Is Your Memory Normal? Part II

Use It or Lose It; Ways to Cope With Memory Loss No matter how “normal” memory lapses may be, let’s face it, that doesn’t make them any less frustrating. Experts agree that the best way to keep your brain fit is to keep using it. “People should realize that they have more control than they […]

Is Your Memory Normal? Part I

Before you diagnose yourself with Alzheimer’s disease, take heart: Experts say some memory lapses are actually normal. They say that memory is the second thing to go as you get older. So what’s the first? Umm, I forgot! And actually, by the time you reach the end of this story, you may remember only a […]

10 Million Boomers Will Develop Alzheimer’s, Report Predicts

Alzheimer’s disease will strike one in eight U.S. baby boomers, meaning that 10 million boomers will develop the mind-wasting disease, according to a new report by the Alzheimer’s Association, the 2008 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. The report predicts by 2010, there will be almost a half million new cases of Alzheimer’s disease each year, […]

New Tax Break Helps Surviving Spouses

Widows and widowers who don’t want to sell their house right away will get a tax break under a new law. The law gives surviving spouses two years to sell their house and receive the full $500,000 capital gains exclusion that married couples are entitled to. Couples who are married and file taxes jointly can […]

Keeping Track of Your Will

Once you’ve taken the step to create a will and get your estate plan in order, you need to figure out what to do with the will itself. It is important to keep track of the location of your current will as well as any old wills. Where to keep a will The safest place […]

College 529 plan could make a great gift for children and grandchildren

Looking for something you can give your children and grandchildren that can’t be swallowed, won’t be recalled and doesn’t contain excessive amounts of lead? Consider contributing to your children’s and grandchildren’s 529 college savings plan. The gift of a 529 plan probably won’t make your children and grandchildren squeal with joy but years from now, […]

Report Says That VA’s Disability Benefit System Needs Major Overhaul

The Department of Veterans Affairs should overhaul its outdated system of compensating former military personnel for disabling injuries they suffered during their service, the Institute of Medicine recommended yesterday. The current system dates, in part, to the World War II era. It is out of step with modern medical advances in diagnosing, understanding and treating […]

CMA Offers Guidance on Obtaining Medicare Coverage for Non-Routine Dental Services

The Center for Medicare Advocacy has just issued a report discussing the circumstances in which Medicare may be liable for dental services. The report concludes: “The likelihood of obtaining Medicare coverage for non-routine dental care can be increased by taking certain steps. First, a treatment plan established at the outset by the primary physician providing […]