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Caregiving Spouses More Likely to Take on Medical Tasks

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingSpouses who are caregivers are significantly more likely than other family caregivers (adult children, for example) to perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do — including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more. Nearly two-thirds of spouses who are family caregivers (65 percent) performed such tasks, compared with 42 percent of other caregivers. Those are the findings of a new report issued today by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute. Among …

Need Help from the IRS? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Posted on 01/10/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsHave tax questions or problems? You probably shouldn’t expect much in the way of help from the IRS these days, according to the latest report from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the agency. Some of the major findings: The IRS no longer helps elderly, disabled and low-income taxpayers prepare their annual returns. Ten years ago it prepared 476,000 such returns. Only 61 percent of calls to the IRS from taxpayers wanting to speak to someone were answered, …

Does My Financial Adviser Have My Best Interest at Heart?

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you think your financial adviser is giving you retirement investment advice that’s in your best interest, you could be sadly mistaken. What you may not know is that many financial professionals aren’t required to put their clients’ best interests first because they’re not bound to a fiduciary standard (a legal requirement to act in the investor’s best interest). So the financial advisers you trust may actually be motivated more by the commissions they get from steering you into certain …

Jobless Rate Inches Up for Older Workers

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

WorkThe dog days of August brought a slowdown in summer hiring. Employers created a tepid 169,000 jobs last month, less than what economists expected, and the  unemployment rate for older workers inched up to 5.1 percent, the government reported Friday. Men aged 55 and older saw their jobless rate decline in August to 5.4 percent from 5.6 percent the month before. The situation was reversed for older women: the rate rose to 5.2 percent last month from 4.9 percent in July. Nationally, …

Improving Jobs Picture For Older Workers

Posted on 07/31/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkBusinesses did more hiring in July and that boded well for older workers. Some 162,000 jobs were created last month and the unemployment rate for people 55-plus dropped from 5.3 percent to 5 percent. Among older men, the rate inched up to 5.6 percent from 5.5 percent in June. The situation was much better  for older women. They saw their jobless rate fall to 4.9 percent in July from 5.4 percent a month ago, according to the Bureau of Labor …