Risk of Falling is Increasing Among Seniors – but Health Care Providers Aren’t Doing Enough to Keep Vulnerable Seniors Safe

If you have a loved one in your family who is at risk of falling, you’ve probably given them all the usual advice concerning fall prevention. Unfortunately, a recent medical report reveals that the message isn’t getting through: a growing number of seniors are dying as a result of falling, and it seems that doctors,…

Are You Ready for a “Second Act”? A New Kiplinger Article Suggests Ways to Find Your New Purpose in Retirement

By now, if you’re a regular reader of the AgingOptions blog, you know that we often stress the importance of preparing oneself mentally for retirement. Too often, especially if you’ve spent decades in the workplace, a sudden transition to “life after work” comes as a shock, even for those who are otherwise well prepared for…

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Syndicated Columnist Chuck Jaffe Advises Readers to Have “The Financial Talk” Now to Avoid Pain Later

If something were to happen to your spouse, would you know how to find all the important information about your financial accounts? Would all your beneficiary designations be up to date? Do you even agree on who your beneficiaries should be? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. The sad reality is that many…

An Ongoing Scandal: In Spite of Laws on the Books, Many Cases of Elder Abuse are Never Reported to Authorities

Vulnerable seniors living in nursing homes are entitled to the best of care. They should be able to live out their lives in a safe and secure environment. But tragically that is often not the case, and all too often those in charge are never reporting cases of suspected abuse to regulatory authorities – in…

A Six-Figure Mistake: New Study Shows Taking Social Security Too Early Costs the Average American Over $100,000

Here at the AgingOptions blog we read a lot of articles about Social Security, including an endless parade of recommendations concerning the best way to maximize benefits. Just last week we posted this article about the five Social Security myths that can cost you plenty. But over the past few days we’ve seen a barrage…

Don’t Let Your Dream Retirement Home Become a Nightmare – Before You Move, Ask Yourself the Right Questions!

If you and your “significant other” are starting to look ahead to retirement, it’s likely you’ve spent some time daydreaming about where you might live. While most retirees say they hope to age in their own home, close to family and friends, there are still plenty of folks out there who dream of retiring in…

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AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Neck Scan Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Late last year 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. Then a short time later came this…

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Beware of These Five Social Security Myths – They Could End Up Costing You Plenty

Here at AgingOptions we are constantly being reminded that there is a vast amount of misinformation out there about Social Security. This program, so important to senior Americans, is widely misunderstood – so much so that thousands of retirees are making decisions every year that can end up costing them a lot of money over…

Wall Street Journal Report: Financial Institutions are Monitoring Older Customers to Detect Cognitive Decline

If you have an older loved one in your life who is still managing his or her own finances, you’re probably on constant lookout for any signs that he or she is “starting to slip” – in other words, that they are suffering from cognitive impairment. If this concern is causing you stress, it might…