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…

Dreaming of Celebrating Independence Day in the “Perfect” Retirement House? Before You Move, Ask Yourself the Right Questions!

Happy Independence Day from your friends here at AgingOptions! Do your “Independence Day” dreams include seeking out some personal freedom in your retirement future?  Your visions may include breaking away from the familiar and moving to that “perfect” house in your favorite vacation spot or sunny hideaway. But before you take the plunge and commit…

Here Are Three Big Reasons (According to One Insurance Agent) Why People Decide to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance

Here at AgingOptions we always advise our readers and radio listeners not to get all their information about any product from a person who makes his or her living selling it. It’s always essential to get balanced advice. But it’s also true that sometimes people inside an industry know it best, so with that in…

Because of the Coronavirus, the World Has Changed Forever – and So Have America’s Retirement Communities

There’s hardly an aspect of American life that hasn’t been altered by the current coronavirus pandemic, from how we shop to how we travel to how we live. These sweeping changes are also affecting America’s retirement communities, as this recent CNBC article explains. Written by reporter Sarah O’Brien, the article explains how operators of age-restricted…

Is Everybody Thinking That Retirement is the Time to Downsize? Many of Today’s Boomers Are Saying, “Not So Fast!”

The traditional to-do list for couples approaching retirement includes several familiar elements: signing up for Medicare, deciding when to take Social Security, figuring out what to do about the 401(k), and so on. But what about selling the big family home and downsizing to the smaller house with lower costs and less maintenance? A significant…

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Many Aspects of American Life, Says the Washington Post – Including How and Where We Age

Like you, we here at AgingOptions are scouring the headlines just about every day, trying to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. People like to talk about “the new normal,” but no one seems to be able to predict what normalcy will actually look like in the months and years ahead. Still,…

Huffington Post Article Pulls No Punches in Describing the Tough Burden Facing Millennial Caregivers

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed plenty of cracks and fault lines in several essential American institutions, from the medical system to our political leadership to the senior housing industry. In the arena of senior housing, the tragic death toll from COVID-19 that has devastated many nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country provides…

LTC Insurance May Not Be Enough: You Need These Long-Term Care Safeguards to Protect Your Retirement

Here on the AgingOptions blog we’ve written many times about planning for long-term care. It’s a vitally important topic that all too many people would rather avoid, for many reasons. Nevertheless we felt it would be timely to share this recent CNBC article on the subject, written by reporter Darla Mercado. When it comes to…

Part Two of a Two-Part Series: At the Dawn of a Brand-New Decade, Consider These Boomer Predictions for the 2020s

Last week on the AgingOptions blog, we presented part one of our report on this article from Kaiser Health News. In this insightful article, writer Judith Graham took a look into the future – well, into the coming decade, anyway – and described, as the title says, “What the 2020s Have in Store for Baby…