If the Coronavirus Outbreak 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…

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

Most of us when contemplating growing older 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 aging…

Depression, Dementia, Even Early Death: Studies of Seniors Link Feelings of Loneliness with Major Health Concerns

We’ve written before here on the AgingOptions blog about the host of physical and emotional problems seniors experience when they live with chronic loneliness and isolation. Because this subject affects so many seniors and families, we wanted to update you on a few recent articles that put the “loneliness crisis” into perspective. The big takeaway…

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. A prime example: as you approach retirement, you may be thinking about designating one of your…

Seniors and Opioids, Part 1: How the Epidemic of Opioid Use is Undermining the Physical and Mental Health of America’s Elderly

From time to time, everyone experiences physical pain. Because pain is so common, it’s easy to dismiss it as something that’s easy to deal with, merely a minor inconvenience. But pain, especially chronic pain, can be far more debilitating than many people realize, which is why more Americans visit the doctor because of pain than…

Seniors and Opioids, Part 2: The Warning Signs of Opioid Addiction Among the Elderly, and Some Safe Pain-Relief Alternatives

As we said in part one of this AgingOptions report on seniors and opioids, everyone experiences physical pain, but we often tend to dismiss it as a minor inconvenience. However, pain is the leading cause of disability, and it’s the number one reason people see their doctor. Pain, especially chronic pain lasting weeks or months…

Supporting Mom and Dad: AARP Survey Finds One-Third of Adults in Their 40s, 50s and 60s Give Financial Help to Aging Parents

They helped you when you were little and supported you through your teens, your college years and possibly into young adulthood. Now it seems that a significant number of adult kids are returning the favor and helping to support their aging parents financially. That’s the conclusion from a newly-released AARP survey, highlighted in this New…

Important New Year’s Resolution: If You Want Your Estate Distributed Properly, Now’s a Good Time to Update Your Beneficiaries

Here’s a question: if you’ve made it clear in your will which of your heirs should inherit money from your estate, how it is possible that those funds will end up going to someone else? The answer is simple: if you’ve forgotten to update the beneficiary information on a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or…

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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…