COVID-19 Bulletin: CEO of Pharma Giant Roche Blasts the Spread of Inaccurate Antibody Tests as a “Disaster”

Zurich, Switzerland: In a news story carried on MSN just a few days ago, Severin Schwan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, blasted the quality of many blood tests being marketed to prove immunity to the coronavirus. (You can read the MSN article here.) As a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we’re bringing you…

Wall Street Journal Report: How to Help Others in the Coronavirus Crisis – and Improve Your Outlook at the Same Time

“When you’re down, help others.” That’s the opening line in an encouraging article we’ve just read in the Wall Street Journal. Written by reporter Michelle Ma, the story reminds us of something that’s all too easy to forget in time of crisis: one of the very best ways to overcome feelings of powerlessness and discouragement…

The Stimulus Checks Are on Their Way, But Beware: The Scam Artists are On the Prowl

To say that these are unusual days is a colossal understatement. With all the fallout nationwide over COVID-19, we’re all experiencing things we never thought we’d see – an economy in freefall, streets and highways empty, stores and restaurants shuttered. At a time like this, when everyone is preoccupied with the health and protection of…

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A Unique Perspective on Social Distancing: a 65-Year Old Widower and Psychotherapist Tells Us How Cope with Loneliness, Isolation

We’ve read plenty of articles and heard dozens of interviews lately describing the psychological unease many of us are experiencing during these days of separation. As ordered by medical and government authorities, we’re all keeping our distance from colleagues, family and friends, relying instead on the digital umbilical of Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime to maintain…

A Surprising Parallel Between the Coronavirus and Alzheimer’s Disease: Some Patients Have the Pathological Evidence, but No Symptoms

Medical experts are learning more each day about the coronavirus, but there’s quite a bit that remains a mystery. Why, for example, are men affected so much more than women? Why do some people become seriously ill while others experience what amounts to a mild cold? And perhaps one of the greatest puzzles is, why…

Happy Ending: A Local Couple Takes a Chance on a Clinical Trial to Test a Possible COVID-19 Cure

It’s not often that a local Puget Sound area couple is featured on the authoritative Kaiser Health News website, but that’s what happened this week. Josie and George Taylor, aged 74 and 76 respectively, a couple from Everett, Washington, are two of the first people in the U.S. to recover from novel coronavirus infections after…

Coronavirus Relief Package Relaxes Rules Allowing Withdrawals from Your 401(k) – but Tapping These Funds May Be Unwise

There’s no doubt about it: $2 trillion is a lot of money. We’re just beginning to get a clearer picture of the details buried in the massive stimulus package passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law last week by President Trump.  The unprecedented bill, passed in record time in response to the…

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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,…

We’re All Riding on a Financial Roller Coaster – So, Here’s What to Do (and Not to Do) to Survive the Trip in the Best Possible Shape

Any day now, if you haven’t already, you’ll probably be receiving your quarterly 401(k) statement in the mail or on line. It won’t be pretty reading. The stock market over recent weeks has taken the whole country on a wild roller coaster ride, and with all the turmoil it’s hard to know what the average…