Seniors and Opioids, Part 1: How the Epidemic of Opioid Use is Undermining the Physical and Mental Health of America’s Elderly

From time to time, everyone experiences physical pain. Because pain is so common, it’s easy to dismiss it as something that’s easy to deal with, merely a minor inconvenience. But pain, especially chronic pain, can be far more debilitating than many people realize, which is why more Americans visit the doctor because of pain than…

Seniors and Opioids, Part 2: The Warning Signs of Opioid Addiction Among the Elderly, and Some Safe Pain-Relief Alternatives

As we said in part one of this AgingOptions report on seniors and opioids, everyone experiences physical pain, but we often tend to dismiss it as a minor inconvenience. However, pain is the leading cause of disability, and it’s the number one reason people see their doctor. Pain, especially chronic pain lasting weeks or months…

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If You Have a Large IRA, Beware: the Just-Passed SECURE Act May Have Created a “Big Tax Bomb” for Your Heirs

It was a rare bi-partisan moment two months ago in Washington, DC, when the SECURE Act passed both House and Senate by a wide margin. This important piece of legislation, which took effect January 1, 2020, was the first major retirement-related legislation since the 2006 Pension Protection Act. In classic “Washington-speak,” SECURE is an acronym…

“A Uniquely American Phenomenon” – Crippling Medical Debt Puts Millions Under Severe Financial Pressure

It’s a financial burden that in other countries would be “unfathomable,” say the health care policy experts. Millions of Americans, even many with insurance, are finding themselves with “crippling amounts of medical debt.”  Those are some of the sobering phrases we found in this 2019 article from The Atlantic that we first shared with you…

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…

Coronavirus Update: Half of U.S. Cases Involve Patients 50 and Older – Are Seniors at Particular Risk?

For weeks now, the news media have bombarded us with breathless stories about the coronavirus, the fast-spreading respiratory illness that appears to have originated in the city of Wuhan, China. Reliable information is hard to come by, and the news changes by the hour, but as of just a few days ago there were nearly…

Do You Want Some Flavonols With That? New Study Says Diets Rich in Certain Antioxidants Can Reduce Your Odds for Dementia

Chances are you won’t find flavonols on the restaurant menu or listed by name on your grocer’s shelf. But if you’re interested in preserving a healthy brain – and who isn’t? – it’s a word you might want to get used to. A recent nutritional study, as reported in this recent article from the HealthDay…

Big Brother is Watching: Your Health Information is Being Bought and Sold Without Your Consent, Investigation Reveals

As if there weren’t enough to worry about in the arena of personal privacy, now comes one more red flag. We first alerted you to this article on the Politico website last year. The exposé reveals that companies are secretly gathering your health care information and selling it to doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all…

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…

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…