More adults in the U.S. are single than ever before and the numbers continue to rise. Of those who are single, nearly 53% are women. While being single has its positives, it can also come with challenges when it comes to money and finances.
In fact, nearly one-third of women are worried about their finances based on research by Fidelity Investments. Their research revealed single women are the least likely demographic to have a financial plan for paying down debt and setting savings goals.
An important consideration for single women during the retirement planning stages is whether it makes sense to buy Long-Term Care insurance (LTCI). With nearly 70% of people needing some form of long-term care in their lifetime, it’s important to start planning early, including how you’ll pay for care. Continue reading
Each year in June, the Alzheimer’s Association draws awareness to the disease impacting 5.7 million Americans. Alzheimer’s and dementia impact not only the patient but entire families and friend groups. The Alzheimer’s Association makes it their goal to bring Alzheimer’s to the forefront of people’s minds and raise funds and support to find a cure for debilitating brain diseases.
Learn more about common brain diseases including advances in treatment and ways you can take part in helping bring an end to Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading
Did you know every eight seconds a Baby Boomer turns 65? Out of the nearly 79 million Boomers, 53 million will need some type of long-term care in their lifetime and 26 million will need nursing home care. It’s estimated only 8 million Americans have a long-term care insurance policy.
Long-term care insurance (LTCI) has evolved over the years since it first launched. By the late 1980s and 1990s, long-term care insurance became a hot commodity. But little did the insurance carriers realize just how many people would use their policies. This miscalculation likely lead to policy series rate hikes and new policy benefit changes. These changes made policies more sustainable for insurance companies and more reliable for consumers. Continue reading
If you’ve had a loved one who suffered from Alzheimer’s, you know the devastating impact the disease can have on the individual and the family members. But many who haven’t personally experienced it may not realize the full impact of this disease.
While it’s important to stay positive and take care of your health, it’s equally important to understand the odds of being diagnosed with a cognitive disease. It’s estimated Alzheimer’s or dementia impacts one in three seniors. Continue reading
Did you know the odds of choosing the perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament are incredibly small? The odds are so small that even mathematicians argue on the actual estimation of the odds of winning.
Some believe the odds of winning March Madness are as low as 1 in 9.2 quintillions (or 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 for you detailed readers). While others think the odds are closer to 1 in 128 billion. Either way, picking all the games correctly is borderline impossible. Continue reading
While exercise, eating healthy, and quitting smoking are important steps for a long, healthy life, good relationships can also increase your lifespan. People with strong social relationships increase their odds of survival by 50% over time.
Aging presents physical and mental health challenges making social isolation rampant among older adults who lose mobility, lack transportation, or live away from family. Social isolation can lead to an increase in depression, loneliness, and even a shorter lifespan. Continue reading
Aging in America is being transformed by the baby boomers, the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964. Over the next decade, this generation will face both opportunities and potential crises. Their effect on aging in America is only their next stop as baby boomers changed every stage of life since their beginning. Continue reading
What does it take to be a supercentenarian in the United States? You earn the title of supercentenarian when you’ve lived to be at least 110 years old after surpassing centenarian status (living to age 100). There have been over 700 validated claims of American supercentenarians by the Gerontology Research Group.
As of January 20, 2018, the oldest living American is Delphine Gibson, born August 17, 1903 in South Carolina. She has lived 114 years, 156 days, and is still going strong. The next runner-up is Lessie Brown who was born September 22, 1904 in Georgia and has lived 113 years and 120 days. There are currently 52 living American supercentenarians with 1 emigrant supercentenarian living in Spain. Continue reading
Almost everywhere around the world, people are living longer and fewer children are dying. While this is great news, it comes with a different kind of challenge. People who are living longer are dealing with more chronic diseases, disabilities, and the effects of old age later in life which are taking a big toll. Continue reading
It’s safe to say, no one buys insurance because they hope they’ll use it. Insurance is often associated with something bad or negative happening. Most people think about insurance once a year during Open Enrollment at their work, or if a life event takes place which makes them think about getting covered.
There are a few exceptions to this. For example, you may pay for medical, dental, or vision insurance through payroll deduction at work. This is coverage all people can benefit from with annual preventive care visits to help you stay healthy. Continue reading