In the Midst of All the Bad News About the Coronavirus, Here Are Some Encouraging Stories of Care, Compassion, and Creativity

In uncertain and even discouraging times, leave it to morning network television to bring us an array of “feel good” stories to dispel a bit of the gloom. We wanted to pass along a few of these nuggets here on the AgingOptions blog to brighten your outlook just a bit. Hard times make some people…

“Retirement Day One”: If You’re Afraid to Retire, Consider Easing Your Way Into It With the Three C’s

There are plenty of people – and maybe you’re one of them – who think about retirement for decades while still working, only to be terrified by the prospect as the date draws closer. Recently we read this article on the topic of retirement fears on the NexrAvenue website. Author Connie Baher, a nationally-known career…

Having a Dog Can Be Great for Seniors, but Be Careful: Dog Walking Injuries are On the Rise

A dog is man’s best friend – we’ve all heard that a thousand times. What’s more, a dog can also be a senior’s best friend, providing companionship, encouraging sociability, and promoting healthy exercise. What could be wrong with that? Dog Walking Injuries Rise by 163 percent As it turns out, there is a downside to…

A Special Message from Rajiv Nagaich: In the Current Climate of Fear, Don’t Overlook the Urgency of Proper Planning

LATE BREAKING NEWS: As this article was being prepared, Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered major restrictions on visits to nursing homes and care facilities. Except in end of life situations, long-term care residents will be limited to one visitor per day. These new rules affect some 55,000 state residents living in care facilities, according to…

Couples and Retirement: If You and Your Partner Are On the Same Page Concerning These Topics, You’ll Avoid Trouble Ahead

Comprehensive retirement planning is essential if you’re going to enjoy the kind of life you’ve always wanted after you stop full-time work. But if you’re married or otherwise in a long-term relationship, the title of the old song comes to mind: “It Takes Two.” This recent article from NextAvenue is a timely reminder that couples…

Are You Financially Ready to Retire? Here are Eight Warning Signs That Might Suggest the Answer is No

You’ve dreamed about it. You’ve planned for it. But now that retirement is approaching, you might be asking yourself – “Am I ready for it?” In our research here at AgingOptions, we come across a wide range of articles on the topic of retirement readiness, most recently this one from the current edition of USNews.…

An older worker who is putting off retirement

“Solo Agers” May Enjoy Living Independently, but Navigating a Retirement Future Without Family Support Requires Planning

Most of us when contemplating growing older expect to have our spouse and supportive family members alongside us on the journey. As we often say here at AgingOptions, “Aging is a family affair.” However, for millions of seniors, their experience will be quite different: for a variety of reasons these men and women are aging…

Kaiser Health News: Kirkland Nursing Home at Epicenter of Coronavirus Outbreak Shows the Danger to Elderly Residents Nationwide

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, continues to be front page news across the country and around the world. Perhaps surprisingly, no single place in the U.S. has been affected more profoundly than a skilled nursing facility right here in Kirkland, Washington, in the backyard of AgingOptions’ headquarters. Stories of illness among residents and staff,…

Investor’s Business Daily Says These are the Five Biggest Retirement Mistakes People Make – But We Think Something is Missing

As we at AgingOptions scan the headlines for relevant articles to bring to your attention, we run across many that have titles like, “Six Things You Must Do Before You Retire,” or “Four Things You Must Look for in a Financial Planner.” This week we came across another, on the website of Investor’s Business Daily,…

Depression, Dementia, Even Early Death: Studies of Seniors Link Feelings of Loneliness with Major Health Concerns

We’ve written before here on the AgingOptions blog about the host of physical and emotional problems seniors experience when they live with chronic loneliness and isolation. Because this subject affects so many seniors and families, we wanted to update you on a few recent articles that put the “loneliness crisis” into perspective. The big takeaway…