Twitterverse has questions about retirement; we’ve got answers

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The Twitterverse has questions about retirement. What’s the best way for young people to get started saving? Are target date funds good or bad? Should we expand Social Security to help low-wage workers? Those are just a few of the great questions I fielded during a retirement Tweet-up convened this week by my colleagues at […]

Retirement healthcare costs: Not as scary, but still daunting

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The remarkable recent lull in retirement healthcare inflation isn’t fading – not yet, at least. A 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need to have saved $220,000 to meet healthcare expenses during their retirement, according to a report issued today by Fidelity Investments. It’s a daunting sum, but it’s unchanged from last year and comes […]

Getting a handle on health care in retirement

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Health care is one of the largest expenses most Americans will face in retirement – and it’s among the most difficult to predict. At the recent Morningstar Individual Investor Conference, I joined a panel discussion of strategies for meeting health-care funding needs using Medicare, Medigap, long-term care insurance health savings accounts – and the Affordable Care Act. […]

Obamacare opens new pathways into retirement

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Is President Obama’s health reform law a job killer? Republicans seized on a new high-profile analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week to ram home that oft-repeated talking point. But the report, issued this week by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), actually says something quite different: Jobs won’t be destroyed, but more Americans […]

Debunking myths about America’s longevity gains

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Americans are living longer. We hear that claim often from politicians worried about entitlement spending, policymakers urging us to postpone retirement – even insurance companies pitching annuities. And it’s true: Average life expectancy in the United States rose by almost eight years from 1978 to 2011, to 78.7 years, according to a new report by […]

A plea for ‘slow medicine and ‘good deaths’ for the elderly

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Katy Butler wanted her elderly father’s pacemaker turned off, but she couldn’t get a doctor to do it. In 2001, Butler’s father, Jeffrey, suffered a debilitating stroke at age 79. Two years later, his doctor recommended installation of a pacemaker that would help him survive hernia surgery – a decision that seemed harmless at the […]

Obamacare enrollment: What older Americans need to know

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The marketing blitz for the launch of Obamacare is underway, with ad campaigns in many states featuring actors, musicians and athletes urging people to sign up for the health insurance program. A big federal ad campaign will follow in September. Marketing and communication might serve as an antidote to the confusion and antipathy that persists […]

Want to age at home? Technology to the rescue

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Getting old? There’s an app for that. And a smartphone interface. And a tablet device that lets family members monitor your medication schedule, send text messages and share photos. A major new wave of technological innovation is aimed at helping people stay in their homes as they grow older and require care. These “age in place” […]

How to keep older patients from returning to the hospital

Ann Marie Schmidt had knee replacement surgery last month. The operation was for an old injury that made walking painful, but the 71-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, has other, more serious conditions. She suffers from neuropathy (nerve pain), scoliosis and meningioma – a type of benign brain tumor. Schmidt is the kind of high-risk patient […]