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Medicare Mistakes: Sorting Out Some of the Misunderstandings that Can Affect Your Coverage and Cost You Thousands

Few things are more important to retirees than Medicare. Tens of millions of Americans, most of them 65 and older, rely on Medicare to keep them healthy, pay for all or most of their prescriptions, and help them deal with chronic medical conditions that can become much more serious with age. Yet for a program…

Older Couple reviewing Social Security Benefits

“Financial Wellness” is Much More than a Mere Buzzword – it can Overcome Stress and Brighten Your Future

What stresses you out? If you’re like nearly two-thirds of Americans, issues surrounding money are right up there near the top of the list, according to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey. Money ranked alongside our divisive national politics and work-related stress as the leading source of anxiety among our fellow citizens. Financial…

Ageism in Medicine is Narrow-Minded and Discriminatory, says Geriatrician-Turned-Author – and it’s Time for a Change

Here at AgingOptions, we run across articles from time to time that make us want to shout “Amen!” in heartfelt agreement. That was our reaction when we read this Judith Graham article on the Kaiser Health News website. Her premise: the American medical system, Graham asserts, provides poor service to seniors, because it is rife…

New Research Shows that There’s No Magic in the Commonly-Accepted Goal of Walking 10,000 Steps Per Day

If you’re not doing it, you probably know someone who is. Over the past few decades, millions of people have bought into the idea that the key to better health is walking at least 10,000 steps per day. That’s a worthwhile goal, but is it valid? New medical research has revealed that, while there’s probably…

“Let’s Get Real” – Your True Cost of Health Care in Retirement May Not be Quite as Frightening as it Seems

Big numbers have a way of getting our attention, especially when those big numbers are intended to scare us. One of the “big numbers” that often scares retirees is the projected cost of medical care: usually it’s presented as a huge lump-sum dollar amount, as in, “The average retired couple will need at least $280,000…

New Study Links Having a Strong Sense of Life Purpose with Living Longer, Staying Healthier

The late American psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, “If you are what you do, then when you don’t – you aren’t.” This little aphorism accurately describes the plight of many retirees. Their identity is so wedded to their work that, once they quit their jobs, that sense of identity disappears. In short, they’ve lost their…

Wish You Could Have a Financial Do-Over? USA Today Article Lists the Top Five Retirement Money Regrets

Do you have any financial regrets as you approach retirement? If we’re honest, every one of us would have to answer “yes.” We look back over debts we incurred, foolish purchases we made, investments that went sideways or money we misspent and we can’t help experiencing a little second-guessing. The good news is that we’re…

About to Retire? Don’t Neglect Your Credit Score – it will Still Prove Helpful Even When You’re No Longer Working.

All through our adult lives we’re continually reminded of the importance of paying our bills on time. One of the chief benefits: a high credit score, the Holy Grail of good money management. With a high credit score, we’re told, credit card companies, mortgage companies and car loan companies will be tying themselves in proverbial…