Plan ahead to pay for long-term care

By Martha Steger
Posted on June 28, 2021

Nancy Wright Beasley, a Virginia retiree, is years away from living in a retirement community or needing long-term care, but every year she funds a long-term care insurance policy. It’s not only a sound investment; it gives Beasley peace of mind. “My policy ensures I won’t become a financial burden on my children,” Beasley said. “As I age, the coverage gives assurance I’ll... READ MORE

Baltimore Housing News – July 2021

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 25, 2021

ElderPlus provides free, all-inclusive help As Baltimore resident Tiffani Williams’ grandmother grew older, she had to help her pay bills, drive her to doctors’ appointments and much more. Then Williams heard about Hopkins ElderPlus, established almost 25 years ago. Providing all the services older adults need to stay healthy, ElderPlus is Maryland’s branch of the federal Program of... READ MORE

Face it: Your kids don’t want your stuff

By T. Eric Reich
Posted on June 24, 2021

I know I’m going to get a few calls about this article, but hear me out. We talk a lot about managing your estate and strategies for making the most of an inheritance, but what we don’t often talk about is what to do with your “stuff” and the realities that surround that. When helping people with their estate planning, we obviously cover the big issues, such as IRA or retirement... READ MORE

How to find affordable housing in Baltimore

By Jim Miller
Posted on June 23, 2021

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any resources to help seniors find and pay for senior apartments? My aunt, who’s 75 years old, needs to find a new place to live but has very little money. What can you tell me? —Searching Sarah Dear Sarah, Finding affordable housing options for older adults can be difficult, depending on where your aunt lives. Apartments for retirees are a good... READ MORE

10 tax-friendly places for early retirement

By Stacy Rapacon
Posted on April 06, 2021

Retiring at a relatively younger age may mean needing to stretch your nest egg further. One way to do that is to find the right retirement destination. Where you live makes a big impact on your budget, as it helps determine your living costs, tax bills and income opportunities. Even if you retire, you may actually want to keep working a bit — whether to help pad your budget, pursue... READ MORE

D.C. Housing Notes – April 2021

By Catherine Brown
Posted on April 01, 2021

Affordable/luxury assisted living opens in D.C. This month, Livingston Place at Southern, a 152-unit luxury assisted living community, will open in D.C.’s Ward 8, offering housing for residents 60 and older who require assistance with daily living activities and have low to moderate incomes. Gina Latture, Livingston Place’s director of sales and marketing, grew up in Ward 8 and is... READ MORE

A caring home for those with disabilities

By Margaret Foster
Posted on March 31, 2021

Carol A., a mother of an adult child with autism, worries about her son’s future. “After my husband’s cancer passing, I am often in private anguish about what will happen to my sweet son if anything happens to me,” she said. Parents of adult children with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) must plan ahead to secure a reliable, caring home for their children, who ... READ MORE

Sell the house, toss the junk and travel

By Raphael Nolan
Posted on March 23, 2021

Five years ago, my wife and I — then in our 60s and recently retired — sold our home in Connecticut and embarked on a worldwide adventure as nomads. To date, we have been to 36 countries on five continents. Our dream turned into a reality that has exceeded our wildest expectations. We did it. You can do it, too. During our 45 years of marriage, we enjoyed traveling, adventure and... READ MORE

Golf community life

By Eric Butterman
Posted on March 22, 2021

Many retirees dream of a home in a golf course community, where connecting a shiny driver with a perfectly dimpled ball on a lush, green fairway is just another day in paradise. But a golf club membership isn’t a given at these communities and sometimes comes with hefty fees. When you buy a house in a golf community, it pays to understand exactly what you’re getting. Some golf... READ MORE

Reverse mortgage can be a financial tool

By Patricia Mertz Esswein
Posted on March 19, 2021

Note: This story picks up where our January Housing Options feature, “Tap into a home’s value with refi or loan” ended, with a reference to reverse mortgages. Over the past several years, reverse mortgages have begun to overcome a somewhat tarnished reputation through product changes and additional requirements for financial assessment that have corrected some potentially... READ MORE