Study Shows Wearing a Hearing Aid Dramatically Reduces Risk of Dementia and Depression

What if there were one small device that, if worn, could help seniors avoid falling, slow the onset of depression, and even reduce the risk of being diagnosed with dementia? According to recent research described in this story recently published on the MarketWatch website, there is. It’s called a hearing aid.  As the article’s author,…

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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins in a Month, and the Time to Start Gathering Information is Now

Fall officially begins soon, and with it come all the autumn traditions: football games, chilly nights, falling leaves, and, of course, Medicare open enrollment. Whether you’re completely satisfied with your current coverage or eager to make a change, this is the season when you really need to do your homework and make your choices. One…

New Study Finds Closer Alignment Between Intentions and Reality When It Comes to Working in Retirement

Here at AgingOptions we’ve reported several times (most recently in recognition of Labor Day 2019) about the disconnect between intentions and reality as people facing retirement think about work. Many surveys have shown that men and women are generally too optimistic about their ability to keep working in retirement, or about their hopes to phase…

Thinking Through Retirement Ahead of Time is Essential if You Want to be Truly Prepared

Sometimes here at AgingOptions we feel like we’re repeating ourselves when we remind people that “retirement planning” and “financial planning” are not the same thing. Yet frequently we encounter intelligent men and women poised on the brink of retirement who seem to think that all it takes to retire successfully is to have a basic…

When Aging Parents Move In With Adult Children, Planning and Preparation are Required to Avoid Conflict and Disappointment

It’s difficult to pinpoint the actual number of aging parents who – either by choice or by necessity – are moving in with their adult children, but the figure is definitely on the rise. We decided to take a look at this “reverse boomerang effect,” as some have called it, in order to let our…

A Growing Number of Older Couples are Living Together – and Risking a Host of Potential Legal Problems

Back in the dark ages, before the 1960s, the phenomenon of unmarried couples living together used to be somewhat rare. That’s definitely not true anymore, especially among aging boomers.  The number of men and women aged 50-plus who decide to live together and not get married is on the rise – but what many of…

Retiring with Debt? Consider These Three Ways to Make Your Debt Load More Manageable

Most people approaching retirement age probably dream about retiring debt-free. Entering retirement without the burden of debt is certainly the ideal – but if you think it’s the norm, think again. The reality is, about seven out of ten households headed by those in the 65-74 age group are carrying at least some debt load,…

MIT Aging Expert Says the Idea of “Old Age” is Made Up – and the Concept is Damaging Our Society and Everyone In It

Here at AgingOptions, as you know if you’re a regular reader of our blog, we seek out articles every week in order to spotlight various issues related to aging and retirement. But from time to time we encounter an article that seems truly groundbreaking and causes us to reflect on the idea of aging in…

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Opponents of Medicare “Observation Care” Loophole Will Finally Get Their Day in Federal Court

We’ve written about the problem of what hospitals and doctors call “observation care” multiple times before here on the AgingOptions blog. When most people hear about this Medicare rule, they respond with angry disbelief – but in spite of new regs designed to curb the practice, the problems associated with what amounts to a giant…

A Brain Disorder Called NPH Mimics Alzheimer’s Disease, Affects 700,000 Americans – and May Often Be Reversible

Alzheimer’s disease is the thing most aging men and women fear most. As the disease progresses and mental impairment grows worse, sufferers often retreat into resigned depression. So, imagine how you would feel if, after enduring eight years of worsening symptoms you feared were due to Alzheimer’s disease, you discovered that the condition actually causing…