Bonnie Burns Policy specialist, California Health Advocates
"You must protect a parent's finances when he or she stops driving. Your parent can't get to the doctor or store. If you've had no human contact for days, you're a sitting duck for a salesman at your door."
"Don't buy a house until you can make payments and save for retirement. I bought a home 20 years ago -- in a place I didn't love -- that lost 25% of its value in three years. I had no savings and little power to change my situation."