Should I open a store credit card with retailers that also accept major credit cards?
Many individual stores offer discounts only to credit account holders and only if they use their card. So if you regularly shop at those stores, you might be better off keeping the accounts open and using the specific card. But keep in mind that your credit score is affected and, if you’re applying for a loan, open credit accounts may affect how much you could borrow. —Bart Astor, author of AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life
My kids say they don’t want my treasured items. I’m heartbroken. What should I do?
Don’t take it personally. It’s not that your kids don’t love you. They don’t love your stuff. Let me save you generations of strife by offering the following advice: Ask your kids what they want. Then believe them. Let them decide for themselves what sentimental keepsakes they want, and get rid of the rest. If it’s still useful, sell or donate it to someone who does want it. With your kids, please don’t lay on the guilt. The line between bestow and burden is blurry. They don’t need to hold on to your belongings to hold you in their hearts. —Marni Jameson, author of AARP’s Downsizing the Family Home
How can I be alerted when my wife (who has dementia) is out of her chair or bed and walking around the house, to prevent her from getting hurt?