The Loneliness Epidemic: Helping Seniors Stay Connected

         In recent years, researchers have been finding potential links between feelings of loneliness and adverse health outcomes. Feeling lonely may put you at greater risk of premature death, serious health problems, and higher suicide rates. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic made social isolation even more difficult to avoid. In 2023, the United States Surgeon General, […]

Instacart to Help Older Adults Address Food Insecurity

According to a recent study published by Alignment Health, there are three major issues that affect the quality of life for older Americans: To help address the issue of food insecurity, grocery delivery company Instacart will be rolling out new support services dedicated to seniors in 2024. What Is Food Insecurity? According to the United States Department of […]

What Will Your 2024 Social Security Benefits Look Like?

In 2023, recipients of Social Security benefits saw the most significant increase in decades in their monthly checks. Although their payouts will rise again in 2024, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be more modest – just 3.2 percent versus the nearly 9 percent boost in 2023. Does COLA Only Affect Retired Workers? Each fall, the Social […]

Trips for Seniors: Travel Tips for You and Your Companions

         Age should never be a barrier to enjoying travel. Retired people may prefer to embark on a journey with their loved ones or hire travel companions to assist them during their trip. Whether you’re a senior or a trip companion for an older adult, follow these six travel recommendations to make your adventures memorable. 6 […]

Do I Need a Professional Patient Advocate?

          Individuals experiencing illnesses can benefit from having someone attend appointments with them and support their best interests. Often, close friends or family take on this role. Professional patient advocates, however, can step in when friends or family cannot be at the hospital or a patient prefers having the help of a qualified professional who […]

What Are the Best Ways to Get Out of Debt Before You Retire?

          Retirement is an expensive affair, and planning for it involves managing finances even after you have left the workforce. It is commonly estimated that you should have about 70 percent to 90 percent of your pre-retirement income to maintain the same living standard after you retire. A secure retirement means planning your finances efficiently, […]

Earned Income Tax Credit Now Available to Seniors Without Dependents

Working seniors without dependents may qualify for the earned income tax credit when they file their 2021 tax returns. The tax credit assists those with low incomes but was previously primarily available to people with young children.  If you file taxes and your earned income is below a certain level, you can apply the earned income […]

In 2022, Social Security Beneficiaries Will See the Biggest Increase in 39 Years

The year was 1983: The U.S. invaded Grenada. A gallon of gas cost 96 cents. Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video premiered. That year was also the last time that Social Security recipients saw a cost-of-living increase steeper than the one just announced for 2022. This year, Social Security benefits will rise 5.9 percent, the sharpest upsurge […]

Online Survey Helps Older Adults Assess Their Financial Vulnerability

All older Americans are vulnerable to financial abuse, but there are certain circumstances that make someone more likely to be scammed. An online survey can help older adults (or their caregivers) assess their risk of being exploited based on how they make financial decisions.  It is hard to ascertain the exact number of people affected by […]