More Beneficiaries, Fewer Workers: New Report Confirms Pessimistic Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

Another year, another pessimistic report about Social Security. This past week the annual report from the trustees for the federal government’s Social Security and Medicare programs was released, and while it showed some slight improvement in short-term outlook, the long-range forecast remains gloomy. As the rapidly-growing number of retirees collides with a shrinking labor force,…

A New Phenomenon in Senior Health Care: Geriatric Emergency Rooms, Geared to Older Patients, are Spreading Rapidly

The typical hospital emergency room can be a chaotic place. Trauma victims, people suffering from drug overdoses, families bringing in sick kids, and a host of others facing various medical crises are all being served – eventually – by a harried staff of doctors, nurses and orderlies doing their best to keep people moving through…

Making Friends in Retirement: The Key to Later-Life Satisfaction is Cultivating a Strong Social Network

If there were one key to a satisfying and happy retirement, what do you suppose it would be? A big bank account? A fancy condo on the beach? Great health insurance? The answer, say the experts, may surprise you: the key to happiness and satisfaction later in life is to have a healthy network of…

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No Time, No Information: New Research Reveals That Seniors and Families are “Poorly Served” When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Just last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we shared an article from Kaiser Health News showing that many seniors recovering from knee or hip surgery enjoy a better outcome and fewer complications recuperating at home instead of in a rehab facility. (You’ll find that article here.) But what about those who for various reasons…

Yet Another Industry Report Reveals What We Already Know: Boomers are Seriously Unprepared for Retirement

The articles seem to come out with depressing regularity, revealing the sobering truth: today’s boomer generation is woefully unprepared for retirement. This time here on the AgingOptions blog, we’re bringing two such articles to your attention, both based on data from a new financial industry survey. For those of you “with ears to hear,” we…

Tech for Seniors: New Technological Advances Can Help Cure Loneliness, Keep Dementia Patients at Home

New uses for technology keep cropping up every day, it seems. Here at AgingOptions we’ve just discovered two recent articles that provide new promises of tech benefits for seniors. One article gives evidence that today’s technology may play an important role in helping to reduce the epidemic of senior loneliness in our society, while the…

If You’re Married Facing Retirement, You Have Some Work to Do to Make Certain You’re On the Same Page

We enjoy reading articles by nationally-syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary. Her financial advice covers a wide range of topics but her views on money and aging are of particular interest to us here at AgingOptions. So we were immediately drawn to column we first read a year or so ago on the Washington Post website, and…

New Laws to Protect Seniors from Financial Scams are Being Adopted, Yet Billions of Dollars are Still Lost Annually

Here on the AgingOptions blog, we felt it was time for an update on the topic of financial scams targeting seniors. Are the new rules and regulations at the state and federal level that have been adopted over the past few years having any effect? The answer appears to be yes, there’s some evidence that…

The Missing Ingredient to Retirement Planning

“Poor Diet” Redefined: it’s Not Just What We Eat, but What We Don’t Eat That’s Killing Us, a Major Study Reports

A 27-year-long global study of diet and health has led to some eye-opening conclusions, according to this article that was recently carried on CNN. “Which risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other?” asks the article. “Not smoking. Not even high blood pressure. It’s a poor diet.” Avoiding a Poor…

Where’s the Best Place to Recuperate from Knee or Hip Surgery? New Study says Home is Where the Health Is

About a million Americans will have knee replacement surgery this year, and roughly 600,000 will have their hip joints replaced. For years the consensus in the medical community has been that the best place to undergo post-surgical rehabilitation is in a rehab center, typically a short-stay skilled nursing facility. But new research suggests otherwise: there’s…