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Is It Time to Fire Your Doctor? Here are Nine Reasons Why the Answer May be “Yes”

The doctor-patient relationship is sacrosanct – we all realize that. Our physicians generally know more about us, inside and out, than any other human being. When the relationship is healthy, it is characterized by a sound sense of trust and a high degree of mutuality and openness. A patient in a strong relationship with his…

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“Financial Wellness” is Much More than a Mere Buzzword – it can Overcome Stress and Brighten Your Future

What stresses you out? If you’re like nearly two-thirds of Americans, issues surrounding money are right up there near the top of the list, according to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey. Money ranked alongside work and politics as the thing that’s creating the most anxiety these days among our fellow citizens. A…

Writing a Will, Keeping it Current, and Choosing the Right Executor – Important Steps Too Often Neglected

Everyone knows you need a will, yet even in this so-called enlightened age, a surprising number of Americans have never gotten around to preparing one. According to the LegalZoom website, “Approximately 55 percent of American adults do not have a will or other estate plan in place,” a number that has remained fairly constant for…

New York Times: Could Rising Rates of Depression, even Suicide, be Linked to Common Medications?

An unnerving article we just discovered in the New York Times asks a penetrating question: could the rise in rates of depression and suicide be somehow linked to increasing use of common prescription drugs, some of which are also available over the counter? This inquiry was prompted by a just-released report showing that more than…

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New from Kiplinger: Take This Quiz and See How Much You Know About Reverse Mortgages

So you think you know all there is to know about reverse mortgages? So did we, until we took this reverse mortgage quiz that we found in a just-published article from the  highly respected financial website Kiplinger. This quiz was written by well-known retirement writer Jamie Hopkins, Professor of Retirement Income Planning at the American…

Social Security Trustees’ Report Presents a Grim Future – but Not an Impossible One

By now you’ve almost certainly read or heard about the 2018 Social Security trustees’ report (if you want a link to the real thing you’ll find it here on the government’s website). Released last week, the report painted a fairly bleak – but not altogether surprising – picture of the Social Security program that is…

People with Dementia Still Retain Sense of Self and Have a Positive Quality of Life, Research Reveals

What is the one illness Americans are most afraid of – the one we fear more than cancer, stroke or heart disease?  The answer probably does not come as a surprise: it’s Alzheimer’s disease.  But this fascinating article we discovered last year on the website of Kaiser Health News provided a much different perspective on…

Should a Financial Planner Hire a Financial Planner? This One Did: Find Out Why

Here at AgingOptions we’ve spoken and written frequently about the pros and cons of hiring a financial planner. As you know if you’ve heard us discussing this topic, we are generally in favor of people hiring a professional to provide solid, objective financial advice, since the landscape can get very confusing when it comes to…

Consumer Alert: Federal Government Alleges “Suspicious Prescriptions” in U.S. Nursing Homes

If you have a loved one currently living in a nursing home, you may want to check to see whether he or she has been prescribed the drug Nuedexta.  If so, your loved one may be receiving a drug that is unnecessary and even unsafe, and the prescription that recommended Nuedexta may have been part…

Exercise Benefits the Brain, Scientists Report – but How Much Exercise? New Report Provides Answers

Just about anyone who reads articles about dementia knows that there is mounting evidence of the benefits of exercise. Hardly a week goes by that we at AgingOptions aren’t running across another report that demonstrates how those who work out have better cognitive health than those who remain sedentary. But just how much exercise is…