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…