Are Seniors Expendable? Recent Research Suggests the Pandemic is Making Many Older Americans Feel That Way

There’s plenty to be disturbed about during the seemingly-endless coronavirus pandemic – a tanking economy, a disrupted school year, an uncertain future, just to name three. But one of the most insidious side effects of the ongoing health crisis is how it’s making our most vulnerable citizens feel.  This recent article from the HealthDay website,…

The Bad News: The Pandemic Continues – but the Good News Is That We May Have Learned Some Healthier Habits Along the Way

We’re living in a blizzard of bad news. All the articles and news stories these days seem to focus on the negative: the COVID-19 threat has left people feeling depressed, disconnected, and discouraged. But is there an upside to the downside of the current coronavirus scare? In this Consumer Reports article, reporter Hallie Levine says…

New York Times Report: The Pandemic May Keep You from Visiting Mom, But Technology Can Help You Make Sure She’s Safe

One of the many unfortunate side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been the loneliness felt by many seniors whose families aren’t able to visit. While some states and localities are slowly opening up for limited visits, others are still in lockdown, which means it’s going on four months since some isolated seniors, especially those…

Vitamin A, B, C, D, E – but What About Vitamin K? Many Seniors Aren’t Getting Enough of This Essential Nutrient, Studies Find

Nationwide surveys show that nearly 86 percent of Americans – roughly seven out of eight – take vitamin supplements. Most of us have at least a rough idea of the benefits of the “major” vitamins such as B complex, D, and E, and many take extra vitamin C when we feel a cold coming on.…

Retiring Early May Sound Like a Dream Come True – but Before You Make It Your Goal, Consider These Drawbacks

We’ve all seen the articles, usually accompanied by beautiful photos of attractive middle-aged couples on an exotic beach at sunset. “This could be you,” the caption reads. “Simply follow our advice and you can retire early!” But while early retirement may be the dream of many people, there’s an old saying that goes, “Be careful…

COVID-19 Has Made Americans Aware of the Benefits of Telehealth – Here’s What Retirees Need to Know

As we write this entry on the AgingOptions blog, the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Americans to stay at home for almost 100 days. That period of self-quarantine has transformed every trip for groceries, every drive to the post office, and every stop at the drugstore into a complicated ritual of gloves, masks and…

“Welcome to Medicare – Have You Had Your Physical Yet?” New Medicare Enrollees Have One Year to Enjoy This Important Benefit

Roughly 60 million Americans, most of them seniors, are enrolled in the nation’s Medicare program. But many of them may not realize that they have an important benefit coming during their first year on Medicare Part B, one which won’t be offered again. It’s called the “Welcome to Medicare” physical check-up, and when we read…

Focus on Dementia: Don’t Overlook These Basic Tips on How to Adopt a “Brain-Healthy” Lifestyle

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the topics we write about most often on the AgingOptions blog (including this article from just a few months back).  Few topics generate more interest and more worry than dementia, especially since the statistics sound so alarming: roughly 6 million people are affected today (not counting family and friends), a…

Focus on Dementia: New Study Says Diets Rich in Certain Antioxidants Called Flavonols Can Reduce Your Odds for Dementia

Chances are you won’t find flavonols on the restaurant menu or listed by name on your grocer’s shelf. But if you’re interested in preserving a healthy brain – and who isn’t? – it’s a word you might want to get used to. A recent nutritional study, as reported in this recent article from the HealthDay…