“Broken Heart Syndrome”: Seven Things You Can Do to Prevent Grief from Ruining a Loved One’s Health

We are living through a time when illness is causing unexpected loss, but we all know that grief is no respecter of pandemics: it can affect just about anyone, anytime. One of the inevitable sources of pain we’ll encounter at some point will be the death of someone very close to us. But as hard…

New York Times Report: The Pandemic May Keep You from Visiting Mom, But Technology Can Help You Make Sure She’s Safe

One of the many unfortunate side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been the loneliness felt by many seniors whose families aren’t able to visit. While some states and localities are slowly opening up for limited visits, others are still in lockdown, which means it’s going on four months since some isolated seniors, especially those…

“Father Knows Best” – or Does He? What Kind of Lessons in Money Management Did Your Dad Teach?

Happy Father’s Day, 2020, from all of us at AgingOptions. Whether your dad was present in your life or absent, and whether he was a good example or a bad one, chances are good that your father influenced the trajectory of your life in profound ways. That’s certainly true in the area of money and…

Mother and Daughter - balancing safety and autonomy

Creating an Ethical Will: How a “Legacy Letter” Can Help Communicate Love, Lessons, and Values to Those You Leave Behind

As we age, many of us begin to think about the concept of “leaving a legacy.” Too frequently, however, the focus turns to money, as if the only legacy that truly matters when we die is a pile of cash, a portfolio of real estate, or a healthy business. But as this recent Kiplinger article…

Here Are Three Big Reasons (According to One Insurance Agent) Why People Decide to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance

Here at AgingOptions we always advise our readers and radio listeners not to get all their information about any product from a person who makes his or her living selling it. It’s always essential to get balanced advice. But it’s also true that sometimes people inside an industry know it best, so with that in…

“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…

Will Each of Your Kids Get an Equal Inheritance? How You Handle That Question Can Cause Family Strife – or Prevent It

As you plan ahead for the end of your life, one of the decisions you’ll want to think carefully about is the eventual disposition of your estate. If you plan to leave your assets and possessions to your children – and if you have more than one heir – you’ll have a potentially tough choice…

When You Pass Away, What Happens to Your Debt? You and Your Loved Ones Deserve to Know the Answer

When it comes to estate planning, most of the issues are straightforward. The biggest questions often involves figuring out who gets what – in other words, what will happen to your wealth and material goods when you shake off this mortal coil. Unfortunately, however, there’s something else many seniors are leaving behind which no one…

Focus on Estate Planning: If You Need a Will – and You Do – Is There a Way? Even in a Pandemic, No One Needs to Pass Away Without One

Isn’t it strange how it sometimes takes a national emergency to get us to do the things we’ve always intended to do, but never quite got around to? Writing a will is one of those items languishing on many people’s To Do lists. (How else do you explain the fact that, according to AARP, roughly…

Focus on Estate Planning: If the Pandemic Has Prompted You to Get Serious About End-of-Life Directives, AgingOptions Has the Solution

As part of our commitment to helping you make the most of the unusual circumstances triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the team at AgingOptions, along with our partners at LifePoint Law, want to make it as easy as possible for you to experience the peace of mind that comes with proper legal planning.  But how…