“A Major Redesign of Life” – Stanford Psychologist Says It’s Time to Change the Way We Think About Aging

As we research articles for the AgingOptions Blog, we see a growing number of stories in national publications challenging the way Americans think about aging. It seems there’s a rising chorus of geriatricians, psychologists and sociologists telling us that, as a society, we’re overdue for a complete reassessment about what “growing old” actually means. For…

Females Outscore Males on Memory Tests, And That May Result in Women with Mild Cognitive Impairment Being Misdiagnosed

Alzheimer’s disease remains the biggest fear many of us have about growing older, but for most people with dementia, the symptoms did not show up all at once. Instead they started appearing gradually, often in the form of what physicians refer to as MCI, or mild cognitive impairment. This condition, regarded as a precursor to…

Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia: How to Make a Loved One Feel Involved and at Home When the Family Gets Together

The Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone and we’re well into December, which means holiday gatherings are finding their way onto the calendar. For the families of nearly 6 million Americans, these otherwise happy occasions come with an added emotional burden: they have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, and as much as they want…

“Til Death Do Us Part”: Married Couples Approaching Retirement Have Some Work to Do to Make Certain They’re On the Same Page

Back in mid-2018, we found a pair of articles that shone a spotlight on a highly important but frequently overlooked aspect of retirement planning: spousal harmony. If you and your spouse have conflicting visions of the what, when and how of retirement, you could be on an emotional collision course. It’s far, far better to…

Open Enrollment Alert from PBS: If You Rely Too Much on Medicare’s New Prescription Plan Finder, You Could End Up Paying More

As the Medicare open enrollment season winds down – it ends officially on December 7th – we wanted to revisit a topic we wrote about here on the AgingOptions blog just a few weeks ago. A big part of open enrollment involves shopping for Part D prescription drug plans, a process which can be confusing…

In the Wake of Devastating Wildfires, California Inspectors Find Potentially Life-Threatening Safety Violations at Nursing Homes

Here at AgingOptions, we often talk about how most retirees would do almost anything to avoid being forced into a nursing home as they age. Still, a large number of seniors will find themselves in institutional care someday. While the residents may have to sacrifice some of their independence and mobility, the nursing homes are…

If You’re Drowning in Debt, Credit Counseling Can Help – But Beware of High Fees and Questionable Tactics

When will we ever learn? It seems that as a group we Americans are addicted to debt – credit card debt, student loans, car loans, signature loans, you name it. The debt burden on American households keeps rising, and as a result, when people get in so deep they feel like they’re drowning, many consumers…

Like an Oncoming Train: Many Retirees Will Face the “Unpredictable but Likely” Burden of Paying for Long-Term Care

A recent article from the CNBC website shone a spotlight on one of the great dilemmas facing most retirees: paying for the costs of long-term care. As the CNBC article, written by reporter Sarah O’Brien, points out, part of what makes this such a troubling issue for today’s seniors is that no one can say…

Open Enrollment Update: Medicare-Eligible but Still Employed? Here Are Some Things You Need to Know

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 (for coverage beginning in January 2020) is winding down. Americans 65 and older have until December 7th to either enroll in Medicare or to switch from one plan to another. But what if you’re Medicare-eligible and still employed full-time, receiving health care benefits through your employer? Does Medicare affect you?…

New York Times: A Growing Number of Vietnam Vets Seek Hospice Care from the VA, and the Agency is Determined to Meet the Need

Veterans Day 2019 has come and gone, but it’s never too late or too early to honor those who served our country in the armed forces. We recently came across an encouraging report in the New York Times (originally published on Veterans Day) about how the Veterans Administration is facing a growing onslaught of aging…