When Mom Stops Driving: Alternative Modes of Transportation Are Often Essential to Stay Independent, Avoid Isolation

Today’s boomers recall what it was like the first time they could legally drive on their own. Back then, a brand-new driver’s license, a few dollars for gasoline, and the keys to the family Fairlane meant hours of mobility and freedom. There was nothing quite like it. But today, the oldest boomers are hitting 75,…

Beware of Do-It-Yourself Wills: They Can Save You Money but Leave Your Heirs Uninformed and Unprotected

These days you can get practically anything online, and that includes do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning documents. These services (and there are thousands of them) promise to let you create legally sound estate planning documents at a fraction of the cost of having them prepared by an attorney. But unless you know what you…

Family Finance Update: A Spendthrift Trust Can Help You Keep Your Heirs from Blowing Their Inheritance

In the past here on the AgingOptions blog, we’ve shared helpful advice about the right approach to giving money to your family members. In one such blog article (you’ll find it here), we wrote that there’s a right way – and a wrong way – to give resources away, and if you want to keep…

Committed to Walking 10,000 Steps Per Day? New Research Shows There’s No Magic in that Commonly-Accepted Goal

If you’re not doing it, you probably know someone who is. Over the past few decades, millions of people have bought into the idea that the key to better health is walking at least 10,000 steps per day. That’s a worthwhile goal, but is it valid? Recent medical research has revealed that, while there’s probably…

New Service Called BUDDY Makes It Simple for Concerned Families to Monitor an Aging Loved One’s Health and Safety

Just last month we brought you this timely story on the AgingOptions blog about how technology is helping families keep a watchful eye on the health of their aging loved ones – a need that’s especially acute during this months-long pandemic.  “Families may be growing increasingly worried about their aging parents,” we wrote. “Are mom…

Two Recent Articles Point Out That Ageism is More Pervasive – and More Harmful – Than We Realize

Age discrimination, or ageism, is alive and prevalent in America society. Subtle bias against older people creeps into the jobs we hold, the language we use, and the jokes we tell – sometimes on ourselves. That’s the gist of two recent articles we’ve read recently on the topic of ageism: we can ignore it, or…

Motley Fool Warning: Just Because You’re Feeling Restless and Dissatisfied at Work Doesn’t Mean It’s the Right Time to Retire

What’s your ideal retirement age? Is it 62? 66? 70? Never? Everyone can come up with a different answer, because few decisions are more uniquely individual in life than deciding when it’s finally time to turn in your notice and give up the paycheck for good.   We just read this article on the subject on…

When Aging Parents Move In With Adult Children, It Takes Planning and Preparation to Avoid Conflict and Disappointment

No one knows exactly how many aging parents are moving in with their adult children – either by choice or necessity – but the figure is definitely on the rise. Last summer we wrote about this “reverse boomerang effect,” as some have called it. The bottom line is pretty clear: having a parent or parents…

Preventive Health Care: New AgingOptions Partnership with InsideTracker Offers Innovative Approach, Reduced Costs

If you’ve listened to Rajiv Nagaich for any length of time, you’ve heard him talk about the need for preventive health care. “Most insurance plants do a pretty good job of caring for you once you’re sick,” he often states, “but most of them do a terrible job of keeping you from getting sick in…

Kiplinger: There Are At Least Nine Types of Retirees – Which Description Best Fits You?

As you look ahead to your retirement, you’ve probably thought about important factors like how much income you’ll have, how long your savings will last, and whether you’ll be able to stay in your home. But have you ever stopped to think about what type of retiree you’ll be? It may seem like an odd…