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…

If a Someone You Love is Into These Worthless Collectibles, You Might Have to be the Bearer of Bad News

You probably have someone in your life – or maybe it’s you! – who has a prized collection of something or other that they are convinced is worth a lot of money. This person proudly displays their horde of treasures and often quotes online prices to “prove” how smart they were to start collecting this…

“Caring, Reassuring and Sensible” – We Revisit a Simple Idea to Help Comfort Your Loved Ones with Dementia

We love to run across news stories that show how the simplest of ideas can have a tremendous impact, and that’s how we felt some months back as we read this heart-warming article published earlier this year on the BBC News website.   We thought it would be a good article to bring back and share…

Forbes Report: Family of Rocker Tom Petty Embroiled in a Battle Royal Triggered by a Poorly-Worded Trust Document

If you’ve heard Rajiv say it once, you’ve heard him say it a hundred times: when it comes to your retirement, having plenty of money is absolutely no guarantee that you’ll leave behind the kind of legacy you hope to. Now once again, that axiom is being played out in the headlines in an ongoing…

Good News for Drug Costs: U.S. to Finally Allow Prescription Drugs from Canada, Reversing a Long-Standing Policy

At long last, U.S. consumers will soon be legally permitted to buy prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies, if the Trump administration and a bi-partisan group of lawmakers have their way. Late last month, according to a recent Associated Press report, government officials announced that they plan to “create a way for Americans to legally and…

New Geriatric Surgery Standards Designed to Help Surgeons Communicate More Effectively with Senior Patients

When any patient undergoes surgery, everyone involved hopes for a successful outcome. But senior patients face special risks if things go wrong on the operating table – risks that all too often are never thoroughly discussed with the patient and family ahead of time. In the event of complications, patients and loved ones are caught…

AARP Report: Older Homeowners Association Members Who Fall Behind on Dues and Fees Face Increasingly Harsh Treatment

We’re not certain where all our AgingOptions blog readers live – but those here in the Pacific Northwest know that, for the most part, the housing market remains sizzling hot. Seniors planning for retirement often think about downsizing, and for many that means moving into a low-maintenance condo or a planned senior community. Those can…

“Solo Agers” May Enjoy Living Independently, but Navigating a Retirement Future Without Family Support Requires Planning

As most of us contemplate growing older, we expect to have our spouse and supportive family members alongside us on the journey. As we often say here at AgingOptions, “Aging is a family affair.” However, for millions of seniors, their experience will be quite different: for a variety of reasons these men and women are…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Medicare Advantage Changes Are Driving Increased Enrollment, Posing Challenges for Traditional Medicare

Early last year we wrote that Medicare Advantage plans were about to change, bringing policy-holders a wide range of new services and benefits. (We wrote about it on the Aging Options blog back in April 2018.)  Since then we’ve seen other articles, not to mention an endless stream of glossy marketing materials, touting these new…