COVID-19 Has Made Americans Aware of the Benefits of Telehealth – Here’s What Retirees Need to Know

As we write this entry on the AgingOptions blog, the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Americans to stay at home for almost 100 days. That period of self-quarantine has transformed every trip for groceries, every drive to the post office, and every stop at the drugstore into a complicated ritual of gloves, masks and…

During Times of Uncertainty, is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You? The Answer is “Maybe” – but Make Sure to Do Your Homework

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic triggered upheaval in the financial markets, we’ve seen a growing number of articles promoting Home Equity Conversion Mortgages – better known as reverse mortgages. Most of them ask, “Is now the right time for you to consider an HECM?”  In this recent NerdWallet article, financial reporter Liz Weston attempts to…

“Welcome to Medicare – Have You Had Your Physical Yet?” New Medicare Enrollees Have One Year to Enjoy This Important Benefit

Roughly 60 million Americans, most of them seniors, are enrolled in the nation’s Medicare program. But many of them may not realize that they have an important benefit coming during their first year on Medicare Part B, one which won’t be offered again. It’s called the “Welcome to Medicare” physical check-up, and when we read…

Beware of These Five Social Security Myths – They Could End Up Costing You Plenty

Here at AgingOptions we are constantly being reminded that there is a vast amount of misinformation out there about Social Security. This program, so important to senior Americans, is widely misunderstood – so much so that thousands of retirees are making decisions every year that can end up costing them a lot of money over…

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Focus on Dementia: Can You Have the Pathology but No Symptoms? Can Alzheimer’s be Reversed? Research Uncovers Dementia’s Mysteries

Medical experts are learning more each day about the coronavirus, but there’s quite a bit that remains a mystery. Why, for example, are men affected so much more than women? Why do some people become seriously ill while others experience what amounts to a mild cold? And perhaps one of the greatest puzzles is, why…

Focus on Dementia: Excerpts from Groundbreaking UCLA Study – “Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program”

Editor’s Note: This UCLA study first appeared in the medical press in 2014. We are publishing brief excerpts on the AgingOptions Blog as part of our Focus on Dementia. You can access and read the entire UCLA study by clicking here. Abstract This report describes a novel, comprehensive, and personalized therapeutic program that is based…

Focus on Dementia: Don’t Overlook These Basic Tips on How to Adopt a “Brain-Healthy” Lifestyle

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the topics we write about most often on the AgingOptions blog (including this article from just a few months back).  Few topics generate more interest and more worry than dementia, especially since the statistics sound so alarming: roughly 6 million people are affected today (not counting family and friends), a…

Focus on Dementia: New Study Says Diets Rich in Certain Antioxidants Called Flavonols Can Reduce Your Odds for Dementia

Chances are you won’t find flavonols on the restaurant menu or listed by name on your grocer’s shelf. But if you’re interested in preserving a healthy brain – and who isn’t? – it’s a word you might want to get used to. A recent nutritional study, as reported in this recent article from the HealthDay…

Focus on Dementia: One of the Best Ways to Boost Your Brainpower as You Age is to Cultivate Strong Friendships

The next time you’re with a group of good friends, think about this fact: the longer you keep your friendships strong, the more they may be helping you stay mentally sharp and avoid cognitive decline. That’s the take-away from an ongoing study of seniors being conducted by Northwestern University and reported in this article from…