Medicare Open Enrollment Begins, and Some Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Are Actually Offering Lower Premiums

Medicare open enrollment begins this coming week, on October 15th. It’s your annual opportunity to reexamine your plan and see what’s changed – and decide if there’s a better way to meet your health care needs. During this important “open season” which continues through December 7th, we’ll do our best here on the AgingOptions blog…

Growing Opioid Crisis is Snaring an Alarming – and Increasing – Number of Seniors, Research Shows

Last year, we discovered a highly disturbing article on the website HealthDay that put an ominous spin on the recent chorus of headlines about the nation’s opioid crisis. According to two government reports released in 2018, a growing number of seniors are falling prey to this insidious category of highly addictive painkillers. Because this problem…

3 Million Seniors Use Medical Alert Devices – But a Test of 11 Models Found “Disturbing Deficiencies” That Can Put Seniors at Risk

Do you remember the television ads from the 1980s for a product called LifeAlert? It showed a woman on the floor yelling, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” These ads introduced millions of late-night television viewers to a whole new (at the time) product category: simple hand-held medical alert devices. Wear them around…

Another Reason to Eat Right and Exercise: Hardening of the Arteries Shown to Increase the Likelihood of Developing Dementia

Last year, we brought you important news about a study linking healthy arteries and a healthy brain. That study, which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, is the kind of report that should give us all a greater incentive to eat right, exercise and watch our blood pressure. Researchers have found convincing evidence…

Searching for the Simplest Way to Delay and Even Reverse Cognitive Decline? Get Out and Take a Walk!

Here at AgingOptions we always like stories that offer simple solutions to complex problems, and this article which we originally brought to your attention late last year is a good example. Many studies in recent years have shown a clear connection between a healthy body and a healthy brain. But in late 2018 we reported…

Age-Friendly Health Care: Geriatric Specialists Suggest Simple Ways to Make Medical Facilities Safer for Seniors

For the majority of us, aging will bring a host of physical challenges. Even a relatively healthy senior adult can have some difficulty walking, rising from a chair, or reading the small lettering on a sign, especially in busy public places. Unfortunately, some of those public places that should be designed with seniors in mind…

Retirement Planning is a long street!

A Bed of Roses or a Briar Patch? Your Future Depends on Avoiding These Five Retirement Mistakes, Says Kiplinger

Here at AgingOptions we run across retirement-related articles all the time that are about financial planning and little else. As Rajiv Nagaich has said repeatedly, a retirement plan and a financial plan are simply not the same. Having plenty of money is no guarantee of retirement satisfaction – on the contrary, unless you plan carefully…

Study Shows Wearing a Hearing Aid Dramatically Reduces Risk of Dementia and Depression

What if there were one small device that, if worn, could help seniors avoid falling, slow the onset of depression, and even reduce the risk of being diagnosed with dementia? According to recent research described in this story recently published on the MarketWatch website, there is. It’s called a hearing aid.  As the article’s author,…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins in a Month, and the Time to Start Gathering Information is Now

Fall officially begins soon, and with it come all the autumn traditions: football games, chilly nights, falling leaves, and, of course, Medicare open enrollment. Whether you’re completely satisfied with your current coverage or eager to make a change, this is the season when you really need to do your homework and make your choices. One…

Doctor with digital tablet talking to family

Opponents of Medicare “Observation Care” Loophole Will Finally Get Their Day in Federal Court

We’ve written about the problem of what hospitals and doctors call “observation care” multiple times before here on the AgingOptions blog. When most people hear about this Medicare rule, they respond with angry disbelief – but in spite of new regs designed to curb the practice, the problems associated with what amounts to a giant…