Are Seniors Expendable? Recent Research Suggests the Pandemic is Making Many Older Americans Feel That Way

There’s plenty to be disturbed about during the seemingly-endless coronavirus pandemic – a tanking economy, a disrupted school year, an uncertain future, just to name three. But one of the most insidious side effects of the ongoing health crisis is how it’s making our most vulnerable citizens feel.  This recent article from the HealthDay website,…

“Father Knows Best” – or Does He? What Kind of Lessons in Money Management Did Your Dad Teach?

Happy Father’s Day, 2020, from all of us at AgingOptions. Whether your dad was present in your life or absent, and whether he was a good example or a bad one, chances are good that your father influenced the trajectory of your life in profound ways. That’s certainly true in the area of money and…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

Part Two of a Two-Part Series: At the Dawn of a Brand-New Decade, Consider These Boomer Predictions for the 2020s

Last week on the AgingOptions blog, we presented part one of our report on this article from Kaiser Health News. In this insightful article, writer Judith Graham took a look into the future – well, into the coming decade, anyway – and described, as the title says, “What the 2020s Have in Store for Baby…

Part One of a Two-Part Series: At the Dawn of a Brand-New Decade, Consider These Boomer Predictions for the 2020s

The New Year is almost a month along, and already 2020 feels sort of old hat. Most of us have gotten used to saying “2020” and we’ve even stopped writing “2019” on our checks (for those who still write checks, that is). But before we continue racing along on the 2020 toboggan ride,  this recent…

Putting Things Off, Acting Too Rashly, Retiring Without Purpose – Some of the Pitfalls to Avoid on the Road to a ‘No Regrets’ Retirement

Years ago, we ran across this little poem: “Of all the words of tongue or pen/The saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’” Many of us go through life with regrets. When we’re younger, we usually have more time and energy to revisit those old “might-have-beens” and redeem the situation. However, once we enter our…