MIT Aging Expert Says the Idea of “Old Age” is Made Up – and the Concept is Damaging Our Society and Everyone In It

Here at AgingOptions, as you know if you’re a regular reader of our blog, we seek out articles every week in order to spotlight various issues related to aging and retirement. But from time to time we encounter an article that seems truly groundbreaking and causes us to reflect on the idea of aging in…

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Opponents of Medicare “Observation Care” Loophole Will Finally Get Their Day in Federal Court

We’ve written about the problem of what hospitals and doctors call “observation care” multiple times before here on the AgingOptions blog. When most people hear about this Medicare rule, they respond with angry disbelief – but in spite of new regs designed to curb the practice, the problems associated with what amounts to a giant…

A Brain Disorder Called NPH Mimics Alzheimer’s Disease, Affects 700,000 Americans – and May Often Be Reversible

Alzheimer’s disease is the thing most aging men and women fear most. As the disease progresses and mental impairment grows worse, sufferers often retreat into resigned depression. So, imagine how you would feel if, after enduring eight years of worsening symptoms you feared were due to Alzheimer’s disease, you discovered that the condition actually causing…

Labor Day Weekend Report: If Working Past Retirement Age is Part of Your Financial Strategy, You May Have to Think Again

It’s Labor Day Weekend – so what better time to focus on work, which is clearly one of the most important topics of all for aging boomers? Back when our parents retired, the pattern was fairly predictable: dad, the chief breadwinner in those days, hit the magical age of 65 and retired on a company…

Kaiser Health News Report: Genetic Testing Scam Targets Seniors and Defrauds Medicare

Genetic testing is booming in popularity. Industry statistics show that as of late 2018 more than 12 million Americans had submitted their DNA samples for analysis, and at the rate these firms are expanding, the value of the global DNA testing market should hit $10 billion by 2022. But unfortunately, with that much money at…

Is Senior Delirium Just a “Normal Part of Aging”? Experts Say No – and Give Advice How to Treat and Even Reverse It

It may have happened to a senior loved one, or even to you. In a fairly short period of time, a person changes from being lucid and aware to being confused and agitated. They can’t think clearly or remember where they are or what they’re doing, and they have difficulty recalling even recent events. The…

Update on an Earlier Story: Ride-Hailing Services Offer the Promise of Mobility for Seniors, But For Now Most Won’t Use Them

A few years ago, we first came across articles promoting the benefits of ride-hailing services like Über and Lyft for seniors. As we explained in this article on the AgingOptions blog, re-printed last October, the ability to quickly and safely get a ride practically anywhere has the potential to be a game-changer for seniors no…

Why Would a Financial Planner Hire a Financial Planner? Forbes Article Lists Four Good Reasons

Here at AgingOptions we’ve spoken and written frequently about the pros and cons of hiring a financial planner. As you know if you’ve heard us discussing this topic, we strongly recommend that people use an objective financial pro (not someone with a product to sell) to help them prepare a financial dashboard, something we’ll say…

Drug Crisis Among Seniors: Experts are Sounding the Alarm About an Epidemic of Medication Overload

With all the attention given in the press in recent years to the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic, one might think that these pain-killers are the only drug crisis in America. But there’s another one, even more deadly and more costly to U.S. seniors: older patients are taking far too many prescription medications. One…

Less Money on Health Care, More on Housing: New Survey Shows Pre-Retirees are Pretty Poor at Predicting Retirement Spending

Anyone who has spent time planning for retirement has likely tried to predict how much money they’re actually going to be spending once they stop full time work. Making a realistic retirement budget is a critical part of financial preparedness. Now, however, a new study is revealing that workers approaching retirement age are pretty far…