Category: Aging Well

The 12 Best Life Expectancy Calculators and Why You Should Use One When Planning Your Retirement

Your longevity is one of the most significant unknowable factors that determine how much you need for retirement, how much you can spend, how much time you have to do the things you want to do and more. Estimating your longevity using one of the best life expectancy calculators can be a good way to improve…

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Retirement Stories: Cancer’s Demise? How Meaning Can Be Found in Odd Places

What you do in retirement can sometimes be surprising. What follows are some important, wild or wacky recent retirement stories meant to inform and inspire you. Purpose Can Be Found in Odd (Though Heartwarming) Endeavors In 2016, at over the age of 100, Alfred Date was Australia’s oldest living man. He found his purpose in…

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Retirement Stories: The Latest, Wild, Wacky, Profound and Heartwarming News About Retirement and Aging

We are starting a running list of retirement related stories from around the internet: the latest, wild, wacky, profound, exciting or heartwarming news about retirement and aging. Do you have a retirement story you think belongs here? Email us! Aging is… Optional? David Sinclair is a Harvard professor who made Time Magazine’s list of of…

Aging Well: Walk Away from Aging and 7 Other New Health Tips for Seniors

Aging well is key to your quality of life in retirement. Here are 8 new health tips for seniors. We think you will find this health news really useful or interesting. Walk Away from Dementia, Literally Many recent studies have found that exercise — even just simply walking — is the best way to avoid…

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12 Tips for a Healthy Retirement and Making the Most of Medicare

Medicare is a hugely popular program, providing health coverage to the vast majority of Americans over 65. Here are a few tricks for taking care of your health and making the most of Medicare… 1. Understand Your Medicare Options Once you turn 65, you need to make choices about your Medicare coverage. Will you choose:…

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Getting Old: Ideas for Delaying the Onset, Reasons to Look Forward to It and Ways to Prepare

Getting old is not all fun and games.  However,  it is not nearly as dismal as you might think, assuming you follow a few guidelines.  Furthermore, it can actually be enormously beneficial for you to think about growing old. Contemplating your future as an older person can: Help you create a better plan and make…

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Dementia Rates Are Declining in the United States

According to researchers at the University of Michigan, between 2000 and 2012, the percentage of adults in the United States with dementia (including Alzheimer’s) fell from 11.6% to 8.8%.  In addition, the Framingham study (a long-running research project in one small, largely-white well-off community)  found that dementia rates have fallen by about 20% in every…

How Aging and Retirement Will Change in 2017 and Beyond

As baby boomers, retirees today are the generation of change.  Experts predict that aging and retirement will evolve tremendously in the near future. Many of the predictions outlined below were culled from from Next Avenue’s list of Influencer’s in Aging.  They named 50 thought leaders on aging and asked, “If you could change one thing…

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How to Plan for Healthcare Costs in Retirement: How Much Do You Need in 2016?

Retirement planning is hard. You have to account for 20-30 years of expenses that are difficult to predict and make sure you have enough money to pay for them. How to plan for healthcare costs in retirement is particularly challenging. These costs continue to rise and it is difficult to know what kind of care…

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Health Costs for Retirees Are On the Rise—Here’s What You Need to Know

What goes up, must come down.  Right…? Actually the adage is wrong when it comes to healthcare costs! Healthcare costs are on the rise, again.  They continue to go up, Up, UP, UUUPPPPPPP! American retirees will need to save more for health care related expenses than they have in recent years, forcing many to plan…

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Expert Interview: The Importance of Medical Alert Systems for Retirees

The idea of falling in your home and being unable to call for help is a nerve-wracking prospect. Every year, over 250,000 people over the age of 65 are hospitalized for hip fractures, with 95% of those being caused by falling. From weakened bones to dizziness caused by medication, there are countless reasons a retiree…

Retirement Planning: Why You Should Use Your Health Savings Account to Save for Retirement

It’s no surprise that paying for health care expenses — Americans’ greatest financial concern — can quickly deplete retirement savings. Today, health care costs for retirees average more than $9,000 annually, according to CNN Money. Based on the average life expectancy in the U.S. (78.8 years), that means you could pay more than $124,000 in…

Soak Up the Sun? Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Alzheimer’s and Other Recent Health News (Stroke, Chocolate, Exercise…)

The journal Neurology recently published compelling research showing a strong association between low Vitamin D Levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, led by Dr. David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found that study participants who were severely deficient in Vitamin D were more than twice as likely…

There is a Retirement Healthcare Crisis: Be Prepared

Many people are all too familiar with the past few years’ economic crisis, but fewer realize that there’s another, potentially worse dilemma looming: the retirement healthcare crisis. As the nation’s 78 million Baby Boomers head toward retirement age, federal budgets for Medicare and Social Security are expected to be strained. At the same time, many…

You Might Want to Reconsider These Common Medical Tests!

The Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports, kicked off last spring. It is an attempt to alert both doctors and patients to problematic and commonly overused medical tests, procedures and treatments. As we get older, we may find the need or desire for…

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