New Laws to Protect Seniors from Financial Scams are Being Adopted, Yet Billions of Dollars are Still Lost Annually

Here on the AgingOptions blog, we felt it was time for an update on the topic of financial scams targeting seniors. Are the new rules and regulations at the state and federal level that have been adopted over the past few years having any effect? The answer appears to be yes, there’s some evidence that…

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The Missing Ingredient to Retirement Planning

“Poor Diet” Redefined: it’s Not Just What We Eat, but What We Don’t Eat That’s Killing Us, a Major Study Reports

A 27-year-long global study of diet and health has led to some eye-opening conclusions, according to this article that was recently carried on CNN. “Which risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other?” asks the article. “Not smoking. Not even high blood pressure. It’s a poor diet.” Avoiding a Poor…

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Where’s the Best Place to Recuperate from Knee or Hip Surgery? New Study says Home is Where the Health Is

About a million Americans will have knee replacement surgery this year, and roughly 600,000 will have their hip joints replaced. For years the consensus in the medical community has been that the best place to undergo post-surgical rehabilitation is in a rehab center, typically a short-stay skilled nursing facility. But new research suggests otherwise: there’s…

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VA-approved Foster Care for Vets Provides a Supportive, Loving Home – and Saves Uncle Sam Millions

About a year ago here on the AgingOptions blog, we told readers about a small program, started in Little Rock, Arkansas, that is now providing care to about 1,000 veterans, at a fraction of the cost of nursing care. Besides saving the Department of Veterans Affairs millions in care costs annually, this initiative, called the…

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Beware of Do-It-Yourself Wills: They Can Save You Money but Leave Your Heirs Uninformed and Unprotected

These days you can get practically anything online, and that includes do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning documents. These services (and there are thousands of them) promise to let you create legally sound estate planning documents at a fraction of the cost of having them prepared by an attorney. But unless you know what you…

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AgingOptions Follow-up: Alzheimer’s Association Recommends a Cognitive Assessment for All Seniors, but Some Experts Aren’t So Sure

About a month ago we told you about this featured report on National Public Radio concerning screening for dementia. Why, the report asked, is testing for cognitive impairment not being administered to everyone age 65 and older? We thought about the NPR report a few days ago when we discovered this related story on the…

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Kiplinger: Paying for Long-Term Care from Your 401(k) Could Put You in Danger of a Major Tax Bite

If you’re like most retirees, a significant portion of your retirement savings is in pre-tax accounts such as a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA. And like most retirees you’re probably concerned about how best to cover any future long-term care costs that might arise. According to this recent article from Kiplinger, if you were counting on…

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Article Promises “Seven Steps to Retirement Security” – But, We Ask, is it Really Just About Money?

Are you interested in a more secure retirement? Who wouldn’t be? These days, when so many things are uncertain, retirement security would seem to be a goal anyone can embrace. But after reading this just-published article from the USNews website, we at AgingOptions are reminded once again that most people still seem to equate “retirement…

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In Sickness and in Health: Being Your Spouse’s Caregiver is “the Biggest Challenge Your Marriage Will Ever Face”

Most marriage ceremonies include the phrase, “in sickness and in health” – usually just after “for better, for worse.” This recent article on the website Considerable.com has opened our eyes to the fact that, for about 3.7 million men and women who are caregivers for their spouses, both those statements are being put to the…

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