some quirks in the interplay between […]

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