Shrinking Inventory and Rising Mortgage Rates are Creating “a New Housing Crisis” for Boomers Looking to Downsize

As today’s boomers hit retirement, more and more are grappling with the question, “Do we downsize or do we age in place in our current home?” As this just-published Bankrate article makes clear, the choice isn’t quite that clear. “Baby boomers are struggling to downsize,” the article warns, “and it could create the next housing…

Worried About Retirement Savings? You Can Still Improve Your Financial Picture, but the Time to Act is Now

Here at the AgingOptions blog, we like to present common sense articles that answer questions most retirees are facing. In the case of this article recently published on the CNBC website, the question on the minds of many seniors is pretty straightforward: how can I make certain I don’t outlive my money? Optimistic About Retirement…

Reverse Mortgages are “Underutilized,” Forbes Magazine Reports, and They Deserve a Second Look

It’s always a puzzle to us when some people seem to have the solution to their financial problems in retirement right under their noses – yet they fail to take advantage of the situation. Whether out of fear, misinformation, or sheer inertia, they shy away from the one thing that seems perfectly suited to their…

You Want Fries with That? Seniors are Replacing Teens Behind the Fast Food Counter, Bloomberg Reports

If you were managing a fast food restaurant, you would hire the best employees you could find: people who were reliable, punctual and friendly – not to mention people willing to work for minimum wage. According to this interesting article just published by Bloomberg, a growing number of restaurant chains are finding these ideal fast…

AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Scan of Blood Vessels in the Neck Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Earlier this month we ran this article on the AgingOptions blog that described new research showing a strong connection between hardening of the arteries and dementia. The study showed conclusive evidence that poor arterial health can increase the risk of cognitive decline by as much as 60 percent. Five-Minute Scan Provides Dramatic Results Now as…

Not Just “One and Done”: Getting Your Flu Vaccine Over Multiple Years Brings Unexpected Benefits for Seniors

Back in January we first brought you the important news that getting a flu shot every year is extremely helpful in keeping vulnerable seniors from being hospitalized with dangerous influenza. Now with the flu season ramping up, as a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we felt it was time to revisit the story. Flu…

Time to Have the “Assisted Living Discussion” with Your Parent? Consider These Tips on How to Broach the Subject

One of the hardest discussions an adult child can have with an aging parent involves moving into assisted living. Bringing up the topic of leaving behind a familiar home can trigger an avalanche of emotions ranging from denial to defensiveness to anger. With that in mind, if you feel the time is right to broach…

Federal Law Entitles You to Your Medical Records – so Why Do Hospitals Make It So Difficult?

These days our privacy seems more and more threatened. Every few weeks, it seems, there’s a new headline about some massive security breach in which hundreds of thousands if not millions of names, addresses, passwords and credit card numbers have been leaked to identity thieves trying to make a pile of money by stealing yours.…