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Am I Too Old for a Kitten?

(This article originally appeared in The Pocono Record.) My friend up the block came home one night to find that someone had left a cardboard box with a mama cat and four tiny kittens inside on her back porch. The person or persons had lined the box with a soft towel and placed it out …

Writer Jonathan Kozol on Losing His Dad To Dementia

“Take me home.” How many caregivers have heard this plaintive refrain from an elderly parent in a nursing home who feels displaced and longs to leave? Jonathan Kozol, a National Book Award-winning author who writes about injustice and education, took it seriously when his father began voicing this plea repeatedly. Harry Kozol had been a …

8 Great Apps for Our Elders

Every day for the last 24 years, I’ve worked with the elderly and, by extension, with their families. As the founder of Caring Senior Service, a non-medical in-home care provider, my goal is to ensure that people can age with dignity in their own homes and to reassure families that their loved ones are safe and …

Job Hunters: Overcoming 3 Employer Prejudices

(This article is adapted from the new book, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles.) If you got a job interview and got turned down, you may be thinking there is some handicap — hidden or obvious — that is keeping you from getting hired. …

Gen X: Sleeping Through the Retirement Wake-Up Call

In spite of a warnin’ voice that comes in the night And repeats, repeats in my ear: Don’t you know, little fool, you never can win? Use your mentality, wake up to reality.   These Cole Porter lyrics from I’ve Got You Under My Skin could be a callout to Generation X about retirement. A …

Mass Shootings and Gun Violence Inspired This Play

As I sat writing this story this morning, a bulletin flashed on my computer: a  Virginia TV reporter and her cameraman were shot to death on live television, apparently by a disgruntled ex-employee (the suspect then shot and killed himself) . There are an estimated 300 million guns in circulation in this country — nearly …

Phone Frustration: Look at Me When I’m Talking to You

A lot of people are applauding actress Patti LuPone these days — and not just for her dramatic skills. Rather, it was how she recently handled the rude behavior of an audience member. It happened during a performance of Shows for Days at New York’s Lincoln Center. The patron, sitting close to the arena-style stage …

6 Ways to Pay Yourself in Retirement

(This article appeared previously on MarketWatch.) Many retired investors — and those approaching retirement — are confused about how to pay themselves from their portfolios. They generally want three things: enough retirement income to live comfortably, safety from market meltdowns, and the assurance that they won’t run out of money. The first item is mostly …

What an Executor of an Estate Needs to Do

(This article is adapted from the new book 5@55: The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55.) One of the most important things someone can do to best ensure their estate is handled without a hitch is to appoint the right person as the estate’s executor, sometimes called a representative. So what do …

Talking About Death Won’t Kill You

Long before she died, my mother gave me a gift that would shape both my future and her remaining years: A frank conversation about her wishes for the end of her life. Thanks to this, many years later when congestive heart failure and emphysema threatened my mother’s life, I knew beyond a shadow of doubt …

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