Your Health Information is Being Bought and Sold Without Your Consent, Recent Investigation Reveals

As if there weren’t enough to worry about in the arena of personal privacy, now comes one more red flag. This just-published article on the Politico website reveals that companies are secretly gathering your health care information and selling it to doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all without your consent and – for now, at…

There’s Still Time to Get Your Flu Shot – and This Year’s Vaccine Appears to be Right On Target

Flu season is reaching its peak, and if you’re among the many (at least 60 percent of Americans, says the CDC) who put off getting vaccinated, you might think it’s too late. But you’d be wrong – and what’s more, unlike last year, this year’s flu vaccine appears to be right on the money. In…

Four Words That Can Lead to Better Brain Health: “Get Up and Move!”

It may not be a fountain of youth, but it’s a simple prescription from which practically anybody can benefit. New research has shown that physical activity helps keep your thinking sharper, even for those with limited mobility and for those already experiencing some cognitive decline. Activity Keeps Your Brain Sharper We read about this reassuring…

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Ready for Medicare, but not for Social Security? Some Important Things You Need to Know

Medicare and Social Security: in the minds of many these twin pillars of retirement seem to go together. Yet in fact, signing up for Medicare and starting Social Security benefits are separate decisions, and if you’re one of the millions who plan to delay beginning Social Security until after age 65, there are some important…

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Don’t Like Your Medicare Advantage Plan? New Regulations Give You a Chance to Change Your Mind

Medicare open enrollment came and went last fall, and now you’re a few weeks into the New Year – and that new Medicare Advantage plan you selected. We hope you’re happy with the coverage you’re getting, but if you’re not, this article from the CNBC website contains some good news: you have a chance to…

We’re Spending Billions on Digital Health Technology – so Why Aren’t We Getting Any Healthier?

With all the startling advances in digital technology, many experts seem to believe that the tech industry is on the verge of solving all our problems – especially in the realm of health care. But this article we just read from CNBC asks a nagging question: with all the billions being spent on digital health…

One-Third of Knee Replacement Surgeries Leave Patients in Chronic Pain, Says Kaiser Health News Report

Knee-replacement surgery is becoming more and more commonplace. A decade ago, surgeons operated on more than 600,000 people in the U.S. alone, a number that is projected to increase six-fold by 2030. But does the procedure result in the pain-free, active life that marketers suggest? For many the answer appears to be no. Knee Replacement…

No Laughing Matter: Hoarding 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 a few months ago on the NextAvenue website, written by…

Yet Another Study Demonstrates the Benefits of Walking to Delay – and Even to Reverse – Cognitive Decline

We’ve written about this topic before – many times – here on the AgingOptions blog, but some recommendations are just too important to ignore. Now another new study has demonstrated once again that something as simple as regular walking can delay, and perhaps even reverse, the onset of cognitive decline leading to dementia. You Can…