Tech for Seniors: New Technological Advances Can Help Cure Loneliness, Keep Dementia Patients at Home

New uses for technology keep cropping up every day, it seems. Here at AgingOptions we’ve just discovered two recent articles that provide new promises of tech benefits for seniors. One article gives evidence that today’s technology may play an important role in helping to reduce the epidemic of senior loneliness in our society, while the…

If You’re Married Facing Retirement, You Have Some Work to Do to Make Certain You’re On the Same Page

We enjoy reading articles by nationally-syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary. Her financial advice covers a wide range of topics but her views on money and aging are of particular interest to us here at AgingOptions. So we were immediately drawn to column we first read a year or so ago on the Washington Post website, and…

New Laws to Protect Seniors from Financial Scams are Being Adopted, Yet Billions of Dollars are Still Lost Annually

Here on the AgingOptions blog, we felt it was time for an update on the topic of financial scams targeting seniors. Are the new rules and regulations at the state and federal level that have been adopted over the past few years having any effect? The answer appears to be yes, there’s some evidence that…

The Missing Ingredient to Retirement Planning

“Poor Diet” Redefined: it’s Not Just What We Eat, but What We Don’t Eat That’s Killing Us, a Major Study Reports

A 27-year-long global study of diet and health has led to some eye-opening conclusions, according to this article that was recently carried on CNN. “Which risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other?” asks the article. “Not smoking. Not even high blood pressure. It’s a poor diet.” Avoiding a Poor…

Where’s the Best Place to Recuperate from Knee or Hip Surgery? New Study says Home is Where the Health Is

About a million Americans will have knee replacement surgery this year, and roughly 600,000 will have their hip joints replaced. For years the consensus in the medical community has been that the best place to undergo post-surgical rehabilitation is in a rehab center, typically a short-stay skilled nursing facility. But new research suggests otherwise: there’s…

VA-approved Foster Care for Vets Provides a Supportive, Loving Home – and Saves Uncle Sam Millions

About a year ago here on the AgingOptions blog, we told readers about a small program, started in Little Rock, Arkansas, that is now providing care to about 1,000 veterans, at a fraction of the cost of nursing care. Besides saving the Department of Veterans Affairs millions in care costs annually, this initiative, called the…

Beware of Do-It-Yourself Wills: They Can Save You Money but Leave Your Heirs Uninformed and Unprotected

These days you can get practically anything online, and that includes do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning documents. These services (and there are thousands of them) promise to let you create legally sound estate planning documents at a fraction of the cost of having them prepared by an attorney. But unless you know what you…

AgingOptions Follow-up: Alzheimer’s Association Recommends a Cognitive Assessment for All Seniors, but Some Experts Aren’t So Sure

About a month ago we told you about this featured report on National Public Radio concerning screening for dementia. Why, the report asked, is testing for cognitive impairment not being administered to everyone age 65 and older? We thought about the NPR report a few days ago when we discovered this related story on the…

Retirement Planning is a long street!

A Great Way to Boost Retirement Happiness: “Retooling Your Retirement” by Adjusting Your Attitude and Expectations

An article we just found on the USNews website provides a helpful perspective on “retirement realism” from a writer who has been there. Tom Sightings, retirement author and blogger, gives us some helpful ways to boost our happiness and banish our disappointments in retirement by what he calls “retooling.” You’ll find his insightful article here…

Attention, Boomers: We’re Not “Old,” and We’re Not “Elderly” – We’re “Perennials”

If you’re in your 60s or 70s, leading an active and engaged life, there’s probably one word you seldom use to describe yourself: “old.”  Most people in that age group simply don’t think of themselves that way!  But language does matter, and labels have a powerful impact, so maybe we active, aging boomers need a…