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…

Ageism in Medicine is Narrow-Minded and Discriminatory, says Geriatrician-Turned-Author – and it’s Time for a Change

Here at AgingOptions, we run across articles from time to time that make us want to shout “Amen!” in heartfelt agreement. That was our reaction when we read this Judith Graham article on the Kaiser Health News website. Her premise: the American medical system, Graham asserts, provides poor service to seniors, because it is rife…

New Research Shows that There’s No Magic in the Commonly-Accepted Goal of Walking 10,000 Steps Per Day

If you’re not doing it, you probably know someone who is. Over the past few decades, millions of people have bought into the idea that the key to better health is walking at least 10,000 steps per day. That’s a worthwhile goal, but is it valid? New medical research has revealed that, while there’s probably…

“Let’s Get Real” – Your True Cost of Health Care in Retirement May Not be Quite as Frightening as it Seems

Big numbers have a way of getting our attention, especially when those big numbers are intended to scare us. One of the “big numbers” that often scares retirees is the projected cost of medical care: usually it’s presented as a huge lump-sum dollar amount, as in, “The average retired couple will need at least $280,000…

New Study Links Having a Strong Sense of Life Purpose with Living Longer, Staying Healthier

The late American psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, “If you are what you do, then when you don’t – you aren’t.” This little aphorism accurately describes the plight of many retirees. Their identity is so wedded to their work that, once they quit their jobs, that sense of identity disappears. In short, they’ve lost their…

AgingOptions Follow-Up: Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Web Tool Now Includes Short-Stay Rehab Facilities

For several years families looking for nursing home care for a loved one have relied on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. This site provides quality ratings for more than 15,000 facilities nationwide, awarding grades of one to five stars in three evaluation categories – health inspections, staffing levels, and clinical data – plus an “Overall”…

Anger Management: New Study Reveals that Anger, Not Sadness, is the Greater Threat to Senior Health

Picture this: two senior adults are sitting side by side. They’re the same gender, about the same age, and in similar health. One appears sad, downcast, even gloomy – the other is cranky, angry and chronically irritated. Which one would you guess is at greater risk of developing serious health problems? Anger Management: Anger Causes…

Prescriptions and Depression: Revisiting a 2018 New York Times Report Linking Common Meds with Depression, Even Suicide

An unnerving article we discovered last year in the New York Times asked a penetrating question: could the rise in rates of depression and suicide be somehow linked to increasing use of common prescription drugs, some of which are also available over the counter? This inquiry was prompted by a 2018 report showing that m0re…

Unaffordable Costs: In 10 Years, Half of All Middle-Income Seniors Won’t Be Able to Afford the Care They’ll Need

As we research issues of interest to seniors for the AgingOptions blog, we see a familiar predicament when it comes to medical expenses and the cost of senior care. Low-income seniors can typically take advantage of government-backed care through Medicaid and the VA. Upper-income seniors often have fewer worries since, with proper planning, they can…