Coronavirus Update: Half of U.S. Cases Involve Patients 50 and Older – Are Seniors at Particular Risk?

For weeks now, the news media have bombarded us with breathless stories about the coronavirus, the fast-spreading respiratory illness that appears to have originated in the city of Wuhan, China. Reliable information is hard to come by, and the news changes by the hour, but as of just a few days ago there were nearly…

Do You Want Some Flavonols With That? New Study Says Diets Rich in Certain Antioxidants Can Reduce Your Odds for Dementia

Chances are you won’t find flavonols on the restaurant menu or listed by name on your grocer’s shelf. But if you’re interested in preserving a healthy brain – and who isn’t? – it’s a word you might want to get used to. A recent nutritional study, as reported in this recent article from the HealthDay…

Big Brother is Watching: Your Health Information is Being Bought and Sold Without Your Consent, Investigation Reveals

As if there weren’t enough to worry about in the arena of personal privacy, now comes one more red flag. We first alerted you to this article on the Politico website last year. The exposé reveals that companies are secretly gathering your health care information and selling it to doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all…

The “New Normal” – Author Jane Brody Says the Key to Happiness in Illness and Aging is Rolling with the Punches and Adapting to Change

This week we came across a recent New York Times column by author Jane Brody that we found helpful, even inspiring. It’s not that she offers advice that is particularly new – much of the ideas in her column sound pretty familiar. But for some reason, the message seems to resonate, especially as we ourselves…

LTC Insurance May Not Be Enough: You Need These Long-Term Care Safeguards to Protect Your Retirement

Here on the AgingOptions blog we’ve written many times about planning for long-term care. It’s a vitally important topic that all too many people would rather avoid, for many reasons. Nevertheless we felt it would be timely to share this recent CNBC article on the subject, written by reporter Darla Mercado. When it comes to…

As You Make Your Retirement Plans, Don’t Overlook the “Harsh Reality” of Senior Debt

In our “spend now, pay later society,” going into debt is considered normal. Advertisers would have you believe that maxing out the credit card and dipping into home equity to finance the American dream is the patriotic thing to do. But debt can be a heavy burden, especially as we approach retirement. As this recent…

“Bored Boomers” – Is Today’s Retirement Model “Irrelevant”?

The so-called modern view of retirement is pretty straightforward. You start your work life with a series of jobs in your late teens and early twenties. Eventually you settle into your “life’s work” and follow that journey for four decades or so, saving money along the way. Sometime in your late sixties, certainly by age…

Part Two of a Two-Part Series: At the Dawn of a Brand-New Decade, Consider These Boomer Predictions for the 2020s

Last week on the AgingOptions blog, we presented part one of our report on this article from Kaiser Health News. In this insightful article, writer Judith Graham took a look into the future – well, into the coming decade, anyway – and described, as the title says, “What the 2020s Have in Store for Baby…

New Studies Confirm What We’ve Already Suspected: By Changing These Bad Habits, You Can Actually Live Up to a Decade Longer

Most people would love to live longer. Many seek expensive ways to prolong their lives with gimmicky diets, unproven supplements, or unusual health regimens, and then they find exotic and costly ways to look the part with plastic surgery, hair implants, and body sculpting. Longevity seems to be a multi-billion-dollar industry.  But what if there…

There’s a Deadly Virus Spreading in the U.S. with Potentially Fatal Consequences – but It’s Not the One Making All the Headlines

“There’s a deadly virus spreading from state to state,” the recent Kaiser Health News article warns. “It preys on the most vulnerable, striking the sick and the old without mercy. In just the past few months, it has claimed the lives of at least 39 children.” Is this the frightening coronavirus out of Wuhan, China,…