Kiplinger: Four False Assumptions that Could Ruin Your Retirement

None of has a crystal ball, so when we look ahead to our retirement years we have to make some educated assumptions about all sorts of things – where our money will come from, how healthy we’ll be, and how much our kids will be involved in our lives, just to name a few. But…

Looking Ahead: What Will Senior Housing Look Like in a Decade?

The baby boomers are commonly thought of as the generation that changed everything. Born roughly between the end of World War Two and the early years of the Vietnam War, that huge group of Americans has had an outsized impact on everything from the media we consume to the food we eat to the cars…

Study Shows Seniors Face Health Decline When They Stop Driving

Among the “hot button” issues that create conflicts between seniors and their family members, one of the hottest can involve driving. Older adults generally want to keep on driving as long as they can, enjoying the benefits of freedom and mobility. Meanwhile their adult children worry about slower reflexes, cognitive decline or increased reaction time,…

Social Security Celebrates Black History Month

In February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over 90 years. Honoring our shared history is one way we can remember that we believe in freedom and democracy for all.…

Innovative Hospitals Are Helping Seniors Get in Shape for Surgery

It’s a problem that the medical community has known about for years – and it seems they’re finally doing something about it. Next year the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is planning to launch a new, nationwide program designed to help senior patients be better prepared for surgery. The goal is a faster recovery and…

Want to “Spend Safely in Retirement”? Stanford Study Shows You How

Advice may be cheap – but bad advice, especially bad financial advice, can cost you plenty. So when an organization with the reputation of Stanford University claims to have the best advice for how to spend your money in retirement, it’s worth taking a look. What we found as we analyzed this advice actually sounds…

10-Year Study Shows Linkage between High Blood Sugar, Dementia

“The higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline.” That’s the bottom-line conclusion reported in this just-published article from The Atlantic.  At a time when people are becoming increasingly aware of the problems caused by too much sugar in our Western diet, now there’s one more reason to worry – and to redouble our…

Medicare Won’t Cover Your Prescribed Drug? Fight Back!

An interesting article on the popular financial website www.kiplinger.com talks about a troublesome trend affecting a growing number of retirees. You get to the pharmacy counter and ask to fill a prescription, only to be told that your Medicare drug plan won’t cover that particular drug. You walk away confused and empty handed. Do you…

Another Example of Traditional Estate Planning that Misses the Mark

Successful retirement is all about having plenty of money. If you just make sure you have ample investments and a steady income, you’ll enjoy retirement bliss. Sound familiar? If you read articles about retirement in the financial press, this seems to be the message you’ll hear, over and over. We just ran across another example…

Trump Administration Overhauls Policy on Medicaid Work Requirement

The Trump administration announced last week what experts are calling a “pivotal change” in the nation’s Medicaid program. For the first time the federal government is planning to allow individual states to establish a work requirement for some able-bodied Medicaid recipients. There have been a plethora of articles about this policy changed ever since it…