"You owe back taxes! Pay right now or go to jail!" Con artists impersonating the Internal Revenue Service may call, email and even text their victims. Learn how to spot these fraudsters.
Casinos today cater to older adults. For some, it's a pleasant day betting a few dollars. But for others, it's a serious habit.
Caregiving costs can add up fast. Don't miss out on tax breaks and other ways to save your money.
The leading scientific organization in the U.S. calls for greater recognition and support for family caregivers, the bedrock of our elder care system.
Most Americans want to grow older in their own homes. What can our government agencies do to help make this possible?
Grief from losing a spouse is magnified by uncertainty about legal and financial matters.
More older Americans than ever are working past the traditional age of retirement. How are companies changing to meet their needs?
Durable powers of attorney, guardianship, employee responsibilities—all may come into play when a senior loved one needs help.
More young adults than ever before live with their parents—who also might be providing support for elderly relatives.
Boomers have a reputation for being health-conscious, but they and their adult children should know they may need more care than their parents did.
Phishing, phony sweepstakes and too-good-to-be-true offers ... cyber-scammers often target seniors.
Put a few items on your list of New Year's resolutions that will benefit you well beyond 2016.
How are seniors and society affected by normal age-related changes of memory and thinking?
Home care helps millions of seniors remain safe and independent in their own homes. Most families pay for home care themselves, but they should be aware of all their options.
Every year, older adults lose billions of dollars to con artists. But there's an art to having a cautionary conversation on this topic with elderly relatives.
We hope that our later years will be marked by good health. But our goal should be the best quality of life, even if things turn out differently.
The overall divorce rate is dropping. But members of the boomer generation continue to call it quits even as they grow older.
Seniors spend billions each year on vitamins and herbal preparations. Are these products helpful? Are they safe?
Older adults are at higher risk of fraud, but may balk at having someone else control their money. Here’s a look at a good compromise.
Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake. Others are stunned when they find out that being in a hospital for days doesn't always mean they were actually admitted. Instead, they received observation care, considered by Medicare to be an outpatient service. The observation designation means they can have higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer Medicare benefits.
Most of us tend to avoid thinking about our own death. Yet studies show that people who consider their own mortality are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices. Being in denial does not make us happier or healthier.
Mom has fallen several times. She sometimes forgets to take her medications, the house is obviously not being kept up, and Dad, who has his own health problems, isn't strong enough to help her out of bed or to the bathroom. Family members help out at first, but busy as they are with jobs and other responsibilities, they are quickly overwhelmed by the caregiving and home maintenance tasks. The family realizes that it's time to hire an in-home caregiver.
Many Caring Right at Home readers are baby boomers who are providing care for their elderly parents. When it comes to planning for their own senior years, you would think these savvy people would have great communication with their own adult children! Yet studies show that even baby boomers often avoid these conversations until a health crisis or other challenge to independence arises.
At first, the signs of misuse of a senior’s finances may seem quite innocuous—an unpaid bill or purchase of an item the older person doesn’t need. However, these may be initial warning signs that can lead to large or unexplained bank account withdrawals or transfers, unfamiliar signatures on checks and documents, and changes in banks, attorneys or wills.