Medicare to offer some in-home support

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in healthcare. Starting this year, Medicare beneficiaries in many states will be able to get additional services — such as help with chores and respite for caregivers — through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans. There’s a growing recognition that such practical help can have a meaningful impact on patients’ well-being, and... READ MORE

A glut of area homes when boomers sell?

By: Barbara Ruben

A George Mason University report predicts that some baby boomer homeowners in the Washington region who try to sell soon may have trouble getting the price they want. The report, released last summer by the university’s Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Economic Future, points out that people have been predicting a nationwide housing sell-off tied to ... READ MORE

D.C. Housing Notes – January 2019

By: Barbara Ruben and Rebekah Alcalde

Homecare company celebrates 50 years In the fall, Silver Spring, Md.-based Family & Nursing Care celebrated half a century in business with an office move, expansion of service area, and leadership transition. The company, which provides private duty home care services for older adults, is expanding its service area to include Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, in addition to the... READ MORE

Is it smart to pay off your house early?

By: Mary Kane

Colette Leavitt faced a difficult financial decision a few years ago, as she approached her 60s. She originally planned to retire early, at age 62, with her mortgage paid off. She would be free and clear of the financial burden of monthly payments. “It would open up some income to do things for enjoyment, as opposed to obligation,” said Leavitt, of Hooksett, N.H. But in the end,... READ MORE

Baltimore Housing Notes – January 2019

By: Rebekah Alcalde

New Maryland rental housing locator The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has launched a redesigned affordable rental housing locator that provides free searching and listing for tenants and landlords. The new look is cleaner, more modern, and easier to use on smartphones and tablets. The free site,, enables landlords and property owners to... READ MORE

Paring down your possessions

By: Barbara Ruben

So your daughter isn’t interested in your collection of cat figurines, and your son has no room for the dining room table you inherited from your mother. Now what? If you’re working on streamlining all the stuff you’ve collected over the years, you have a number of options. Go to Google and enter your location and the various types of venues that might be of help — from... READ MORE