Doctor’s Orders: The Journal of the American Medical Association Says Now is the Time to Address Advance Care Planning

As retirement planning professionals, Rajiv Nagaich and his AgingOptions team are used to dealing with people procrastinating. One of the elements of planning that many people tend to put off is advance care planning – what will happen should you become unable to make medical decisions on your own, and who will decide for you…

Taking early social security is usually a bad idea.

The Coronavirus Won’t Affect Your Social Security Benefits, but There Are Still Some Things You Should Know

Among the long and growing list of things people are worried about during the coronavirus outbreak, here’s one worry you can cross off your list: your Social Security benefits are not going to be halted or delayed. That’s according to this article recently published on the Motley Fool financial website. However, says reporter Katie Brockman,…

If All the Bad News is Keeping You Awake, You May be Putting Your Health at Risk – So Make Sure You Get Enough Shut-Eye

During times of stress like we’re all experiencing, it’s vitally important that we stay healthy by practicing self-care. But sadly, one of the first casualties of stress is sleep. A year ago, we shared this story reminding our AgingOptions blog readers that skipping sleep is potentially dangerous, even in the best of times. That means…

Having a Dog Can Be Great for Seniors, but Be Careful: Dog Walking Injuries are On the Rise

A dog is man’s best friend – we’ve all heard that a thousand times. What’s more, a dog can also be a senior’s best friend, providing companionship, encouraging sociability, and promoting healthy exercise. What could be wrong with that? Dog Walking Injuries Rise by 163 percent As it turns out, there is a downside to…

Kaiser Health News: Kirkland Nursing Home at Epicenter of Coronavirus Outbreak Shows the Danger to Elderly Residents Nationwide

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, continues to be front page news across the country and around the world. Perhaps surprisingly, no single place in the U.S. has been affected more profoundly than a skilled nursing facility right here in Kirkland, Washington, in the backyard of AgingOptions’ headquarters. Stories of illness among residents and staff,…

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…

Finding the Right Doctor Means Taking the Process Seriously – and Taking the Time to Do Your Homework

Few professionals in our lives have more influence on us than our doctors – yet many of us probably spent very little time doing our homework before choosing the doctor we’re presently seeing. Oftentimes we pick a doctor based on location, or referral, or online reviews, and we never change until we’re forced to by…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

New York Times Report: Medicare Advantage Plans Are Gaining in Popularity, but Some Policy-Holders Discover a Downside

Americans turning 65 – if no longer receiving workplace insurance – have three basic health insurance options. They can take traditional Medicare, potentially leaving themselves exposed to high co-pays and deductibles. They can choose Medicare plus a supplemental plan, referred to as a Medigap plan, offered by private carriers – plans which (as the name…

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…