People with Dementia Still Retain Sense of Self and Have a Positive Quality of Life, Research Reveals

What is the one illness Americans are most afraid of – the one we fear more than cancer, stroke or heart disease?  The answer probably does not come as a surprise: it’s Alzheimer’s disease.  But this fascinating article we discovered last year on the website of Kaiser Health News provided a much different perspective on…

Should a Financial Planner Hire a Financial Planner? This One Did: Find Out Why

Here at AgingOptions we’ve spoken and written frequently about the pros and cons of hiring a financial planner. As you know if you’ve heard us discussing this topic, we are generally in favor of people hiring a professional to provide solid, objective financial advice, since the landscape can get very confusing when it comes to…

Consumer Alert: Federal Government Alleges “Suspicious Prescriptions” in U.S. Nursing Homes

If you have a loved one currently living in a nursing home, you may want to check to see whether he or she has been prescribed the drug Nuedexta.  If so, your loved one may be receiving a drug that is unnecessary and even unsafe, and the prescription that recommended Nuedexta may have been part…

Exercise Benefits the Brain, Scientists Report – but How Much Exercise? New Report Provides Answers

Just about anyone who reads articles about dementia knows that there is mounting evidence of the benefits of exercise. Hardly a week goes by that we at AgingOptions aren’t running across another report that demonstrates how those who work out have better cognitive health than those who remain sedentary. But just how much exercise is…

Critics Claim Medicare Officials are Distorting the Facts to Favor Medicare Advantage Plans

Every year in September the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) sends out it’s annual review of “all things Medicare,” called Medicare & You. This fall some 43 million copies of this annual guide will land in the mailboxes of U.S. households. But according to this recent PBS News Hour report, three leading senior…

Huffington Post Article Pulls No Punches in Describing the Tough Caregiving Burden Facing Millennials

We’ve run quite a few articles on our AgingOptions Blog about the role of caregivers in today’s society. But this recent column from the Huffington Post really grabbed our attention, not so much because in contains new information, but because it’s written squarely at tomorrow’s generation of caregivers: the millennials, those born between the early…

VA-approved Foster Care Program Provides Loving Home for Vets, and Saves Uncle Sam Millions

A small program that began in Little Rock, Arkansas, almost 20 years ago is now providing home-like care to about 1,000 veterans, at a fraction of the cost of nursing care. Besides saving the Department of Veterans Affairs millions in care costs annually, this initiative, called the Medical Foster Home program, provides loving care in…

You’re Not Ready to Retire until You’ve Answered This Key Question

So you think you’re ready for retirement? You have your financial plan in place and you’re pretty certain you know what you need to know about Medicare and Social Security? That’s a good start, but it’s nowhere near enough. Because comprehensive preparation for a fruitful retirement is what we’re all about at AgingOptions, we wanted…

Dementia Update: Odds of Good Brain Health After Age 65 Seem to be Increasing, New Research Shows

If you were to read the headlines in some of the articles about aging, you would probably conclude that everybody over the age of 65 is on an inevitable slide toward dementia. Alarming reports make it seem as if every retiree is doomed to a gloomy life with their basic mental faculties severely diminished. With…