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Focus on Estate Planning: Three Reasons You Need an Attorney for Your Will

As a service to Aging Options blog readers, we’re always on the lookout for helpful articles from a variety of sources.  The following column comes from Missouri-based Rudy Beck, Attorney and Founder of Beck and Lenox Estate Planning & Elder Law, LLC. We’re re-posting it this week as part of our special Focus on Estate…

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Many Aspects of American Life, Says the Washington Post – Including How and Where We Age

Like you, we here at AgingOptions are scouring the headlines just about every day, trying to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. People like to talk about “the new normal,” but no one seems to be able to predict what normalcy will actually look like in the months and years ahead. Still,…

COVID-19 Alert: Seniors Infected with the Coronavirus Can Have Some Very Atypical Symptoms, Making Diagnosis Difficult

By now, more than two months into the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., many of us feel pretty familiar with the most common symptoms of COVID-19, and we think we know what to look out for. But now as doctors gather and analyze a growing mountain of case data, they’ve made an unsettling discovery. It…

The CARES Act Says Retirees Don’t Have to Take RMDs This Year – But What If You Already Did? You Could Get a Do-Over

We’ve been getting a lot of questions here at AgingOptions about the CARES Act and how it affects retirees. “CARES” stands for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, and this new law’s impact is far-reaching and, in many cases, still being assessed. One of the well-publicized benefits of the new law for retirees is the…

COVID-19 Bulletin: CEO of Pharma Giant Roche Blasts the Spread of Inaccurate Antibody Tests as a “Disaster”

Zurich, Switzerland: In a news story carried on MSN just a few days ago, Severin Schwan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, blasted the quality of many blood tests being marketed to prove immunity to the coronavirus. (You can read the MSN article here.) As a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we’re bringing you…

Wall Street Journal Report: How to Help Others in the Coronavirus Crisis – and Improve Your Outlook at the Same Time

“When you’re down, help others.” That’s the opening line in an encouraging article we’ve just read in the Wall Street Journal. Written by reporter Michelle Ma, the story reminds us of something that’s all too easy to forget in time of crisis: one of the very best ways to overcome feelings of powerlessness and discouragement…

If You Need a Will – and You Do – Is There a Way? Even in a Pandemic, No One Needs to Pass Away Without One

Isn’t it strange how it sometimes takes a national emergency to get us to do the things we’ve always intended to do, but never quite got around to? Writing a will is one of those items languishing on many people’s To Do lists. (How else do you explain the fact that, according to AARP, roughly…

Huffington Post Article Pulls No Punches in Describing the Tough Burden Facing Millennial Caregivers

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed plenty of cracks and fault lines in several essential American institutions, from the medical system to our political leadership to the senior housing industry. In the arena of senior housing, the tragic death toll from COVID-19 that has devastated many nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country provides…

Retirement Fears are Running Rampant, Said Forbes One Year Ago – but the Cure Could be as Simple as a Solid Plan

About a year ago when we first brought you this story about retirement fears, we began with the question, “What are you afraid of?” Who could have guessed that today we would be facing a worldwide pandemic that has brought the economy to its knees, decimated retirement savings, and created a level of uncertainty that…