A few weeks ago I was at a dinner for the kick-off to a three-day program in New York City I attended called Age Boom Academy, whose theme was Global Aging: Danger Ahead? Our dinner speaker was John Beard, director of the World Health Organization (an arm of the United Nations) Department of Ageing and […]
Making savvy savings decisions in your 20s can set you up for a lifetime of financial security. Saving enough to retire comfortably is significantly easier if you begin to put away money for retirement at your first job. Tucking even a small amount into a 401(k) or IRA gives that money decades to accumulate without […]
Michael Greicius, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of neurology and, by courtesy, of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Center on Longevity. BeWell spoke with Dr. Greicius about Alzheimer’s disease — more commonly diagnosed in women than in men — to learn […]
In this special guest column, a college expert challenges some familiar financial advice for parents. Financial advisers often tell parents that they should save for their own retirement first and their children’s college educations second. They support this advice with simplistic sound bites such as “You can borrow for college, but you can’t borrow for […]
For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances. Read the full article at National Public Radio (NPR).
As Medicare and Medicaid reach their 50th anniversary on Thursday, the two vast government programs that insure more than one-third of Americans are undergoing a transformation that none of their original architects foresaw: Private health insurance companies are playing a rapidly growing role in both.
Do you want to honor your parents’ independence as they age? Maybe it’s a myth. These three people learned what’s wrong with the idea. Read the full article at Forbes.
Recently, the National Institute of Health (NIH) gave Stanford the final notice of a $7.3 million award to fund an Alzheimer’s Research Center, one of more than two dozen centers that have been established and funded by the NIH as part of an attempt to advance research about Alzheimer’s disease. “We have some of the […]
Studies indicate that people over the age of 65 years will need some form of long-term care help. Genworth said sixty-six percent would need extra care while The Inquiry said seven out of ten would need it for at least three years. Most people rely on a family member, a spouse or a partner for […]
Here’s a bit of good news for Medicare, the popular government program that’s turning 50 this week. Older Americans on Medicare are spending less time in the hospital; they’re living longer; and the cost of a typical hospital stay has actually come down over the past 15 years, according to a study in the Journal […]