Aretha Franklin

Breaking News: Soul Queen Aretha Franklin Passed Away Without a Will or Trust, According to CNN Report

On August 16, 2018, the world lost a great artist when “Soul Queen” Aretha Franklin passed away at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. For boomers and many others, Franklin was an absolute artistic icon. Since her death in Detroit, praises have been flooding in from around the world, extolling her as an example of true…

What’s Wrong with this Picture? Life Expectancy Declines in a Majority of High-Income Nations Worldwide

We like to read about advances in medical technology and about victories over life-threatening diseases. It makes us feel good to think that medical science has all the answers. But at a time when medical spending is at an all-time high, newly-released data shows that for the first time in decades life expectancy for both…

When Helping Your Aging Parent Financially, Be Careful Not to Risk Your Own Retirement Future

Here’s a question more and more boomers are likely to face, if they haven’t already. How do today’s adults provide financial assistance to their struggling parents without putting their own financial security – not to mention their retirement plans – at risk? A Precarious Environment for Seniors Just a few weeks ago here on the…

Assisted Living is Ideal for Many Seniors, but Complaints About Quality of Care are On the Rise

Last fall, in its October 2017 issue, the authoritative magazine Consumer Reports ran a very intriguing and insightful cover story. The photo showed the hand of a frail senior being tenderly held by a much younger hand, beneath the headline, “Who Will Care for You?” The subtitle said, “Understanding the facts about elder care and…

Older Office Workers face age discrimination

New AARP Survey on Age Discrimination Shows 61 Percent of Older Workers Have Experienced It Firsthand

Pick up almost any retirement-related publication these days and there’s bound to be an article about how today’s boomers plan to work well past what used to be called “retirement age.” Experts say that workers today, either out of preference or necessity, expect to work at least to age 70 or even longer, but they…

The Capitol Building is where they debate social security benefits.

Social Security Benefits are Safe, says Kiplinger – Does That Mean We Can All Rest Easy?

It seems like the rumors never stop flying: Social Security is going broke, they say, so you’d better start claiming benefits now because the program isn’t likely to be around much longer. Somebody in your circle of friends, probably your cousin’s next-door neighbor, always claims to have the inside scoop about how this benefit that…

Harvard Study: U.S. is Unprepared for Looming Crisis in Senior Housing

Nearly three-quarters of senior Americans want to live in their own homes as they age – but less than one percent of American housing stock is properly equipped to accommodate them. That’s just one finding that grabbed our attention from a comprehensive study by Harvard University called “Housing America’s Older Adults.” It’s a long report…