Mark Harvey

HELP LINE: Remember: New Medicare numbers are coming

DO WE ALL remember that Social Security numbers are coming off our Medicare cards? Right: More than a few of us have been observing for… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Why do we fear and hate aging?

SOMETIMES, WHEN I have nothing else productive to do, I actually think about things I say. Apparently this is one of those times. One of… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Remember the rules of Medicare

MANY OF US can easily remember when the norm was that retirement, Social Security and Medicare all hit at the same time. That is because… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Divorced? You could be eligible for ex-spouse benefits

I’VE JUST DISCOVERED that I completely missed a national designation a few months back. Of course, a reasonable case could be made to the point… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Don’t lack the courage to ask for help

MOST OF US aren’t really looking to live forever, and that’s good because the odds are against it. Let’s face it: We’ve all been rolling… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Remember to thank fathers, father figures

FIRST THINGS FIRST, right? Today is Father’s Day. If that’s something you need to know and had managed to forget, you might want to do… Continue reading

HELP LINE: SHIBA needs volunteers like you

WHAT’S THE ONE thing that drives every single one of us uniformly nuts, no matter what? Well … OK, what’s one of the things that… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Caregivers need support sometimes, too

THE ODDS ARE pretty good that most of us are hearing the terms “caregiver” and “caregiver support” more and more. If you’re a veteran of… Continue reading

HELP LINE: When you have time to, think through your options

HERE’S AN EXCHANGE that might be helpful to a lot of us. I’ll put it into a question-and-answer format, although that isn’t exactly how it… Continue reading

HELP LINE: In face of dementias, check for compassionate allowances

maybe the kids are gone, maybe they’re not — and these days,… Continue reading

HELP LINE: If mothers ruled the world …

I THINK THAT most of us would agree (except for those of us who don’t agree) that we live in a time of hyper-partisanship (depending… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Forks offers up fun with family fair

WANT TO SEE how to strike unmitigated terror into the hearts of hundreds of people, mostly male people? Watch. OK, now, we’re all remembering what… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Remember: ‘Not getting worse’ matters

WE’RE GOING TO bounce around a few different things today, but allow me to begin with the one that really rubs me the wrong way:… Continue reading

HELP LINE: There are ways to get extra help

MONEY, 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… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Documents for decisions when you can’t make them

THOSE OF US who have been mucking about in these columns for years are probably fairly aware of things such as advance directives and durable… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Use Medicare to avoid using Medicare

I CONCLUDED LAST week’s column with “Medicare happens,” implying that we were finished, at least for the time being, with talking about Medicare. I lied.… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Don’t panic and remember: Medicare happens

THIS IS WEEK No. 3 of describing the Medicare Machine. I am not going to regurgitate the past few weeks’ columns, because that would place… Continue reading

When is the time right to enroll in Medicare?

TODAY IS MARCH 26, 2017, and in the interests of “full disclosure” (which almost never happens in the real world), be warned that I have… Continue reading

HELP LINE: How to avoid the Medicare penalty

DESPITE A LOT of good advice to the contrary, almost all of us seem to be getting older on a daily basis. Thus, many of… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Time changes takes up too much time

I HATE TODAY. Well, actually I don’t hate today; I’m usually grateful for yet another opportunity to try to get it right, which happens every… Continue reading