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…

Some Tips on How to Spot Coronavirus Misinformation: Make Certain You’re Getting Your News from Reliable Sources

For weeks now, the news has been dominated by one story – the worldwide impact of the coronavirus. Many things have happened that no one could have foreseen, from the stock market crash to the near-halt in airline travel to the eerie images of entire cities in virtual lockdown. At times like these, rumors seem…

If All the Bad News is Keeping You Awake, You May be Putting Your Health at Risk – So Make Sure You Get Enough Shut-Eye

During times of stress like we’re all experiencing, it’s vitally important that we stay healthy by practicing self-care. But sadly, one of the first casualties of stress is sleep. A year ago, we shared this story reminding our AgingOptions blog readers that skipping sleep is potentially dangerous, even in the best of times. That means…

IRS Update: Treasury Secretary Announces 90-Day Delay in Tax Filing Deadline Due to Coronavirus Fallout

The coronavirus is upending all aspects of life in the U.S. in early 2020, but finally there’s a bit of good news. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced a few days ago that taxpayers will be getting a break in the form of a 3-month reprieve in filing federal taxes. Instead of the familiar April 15th…

In the Midst of All the Bad News About the Coronavirus, Here Are Some Encouraging Stories of Care, Compassion, and Creativity

In uncertain and even discouraging times, leave it to morning network television to bring us an array of “feel good” stories to dispel a bit of the gloom. We wanted to pass along a few of these nuggets here on the AgingOptions blog to brighten your outlook just a bit. Hard times make some people…

A Special Message from Rajiv Nagaich: In the Current Climate of Fear, Don’t Overlook the Urgency of Proper Planning

LATE BREAKING NEWS: As this article was being prepared, Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered major restrictions on visits to nursing homes and care facilities. Except in end of life situations, long-term care residents will be limited to one visitor per day. These new rules affect some 55,000 state residents living in care facilities, according to…

Kaiser Health News: Kirkland Nursing Home at Epicenter of Coronavirus Outbreak Shows the Danger to Elderly Residents Nationwide

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, continues to be front page news across the country and around the world. Perhaps surprisingly, no single place in the U.S. has been affected more profoundly than a skilled nursing facility right here in Kirkland, Washington, in the backyard of AgingOptions’ headquarters. Stories of illness among residents and staff,…

News from Washington: President Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Trim Social Security Benefits for Some Beneficiaries

Anyone who’s paying attention to the political arena knows we live in highly contentious times – and few government programs provoke more argument than Social Security. Politicians left, right, and center all claim they want to preserve this program which is critical to the livelihoods of roughly 64 million Americans. Yet as is so often…

Coronavirus Update: Half of U.S. Cases Involve Patients 50 and Older – Are Seniors at Particular Risk?

For weeks now, the news media have bombarded us with breathless stories about the coronavirus, the fast-spreading respiratory illness that appears to have originated in the city of Wuhan, China. Reliable information is hard to come by, and the news changes by the hour, but as of just a few days ago there were nearly…

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New Online Reporting Form will Allow the Public to Report Imposter Scam Calls to Social Security

The following article was taken from The Press Office on twitter @SSAPress   Social Security Administration and its Inspector General Announce New Online Reporting Form for Imposter Scam Calls   Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, announce the launch of a dedicated online…