Any article written in the United States that focuses on pets can pretty safely get a central truism immediately out of the way, namely this: We are a nation of unabashed animal lovers, plain and simple. Estimates on what Americans spend annually on their pets for medical visits and treatments, food and toys -- even things like clothes and spas -- easily run into the billions of dollars.
Family discussions about putting a loved one in long-term care can be very complicated and emotional. After all, thinking about a loved one having advanced medical needs isn't something people generally want to do. However, people may reach a certain point when they need hands-on care in their homes or a nursing home.
Another actor with strong New York ties is leaving behind both a professional legacy of high merit and questions surrounding the distribution of his personal estate.