Pathological Evidence But No Symptoms: Neurologist Says It’s Time to Re-Think the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Many people probably know that there are specific signs in the brain that indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors look for telltale evidence in the form of deposits called plaques and nerve clusters called tangles – “the fingerprints of Alzheimer’s disease” – that, when discovered, should mean cognitive decline is imminent, if not already…

Follow the Money: New Study of Medical Overhead Shows Why the U.S. Spends More Than a Third of Healthcare Dollars on Bureaucracy

It’s a huge cost hidden in plain sight, and every year it sucks an average of nearly $2,500 out of the pocket of every American. What’s this multi-billion-dollar cash drain? It’s useless medical overhead caused by our wasteful medical system. According to this just-published article from Reuters, written by reporter Linda Carroll, a new study…

Social Security

“Where Will They Come From?” NY Times Reports on the Persistent and Troubling Shortage of Geriatricians in U.S. Health Care

It’s hardly news that the U.S. is suffering from a shortage of geriatricians – physicians who are board-certified experts in the health care needs of seniors. We’ve been reporting on this problem on the AgingOptions blog for many years, as this 2016 article will attest. Now comes this recent New York Times article on the…

Important New Year’s Resolution: If You Want Your Estate Distributed Properly, Now’s a Good Time to Update Your Beneficiaries

Here’s a question: if you’ve made it clear in your will which of your heirs should inherit money from your estate, how it is possible that those funds will end up going to someone else? The answer is simple: if you’ve forgotten to update the beneficiary information on a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or…

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Aging in Place May Be the Preference of Most Seniors – but as Care Costs Rise, It May Also Become a Necessity

Here on the AgingOptions blog, we’ve written thousands of words about aging in place. Everyone seems to agree that growing old in one’s own home is the preferred plan for the vast majority of American seniors, and with good reason: “home” represents familiarity, security, comfort, and support. Even though many if not most U.S. houses…

Major Study in Britain Shows Significant Link Between Obesity in Middle Age and Later Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A study of more than 1 million women in Great Britain has shown a significant link between obesity in middle age and later development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That’s according to this article from the HealthDay website published just a few weeks ago. The article, written by reporter Dennis Thompson, provides…

New York Times Reports that, for the First Time in 50 Years, More Americans Are Dying at Home Than in the Hospital

Dying is a touchy subject, it’s true, but there’s one aspect of life’s end on which almost everyone seems to agree. When people are asked where they would prefer to end their lives, the number one answer is always the same: “at home.” Yet since the 1950s, people have been far more likely to pass…

Many Retirees are Unprepared for Unplanned Expenses, Experts Say, and the Consequences Can Be Costly

A study published last year by the Society of Actuaries shed light on a subject that should be of concern to retirees, according to this 2018 Money magazine article. While many retirees manage their day-to-day budgeting fairly well, a significant percentage are completely unprepared for financial emergencies, and when an unplanned expense comes along, they…

With So Many of Us Making – and Breaking – New Year’s Resolutions, Here’s Some Timely Advice for 2020 from Rajiv Nagaich

There’s something compelling about the idea of making New Year’s resolutions, isn’t there? With the turning of the calendar just a few days from now, a brand-new year will begin, unmarred by past mistakes, filled with promise and opportunity. Most of us will pause sometime during this coming week, reflecting on some of the poor…

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President Trump Signs the SECURE Act Into Law – How Will This New Legislation Affect Your Retirement Planning?

Congress recently passed a new piece of legislation known as the SECURE Act (yes, it’s an acronym – we’ll explain in a moment) and President Trump signed it into law just days ago as part of the federal government’s new spending bill.  One article we read called it “the most sweeping retirement bill since the…