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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a consumer guide and advisory about pension advances and pension loans. The pension-advance companies offer retirees and veterans either a loan or a cash advance in exchange for all or a part of their pension payments. Paying...
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recently issued a Mortgagee Letter covering non-borrowing spouses on home equity conversion mortgages (HECM’s) with case numbers issued prior to Aug. 4, 2014, and it’s good news for one non-borrowing spouse who had contacted Bankrate last year.When the...
One of the benefits of no cost-of-living adjustment in 2016 is that it limits Medicare Part B premiums for most beneficiaries (70%) to the current premium of $104.90. What about the other 30%? They will see their Medicare Part B premiums increase, with Medicare projecting...
The Federal Trade Commission has alerted consumers to 6 types of scams from identity theft to “You’ve Won” scams on its “Pass it on” Web page and provides people with advice on how to avoid these forms of elder abuse, and what the can do...
Research shows that learning something new is one of the best ways to keep your mind healthy. No wonder people over 50 seem to naturally gravitate to the vast world of online learning for everything from pursuing a passion to retooling for a new career. One...
Can mental decline be delayed or reversed? Psychologists Henry Emmons and David Alter tackled that life-changing question in their recently released book, “Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom.”Can you keep your brain in shape? When I asked the doctors...
It’s well-known that women still make less than their male counterparts. Just ask the actress Jennifer Lawrence. The Sony Pictures actress showed that she had been paid less than her male colleagues in the film “American Hustle.” It may be unfair for Lawrence, but the trouble...
If you choose to downsize, you have to decide what to do with all the things that won’t fit in your new home. Children and relatives may want some of your heirlooms. You can have an estate sale, a moving sale, a yard sale, donate...
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I spent a day with my wife’s relatives. Our hosts live in a 55-plus community, are in their mid-60s and are considering the timing of their next move into a continuing care retirement community. It brought home the point that seniors...
Continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs, were the subject of the most recent blog post. There are a host of alternatives to these communities for seniors, including aging in place. A variant of aging in place is called a naturally occurring retirement community, or NORC. Such communities...