Never mind the preposterousness of being threatened with jail time for not mowing your lawn, this is a great story. If you have elderly neighbors, take the opportunity to teach your kids some community spirit, and make sure they’re at least offering to help out their neighbor. Even without the threat of jail, there are probably many people in your community that could use a helping hand, whether it’s mowing the lawn, or running to the store for groceries, or putting a new coat of paint on the house. Helping out our neighbors used to be the American way — let’s ensure it stays that way with the next generation.
This blog has covered reverse mortgages a couple of times recently — both in terms of pitfalls, and in terms of the benefits you can get. And truthfully, depending on circumstances, reverse mortgages can be a great idea. However, The New York Times points out that despite trying to crack down on misbehavior, there are a number of inaccurate and potentially misleading ads running. So, this is an extra warning — before you jump on a reverse mortgage based on something you’ve seen in an advertisement, make sure you do your research and double check the facts.
Just a quick, little “heads up!” here. Next Monday, June 15th, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and it’s not too late to get involved. The Administration for Community Living has been building up to the day for about 9 weeks now, and their page links to a list of known events. But even if you don’t have time to participate in any of the events, you can still help out. They have Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to the day, and you can lend a hand just by participating and sharing on social media. Get active, get involved, and get the word out!