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Casey Kasem Wasn’t the Only Celebrity Lacking a Strong Estate Plan

Here on the AgingOptions blog we’ve frequently used the sad tale of pop music celebrity Casey Kasem as an example of a wealthy person whose poor estate planning triggered a pathetic end-of-life spectacle. (Click here to read our blog article, published a few years ago, that described the sad affair of Casey Kasem.) By failing…

Study Links a Diet of Highly Processed Food with Risk of Cancer

Doctors and nutritionists have long suspected that the Western diet of highly processed foods, high in sugars and chemical additives, is bad for our health. Now for the first time a comprehensive medical study has shown what could be an alarming correlation between ultra-processed foods and some kinds of cancer. The study, described in this…

Tax Law Brings Seniors Some Good News: Higher Medical Deductions

We discovered this article just a few days ago on the website of USAToday, and it represents a bit of unexpected good news for seniors in the tax reform package recently passed on Capitol Hill and signed by President Trump.  According to finance columnist Susan Tompor, “Some retirees are grumbling that young families are getting…

Hoping for a Longer, Healthier Life? Try Improving Your Outlook

Just about everybody knows that having an optimistic outlook tends to make life more enjoyable. After all, who wants to wallow in pessimism?  You could say – generally speaking – that optimists have more fun, but there’s much more to being a positive person than simply enjoying life. In fact, according to an article that…

Reverse Mortgage Could be One Solution to Sky-High Property Taxes

It has been called “a bombshell,” “a perfect storm” and “a tsunami.” No matter what you call it, it’s one of the leading topics of conversation here in the Puget Sound area where AgingOptions is based. What’s causing all this conversation and consternation? In two words, “property taxes” – or, more to the point, it’s…

Billions in Unnecessary Medical Treatment – and We All Pay the Cost

Early last year on the AgingOptions blog we wrote about the staggering cost of wasted medical care and unnecessary tests. It’s a cost that weighs down our over-burdened health care system and drains away billions of medical dollars each year. Many experts suggest that seniors are disproportionately affected by these unnecessary and often harmful tests,…

1 in 6 Nursing Home Residents Given Antipsychotic Drugs: CMS Report

There’s good news and bad news in a recently released report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the use of antipsychotic drugs on long-term residents in America’s nursing homes.  The good news: since late 2011, the percentage of residents being given these powerful medications has dropped from 24 percent to about…

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…