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Half of All Adults Have Postponed Medical Care or Elective Procedures During the Pandemic – Is Now a Safe Time to Reschedule?

Along with everything else disrupted by the pandemic, regular medical care has taken a hit, as doctor’s offices closed temporarily, telemedicine became the new normal, and elective procedures were cancelled indefinitely.  Last week we discovered this Kaiser Health News article written by Judith Graham suggesting that it’s unwise, even dangerous, to keep putting off necessary…

“Targeted Lockdowns” – Should Society Require Just Seniors to Stay Quarantined? Some MIT Economists Say “Yes”

A pair of controversial articles caught our eye here at AgingOptions during the past week concerning the idea of “targeted lockdowns.” In layman’s terms, that means requiring those most susceptible to becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus – specifically seniors – to remain stuck at home while the rest of society goes on with their…

New York Times Report: Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Many Older Workers Into Retiring Earlier Than They Had Planned.

You’ve been working hard all your life, and over the past several years you’ve formulated a clear timeline for retirement – a plan that has withstood upsizing, downsizing, recession, and a whole host of financial challenges. But now, as you’re approaching that chapter of your work life where your plans start to come to fruition,…

That Mysterious Debit Card You Tossed Out Last Month May Have Been Your Coronavirus Stimulus Payment! Here’s How to Get It Back

Sometime during May or June, you may have received a plain-looking envelope in your mailbox, sent from something called Money Network Cardholder Services. Immediately the envelope seemed suspicious, like just another postal scam. If you opened the envelope at all, you found something equally sketchy: a debit card supposedly issued from an institution you never…

Are Seniors Expendable? Recent Research Suggests the Pandemic is Making Many Older Americans Feel That Way

There’s plenty to be disturbed about during the seemingly-endless coronavirus pandemic – a tanking economy, a disrupted school year, an uncertain future, just to name three. But one of the most insidious side effects of the ongoing health crisis is how it’s making our most vulnerable citizens feel.  This recent article from the HealthDay website,…

The Bad News: The Pandemic Continues – but the Good News Is That We May Have Learned Some Healthier Habits Along the Way

We’re living in a blizzard of bad news. All the articles and news stories these days seem to focus on the negative: the COVID-19 threat has left people feeling depressed, disconnected, and discouraged. But is there an upside to the downside of the current coronavirus scare? In this Consumer Reports article, reporter Hallie Levine says…

If the Nursing Home is Trying to Take Away a Medicaid Patient’s Stimulus Check, They’re Breaking the Law, Uncle Sam Warns

If you or a loved one live in a nursing home and receive Medicaid benefits, watch out. Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country have snatched up their Medicaid residents’ stimulus checks, claiming that the facility owns that money.  But according to this Michelle Singletary column in the Washington Post, they’re wrong.…

“Like Putting On a Trash Bag” – As Government Deliveries Fall Short, Nursing Homes Are Running Out of Personal Protective Equipment

The ongoing story of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic has been a study in fits and starts: some pieces seem to go well while others are plagued with disorganization and failed promises. As one example, our reaction here at AgingOptions to this recent expose from Kaiser Health News was one of anger and…

COVID-19 Has Made Americans Aware of the Benefits of Telehealth – Here’s What Retirees Need to Know

As we write this entry on the AgingOptions blog, the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Americans to stay at home for almost 100 days. That period of self-quarantine has transformed every trip for groceries, every drive to the post office, and every stop at the drugstore into a complicated ritual of gloves, masks and…

Kaiser Report: With “Intubation” as the New COVID Watchword, Many Fearful Seniors Are Changing Their Living Wills

It’s called “intubation,” and the term has become much more familiar in the roughly 90 days since the coronavirus became headline news. Now, according to this recent Kaiser Health News report, many seniors fearful of the procedure and its negative side effects are rewriting their living wills to include the words, “No Intubation.” “No Intubation”…