Shocking CDC Report: for the First Time in a Century, U.S. Life Expectancy Declines Three Years in a Row

The last time it happened, the world was at war, and one of history’s worst influenza pandemics was ravaging the country. That’s why health scientists were shocked at the recently released report of U.S. life expectancy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: the CDC survey showed a noticeable drop for the third year…

Ask Someone Who’s Been There: 8 Things No One Tells You About Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

We’ve said it so many times, it sounds painfully familiar: there may be no tougher task than being a caregiver for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. It’s an experience shared by more than 16 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, who provide unpaid care day in…

The Missing Ingredient to Retirement Planning

Is There Such a Thing as Type 3 Diabetes? A Growing Body of Research Says Yes: it’s Alzheimer’s Disease

We don’t always find relevant articles for the AgingOptions blog on food-related websites, but this one we just read on a website called CookingLight really grabbed our attention – and as it turns out, the subject is one that is attracting increasing scrutiny from health researchers. There appears to be increasing clinical evidence of a…

AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Scan of Blood Vessels in the Neck Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Earlier this month we ran this article on the AgingOptions blog that described new research showing a strong connection between hardening of the arteries and dementia. The study showed conclusive evidence that poor arterial health can increase the risk of cognitive decline by as much as 60 percent. Five-Minute Scan Provides Dramatic Results Now as…

Not Just “One and Done”: Getting Your Flu Vaccine Over Multiple Years Brings Unexpected Benefits for Seniors

Back in January we first brought you the important news that getting a flu shot every year is extremely helpful in keeping vulnerable seniors from being hospitalized with dangerous influenza. Now with the flu season ramping up, as a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we felt it was time to revisit the story. Flu…

Federal Law Entitles You to Your Medical Records – so Why Do Hospitals Make It So Difficult?

These days our privacy seems more and more threatened. Every few weeks, it seems, there’s a new headline about some massive security breach in which hundreds of thousands if not millions of names, addresses, passwords and credit card numbers have been leaked to identity thieves trying to make a pile of money by stealing yours.…

Enrollment in Medicare Advantage is Growing Rapidly – and So Are “Inappropriate” Claim Denials, Federal Study Reveals

The popularity of Medicare Advantage programs is on the rise. Medicare officials project that enrollment in these private alternatives to regular Medicare will spike by more than 11 percent next year, accounting for 37 percent of total Medicare beneficiaries. Seniors are drawn to Medicare Advantage by the attractive blend of lower premiums and enhanced benefits…

Another Reason to Exercise: Hardening of the Arteries Shown to Increase the Likelihood of Developing Dementia

A new study published in mid-October in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has given us all an even greater incentive to eat right, exercise and watch our blood pressure. Researchers have now found convincing evidence that hardening of the arteries, commonly called “atherosclerosis,” significantly increases the risk of developing dementia. The study was the subject…

Medicare Eligible but Still Employed? Here Are Some Things You Need to Know About Your Choices

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 is underway. Americans 65 and older have until December 7th to either enroll in Medicare or to switch from one plan to another. But what if you’re Medicare-eligible and still employed full-time, receiving health care benefits through your employer? Does Medicare affect you? The answer is yes – but like…