A Six-Figure Mistake: New Study Shows Taking Social Security Too Early Costs the Average American Over $100,000

Here at the AgingOptions blog we read a lot of articles about Social Security, including an endless parade of recommendations concerning the best way to maximize benefits. Just last week we posted this article about the five Social Security myths that can cost you plenty. But over the past few days we’ve seen a barrage…

Don’t Let Your Dream Retirement Home Become a Nightmare – Before You Move, Ask Yourself the Right Questions!

If you and your “significant other” are starting to look ahead to retirement, it’s likely you’ve spent some time daydreaming about where you might live. While most retirees say they hope to age in their own home, close to family and friends, there are still plenty of folks out there who dream of retiring in…

Is it time to fire your doctor?

AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Neck Scan Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Late last year we ran this article on the AgingOptions blog that described new research showing a strong connection between hardening of the arteries and dementia. The study showed conclusive evidence that poor arterial health can increase the risk of cognitive decline by as much as 60 percent. Then a short time later came this…

Taking early social security is usually a bad idea.

Beware of These Five Social Security Myths – They Could End Up Costing You Plenty

Here at AgingOptions we are constantly being reminded that there is a vast amount of misinformation out there about Social Security. This program, so important to senior Americans, is widely misunderstood – so much so that thousands of retirees are making decisions every year that can end up costing them a lot of money over…

Wall Street Journal Report: Financial Institutions are Monitoring Older Customers to Detect Cognitive Decline

If you have an older loved one in your life who is still managing his or her own finances, you’re probably on constant lookout for any signs that he or she is “starting to slip” – in other words, that they are suffering from cognitive impairment. If this concern is causing you stress, it might…

When Helping Others Who Are Dealing with Grief, Your Actions Can Speak Much Louder than Your Words

As we age, there’s one inevitable reality we all face: we have to contend with the loss of friends and loved ones. This frequently means walking the journey of grief alongside someone who has just lost a spouse, sibling, parent or friend. Even for pastors and others trained in how to deal with grief, helping…

Are You Feeling Positive About Your Health and About Aging? How You Think Affects How You Feel, Studies Show

Here at the AgingOptions blog, we’ve just come across a pair of articles that demonstrate something most of us understand intuitively: our attitude – especially about aging and health – has a powerful and direct bearing on how we feel. These articles also provide yet more evidence that today’s aging baby boomers are refusing to…

Family Finance Update: A Spendthrift Trust Can Help You Keep Your Heirs from Blowing Their Inheritance

Just a few weeks ago here on the AgingOptions blog, we shared some helpful advice about the right approach to giving money to your family members. The gist of the article (you’ll find it here) is that there’s a right way – and a wrong way – to give resources away, and if you want…

Is Your Retirement Date Getting Closer? Consider this Four-Step Retirement Checklist to See If You’re Really Ready

There’s no shortage of articles telling us how to prepare for retirement – but until you’re really ready to hear the information it tends to fall on deaf ears. This article we recently found on the Motley Fool website is a good basic case in point: it presents “A 4-Step Checklist for People About to…