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A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

This couple sets the bar high for local eateries

Climate stewards take aim at ­herbicides, tout healthy soils 
A hard course to navigate
      Meeting a frail older adult parent’s needs can become overwhelming. The difficulty is greater when you live too far away to keep an eye on changes in health and needs advancing beyond your parent’s ability to keep up. What’s more, community resources are often limited, fragmented or uncoordinated.         A certified care manager helps fill all those gaps, from creating a road map for you parent’s future, assistance in...

The hardest part is getting started

      Have you thought about how you are going to have that difficult talk with your aging parents?      The talk reminded me of talking to teen-aged children about sex, drugs and bad friends. So I delayed having that talk with my 80-year-old father.        Dad was living by himself after the loss of his wife, my mother. The family assumed that he was doing well. For the most part, he did well caring for himself. Then the day came.  ...

How do you manage?

     How do you get the family house ready for sale? Yes, it needs work. Who has time to handle all the details?       We’re professionals — experienced real estate market consultants and property renovators — and even we struggled when faced with the family transition dynamic firsthand.      Our first challenge was moving parents from the large family home to an in-town condo. Our second challenge was the move to an assisted...
Sorting through a lifetime of ­memories and mementos can be a daunting task
      A three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch house with a sprawling yard makes sense for families with kids and a dog and bikes and extra cars.        For empty-nesters, though, that big, beautiful house often just becomes a list of Saturday morning chores — mowing the yard, cleaning more bathrooms than you use on a regular basis and vacuuming bedrooms that no one is sleeping in but are filled up with old belongings you think about getting rid of but haven...
Will I Have Enough?
       At Edward Jones, we believe there’s no magic number that applies to everyone when it comes to retirement. You’re an individual, not a math equation. Do you plan to work part-time, volunteer, travel, spend more time with the grandkids or simply take it easy? It’s probably a combination of these. But how much money you need to retire depends on what you want to do.        No matter what your plans are, it’s a good idea to...

Don’t let it drive you crazy

       For better and sometimes for worse, we live in the electronic era. Things move at lightning speed, and technology changes almost daily.        That means the technology you depend on will not always be working for you.         One day, all is just the way you like. Then an update comes along … or you click on something questionable — and suddenly you can’t get to where you want to be.      ...
A Healthcare Power of Attorney gives you your say
        Who should speak for you should a health calamity make you unable to speak for yourself?         Under Maryland law, your spouse steps up to make medical decisions for you; next in line are your children.         But is that what you want?         However logical it may seem, Maryland’s allocation of responsibility can create discord among families. Even more difficulties can arise in the event that...
Yes!
        Your will — plus power of attorney and advance directive — are the three most powerful documents you’ll ever sign. They keep you in charge past the time you’re able to speak for yourself, as well as prevent or minimize a host of undesirable outcomes you might never have imagined.         Your will controls who inherits your assets. If you do not have a will, the state has a will for you: People that you did not intend...

Planning now helps ensure your wishes are carried out and makes it easier for family faced with difficult decisions

       Planning for their own death is no one’s favorite activity, but having the right paperwork and information in the right hands can make a difficult time somewhat easier for family members and the executor of your estate.         The National Institute of Aging offered a number of factors to think about, some of which most of us probably haven’t considered.   Collect Your Important Papers and Put Them in One Place  ...
Your health depends on it
        In an attempt to save money, many employers are eliminating dental insurance or providing plans with minimal benefit for the patient. In addition, many Bay Weekly readers will lose their dental insurance upon retirement.         Those losses hurt both your oral and systemic health, for the mouth-body connection is a key to your quality of life. What’s more, looking your best is correlated to feeling your best.         In...