“Caring, Reassuring and Sensible” – We Revisit a Simple Idea to Help Comfort Your Loved Ones with Dementia

We love to run across news stories that show how the simplest of ideas can have a tremendous impact, and that’s how we felt some months back as we read this heart-warming article published earlier this year on the BBC News website.   We thought it would be a good article to bring back and share…

“Solo Agers” May Enjoy Living Independently, but Navigating a Retirement Future Without Family Support Requires Planning

As most of us contemplate growing older, we expect to have our spouse and supportive family members alongside us on the journey. As we often say here at AgingOptions, “Aging is a family affair.” However, for millions of seniors, their experience will be quite different: for a variety of reasons these men and women are…

Designating a Power of Attorney is a Critical Step – Just Make Sure You Don’t Start a Family Feud in the Process

Over the years here at AgingOptions we’ve dealt with hundreds of families, and we’ve seen some of the harm that poor planning combined with toxic family dynamics can create. Estate planning done poorly offers limitless opportunities for family tensions. As you approach retirement, you may be thinking about designating one of your adult children as…

Health insurance for a younger spouse

Syndicated Columnist Chuck Jaffe Advises Readers to Have “The Financial Talk” Now to Avoid Pain Later

If something were to happen to your spouse, would you know how to find all the important information about your financial accounts? Would all your beneficiary designations be up to date? Do you even agree on who your beneficiaries should be? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. The sad reality is that many…

Wall Street Journal Report: Financial Institutions are Monitoring Older Customers to Detect Cognitive Decline

If you have an older loved one in your life who is still managing his or her own finances, you’re probably on constant lookout for any signs that he or she is “starting to slip” – in other words, that they are suffering from cognitive impairment. If this concern is causing you stress, it might…

When Helping Others Who Are Dealing with Grief, Your Actions Can Speak Much Louder than Your Words

As we age, there’s one inevitable reality we all face: we have to contend with the loss of friends and loved ones. This frequently means walking the journey of grief alongside someone who has just lost a spouse, sibling, parent or friend. Even for pastors and others trained in how to deal with grief, helping…

Family Finance Update: A Spendthrift Trust Can Help You Keep Your Heirs from Blowing Their Inheritance

Just a few weeks ago here on the AgingOptions blog, we shared some helpful advice about the right approach to giving money to your family members. The gist of the article (you’ll find it here) is that there’s a right way – and a wrong way – to give resources away, and if you want…

Caregivers Support

Attention, Caregivers: Compassion Fatigue is Real. Here Are Some Ways You Can Deal With It.

If you’re a caregiver, actively caring for a loved one with serious health issues, the symptoms may sound all too familiar. You find yourself feeling exhausted all the time. Sometimes you feel irritable, even losing your sense of sympathy for the person you’re helping. You may have experienced physical symptoms such as headaches or weight…