What are the “Advantages” in Medicare Advantage? Open Enrollment Means It’s Time to Decide if MA is Right for You

Those who work with Medicare and related issues on a daily basis, like the staff at AgingOptions, tend to assume everyone has a solid, basic understanding of our nation’s complex health care system for retirees. But then open enrollment comes around – the period between October 15th and December 7th when beneficiaries can make penalty-free…

New Research on Walking Speed Shows the Slower You Walk at Age 45, the Faster Your Brain and Body May Be Aging

For years, scientists have been searching for a definitive test to predict whether someone is likely to develop dementia, but results have been inconclusive. However, now a newly-published study suggests that researchers may have found an important clue, in an unlikely source. The question is, do people want to be tested – and once diagnosed…

Only Half of Americans Plan to Get a Flu Shot This Fall. Shouldn’t You Be One of Them?

There are a number of important occurrences associated with the month of October. It’s the start of Medicare open enrollment. It’s the climactic month of the baseball playoffs. And it’s traditionally the month when every neighborhood pharmacy puts out the signs saying, “Flu Shots Available Here.” Yes, October marks the start of what is usually…

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins, and Some Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Are Actually Offering Lower Premiums

Medicare open enrollment begins this coming week, on October 15th. It’s your annual opportunity to reexamine your plan and see what’s changed – and decide if there’s a better way to meet your health care needs. During this important “open season” which continues through December 7th, we’ll do our best here on the AgingOptions blog…

Should You Buy or Rent in Retirement? Consider These Three Reasons Why Renting Might Be the Smarter Choice

Here at AgingOptions, as we walk people through the LifePlanning process, one of the issues we tackle is the question of housing. The great majority of seniors are firmly convinced that the ideal housing choice for them is the place they’re living today: surveys conducted by AARP show that nearly 90 percent of adults 65…

Been Putting Off Writing a Will? These Reminders Might Just Help You Stop Procrastinating and Get It Done

Just about everybody knows that dying without a will can cause serious problems for your loved ones. Here at AgingOptions, we are frequently asked about this topic, and as you can imagine, we have some strong opinions which we’ll discuss in a moment. First, though, we were drawn to this recent article by Liz Weston…

Growing Opioid Crisis is Snaring an Alarming – and Increasing – Number of Seniors, Research Shows

Last year, we discovered a highly disturbing article on the website HealthDay that put an ominous spin on the recent chorus of headlines about the nation’s opioid crisis. According to two government reports released in 2018, a growing number of seniors are falling prey to this insidious category of highly addictive painkillers. Because this problem…

As Tech-Savvy Seniors Show Signs of Cognitive Decline, When is it Time to Take Away the Smartphone?

One of the biggest dilemmas facing adult children involves dealing with a parent’s initial signs of cognitive decline. At first, it’s easy to dismiss mom’s forgetfulness or dad’s angry outbursts, but over time it becomes clear that things aren’t what they used to be. Faced with this situation, the adult kids encounter a host of…

You’re Heading Toward Retirement When a Personal Financial Crisis Hits – How Do You Recover?

Any true sailor knows how a sudden change in the weather can turn a pleasure cruise into a frightening experience. In much the same way, as you’re sailing on toward retirement, you might be hit by a sudden squall – or possibly even an all-out hurricane. The personal financial crisis may come in the form…

3 Million Seniors Use Medical Alert Devices – But a Test of 11 Models Found “Disturbing Deficiencies” That Can Put Seniors at Risk

Do you remember the television ads from the 1980s for a product called LifeAlert? It showed a woman on the floor yelling, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” These ads introduced millions of late-night television viewers to a whole new (at the time) product category: simple hand-held medical alert devices. Wear them around…