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…

Having a Dog Can Be Great for Seniors, but Be Careful: Dog Walking Injuries are On the Rise

A dog is man’s best friend – we’ve all heard that a thousand times. What’s more, a dog can also be a senior’s best friend, providing companionship, encouraging sociability, and promoting healthy exercise. What could be wrong with that? Dog Walking Injuries Rise by 163 percent As it turns out, there is a downside to…

Couples and Retirement: If You and Your Partner Are On the Same Page Concerning These Topics, You’ll Avoid Trouble Ahead

Comprehensive retirement planning is essential if you’re going to enjoy the kind of life you’ve always wanted after you stop full-time work. But if you’re married or otherwise in a long-term relationship, the title of the old song comes to mind: “It Takes Two.” This recent article from NextAvenue is a timely reminder that couples…

An older worker who is putting off retirement

“Solo Agers” May Enjoy Living Independently, but Navigating a Retirement Future Without Family Support Requires Planning

Most of us when contemplating growing older expect to have our spouse and supportive family members alongside us on the journey. As we often say here at AgingOptions, “Aging is a family affair.” However, for millions of seniors, their experience will be quite different: for a variety of reasons these men and women are aging…

Depression, Dementia, Even Early Death: Studies of Seniors Link Feelings of Loneliness with Major Health Concerns

We’ve written before here on the AgingOptions blog about the host of physical and emotional problems seniors experience when they live with chronic loneliness and isolation. Because this subject affects so many seniors and families, we wanted to update you on a few recent articles that put the “loneliness crisis” into perspective. The big takeaway…

Do You Want Some Flavonols With That? New Study Says Diets Rich in Certain Antioxidants 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…

The “New Normal” – Author Jane Brody Says the Key to Happiness in Illness and Aging is Rolling with the Punches and Adapting to Change

This week we came across a recent New York Times column by author Jane Brody that we found helpful, even inspiring. It’s not that she offers advice that is particularly new – much of the ideas in her column sound pretty familiar. But for some reason, the message seems to resonate, especially as we ourselves…

“Bored Boomers” – Is Today’s Retirement Model “Irrelevant”?

The so-called modern view of retirement is pretty straightforward. You start your work life with a series of jobs in your late teens and early twenties. Eventually you settle into your “life’s work” and follow that journey for four decades or so, saving money along the way. Sometime in your late sixties, certainly by age…

New Studies Confirm What We’ve Already Suspected: By Changing These Bad Habits, You Can Actually Live Up to a Decade Longer

Most people would love to live longer. Many seek expensive ways to prolong their lives with gimmicky diets, unproven supplements, or unusual health regimens, and then they find exotic and costly ways to look the part with plastic surgery, hair implants, and body sculpting. Longevity seems to be a multi-billion-dollar industry.  But what if there…