“Done Procrastinating” – How the Loss of a Loved One Looks and Feels for Those Left Behind

Here at AgingOptions we like to share articles that tell a familiar tale in an unconventional way. That was our reaction to this touching and poignant article from the Washington Post just last week. At first, we weren’t sure how applicable the message in the column, written by writer Emily Maloney, would be to AgingOptions…

Despite Growing Connectedness, Millions of Seniors Face “An Epidemic of Loneliness” During the Holidays and All Year Long

Recently here at the AgingOptions blog we came across yet another reminder of just how lonely people are during the holidays. This recent article from CBS News featured a group interview with a diverse panel of men and women of all ages, with one common thread: they all describe themselves as being lonely. One study…

Yet Another Study Demonstrates the Benefits of Walking to Delay – and Even to Reverse – Cognitive Decline

We’ve written about this topic before – many times – here on the AgingOptions blog, but some recommendations are just too important to ignore. Now another new study has demonstrated once again that something as simple as regular walking can delay, and perhaps even reverse, the onset of cognitive decline leading to dementia. You Can…

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Anticipating Surgery in the New Year? Innovative Hospitals Are Helping Seniors Get in Shape for Better Outcome, Speedier Recovery

It’s a problem that the medical community has known about for years – and it seems they’re finally doing something about it. Next year the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is planning to launch a new, nationwide program designed to help senior patients be better prepared for surgery. The goal is a faster recovery and…

Reverse Mortgage Update: Falling Home Prices Plus Insufficient Retirement Savings Make This the Time to Act

You’ve heard about it – you’ve read about it – you’ve thought about it. The idea of a reverse mortgage has been on your “retirement radar” for quite a while, but for some reason you’ve delayed taking action. A pair of recent news articles might just change your mind and persuade you that now is…

If You’re Over 70 ½, there’s a Critical Tax Deadline Looming Just Days Away – and Missing It Will Cost You Plenty

Most people with retirement savings in a tax-deferred account – typically a 401(k) or 403(b) account – know that sooner or later the IRS is going to want their tax money. That’s why the rules governing these accounts allow savers to deposit tax-deferred funds only up to a certain age, after which withdrawals have to…

Kaiser Health News Report: Medicare Cuts Payments to Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up in the Hospital

Nursing home operators across the U.S. are being put on notice by the federal government: if their residents keep winding up in the hospital for reasons that could have been avoided, Medicare plans to hit the nursing homes right in the wallet. At the same time, the feds have announced financial incentives for nursing homes…

Many Retirees are Unprepared for an Unplanned Expense, Experts Say, and the Consequences Can Be Costly

A new study by the Society of Actuaries has shed light on a subject that should be of concern to retirees, according to this recently-published Money magazine article. While many retirees manage their day-to-day budgeting fairly well, a significant percentage are completely unprepared for financial emergencies, and when an unplanned expense comes along, they are…

Kaiser Health News: Feds Order More Weekend Nursing Home Inspections to Uncover Chronic Staffing Shortages

Nursing homes that are operating with unacceptably low weekend staffing are about to get a surprise. An article we just read on the Kaiser Health News website reports that CMS – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – has ordered state inspectors to begin conducting more unannounced inspections on weekends, when staffing shortages are…

New York Times: Retirement May Actually Cost Less Per Year as Average Spending Declines Over Time

Do you have enough saved for retirement? If you ask the average senior, their answer will likely be no. A steady stream of articles, including some we’ve included here on the AgingOptions blog, contributes to the fear shared by many U.S. adults that they are in real danger of running out of money as they…