For retirees, rising interest rates are a double-edged sword

Interest rates finally are on the rise after a decade stuck near zero – and that should be good news for retirees who need yield on safe investments like certificates of deposit and money market accounts. But higher rates will not be welcome news for all retirees. Americans are more likely than ever before to […]

Age discrimination persists 50 years after anti-bias law’s passage

Imagine a time when employers hung out a sign that effectively told job seekers, “People over 55 need not apply.” That was the U.S. job market in the 1960s, when more than half of private-sector job openings explicitly barred older applicants, and one quarter even refused to look at applicants over age 45, according to […]

Nursing home study raises questions on Medicare managed care networks

Managed care is the hot trend in Medicare, with the number of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans projected to soar over the coming decade. These plans offer simplicity by combining all the different parts of Medicare into a single buying decision – and they can save you money. But before you sign up, ask […]

Report card on aging nations gives U.S. mixed grades

Which nations are doing the best job adapting to their aging populations? Japan has the healthiest seniors. Spain gets top marks for supportive relatives and friends. In Norway, income inequality among older people is the lowest in the world. How about the U.S.? A new global aging index places the U.S. among the top five […]

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The year ahead: What retirees should watch out for in 2018

The economy is strong and the stock market is surging. Interest rates are rising a bit, but inflation looks steady. That should mean smooth sailing in 2018 for retirees and people planning ... [Continue Reading]

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Nursing home study raises questions on Medicare managed care networks

Managed care is the hot trend in Medicare, with the number of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans projected to soar over the coming decade. These plans offer simplicity by combining all the different parts of Medicare into a single buying decision – and they can save you money. But before you sign up, ask […]

The year ahead: What retirees should watch out for in 2018

The economy is strong and the stock market is surging. Interest rates are rising a bit, but inflation looks steady. That should mean smooth sailing in 2018 for retirees and people planning for retirement, right? Even the new tax law didn’t do much to impact retirement: The final legislation dropped earlier proposals to sharply curtail […]

Deregulation makes shopping for nursing homes more difficult in Trump era

Finding a safe, high-quality nursing home for a loved one is never an easy task. Complicated decisions often are made at a moment of emotional crisis and reliable guidance can be difficult to come by. And it is going to get more difficult. The Trump administration is moving quickly to deregulate nursing homes, complying with […]