AgingOptions Life Plan: Health

For many people, an accident or diagnosis are what triggers consideration of a long term health and life plan.

For others, who are more proactive, steps for disease prevention coincide with their housing, financial and legal plans.

In either case, wise counsel from geriatric doctors, therapists, care managers and nutritionists can be big game changers in outcomes and longevity. Browse some of our articles and discussions below relating to health and your over-all life plan.

Kiplinger: the Four Keys to a Happy and Prosperous Retirement

Here at AgingOptions we’re always just a little bit skeptical when we see an article with a title like “4 Keys to a Happy and Prosperous Retirement” Still, this article with that very title just appeared on the authoritative financial website Kiplinger, and as we read it we found ourselves nodding in agreement – even

Program Provides Long-Term Support to Vets – but Most Never Apply

Veterans Day 2017 may have come and gone, but the need to provide better information to veterans concerning benefits available from the VA never seems to diminish Recently we encountered this troubling article on the aging website NextAvenue – troubling in that it tells the tale of yet another senior benefit that too often goes

“Observation Status” – In Spite of New Laws, What You Don’t Know Can Still Cost You!

You have an urgent medical problem, so you go to the hospital, where you remain for several days Your doctor then recommends a short stay in a nursing home for rehabilitation  Because you’re covered by Medicare, you assume those nursing home costs will be paid for, since Medicare typically covers up to 100 days of

Caregivers who Handle a Loved One’s Finances Face Higher Stress

An article just published on the aging-related website NextAvenue should be a must-read for anyone who is caring for an aging loved one or family member It’s called “Caregiving’s Taboo Subject: Coordinating the Finances” The story, written by NextAvenue’s Money and Work Editor Richard Eisenberg, reveals some surprising findings about how many caregivers are responsible

Challenging the Stereotypes: Time to Reverse the Image of Aging

Would you like to live an average of 7 ½ years longer than your peers Here’s one way to do it: change the way you think about aging That was one of the hopeful and thought-provoking observations we encountered in this timely article that we recently read on the Kaiser Health News website The article

Proposed Law Requires Medicare to Warn of Steep Late Fees

We’re still in open enrollment season for Medicare – it continues through early December 2017 – and maybe you’ve decided, even though you’re 65, that you don’t need to enroll because you’re feeling fine and don’t need health insurance Well, this recent article from the news website Reuters says you’d better do your homework, because

It’s Time for Doctors to Talk with their Patients about Drug Costs!

“It seems that everyone’s talking about the high costs of drugs—to friends, with family, on social media—but where those conversations are not happening often enough is at the doctor’s office” So begins this important article that appeared in the pages of Consumer Reports Although the article was written a while back, it reflects a situation

Death of Tom Petty Reminds Us of the Need to Plan for our Later Years

It has been about a month since rock and roll legend Tom Petty died suddenly of apparent cardiac arrest To us here at AgingOptions, it seems like any time a celebrity passes away, the topic of end of life planning comes up once again While there’s much we don’t know about the handling of Petty’s

Helpful Ways to Advocate for a Loved One in Long Term Care

Do you have a loved one – a spouse, parent, or other close friend or relative – living in a long-term care facility Whether they live in a nursing home, assisted living facility, rehabilitation ward or any other form of long-term senior housing, you probably worry about them getting the type of care they need

Keeping Nursing Home Stays Short is in Everyone’s Best Interests

You’re 65 years old or older You have to go to the hospital for a few days Where will you go after you’re discharged Most of us would answer, “Home, of course” But the fact is that 20 percent of seniors who are hospitalized end up being discharged to a nursing home That’s what we
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