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…

Is There a Hoarder in Your Family? This Disorder Disrupts Families, Endangers Health, and Costs Thousands to Remedy

Hoarding is one of those little-understood habits that people sometimes laugh about or make light of (or even feature on so-called reality television shows). But you are the adult child of a hoarder, you know the issue is no laughing matter. This article that appeared last year at this time on the NextAvenue website, written…

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Kaiser Health News Article Asks – Are We Making Long-Term Promises to Our Loved Ones That We Can’t Keep?

Frequently on the AgingOptions blog we’ve written about the struggles caregivers go through in taking care of loved ones. Even though the caregiver has the best of intentions and is motivated by a genuine love for the one needing care, there are times – especially as someone’s condition worsens – when the burden becomes too…

Kiplinger Article Stresses the Importance of Taking Action Whenever You Spot Telltale Signs of Elder Fraud and Financial Abuse

When we read tales of people taking financial advantage of seniors, it really makes our blood boil, doesn’t it? Few crimes seem more insidious and downright evil than the crime of defrauding a vulnerable elder. Yet sometimes, because we value an older person’s privacy, we may suspect something is amiss and yet fail to step…

Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia: How to Make a Loved One Feel Involved and at Home When the Family Gets Together

The Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone and we’re well into December, which means holiday gatherings are finding their way onto the calendar. For the families of nearly 6 million Americans, these otherwise happy occasions come with an added emotional burden: they have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, and as much as they want…

“Til Death Do Us Part”: Married Couples Approaching Retirement Have Some Work to Do to Make Certain They’re On the Same Page

Back in mid-2018, we found a pair of articles that shone a spotlight on a highly important but frequently overlooked aspect of retirement planning: spousal harmony. If you and your spouse have conflicting visions of the what, when and how of retirement, you could be on an emotional collision course. It’s far, far better to…

In the Wake of Devastating Wildfires, California Inspectors Find Potentially Life-Threatening Safety Violations at Nursing Homes

Here at AgingOptions, we often talk about how most retirees would do almost anything to avoid being forced into a nursing home as they age. Still, a large number of seniors will find themselves in institutional care someday. While the residents may have to sacrifice some of their independence and mobility, the nursing homes are…

Caregiving and Marriage: When a Spouse is Also a Caregiver, the Marriage Can Be Shaken to Its Roots

Serving as a caregiver for someone you love is one of the hardest things any of us will ever do. But when the caregiver is also the spouse, the experience is particularly devastating. This article just published by Kaiser Health News, written by columnist Judith Graham, shines a revealing spotlight on the pain of caring…