Open Enrollment Alert from PBS: If You Rely Too Much on Medicare’s New Prescription Plan Finder, You Could End Up Paying More

As the Medicare open enrollment season winds down – it ends officially on December 7th – we wanted to revisit a topic we wrote about here on the AgingOptions blog just a few weeks ago. A big part of open enrollment involves shopping for Part D prescription drug plans, a process which can be confusing…

In the Wake of Devastating Wildfires, California Inspectors Find Potentially Life-Threatening Safety Violations at Nursing Homes

Here at AgingOptions, we often talk about how most retirees would do almost anything to avoid being forced into a nursing home as they age. Still, a large number of seniors will find themselves in institutional care someday. While the residents may have to sacrifice some of their independence and mobility, the nursing homes are…

If You’re Drowning in Debt, Credit Counseling Can Help – But Beware of High Fees and Questionable Tactics

When will we ever learn? It seems that as a group we Americans are addicted to debt – credit card debt, student loans, car loans, signature loans, you name it. The debt burden on American households keeps rising, and as a result, when people get in so deep they feel like they’re drowning, many consumers…

Like an Oncoming Train: Many Retirees Will Face the “Unpredictable but Likely” Burden of Paying for Long-Term Care

A recent article from the CNBC website shone a spotlight on one of the great dilemmas facing most retirees: paying for the costs of long-term care. As the CNBC article, written by reporter Sarah O’Brien, points out, part of what makes this such a troubling issue for today’s seniors is that no one can say…

Open Enrollment Update: Medicare-Eligible but Still Employed? Here Are Some Things You Need to Know

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 (for coverage beginning in January 2020) is winding down. Americans 65 and older have until December 7th to either enroll in Medicare or to switch from one plan to another. But what if you’re Medicare-eligible and still employed full-time, receiving health care benefits through your employer? Does Medicare affect you?…

New York Times: A Growing Number of Vietnam Vets Seek Hospice Care from the VA, and the Agency is Determined to Meet the Need

Veterans Day 2019 has come and gone, but it’s never too late or too early to honor those who served our country in the armed forces. We recently came across an encouraging report in the New York Times (originally published on Veterans Day) about how the Veterans Administration is facing a growing onslaught of aging…

Is a Loved One Suffering with Unexplained Breathing Problems? The Cause Could be as Close as Their Bedroom

It’s a respiratory condition that you may never have heard of. This condition is not especially common – about 200,000 cases per year – but once contracted, it can cause lasting lung damage unless treated. And while this condition does not specifically affect seniors more than younger people, knowing about it may explain why someone…

If You Worry Too Much About Not Being Able to Afford Retirement, Maybe It’s Time for a Fresh Approach

We know from experience here at AgingOpti0ns that millions of Americans approaching retirement age are worried – about health, about family, and mostly about finances. And while we remain strong advocates of careful planning, sometimes we run across an article that reminds us that there’s a lot more to retirement than money. That was our…