Last week, on a post titled Youthiness in Old Age, Monica Devine, who blogs at Between Two Rivers, left this comment: “Speaking of contrarian, I’ve always wondered about this: I’m sure it’s true that socializing with family and friends prolongs…Continue Reading
The current age at which Americans are eligible for Medicare is 65. There are strong indications from the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington that in exchange for a (low) two percent increase in the tax rate on high-income earners, the…Continue Reading
The car-key debate can be a thorny source of friction in families where the elderly parents are still healthy and active. While self-aware seniors will usually admit that their reaction times and sensory acuteness aren’t what they were in their prime, they’re seldom willing to risk forfeiting the independence that comes with being able to drive on their own from place to place.
A Web tool can help elderly drivers–your parents, perhaps?– zero in on models with the right “assistive features.”Continue Reading
I have great respect for the midlife athletes I know, so I’m not deriving any schadenfreude from Kevin Helliker’s article from Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, One Running Shoe in the Grave. Helliker’s thesis: While running, like all forms of cardiovascular exercise, is undoubtedly beneficial to boomers, doing too much of it essentially erases many of the health benefits . . . New research suggests that over-50 athletes’ health can suffer if they run too far or too fast.Continue Reading
I have completed writing a biographical novel inspired by Dr. Mark Crooks, my long-time friend and fitness mentor, entitled: WARRIOR: The Life and Lessons of a Man Who Beat Cancer for 57 Years. Here’s a pre-publication book trailer: Mark Crooks, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist, sports psychologist, fitness pioneer and daredevil risked everything to survive five bouts of cancer spanning 57 years. This is the second of a two-part post, the first of which you can read by clicking here. The…Continue Reading
It’s 2:30 a.m. and once again, you’re wide awake, mind racing. (Did you finish that project at work? Did you lock the front door? Is the oven still on?) In your younger years you slept just fine, but as you’ve gotten older, sleep has gotten more elusive.
Insomnia causes the average American worker 11.3 days in lost productivity each year, according to the American Insomnia Study. For a self-employed person who earned $300 a day, that would add up to almost $3,400 a year in lost income – bad news for a boomer trying to shore up a retirement nest-egg.Continue Reading
On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced a proposed settlement agreement that would make it easier for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to qualify for home care.
Until now, Medicare beneficiaries have been required to show they were likely to improve (the “improvement standard”) for Medicare to cover skilled nursing care and therapy services at home.Continue Reading
This is the last part of the TGB Medicare Enrollment Information series. I had no idea when I committed myself to breaking down Medicare enrollment rules into simple, understandable language how difficult it would be – what a long learning curve it was.Continue Reading