If All the Bad News is Keeping You Awake, You May be Putting Your Health at Risk – So Make Sure You Get Enough Shut-Eye

During times of stress like we’re all experiencing, it’s vitally important that we stay healthy by practicing self-care. But sadly, one of the first casualties of stress is sleep. A year ago, we shared this story reminding our AgingOptions blog readers that skipping sleep is potentially dangerous, even in the best of times. That means…

Having a Dog Can Be Great for Seniors, but Be Careful: Dog Walking Injuries are On the Rise

A dog is man’s best friend – we’ve all heard that a thousand times. What’s more, a dog can also be a senior’s best friend, providing companionship, encouraging sociability, and promoting healthy exercise. What could be wrong with that? Dog Walking Injuries Rise by 163 percent As it turns out, there is a downside to…

An older worker who is putting off retirement

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

Most of us when contemplating growing older 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 aging…

Supporting Mom and Dad: AARP Survey Finds One-Third of Adults in Their 40s, 50s and 60s Give Financial Help to Aging Parents

They helped you when you were little and supported you through your teens, your college years and possibly into young adulthood. Now it seems that a significant number of adult kids are returning the favor and helping to support their aging parents financially. That’s the conclusion from a newly-released AARP survey, highlighted in this New…

The “New Normal” – Author Jane Brody Says the Key to Happiness in Illness and Aging is Rolling with the Punches and Adapting to Change

This week we came across a recent New York Times column by author Jane Brody that we found helpful, even inspiring. It’s not that she offers advice that is particularly new – much of the ideas in her column sound pretty familiar. But for some reason, the message seems to resonate, especially as we ourselves…

“Bored Boomers” – Is Today’s Retirement Model “Irrelevant”?

The so-called modern view of retirement is pretty straightforward. You start your work life with a series of jobs in your late teens and early twenties. Eventually you settle into your “life’s work” and follow that journey for four decades or so, saving money along the way. Sometime in your late sixties, certainly by age…

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…

New Studies Confirm What We’ve Already Suspected: By Changing These Bad Habits, You Can Actually Live Up to a Decade Longer

Most people would love to live longer. Many seek expensive ways to prolong their lives with gimmicky diets, unproven supplements, or unusual health regimens, and then they find exotic and costly ways to look the part with plastic surgery, hair implants, and body sculpting. Longevity seems to be a multi-billion-dollar industry.  But what if there…

Want to Live to Age 100? Study Shows Certain Personality Traits Help Seniors Stay Healthy and Active Past the Century Mark

A growing number of seniors are reaching a milestone that used to be a demographic rarity. Advances in medicine and nutrition are helping more and more men and women reach the age of 100, and not just surviving but thriving. A pair of articles we discovered some time ago, one from Time and the other…

“Done Procrastinating” – How the Loss of a Loved One Can Stimulate Us to Care for Those We’ll Someday Leave Behind

Here at AgingOptions we like to share articles that tell a familiar tale in an unconventional way. That was our reaction to this touching and poignant article from the Washington Post which we first discovered and shared last year. At first, we weren’t sure how applicable the message in the column, written by writer Emily…