“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…

Innovative Program, Soon to Roll Out Nationally, Puts Meals on Wheels Volunteers on the Front Lines of Senior Health Care

Every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers serve more than 900,000 free meals to housebound seniors in need. Now, thanks to an innovative program that originated in San Diego, these volunteers are being equipped to serve as a kind of early warning system to alert authorities of health care concerns that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.…

Risk of Falling is Increasing Among Seniors – but Health Care Providers Aren’t Doing Enough to Keep Vulnerable Seniors Safe

If you have a loved one in your family who is at risk of falling, you’ve probably given them all the usual advice concerning fall prevention. Unfortunately, a recent medical report reveals that the message isn’t getting through: a growing number of seniors are dying as a result of falling, and it seems that doctors,…

Downsizing Myths and what you can learn from them

Thinking of Downsizing for Retirement Living? You Need to Plan Ahead in Order to Do it Right

Downsizing – moving into that smaller, better-organized, better-located retirement residence that’s just right for you as you age – is a popular topic these days. We’ve presented dozens of articles here on the AgingOptions blog about where and why to downsize. But here’s an article we found last fall on the MarketWatch website that we…

VA-approved Foster Care for Vets Provides a Supportive, Loving Home – and Saves Uncle Sam Millions

About a year ago here on the AgingOptions blog, we told readers about a small program, started in Little Rock, Arkansas, that is now providing care to about 1,000 veterans, at a fraction of the cost of nursing care. Besides saving the Department of Veterans Affairs millions in care costs annually, this initiative, called the…

Common Sense, Cost-Effective Program Helps Low Income Seniors Safely Age in Place

In our technology-driven society, it seems we tend to rely too much on professional health care providers, nursing homes, and digital solutions to solve all of our health care problems – an observation that seems especially true when it comes to senior care. But often the best ideas for healthy aging appear to come, not…

Shrinking Inventory and Rising Mortgage Rates are Creating “a New Housing Crisis” for Boomers Looking to Downsize

As today’s boomers hit retirement, more and more are grappling with the question, “Do we downsize or do we age in place in our current home?” As this just-published Bankrate article makes clear, the choice isn’t quite that clear. “Baby boomers are struggling to downsize,” the article warns, “and it could create the next housing…

Time to Have the “Assisted Living Discussion” with Your Parent? Consider These Tips on How to Broach the Subject

One of the hardest discussions an adult child can have with an aging parent involves moving into assisted living. Bringing up the topic of leaving behind a familiar home can trigger an avalanche of emotions ranging from denial to defensiveness to anger. With that in mind, if you feel the time is right to broach…