Is There a Hoarder in Your Family? This Disorder Disrupts Families, Endangers Health, and Costs Thousands to Remedy

Hoarding is one of those little-understood habits that people sometimes laugh about or make light of (or even feature on so-called reality television shows). But you are the adult child of a hoarder, you know the issue is no laughing matter. This article that appeared last year at this time on the NextAvenue website, written…

Economist Tells CNBC: “It’s Clearly a System Flaw” When So Few Americans Are Able to Save for a Secure Retirement

If you’re facing retirement without enough savings to feel secure, you’re hardly alone. Now a new report from the Economic Policy Institute confirms just how bad things are. Regardless of how old they are, few Americans are anywhere near the point of being financially prepared for retirement, and that, says the Institute, reveals some serious…

Mother and Daughter - balancing safety and autonomy

Kaiser Health News Article Asks – Are We Making Long-Term Promises to Our Loved Ones That We Can’t Keep?

Frequently on the AgingOptions blog we’ve written about the struggles caregivers go through in taking care of loved ones. Even though the caregiver has the best of intentions and is motivated by a genuine love for the one needing care, there are times – especially as someone’s condition worsens – when the burden becomes too…

If You’re Over 70 ½, there’s a Critical Tax Deadline Looming in a Matter of Days – and Missing It Will Cost You Plenty

Most people with retirement savings in a tax-deferred account – typically a 401(k) or 403(b) account – know that sooner or later the IRS is going to want their tax money. That’s why the rules governing these accounts allow savers to deposit tax-deferred funds only up to a certain age, after which withdrawals have to…

Want to Live to Age 100? Study Shows Certain Personality Traits Help Seniors Stay Healthy and Active Past the Century Mark

A growing number of seniors are reaching a milestone that used to be a demographic rarity. Advances in medicine and nutrition are helping more and more men and women reach the age of 100, and not just surviving but thriving. A pair of articles we discovered some time ago, one from Time and the other…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Open Enrollment is Finished – or Is It? Controversy Over Medicare’s Website Has Some Legislators Demanding a Do-Over

Over the past several weeks we’ve presented several articles here on the AgingOptions blog intended to help readers navigate the challenging decisions that had to be made during Medicare open enrollment. Officially this period ended December 7th. However, complaints over Medicare’s Plan Finder website have led several legislators and advocates for the rights of Medicare…

Medical Experts Say Preventive Care Saves Lives – Yet Half of All Seniors Are Not Up to Date on Essential Health Screening Tests

If you’ve listened to Rajiv Nagaich for any length of time, you’ve heard him talk about the need for preventive health care. “Most insurance plants do a pretty good job of caring for you once you’re sick,” he often states, “but most of them do a terrible job of keeping you from getting sick in…

Kiplinger Article Stresses the Importance of Taking Action Whenever You Spot Telltale Signs of Elder Fraud and Financial Abuse

When we read tales of people taking financial advantage of seniors, it really makes our blood boil, doesn’t it? Few crimes seem more insidious and downright evil than the crime of defrauding a vulnerable elder. Yet sometimes, because we value an older person’s privacy, we may suspect something is amiss and yet fail to step…

“Done Procrastinating” – How the Loss of a Loved One Can Stimulate Us to Care for Those We’ll Someday Leave Behind

Here at AgingOptions we like to share articles that tell a familiar tale in an unconventional way. That was our reaction to this touching and poignant article from the Washington Post which we first discovered and shared last year. At first, we weren’t sure how applicable the message in the column, written by writer Emily…

“A Major Redesign of Life” – Stanford Psychologist Says It’s Time to Change the Way We Think About Aging

As we research articles for the AgingOptions Blog, we see a growing number of stories in national publications challenging the way Americans think about aging. It seems there’s a rising chorus of geriatricians, psychologists and sociologists telling us that, as a society, we’re overdue for a complete reassessment about what “growing old” actually means. For…