Can People Find Joy Living with Alzheimer’s Disease? A Growing Number of Patients and Families are Learning How

Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise in the U.S. We’ve shared the statistics before: today about 6 million Americans live with dementia, mostly Alzheimer’s, and by 2050 that number will soar to more than 14 million. The typical narrative describes Alzheimer’s disease using familiar adjectives, such as devastating, tragic, catastrophic. But who would ever describe…

The Key to a Happy Retirement is Planning, Says MarketWatch – and Not Just Financial Planning

We’re always a bit skeptical here at AgingOptions when we encounter an article – especially in a financial website like MarketWatch – with a title like, “Everything You Need to Do Before You Retire.” Nine times out of ten, it’s an article about saving more, spending less, adjusting your portfolio, and so on. In other…

Want to Maximize Social Security for You and for Your Spouse? Avoid These Seven Common Mistakes

Every so often we think it’s a good idea to revisit a common topic that is both vitally important to retirees and widely misunderstood: Social Security. These benefits constitute the bulk of the income for millions of retirees, yet year after year people make mistakes that end up costing them and their surviving spouses tens…

Retirement Age: Working til 70 May Not be an “Easy Fix” for Retirement Crisis, Study Reports – so How About 80?

A pair of recent articles on authoritative news websites have provided an interesting perspective on the question of what the “official” retirement age – as determined by Social Security eligibility – ought to be. One article quotes a study showing that the common recommendation to work until age 70 might not be possible for a…

“Bored Boomers” Are Beginning to Ask, “Is Today’s Retirement Model Irrelevant?”

The so-called modern view of retirement is pretty straightforward. You start your work life with a series of jobs in your late teens and early twenties. Eventually you settle into your “life’s work” and follow that journey for four decades or so, saving money along the way. Sometime in your late sixties, certainly by age…