Mark Harvey

HELP LINE: Be thankful for what you know now

WE’RE ALMOST THERE. “There” being Thanksgiving, which always puts me in a bit of a … bind. See, everybody writes about Thanksgiving, and pretty much… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Don’t allow loneliness to become your life

LAST WEEK, I went on about loneliness. I talked about how lethal loneliness can be, and I wasn’t kidding. Then, I urged those of us… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Loneliness is the silent killer of elders

To defeat loniliness, do something, anything, that interacts with other people.

HELP LINE: Instead of falling for scams, ask for advice

Con artists abound, trying to steal information or gain money. Be cautious.

HELP LINE: Mark Harvey tackles your questions

Reader-submitted questions about health insurance, dementia and Adult Family Homes are answered

HELP LINE: Now is the time to apply to be a Tax-Aide volunteer

Tax-Aide volunteers must submit an applicaiton, study the material and attend two weekends of training.

HELP LINE: Despite our best efforts, everything changes

Mark Harvey laments the changes that life brings.

HELP LINE: Senior citizens are not the problem

The Baby Boomers could be part of the solution.

HELP LINE: A simple way to start saving for retirement

A government website helps people begin a retirement savings account and determine their contributions.

HELP LINE: Use nursing home experiences to make lists

Hearing the story of a friend’s mother’s experiences in the nursing home inspired writer to make lists of her own.

HELP LINE: Have a plan in place just in case the nursing home becomes your home

A document that lists things such as food preferences would help your comfort level just in case you end up in the nursing home.

HELP LINE: Take part in opportunities to learn more about Medicare

Workshops across the North Olympic Peninsula will provide information and answers to questions about Medicare.

HELP LINE: How using ‘elderspeak’ can be considered offensive by some

It’s rarely meant to insult, but it does or can because it sends a message: “I don’t think you can keep up with me.”

HELP LINE: What to do if information goes missing after death

Trust is a wonderful thing — but then verify.

MARK HARVEY: Fight to know your rights before end of life

“Why,” you reasonably ask, “would anybody not ‘get it together’ enough to have basic, estate planning documents in place?” Well, there can be, and usually are, several reasons: