“Targeted Lockdowns” – Should Society Require Just Seniors to Stay Quarantined? Some MIT Economists Say “Yes”

A pair of controversial articles caught our eye here at AgingOptions during the past week concerning the idea of “targeted lockdowns.” In layman’s terms, that means requiring those most susceptible to becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus – specifically seniors – to remain stuck at home while the rest of society goes on with their…

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New York Times Report: Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Many Older Workers Into Retiring Earlier Than They Had Planned.

You’ve been working hard all your life, and over the past several years you’ve formulated a clear timeline for retirement – a plan that has withstood upsizing, downsizing, recession, and a whole host of financial challenges. But now, as you’re approaching that chapter of your work life where your plans start to come to fruition,…

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“Broken Heart Syndrome”: Seven Things You Can Do to Prevent Grief from Ruining a Loved One’s Health

We are living through a time when illness is causing unexpected loss, but we all know that grief is no respecter of pandemics: it can affect just about anyone, anytime. One of the inevitable sources of pain we’ll encounter at some point will be the death of someone very close to us. But as hard…

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That Mysterious Debit Card You Tossed Out Last Month May Have Been Your Coronavirus Stimulus Payment! Here’s How to Get It Back

Sometime during May or June, you may have received a plain-looking envelope in your mailbox, sent from something called Money Network Cardholder Services. Immediately the envelope seemed suspicious, like just another postal scam. If you opened the envelope at all, you found something equally sketchy: a debit card supposedly issued from an institution you never…

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Are Seniors Expendable? Recent Research Suggests the Pandemic is Making Many Older Americans Feel That Way

There’s plenty to be disturbed about during the seemingly-endless coronavirus pandemic – a tanking economy, a disrupted school year, an uncertain future, just to name three. But one of the most insidious side effects of the ongoing health crisis is how it’s making our most vulnerable citizens feel.  This recent article from the HealthDay website,…

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Millions of Future Retirees are Asking a Big Financial Question: Will Social Security Be Enough? Experts Say, “Probably Not.”

As Americans plan for retirement, one of the pillars of their financial plan is typically Social Security. Since the 1930s this program has been the social safety net ensuring that millions of retirees would not have to live in poverty but instead would have at least some level of steady income, adjusted for inflation. But…

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The Bad News: The Pandemic Continues – but the Good News Is That We May Have Learned Some Healthier Habits Along the Way

We’re living in a blizzard of bad news. All the articles and news stories these days seem to focus on the negative: the COVID-19 threat has left people feeling depressed, disconnected, and discouraged. But is there an upside to the downside of the current coronavirus scare? In this Consumer Reports article, reporter Hallie Levine says…

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Dreaming of Celebrating Independence Day in the “Perfect” Retirement House? Before You Move, Ask Yourself the Right Questions!

Happy Independence Day from your friends here at AgingOptions! Do your “Independence Day” dreams include seeking out some personal freedom in your retirement future?  Your visions may include breaking away from the familiar and moving to that “perfect” house in your favorite vacation spot or sunny hideaway. But before you take the plunge and commit…

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If the Nursing Home is Trying to Take Away a Medicaid Patient’s Stimulus Check, They’re Breaking the Law, Uncle Sam Warns

If you or a loved one live in a nursing home and receive Medicaid benefits, watch out. Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country have snatched up their Medicaid residents’ stimulus checks, claiming that the facility owns that money.  But according to this Michelle Singletary column in the Washington Post, they’re wrong.…

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Have You Been Offered an Early Retirement Buyout? Before You Accept, Complete This 6-Step Checklist from Money Magazine

The ripple effects – or should we say, the tidal wave – of economic changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic continue to roil the U.S. economy.  Even as companies slowly get their people back to work, many are realizing that things will never again be the same as they were as recently as five short…

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