Disinheriting Your Daughter-in-Law: An Unexpected “Dear Abby”

For generations, “Dear Abby” and “Ask Ann Landers” steered flustered folks toward sensible and socially savvy solutions for everyday problems. Most of those conundrums concerned love, neighborliness, and propriety. Occasionally, they’d tread ever so lightly in problems with the law. We recently came across a “Dear Abby”-type column in Canada’s MoneySense magazine. Its reader asked… Read More »

Anxiety Increases the Risk for Dementia

Feeling anxious? Who isn’t this time of year? Be careful, though — the stress might make you more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia. A new study finds that people who experience significant levels of stress on a regular basis are 50% more likely to develop dementia later in life. That’s much higher… Read More »

Dementia Will Be a Trillion-Dollar Disease by 2018

Dementia’s total economic and societal cost currently stands at about $818 billion worldwide. If that sounds like an unfathomably huge number, it is. But it’s about to get a whole lot bigger. Experts at the Alzheimer’s Disease Institute (ADI) in London recently announced a new forecast for the global dementia scene. It includes a sharp… Read More »

A Third of American Beneficiaries Squander Their Inheritances

There’s a tendency to think about inheritances like lotteries — you’re lightning-in-a-bottle lucky if you get one. That really isn’t true, though. Sure, multi-million-dollar estates don’t drop into unsuspecting relatives’ laps every day. But more modest estates can still represent a real gain for beneficiaries and their families, and those kinds of inheritances are bequeathed… Read More »