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Comments and observations by Suzan D. Herskowitz

Bill Gates Is Spending $50 Mil for Alzheimer’s Research

Bill Gates is investing $50 million of his personal funds for research into Alzheimer’s treatments. Many news sources have been posting articles about this recently. I saw something about it on the news yesterday also. I wanted to give you the link to Gate’s personal blog in which he explains why he is going to […]

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I Was a Guest Blogger for Clutter Troops!

I am honored to have been asked to be a guest blogger for Clutter Troops Professional Organizers. The blog post is one I’ve posted before but frankly, it is worth reading again. In this post, I wrote about cleaning out my father’s own home after his death and the sheer amount of “stuff” that had […]

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New Social Security Phone Scam

There’s a new phone scam targeting seniors and it focuses on Social Security. Scammers have long been calling about our alleged IRS deficiencies. Now they are calling to inform you that you are entitled to a cost of living increase. The scammer then asks you to update your personal information, including your name, date of […]

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Suzan On The Radio — Interview Live

  I will be on The Valley Today The River 95.3 radio this coming Monday, August 14th @12:30 p.m. Host Janet Michael and I have known each other for years so this interview should be interesting.   I hope you tune in.  You can Listen Live Here. Monday, August 14, 2017 @12:30 p.m.

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Nursing Homes Scrutinized Still Have Poor Care

I am republishing an article from Kaiser Health News which focuses on the problems with many nursing homes. This is not meant to vilify all nursing facilities. It is just meant to put a light on some of the issues that we face as our population ages and needs more institutional care. At the risk […]

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Virginia’s New Elective Share Law

January 1, 2017, Virginia Code § 64.2-308.1, et seq. changed. This law concerns the surviving spouse’s elective share of his or her deceased spouse’s estate. Under the prior law, a spouse who died either intestate or who didn’t leave his or her spouse property (disinheritance), had a right to claim an elective share of the […]

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Repeal of Obamacare, Medicare and the “Donut Hole”

Approximately 57 million senior citizens and disabled Americans are currently enrolled in Medicare. I remind people that Medicare is health insurance for seniors and disabled Americans (as opposed to Medicaid, which is for a different purpose). There is a great deal of talk that repeal of Obamacare will occur within the first 100 days of the […]

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Suzan Joins ShenArts Board

I am pleased and honored to have been asked to join the ShenArts Board of Directors (Shenandoah Arts Council). I look forward to working with the staff and board members to continue the mission of  supporting the arts through programming, instruction, and exhibition and expanding arts awareness in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. See the Shen Arts […]

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End-of-Life Issue in Me Before You

I just finished reading JoJo Moyes’ bestselling novel Me Before You, which was also recently made into a movie. I won’t give the plot away so in a nutshell, it is about a young man who becomes a quadriplegic, and the young woman that is hired as a caretaker for him. The book delves into […]

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Decluttering: Cleaning Out Your Parent’s Home

Yes, I am an estate planning lawyer, but with this post I can absolutely tell you from my personal experience and the very bottom of my heart, if you love your children, please do not leave them with 20, 30, 40, 50+ years of “stuff” you have accumulated. Last week, I traveled to Texas to […]

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