Are Seniors Expendable? Recent Research Suggests the Pandemic is Making Many Older Americans Feel That Way

There’s plenty to be disturbed about during the seemingly-endless coronavirus pandemic – a tanking economy, a disrupted school year, an uncertain future, just to name three. But one of the most insidious side effects of the ongoing health crisis is how it’s making our most vulnerable citizens feel.  This recent article from the HealthDay website,…

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Millions of Future Retirees are Asking a Big Financial Question: Will Social Security Be Enough? Experts Say, “Probably Not.”

As Americans plan for retirement, one of the pillars of their financial plan is typically Social Security. Since the 1930s this program has been the social safety net ensuring that millions of retirees would not have to live in poverty but instead would have at least some level of steady income, adjusted for inflation. But…

The Bad News: The Pandemic Continues – but the Good News Is That We May Have Learned Some Healthier Habits Along the Way

We’re living in a blizzard of bad news. All the articles and news stories these days seem to focus on the negative: the COVID-19 threat has left people feeling depressed, disconnected, and discouraged. But is there an upside to the downside of the current coronavirus scare? In this Consumer Reports article, reporter Hallie Levine says…

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…

If the Nursing Home is Trying to Take Away a Medicaid Patient’s Stimulus Check, They’re Breaking the Law, Uncle Sam Warns

If you or a loved one live in a nursing home and receive Medicaid benefits, watch out. Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country have snatched up their Medicaid residents’ stimulus checks, claiming that the facility owns that money.  But according to this Michelle Singletary column in the Washington Post, they’re wrong.…

Have You Been Offered an Early Retirement Buyout? Before You Accept, Complete This 6-Step Checklist from Money Magazine

The ripple effects – or should we say, the tidal wave – of economic changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic continue to roil the U.S. economy.  Even as companies slowly get their people back to work, many are realizing that things will never again be the same as they were as recently as five short…

New York Times Report: The Pandemic May Keep You from Visiting Mom, But Technology Can Help You Make Sure She’s Safe

One of the many unfortunate side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been the loneliness felt by many seniors whose families aren’t able to visit. While some states and localities are slowly opening up for limited visits, others are still in lockdown, which means it’s going on four months since some isolated seniors, especially those…

Vitamin A, B, C, D, E – but What About Vitamin K? Many Seniors Aren’t Getting Enough of This Essential Nutrient, Studies Find

Nationwide surveys show that nearly 86 percent of Americans – roughly seven out of eight – take vitamin supplements. Most of us have at least a rough idea of the benefits of the “major” vitamins such as B complex, D, and E, and many take extra vitamin C when we feel a cold coming on.…

“Father Knows Best” – or Does He? What Kind of Lessons in Money Management Did Your Dad Teach?

Happy Father’s Day, 2020, from all of us at AgingOptions. Whether your dad was present in your life or absent, and whether he was a good example or a bad one, chances are good that your father influenced the trajectory of your life in profound ways. That’s certainly true in the area of money and…

“Like Putting On a Trash Bag” – As Government Deliveries Fall Short, Nursing Homes Are Running Out of Personal Protective Equipment

The ongoing story of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic has been a study in fits and starts: some pieces seem to go well while others are plagued with disorganization and failed promises. As one example, our reaction here at AgingOptions to this recent expose from Kaiser Health News was one of anger and…