Alzheimer’s & Power of Attorney

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. According to the Alzheimer’s Association report for 2019, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s and are being cared for by more than 16 million family members. Maybe one of those family members is you!

They project that in thirty years, the number of Alzheimer’s sufferers will reach nearly 14 million.

Children of aging parents who suspect a parent is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or have  a parent already diagnosed with the disease, should consider a Power of Attorney (POA).

A POA gives a family member the legal right to step in and make decisions that a parent with an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is unable to make themselves, or doesn’t want to. 

There are various, even urgent, situations when having a POA is extremely important. For instance, you may need to:

  • Find a trusted money manager to handle day-to-day bill paying and the daily money management of bills, medical and insurance statements, tax preparation, and other personal financial tasks.
  • Act as family spokesperson regarding medical appointments, surgery, and doctor appointments.
  • Take care of things at home if your parents or loved one is still healthy enough to travel in retirement, or at any time they are away from their home.

We hope you will consider us if Daily Money Management is a concern. We are experienced, trusted, and a member of AADMM, the American Association of Daily Money Managers.

Disaster Response, Human Generosity

Dorian befuddled us. Hurricanes usually follow their path and move along. Dorian sat. And sat. And sat over the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, leaving over 13,000 homes in ruin, the islands literally decimated, and much of it underwater. 

Dorian devastation in Bahama Islands.
Photo: New York Post

After sparing the eastern coast of Florida, she still threatens the Carolinas as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds. 

Hours after the news from the Bahamas, and even before Dorian plays out in the Maritimes, tens of thousands of charities, churches, communities, and individuals across the U.S.A. sprung into action—including many in Ohio.

When Dorian was expected to hit the eastern shores of Florida, Duke Energy sent 1,500 workers from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to stand by—a literal army on wheels. Now boat owners from all over Florida are organizing flotillas to quickly ship tools and shelter material that can be used to quickly build temporary shelters.

The human response after a disaster is one of generosity. After Hurricane Katrina, 50% of Americans reached into their pocket, and 75% did so after 9/11. Casualties from Dorian are real and help is urgently needed. So far fewer than 30 deaths have been reported, but the real casualties are weeks and months down the road from lack of access to medical care, clean water, everyday nutritional needs, reasonable and safe shelter, and personal security.

There are dozens of large and small charitable avenues to help the Bahamas. One of those is Team Rubicon Disaster Response working in partnership with our local Mathew 25 Ministries. Learn more »

Cincinnati’s Dog Days of Summer

August this year in Cincinnati has been warm, or hot (depending on who you ask) with temperatures for the coming week in the upper 80s to the low 90s with mostly sunny skies. It’s what we call “the dog days of summer.”

The Dog Days have nothing to do with panting dogs, and everything to do with the Dog star Sirius—the brightest star in the summer sky. In ancient times, the Egyptians believed that the sun’s heat combined with Sirius’s heat to make August extra hot. They noted that when Sirius the Dog Star rose soon after the summer solstice, summer rains increased and the Nile River rose and flooded the land.

Traditionally, Dog Days of Summer last 40 days from July 3 to August 11, the same time of year that Sirius the Dog Star rises at dawn. Sirius is only 8.6 light years away, so it’s easy to spot on a clear night. It is easily the brightest star in the summer sky and the brightest star in the Constellation Canis Major.

In Greek mythology, the “dog” in Canis Major follows Orion, the great hunter. In art, the dog is often seen chasing a rabbit represented by the constellation Lepus. There’s a small dog depicted in a nearby constellation called Canis Minor. 

You can read the mythological stories behind these stars and constellations here.

To find the Dog in the summer sky, we suggest using or downloading a stargazing app for your mobile phone. Here’s a handy list of the top recommendations for 2019 for both Android and iPhone.

What do the Dog Days of Summer have to do with small business accounting and daily money management? Nothing. Yet knowledge can be fascinating!