Good Morning,

Summer is in full swing and my family is loving it. The 3 kids are working, but they make time for swimming, hiking and lounging around. It is a pleasure to see them contributing and enjoying our community. I remember when I was that age and thinking, I will be young forever. Although, I do not feel old, I know I am ageing. I cherish those days when I was younger but embrace my new responsibilities. My 92 year old father has been staying with us for the summer. We are in the process of trying to decide his future care. Should he be in assisted living? How quickly will the dementia set in? As I go forward, I am relieved that all of the legal items are taken care of and that the MidCoast of Maine has many aging resources. I am also aware that my children are watching the way I treat my father. I hope they are learning the importance of taking care of our elderly, and that I’m a good example. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is that many people are going through the same thing and when we work together, the weight on your shoulders can be lifted.

In this newsletter we discuss:

  • Seniors Going Back to Work
  • Dealing with Spousal Dementia
  • We share a savory radish muffin recipe.
 Jesse F. Bifulco, Esq.
Time for Jesse to get a new pair of trail running sneakers. Did you know that Jesse enjoys trail running?
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  Jesse took this picture on one of his trail runs up Mt. Megunticook, Ocean Overlook.
Seniors Going Back to Work
The good news is jobs are available, companies are hiring “seasoned” workers, and there are programs to help those age 50 and older find the type of work that is right for them. Some  seniors are even taking this time to have a second career or start a new business It is essential to meet with an  Estate Planning Maine Attorney  to ensure that you are increasing income without reducing benefits available to you. You don’t want to cross a threshold that would deny you a government benefit unless it would be financially beneficial. Many components need to be considered to plan a successful retirement.

Dealing with Spousal Dementia
When someone you love, in particular, your spouse, becomes ill you want to help them get well. But what happens when the illness is dementia? A marital relationship that could have spanned years or decades becomes subject to enormous change, and that change is not a slow linear progression of predictability. It is an up and down interaction of being recognized and accepted by your spouse, or not. Although dementia is associated with seniors, it can affect adults of any age. We can help you navigate those ups and downs.

Savory Radish and Goat Cheese
Muffin Recipe
From Makes 12

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 medium bunch radishes (about 2 cups), stems removed and julienned, divided
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin with baking papers.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and garlic powder. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk, 5 tablespoons of cooled butter, and honey. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Fold in all but 2 tablespoons or so of the radishes and the goat cheese.
  3. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Top each muffin with a few pieces of reserved radish, fresh-ground black pepper, and a spoonful of the remaining melted butter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until tops just begin to brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.