Aging Well Blog

Perhaps you cared for your parents and want to be sure things are handled differently when you reach your own elderhood. Maybe you do not have children and wonder who will help you when you need it.

This blog is for those who want to proactively plan for their later years. Check out our monthly posts for thoughts on what might work best for you.

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Should you change to Medicare Advantage?

Should you change to Medicare Advantage?October 15–December 7 is Medicare's annual "open enrollment" period. This is when you can switch plans. Are you getting a lot of mail about the cost savings of Medicare Advantage (MA)? The initial outlay may seem less than your current plan. And if you have "original Medicare," plus a supplemental plan for the 20% Medicare...

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Long-distance grandparenting: Toddlers and kids

Long-distance grandparenting: Toddlers and kidsIf you are like 68% of grandparents, you live too far away for regular interactions with your grandchildren. No reading bedtime stories or soothing little tears. No ticklefests or hands-on projects. These casual yet meaningful activities just aren't an option. Video visiting helps. But according to Kerry Byrne of The Long-Distance Grandparent, you can count...

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Aging in place: Pros and cons

Aging in place: Pros and consA vast majority of older adults (77%) say they want to remain in their own homes as they age. Of course! Home is comfortable: We know where everything is—in the house, and also in the neighborhood and town. Friends, doctors, grocery store. We know how to get around quickly and easily. Plus, the emotional benefits...

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Smartwatches as medical alerts

Smartwatches as medical alertsEspecially for older adults living alone, the ability to summon help in the event of an emergency—such as a fall—is a very real concern. With a cell phone in your purse or pocket, it's easy to feel well set. Think again. The bathroom is where most falls occur. Do you take your cell phone in...

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Decluttering: Why is it so hard?

Decluttering: Why is it so hard?Three out of five (61%) of adults over 60 feel they have more stuff than they need. And yet many of us find it emotionally painful to cull our belongings. While the physical labor of "right-sizing" is daunting, perhaps more powerful—and surprising—is the emotional challenge. For instance, you may feel that letting go of grandmother's...

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Increasing concentration and focus

Increasing concentration and focusDo you find yourself more easily distracted these days? There is good reason: Concentration is about keeping what's useful top of mind while at the same time suppressing thoughts that distract from your primary objective. As we age, the "executive" center of the brain becomes less able to sort out distractions. It's a filtering process...

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What is “concierge medicine?”

What is "concierge medicine?"Are you tired of long waits to get an appointment? Rushed visits? Not being able to talk to your doctor by phone or communicate via email? You aren't alone. Doctors dislike it too. But because most physicians today are employees of a large medical group, they are required to complete 30­–40 patient visits per day....

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Are enhanced “hearables” for you?

Are enhanced "hearables" for you?If you have trouble participating in conversation in a noisy room or tend to want the TV volume turned up, you might want to investigate a new category of device called an enhanced "hearable." Up until now, there have been few options short of a hearing aid for people with only mild hearing loss. The...

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“I’m engaged! Why aren’t my kids happy for me?”

"I'm engaged! Why aren't my kids happy for me?"Are you enjoying a love you never thought you'd feel again? It's hard to be happy, though, if your children rain on your romance. Are they being selfish? Not necessarily. An in-depth study of "adult stepfamilies" revealed how disruptive it is when a parent gets involved with a new partner later in life. The family...

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What’s in an Alzheimer’s test?

What's in an Alzheimer's test?There is no single test that can determine if a person has Alzheimer's disease. But a combination of several different tests can identify if memory and thinking problems are due to one of the many conditions that result in symptoms of dementia. By process of elimination, doctors can determine what may be the root cause...

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