Mark Harvey

HELP LINE: Demographics show who older Americans are

EXACTLY WHO DO you think you are? Or, more to the point, exactly who do we think we are? Exactly. About this time every year… Continue reading

HELP LINE: It’s time to be done with ‘should’

LAST WEEK, I went on about time. Well, more specifically, the fact that we even care about this thing called time because of an unfortunate… Continue reading

HELP LINE: No one lives forever, so don’t waste life

AS A RESULT of rather considerable examination and contemplation, I’ve concluded that mortality is a lousy idea. Granted, my perspective might be somewhat dented by… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Remember: How you age is how you view it

THE OTHER DAY I was talking with a gal that I’ve worked with for quite a while. She’s as much a friend as she is… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Help is available to kin raising others’ children

IF YOU, OR someone you care about, is raising some other relative’s child (or children), this could do you some serious good. We all know… Continue reading

HELP LINE: There are programs to help save money

MONEY. I’M HOPING to get your attention. How did I do? Some of you with better long-term memories than mine (which is almost everybody), might… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Opportunities coming to learn more about Medicare

WE HEAR IT all the time, right? “Well, it isn’t rocket science …” Actually, some things are “rocket science,” such as rocket science. Another is… Continue reading

HELP LINE: There are things Medicare salespeople can’t do

LAST WEEK, I shared a list of things to do, not do or know about our new Medicare cards; then I got another list (I… Continue reading

HELP LINE: There are things to remember about new Medicare cards

I GET A lot of lists from this or that entity, agency, institution or organization detailing any number of things we should remember or do… Continue reading

HELP LINE: SHIBA are here to help with health insurance

LAST WEEK WAS a long time ago, right? I know, so you might or might not recall that I went on about Medicare, which is… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Turning 64 is still no reason to panic

HI. WELCOME TO week two of your “64 checklist.” We started this last week because so many of us freak at age 64, convinced that… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Don’t freak out about turning 65

AS I HAVE pointed out before, on probably too many occasions, we just aren’t dying on schedule anymore. To make things worse, we’ve been so… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Words of advice from Grandma to live by

you know, the one who raised me — with strict instructions to… Continue reading

HELP LINE: To get help, tell your story

I REALLY HAVE a very cool job. The other day I found myself in the midst of a very sharp group of folks, most of… Continue reading

HELP LINE: The improvement standard no longer applies

THIS IS ANOTHER “Medicare thing.” If you’re not on Medicare, don’t like anyone who is and don’t plan to get anywhere near it anytime soon,… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Daylight Saving Time begins quest for clocks

OH … GOODIE. A tiding of great joy. Spread the word, far and wide across the land: Because we’re morphing to “Daylight Saving Time,” (so… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Make the home a safe place for Alzheimer’s patients

or we’re going to be. Some of us recognize that word. Some of us don’t. So I’ll provide Mark’s… Continue reading

HELP LINE: A reader shares experience with long-term care

RECENTLY, I SPENT a couple of weeks retelling the abbreviated story of my mother’s (and my) journey into and through long-term care. The point of… Continue reading

HELP LINE: The 2018 Medicare costs are now available

ONE OF THE more annoying things about Medicare (Well, OK, I know, but …) is that we tend to get dribs and drabs of information… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Don’t dehumanize people because of dementia

THOSE OF YOU who have been paying attention know that I’ve spent the past couple of weeks telling one part of the story of my… Continue reading