AARP Report: Older Homeowners Association Members Who Fall Behind on Dues and Fees Face Increasingly Harsh Treatment

As people plan ahead for retirement, they often think about downsizing – and that often means selling the large, old family home and moving into a low-maintenance condo or a planned senior community. Those can be terrific options for seniors looking for the dream of carefree living. But be careful: that type of home typically…

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout: 9 Tips to Help You Care for Yourself, So You Can Better Care for Others

There are few tasks more demanding than caring for a loved one, especially if that loved one has dementia. Because caregiving in these circumstances is so challenging, it’s easy for a caregiver to overlook the need to take care of themselves. But as everyone knows, self-care is vitally important. How can caregivers look out for…

Four Words That Can Lead to Better Brain Health: “Get Up and Move!”

It may not be a fountain of youth, but it’s a simple prescription from which practically anybody can benefit. New research has shown that physical activity helps keep your thinking sharper, even for those with limited mobility and for those already experiencing some cognitive decline. Activity Keeps Your Brain Sharper We read about this reassuring…

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Ready for Medicare, but not for Social Security? Some Important Things You Need to Know

Medicare and Social Security: in the minds of many these twin pillars of retirement seem to go together. Yet in fact, signing up for Medicare and starting Social Security benefits are separate decisions, and if you’re one of the millions who plan to delay beginning Social Security until after age 65, there are some important…

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Don’t Like Your Medicare Advantage Plan? New Regulations Give You a Chance to Change Your Mind

Medicare open enrollment came and went last fall, and now you’re a few weeks into the New Year – and that new Medicare Advantage plan you selected. We hope you’re happy with the coverage you’re getting, but if you’re not, this article from the CNBC website contains some good news: you have a chance to…

Live it Up for Less: Five Ways to Cut Spending and Still Enjoy a Quality Retirement

Ah, retirement! It’s just one fancy meal and exotic trip after another, right? Well…maybe for a tiny handful of the uber wealthy. For the rest of us, living in retirement means learning to compromise, improvise and economize, since there’s usually a limited amount of resources to spend on things that are purely fun. Live it…

We’re Spending Billions on Digital Health Technology – so Why Aren’t We Getting Any Healthier?

With all the startling advances in digital technology, many experts seem to believe that the tech industry is on the verge of solving all our problems – especially in the realm of health care. But this article we just read from CNBC asks a nagging question: with all the billions being spent on digital health…

AgingOptions Follow-Up: Dying at Home Is Possible, Says Rajiv Nagaich, but People Have to Plan Ahead

Last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we ran this story based on a NextAvenue article describing a damning statistic. According to surveys, roughly 80 percent of Americans say they would prefer to pass away in the familiar comfort of their own home, yet only about 20 percent actually succeed in taking their last breath…

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Your 2019 Legal Laundry List: Make This the Year You Accomplish These Ten Estate Planning Priorities

Most of us like lists. Some people make To Do lists and follow them scrupulously, while others make lists and then ignore them. Still, whatever kind of list-maker you are, there’s something about seeing those important tasks on paper or your computer or smart phone screen that focuses our thoughts and rearranges our priorities. Being…