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Talking About Death

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:00am

One of the challenges in financial planning is the strong taboo in our society against talking about money. Another powerful taboo is talking about death when someone has a serious illness.

Insuring Long-Term Care?

Submitted by Brad Mueller on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 9:00am

You know the day’s coming when you need extra care – at home, in a hospital, in a special residence. You also know your care in those times will cost big bucks. Here’s how big, and how to prepare.

Choosing Care for the Aging

Submitted by Patrick Brault on Friday, August 21, 2015 - 3:00pm

If you’re like many Americans, you get a look at the effect of our aging population right in your own family. Looking after graying parents and other loved ones can mean a rough transition and sometimes discussions on who will manage a charge’s welfare come too late. When and how should you start planning?

Taking Care of Yourself, Pt. 3

Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 3:00pm

Our previous articles looked at the stress you might feel when you care for an aging parent or loved one and the insurance and documents you need to make your big job easier. In this last of our three pieces, we look at professionals who might be able to help you and kinds of assistance you can ask for.

Price of Giving Care, Pt. 1

Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Do you care for an elderly loved one? Despite how you probably feel frequently, you’re not alone: The aging of the U.S. population translated into almost 66 million people caring for a loved one just a few years ago. Even if swamped in looking after another person, you must look after your own finances, too.

Benefits’ Filing: Key Options

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Friday, July 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

When you file for Social Security, two provisions – file and suspend and restricted application filing – are likely to confuse you the most. They’re complicated yet potentially a big help if you want to maximize benefits. Here’s how to get the most out of your benefits.

5 To-Dos Before Retiring

Submitted by Derec Mieden on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:00pm

After decades of hard work and saving, you finally enter your golden years. If you’re gearing up to retire this year, here are five tasks to keep in mind, from spending cash to spending time.