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by Merrilee
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ipad or tablet for hospital?
Replies: 31
Views: 2057

Re: ipad or tablet for hospital?

Best idea would be to ask the caregiving spouse if they need and want a tablet or similar in the hospital before buying them one. Oh, I completely agree, but I did want to bring ideas to them to mull over. I've seen ipads, because the school kids have them, but I had no idea how many more out are t...
by Merrilee
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ipad or tablet for hospital?
Replies: 31
Views: 2057

Re: ipad or tablet for hospital?

I was planning to ask today about the hospital wifi - is there any and is it fast enough? And I was also going to ask about "security" for lack of a better word. The patient will be in a somewhat restricted part of the hospital.

So I need lock suggestions and also a protective, easy to clean case.
by Merrilee
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ipad or tablet for hospital?
Replies: 31
Views: 2057

ipad or tablet for hospital?

What's out there for an older patient with a long hospital stay ahead? The caregiving spouse uses mac, the patient uses pc. They don't have smart phones. Not super tech savvy, but they do have some experience and they do use FB, etc to keep up with friends far and wide (ex-Navy). I'm not sure what o...
by Merrilee
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "preview" of bear market
Replies: 17
Views: 3879

Re: "preview" of bear market

Thank you. I've been playing around with a spreadsheet to show larger drops in value and so far, it still looks like something I can sleep through. Will check with spouse after he's back in town. Next I need to decide about BND versus more short terms bonds and also think about starting a cd ladder....
by Merrilee
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "preview" of bear market
Replies: 17
Views: 3879

"preview" of bear market

We've bought and held for many years without too much angst and went with the big 3 Boglehead ETFs (VTI, BNS, VXUS) a few years ago. Simple. But nobody is getting any younger or less risk adverse and I thought it would help my spouse to know ahead of time about bear markets and to mock up what the p...
by Merrilee
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do we need annual furnace exam?
Replies: 26
Views: 3358

Re: Do we need annual furnace exam?

The last time they checked our gas furnace, they detected a problem that would cause a fire. It is 10 years and the fix was inexpensive.
by Merrilee
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance for Retirees ?
Replies: 35
Views: 5759

Re: Health Insurance for Retirees ?

I found some additional off exchange options here:
https://www.healthinsurance.org
by Merrilee
Tue May 24, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans? (Update, Pg 3)
Replies: 123
Views: 14876

Re: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans?

I thought that mom is a dependent on the tax return, the ACA subsidy limit is higher because it is based on "tax family." I don't understand why it is important that she not be a dependent? My mom is over 65, so she is not in our "coverage family." I was getting ready to claim he...
by Merrilee
Fri May 06, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Potentially invalid HSA (due to FSA) -- what to do?
Replies: 12
Views: 1252

Re: Potentially invalid HSA (due to FSA) -- what to do?

Would the December 1 rule apply here? "The Last Month Rule states that if you are covered by an HSA eligible health plan on the first day of the last month of a given year, you are considered an eligible individual for the entire year." http://www.hsaedge.com/2014/03/25/hsa-last-month-rule...
by Merrilee
Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sequencing a relative's genome
Replies: 8
Views: 1357

Re: Sequencing a relative's genome

2 older relatives (one on each side) signed up with 23andme and shared results with me. Mostly entertaining at this point. Actions taken - one started inexpensive OTC supplements for increased risk of macular degeneration. The other chose to test for celiac. My spouse (adopted) signed up for a broad...
by Merrilee
Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vienna - things to do
Replies: 12
Views: 1109

Re: Vienna - things to do

The Farmer's Market - great pickles and kraut from the barrel
by Merrilee
Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: duration? [Help selecting bond funds]
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: duration? [Help selecting bond funds]

Thank you all; I appreciate your time and thoughtful input. I now own some BND. I am much happier if I understand why I am doing something. My portfolio is now more balanced overall. The other changes were easy to make; no over-thinking there! Back to living below means and staying the course. I wil...
by Merrilee
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: duration? [Help selecting bond funds]
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

duration? [Help selecting bond funds]

I'm new to the Boglehead ideas of AA and rebalancing, but have long been solid on "live below your means" and "buy and hold." I've finished all the reading (the wiki, Bogle, Bernstein, Swensen, and Malkiel's controversial 2013 edition) and I'm working my way through TD Ameritrade...