Sole searching for comfort

My cocker spaniel, Rolo, has gradually lost most of his eyesight. When I’m in the kitchen, he stares intently at my feet because his vision is so poor. If I walk toward the refrigerator or the pantry he knows there might be a treat for him. I’m thankful no humans stare that closely at my [...]

By |2018-09-18T00:45:33-07:00July 28th, 2016|Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Some rules on how private insurance and Medicare work

Q: I recently applied for my Medicare benefits and soon after received a form to complete asking for information about employer's health plans that I might be entitled to. Why would Medicare need such information? A: Medicare needs to know about other health care coverage to establish your benefits file and to determine whether or [...]

By |2018-09-18T00:45:36-07:00July 19th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Matching gifts are often overlooked

Paid vacations, sick leave, health insurance and retirement plans are benefits companies commonly offer their employees. But, as part of their commitment to corporate philanthropy, many employers offer another benefit that is frequently overlooked: a matching gift program designed to support the nonprofits their employees are passionate about. Today, one-third of all employees in America [...]

By |2018-09-18T00:45:36-07:00July 14th, 2016|Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Don’t be overwhelmed by Medicare and other options

Q: I am attempting to help an elderly relative with health care coverage selection. I am so confused, and I can't believe a senior is required to understand all of the options available. I have run into Medicare, Medi-Cal, Medicaid, Medigap and Medicare Advantage. Everything starts with an M, and they all sound alike. Also, [...]

By |2018-09-18T00:45:36-07:00July 12th, 2016|News|0 Comments

The yin and yang of caregiving

On a recent trip home to New Hampshire I felt the yin and yang of family caregiving or, more specifically, the interconnected and sometimes opposing forces of the local family caregiver and the long-distance ones. While my mother is the primary caregiver for my father, my sister Carla, who lives less than 5 miles from [...]

By |2018-09-18T00:45:36-07:00July 1st, 2016|Other Side of 50|0 Comments