The Greatest Gifts of All

The way Alzheimer’s disease has ravaged my dad’s capabilities is especially hard to bear during holidays. I wish he could more fully participate in and enjoy our family traditions. So often it seems that he just doesn’t understand, and the meaning is lost for him. Recently, though, he gave me my most unexpected and treasured Christmas gifts … and taught me invaluable lessons at the same time. Dad always used to lead us in Advent services during the weeks leading up to Christmas. …

Sign Off: Tips to Avoid Holiday Porch Predators

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of package delivery theft With the over-congestion of malls during the holiday season, many consumers take their shopping lists to the Web — after a quick search and a few clicks, your family’s and friends’ gifts are en route to your doorstep. While this is an easy way to finish off your Christmas giving list, shoppers should be wary of package thieves. Ways to save, expert investment advice, scam alerts and more! — AARP Money Newsletter » …

4 Tips for Difficult Family Conversations

It’s that time of year when many families gather for holiday celebrations and check in on loved ones. It can be a tough combo, creating a celebratory mood while also dealing with serious family issues. I get a lot of questions from family caregivers about how to handle difficult conversations that come up around sensitive topics such as driving, personal care, housework and finances. Here are my top tips for setting up a successful conversation. Observe before you act. Before …

All I Want for Christmas Is … a Little Kindness for This Caregiver

I recently had the great pleasure of representing AARP on The Doctors to share some of my top caregiving tips, give away copies of my new book, Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving and tell everyone about AARP’s Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers contest. (You can watch the segment, below.) It made me think about what I really want for Christmas this year and it’s exactly that: small kindnesses that free my time, nurture my soul and minimize the stress …

Skip the Rack: 4 Ways to Avoid Gift Card Swindlers

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of gift card scams Holiday shopping often means long lines, crowded malls and hunting down popular items that sell out this time of year. Gift cards are one of the easy solutions to avoid some of the shopping chaos, but consumers should be cautious when purchasing these cards. During the holiday season, scammers secretively write down or electronically scan the numbers on gift cards displayed on the racks at grocery stores and pharmacies. Then, …

Give Wisely: What to Know About Your Holiday Charitable Giving

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns consumers of possible fundraiser scams During the holiday season, consumers are often barraged with requests from local and national charities and fundraisers. In 2014, Americans gave $358 billion dollars to charity, a record high. We all feel more generous this time of year, and while donating to a good cause is a kind, philanthropic gesture to share the holiday spirit, it is important to know where the charitable proceeds are going to end up. In a …