Ways to keep your home cool in summer

By: Katherine Roth

As summer temperatures — and utility bills — rise, there are some easy ways to keep cool that are cheaper and greener than air conditioning.Cooling curtainsPull down the shades or draw the curtains on windows facing south, east and west during the day, said Con Edison, which provides power to New York City and surrounding areas. It said 40 percent of unwanted heat comes in... READ MORE

Costs for long-term care keep climbing

By: Tom Murphy and Anya Kamenetz

Two new reports show that long-term care grew more expensive again this year, with the cost of the priciest option — a private nursing home room — edging closer to $100,000 annually (more in this area), according to a survey from Genworth Financial. Senior living costs in 2015 were up one and a half times faster than inflation — 2.7 percent year-over-year across the... READ MORE

Memory care communities address need

By: Rebekah Sewell

Last March, Pat Oliver knew it was time to find his mother, Evelyn, a new home.For the past year, Evelyn had been living in a private assisted living home that wasn’t helping her cope with her Alzheimer’s. She wasn’t engaged or active, and the family often saw the home’s residents “just sitting in front of the TV,” Oliver said. The community was also open ... READ MORE

Tiny homes can offer some big benefits

By: Andrea Browne Taylor

For those looking to undergo extreme downsizing, a tiny home might be the answer. The average tiny home measures just 186 square feet, and is often one single room doing double or triple duty.Tiny houses have exploded in popularity in the last decade or so, buoyed by a number of cable TV shows devoted to the Lilliputian trend, such as “Tiny House Nation” and “Tiny House... READ MORE

Communities that provide memory care

By: Carol Sorgen

As our population continues to age, the demand for housing for residents with serious memory issues or dementia is growing, and with it, an emphasis on making such communities more welcoming and home-like for residents and family alike.“We want our residents and their loved ones to know that they are not forgotten,” said Amber Knab, of Symphony Manor in Baltimore.Memory care is ... READ MORE

Build caregiving into your financial plan

By: Aya Kamenetz

MetLife recently estimated that the total cost to the economy in lost wages, pension and Social Security benefits for adults taking care of aging parents and other relatives is nearly $3 trillion. For individuals providing day-to-day care, typically women, the average lifetime economic hit they take is a whopping $324,044.The impact of eldercare on a woman’s finances, in short, can be ... READ MORE