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Elder Abuse: Signs, Types, and Tips for What YOU Can Do

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, elder abuse, which primarily occurs at home, may take several forms.  The perpetrators are often family or other household members or paid caregivers.  Some forms of elder abuse include… PHYSICAL ABUSE: a willful infliction of physical pain, injury, or restraint. Signs may include: Bruise...Read More

Talking Money with Siblings: Beyond Rivalry

Key Points Nearly two-thirds of siblings talk about money with each other While financial conflicts are rare, they usually involve issues regarding parents Uniting to deal with money issues can help protect family assets Talking about money with immediate family members is not always an easy conversation to initiate. Why? For starters, the conversa...Read More

3 Tips When It Comes To Money and Our Adult Kids

  –  Millennials are navigating a tough job market and a post-recession economy –  Financially supporting adult children could deprive them of “teachable moments” –  Sharing your experiences is an invaluable way to teach fiscal responsibility     You probably talked to your kids about money when they were younger — ...Read More

4 Tips: How To Pay for College

DID YOU KNOW????  Student debt of over $1 trillion has surpassed credit card debt in the United States. When it comes to saving and paying for college, be patient and be realistic about what you can expect from financial aid. Start early and consider signing up for tax-advantaged accounts to make the most of your college savings. It doesn’t m...Read More

Friend, Family with Money Problems? Here’s Some Tips

When loved ones struggle with finances, it’s natural to want to help. However, sometimes it’s difficult to provide assistance without straining a relationship or compromising one’s own financial well-being. “The economy may be getting better, but many consumers are still struggling to make ends meet,” said Mike Sulliva...Read More

My Kids Give Alice a Tough Time

Dear “Oh Carol:” My former wife and I share custody of our two teenage daughters.  I’ve met a wonderful woman (Alice) but things are getting difficult.  My daughters treat Alice horribly.  I’m afraid that if I punish them they’ll hate me – and if I don’t, that Alice will leave.  What should I do? AFL’s OH CAROL Answers...Read More

The Family Money Talk – Tips & How-To’s

Do you feel uncomfortable discussing topics such as life insurance needs, health care costs and education financing with your parents, your kids or even your siblings? If so, you’re not alone. According to a new Ameriprise Financial study, the majority of Americans approach family money talks with a similar sense of apprehension. But many of them f...Read More

When Your Wife Says ‘THE DEN’… She Means ‘THE DEN’

If you are a married woman, what you about to read may incite a violent action. I’m talking about something even worse than opening the kitchen cupboard that sets off a Tupperware avalanche! “Hello 9-1-1!!! This is Eunice Entwistle calling. I need help! I’m buried in a gazillion plastic containers and mismatched lids. It’s reaching all the way up t...Read More

Sunday Dinner

Do you remember being a kid and all you  could do on Sunday was go to church and then spend the rest of the day with family having dinner? I do! My very hard working Mother would return home from 9 AM mass, change out of her church clothes and into her cobbler apron and start preparing a Sunday dinner which was either roast beef or roast chicken.  ...Read More

Aargh. Oyyy. Eeeeek.

It wasn’t coming from me. My grandson Johnny was playing make-believe Nana. We all know the aargs, oyyys, and eeeeeks when we get up from the floor, out of a soft couch, or hoist kids onto countertops. They’re the huffs and puffs of after fifty living. Let’s face it – grandchildren, grandnieces and nephews, and other related kids can be our greates...Read More

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving, Eh?

Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It is a day many will give thanks… and prey that Donald Trump loses. Before I dribble turkey giblet gravy down my pants, I will attempt to explain why Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October, whereas in the United States they wait until late-November. The short answer is that Americans are way too preoccupied i...Read More

Parenting On A Wing And A Prayer

I didn’t go through teenage rebellious years until I was 42 years old, when I ran away from home and did most of what my friends had done in high school. I was a damn-near-perfect child with an intense desire to please my parents, and a profound fear of disappointing them. If my father ordered me to be home by 9:00; I was home by 8:59. If my mother...Read More

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