AgingOptions Follow-Up: Dying at Home Is Possible, Says Rajiv Nagaich, but People Have to Plan Ahead

Last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we ran this story based on a NextAvenue article describing a damning statistic. According to surveys, roughly 80 percent of Americans say they would prefer to pass away in the familiar comfort of their own home, yet only about 20 percent actually succeed in taking their last breath…

Aging Couple planning for Medicare

Your 2019 Legal Laundry List: Make This the Year You Accomplish These Ten Estate Planning Priorities

Most of us like lists. Some people make To Do lists and follow them scrupulously, while others make lists and then ignore them. Still, whatever kind of list-maker you are, there’s something about seeing those important tasks on paper or your computer or smart phone screen that focuses our thoughts and rearranges our priorities. Being…

Transamerica Survey Says Over One-Third of Seniors Report Declining Financial Health in Retirement

If retirement is on your horizon, you’ve probably been spending a lot of time wondering how well your finances will hold up once you cut the ties to full-time work. For many retirees, the financial transition to retirement turns out fine. However, that’s not always the case, according to this recent article from Motley Fool.…

Best of Intentions: If You Want Your Estate to be Distributed Properly, Remember to Update Your Beneficiaries

Here’s a question: if you’ve made it clear in your will which of your heirs should inherit money from your estate, how it is possible that those funds will end up going to someone else? The answer is simple: if you’ve forgotten to update the beneficiary information on a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or…

One-Third of Knee Replacement Surgeries Leave Patients in Chronic Pain, Says Kaiser Health News Report

Knee-replacement surgery is becoming more and more commonplace. A decade ago, surgeons operated on more than 600,000 people in the U.S. alone, a number that is projected to increase six-fold by 2030. But does the procedure result in the pain-free, active life that marketers suggest? For many the answer appears to be no. Knee Replacement…

Wall Street Journal Report: Boomers are Entering Retirement Less Prepared than Their Parents

For most of modern American history, it has been axiomatic that each generation would enter old age in better financial shape than their parents. Not anymore. Today’s retiring baby boomers are re-writing history, and not in a good way. The Least-Prepared Retirees in Decades “Americans are reaching retirement age in worse financial shape than the…

Taking early social security is usually a bad idea.

Is It Best to Delay Social Security Benefits Until Age 70? Rajiv Nagaich of AgingOptions Says That’s the Wrong Question!

Every few weeks, it seems, we encounter a new article or two trying to provide a definitive answer to a familiar question: when is the best age to begin taking Social Security benefits? Two such articles came to our attention recently, articles we found notable because the authors disagree pretty strongly with each other’s recommendations.…