Betty Ago: Columbo

My previous blog concluded with a note that I would talk about the TV program “Columbo” starring Peter Falk.
I loved watching the detective series. The subtle way in which Columbo would encircle and entrap his guilty prey was pure artistry. Have you noticed that the murderer was usually rich and powerful? The guilty one spent most of the program being arrogant and believing that his/her status would be a protection against justice. Therefore, by the end of the program, we could rejoice that justice wins over money and power. I imagine that Peter himself may have felt the same way considering his humble beginnings. If only this were true in real life.

Peter Falk may be best known for this TV program that ran from 1968 to 2003. However, not only was he in many other TV shows, he also made many movies. Two of my favorites are: “The Princess Bride” (1987), in which Mr. Falk portrayed the loving grandfather narrating the story, and “A Storm in Summer” (2000), in which he was a lonely, bitter, deli owner who rescues a lost child while rescuing himself at the same time.

As an actor, Peter Falk taught us some valuable lessons through his stories. However, apparently no one was able to teach him a very important life detail. That detail was the preparation of Durable Power of Attorney, Power of Attorney for Health Care, and Living Will documents. The fact that these legal details were neglected led to a very sad and public demise. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 and his wife of 30 years had to go to court to get control of his estate just to take care of him.

Let us remember Columbo with great fondness and celebrate Peter Falk’s life by being sure to have proper up-to-date documents that protect our families and ourselves.

Betty Ago



Betty is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale entry fee communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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