Now What? Emotional Adjustment to Loss of Workplace Routine in Retirement Can Be the Hardest Part, Many Experts Believe

We recently heard from a friend of AgingOptions who lives here in the Pacific Northwest where we have our headquarters. The Puget Sound area had recently experienced a somewhat rare snowstorm that closed many roads, schools and businesses for a few days, leaving this man (and virtually everyone else) more or less house-bound. After 48…

With All the Fear About Dementia, Don’t Overlook These Basic Tips on How to Live 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 last week).  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 figure which…

Many Retirees are Unprepared for Unplanned Expenses, Experts Say, and the Consequences Can Be Costly

A study published last year by the Society of Actuaries shed light on a subject that should be of concern to retirees, according to this 2018 Money magazine article. While many retirees manage their day-to-day budgeting fairly well, a significant percentage are completely unprepared for financial emergencies, and when an unplanned expense comes along, they…

With So Many of Us Making – and Breaking – New Year’s Resolutions, Here’s Some Timely Advice for 2020 from Rajiv Nagaich

There’s something compelling about the idea of making New Year’s resolutions, isn’t there? With the turning of the calendar just a few days from now, a brand-new year will begin, unmarred by past mistakes, filled with promise and opportunity. Most of us will pause sometime during this coming week, reflecting on some of the poor…

Is There a Hoarder in Your Family? This Disorder Disrupts Families, Endangers Health, and Costs Thousands to Remedy

Hoarding is one of those little-understood habits that people sometimes laugh about or make light of (or even feature on so-called reality television shows). But you are the adult child of a hoarder, you know the issue is no laughing matter. This article that appeared last year at this time on the NextAvenue website, written…

Want to Live to Age 100? Study Shows Certain Personality Traits Help Seniors Stay Healthy and Active Past the Century Mark

A growing number of seniors are reaching a milestone that used to be a demographic rarity. Advances in medicine and nutrition are helping more and more men and women reach the age of 100, and not just surviving but thriving. A pair of articles we discovered some time ago, one from Time and the other…

“A Major Redesign of Life” – Stanford Psychologist Says It’s Time to Change the Way We Think About Aging

As we research articles for the AgingOptions Blog, we see a growing number of stories in national publications challenging the way Americans think about aging. It seems there’s a rising chorus of geriatricians, psychologists and sociologists telling us that, as a society, we’re overdue for a complete reassessment about what “growing old” actually means. For…

“Til Death Do Us Part”: Married Couples Approaching Retirement Have Some Work to Do to Make Certain They’re On the Same Page

Back in mid-2018, we found a pair of articles that shone a spotlight on a highly important but frequently overlooked aspect of retirement planning: spousal harmony. If you and your spouse have conflicting visions of the what, when and how of retirement, you could be on an emotional collision course. It’s far, far better to…

Is a Loved One Suffering with Unexplained Breathing Problems? The Cause Could be as Close as Their Bedroom

It’s a respiratory condition that you may never have heard of. This condition is not especially common – about 200,000 cases per year – but once contracted, it can cause lasting lung damage unless treated. And while this condition does not specifically affect seniors more than younger people, knowing about it may explain why someone…