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Geriatric financial management update
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Geriatric financial management update

Dad's doing fine in the care facility. He's happy and he's safe. His Alzheimer's symptoms have stabilized with their care. He's coping with his myeloma symptoms and waiting for chemotherapy to start. He's sleeping more than he should (Vicodin for the pain), and he's weak (anemia), and he's losing weight, and these ...

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Geriatric financial management
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Geriatric financial management

Many of us Boomers are caring for aging parents, but nobody seems to talk about it. Maybe we don't like to contemplate the foreshadowing of our own mortality, or maybe society deems it to be selfish complaining. Yet if the subject happens to come up in a Boomer conversation, then everyone has their story. Some of them ...

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More on caring for an elder’s finances
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More on caring for an elder’s finances

Thanks for all your feedback since my first post on my financial lessons learned from caring for an elderly parent.  Frankly, writing about it helps me make sense of the situation. I also appreciate your backup! My Alzheimer's research led me to a number of websites covering all aspects of the syndrome. Unfortunately ...

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Financial lessons learned from caring for an elderly parent
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Financial lessons learned from caring for an elderly parent

It's been nearly two years since my father wrote a letter to us two sons that his "slipping memory" made him stop using e-mail. Since then I've learned way more than I really wanted to know about managing his affairs, and I've included the four most important lessons at the end of this post. Dad's a retired engineer ...

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Retirement For Dual Military Couples
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Retirement For Dual Military Couples

Introduction Jan put up a great comment  a few weeks back: "I’m curious. The stat on how many dual military couples ACTUALLY retire is amazing to me. Your case is even more unique. How many couples have dual military retirement?" I'm afraid the short answers are "We don't know" and "Probably not very many".  A more ...

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Raising a money-smart kid
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Raising a money-smart kid

Our college daughter (just survived freshman year!) spent the last couple weeks at home. As she was reviewing the packing list for next month's NROTC training, she noticed that it included traveler's checks. "Traveler's checks"?!? If you're at least in your 40s then you may have dim memories of using them in your ...

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