Entries by Myrna Serrano Setty

Tips for Talking with Young Kids About Death

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh We stood in a family huddle, crying in the driveway. We had just lost our beloved dog Buddha, age 14. My husband adopted him from an animal shelter in NC about a year before we got married. Buddha […]

When a Will Isn’t Enough to Avoid Conflict: Remember Your Personal Property

“When the parents are gone, there’s all kinds of unforeseen stuff they leave us with, stuff they never intended.” – Ira Glass, in This American Life, Episode 763: “Left Behind” If you grew up with siblings, you probably remember some sibling rivalry. That rivalry can continue well into adulthood, especially after the parents are gone. […]

Medicare “physical” vs.”wellness visit.” Understanding the Differences Can Save You Money

Medicare covers preventative care services, including an annual wellness visit. But confusing a wellness visit with a physical could be very expensive. As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare beneficiaries receive a free annual wellness visit. At this visit, your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant will generally do the following: Ask you to […]

Seniors and Student Loans

Seniors and Student Loans The number of older Americans with student loan debt – either theirs or someone else’s — is growing. Sadly, learning how to deal with this debt is now a fact of life for many seniors heading into retirement. According to by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the number of older borrowers […]