AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Scan of Blood Vessels in the Neck Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Earlier this month 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. Five-Minute Scan Provides Dramatic Results Now as…

Not Just “One and Done”: Getting Your Flu Vaccine Over Multiple Years Brings Unexpected Benefits for Seniors

Back in January we first brought you the important news that getting a flu shot every year is extremely helpful in keeping vulnerable seniors from being hospitalized with dangerous influenza. Now with the flu season ramping up, as a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we felt it was time to revisit the story. Flu…

Time to Have the “Assisted Living Discussion” with Your Parent? Consider These Tips on How to Broach the Subject

One of the hardest discussions an adult child can have with an aging parent involves moving into assisted living. Bringing up the topic of leaving behind a familiar home can trigger an avalanche of emotions ranging from denial to defensiveness to anger. With that in mind, if you feel the time is right to broach…

Federal Law Entitles You to Your Medical Records – so Why Do Hospitals Make It So Difficult?

These days our privacy seems more and more threatened. Every few weeks, it seems, there’s a new headline about some massive security breach in which hundreds of thousands if not millions of names, addresses, passwords and credit card numbers have been leaked to identity thieves trying to make a pile of money by stealing yours.…

Choosing a Medigap Plan

Medicare Supplemental Insurance (also called Medigap) helps consumers cover the financial “gap” created between Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B insurance plans. This white paper will help clarify what a Medigap policy covers, who might benefit from having the policy and how to make an educated purchase of a Medigap policy. Medicare is a…

Enrollment in Medicare Advantage is Growing Rapidly – and So Are “Inappropriate” Claim Denials, Federal Study Reveals

The popularity of Medicare Advantage programs is on the rise. Medicare officials project that enrollment in these private alternatives to regular Medicare will spike by more than 11 percent next year, accounting for 37 percent of total Medicare beneficiaries. Seniors are drawn to Medicare Advantage by the attractive blend of lower premiums and enhanced benefits…

About to Retire? Don’t Neglect Your Credit Score – it will Still Prove Helpful Even When You’re No Longer Working.

All through our adult lives we’re continually reminded of the importance of paying our bills on time. One of the chief benefits: a high credit score, the Holy Grail of good money management. With a high credit score, we’re told, credit card companies, mortgage companies and car loan companies will be tying themselves in proverbial…

Another Reason to Exercise: Hardening of the Arteries Shown to Increase the Likelihood of Developing Dementia

A new study published in mid-October in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has given us all an even greater incentive to eat right, exercise and watch our blood pressure. Researchers have now found convincing evidence that hardening of the arteries, commonly called “atherosclerosis,” significantly increases the risk of developing dementia. The study was the subject…