a marriage can be challenged by retirement

Married Couples Facing Retirement Have Some Work to Do to Get on the Same Page!

We enjoy reading the financial advice from nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary. Her financial advice covers a wide range of topics but her views on money and aging are of particular interest to us here at AgingOptions. So we were immediately drawn to her most recent column on the Washington Post website, especially because the…

The Missing Ingredient to Retirement Planning

What’s the #1 Missing Ingredient in Most Retirement Planning? Hint: it’s Not About Money

The article we just read on the CNBC website is titled, “Make sure this key ingredient is part of your retirement.” which claims to have the missing ingredient that many retirement plans miss. At first, we just assumed it was one more in an endless list of articles advising this financial strategy or that investment tip…

A women perplexed by retirement finances

Survey Shows Most Americans “Clueless” About Retirement Finances

If you were to ask most Americans how important it is to have a solid understanding of retirement finances, the majority would agree that it’s extremely important, even essential. Saving money (and spending it wisely) is one of the keys to enjoying retirement with enough resources to live the way we want to live. But…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

New Report Blasts Medicare Plan Finder as “Overwhelming,” “Misleading,” “Nowhere Near Up to Par”

The choices people have to make when signing up for Medicare can be baffling. So in order to help make the decision more clear, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS as it is commonly known, runs a feature on their website called Medicare Plan Finder (you’ll find a link here), designed to…

Caregivers Support

Nation’s 42 Million Caregivers are Finally Getting Greater Support Thanks to New Bipartisan Law

Much has been written – but not enough has been done – about the plight of the nation’s estimated 42 million people, almost all untrained family members, who are serving as primary caregivers for a loved one with chronic health problems. Some of these are caring for children with disabilities, but many more are at…

Woman concerned about retirement

Compared to Men, Women Retire Earlier, Live Longer, Save Less

It may sound offensive to say it, but compared with men, women have a math problem. At least that’s the conclusion we found in this insightful article that appeared recently on the Reuters website. By “math problem” we don’t mean that women aren’t as good at arithmetic or geometry as their male counterparts. Instead the…

Aging Couple planning for Medicare

Medicare Advantage Plans Serve Most Beneficiaries Well – Until Ill Health Strikes

A growing number of seniors hitting that magical age of 65 are facing one of retirement’s first big decisions: whether to opt for Medicare or Medicare Advantage for their health care. And it seems as if the Advantage plans, offered by private insurers instead of the federal government, are winning the battle. Last year about…