Latest Republican assault on healthcare would punish older Americans

The Republicans’ battle to repeal Obamacare is starting to look less like warfare and more like a game of whack-a-mole. Each time a draconian plan pops up, advocates for healthcare and seniors – and grassroots opponents – grab their mallets and pound them back into their holes. And so it should be with the latest […]

Aging U.S. needs to get economics right on immigration

“Immigrants – we get the job done” is one of the most famous lines from “Hamilton,” the hit Broadway musical. But the play’s creator, Lin Manuel Miranda, might well have written: “Immigrants – we keep the country young.” The Trump administration’s move last week to end protections and benefits for young people who were brought […]

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 […]

When should you retire? Consult this checklist of questions

The question sounds simple, but it is tough to answer: At what age should you retire? I get this question from readers and friends more often than any other. It is difficult to answer because it brings into play such a wide range of issues: Do I have enough money to retire? What will I […]

How to plan ahead for retirement healthcare costs

Big, bigger, biggest. Those words capture the retirement healthcare challenge. Healthcare will be one of the largest categories of cost for most retirees–and medical inflation is expected to run 2 to 3 times faster than general inflation. Retirees can cope by tuning up their Medicare coverage, as we discussed in my last column. That can […]

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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 […]

How to live forever: Marc Freedman at TedX San Francisco

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, recently delivered a TEDx Talk titled “How to Live Forever,” in which he discusses the intersection of longevity, youth, purpose and happiness, and the role older people can play in nurturing the next generation. Freedman is working on a new book carrying the same title, which will be […]

New Medicare cards a lone bright spot in identity-theft battle

Older Americans are especially vulnerable to scams and identity theft, and Medicare is doing something about it. Seniors will start receiving new identification cards next year as part of an effort to protect them from the rising risk of fraud. But that is the only good news surrounding a sweeping federal initiative to bolster fraud […]

The future of caregiving: High demand, scarce workers

If you are hovering around retirement age today, you will be closing in on your eighties in the year 2030. With any luck, you will be healthy and mobile – but imagine for a moment that you are not. Let’s say a debilitating illness requires that you receive care in a nursing home. It is […]

Five ways to get the most from Medicare

Looking for ways to save money in retirement? Start with healthcare. A healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year can expect to spend $322,000 (today’s dollars) on Medicare premiums and dental insurance, according to Healthview Services, a maker of healthcare cost projection software. Add in deductibles, copays, hearing, vision, and dental cost sharing, and that figure […]

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