The Most Common Knee Surgery Performed on Seniors Might Actually Do More Harm than Good

It’s a medical procedure that is performed on an estimated 750,000 people in the U.S. each year. It was performed on nearly 122,000 Medicare recipients in 2016 at a cost of up to $10,000 per patient. And, says a recent study, “it’s also usually a waste, if not downright harmful.” That quote comes from this…

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Court Ruling Casts Doubt on the Future of the “Fiduciary Rule”

The so-called “Fiduciary Rule,” an Obama-administration set of regulations designed to protect retirement savers from potentially unscrupulous financial advisers, may not be exactly dead, but it appears to be on life support. That’s the conclusion we draw from a pair of articles that appeared in the national press in recent days. The first article we…

Extreme Advance Directive Allowing Dementia Patients to Refuse Food and Water Triggers Controversy

Is it “an informed and thoughtful choice,” or is it a “disturbing” threat to “the most vulnerable in society”?  A newly-drafted advanced directive in New York State is already provoking deep controversy among medical ethicists, geriatric physicians, and families of those with dementia. The controversy is explained in this article that appeared last week on…

Should Your Aging Parent Move in with You and Your Family? Experts say, “Consult Your Head and Your Heart”

It’s a decision a growing number of families will face, especially as the baby boomers get older. Your mom or dad is starting to show signs of physical or cognitive decline. They seem less happy and secure living on their own than they used to. Sooner or later for millions of families the question will…

Swedish Study Shows Higher Fitness Levels Result in Dramatically Lower Rates of Dementia

What if you learned that there’s one lifestyle change you can make that could dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing dementia? A 44-year long Swedish study, just described in the journal Neurology, revealed some truly extraordinary results that may provide at least preliminary evidence of that “silver bullet” in the battle against cognitive decline. The…

Medicare’s Complex Maze of Choices Even Stumps the Financial Experts

When people talk about Medicare, the first comment they typically make is, “Why is choosing a plan so dang complicated?” Evaluating the coverage options available to the average senior turning 65 (or someone older who is leaving an employer-provided plan for the first time) can take weeks or months of research and hours of professional…

“Grey Divorce”: a Rising Divorce Rate among Seniors Brings Devastating Financial and Emotional Consequences

First, let’s consider the good news. Things are looking up on the marriage front, according to multiple researchers. The divorce rate among adults in the 25-39 year old age group went down between 1990 and 2015, dropping more than 20 percent. Among adults in their 40s, the divorce rate is up slightly, but overall is…

Paying More, Getting Less: High Prices Drive U.S. Health Care Inefficiencies

Every so often here at AgingOptions we encounter information that causes us to scratch our heads in amazement, and here’s the most recent example: in the United States, we seem to have perfected the art of paying more for our health care – and getting less to show for it – than any other industrialized…