New York Times Report: The Pandemic May Keep You from Visiting Mom, But Technology Can Help You Make Sure She’s Safe

One of the many unfortunate side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been the loneliness felt by many seniors whose families aren’t able to visit. While some states and localities are slowly opening up for limited visits, others are still in lockdown, which means it’s going on four months since some isolated seniors, especially those…

Vitamin A, B, C, D, E – but What About Vitamin K? Many Seniors Aren’t Getting Enough of This Essential Nutrient, Studies Find

Nationwide surveys show that nearly 86 percent of Americans – roughly seven out of eight – take vitamin supplements. Most of us have at least a rough idea of the benefits of the “major” vitamins such as B complex, D, and E, and many take extra vitamin C when we feel a cold coming on.…

“Father Knows Best” – or Does He? What Kind of Lessons in Money Management Did Your Dad Teach?

Happy Father’s Day, 2020, from all of us at AgingOptions. Whether your dad was present in your life or absent, and whether he was a good example or a bad one, chances are good that your father influenced the trajectory of your life in profound ways. That’s certainly true in the area of money and…

“Like Putting On a Trash Bag” – As Government Deliveries Fall Short, Nursing Homes Are Running Out of Personal Protective Equipment

The ongoing story of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic has been a study in fits and starts: some pieces seem to go well while others are plagued with disorganization and failed promises. As one example, our reaction here at AgingOptions to this recent expose from Kaiser Health News was one of anger and…

Mother and Daughter - balancing safety and autonomy

Creating an Ethical Will: How a “Legacy Letter” Can Help Communicate Love, Lessons, and Values to Those You Leave Behind

As we age, many of us begin to think about the concept of “leaving a legacy.” Too frequently, however, the focus turns to money, as if the only legacy that truly matters when we die is a pile of cash, a portfolio of real estate, or a healthy business. But as this recent Kiplinger article…

Here Are Three Big Reasons (According to One Insurance Agent) Why People Decide to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance

Here at AgingOptions we always advise our readers and radio listeners not to get all their information about any product from a person who makes his or her living selling it. It’s always essential to get balanced advice. But it’s also true that sometimes people inside an industry know it best, so with that in…

Because of the Coronavirus, the World Has Changed Forever – and So Have America’s Retirement Communities

There’s hardly an aspect of American life that hasn’t been altered by the current coronavirus pandemic, from how we shop to how we travel to how we live. These sweeping changes are also affecting America’s retirement communities, as this recent CNBC article explains. Written by reporter Sarah O’Brien, the article explains how operators of age-restricted…

Retiring Early May Sound Like a Dream Come True – but Before You Make It Your Goal, Consider These Drawbacks

We’ve all seen the articles, usually accompanied by beautiful photos of attractive middle-aged couples on an exotic beach at sunset. “This could be you,” the caption reads. “Simply follow our advice and you can retire early!” But while early retirement may be the dream of many people, there’s an old saying that goes, “Be careful…

Is Everybody Thinking That Retirement is the Time to Downsize? Many of Today’s Boomers Are Saying, “Not So Fast!”

The traditional to-do list for couples approaching retirement includes several familiar elements: signing up for Medicare, deciding when to take Social Security, figuring out what to do about the 401(k), and so on. But what about selling the big family home and downsizing to the smaller house with lower costs and less maintenance? A significant…