Part One of a Two-Part Series: At the Dawn of a Brand-New Decade, Consider These Boomer Predictions for the 2020s

The New Year is almost a month along, and already 2020 feels sort of old hat. Most of us have gotten used to saying “2020” and we’ve even stopped writing “2019” on our checks (for those who still write checks, that is). But before we continue racing along on the 2020 toboggan ride,  this recent…

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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…

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…

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Kaiser Health News Article Asks – Are We Making Long-Term Promises to Our Loved Ones That We Can’t Keep?

Frequently on the AgingOptions blog we’ve written about the struggles caregivers go through in taking care of loved ones. Even though the caregiver has the best of intentions and is motivated by a genuine love for the one needing care, there are times – especially as someone’s condition worsens – when the burden becomes too…

New York Times: A Growing Number of Vietnam Vets Seek Hospice Care from the VA, and the Agency is Determined to Meet the Need

Veterans Day 2019 has come and gone, but it’s never too late or too early to honor those who served our country in the armed forces. We recently came across an encouraging report in the New York Times (originally published on Veterans Day) about how the Veterans Administration is facing a growing onslaught of aging…

Caregiving and Marriage: When a Spouse is Also a Caregiver, the Marriage Can Be Shaken to Its Roots

Serving as a caregiver for someone you love is one of the hardest things any of us will ever do. But when the caregiver is also the spouse, the experience is particularly devastating. This article just published by Kaiser Health News, written by columnist Judith Graham, shines a revealing spotlight on the pain of caring…

Home Health Care Reduces Hospital Readmission Rate for Seniors Recovering from Heart Failure, New Study Finds

Senior adults who spend time in the hospital are often send to a nursing home for rehabilitation. The assumption generally has been that, after a brief time of rehab, they’re ready to return home and resume independent living. But a just-released research report from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society proves that a lack…

The Challenge of Being a Dementia Caregiver: Eight Things No One Tells You About Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

We’ve said it many times before: there may be no tougher task than being a caregiver for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Being a dementia caregiver is an experience shared by more than 16 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, men and women who provide unpaid…

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Hospitals Start Planning for Discharge of Medicare Patients from the Time They’re Admitted – so Families Need to Plan, Too!

It’s an all too common scenario: an elderly loved one on Medicare is hospitalized, and the family expects the stay to last a certain length of time. Then suddenly, with little or no warning – and often days earlier than anticipated – the hospital tells the surprised family that the discharge date has been moved…