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.


Medicaid Coverage of Nursing Home Care: Who Qualifies, Who Doesn’t

On our radio program and in our seminars, one of categories of questions we receive most frequently involves Medicaid.  This social health care program for individuals and families with limited means has been around since 1965, and it’s true that many changes have been enacted through the years. Yet the level of misunderstanding and misinformation […]

It’s Official: Doctors Admit that Drugs Can’t Fix Most People’s Back Pain

Do you suffer from lower back pain? If you do, you’re definitely not alone. Medical studies have shown that nearly seven out of eight adults suffer periodically with this painful condition, and for about 23 percent of adults lower back pain is considered “chronic” which means it lasts 12 weeks or more. Lower back pain […]

Secret to Weight Loss: Try These 10 Simple Tips and Stick With It!

So the New Year, 2017, isn’t so “new” anymore, is it? February is more than half gone already – and we suspect some of your New Year’s Resolutions have faded away by now as well. But if one of your resolutions was to lose weight, don’t be discouraged. We have some good news for you: […]

Some Helpful Tips for Daily Life with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Are you living with loved one who is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia? If you are, then you are suffering, too. Living with a parent or spouse whose mental capacity is deteriorating is one of the most painful, stressful, frustrating things a person can do. Besides the personal family experience […]

Study Shows Seniors Face Health Decline When They Stop Driving

Among the “hot button” issues that create conflicts between seniors and their family members, one of the hottest can involve driving. Older adults generally want to keep on driving as long as they can, enjoying the benefits of freedom and mobility. Meanwhile their adult children worry about slower reflexes, cognitive decline or increased reaction time, […]

Is Sitting in a Sauna Good for Seniors? Experts say “It Depends”

Almost everything these days seems to come with “good news, bad news” warnings. Red wine is good for you but too much can lead to alcohol abuse. Dark chocolate is good for you but too much sugar ruins your metabolism. And it seems as though every week there’s a new study out about either the […]

Study Shows Sedentary Lifestyle Greatly Increases Dementia Risk

When considering the causes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, which is more to blame – genetics or lifestyle? A new Canadian study from McMaster University seems to indicate that both can play a major role, and this study sounds a loud warning for seniors who have settled into a sedentary […]

Study Shows Even Mild Cognitive Impairment Makes Driving Dangerous

As if the discussion about when an aging adult needs to stop driving weren’t difficult enough, along comes a new Canadian research study showing the added dangers of driving with even mild cognitive impairment. Everyone knows that seniors with signs of significant memory loss should never get behind the wheel. Now it appears even those […]

Monthly Social Security Benefit Increase for 2017 and Medicare Part B is going up.

By Kirk Larson Social Security Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 0.3 percent in 2017.  The 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2017. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI […]

Want to Reach 100 Years Old? There’s More Than One Way to Do It!

Here’s a statistic that grabbed our attention recently: an estimated one in 26 baby boomers – roughly four percent – is expected to live to be 100 or older. If they do, they’ll be adding to an already swelling group of centenarians: statistics tell us that there are presently more than 53,000 people in the […]
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