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”…

“Dear Grandma” – CNN Pens an Important Note to All Those Grandparents Who Can’t Wait for that Visit with the Grandkids

Many of our AgingOptions blog readers are grandparents – and if that describes you, then you have probably spent the past two-plus months going through major “grandchild withdrawal.” The isolation forced on all of us by COVID-19 has left hug-hungry Nanas and Papas, Grandmas and Grandpas starved for the kind of physical contact that a…

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Adding to COVID-19 Fears, Delays in Medicare Applications Raise Anxiety for Seniors in the Midst of the Pandemic

As if the anxiety over the coronavirus and the economic upheaval it has triggered weren’t enough, now America’s seniors are facing another situation to add to their fears. A growing number of worried Medicare applicants are seeing their coverage requests delayed due to an overloaded system and the temporary closure of Social Security offices nationwide.…

COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Many Aspects of American Life, Says the Washington Post – Including How and Where We Age

Like you, we here at AgingOptions are scouring the headlines just about every day, trying to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. People like to talk about “the new normal,” but no one seems to be able to predict what normalcy will actually look like in the months and years ahead. Still,…

COVID-19 Alert: Seniors Infected with the Coronavirus Can Have Some Very Atypical Symptoms, Making Diagnosis Difficult

By now, more than two months into the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., many of us feel pretty familiar with the most common symptoms of COVID-19, and we think we know what to look out for. But now as doctors gather and analyze a growing mountain of case data, they’ve made an unsettling discovery. It…

COVID-19 Bulletin: CEO of Pharma Giant Roche Blasts the Spread of Inaccurate Antibody Tests as a “Disaster”

Zurich, Switzerland: In a news story carried on MSN just a few days ago, Severin Schwan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, blasted the quality of many blood tests being marketed to prove immunity to the coronavirus. (You can read the MSN article here.) As a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we’re bringing you…

Wall Street Journal Report: How to Help Others in the Coronavirus Crisis – and Improve Your Outlook at the Same Time

“When you’re down, help others.” That’s the opening line in an encouraging article we’ve just read in the Wall Street Journal. Written by reporter Michelle Ma, the story reminds us of something that’s all too easy to forget in time of crisis: one of the very best ways to overcome feelings of powerlessness and discouragement…