2/9/2013 – The Five Stages of Retirement Planning Angst

“Dr. Kübler-Ross, who died in 2004, is best known for identifying the five stages of grief that people go through once they understand they are dying. And those stages — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — describe perfectly my reactions when I read recently that, according to Fidelity Investments, my wife, Alison, and I will need to save eight times our current annual income to come even close to having the kind of retirement we want.”

Read the full article at The New York Times.

2/7/2013 – Does An Aging Population Hurt The Economy?

The economic benefit of immigration is in part about how big of a problem our aging population is. Immigrants are in general younger, and our best way to fight against a growing ratio of retirees to workers. But this raises the question of how big of a problem is this ratio and our aging population in general.

Read the full article at Forbes.

2/6/2013 – The Paradox of Overnutrition in Aging and Cognition

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are devastating diseases without effective treatments; as the population ages these conditions are becoming epidemic. Meanwhile, a second epidemic, obesity—driven by overabundance of calorie-rich but nutrient-poor food and sedentary lifestyles—is already evident in western and westernizing cultures. Researchers have begun to explore the possibility that overweight and obesity may affect the brain and play a role in age-related diseases. On December 4, 2012, epidemiologists, clinicians, and researchers met at the New York Academy of Sciences for The Paradox of Overnutrition in Aging and Cognition, a conference presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science to elucidate the intersection between aging, cognition, obesity, and nutrition.

For a full set of meeting resources – including the meeting report, slides and audio, participants and more – visit The New York Academy of Sciences.

2/6/2013 – California's Baby Boomers on Track to Overwhelm State's Younger Working Adults

Think of it like a mushroom. Up near the top, there’s a big, fat cap of Baby Boomers; down below, the stem is struggling to hold up under the weight.

Read the full article at KQED.

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2/6/2013 – Alzheimer's cases, and costs, projected to swell

As baby boomers age, 13.8 million are expected to have Alzheimer’s disease by 2050, a study finds. Experts say caring for all those patients may cost $1 trillion a year.

Read the full article at Los Angeles Times.

2/5/2013 – Can We Really Delay Retirement?

A study released late last week by The Conference Board reveals that more and more Americans are apparently adopting a retirement planning strategy that could best be described as being lifted from a Beatles song: They are assuming their employers will indeed still need them and feed them when they’re are 64.

Read the full article at Forbes.

2/5/2013 – Many Relying on Home Equity for Retirement

Even though the housing market has not recovered, nearly half of older working Americans expect to use equity in their homes to help finance their retirement, a new survey finds.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

2/5/2013 – Seven ways boomers are rewriting the rules of retirement

Boomers aren’t heading quietly into retirement. They’re launching businesses, embracing digital technology and living abroad in greater numbers than ever before. But in other ways they are struggling more than the previous generation.

Here is a look at trends shaping the next wave of retirement.

Read the full article at Reuters.

2/5/2013 – In Blended Families, Responsibility Blurs

Research shows that the ties which lead adult children to become caregivers — depending on how much contact they have with parents, how nearby they live, how obligated they feel — are weaker in stepchildren. Money sometimes enters the equation too, if biological children resent a parent’s spending their presumed inheritance on care for an ailing stepparent.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

2/4/2013 – Therapy Plateau No Longer Ends Coverage

The settlement of a class-action lawsuit last month now means that Medicare is prohibited from denying patients coverage for skilled nursing care, home health services or outpatient therapy because they had reached a “plateau,” and their conditions were not improving. That will allow people with Medicare who have chronic health problems and disabilities to get the therapy and other skilled care that they need for as long as they need it, if they meet other coverage criteria.

Read the full article at The New York Times.