Wall Street Journal Report: Financial Institutions are Monitoring Older Customers to Detect Cognitive Decline

If you have an older loved one in your life who is still managing his or her own finances, you’re probably on the lookout constantly for any signs that he or she is “starting to slip” – in other words, that they are suffering from cognitive impairment. If this concern is causing you stress, it…

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Shrinking Inventory and Rising Mortgage Rates are Creating “a New Housing Crisis” for Boomers Looking to Downsize

As today’s boomers hit retirement, more and more are grappling with the question, “Do we downsize or do we age in place in our current home?” As this just-published Bankrate article makes clear, the choice isn’t quite that clear. “Baby boomers are struggling to downsize,” the article warns, “and it could create the next housing…

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Worried About Retirement Savings? You Can Still Improve Your Financial Picture, but the Time to Act is Now

Here at the AgingOptions blog, we like to present common sense articles that answer questions most retirees are facing. In the case of this article recently published on the CNBC website, the question on the minds of many seniors is pretty straightforward: how can I make certain I don’t outlive my money? Optimistic About Retirement…

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Reverse Mortgages are “Underutilized,” Forbes Magazine Reports, and They Deserve a Second Look

It’s always a puzzle to us when some people seem to have the solution to their financial problems in retirement right under their noses – yet they fail to take advantage of the situation. Whether out of fear, misinformation, or sheer inertia, they shy away from the one thing that seems perfectly suited to their…

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You Want Fries with That? Seniors are Replacing Teens Behind the Fast Food Counter, Bloomberg Reports

If you were managing a fast food restaurant, you would hire the best employees you could find: people who were reliable, punctual and friendly – not to mention people willing to work for minimum wage. According to this interesting article just published by Bloomberg, a growing number of restaurant chains are finding these ideal fast…

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AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Scan of Blood Vessels in the Neck Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Earlier this month we ran this article on the AgingOptions blog that described new research showing a strong connection between hardening of the arteries and dementia. The study showed conclusive evidence that poor arterial health can increase the risk of cognitive decline by as much as 60 percent. Five-Minute Scan Provides Dramatic Results Now as…

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Not Just “One and Done”: Getting Your Flu Vaccine Over Multiple Years Brings Unexpected Benefits for Seniors

Back in January we first brought you the important news that getting a flu shot every year is extremely helpful in keeping vulnerable seniors from being hospitalized with dangerous influenza. Now with the flu season ramping up, as a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we felt it was time to revisit the story. Flu…

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Enrollment in Medicare Advantage is Growing Rapidly – and So Are “Inappropriate” Claim Denials, Federal Study Reveals

The popularity of Medicare Advantage programs is on the rise. Medicare officials project that enrollment in these private alternatives to regular Medicare will spike by more than 11 percent next year, accounting for 37 percent of total Medicare beneficiaries. Seniors are drawn to Medicare Advantage by the attractive blend of lower premiums and enhanced benefits…

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