Category: Aging Well

dementia

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…

healthcare costs in retirement

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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