Swedish Study Shows Higher Fitness Levels Result in Dramatically Lower Rates of Dementia

What if you learned that there’s one lifestyle change you can make that could dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing dementia? A 44-year long Swedish study, just described in the journal Neurology, revealed some truly extraordinary results that may provide at least preliminary evidence of that “silver bullet” in the battle against cognitive decline. The…

Medicare’s Complex Maze of Choices Even Stumps the Financial Experts

When people talk about Medicare, the first comment they typically make is, “Why is choosing a plan so dang complicated?” Evaluating the coverage options available to the average senior turning 65 (or someone older who is leaving an employer-provided plan for the first time) can take weeks or months of research and hours of professional…

“Grey Divorce”: a Rising Divorce Rate among Seniors Brings Devastating Financial and Emotional Consequences

First, let’s consider the good news. Things are looking up on the marriage front, according to multiple researchers. The divorce rate among adults in the 25-39 year old age group went down between 1990 and 2015, dropping more than 20 percent. Among adults in their 40s, the divorce rate is up slightly, but overall is…

Paying More, Getting Less: High Prices Drive U.S. Health Care Inefficiencies

Every so often here at AgingOptions we encounter information that causes us to scratch our heads in amazement, and here’s the most recent example: in the United States, we seem to have perfected the art of paying more for our health care – and getting less to show for it – than any other industrialized…

Elder Financial Abuse: Too Often, It’s All in the Family

The problem of elder financial abuse has been widely reported – in fact, we’ve published several articles about this tragic topic right here on our AgingOptions blog.  Often the articles that warn about those who take advantage of seniors seem to concentrate on strangers – the scam artists on the phone or the bogus general…

Troubling Study Reveals Seniors are at High Risk of Opioid Addiction

The story has been all over the news in recent months, with headline after headline declaring that America is in the midst of a severe epidemic of addiction to painkillers. “From wonder drug to abuse epidemic,” says CNN. “The worst drug crisis in American history,” says PBS’s Frontline. According to the U.S. Department of Health…

Thinking About the Ideal Setting for Retirement? Follow These Steps

One of the most important retirement decisions – and sometimes one of the most overlooked – is the decision about where you’ll want to live as you age. Based on thousands of conversations with clients, radio listeners and seminar guests, we would observe that all too many seniors go into retirement assuming they’ll be able…

WSJ: Reverse Mortgages Becoming “More Appealing” to Younger Retirees

When the Wall Street Journal talks, people tend to listen, and that certainly applies to a subject as frequently misunderstood as reverse mortgages. A year or so ago this article appeared in the pages of this authoritative financial paper, and we have to imagine that it caused a few skeptics to sit up and take…