Part One of a Two-Part Series: At the Dawn of a Brand-New Decade, Consider These Boomer Predictions for the 2020s

The New Year is almost a month along, and already 2020 feels sort of old hat. Most of us have gotten used to saying “2020” and we’ve even stopped writing “2019” on our checks (for those who still write checks, that is). But before we continue racing along on the 2020 toboggan ride,  this recent…

Pathological Evidence But No Symptoms: Neurologist Says It’s Time to Re-Think the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Many people probably know that there are specific signs in the brain that indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors look for telltale evidence in the form of deposits called plaques and nerve clusters called tangles – “the fingerprints of Alzheimer’s disease” – that, when discovered, should mean cognitive decline is imminent, if not already…

Follow the Money: New Study of Medical Overhead Shows Why the U.S. Spends More Than a Third of Healthcare Dollars on Bureaucracy

It’s a huge cost hidden in plain sight, and every year it sucks an average of nearly $2,500 out of the pocket of every American. What’s this multi-billion-dollar cash drain? It’s useless medical overhead caused by our wasteful medical system. According to this just-published article from Reuters, written by reporter Linda Carroll, a new study…

Social Security

“Where Will They Come From?” NY Times Reports on the Persistent and Troubling Shortage of Geriatricians in U.S. Health Care

It’s hardly news that the U.S. is suffering from a shortage of geriatricians – physicians who are board-certified experts in the health care needs of seniors. We’ve been reporting on this problem on the AgingOptions blog for many years, as this 2016 article will attest. Now comes this recent New York Times article on the…

Major Study in Britain Shows Significant Link Between Obesity in Middle Age and Later Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A study of more than 1 million women in Great Britain has shown a significant link between obesity in middle age and later development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That’s according to this article from the HealthDay website published just a few weeks ago. The article, written by reporter Dennis Thompson, provides…

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…

Want to Live to Age 100? Study Shows Certain Personality Traits Help Seniors Stay Healthy and Active Past the Century Mark

A growing number of seniors are reaching a milestone that used to be a demographic rarity. Advances in medicine and nutrition are helping more and more men and women reach the age of 100, and not just surviving but thriving. A pair of articles we discovered some time ago, one from Time and the other…

Medicare Plan Finder Confusion

Open Enrollment is Finished – or Is It? Controversy Over Medicare’s Website Has Some Legislators Demanding a Do-Over

Over the past several weeks we’ve presented several articles here on the AgingOptions blog intended to help readers navigate the challenging decisions that had to be made during Medicare open enrollment. Officially this period ended December 7th. However, complaints over Medicare’s Plan Finder website have led several legislators and advocates for the rights of Medicare…

Medical Experts Say Preventive Care Saves Lives – Yet Half of All Seniors Are Not Up to Date on Essential Health Screening Tests

If you’ve listened to Rajiv Nagaich for any length of time, you’ve heard him talk about the need for preventive health care. “Most insurance plants do a pretty good job of caring for you once you’re sick,” he often states, “but most of them do a terrible job of keeping you from getting sick in…

Females Outscore Males on Memory Tests, And That May Result in Women with Mild Cognitive Impairment Being Misdiagnosed

Alzheimer’s disease remains the biggest fear many of us have about growing older, but for most people with dementia, the symptoms did not show up all at once. Instead they started appearing gradually, often in the form of what physicians refer to as MCI, or mild cognitive impairment. This condition, regarded as a precursor to…