Misplaced Confidence: Americans’ High Level of Retirement Optimism Doesn’t Match the Cold Hard Facts

First, let’s give you the good news: American workers and retirees are expressing rising confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement, according to a major national survey. Now here’s the bad news: that high level of confidence is almost entirely unsupported by the facts. That’s the inescapable conclusion from reading…

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In Activity-Oriented Retirement Homes, Extroverts Feel Right at Home While Senior Introverts Can Feel Out of Place

The ads on television, the slick brochures and the finely-targeted websites for today’s retirement homes typically portray the same types of images: groups of seniors happily doing things together. They take bike trips together, they do wine tasting together, they go antiquing together. If all that advertising were to be believed, retirement living today is…

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Living Well While Spending Less: Five Ways to Lower the Cost of Retirement

Are you going to spend less after you retire, or will you spend more? That may seem like an odd question: conventional wisdom suggests that retirement living is almost always cheaper than pre-retirement living.  But many people find their experience defies conventional wisdom, and that suggests to us that it’s essential for most retirees to…

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More Beneficiaries, Fewer Workers: New Report Confirms Pessimistic Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

Another year, another pessimistic report about Social Security. This past week the annual report from the trustees for the federal government’s Social Security and Medicare programs was released, and while it showed some slight improvement in short-term outlook, the long-range forecast remains gloomy. As the rapidly-growing number of retirees collides with a shrinking labor force,…

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A New Phenomenon in Senior Health Care: Geriatric Emergency Rooms, Geared to Older Patients, are Spreading Rapidly

The typical hospital emergency room can be a chaotic place. Trauma victims, people suffering from drug overdoses, families bringing in sick kids, and a host of others facing various medical crises are all being served – eventually – by a harried staff of doctors, nurses and orderlies doing their best to keep people moving through…

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No Time, No Information: New Research Reveals That Seniors and Families are “Poorly Served” When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Just last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we shared an article from Kaiser Health News showing that many seniors recovering from knee or hip surgery enjoy a better outcome and fewer complications recuperating at home instead of in a rehab facility. (You’ll find that article here.) But what about those who for various reasons…

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Yet Another Industry Report Reveals What We Already Know: Boomers are Seriously Unprepared for Retirement

The articles seem to come out with depressing regularity, revealing the sobering truth: today’s boomer generation is woefully unprepared for retirement. This time here on the AgingOptions blog, we’re bringing two such articles to your attention, both based on data from a new financial industry survey. For those of you “with ears to hear,” we…

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