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Casey Kasem Wasn’t the Only Celebrity Lacking a Strong Estate Plan

Here on the AgingOptions blog we’ve frequently used the sad tale of pop music celebrity Casey Kasem as an example of a wealthy person whose poor estate planning triggered a pathetic end-of-life spectacle. (Click here to read our blog article, published a few years ago, that described the sad affair of Casey Kasem.) By failing…

Study Links a Diet of Highly Processed Food with Risk of Cancer

Doctors and nutritionists have long suspected that the Western diet of highly processed foods, high in sugars and chemical additives, is bad for our health. Now for the first time a comprehensive medical study has shown what could be an alarming correlation between ultra-processed foods and some kinds of cancer. The study, described in this…

Tax Law Brings Seniors Some Good News: Higher Medical Deductions

We discovered this article just a few days ago on the website of USAToday, and it represents a bit of unexpected good news for seniors in the tax reform package recently passed on Capitol Hill and signed by President Trump.  According to finance columnist Susan Tompor, “Some retirees are grumbling that young families are getting…

Hoping for a Longer, Healthier Life? Try Improving Your Outlook

Just about everybody knows that having an optimistic outlook tends to make life more enjoyable. After all, who wants to wallow in pessimism?  You could say – generally speaking – that optimists have more fun, but there’s much more to being a positive person than simply enjoying life. In fact, according to an article that…

Reverse Mortgage Could be One Solution to Sky-High Property Taxes

It has been called “a bombshell,” “a perfect storm” and “a tsunami.” No matter what you call it, it’s one of the leading topics of conversation here in the Puget Sound area where AgingOptions is based. What’s causing all this conversation and consternation? In two words, “property taxes” – or, more to the point, it’s…