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Medicare Advantage Plans Serve Most Beneficiaries Well – Until Ill Health Strikes

A growing number of seniors hitting that magical age of 65 are facing one of retirement’s first big decisions: whether to opt for Medicare or Medicare Advantage for their health care. And it seems as if the Advantage plans, offered by private insurers instead of the federal government, are winning the battle. Last year about…

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Cognitive Impairment Following Surgery Affects Thousands – Yet Few Are Warned Beforehand

If you are about to undergo surgery, the doctors will warn you about possible physical side effects during recovery. They’ll tell you how long it will be before you can resume your daily routine. They’ll advise you about medications and give you a list of precautions. But there’s one thing they may not tell you:…

Barbara Bush’s Death Teaches Lessons about Comfort Care

The issues of comfort care and end of life medical decisions are front and center with the death of Barbara Bush. Earlier this week America lost one of its best-known and most-admired citizens, former First Lady Barbara Bush. She passed away Tuesday April 17th at age 92 in her Houston home, surrounded by family, including her husband George H.W. Bush, our 41st President.

Live it Up for Less: Five Ways to Cut Spending and Still Enjoy a Quality Retirement

Ah, retirement! It’s just one fancy meal and exotic trip after another, right? Well…maybe for a tiny handful of the über wealthy. For the rest of us, living in retirement means learning to compromise, improvise and economize, since there’s usually a limited amount of resources to spend on things that are purely fun. However, the…

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Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You? Here are 8 Factors to Consider

In recent years there has been no shortage of articles about the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), better known as the reverse mortgage. At AgingOptions we read these articles with a great deal of interest, since questions about these powerful but misunderstood financial tools come up frequently in our LifePlanning Seminars and on our radio…

Misunderstood, Often Misdiagnosed: This Type of Dementia Affects 60,000 Adults, Most Aged 45-64

There is a type of dementia that few have heard of. Far less common than Alzheimer’s disease, which affects some 5 million Americans, this type of dementia is found in about 60,000 people nationwide. It’s called frontotemporal degeneration or FTD, and though it’s largely unknown, it’s the most common form of dementia among patients under…

MarketWatch Article Recommends a “New Approach” to Retirement Planning – and it Sounds Pretty Familiar!

Here at AgingOptions, we can’t count the number of times we’ve reminded radio listeners and seminar guests that the traditional approach to retirement planning – focusing on finances and virtually ignoring everything else – is (as we say) a recipe for disaster. Sometimes we feel like a voice crying in the wilderness! So it’s gratifying…

Experts Propose New Ways to Define (and One Day Treat) Alzheimer’s

For the past several years there has been little if any obvious change in the way doctors diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Typically, a patient starts showing some observable signs and symptoms, and they come to their doctor for neurological testing. By the time the familiar symptoms of dementia begin to show, the disease has already progressed…

Medicare Advantage Plans Cleared to Offer Expanded Services This Fall

Starting this fall, your ride to the doctor’s office or your home-delivered meal might be covered by your Medicare Advantage plan. The same goes for that air conditioner you need to help deal with your chronic asthma or the grab bar you needed installed in your shower for safety. Indeed, the popular Medicare Advantage programs…