Author Archives: Noreen Murphy

Is the Green House the New Nursing Home?

Every so often, cultural institutions give way to paradigm shifts. That might be the case with the conventional nursing home, according to a new report from The New York Times. In today’s society, when parents age and become less self-reliant, … Continue reading

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Happy Days Come with Age

Ezekiel Emanuel, the famous bioethicist and Ivy League professor, recently wrote an essay explaining why he’d like to die around age 75. For many, he reasons, it’s all downhill from there. Better to leave life in good shape and on … Continue reading

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Not Your Grandmother’s Long-Term Care

I always love to see major media outlets shine a light on elder care. Not long ago, “The Today Show” aired a wonderful segment about long-term care, encouraging young people to take it seriously and start learning about it now. … Continue reading

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A Real-Life Neverland for the Elderly

Loma Linda, CA: Where Older People Stay Young View image | We’ve all read stories about places where people never grow up. They stay young, strong, healthy, and always alive. Just last month, NBC raked in millions of viewers … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for People Without Children

In talking about estate plans, much of the discussion tends to focus on children. How much should they inherit and when, what kinds of trusts do they need, who should serve as guardian in the event of tragedy, etc. View … Continue reading

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Art Is In The Trust Of Fhe Beholder… Or Is It?

The Wall Street Journal is shining the light on a different kind of estate planner: the diehard collector. View image | Whether it’s comic books, baseball cards, home video libraries, music memorabilia, Disneyana, or what have you, collections can … Continue reading

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How to Talk About Finances and the Future During the Holidays

Turkey, tinsel, and… taxes? #88749768 / Believe it or not, holiday gatherings are widely recommended as ideal times to talk about important, future-focused concerns with your loved ones. Sound too awkward? You’re not alone. Anxieties run high this time … Continue reading

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Wreaths Across America Looking to Honor More Veterans

Every year, Wreaths Across America (WAA) places a wreath on the grave of veterans throughout all fifty states. The organization, based in Maine, spends the whole year raising funds and rallying volunteers, culminating in a weeklong commemoration each December. The … Continue reading

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Preparing to Die: Why the Will Is Just the Beginning

“Prepare to die” sounds like something a super-villain says to a caped hero in a Hollywood blockbuster. Certainly, it’s not a phrase any of us want to hear today. But all of us will pass away someday, and when we … Continue reading

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Picking Up Where Mom and Dad Leave Off

Forbes recently asked its readers whether they could pick up where their parents leave off. It’s an odd question, and one that a lot of children won’t have asked themselves yet. The point Forbes is making is that parents don’t … Continue reading

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