Mark Harvey

HELP LINE: Elderspeak is not welcome by most

the all too common occurrence of folks (usually younger) addressing elders with “honey/sweetie/dearie,” and all-too-often… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Remain vigilant against scammers

Take survey on area plan for Olympic Area Agency on Aging

HELP LINE: The best gift for Mother’s Day is forgiveness

IN CASE YOU’VE been rudely rousted from a comfy coma in the past six hours, today is Mother’s Day. I can’t imagine any other reason… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Sometimes OK is the best you can do

I WAS GIVEN a gift the other day, but I don’t think it was intended for me. Here’s what happened: A gal I work with… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Be a friend, ask for help, plan your future

MAYBE IT’S THE time of year, I don’t really know, but this has been coming up a lot lately, so here I go again. Most… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Medicare Savings Programs are designed to 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: Elderspeak often offends when trying to help

HERE’S AN EMAIL I received the other day. In addition to the gentleman’s obvious good taste in column-writers, he makes a good point: “Just wondering… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Let Mom in on the conversation for help

THIS IS WEEK 2 of: How can I get mom to accept help? I’m not going to replay all of last week’s column because then… Continue reading

HELP LINE: How you offer help affects how it’s accepted

SOMETIMES, FOR REASONS known only to the Keeper of Reasons, I seem to get the same question (more or less) from multiple people in multiple… Continue reading

HELP LINE: It’s time to learn the ‘secret’ of Hospice

I KNOW WHAT hospice is: It’s one of the unintentionally best-kept secrets in this business, but we’ll get to that. And because I’ve been ricocheting… Continue reading

HELP LINE: There are tips and tricks to avoid falls

I’M STILL IN shock. I’ve heard from several different people in several different places who are actually planning ahead. Specifically, they plan to “age in… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Medicare offers checklist for hospitalizations

IF YOU’RE HAVING to go to the hospital for something, what’s the first thing on your mind? Right. Getting through/surviving/recovering from whatever it is that’s… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Don’t panic if you don’t have new Medicare card yet

WHEN YOUR NEW Medicare card hadn’t shown up by Thanksgiving, you thought, “Oh, well … I have other things to be thankful for. Santa will… Continue reading

HELP LINE: To receive help, you need to know where to look

MANY OF YOU who have paid any attention to these columns at all for the past 950 or more weeks are painfully aware that I’ve… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Beware: The Promise could kill you

ONE OF MY many totally unrelated and utterly fragmented theories about life on planet Earth is what I call “Listen to the Day.” It just… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Remember to express love to those you love

MY BEST FRIEND and I have a large, wrought iron sign on our wall that says, “indulge.” Sometimes, I take that to heart. This is… Continue reading

HELP LINE: How do you say the unsayable ‘goodbye’?

HOW DO YOU say “goodbye,” when you can’t say goodbye? I don’t know. I’ll explain. I have a buddy … well, actually, that understates it:… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Volunteering can be the best ‘bad time’ ever

I THINK MOST of us are familiar, directly or indirectly, with the phrase, “For a good time, call …” But how about “For a bad… Continue reading

HELP LINE: We fall for scams because we want to believe

I HOPE WE’RE all taking a moment to congratulate ourselves. We got through Medicare Part D open enrollment, Thanksgiving, Christmas (or whatever you might celebrate),… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Tax-Aide volunteers preparing to provide help

PRESUMABLY, MOST OF us have the holidays behind us. OK, true, there might still be a few unidentified leftovers behind the milk and the unsolicited… Continue reading