The Bad News: The Pandemic Continues – but the Good News Is That We May Have Learned Some Healthier Habits Along the Way

We’re living in a blizzard of bad news. All the articles and news stories these days seem to focus on the negative: the COVID-19 threat has left people feeling depressed, disconnected, and discouraged. But is there an upside to the downside of the current coronavirus scare? In this Consumer Reports article, reporter Hallie Levine says…

Dreaming of Celebrating Independence Day in the “Perfect” Retirement House? Before You Move, Ask Yourself the Right Questions!

Happy Independence Day from your friends here at AgingOptions! Do your “Independence Day” dreams include seeking out some personal freedom in your retirement future?  Your visions may include breaking away from the familiar and moving to that “perfect” house in your favorite vacation spot or sunny hideaway. But before you take the plunge and commit…

Vitamin A, B, C, D, E – but What About Vitamin K? Many Seniors Aren’t Getting Enough of This Essential Nutrient, Studies Find

Nationwide surveys show that nearly 86 percent of Americans – roughly seven out of eight – take vitamin supplements. Most of us have at least a rough idea of the benefits of the “major” vitamins such as B complex, D, and E, and many take extra vitamin C when we feel a cold coming on.…

Is Everybody Thinking That Retirement is the Time to Downsize? Many of Today’s Boomers Are Saying, “Not So Fast!”

The traditional to-do list for couples approaching retirement includes several familiar elements: signing up for Medicare, deciding when to take Social Security, figuring out what to do about the 401(k), and so on. But what about selling the big family home and downsizing to the smaller house with lower costs and less maintenance? A significant…

Focus on Dementia: Don’t Overlook These Basic Tips on How to Adopt 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 a few months back).  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…

Focus on Dementia: New Study Says Diets Rich in Certain Antioxidants Called Flavonols 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…

Focus on Dementia: One of the Best Ways to Boost Your Brainpower as You Age is to Cultivate Strong Friendships

The next time you’re with a group of good friends, think about this fact: the longer you keep your friendships strong, the more they may be helping you stay mentally sharp and avoid cognitive decline. That’s the take-away from an ongoing study of seniors being conducted by Northwestern University and reported in this article from…

Time for Some Reflection: Study Says Adults with a Strong Sense of Life Purpose Live Longer, Stay Healthier

The late American psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, “If you are what you do, then when you don’t – you aren’t.” This little aphorism accurately describes the plight of many retirees. Their identity is so wedded to their work that, once they quit their jobs, that sense of identity disappears. That feeling of losing one’s…

Woman concerned about retirement

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…

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…