Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Opportunities and Challenges, and Preparation is Essential, says Forbes

As we’ve been reminding you in our blog and on the radio, Medicare open enrollment is arriving very soon, along with autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. The official opening date is October 15th, but the window that allows you to change or upgrade your coverage without penalty only stays open for a fairly brief…

The Economy May Be Doing Okay, but Financial Pain Still Affects Many Americans, Especially Retirees

If you tried to evaluate how well the economy is doing simply by looking at the Dow Jones or the overall employment rate, you might conclude that everyone is happy and secure here in the USA. But if you consider individual households, the picture is considerably less clear, according to financial writer Richard Eisenberg. We…

Searching for the Simplest Way to Delay and Even Reverse Cognitive Decline? Get Out and Take a Walk!

Here at AgingOptions we always like stories that offer simple solutions to complex problems, and this article which we originally brought to your attention late last year is a good example. Many studies in recent years have shown a clear connection between a healthy body and a healthy brain. But in late 2018 we reported…

New York Times Report: Dying at Home May Be the First Choice – but it May Not Be the Best Choice for Everyone

Is dying at home overrated? That’s the provocative subtitle that brought a recent New York Times article to our attention. In survey after survey, most Americans say they prefer to die in their own homes, and conventional wisdom says that the familiar environment of home and family is the optimum place to pass away. But…

Age-Friendly Health Care: Geriatric Specialists Suggest Simple Ways to Make Medical Facilities Safer for Seniors

For the majority of us, aging will bring a host of physical challenges. Even a relatively healthy senior adult can have some difficulty walking, rising from a chair, or reading the small lettering on a sign, especially in busy public places. Unfortunately, some of those public places that should be designed with seniors in mind…

Cognitive Impairment and Financial Decision-Making: Recognizing the Warning Signs in Someone You Love

According to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) one senior in three passes away with some form of dementia – and those numbers are increasing. So that presents a pretty strong likelihood that an aging person you love will at some point have to deal with the effects of cognitive impairment. Every month there are many articles…

Retirement Planning is a long street!

A Bed of Roses or a Briar Patch? Your Future Depends on Avoiding These Five Retirement Mistakes, Says Kiplinger

Here at AgingOptions we run across retirement-related articles all the time that are about financial planning and little else. As Rajiv Nagaich has said repeatedly, a retirement plan and a financial plan are simply not the same. Having plenty of money is no guarantee of retirement satisfaction – on the contrary, unless you plan carefully…

Caregivers Support

New York Times Report: The Burden of Caregiving is Reshaping the Lives of Millions, and Costing Billions in Lost Wages

Here on the AgingOptions blog, we’ve written before about the overwhelming burden being borne by the nation’s caregivers. Because this burden of caregiving affects so many aspects of our society, we feel this an important story to revisit from time to time. Chances are good that you and your family are impacted by this issue…

Study Shows Wearing a Hearing Aid Dramatically Reduces Risk of Dementia and Depression

What if there were one small device that, if worn, could help seniors avoid falling, slow the onset of depression, and even reduce the risk of being diagnosed with dementia? According to recent research described in this story recently published on the MarketWatch website, there is. It’s called a hearing aid.  As the article’s author,…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins in a Month, and the Time to Start Gathering Information is Now

Fall officially begins soon, and with it come all the autumn traditions: football games, chilly nights, falling leaves, and, of course, Medicare open enrollment. Whether you’re completely satisfied with your current coverage or eager to make a change, this is the season when you really need to do your homework and make your choices. One…