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Larry Perlstein knew something was wrong when a cop showed up at his door. His wife had taken their 9-year-old daughter to karate class that day in February 2017. "The cop said, 'Something has happened. You need to come with me,'" Perlstein recalls.

Although only 49 at the time, his wife Jacquie had suffered a near-fatal hemorrhagic stroke while at the karate school. Initially, doctors weren't sure if she would live. Jacquie had always been healthy. "She had no high blood pressure, which is the typical cause of this kind of stroke," Perlstein says.

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Managing Editor, Kiplinger's Retirement Report

Siskos is an old hat with the Kiplinger brand. More than a decade ago, she spent eight years writing about personal finance for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, including a monthly column—Starting Out—that served young adults. That was in her salad days. Now she's turned her attention to an audience she hopes to join in a decade or so: retirees. Siskos is the managing editor for Kiplinger's Retirement Report. In between, she broadened her personal-finance repertoire with real estate and investing stories at Old-House Journal, Investing Daily and U.S. News. She comes to Kiplinger by way of the Newseum, where she worked as an exhibit editor.